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Meals 102: Sightglass Coffee + Nicholas Kristof

I went to Sightglass Coffee for breakfast and ran into Daniel, the barista who put Bitter+Sweet on the map with his red velvet latte. It was serendipitous because I was in the middle of telling Anita and Karen that Sightglass Coffee is served at Bitter+Sweet, which prompted Daniel to exclaim, “THAT’s why you look so familiar!” Now that I’m no longer living in SF, Bitter+Sweet (in Cupertino) is where I get my Humphry Slocombe ice cream fix, and I guess I’m there often enough that the staff can recognize me, even outside their shop.

In the evening, I went to a talk at Stanford by Nicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Half the Sky. His work is centered around human rights abuses, and for this event, he focused on oppression against women. His speech was moving and empowering: Kristof broke down the looming problem of gender oppression into tangible issues that ordinary citizens like me can relate to and help resolve. An act as simple as providing menstrual pads for girls and women in developing countries has the potential to help them stay in school – currently, many of them opt to stay at home during periods because of inadequate sanitary protection, and they fall behind in classes as a result. At the same time, the act of giving someone a pad may sound simple, but building a sustainable supply chain of pads in a developing country is no small task – there are innumerable logistical and political hurdles. Admirably, organizations like Sustainable Health Enterprises are working hard to solve this very problem. More comfortable periods = more girls with consistent class attendance. And education – not condoms or pills – is the best long-term birth control solution, according to Kristof. I’ve never thought about girls’ education this way, but it totally makes sense. Like other women in developed countries, I’m too quick to take something like menstrual pads for granted.

I felt silly and frivolous eating colorful chewy macarons after such a moral imperative-inspiring event. But I can’t deny that they were delicious.

Ginger scone and Colombian coffee from Sightglass Coffee

Breakfast from Sightglass Coffee: Ginger scone and Colombian coffee

Chicken salad from Shana Thai

Linner from Shana Thai: Chicken satay salad

Pistachio, rose, chocolate cherry, green tea, and cassis macarons

Dessert: Pistachio, rose, chocolate cherry, green tea, and cassis macarons

Meals 100: El Farolito + Passion Pit

It’s my 100th day of blogged meals.

I went to a Passion Pit concert with Anita in San Francisco. I’m a Manners and Chunk of Change fanatic, but sadly, the band didn’t play any of those songs – rather, they integrated themselves into the venue’s ‘untz untz’ clubbing music set. The integration was so seamless, in fact, that we couldn’t detect any difference between the DJing done by Passion Pit and all the others. Disappointing, but we still got to stare down the eclectic crowd. Of note:

1) Guy wearing ‘FOSTER THE PEOPLE’ t-shirt that was about three sizes too small. Looked uncomfortable.
2) Plaid. Plaid everywhere.
3) Awkward advancer: “may I have this dance?” To which I replied, “LET’S ALL DANCE TOGETHER!!!!” and started synchronized jumping with Anita. I think we scared him away good. I give him props for trying.

By far the best part of our night was sharing a super suiza quesadilla at El Farolito after the show. Ahhh, I love the city.

toast with flaxseed, carrot juice, melons, clementine oranges

Breakfast: Wheat toast with peanut butter and flaxmeal, honeydew, cantaloupe, clementines, carrot juice

pulled pork sliders with lima bean salad

Lunch: Pulled pork sliders, lima bean and mixed greens salad

Dungeons and dragons roll, spicy crispy hamachi roll, futomaki from Rocketfish

Dinner from Rocketfish: Dungeons and dragons roll, spicy crispy hamachi roll, futomaki

Super Suiza quesadilla from El Farolito

Midnight snack from El Farolito: Vegetarian super suiza quesadilla with avocado, cheese, and sour cream

Meals 97

I really loved Bobbi’s Coffee Shop! See below for their yummy breakfast burrito. For more details, check out my Yelp review.

breakfast burrito with hash browns from Bobbi's Coffee Shop in Cupertino

Brunch from Bobbi's Coffee Shop: Breakfast burrito filled with Italian sausage, potatoes, bacon, eggs, and cheese, served with hash browns, pico de gallo, and sour cream

Bread pudding from Bobbi's Coffee Shop with whipped cream from Jen Lee's Jentrify blog

Brunch: Cinnamon bread pudding with whipped cream

arugula caprese salad with tomatoes and mozzarella from Trader Joe's; seen in Jen Lee's Jentrify blog

Dinner from Trader Joe's: Arugula caprese salad with tomatoes and mozzarella

Cornflakes with yogurt-covered berries for dessert; eaten by Jen Lee in her Jentrify blog

Dessert: Cornflakes cereal with yogurt-covered berries and soymilk

Meals 90: Bacon-wrapped hot dogs in broad daylight

I have a hard time articulating why I love San Francisco so much, especially in the shadow of well-versed SF bloggers like Jacob Kaufman.

But here’s one thing I can say for certain: there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with a bacon-wrapped hot dog1, and there is no better place to eat one than San Francisco.

The bacon-wrapped hot dog has made multiple appearances in 7×7′s Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You Die as “Bacon-wrapped hot dog from a cart in the Mission (preferably when you’re drunk).”

Good point, 7×7, on drunkenness. Every time I enjoy a bacon-wrapped hot dog, is it because the hot dog is actually good, or is it because I’m just having a really good night? At what point does the discriminating tongue end and drunken euphoria begin? Come to think of it, have I ever consumed anything in the Mission district and been disappointed? What’s stronger: the flavor-enhancing potential of drunkenness, or my infatuation with Mission nightlife?

After today’s lunch, I can at least answer the first question, with confidence: bacon-wrapped hot dogs are actually good, even when consumed sober in broad daylight.

As for the other questions…we’ll see if I’m ever be able to answer them.

carrot juice, mandarin orange, and peanut butter toast

Breakfast: Carrot juice, mandarin oranges, whole wheat toast with peanut butter

bacon-wrapped hotdog, chilaquiles, refried beans, peas, mixed greens, red rice, black beans

Lunch: Bacon-wrapped hotdog, chilaquiles, refried beans, black beans, peas, mixed greens, red rice

Leftover hash browns and eggs florentine

Dinner: Leftover hash browns and avocado eggs florentine from Southern Kitchen

blueberry mochi cake

Dessert: Blueberry mochi cake (stay tuned for the illustrated recipe)

1quote adapted from Daria Morgendorffer in “Is It College Yet?”)

Meals 89 + CSS-induced meal drop-off

I woke up still feeling full from yesterday’s feast at Tamarine, but that didn’t stop me from getting brunch at Southern Kitchen in Los Gatos, the picturesque town where I grew up. That was some filling brunch. So filling, in fact, that I didn’t think to eat dinner until 10 PM, amid a marathon frenzy of CSS tweaks to this site. And what does a CSS rookie crave at 10 PM on a Sunday after such a frenzy? Scroll down and find out.

Hash browns, poached eggs, English muffin, Hollandaise sauce, avocado, spinach

Brunch: Avocado eggs florentine (poached eggs with spinach and avocado atop English muffins), hash browns from Southern Kitchen

Quaker Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip granola bar

Dinner: Peanut butter and chocolate chip granola bar