Ok, so it has been a while since I’ve posted. Life has been…well, life I guess. Christmas has come and gone as has 2009. Not a great year, not a bad year, but a year none the less. After all, it gave is 09-09-09, my favorite day. So what’s been going on lately?
First there has been food! Mabel and I spent a week up in the San Francisco area over Christmas (and then another week up in SF). We got ate at a few places that we like, a few places that we’ve never tried before, and some places that we always go to. That’s the one thing about San Francisco, you can get anything you want to eat in almost any neighborhood. One of our favorites is Gordo Taqueria, or “Gordo’s” as we lovingly refer to it. Specifically the one on 23rd Avenue and Clement. Not much seating but they make one hell of a burrito. My personal favorite (and the only one I get now) is a “super carnitas, extra cheese, with black beans”.
That alone is a meal in itself, and lasts me most of the day. It sounds good right now, especially on a cold day. One of the best items out in the Richmond District.
Then there was a place we saw on Man vs. Food San Francisco that had great looking sandwiches. We had never been there but knew we had to give it a try. Ike’s Place is a very small store that just looks like a literal hole in the wall, but there sheer number of sandwiches they offer and variety is just crazy. Oh, did I mention the sandwiches were really, really good? Personally, I got #79, Shawn Michaels, which is Thinly Sliced Rib-Eye Steak, Mozzarella Sticks, Bacon. I had never thought mozzarella sticks on a sandwich would be a good idea. Bacon, of course, but mozzarella sticks? Well, let me tell you, that was a damn good sandwich! My only complaint was that it was a tad small (for my appetite) but all in all I give it a 5/5 stars.
If you ever go, the wait can be crazy, even on a weekday, so do what we did and order ahead. They will tell you what time your sandwich(es) will be ready so you can come at the right time. Parking is nuts out there (we drove) but if you are Muni inclined, they are close to Market and 16th Street and the Castro Street Muni station. Highly recommend it.
One other place we went to for the first time, after hearing good reviews about it, was the Hard Knox Cafe on Clement Street. It was a chance to have soul food in the Richmond District. I had the Chicken Fried Steak with a side of mashed potatoes. Food was good and the place was a decent size. If you go, there is no real waiting area but it is worth a wait if there is one. What also made it great was being able to catch up with a friend that we hadn’t seen in 9 years or so. Good food and good friends always make for a great time.
And lastly, one of the places we like to eat, yes it is a chain but it is still the best bread out there, is Boudin Bakery Cafe. We went to the one in Walnut Creek this time but we’ve been to a few throughout San Francisco, and even the ones down here in Disney’s California Adventure and Costa Mesa. Nothing beats having either chili or clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl on a cold day (and was it ever cold in the Bay Area!). The chili/soup is always good and you get to eat the bowl! I’ve always liked Boudin’s bread. So much so, that I often will just munch on the bread. Yes, just the bread. Nothing on it. To me it just has a nice simple flavor that you just can’t get anywhere else. I’ve always liked bread, plain and simple. One of the most basic foods is also one of my most favorites. As long as the bread has a good flavor and feels and smells nice I’ll try it. The really good ones gotta have a good crust and a nice taste, and Boudin fits that nicely. On a side not, if you ever want to try Sourdough Pancakes (they are my favorite) you have to go to The Original Pancake House. Mabel and I have been to the ones in Anaheim, San Diego, and Las Vegas. I’ve always had a good food experience there. Their Sourdough pancakes are yummy, with a nice sour flavor, but their buckwheat pancake come in a close second. Throw in a side of sausage or bacon (or both!) and coffee and you have yourself one great meal.
Ok, enough about food. What else has gone on in life? Hmmmmm…..
Well, had my beginning of the year doctor appointments. First was my annual dilated eye exam. There is nothing like walking around with everything being very bright, and having your eyes look like you are really angry. Of course, I don’t mind, and after all it is all done to make sure that Diabetic Retinopathy is not creeping up on me. Thankfully, like the past few years, my ophthalmologist found no issues with my eyes and he told me all is well. Whew! So glad that nothing is wrong. Normally that is the end of the exam, but this year he decided to take a pic of my corneas! Just to keep on file so they can compare to future visits. If you’ve never had it done, it is really easy, just a really bright flash of light. Now this isn’t my cornea, but it did look something like this:
This was of course after I had visited my endo and discovered my Hemoglobin A1c had risen to 7.3%. Not that going up 0.1% is anything to be worried about. My endo wasn’t so that is good enough for me. Plus with how crazy the last 3 months of 2009 were I can still be happy with a 7.3%.
So 2010 is just beginning, and as always, who knows what the future holds. Mabel, Roxi, and I are going into 2010 head on and will walk side by side by pup. Here’s to a great 2010. And when you eat always ask yourself, “Did You Have the Bread?”