So today we start talking about the really exciting food from our trip! In part 1, I told you about the gluten & dairy-free options on the plane coming over, last week we covered our first foray in gluten & dairy-free pizza and burgers, but today we’re really diving into the food of San Francisco!

For years I’ve thought my brother Steve should be running some sort of a food blog, or at the very least, he needs to be on Instagram. But he’s old-school tech and prefers Flickr, so if you’re looking for some really serious food porn (but a heads-up he doesn’t have any dietary restrictions), check his account out here. He is a full-on foodie. A gastronome. A gourmet if you will. He not only enjoys great food, but he researches where to go for the best food, and then photographs some of it with impeccable skill. I really should have had him taking all the photos for me when he was with us!

Anyway, the point of my rambling is that he had done some research to find great places to go that cater to gluten & dairy-free and that’s how we ended up at Judahlicious for breakfast one morning (well, brunch really – it was so filling!).

It was the first time in over 5 years, that we walked into a restaurant and Madeleine could pick virtually anything off the menu! Only the smoothies were off limits (they had dairy). You should have seen her eyes light up! Unfortunately they didn’t have the waffles or pancakes available that day which was her first choice, but she opted for the ½ Nekked Burrito, same as I did.

Holy cow! (Pardon the pun) It was huge! And it was delicious! Even my carnivorous husband agreed it was impressive! It was bright and colourful, light and yet filling, and so many flavours playing together on the one plate. It was incredible!

They also had gluten, dairy & soy-free ice cream, and a great range of sweets on display, but we were so full from the burrito than as tempting as they looked, we just couldn’t fit any more in.

Another great place Steve took us to was Nopalito, a gorgeous little Mexican place where everything is made from scratch – including their tortillas, in an open kitchen so you can watch all the action. He insisted I have a margarita with lunch (which was positively luscious) while he and Matthew explored the beer menu.

Madeleine was able to pick from quite a few things on the menu as the tortillas were made from masa (corn) without any wheat flour. While most of the dishes had either cheese or queso, they were happy to prepare her meal separately and without any dairy products. It was quite funny actually. When we first arrived over there, Steve was telling us about all the great Mexican food that they eat, but I wasn’t impressed. I don’t like Mexican much. Or so I thought. Little did I know that the “Mexican” food we mostly get over here is nothing like the real thing. I didn’t see a crunchy taco shell or minced beef filling the whole time! It was our lunch at Nopalito though that really turned things around for me. Steve ordered the black mole and gave me a taste.

Wow!

I literally said “Wow!”

And was stopped dead in my tracks.

It was amazing! So complex and intricate and like nothing I had ever eaten before. Ever. I had nothing to compare it to. No other point of reference. It was a completely new taste sensation for me.

As someone who has eaten their way around the world since they were six years old, I honestly can’t remember the last time I ate something that was so profoundly new and different.

I was mesmerised!

It turns out I do like Mexican food!

A lot!

A whole lot in fact!

And now I want to go back and eat more!

I think I’ll leave things here for today. I just want to sit and daydream a while on that mole.

Make sure you check back next week when we hit the road and head off to Yosemite to see deer, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, coyote, and a bear!!!!

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