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Monday, January 28, 2013

san francisco bay visit and stir fried quinoa bento

 
 Did you know that quinoa can be stir fried with veggies and seasonings to create a healthy variation on fried rice, a go-to bento favorite? Today I made "fried quinoa" by sauteing ginger, kale and yellow pepper in a hot frying pan and adding cooked red quinoa, Japanese pickled eggplant, and tamari. I scrambled in an egg for protein and it was a satisfying lunch, especially finished with solar-sweet orange pieces.
 
We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a very fun trip to San Francisco, staying roughly across from the Ferry Building at a hotel overlooking the Bay Bridge...some images from our visit:
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Ferry Building, filled with epicurean foods and site of a wonderful farmer's market...
 
 
Local dungeness crabs and pretty mosaics
 
 
 
 
 
 
A lyrical ode to sea creatures outside Alioto's
 
 
I love the Dolce Vita meets early 60's Americana feel of the old Italian restaurants...
 
 
At the Musee Mechanique, an interactive landscape of dreams and symbols from its collection of arcade games and amusements, 19th century onwards. Fortunes told, circa 1930:
 
 
 
 
 
 
So much more to see and unwrap in and about this beautiful city...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


4 comments:

sheri fujihara chen said...

These photos really bring to light just what all the fuss is about, and why there are always so many tourists descending upon this beautiful city. Love to see it through your eyes, Jenn :)

Bentobird said...

Thank you dear Sheri! I love this sort of sharing of worlds--your recent pics of Drake's Bay have us planning a visit to experience the natural beauty shown in them....

bentodays said...

Love the colours in your bento. And Happy Anniversary!

Bentobird said...

Hi bentodays, thanks for stopping by with your sweet comments!