We had such a fun day in San Francisco yesterday, first visiting a halal Chinese restaurant where lamb was the primary attraction and the flavors of cumin-ginger-scallion sparked our dishes. After we took a meandering walk down Geary Boulevard, and relished its dense agglomeration of Chinese, Japanese, Russian shops and restaurants...every few feet was another window to peer into with excitement:
Moon festival season arriving soon...
Excited to go back to try this restaurant:
Japonica on California Street was an awesome find! Cafe, flower shop and treasure trove of the kawaii and pretty, I had the best time exploring its offerings and talking to its sparkling-friendly owner Valerie Nara. Today's lightweight and elegant wood bento was found at Japonica.
Lovely bento boxes! I chose the smallest, on top:
Explosive blooms in a color reminiscent of the Golden Gate Bridge:
Tomorrow's lunch, happily ensconced in my new bento box, is an open faced salmon salad sammie with a radish sprouts, juicy kiwi and baby greens. The salmon salad includes pieces of pickled ginger and diced scallion, yum!
Happy cooking this week!