This Spring Break I went home to San Jose, CA where I laid pretty low. I spent my week and a half around the bay area seeing old friends, catching up with my family, and hitting up all my fave food spots.
Scrambl’z, San Jose – Daily Special of crepes with a berry compote and a side of ice cream (lactose intolerant me was unexpectedly surprised, thought it was going to be whipped cream). Good food, good service, and great company 😉
Philz Ecstatic Iced Coffee, light sweet with soy. My favorite iced coffee in the bay area.
Meals by Mom – Salmon baked with a teriyaki marinade, shaved brussel sprouts with pancetta, and brown rice. My family’s go-to weekly meal.
The Table, Willow Glen – Coffee with steamed soy milk and Sugar Dusted Ricotta Beignets (Picture 1). Not the best beignets I’ve ever had, but still great. The coffee was amazing; I had three cups.
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with date butter and chantilly cream, Scotch Egg with romesco sauce and arugula salad (extra arugula), and Two Eggs Any Style (poached) with riddled potatoes, house sausage and toast (Picture 2). Everything was incredible. The three of us pretty much cleared our plates.
Pizza Antica, Santana Row – Fennel Sausage with portobello mushrooms and roasted onions. This restaurant is best for a group or a family when you can order multiple dishes and share as a table. The cherry limeade is also really good. My favorite item on the menu here is gnocchi, which I unfortunately did not order on this occasion.
Cocola, Santana Row – Hazelnut Latte, Soy Chai Latte, Madeleine Cookie & Chocolate pastry. My favorite dessert in the Row.
Crepevine, Willow Glen – Oatmeal Pancakes with berry compote. They were simply delicious. The soy chai latte was perfectly sweet and I stole french fries off Shannon’s plate that were perfectly crispy as always.
Walnut Cafe, Santa Cruz – Granola with steamed soy milk, cinnamon and bananas. This was great but probably would have been better with cold milk.
Samba Rock, Santa Cruz – Acai Bowls, mixed assortment. The place is pretty popular with a seemingly never-ending line. The bowls were good but mine seemed a little under-filled. They were definitely not the best I’ve had, but seeing as there are limited options in the area, I would consider returning
Burrito’s at the beach, Natural Bridges Santa Cruz – best meal of the trip. We stopped at a small family owned authentic Mexican restaurant and picked up burrito’s take to the beach. We sat in the sand watching the sunset eating our dinner, mine a bean burrito with carnitas and rice. Definitely not as good as the one I always get from Chula’s Cantina & Grill in Eugene, OR and had way too much rice, but sometimes a meal is about more than just the food. The chips sucked though.
Patxi’s Pizza, San Francisco – Spinach Pesto (picture 1) and Pepperoni (picture 2). Great deep dish pizza for the bay area, but with a 45 minute cook time I definitely recommend calling and ordering ahead of time, like most regular customers did. The Spinach Pesto was my favorite. Try the crust with a bit of honey on it!
Devil’s Teeth Baking Company, San Francisco – Special Breakfast Sandwich “two eggs scrambled, with pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, avocado, and our famous lemon-garlic aioli on our homemade buttermilk biscuit” (no pepper jack cheese for me). I found this place recommended on The Culture Trip SF and after seeing pictures and reading reviews I insisted on trying it while I was in town. After waiting in line, my friends and I all got to sit outside in the sun and eat our sandwiches. They were 100% worth the trip and the wait. Each bite had a new flavor and the aioli definitely made the difference. The chai’s are spicy and the thai tea is watery, but you can’t go wrong with the food or coffee. The service was good too 😉 Ended this meal with a walk to the beach.
Farmer’s Market, Saratoga – This weekly Saturday farmer’s market is one of my favorite reasons to wake up. I stopped here for a loaf of bread to eat with breakfast (See no. 14) and left with a few pastries as well. I couldn’t help but stop by the Rolli Chicken Truck (Picture 1) that cooks rotisserie chicken over potatoes that cook with the dripping chicken fat, followed by a sprinkle of rosemary. Yes, my mouth is watering as I type this, and unfortunately no, I didn’t get to eat any this time. 10/10 recommend. They go to other farmer’s markets in the area as well!
The pastries are filled with cream cheese and topped with berries. My favorite was raspberry and my mom loved the blueberry. The dough was cooked to perfection, perfectly soft with the right amount of crisp. They were delicious. (Mouth is watering again)
Meals by Mom – Grilled asparagus topped with poached eggs and a balsamic glaze and butter combo with a side of french bread found at the market that morning. This is definitely my favorite breakfast to eat at home, and surprisingly easy to make.
CoCora Bistro, Stockton – Rainbow Roll, imitation crab & avocado topped with tuna, salmon, ebi, yellowtail & eel. Golden Prawn Roll, panko fried prawn, avocado, & cucumber roll topped w/ orange spicy sauce. CoCo Roll, prawn tempura & avocado roll topped w/ eel, spicy tuna and walnuts. CoCora is a must-try sushi restaurant if you’re ever in Stockton. It’s on the pricier side but the rolls are guaranteed to create a sushi-gasm in your mouth with each bite. Both indoor and outdoor seating is provided and the staff is very friendly.
Cortopossi Kitchen, Lodi – Snickerdoodle macarons, egg scramble, chocolate strawberries and blueberry crumble.
*Look for a post on how to remake our macarons soon!