Friday, April 30, 2010

Last day of mini-vacay and lessons learned

I've been spoiled over the past couple of weeks. This whole not working thing has put my brain on vacation mode and it was pretty rough getting up early this morning for my first day of work. I think this is the first time in a long time that I've been out the door by 7:15. YEESH! Ah well, at least the weekend is here ;)

After randomly waking up at exactly 6:54am EVERY day this week (really? how is that even possible?), I let myself go back to sleep yesterday morning instead of going out and being productive. I figured I deserved it!

I had a leisurely morning consisting of a fruity oat bowl, some trashy TV and catching up on blogs before mapping out my afternoon.

I knew I wanted to grab lunch at Boudin Bakery at Fisherman's Wharf (I've never been so I figured I should check it out) and squeeze in a quick run. Why not combine the two?! I mapped a 2.5 mile run that ended at Boudin and planned to walk home from there. Ta daaa!
I knew I was getting soup in a bread bowl, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to go traditional with the clam chowder (I'm really not a big fan of creamy soups), or if I should try the chili. Considering I had a pretty rough run (o yes, it's been a LONG time since I've run), I thought chili would only end in disaster so chowder it was!
Sourdough bread is one of my faves (next to rye for deli sandwiches - wheat usually doesn't cut it texture and flavor-wise) - I love the crispy outside and moist, squishy, slightly sour (duh) tasting inside. Honestly, I probably could have just eaten an empty bread bowl. Just saying...

Do you have a bread preference?

I took a leisurely walk back, trying to avoid the throngs of tourists at Fisherman's Wharf - I think I may only return if friends or family are in seriously rivals the monuments and memorials during the summer months. I also learned that the camera on my iPhone isn't so bad when it's bright out. Hooray!

Met Selin for some shopping downtown (I learned the Macy's in Union Square carries premium to me. Does yours?) and then we grabbed dinner at Balompie Cafe in the Mission. Now, I've mentioned my love/obsession with pupusas know I can't say no to a cheap pupusa, even if it means stashing one in my purse.

Selin had read about Balompie on Yelp and mentioned that it had more 'flavors' to choose from, but they would be like $1 more than the last place we went to (see details here). We sat down around 8ish and put our orders in. I got one Spinach & Cheese and one Ground Pork. There was also the option to get it with corn or rice flour. I was tempted to try the rice flour, but thought that might be weird.

We waited a really long time to get our pupusas and I couldn't figure out why it was taking so long, especially since the waitress said the fillings couldn't be changed since they were already pre-mixed. I guess ours came with extra love?

When they arrived, I had no idea which one was which. I guess that's half the fun in biting into a pupusa...
I topped it with the tangy, spicy cabbage slaw and some salsa and my belly was content. Sort of. My spinach & cheese pupusa was a whole lotta cheese with specks of spinach. Not my favorite. The ground pork one was lacking...maybe I should have gotten it with cheese...or the ground pork, jalapeno, cheese one. Yes. I think that would have been a better choice.

Overall, Balompie fulfilled my pupusa craving, but I can't say it's $1 better than the pupusas at La Santaneca.

Ok, I'm off to attempt an evening run before we head off to a birthday party. Hopefully I don't run into any massive hills ;p


Kelly said...

Sour dough is DEFINITELY my favorite kind of bread, yum. By the way, Happy 1 year of blogging! Mine was just a little over a week ago :)

B.o.B. said...

Mmmm delicioso. I too love the sour dough but actually really like a rye and a pumpernickel. Mmm bread. LOL!