Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen

Hey munchkins!  Today is another episode of fooding in the brunch genre, in San Francisco.  On a weekend where I went to the city to visit my friend in the city, we decided to stop for brunch at such a place.  It’s in a super convenient location in the suburbs of Outer Sunset district which makes it super convenient to get to if you’re from there locally.  It’s also right by the cost of the Pacific Ocean, so it’s a pretty sweet combo to hit up the beach to relax and catch the waves after such a meal, haha, then again I guess hence the name “Beachside”.

The exterior of the cafe. Along the side are the outdoor tables and some beach chairs to relax and chill. Check out that line, though! (Don’t moves fairly quick).

The interior of the cafe is actually really small.  The way it works is similar to just take out where you order first, pay, and get a number stand.  After, you can look, depending on your preference, for a table indoor or outdoor.  It’s all up free for grabs!

Interior of cafe with tables. How cozy and cute!

One thing that you may want to bare in mind is NOT to secure a table before ordering.  A and I tried doing that and the people ahead of us were not very happy, expressing that it is a bit inconsiderate for people who are ahead waiting and did not have a table…and suggesting the table would have been theirs.  Regardless, it’s really not that big of a deal, the tables free up fairly quickly, so the system works out well.

We are benedict junkies so for a heads up, the menu is not restricted to benedicts, but ohhhh trust me, they are gooooood.  A ordered the classic Beachside benedict along with a iced coffee to freshen up the morning.  I, on the other hand, opted for the more vegetarian option, florentine benedict.

The coffee wasn’t the star, of course…it was just a nice way to freshen up a gloomy day and get motivated.  Here’s me just trying to be artsy fartsy with my camera.

The daily necessities with an iced coffee.

I’m always a sucker for benedicts, and I really enjoyed my choice.  The yogurt sauce along with the fried spinach was a good combination of flavours that went well with english muffin and poached eggs.  The tomatoes also add a touch of freshness to the entire meal which makes me feel like I had too clear of a meal, prepping me for the entire day.

Eggs Florentine – Served on our Homemade English Muffins & Hashcakes

The beachside benedict came with english muffin and bacon, drizzled with hollandaise sauce.  Although I’m not too big of a bacon fan I found the flavour light and a good combination of all the ingredients.  A is a pepper and salt addict, which after trying it with and without it I found it necessary with just a light touch of pepper and no salt since the bacon itself is salty to begin with.

Beachside Benedict – Served on our Homemade English Muffins & Hashcakes

One great thing that came with both our dishes that we didn’t expect to be so great were the hashcakes.  A mix combination between hash browns and tater tots, the hashcakes were so dense and moist on the inside while maintaining a crusty exterior.  The potatoes were very rich in flavour and a bite of the hashcakes was different than any other another hashbrown texture that I’ve ever had in the past.  A and I both enjoyed eating them a lot :).

The restaurant in general was very homey and small but cute.  One downside I would say about the little restaurants that are around is that although it’s super convenient to get to, it can get quite crowded pretty easily.   Although it gets quite busy,  tables become available for seating at a reasonable amount of time.  Our meal was around $30 in total, which I think is decent for eating in the city.

I would definitely recommend coming here if you are looking for some breakfasty food in a local suburban area!  Don’t forget to visit the beach that faces the Pacific ocean after!  The beach is calming and beautiful!


F3 | Fast Food Francais

After moving to California, I’ve always been amazed by how great the weather is (despite being in a drought), and sunny weather really is great because it motivates me to get off my butt and go somewhere more “adventurous”…which leads to the purpose of today’s post.

A couple of friends and I decided to be a little more active and we spent the train in the city to bike across the staple icon of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge.  In fact, if you are a tourist or live in NorCal, I highly recommend it!  The weather is always extremely co-operative and the agenda for biking works so well for an entire day activity, with lots of photo spots, stopping by to capture the beautiful weather and scenery, and of course, hitting up the good food spots.

Upon biking across the bridge into the city of Sausilito in the blazing afternoon, the workout was really calling for some refueling of food.  The bike between after the bridge and into the city was the most legs felt like they were jello!  I decided I wanted me some good food as a reward, which brought us to Fast Food Francais.

I guess one thing that hinders people from finding this place is that most people are here for the view rather than the food, so they hit up spots with a great view of the water.  Not to say that the vibe at Fast Food Francais wasn’t good though, it was really nice to just sit outside, relax in the quiet chill neighbourhood with some good food.

