Birthday Dinner at Gary Danko

January 21, 2018. The evening had just started. We spent some time walking Ghirardelli Square that was conveniently located around the corner from Gary Danko. The square was beautifully illuminated and live music resonated throughout it. We sat at a bench to take in all of the activity happening. There were tourists walking by, photographing the big Ghirardelli Square sign and of course, the endless line at Ghirardelli Chocolate drawing all to have hot chocolate or their world famous hot fudge sundae. It’s still amusing to make a visit here no matter how many times I’ve been. And tonight, the mixture of glimmer, sound and bustle created such a nostalgic feeling in the air. It felt really good to be turning another year older.

Larkin Street entrance to Ghirardelli Square
Historic Ghirardelli Sign
Illuminated stringing lights and beautiful lights curtain in the square

Gary Danko has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I was saving it until there was a special occasion to celebrate. Years passed and I still haven’t dined. So this time around, I was done putting it off. When my husband asked where I wanted to eat for my birthday, I happily said, “Gary Danko”. He booked a month in advance to lock in the date. At this point, I usually look at review sites and social media for food pictures at a new place I’ll be dining at. I wasn’t even tempted to. Like Andy Warhol said, “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.” With a dinner date set, hair appointment booked, and outfit planned it felt something bigger than a birthday, more like an engagement dinner or 1-year wedding anniversary.

Alas, we made it to our reservation early. The restaurant isn’t the most elegant and luxurious, but it’s classy, charming and it’s San Francisco. You’re presented with several drink menus and the dinner menu is a prix-fixe of either 3-, 4- or 5-courses. It was very lively with staff attending to people’s needs, the cheese sommelier making his recommendations and the entertainment of the delicious crepe flambés being made table side. There was a lot going on at once and never did the quality of service go down. While everyone around us was on their last course, we were just about to get started. My husband and I were very excited for what we’d soon be savoring. We opted for the 4-course, a median, where we wouldn’t be overly full or hungry.

Here was my dinner and 4-course selections:

Starter

Pumpkin Amuse Bouche
(Compliments of the chef. Lovely soup to start the meal and whet the palate. Very flavorful.)

Appetizer

 Salt-cured Foie Gras Torchon with Roasted Grapes, Candied Peanuts, Milk Tuille & Country Bread

(Excellent balance of sweetness, salty and acidity. The foie gras was buttery and melts in your mouth.)

Seafood Entree

Roast Maine Lobster with Potato Purée, Morel Mushrooms, Edamame and Tarragon
(The lobster was fresh and the potato purée was creamy. My favorite of the night.)

Meat Entree
Seared Filet of Beef with Potato Gnocchi, Olive Oil, Swiss Chard and Stilton Butter
(Mouth-watering, tender beef. I wish they had given more of the gnocchi.)

Dessert

Crème Fraîche Cheesecake with Tropical Fruit and Coconut Sorbet
(Rich, smooth and you could taste the tanginess of the crème fraîche.)

Miniature Desserts

(Compliments of the chef. Wonderful bite-size treats I had to enjoy at home as I was full.)

 
Much to my amazement, a chocolate mousse cake with a candle was presented to make my birthday even more special than it already was. With the amount of wishes I made (due to the candle reigniting a few times), it seemed highly likely that at least one wish would come true. And there was so many desserts on the table that it looked like we just partook in a buffet of sweets. I kindly asked for the desserts to be boxed up for taking home as we were full. The staff came back with a bag and an elegantly wrapped cream cheese banana bread gift to enjoy the morning after.

Birthday chocolate mousse cake and the dessert goodies ready for taking home

If I could do it over again, I would opt for the cheeses over dessert since there was so many! Nonetheless, this was the most satisfying birthday meal I’ve ever had and I’ll never forget it. Dining here definitely made me feel like I just reached the peak of adulthood. As we exited the restaurant, it began to sprinkle a little. It almost always rains on my birthday and I was happy it wasn’t late to the partyI call it a celebration of new beginnings.

