Moscatos Bella Cucina

Nestled in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Moscatos Bella Cucina first came to our attention when we went for brunch and fell in love with their crepes. This time around we went for dinner and brought some of our friends.

We arrived with a fairly large party so we got to sit in the special lounge area in the back. The atmosphere is both eclectic and classy and they had a live band playing.

We love how they make their own bread and pasta. The brushetta and calamari were amazing. The calamari sauce really surprised us with its rich and herby flavor.

We shared the Chicken Saltimbocca & Pasta between the two of us. Thought it was a great combination and overall great dish. Again, their sauce was very flavorful with just the right about of herbs.

Here are some dishes our friends ordered:

Vegetarian cheese lasagna

Vegetarian homemade angel hair with fresh mozzarella, zucchini, squash, and spinach

Italian Club sandwich

Now for the drum roll…The desserts! The crepes are fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside. The cannoli cream topped off the night for all of us.

499 Central Ave

St. Petersburg, FL

http://www.moscatosbellacucina.com/

2nd Tampa Food Truck Rally

We came ready and left with full stomachs. Our second experience at the Tampa Food Truck Rally was much better than the first and most importantly we got to explore, well, the food! This time around, the weather was nicer, we arrived earlier so the lines weren’t too bad, and we got everything we wanted to try. Not only was the location bigger, there were several more trucks showcasing their food. It is really exciting to see just how the food truck craze is rapidly growing in the Tampa Bay Area.

Here are our favorites:

The first stop was the La Creperia Cafe truck. We wanted to get a head start at the dessert before it got too busy. They had both dessert style and savory style crepes. We didn’t go wrong with the banana nutella filled crepe ($4), and hope to try out more crepes from them.

Their homebase:

1729 East 7th Ave
Tampa, FL
lacreperiacafe.com

The crab filled empanadas ($3) from the Mr. Empanada (http://www.mrempanada.com/) truck were also a hit appetizer.

Fire Monkey Food Truck won as our favorite truck. This was one of the first places we tried as we didn’t get a chance to last time. They offered a very unique selection of food that we really can’t categorize into one type.

We got a wrap filled with grilled chicken, wasabi sauce, mozzarella, and plantains. What a crazy combination of sweet and spicy… we loved it! Also, the fried plantains with spicy aioli sauce was delicious. (total $10)

Fire Monkey FB page: http://www.facebook.com/FireMonkeyFoodTruck

Our first Food Truck Rally post: here

Our engagement dinner at Gary Danko

I planned our engagement dinner at Gary Danko, located near Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco. And although the prices for our 5 course meal were definitely high, we enjoyed a once in a lifetime dinner. We started off with cocktails while waiting for our table. They even had special place settings for our special occasion! The waiter was thrilled when we told him to let the chef choose our meals :).

Appetizer: Salmon Tartar

Lobster Salad with Asian Pear, Mango, Avocado, Cashews and Lime Cilantro Rémoulade

Glazed Oysters with Osetra Caviar, Salsify and Lettuce Cream

Fois Gras

Risotto with Lobster, Rock Shrimp, Shimeji Mushrooms and Peas

Seared Sea Scallops with Asparagus-Pea Purée, Pickled Radish, Spring Onions and Sauce Maréchal

Dessert

Baked Chocolate Soufflé with Two Sauces

Warm Louisiana Butter Cake with Apples, Huckleberry Compote and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

800 N Point Street
San Francisco, CA

Written By: Roger

Japantown San Francisco Adventures

After a long day exploring California Academy of Science Museum and the Japanese Tea Garden we headed to Japantown. We knew we had to try the infamous Sophie’s Crepes. We opted for the Strawberry and Nutella Crepe!

Sophie’s Crepes
1581 Webster St.
San Francisco, CA

See more pictures here: California Academy of Science Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, and Japantown – SF

We explored the Japantown shops as much as we could. Charmy went crazy over the 100 yen stores or referred to here as the dollar store. By the time we finished shopping, it was time for dinner. We wanted to try out some yakiniku at Juban, the equivalent to korean bbq. The prices were kind of steep for the amount of food we ate, but nevertheless it was a good food experience. We got an assortment of Kalbi beef, ribeye, scallops, and veggies.

Juban Yakiniku House

1581 Webster St
(between Geary Blvd & Post St)
San Francisco, CA 94115