Date Night in the City
Sorry for the late post! This week/weekend has been busy with visiting family back home and my boyfriend just came back from Europe. Yay! To celebrate his return, we went in the city for a fun date night. Here is our little date agenda that you are totally allowed to copy.
First, we went to Sakana Bune Japanese Restaurant in the Richmond district. What makes this different from any other sushi place? The sushi comes in boats! That's right no more waiting for a server or having to decide what roll to get. You see what is on the boat and you grab a plate. Literally my eyes I think matched the size of my stomach that night. You can grab as much or as little sushi as you want.
Also, this is a great time to try something new. For example, I decided to try octopus and it was terrifying. Burak had no problem consuming them; I, on the other hand, was a bit hesitant. After facing my fears, I learned that I am not a big fan of octopus. The texture was too rubbery for me. Burak blamed the restaurant and think I should try them bbq (comment below if you want to see a video of me trying bbq octopus).
The pricing for the sushi buffet is different because you do not pay a solid flat fee for the buffet. Instead, you pay by the color-coordinated plate. Each plate is color coordinated for a different price point. The benefit for this type of pricing is you can control how much you want to pay by choosing plates that are on the cheaper end and only consume 3 to 4 plates of food. However, Burak and I wanted to try everything and we were famished (we accidentally skipped both breakfast and lunch, whoops) so we ended up spending $42 for the meal. This is an expected sushi buffet price for us, but it is not the place to go if you are being frugal in SF (comment below if you are interested in a frugal day in SF blog post). Ambiance wise, it is perfect for the glutton in all of us. If your group is smaller than a party of 4, you plop yourself down at the bar where plates of sushi tease you to eat more. You have no choice, but to look either at sushi or the stack of plates from the customer besides you. As for sushi quality, it was decent. It was good for buffet style sushi, but not ideal for the sushi snobs of the world. Burak and I at the end of the meal agreed that we would totally go back there because of the vast array of sushi options and the unique experience that you can have sushi brought to you by boat.
This was the best part of the night! Originally we wanted to visit Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, but we learned it closed at 2pm so we were looking for another place to visit. So instead of a warm tasty treat, we decided on the polar opposite with freezing cold ice cream. We didn't want just a single scoop of ice cream though, but a whole flight of ice cream. Yeah flights aren't just for alcohol anymore, you can get a flight of ice cream; an ideal flight for dessert lovers. We visited San Francisco's Hometown Creamery in the inner sunset district and at the corner of Golden Gate Park. Before walking into the shop, we smelled the warm smell of cinnamon and automatically we both knew we went to the right place. Even the atmosphere inside the shop is warm and nostalgic. Above the ice cream we are greeted with paintings representing the different districts. Each painting visually explained the atmosphere of each district. For example in the Castro painting, we see bright colors, rainbows and dancing people. It represented the open attitude towards all different types of love and sexuality. Then on the other side of the wall, we see a map where you can insert a pin on your hometown. This ice cream shop definitely reflects the welcoming atmosphere of San Francisco. Anybody from anywhere can come visit and above you can see all the possible districts one can visit in the wonderful city of San Francisco.
Ok I'll stop being an art history nerd. I can't help dissecting and interpreting the layout and design of a building. Let's talk about something edible. Not only does the building feel right at home but so does the ice cream. No artificial flavors here, the ice cream is completely made from scratch! The employees were super nice and very patient when it came to Burak and I sampling practically every flavor before creating our flight. For us we decided on French Roast Coffee, Fresh Mint Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge, Pluot Sorbet (pluot is a crossbreed of an apricot and a plum) and Horchata. A heads up if you decide to visit, some of the flavors are on rotation (don't worry peanut butter chocolate fudge is always there).
Burak's favorites were the coffee and the peanut butter flavor. I smelled the aromatic coffee bean flavor before I put it in my mouth. It is bitter, smoky like french press coffee. The peanut butter was creamy and sweet almost like Skippy peanut butter. I don't really remember a chocolate flavor in the ice cream because it was more of a strip of chocolate.
I could probably write paragraphs about my favorite flavors, but I'll be a good blogger and save your eyes and energy. But, the mint and the pluot were the best flavors! The mint was an unexpected freshness that I was craving more when I left. What was nice about the mint is the type of mint they use has the herb-y freshness of a mint plant. It is not the artificial mint chip flavor found at an ordinary ice cream shop. The mint is crisp and refreshing. Then the chocolate chips really compliment the mint with its cooling chocolatey crunch. The pluot flavor I really like because it was like a fruity palette cleanser. I can taste the juiciness of the fruit without the sticky liquid dripping onto my chin. Don't tell Burak this, but I think my flavors won.
Sorry for the delay on the post, but I hope this gave you some fun date ideas! Comment below if you have any suggestions for our next date spots. I post every Wednesday/Thursday. Till next time!