Noah’s Bagels

The day after arriving in San Fran, we started off our morning at Noah’s Bagels before going to Fisherman’s Wharf. Stepping out into the San Fran weather took me back to the long gone Vancouver summer weather – chilly, breezy yet sunny for a t-shirt and jeans look.

The pastry shop welcomed us with an aromatic fragrance of fresh and hot bagels out of the oven. I wasn’t sure what was good, but I wanted something that would fill me up other than the original bagels.

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Hence I ordered a Gourmet Bagel – “Spinach and Cheese Bagel(USD3.30)” toasted with a thick and creamy spread of cream cheese in between. Perhaps it is my Chinese taste preferences but I couldn’t handle so much cream cheese, however it did help balance the dryness of the bagel.

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The other order we had was the “Turkey Sausage Cheddar All Day Breakfast (USD4.85)” with gently scrambled egg  in between two pieces of warm toasted sesame bagels. The warm and juicy turkey sausage with a hint of melted cheddar was scrumptious and filling for a much needed breakfast.

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Basil Thai Restaurant and Bar

Just before Christmas day, I decided fly to the sunny skies and rolling hills of San Francisco to escape the misery in Vancouver. My flight arrived at night so Thai food was the closest option from where we lived. When we arrived at Basil at 9pm, the restaurant was still bustling and slammed with people inside and outside their door. After a 15 minute wait,we got a small table near the far end and compared to the Thai food in Vancouver, this was shockingly original and exploding with spiciness.

With weaved sphere lights suspended from above emitting a chic environment with intimate tables, Basil welcomes all sorts of eaters. Their menu is also decent priced and acceptable especially with their service and vibe.

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Without hesitation, I ordered the “Pad Talay Ruam Mit (USD13” consisting of prawns, calamari, mussels, red peppers, zuchini, basil, and onions tossed in a hot chilli sauce with a bowl of Jasmine rice. In Vancouver, the servers would warn you if the dish was hot…but not in San Fran. I did not expect such a lip stinging effect from the sauce but the flavour was extremely hard to resist.

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Stir fried seafood caressed and smothered in a tasty and seasoned bliss.

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The other dish was the “Kang Bpet (USD13)” which is the roast duck red curry with cherry tomatoes, a slice of fresh pineapple and a bowl of sticky rice. In the midst of a piquant sauce, the sweetness of the pineapple is delectable and welcoming.

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Insadong Korean BBQ and Seafood Restaurant

Insadong has always received high recognition for authentic Korean food with a diverse menu offering extensive lists of hot pots, BBQs, noodles, and unique Korean dishes. The last time I came, I was disappointed with how slow the servers worked and that they needed more workers. I did not return for awhile until a few nights ago and I was very pleased with how much they have improved. Justin and I walked in with hungry stomachs and luckily we got a table right before the line came in.

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If you guys remember from my previous Korean dining experience, it was absolutely treacherous. Insadong on the other hand completely topped it. We were served a variety of mini bites or appies to start us off – pickled radish, nori, potatoes, kimchi and bean sprouts. The amount of flavour and texture offered in each plate were delectable and opens your taste buds before and in between entrées. In addition, you can refill any of these as many times as you want and you don’t get charged.

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Boiling up a pound of goodness, we have the “Bulgogi (marinated beef), Octopus, Rice Cakes, Tofu, Udon and Vegetables Hot Pot(CAD29.99)“. No winter is complete without hot pot to warm your soul. Surprisingly this is thee “small” size at Insadong and it was jam packed with all sorts of food. Also, this is probably one of the most filling and satisfying Korean hot pots I have had in BC.

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Everyone who has tried Korean food but has never ordered the “Japche (CAD13.99)” is seriously missing out on some delicious and traditional Korean cuisine. Mixed with a dash of sesame oil, this noodle dish is a simple yet flavourful choice.

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