To make a reservation request for your special occasion, please visit Gary Danko.

Written by Mestelle •  Photos taken by Mestelle

Rotisserie Chicken at Limón Burlingame

Ever since I moved to San Francisco over two years ago, I haven’t been going down to the Peninsula that often. One of the places I miss is Burlingame Ave. Since I’ve known the place, it has always been a trendy area to grab a bite to eat and do some window shopping. So when I visited last Thursday, I was surprised to see all new shops and restaurants that had opened up. Dinner for the night would also happen to be at one of those new establishments. 8pm reservations at Limón with their perfectly roasted chicken was calling Mestelle, a friend and I for some Peruvian cuisine.

After a stroll around the street, we walked over to the restaurant located on the corner of Burlingame Ave and California Dr. The interior had a large dining area with high ceilings. It was a bit dim inside, as you can tell by the interior photos below. However, it was a lively environment and great for a casual weekday dinner. 
   

The food came out fast with our Ceviche Trio coming out first. The trio was composed of pulpo camaron crema de aji amarillo (octopus and shrimp in a spicy yellow sauce), ceviche pescado leche de tigre clasico (fish in a citrus based sauce), and ceviche camarones pimiento leche de tigre (shrimp in a citrus and pimiento based sauce). All three were delicious and refreshing and the slices of fish were actually pretty big chunks. I also liked that they came with Peruvian corn. They weren’t overly acidic like some of the other places that I’ve eaten before. Even the taro chips that they came with were tasty on their own.

Mestelle got the beef tenderloin Lomo Saltado. It’s a stir-fry dish that has Chinese influences with it’s use of soy sauce as well as the white rice that it came with. Our other friend and I ordered the 1/4 quarter chicken. The chicken was so moist and tender that, when I cut a piece off, my knife slid effortlessly through the meat. The sides I chose were the tuca tuca which was made of sautéed rice and beans and the yucca fries. The fries were thick, crispy and delicious that I had wished that yucca fries would became the next sweet potato fries.

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Ceviche Trio of shrimp, fish, and octopus.

Taro Chips
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Lomo Saltado (stir-fried beef tenderloin)

1/4 rotisserie chicken with a side of tacu tacu (sautéed rice and beans) and yucca fries. 

Limón is reasonably priced and has great food. They have four other locations, 2 in San Francisco, with another coming soon to SFO’s Terminal 3. 

For more information, check out their website at limonrotisserie.com.
Written by Jamie • Photos taken by Jamie

Tea Time at The Fairmont San Francisco

Go shorty, it’s your birthday and we gon’ par-tea like it’s your birthday! It sure was my birthday and I did par-tea it up on a Sunday afternoon 🙂 It was a pleasure in itself to be at the gorgeous and world-class Fairmont Hotel San Francisco. I usually only come here during Christmas when the lobby is adorned in holiday decor complete with their famous confectionery gingerbread house. I forgot how stunning and opulent their lobby is any other time of the year with marble columns, vaulted ceilings, gold decor and beautiful velvet furnishings. If you’re looking to be oohed and aahed, this is the place to be!

Fairmont San Francisco Lobby

Tea service starts at 1:30pm inside their Laurel Court Restaurant. It’s not the usual girly tea room decked out in floral prints so it’s alright to bring someone masculine in your life. They got a mix of people hanging out at the bar watching sports as well as tea-goers and brunchers. Hubs and I were early for our reservation and I killed time by taking photos and selfies in the lobby. You know, being ma’artes (vain), Lol.

Their afternoon tea was a three-tiered serving stand of savory finger sandwiches, warm scones, and miniature desserts complete with tea. I ordered the Jasmine Gold Dragon tea while my husband ordered Oregon mint. I seem to have preferred his tea more than mines as it was calming and soothing to have. Check out their menu to see all the delicious delights we had. What looked like a light snack, was quite a filling meal. We could barely eat the desserts! And to think, my husband was going to ask for refills.

