Tacos Lupita in Haverhill, MA

"vegetarian burrito"

Tacos Lupita
194 River St
Haverhill, MA 01832

the front

I’m not too familiar with Haverhill but when I read about this place, I really wanted to check it out. Luckily for me, this restaurant is on the major street right off of HWY 495 which makes driving here really convenient. But I did drive right by it when I was looking it. The red sign blends in well with the brick. Street parking is a bit tough to find but there are a few 15 min spots right in front.

lots of choices

For vegetarians though, seek elsewehere. My mom usually goes for vegetarian burritos but the only option here was rice, beans, tomatoes and lettuce which is pretty disappointing for vegetarians. They also don’t have any seafood options for those of you who thought, well I am a vegetarian but I also eat fish.

"vegetarian burrito"

My brother and I got the steak burritos. The meats all looked great and there were so many juicy flavors: al pastor, steak, chicken, chorizo (pork sausage). This authentic mexican joint is a gem outside of Boston. This is great for those who don’t want to deal with the chaos that is Boston traffic and parking. The food is great and all the prices are under $10 per entree (the burritos were like $5!!). They also serve tacos (hard shell, soft shell), quesadilla, gorda (Mexican sandwich).

my extra spicy steak burrito

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Goode Co BBQ in Houston, TX

Goode Co
5109 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX

the front

this is THE place to go for Houston BBQ. the sign on the front wall says “You might give some serious thought to thanking your lucky stars you’re in texas.” cute sign.

menu

the prices are really reasonable for the food. there’s a buffet style line and the server is on the other side. you tell them what you want on your plate and at the end of the line, you pay for your plate.

ribs with prime rib and 2 sides

the ribs were practically falling off the bone. we asked for the BBQ sauce on the side. the sauce was home made and tasted like authentic BBQ sauce. i was not a fan of the sides (jambalaya, beans).

brisket with pork sausage and 2 sides

the brisket had a heavy smokey flavor. i liked the pork sausage a lot (the casings were crisp). i loved the jalapeno cheddar bread that came with each plate.

brisket sandwich

the brisket sandwich is their specialty. the bbq sauce balanced the smokey flavor of the brisket. the bread was chunky white. (i wish they had used the cheddar jalapeno bread instead).

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Dat Dog in New Orleans, LA

Dat Dog
5031 Freret
New Orleans, LA 70115

Keep in mind, this place is CASH ONLY and closed on MONDAYS.

on Freret St.

now that we got that out of the way. you would think that with a paint job like this, that this place is hard to miss but it actually is very easy to miss (i think because it is over-shadowed by the two larger stores that flank it on either side).

menu

the menu has one star! Hot dogssssssssssss! they come in a variety of types of meat (crawfish hot dog??? ) and some delicious sides. You can get a hot dog for $6 and split fries with someone for $3. the inside is quite small. i counted 3 tables. but since this is New orleans and the weather outside is usually bearable, you can eat outside!

I had the Louisiana sausage with chili cheese and caramelized onions (no one to share fries with on this visit). The hot dog took a while but I’m glad because that means each one is individually prepared with love and effort! My first bite was amazing and yummy! The crisp casing put up a good fight but was no match for my incisors (sorry my dad is a dentist and I do know what every tooth is called).  I must say I didn’t find this sausage spicy at all but the guy at the cash register had warned me that if I love spicy food, that this wouldn’t be hot enough for me but I tried it anyways cuz I didn’t feel brave enough to try the crawfish hot dog. The chili cheese on top was flavorful but not too salty. What I loved was the toasted bread though! The bread for a hot dog is usually an after thought but this one was delicious! I was fairly impressed with this place and can’t wait to take someone with me next time so i can order the french fries that looked amazing!

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Tour de San Francisco

This has been a chaotic day, starting off in New Orleans, then stopping by Denver, CO to end up in San Francisco, CA. My visit started off with a to do list of over 100 items. Just kidding, my own list wasn’t that long, but my motivation was this article of 100 items you must eat in San Francisco before you die:

http://www.7×7.com/eat-drink/2010-big-eat-sf-100-things-try-you-die

Met up with my fellow foodie on Mission St and we began our journey:

24th and mission st.

First off was the Rosamunde Sausage Grill at 2832 Mission St for their famous Beer Sausage with sauerkraut and grilled onions (#23). The sausage was juicy, with pork consistency but beef flavoring. I loved the wasabi spicy sauce and garlic jalapeno sauce I poured over mine. Washed it down a refreshing beer.

http://rosamundesausagegrill.com/

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Rosamunde Grill

true sausage fest

fresh beer

Beer Sausage (made of spicy pork and beef) $6

Second stop was La Taqueria for some delicious carnitas tacos! (#3 on the list)
2889 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110-3907
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Wow the tomato was soooo fresh on this and the tortilla was clearly made of corn. It was DELICIOUS! especially the fresh corn tortillas. The pork was flavorful and very tender.