To start things off, we ordered some appetizers, which really set the bar quite high, specifically those potato totes (or pommes dauphines if we’re being french..haha).  I wish I had a picture of them after they’re split in half, but the crunchy outer appearance really fools you…GOOD!  The insides are filled with creamy mashed goodness that makes you wonder how they got the outside so crunchy and light to begin with.  The combination of light slightly bitter brussel sprout chips with the fries/potato totes really kicked it off to a good start.

Pommes Dauphines/ Fries/ Brussels Sprout Chips ($8)
French Charcuterie Plate/ Pâté de Campagne/ Chorizo/ Saucisson Sec/Cornichons ($12)

The charcuterie platter was pretty good too!  I would say it’s a pretty good portion size for it’s money’s worth and although pate isn’t really my thing, I managed to appreciate it balanced as a spread on the bread.  The other sausage (which is out of focus ._.), which I’m guessing is the chorizo was a bit spicy, so not for my palette, but I really enjoyed the other sausage slices.

Not sure if it was only me, but I found it a bit funky that this place served burgers.  My friends and I all agreed that we weren’t really in the mood for burgers but at the end of our meal, we all changed men – we loved them!  We ordered different burgers, each of which we said were all good.  Juicy (and I mean JUICY), soft, cooked to order, and high in quality, these burgers were some gourmet!  The most “french” resembling burger that I would say is the French Onion burger, which was also my favourite.  The beef patty was made to perfection, medium rare in our case, and all burgers were not overwhelmed in sauce but managed to ‘sauced’ to perfection.

Although I didn’t really try this burger, T said that he really felt that this burger really brought out the bacon flavour in the burger, which isn’t common.  There was a good balance of flavour between all the different ingredients.

BOS: Organic Grass Fed Beef/ Smoked Bacon/ St. Nectaire/ Béarnaise/ Lettuce ($13)

I had the quack burger.  The duck confit was really soft and tender, which I enjoyed a lot, seeing that it’s not conventional to have a duck confit burger.  One thing I would have wished wasn’t so overpowering was the goat cheese, I think it was, which I found overpowered the flavour of duck.

Quack: Duck Confit/ Black Pepper Chèvre/ Red Onion Marmalade/ Lettuce ($14)

My personal favourite was the french onion burger, which I also found was a good representation of France and their french onion soup.  I looooved the gooey cheese that accompanied every bite of the burger, saucy burgers are always a plus for me.

French Onion: Organic Grass Fed Beef/Onion Soup/ Emmental/ Cheddar Fondue/ Onions Rings/Lettuce ($13)

All in all, we were all stuffed at the end of the meal, and satisfied.  It was a delightful surprise and hidden behind the tourist area, in a quiet but hip street.  I would definitely recommend if food > view if you’re ever in Sausilito!

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Mission Beach Cafe

Where do I begin with brunches in the city?  During our weekend in the city, I just craved some warm and wakening food to make up for the cloudy chilly morning.  And being in Mission really doesn’t make it hard to find a good place that hits the spot.

Not too far from where we were staying we found an awesome brunch location, Mission Beach Cafe! It’s not in a busy intersection, more within the suburbs of the city (if that counts…), and this place is really popping with a huge line and a fun atmosphere of friends and families, if ya know what I mean.

A cute corner location of a not so busy intersection (14th St and Guerrero St).

We probably waited around 30 minutes for a table of two, but I wouldn’t mind doing it again (that’s how worth it it was :D).  Although the seating arrangement is quite tight, I wouldn’t blame them – they just want to keep customers happy and service as many as they could.   I wouldn’t say you are in the most spacious place when you’re seated, and everyone is chittery chattery, which I myself didn’t mind, but if you’re looking for a calm quiet place then you may want to pay this place a visit when you’re more accepting haha.

We started off with a very necessary cup of coffee, hot and toasty, followed with our two entrees, eggs benedicts and huevos with tortilla chips.

Wild mushroom benedict with spinach, caramelized onions, truffle mornay sauce over english muffin, potatoes
mbc huevos with yellow-indian-women beans, salsa rojo, cojita cheese, tomatillo pico-de-gallo, tortilla chips

loooove runny eggs, so obviously those egg benedict were mine.  The truffle sauce was so flavourful yet not overpowering, and it was really a good combination with the egg yolk. Mmm, just thinking about makes me want to go back already.  A mouthful of that along with the mushroom and spinach was really the cherry on top.  And, honestly, how could I leave out the potatoes.  These home-cut potatoes were seasoned so well and baked so well it was almost as good as the main item on the plate.  N definitely enjoyed those a lot…he kept stealing them off my place…haha.