Afternoon Tea
Our full selves decided that we should walk around a bit. On Instagram, I saw a friend of mine do a marriage proposal at the Fairmont’s Rooftop Garden and I’ve been wanting to go check it out since. It’s really not hard to get to from the lobby as it’s past the gift shops with signs veering toward that direction. Though it was quite chilly to be outside, it was relaxing to walk the manicured courtyard with palm trees and a fountain. Great place to view the city skyline! I’m sure that on a nice Spring or Summer day, it’s the perfect oasis for hanging out and enjoying a drink.

Roof Garden

Main building of the Fairmont

On our way out, we walked down hallways filled with fascinating photographs of the hotel’s history and famous people who have graced their presence there. It was a special treat to also walk past their elegant ballrooms. I got a glimpse of the Grand Ballroom and its lavishness is truly captivating! It was definitely a well-spent birthday afternoon full of glorious indulgence!

Afternoon Tea is served on weekends from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Please visit Fairmont San Francisco to book a reservation.

Written by Mestelle  •  Photos taken by Mestelle

UNDSCVRD: Ube Everything!

Ube Everything!
Ube Everything!
UNDSCVRD hosted the first of its kind, Purple Ube Pop-Up: Purple Yams + Funky Purple Jamz last Saturday. Since we’re The Ube Way, we couldn’t miss it! It’s also fitting that the Pantone color of the year for 2018 is ultra violet. The event was to support a measure that helps SOMA Pilipinas and various other community based organizations that provide services for the homeless, cultural arts, and cultural heritage districts.

Popular fried chicken restaurant Little Skillet, Mestiza Taqueria, Frozen Kuhsterd, Sarap Shop as well as popular ube makers Hookt Doughuts and Binka Bites were the vendors listed on the event page. The event was from 4pm to 8pm at Mestiza Taqueria in San Francisco’s SOMA district. Tickets for the event were free and available on Facebook. There were a few options to enter at varying times so we chose the 4-5pm tickets. When we arrived at 4pm, there was already a line that formed outside the door but we were able to get in a few minutes after. Upon entering, Binka Bites and Hookt Donuts had tables set up near the entrance and the DJ playing at the other end of Mestiza Taqueria’s outside patio. The event space was small but it provided an intimate venue for the pop-up. 

Patio at UNDSCVRD before the crowds.
Patio at UNDSCVRD before the crowds.   
Inside Mestiza Taqueria
Inside Mestiza Taqueria
Ube Waffle Making
Ube Waffle Making
Mestiza Taqueria Menu
Mestiza Taqueria Menu
Mestelle and I headed straight inside the restaurant to get some ube waffles. The menu was simple with just two options of ube tacos (Mestiza Taqueria) and fried chicken & ube waffles (Little Skillet) so we ordered both. The tacos were tasty and the fried chicken was well seasoned and I could taste hints of ube in the waffles. It was unique to try ube in a tortilla and also in waffles.  
Cauliflower ube taco on the top left and pork ube tacos
Cauliflower ube taco on the top left and pork ube tacos 
Fried chicken with ube waffles
Fried chicken with ube waffles
Mestiza Taqueria: Ube Horchatta (left) and Hibiscus (right)  Binka Bites: Ube Mango (left) and Ube Macapuno (right)
Mestiza Taqueria: Ube Horchatta (left) and Hibiscus (right)
Binka Bites: Ube Mango (left) and Ube Macapuno (right)

Lastly, we saved the Binka Bites to go with our drinks. We didn’t want to take too long since there were people waiting so we quickly finished up. Back outside, the line was even longer now with the 5-6pm entry times waiting to get their ube fix.

I kept thinking of all the other ube dishes that I’ve tried like ube flan from BaoDown or ube macaron ice cream from Mavens and how it would be nice to see more vendors in the future participate. Now how about a pandan themed event?

