Sunday, February 7, 2010

San Francisco, February 2010, Day 1

Yesterday morning I got back from another trip to the bay area. Mabel and I flew out to interview for our respective future training programs and had a great time while we were there.

I flew in on Tuesday (2/2). I was starving when I got to Ben and Azusa’s place, and Azusa made me these ridiculously awesome Indomie noodles.

In case you missed that, these are ridiculously awesome. I’m not sure how to describe them, they’re creamy and savory and they have these complex Indian flavors. She poached an egg in situ which is a nice touch. I have to figure out how to do that. Anyway, they gave me a few extra packages to take home with me.

Ben tells me that they used to be very difficult to find. His grandmother I think first discovered it and would get people to send her a supply from various Chinatowns. Now you can buy them online. There's a rumor that these noodles are so unhealthy that they are banned in Singapore.

After lunch I went on a bike ride with Ben and his roomate Naomi through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach.

I’m told that it was unusually warm that day. A storm was brewing.

On our ride back, we stopped by Bi-Rite Creamery Ice Cream.

Look at all the little kids!

I got brown butter pecan and roasted banana. Both were really really good, but especially the roasted banana. I tried some brown sugar with ginger caramel swirl and the orange cardamon which were also great. This is great ice cream.

For dinner we went to Rosamunde Sausage Grill on Mission St.

This is apparently a relatively new location. You order at the counter, sit down with your beer, then wait until your number comes up on a display. I always feel anxious at places like this where your food comes but there's potentially nowhere to sit, but it all worked out okay.

I got a pint of Avery Dugana which is a double IPA. I don't tend to like IPAs because they tend to be too bitter for me, but they seemed to be encouraging this beer so I gave it a shot. It's really bitter, didn't even finish it. Not my kind of beer. But the sausage platter was satisfying.

I got Hungarian sausage which was good. But the beans were fantastic. It was a fun dinner. Ben, Azusa, and two of their roommates, Jeff and Naomi, made it out. Everything was great until I was confronted with the self-busing station.

I guess now that I look at it in the photograph it's pretty straightforward, but at the time I was extremely confused about where to put stuff. I just wanted to give up and put everything in waste. I think my mind can only handle two bins at a time

Bi-Rite Creamery & Bake Shop
3692 18th Street (at Dolores)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 626-5600

Rosamunde Sausage Grill (Mission St)
2832 Mission St (btn 24th St and 25th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 970-9015

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