Finally tried the local pork from Farmer Dan's and it is the best! We had only tried his fresh chickens so far and they were great. Picked up some fresh local pork chops yesterday and grilled them today for supper. So good! Hubby had his with BBQ sauce but I had mine simple; just some olive oil and red apple balsamic. The best local pork I've had, we will definitely be back for more. Can't wait to try the beef as well :)
Time to get back to real life. Vacation is over and I'm back to cooking at home. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, but I love vacation eating. Eating in restaurants, no prep and no dishes :)
Tried a new recipe tonight and it was really good :) Chicken Bacon Cabbage Skillet. Wasn't sure how it would be as cabbage is not a favorite for myself or Hubby but the comments regarding the recipe got me curious to try it....along with the fact it has bacon. Bacon makes everything better :) It was pretty simple to make. The only changes I made was to use all chicken breasts instead of a cut-up chicken, and I used carrots instead of parsnips because I already had them. Will definitely be making this again, I suggest giving it a try :) Next time I will likely cut back on the salt a little. The bacon already adds lots of salt so less would work I think.
Last night I made Grilled Cilantro-Lime Chicken again. This is really good but after eating it I didn't feel great. It really didn't seem to agree with me. I think I am having trouble with avocado lately. Really sad as I love them and can eat them as is. May need to avoid them for awhile or keep my portions really small.
Spent two weeks on vacation and all food rules pretty much went out the window. I overindulged in many things; some food was fantastic and well worth it :) We ate 3 pretty large meals throughout the day so the snacking was next to nothing, so that's one good thing.
Found a great place for breakfast near our hotel in San Francisco: Beach Street Grill. We went there most mornings for breakfast; they have a range of local produce, organic foods, and gluten free options. The food was delicious but found it to be on the pricey side; it was a good quality food on Fisherman's Wharf though so I was expecting pricey but just not that pricey. The first morning I tried the Crab Omelet, OMG, it was excellent. It came with hash-browns and toast, which I asked to omit, but it came out to the table anyway and it was charged of course. The second day I had eggs and bacon and I substituted fruit for the hash-brown and toast (for an extra charge). The coffee was good and they had fresh squeezed orange juice as well for $5 a glass. Breakfast for 3 people often ran about $85 US including tip. Service was fantastic and the staff were all very friendly.
Lunch and dinners were from a variety of restaurants we stumbled upon while exploring.
Found a great Italian place and ate there twice; we all liked it so much :) Cafe Delucchi. Hubby had pasta both times and loved them both. Myself and Mom had pizza and salad; it was all very tasty and decent prices for the area. The service was excellent the first day but a little lacking the second visit.
We ate two dinners and a lunch on Pier 39; often very expensive. One restaurant that really stood out though was Fog Harbor. The service was fantastic and the food was all excellent. No complaints for anything there. We didn't order apps or dessert, but the mains were all delicious as well as large and filling. I ordered the Pan-Seared Chicken Breast, Mom had Fish & Chips (and ate all 3 pieces of fish which tells me it was fabulous). Hubby had the Cioppino. He thought it was excellent but his first time having it so nothing to compare it to :)
We ate at Chart House on Pier 39. Had very high expectations but was not happy with the food or quality for the price. I ordered a Seafood Cobb Salad, found it seemed to be cheaper ingredients, and they messed up when I asked to omit the blue cheese; it came with it anyways and didn't want to have to wait for another. The prices were pretty high as well and the service was good but not great. I also had the Shrimp, Crab, Avocado Mango Stack which wasn't great; seemed to be lacking in flavor even though it sounded great. The Lobster Bisque was delicious though. Hubby had the Crab Cake and the Swordfish and loved both. Mom had Clam Chowder in a bread bowl, which she found mediocre, and Coconut Shrimp which were delicious.
We also ate at Eagle Cafe on Pier 39 for lunch and we weren't overly impressed with the food there either. Still pricey and the food was not great. It seems "grilled" means something different then it does here in Canada. We ordered grilled fish and shrimp thinking it would be a healthier choice but it was all pan-fried and very greasy. The shrimp were also done pretty spicy for myself and Mom although spicy wasn't mentioned on the menu.
My name is Michelle and I am tired of struggling with my weight. I am stopping the struggle.