Written by Jamie • Photos taken by Jamie

Arroz Caldo Bar with Chef Eric P. & Feastly

We had the pleasure of experiencing another wonderful meal hosted by Chef Eric P. through Feastly. This time we tried the Arroz Caldo Bar. Arroz caldo is a Filipino rice porridge with chicken that is similar to Chinese congee. It is warm and filling which makes it a perfect comfort food for the chilly winter weather.

We went on a Friday night at 6pm. The location was in The Mission in an unassuming building that seems to double as an apartment complex and office/venue space. The room looked like a loft style apartment with high ceilings and hard wood floors. The table setting was clean and simple with mason jars for cups and large Straus milk glasses turned water pitchers. A bowl of peanuts topped with green onions satiated my appetite for a bit while I waited for the event to start.

Arroz Caldo Bar venue with Chef Eric in the kitchen.
Arroz Caldo Bar venue with Chef Eric in the kitchen.

Bowl of Peanuts
Bowl of Peanuts

There were a few late comers due to Friday night traffic in and out of the city so the meal started about half an hour later. Once everyone was settled, Chef Eric gave a brief introduction about his Filipino background and about the meal. Arroz caldo is one of those staples that every Filipino kid, including Chef Eric, grew up eating at home.

Arroz Caldo Bar Menu
Arroz Caldo Bar Menu

Special cocktail of the night with calamansi.
Special cocktail of the night with calamansi.

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The first dish to come out were the lumpia accompanied with a vinegar sauce with peppers. Sliced green onions were on top of the perfectly fried crispy lumpia skin. The chicken lumpia was filled with ground chicken and vegetables which was a nice and tasty alternative to the typical pork filled shanghai. The shrimp lumpia had a creamy herb spread that worked so well with the shrimp and crispy wrapper. It reminded me of a crab rangoon appetizer but much more delicious. The salad that came next was a blend of mixed greens, sliced radishes, cherry tomatoes, garlic/coconut croutons, fried shallots and had a honey/calamansi vinaigrette. I’d eat salad more often if it tasted this good. What stood out were the croutons since I could really taste the coconut flavor. 


Chicken Shanghai (left) and Shrimp Shanghai (right)
Chicken Shanghai (left) and Shrimp Shanghai (right) 

Vinegar Sauce
Vinegar Sauce

Salad of mixed greens and sliced radishes.
Salad of mixed greens and sliced radishes.

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A plate of various arroz caldo toppings were placed on each table to share. I was already eyeing the fried chicken skins as they glistened in the bowl, a clear indication of crunchiness. The arroz caldo came with a sous vide egg, a bit of fried garlic, green onions and a swirl of annatto oil to jazz up the presentation. Before adding the toppings, I sampled a spoonful. It was savory but light and not too salty since it’s meant to have toppings added. I liked how it was also a bit soupy and the rice wasn’t clumpy and too thick. Plus, the chicken was shredded very finely so that it incorporated well into the soup.

Now the fun part was adding the toppings. I spooned a bit of everything onto my bowl, trying all the different combinations of rice soup plus topping. I would have dumped the entire chicken skin tray on my arroz caldo if not for the fact that we had to share. Fried shallots are always a winner for me so I had a few spoonfuls sprinkled generously. We were offered seconds but I had to turn it down. I mistakenly wore skinny jeans that night and unfortunately couldn’t eat anymore.

Arroz Caldo Toppings (Thai chilis, fried garlic, pork rinds, tofu,  cauliflower, fried shallots and fried chicken skin)
Arroz Caldo Toppings (Thai chilis, fried garlic, pork rinds, tofu,
cauliflower, fried shallots and fried chicken skin)

Arroz Caldo
Arroz Caldo 

Arroz Caldo with toppings.
Arroz Caldo with toppings.
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The cassava cake was amazing. It was the best cassava cake that I’ve ever had. My mom would make cassava cake at home and I’ve eaten it at many Filipino parties but they were generally too thick and heavy for me to have another serving. However, this version was smooth and creamy and not at all too sweet. 
Cassava Cake
Cassava Cake

Overall, it was another memorable dining experience with Chef Eric P.. I enjoyed all the dishes, especially the cassava cake. I think I’m craving another slice as we speak as I stare at the picture above.