La Taqueria

los carnitas tacos for $3.50 each

Third stop was King’s Bakery for some famous coconut buns (what the heck is a Chinese bakery doing in a very heavily Latin-influenced neighborhood?) This was #52 on the list.
2846 Mission Street. San Francisco, CA
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When you look at the amazing selection, you are already floored. But when the woman pointed out the coconut bun to me, I was a little disappointed. It didn’t seem like much. Never judge a book by its cover! One bite and I was shocked by the flavor of the bread and the sweet surprise inside. I finished mine and went back for one more!

King's Bakery

lots of goodies to choose from

Coconut Buns (little pieces of heaven) for only 50 cents!

Fourth was Dynamo Donuts for delicious spiced chocolate donuts!
(#54 on the list)
2760 24th Street. San Francisco, CA

http://www.dynamodonut.com/

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Even its appearance looks well decorated. When I ate it though my tongue was so confused. It was sweet with brown sugar, then there was a bit of spice like cinnamon or cardammon or cumin, couldn’t quite figure it out, and then sweet again with chocolate.  It was awesome and moist and delicious.

Dynamo Donut

espresso + donut

spiced chocolate donut for $2.50

Fifth stop of the day was La Torta Gorda for their pierna enchilada torta which was only $5 for the junior size. #39 on the list.
2833 24th Street. San Francisco, CA
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This pulled pork sandwich came on toasted bread with all the toppings, avocado, sour cream, jalapenos, and onions. The pork was very rich and tender and the bread was fresh. I loved this sandwich!

La Torta Gorda

Pierna Enchilada Torta

Sixth stop of the day was Philz coffee which wasn’t exactly on the list of places to eat at but is famous for their one-cup drip coffee. Each cup of coffee is made special and fresh (starting with the roasted beans). They grind the beans on the spot and then pour spalding hot water over it and let it drip into your cup. Then they ask you if you want cream and sugar and steam it into your cup so that you get foam! Awesome!
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Summaries of flavors

The owner's story

my special coffee made just for me!

Second to last stop of the day was Bi-Rite Creamery for the salted caramel ice cream. Which is #35 on the list.
Bi-Rite Creamery and Bake Shop on Urbanspoon
Located at 3692 18th Street. It was beautiful because we got to walk by the Dolores Park (yes, we’ve been walking the entire afternoon and yours truly was carrying her stupid pathology textbook and binder with her.)I think that was the only way we were able to eat at so many places, in addition to splitting everything, we did so major walking. we’re talking epic. jkjk. it was just hot, and hilly. The salted caramel really just tasted like an intense burnt caramel. We’re talking super concentrated flavor. As soon as we were done sampling here and there, a huge line formed that went out the door!

Dolores Park aka Dog heaven (its got grass and huge incline for that calve work out)

Thats some intense fog, SF

Bi-Rite Creamery

So many to choose from! (these aren't all the flavors)

The famous salted caramel ice cream

Last stop of the day was Fisherman’s Wharf! Ok, OK, i know every website I read said to avoid this tourist trap, but guess what, I’m a tourist! Of course I’m going to come here and check it out. I think though because it was freezing, we were able to find parking and the main place I wanted to check out was closed. We ended up walking up and down various food stands and decided to go with the Chinese-ppl-manned stand. We got clam chowder in a bread bowl (it was white! i feared we would get red clam chowder out here) It was yummy, I wish the bread had been softer but I guess if it were softer it wouldn’t be able to the hold the soup as well. We got the fried calamari + crab cake. The batter on the fried calamari was alright, but the crab cake was not. We also got the 1/2 lobster + shrimp boiled plate, which were both pretty flavorless (probably cuz up until we had ordered it, it was sitting in ice in a display case for everyone). Yay for liquid butter.
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unfortunately I do not know the name of this curvy road

freezing cold tourist trap

checking out ghetto stands cuz all the restaurants got mediocre reviews

ok crab, let's meet up, in mah belly!

the winner of the numerous ghetto stands

1/2 lobster + shrimp boiled plate

fried calamari

ok crabcake

clam chowder in bread bowl

i thought the bridge was red


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Liuzza’s Restaurant and Bar

Liuzza’s Restaurant and Bar
3636 Bienville St.
New Orleans, LA 70119

http://www.yelp.com/biz/liuzzas-restaurant-and-bar-new-orleans

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60864-d426324-Reviews-Liuzza_s_Restaurant_Bar-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html

Beware, cash only! This place had pretty high ratings on yelp and tripadvisor, so we thought we’d give it a try.They claim this is where REAL New Orleans-ians come to  eat.

i love it when bars chill the glasses before they pour the beer in!

trying out some gumbo

OMG i love fettucine alfredo with shrimp and sausage!

chicken parmesan with spaghetti and meatball

andouille sausage

overall, the food was great for the price they were asking for. it was a nice introduction to New Orleans food

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