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bad blogger and San Francisco Eats

So.. I am a very bad blogger and haven’t updated in about a year! No excuse really, other than blogging apathy and I haven’t really eaten anywhere that spectacular. We did visit San Francisco for a holiday and food is one of my favourite things to do in the States. But, this trip was a little wake up call for me. By the end of it I just couldn’t ‘stomach’ the excesses of food on offer, the huge portions and the shameful amounts of food we left behind. Driving down the streets past endless Jack in the Boxs, Mc Donald’s and Denny’s really grossed me out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming the companies, it’s supply and demand!

We even went into this ‘all you can eat’ place by accident and I thought, wow, is this really necessary. Greasy food, epic portions and the over abundance of fried, cheesed and hot fries on food just really turned me off American food. I was glad to get back to London and the less complicated, Europeanish style food here. Wraps and salads have never been more appealing. We also had some dodgy sushi that I am still queasy over.

However, while in San Francisco we did indulge in some of the local ‘delicacies’. It can really be said that I have a fondness for novelty foods, I don’t know why but they always seem more interesting and delicious than regular foods. Hence my delight at sushi and fondue. Novelty was thus the reason for these two beauts!

This was the Shrimpers Heaven at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.  4 kinds of shrimp in these awesome holders! I think I can hear everyone in the food blogging community collectively groan at that. Come on, I had to try it – it would have been criminal not to. But man, it was horrible and filling. You ask how can I complain about American food when I order stuff like this, I agree, it really is my own fault.  C got a stuffed crab, shrimp cheese thing that came with and fries and a side salad. We were so full and we left most of it behind. The server asked did we want a box for it, I was like, dude I may never eat again and I definitely don’t want to eat that again. He was like, okay how about dessert?

This was clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, again in Fisherman’s Wharf, really THE place for novelty foods. It was actually quite good, not the best chowder ever, but tasty enough. The restaurant specialises in their sourdough bread and it was sour. We often get sourdough baguettes over here, but I didn’t realise they were actually meant to taste like that. Because they don’t, at all. So I was a bit taken aback by the sourness of the bread and it wasn’t really to my liking at all.

So the verdict on San Francisco was that the food wasn’t at all amazing and I am definitely not judging it on these places, but on all the meals we had there. Overall, not an amazing selection or excellent quality. We didn’t find that many different places to try, though C did have an interesting yoghurt dip thing in the Mission.  Perhaps I am too biased by European food. Thoughts?