Check Chef Eric P’s Feastly Page to find out more about upcoming meals.

Written by Jamie •  Photos taken by Jamie

Brunch at Surisan

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A local San Franciscan wouldn’t typically step foot in the heart of the touristy Fisherman’s Wharf area for Sunday brunch but you know it’s good when Jamie has dined there and recommends it. Enter Surisanlow-key cool vibe, American Korean fusion restaurant. If you’re not feelin’ the clam chowder bowls or fish & chips down the block, there’s breakfast, lunch and brunch here with dishes from the best of both worlds: traditional American fare like benedicts and french toast, or Korean, like Bulgogi Bap or Dolsot Bibimbap.

Here comes my #fattystatus moment. Upon scanning Yelp pics (who also does this?), the Fisherman’s Benedict looked so bomb. And with a name like Millionaire’s Bacon, I had to try it. Oh wait, I also wanted the Blueberry Stuffed Crunch French Toast because of my darn sweet tooth. Ugh, what’s a petite girl with a small stomach to do? ORDER ALL OF IT. Yassss. Jamie ordered her own dish, the Loco Moco, which looked so tasty as well. We decided to just split everything in half and have our own little mini buffet goin’ on in our table.

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Eggs Benedict is my go-to brunch dish and my hubby can attest to that. Of course, the Fisherman’s Benedict on the menu jumped straight at me as I’ve never had one before. It was made with dungeness crab which I thought was less filling than a classic Benedict with bacon. Although I wasn’t sure if the crab was fresh, I thought it was still pretty good. They could’ve put a little bit more. The side dishes were crispy yukon potatoes and a tomato slice with cheese baked on it. Yum! I’d get it again.

Fishermen's Benedict
Fishermen’s Benedict

The Loco Moco was actually first to come out. Me, Jamie and the people next table over just slowly gazed at the plate as it was placed on the table. It was poached egg on a huge wagyu beef cutlet stacked on steamed rice. Once you cut into it, the gravy and runny egg yolk just starts drippin’ in finesse (ayye!). You can tell the cutlet is fresh and made in house. It’s a very hearty and filling dish, I must say.

Loco Moco
Loco Moco

Millionaire’s Bacon…sooo good they went and trademarked the name. It’s bacon that’s crispy, sweet, spicy, salty, glazed, candied, and the best thing I’ve tasted so far in 2018. The “Most Recent Discovery” on my personal Yelp page currently reads: “Millionaire’s Bacon is amazing! I want to eat it everyday.” That’s how much I love it! I’m sitting here imagining myself eating it with eggs and steamed rice right now. Surisan, do you deliver?

Millionaire's Bacon
Millionaire’s Bacon

Last but certainly not least, we left the Blueberry French Toast as our dessert. We waited it out a little bit, because man, we were so full from the last three dishes. It’s a fresh out of the kitchen french toast with berries and caramel sauce. I liked the crunchiness from the cornflakes. That caramel sauce, though. I could not stop dipping the toast in it. Legit! Loved it.

Blueberry Stuffed Crunch French Toast
Blueberry Stuffed Crunch French Toast
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By this time, we were overly stuffed that we decided to walk from Fisherman’s Wharf all the way back to Embarcadero then into Downtown (scenic 2 miles). The food was delicious, beautifully plated and served quickly. The service was awesome as well. I’m so happy that I finally have a brunch spot in the wharf that I can refer to. I really want to go back! I want my bacon!

Check out S u r i s a n for their menu and hours!

Written by Mestelle • Photos taken by Jamie

Travel Diaries Washington DC: Our Nation’s Capital

Georgetown Street Shops
Georgetown Street Shops

Every year my husband and I head to the Washington DC metro area to visit his family. It’s always a nice change of scenery to visit the East Coast. The trees are barren during winter time, colonial style homes and brick facades are the norm. It feels so different from the West Coast, or at least San Francisco. There’s so much history and, being the Nation’s capital, it’s a must visit for any American. One area that I enjoyed visiting is Georgetown. It’s a charming area that has a many trendy shops and restaurants and is also the home of Georgetown University.

