Big Eats {February}

Kevin and I have had a lot of fun striking nine items off of of the Big Eats list over the course of the month.  We tried some interesting and delicious food, explored new neighborhoods, and I officially annoyed Kevin on more than one occasion by trying to get just the right photograph. I mean, hey, what’s the use of eating it if it can’t live on eternally via this blog, right?

1. Kouign amann at Four Barrel {#54}
2. Korean taco at Namu’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market stand {#89}
3. Albondigas soup at Mijita {#90}
4. Pierna enchilada torta at La Torta Gora {#40}
5. Ginger snaps at Miette {#49}
6. Porchetta sandwich at Roli Roti {#12} 
7. Any seasonal flavor at Scream Sorbet (I had Tangelo flavor) {#15}
8. Pho ga at Turtle Tower {#51}*
9. Beer sausage at Rosamunde Sausage Grill {#44}
*repeat visit
The porchetta sandwich at Roli Roti was the definite favorite!  
A must try next time you visit the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market…
don’t worry, the line moves fast!
Happy Leap Day!

Thin Mint Bon-Bons

When I was a Girl Scout, we used to have our meetings right after school. On days when we had meetings, I got to wear my uniform to school all day.  Pretty cool stuff for a 4th grader.
Well, it’s all exciting and cool and stuff, until your troop leader cancels the meeting…and calls everyone in the troop to tell them…except one poor gal who ends up the only one wearing her uniform all day.  
Guess who…
Let’s just say that was the longest day of 4th grade ever. 
Here’s a fun dessert to try with the Girls Scouts’ best-selling cookie, the Thin Mint…
Thin Mint Bon-Bons
Makes 10-12
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 package thin mints 
Quickly scoop the ice cream into equal size balls, about 1.5 inches in size. Arrange in a shallow dish, cover, and return to the freeze to harden.
Pulse the cookies in a food processor until finely ground, and place in a shallow dish. Roll the ice cream balls in the ground cookie, using your hands to pat the crumbs evenly around.
Store in the freezer until ready to serve. 

It’s yummy treat that would make any 4th-grader happy…
or for that matter any 30-something year old harboring latent troop leader resentment. 
(for the record…my mom was not the troop leader at this time). 

Girl Scout Cookies

You are about to witness one of my all-time favorite Girl Scout memories.

Not hiking…not camping…not sing-a-longs…not crafting…not field trips…

Nope. For me there was no greater memory than the day we went with our mom…Troop Leader, Bonnie Haave…to pick up our troop’s cookies. The boxes were piled up so high that there was no where else to sit, but on the boxes. We, of course, thought this was pretty much the coolest thing to ever happen.

That’s me on the left with my “this is the greatest day ever” expression. My sis, Ginger, is up top, and that’s our old neighbor, Brandon, who was along for the adventure and clearly loving every minute of it.  (Um, and can we please take note of my mom’s sweet red van? Radical).

Here’s me rockin’ my super sassy Pixies uniform. Pixies are now defunct, but they were like the Daisies before they had Daisies. We’re going waaaay back, folks.  
I loved being a Girl Scout, and I still get nostalgic whenever cookie season rolls around.  My favorite favorite favorite cookie of all time is the Samoa.  As if this yummy cookie weren’t good enough on its own, I thought I would share a way to make it taste even better…seriously, if you too are a samoa lover, you have to try this…

Samoa Ice Cream

Serves 3-4

1 pint vanilla ice cream
5 samoas, roughly chopped

Allow the ice cream to soften.  When soft, add to a bowl and combine thoroughly with the chopped samoas. Add back to the carton and cover.  Return to the freezer to firm up before serving.

I’ve got another treat to share with you tomorrow featuring the second best cookie…the Thin Mint.

San Francisco Flower Mart

I can’t believe it took me 10 years of living in the city to finally make it over to the San Francisco Flower Mart.  They have an amazing selection of flowers and plants…but they also have tons more…like every type of vase you could possible imagine, endless gift wrapping supplies, and fun party decor.

I first trekked over there in search of carnations and supplies to make pompadours for my New Year’s Eve table, and I’ve been back many times since.  I was pleasantly surprised to find much more than just flowers, and it will for sure be my new go-to when looking for unique party decor.

Have a great weekend!