To be honest though, N’s dish was just neutral to me.  I think I just thought it was strange to be eating tortilla for brunch.  I may be completely wrong though, tell me otherwise if you guys have had tortilla chips for brunch!  This dish was a lot more bold than the dish I had ordered, with very vibrant flavours, and I really loved the salsa and guac.  I guess this wasn’t as attractive to me as my own because the egg in this dish was cooked quite thoroughly and my poor tolerance in spiciness made me quite biased.  Regardless, if you are a bold flavour type-a-person I’m sure you’ll dig this ;).

I really enjoyed being here, and I really felt like I was in the whole San Francisco laid back afternoon grabbing a brunch type of mood, which was really nice!  Haha, not sure if that really meant anything…but what I’m trying to say is that I enjoyed my experience here and I would definitely recommend you all to try it if you have a chance!!


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Boba Guys

On the same note of the visit to Craftsman & Wolves that I mentioned, N and I made several stops at several places, so if I’m diligent enough hopefully you guys will be able to read entries to all if not most of the places that we visited during our little trip.

This stop is no where to fill your stomaches, but it definitely is a place to quench your thirst.  Today, I will be writing about the famous Boba Guys.  To provide a little history, Boba Guys was a kickstarter project that fire up into what it is today.  Having all premium natural ingredients sourced from Japan, China, and even locally, along with homemade syrups, a cup of Boba Guys really spells QUALITY.

Our first hunt to Boba Guys was on a weekend evening which we managed to catch right before closing.  We were so excited upon finding our goal, that we actually ate before the camera did….SORRY!

Left – green tea matcha with boba, Right – Classic milk with homemade grass jelly

N is an avid boba drinker, so he likes to be on the “healthier” side, choosing 25% sweetness along with his classic milk drink.  In my opinion, I found that it was kind of bland…to me, boba is not boba without it’s sweetness.  The grass jelly is not very sweet either, so it was just a very tea-y drink.  One thing I did like about the lack of sweetness is that it reveals all the flavours of the tea and grass jelly, which is quite nice.  I would recommend this if you just don’t have much of a sweet tooth.

I, on the other hand, am a matcha junky (as you may already know).  Whenever that is on the menu, it’s my pick, hands down.  To feel a little less guilty, I selected 50% sweetness and I thought this drink was amazing!  The matcha was nice and bold in flavour, while the syrup and sweetness of the boba balanced everything out.  If you’re a green tea matcha fan, you’re gonna love this.

So – after we ordered we noticed that there’s actually a special menu beside the cashier (aside from the regular menu), which we totally missed, so we vowed to come back…which we did (the very next day)!  This time, we ordered one of the most well presented bobas that I have ever seen (and that says a lot…)

Matcha mango fresca with almond jelly
Matcha mango fresca with homemade almond jelly
The winning boba of my choice with the Boba backdrop

The layers of the green matcha and yellow-orange mango syrup along with the almond jelly was just so eye-catching that I didn’t want to ruin it!!  This drink does now allow for sweetness-level adjustments because the mango syrup in itself is already quite sweet.  The bitter and sweet flavours that contrast along with the colours all worked very well with one another.  This was by far the most creative yet delicious drink :).  And the thought of the almond jelly may sound weird, but it actually complimented the flavours especially since the matcha was slightly bitter as well.  Although this drink may have sat on the pricier end, I really believe that the quality of the ingredients and flavours was worth ever penny.

The shop is small and lies on the side of an intersection on Valencia Street in Mission, but it’s definitely worth a visit.  All the staff are friendly and nice, and they all seem to be enjoying their jobs at Boba Guys.  Go and experience what the new and taste of luxury of boba is!!

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Craftsman & Wolves

Hey my foodos!

It has been an awful long time since the last time I’ve posted on this…and too many things in my life have changed.  I’m currently no longer a student, I’m graduated and now working – and the biggest catch of this, is that I don’t live in Canada anymore :(.  I moved down for work, and now I live in NorCal, the home of fresh food and amazing food talent.  I’m hoping to revive this food blog and am planning to post more often (when I have time and when I can remember..).  Now that I have a job this also allows for me to explore with less guilt and go eat recklessly more often.

