Saturday, February 26, 2011
San Francisco, CA - Sears Fine Food; In the heart of San Fran, as a tourist, you'll want to get out of your hotel and try different breakfast places. Take a quick walk over to Sears and although it'll be better than your hotel and CHEAPER, it's a basic dining place. Although, the decor is drastically different from the upstairs to downstairs, not what I expected. Upstairs was also packed and downstairs, basically deserted.
We were in a carb mood, so lets try out their French Toast and what they're famous for, their Swedish Pancakes. The French Toast, was good, but nothing really memorable about it. Again, just as good and cheaper than the hotels. As for the Swedish Pancakes, they're little, delicate, thin, sweet, and very quick to eat. The regular order comes with about 18 pancakes, it sounds like a lot, so I got the half order. Yeah, I was still very hungry afterward. Therefore, get the full order and you'll probably be carbed out while satisfying your sweet tooth. Just by themselves, they are good, just thin little pancakes. You can also request a side lingon berries that really helped give it some more flavor. I would recommend including this on them.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
San Francisco, CA - Samovar Tea Garden; Part of a good meal is the atmosphere and the surrounding environment. The tea house definitely has that going for it. Right there in the middle of the city is a beautiful park, garden, waterfall, decent food, and surprising enough, almost silence, at least the closest you can come to it in the middle of the city.
We started with the Ryokucha Tea, nice and warm on a cool day, sitting outside, and the flavor, not what I was expecting. It actually had a sweet potato flavor, that was from left field. I could only drink so much of it before I was tired of the flavor, but it was good in the beginning though.
It was saved by their sandwich, which was Grilled Agor Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato, Pesto. Now we're talking. I enjoyed every bite. The bread is freshly made, nice and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The pesto complimented the cheese and sun dried tomatoes very well. It all worked well together. It came with a small salad on the side with a balsamic vinegar dressing, which was pretty good, but by the end it could have been slightly over powering.
The tea is overly expensive, but I would expect that since you can grab some tea and sit there for hours. They have to make money some how, right? Enjoy!