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Cupcakes, America to the Core?

23 Apr

My friend, KTG, sent me a link to an online deal for a diner/brunch/cupcake place, American Cupcake.  I was captivated by the website and decided to buy this online deal.  I think the deal was $15 for two entrees and two cocktails.


We got the Bacon Sausage Omelette, Trio of Benedicts, Salted Caramel Pancakes, a bloody mary and mimosa.  The food was pretty good, and with the deal, totally worth it.  But without a discount, I wouldn’t spend $15 for eggs benedict anywhere.  The pancakes were probably the best dish, hahaha.  And I liked how my bloody mary had a slice of bacon in it.  Yum!


I still had to try their cupcakes, since it is what they’re named after.  I tried the most colorful ones, Lemon, Coconut, Bubblegum, and Cotton Candy.  I really liked the cupcakes; they were very moist and buttery, but they were just yellow cake.  The only difference were the various colored frosting which were flavored, but the cakes weren’t so I was a little disappointed about that.  I was hoping for something totally different, like bubblegum flavored cake!

All in all, I may come back here eventually, but not anytime soon.  The decor was extremely fun and cute.  If I had  a girlfriend visiting who likes novelty stores like this, I’d take her here.


Back Logs + Picnics in SF

1 Feb

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, New Years Eve, and, if you’re Japanese, お正月, New Years Day.  I have a huge back log of posts that I’m still drafting and tons of pictures that I’m going to post as soon as possible!

Ok, now that we’re done with formalities, let me do a quick and dirty post.  The other day, Normalicious took me out on a date.  We went to Bi-Rite Market in the Mission District, and grabbed two sandwiches to eat at Dolores Park.  The sandwiches were just ok, but Bi-Rite’s not really known for sandwiches….no sir.  They’re known for their UBER delish ice cream.


Bi-Rite Creamery, which is just across the street from their market, has one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had in SF.  I’m not sure if they’re organic or if they use non-GMO ingredients but damn, it sure is some guuuuud ice cream.  We hit up the creamery after our picnic in Dolores Park.  Even though it started to get cold, we still just HAD to get ice cream. I got their two seasonal flavors, Meyer Lemon and Orange Cardamom. He got Malted Vanilla and Brown Sugar with Ginger Caramel. Yes, we both got two scoops, two flavors each. We don’t mess around when it comes to dessert.

When we were relaxing in Dolores Park, we experienced the unique-ness that makes San Francisco a very left winged community.  A middle-aged woman was going around selling “magic brownies.”  Everyone there was busting out with beer bottles and ha$# pipes.  I never knew Mission Park was a hip spot for that kind of business.  Needless to say, I did not partake in any illegal activity.  The boyfriend and I just sat, ate our sandwiches, and people watched.  He drew while I read, and just had a really lovely and relaxing day.

Purple is My New Fave.

7 Dec

So the other day, I mentioned how our friend made us a fancy 3 course French meal….well, this friend is also a huge culinary buff, (I know, stating the obvious).  He tends to have expensive taste, though, so I’ve never tried any of his recommended restaurants.  There was once place he recommended that I could never forget about that I actually wanted to try.  He always raved about this Japanese restaurant in San Francisco called Murasaki, which means purple in Japanese.  Over our special 3 course meal, my friend mentioned how the sushi chef there may retire.  As soon as those words left his mouth, I knew I had to eat there ASAP before this happened!  Two weeks later, I went there with my mother and Normakins.


We got a few appetizers and split the Omakase, which means chef’s recommendations.  The Omakase is an assortment of 7 dishes the chef will put together based on whatever is fresh in his inventory.  It usually consists of a salad, something fried, an appetizer, and entrée, sashimi, and sushi.  In our case, the chef presented to us the following: crab salad, tara no kasuzuke (grilled cod marinated in sake lees), fried oysters, raw oysters, chawanmushi (egg custard with seafood), assorted sashimi, and a plate of beautiful nigiri.

Below is the nigiri plate he made for us, (sorry, I forgot to take pictures of everything else).  As you can see, the fish was extremely fresh, everything was meticulously prepared, and he even gave us two pieces of otoro, which alone, costs about $15-20!  Oh, we also had a piece of amaebi which was sooooooooo sweet and creamy!  And, they fried the amaebi head for us, just like they do in Japan!

I have to say this place is effin amazing! The sashimi was fresh and impressive, the sushi rice was perfectly seasoned, what’s not to like? Although we didn’t order a proper entrée, surprisingly, the omakase was enough to fill us up. We all enjoyed it that we went back the following weekend to take my grandmother for her birthday and ordered 3 omakase’s for 5 people.  Murasaki definitely made its way close to the top of my list for best sushi spots in city.

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