A Random Cobblestone Street in Georgetown
A Random Cobblestone Street in Georgetown
 
Georgetown Cupcakes is a staple of Washington DC. We are arrived at 11:00am and there was a line of people waiting outside in the cold. Thankfully the line wasn’t that long since the temperature was freezing! I bought a thick puffer jacket a few years ago specifically for visiting DC. The first time I came, I thought my long fleece hooded jacket would suffice. I was wrong. I’ve learned from my mistake but not even my jacket could keep me warm from the 20° temperature on one particular day. I couldn’t feel my toes at one point. I guess I need to invest in thermal socks. 
After 15 minutes of waiting in the bitter cold, we finally placed our order of a dozen cupcakes. They had special holiday flavors with cute holiday themed names. We ordered a dozen cupcakes of various flavors to share. There was seating at the side of the shop but it was packed with people so we just walked around eating a cupcake.
Interior of Georgetown Cupcake
Interior of Georgetown Cupcake

Interior of Georgetown Cupcake
Yummy Cupcakes
A Dozen Georgetown Cupcakes
A Dozen Georgetown Cupcakes

We took a much needed break from the harsh cold. A highly rated bakery/cafe called Baked & Wired looked promising on Yelp so we stopped to get some tea. They sold cupcakes which looked like they were baked in small flower pots as well as a variety of other baked goods, tea and coffee. At the back of the shop was seating so we grabbed a spot on the couch and just enjoyed sipping our tea.

Baked & Wired Cupcakes
Baked & Wired Cupcakes
Baked & Wired Assorted Baked Goods
Baked & Wired Assorted Baked Goods


 

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is an art museum located next to the National Mall. There was a special exhibition of renowned contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s installation called “Trace”. It comprises 176 portraits, created using Legos, of activists, prisoners of conscious and advocates of free speech. The project reflects his own experiences in China. Apparently, this installation was also shown at Alcatraz. If only I had known, I would have checked it out. It would have given me a reason to see Alcatraz for the first time.

At the end of the exhibit, a documentary was shown about Ai Weiwei which includes his experiences with law enforcement and his constant advocacy for free speech. I thought it was fascinating and it reminded me of how lucky I was to live in the US.

Picture of Ai Weiwei at the entrance of the exhibition.
Picture of Ai Weiwei at the entrance of the exhibition. 
“The Plain Version of the Animal That Looks Like a Llama
 but Is Really an Alpaca” wall paper.

Up close shows surveillance cameras, hand-cuffs and twitter bird logos.
Ai Weiwei's Trace installation at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC Ai Weiwei's Trace installation at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC
Ai Weiwei's Trace installation at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC Ai Weiwei's Trace installation at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC
Ai Weiwei's Trace installation at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC Ai Weiwei's Trace installation at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC
View of National Mall on the third floor of the Hirshhorn Museum in DC
View of National Mall on the third floor.

Here are a few images of other exhibits and interesting things at the museum:

Hirshhorn Museum Hirshhorn MuseumHirshhorn Museum Hirshhorn Museum
Hirshhorn Museum Hirshhorn Museum
Whenever I visit DC, I always make a stop downtown to Momofuku Milk Bar for the cookies and especially for the cereal milk soft serve topped with corn flakes. I wish David Chang would hurry and open up a Milk Bar in San Francisco so I wouldn’t have to wait until Christmas to get my fill. 
Cereal Milk Soft Serve at Momofuku Milk Bar in DC
Cereal Milk Soft Serve
Next door to Milk Bar is trendy Momofuku, which serves noodles, buns and other Asian offerings. We shared a bowl of pork ramen, a shrimp and a brisket bun. 
Pork Ramen at Momofuku in DC
Pork Ramen
Shrimp Bun at Momofuku in DC Brisket Bun at Momofuku in DC

Bad Saint is a Filipino restaurant located in Columbus Heights. It was rated number 2 restaurant in the US by Bon Appetite Magazine. A yelp review recommended lining up two hours before opening to ensure getting first seating. We arrived a few minutes past 3:30pm and there were already two groups of people waiting by the entrance. We parked the car in front of the restaurant to take turns waiting in line since it was freezing outside. A half an hour before opening, the line stretched to the end of the block. 