Okay, well enough about me, and now I will talk about my foodventure that me and N had during our weekend in the beautiful city of San Francisco.  We spent the weekend in Mission – food central.  We hadn’t realized this until we started exploring and we noticed all these restaurants with beautiful, hip interior and the creative items available on the menu.  At this point, we promised ourselves that we would make a stop at the next candidate that met the criteria.

And that is how we found ourselves inside a wakening ambience that we wanted to be in.  The interior was very simple, with an smartly perfectly unfinished ceiling and spider lights.  This little shop was filled with little baked goods both sweet and savoury.  Because N and I walked into Craftsman & Wolves as our first meal of the day, we decided to order a few savoury dishes.


We ordered a very delicious savoury muffin made with wheat, sausage and green onions that speaks for itself, really.  I mean, never judge a book by it’s cover ;).

A “simple” muffin

Craftsman & Wolves are geniuses by stuffing the muffin with a soft boiled egg that makes your eyes salivate just its looks, haha.  All the flavours were subtle yet worked in harmony, which made hard not to devour.


We also ordered a slice of their quiche, which was my personal favourite of the two.  Although I’m a sucker for soft boiled eggs and the muffin was amazing, I loved that the ingredients inside the quiche complemented one another so well.  The picked carrots had a nice and subtle kick to them which really worked my taste buds :)

Quiche (zucchini, baby kale, curry, asiago cheese) with pickled carrots

Our visit here was very pleasant.  It’s always nice to encounter a nice little shop that you enjoy by coincidence.  It just makes everything a better experience ;).  It’s good to be back, and hopefully being in this new space will motivate me to be more disciplined in blogging more often.  Until next time guys!!


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I just want to thank you all for visiting my page and reading my entries!

I’m planning to migrate to blogspot to customize my webpage more and make it more fun to read :).

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Thanks for sticking around! :)


SodaStream/Kraft Launch Event

Hey there hungry hippos! Recently, I was given the opportunity, thanks to The Mint Agency to attend the SodaStream/Kraft Launch event. This was one of my first blogging events that I have ever been to, so I was extra stoked to participate in this.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I arrived, I found myself in a beautifully decorated lounge-like floor. Here are a few snaps I caught.

Leaving our marks to help set the bubbles free!
So, which side are you on? Using plastic bottles, or SodaStream for reuse?
The adorable candy bar where people can fill up their SodaStream baskets.
Some more awesome decor. Super creative and neat.
The nice and cozy lounge area for some mix and mingle.
Getting all fancy pancy and modern-looking there, drink mixer ;)
The drinks served were all made from the Sodastream drink mixers flavoured by Kraft syrups (alcoholic optional).

The launch party comprised of the new syrups available by Kraft to mix with the SodaStream drinks.  The launch celebrates the following flavours:

  • Country Time lemonade
  • Crystal Light lemonade
  • Crystal Light raspberry lemonade
  • Crystal Light fruit punch
  • Kool-Aid grape
  • Kool-Aid tropical punch
  • Kool-Aid cherry

My personal favourite was the raspberry lemonade and the lemonade.  A fun way to spice up the drinks is to add gin or vodka with your bubbly drinks!  The carbonated drink mixes soooo well with a bit of alcohol :).

They also served some really delicious finger foods prepared by the executive chef at Brassaii.  Here are a few photos:

A delicious white meat chicken and pineapple skewer with flatbread topped with cheese and spinach
A fresh mouthful of sweet and salty all in one bite!
A bite full of complimenting flavours and textures – avocado, tuna, and crispy bread. Mmmm!
I know this isn’t a finger food, but I just had to post it. Aren’t they just soooo adorable?

This event was a really motivating and eye-opening step for me. I was able to meet a few new bloggers and learn about the blogging community. This launch party had an amazing atmosphere, with great music from the DJ, fun bubbly drinks and tasty canapés. I was able to gain new ideas and motivation to keep posting more regularly.  At the end of the party, we were all gifted with our very own SodaStream drink mixer, and a lemonade syrup!  My sister and I are SO excited to try this machine out for ourselves and start joining the environmentally friendly movement!  Now we have have the convenience of making our own soda drinks at home :).   The SodaStream starter kit comes with a 60L can of carbinator as well as 9 flavour samples.  These machines are sold everywhere – I’ve seen them on sale at Staples, Walmart, Target, etc.   So come on and join the movement and get your own SodaStream drink mixer today!

My SodaStream gifts of the night including the SodaStream starter kit and Country Time lemonade syrup.

Thank you again Mint Agency for inviting an event like this!  I had a blast and gained more insight and motivation to improve and continuing my blogging hobby!

– ksdn