Line half an hour before opening at Bad Saint
Line half an hour before opening. 
 
Prefixe Omnivore Menu
When it was opening time, we were prompty seated. The interior is small but nicely decorated with Filipino touches. We were right next to the kitchen so we could see what the chefs were making. Our waitress handed us the pre-fix menu. There was a choice of a omnivore menu or a vegetarian menu as well as a wine pairing. Before any of the dishes came out, we were given a tea cup of ginger tea to start off. The food came out promptly one after the other. It was delicious fusion of Filipino influenced food. My favorite of the night was the fried fish with a side of garlicky sauce and the sweet bibingka at the end. 
Salabat (Ginger Tea) at Bad Saint DC
Salabat (Ginger Tea) 
Kinilaw Na Kabibi (Clam Ceviche) at Bad Saint DC
Kinilaw Na Kabibi (Clam Ceviche)
Ensaladang Treviso (Treviso Salad) at Bad Saint DC
Ensaladang Treviso (Treviso Salad)
Pasta Sa Sarsang Aligue (Pasta in Crab Fat Sauce) at Bad Saint DC
Pasta Sa Sarsang Aligue (Pasta in Crab Fat Sauce)
Mushroom Sisig at Bad Saint DC
Sisig (Sisig!)
Piniritong Isda (Fried Fish) at Bad Saint DC
Piniritong Isda (Fried Fish)
  
Estofadong Dila (Tongue Stew) at Bad Saint DC
Estofadong Dila (Tongue Stew)
Bibingka (Rice Cake) at Bad Saint DC
Bibingka (Rice Cake)
The next day for lunch we went to The Block in Annandale, Virginia. It is a cafeteria style Asian dining establishment in the suburbs of Washington DC. There was a place for Thai, poke, Asian fusion, ice cream, milk tea, snow ice and even a bar. We ordered a few items from the Asian fusion place, Balo and I ordered a bowl of boat noodles since I rarely see that on the menu of a Thai restaurant, let alone one that’s even good. I have to say that I highly enjoyed the food here considering the price and the quality of my meal. 
Cafeteria style dining at The Block in Annandale
Cafeteria style dining at The Block
Balo Kitchen Counter
Balo Kitchen Counter
Pig Frites and Brussell Sprouts from Balo Kitchen
Pig Frites and Brussell Sprouts 
Fried Chicken Tacos and Belly + Rice at Balo Kitchen
Fried Chicken Tacos and Belly + Rice


Thai Boat Noodles at Roots
Thai Boat Noodles at Roots  

Love Virginia on one wall of the interior of The Block 
The last meal of the trip was to Ambar Restaurant in Washington DC for some Balkan Food. Dinner was just $35 for all you can eat small plates. The menu had a wide variety of items but the few that stood out for me was the tartare steak, drunken mussels, brussel sprouts and the bbq pork. The price is such a steal for the quality and variety of food. It was a great way to sample many of the items. I surely need to get my new years diet plan ready for next year with all the food I’ve eaten so far. 
 Ambar Restaurant small plates in Washington DC Ambar Restaurant small plates in Washington DC Ambar Restaurant small plates in Washington DC Ambar Restaurant small plates in Washington DC
Ambar Restaurant small plates in Washington DC Ambar Restaurant small plates in Washington DCAmbar Restaurant small plates in Washington DC Ambar Restaurant small plates in Washington DC
Ambar Restaurant small plates in Washington DC Ambar Restaurant small plates in Washington DC
-Jamie