SF Eats and Treats Pt. 2

Welcome back to part 2 of SF Eats and Treats! In this post, we’ll touch on a few restaurants and eateries we visited on our S.F. trip. I think the best way to eat your way around the city is to do your research and find places you want to go to and then check out some hole-in-the-walls that you didn’t see on Yelp. Let’s get to it!

One of the big events on our schedule was to meet with our friends Annie and Sri. They flew out to S.F. from L.A. on a day trip and we decided to meet up at a very IG-worthy coffee shop called Home Cafe. Unfortunately, it was pouring this day, but what’s better than a hot latte to warm you up?

Home Cafe is in the outer Richmond District where you can find your classic coffee or get a little creative with drinks such as their birthday cake latte, nutella late, coke-tastic and a few other intriguing flavors. The atmosphere is very homey, with friends and family meeting to catch up.

We ordered the Birthday Cake Latte and Nutella Latte. Normally, you order expect to order these drinks, post a few pictures and get a sub-par tasting drink. To our surprise, we enjoyed sipping on our drinks along with the amazing art created for each one. The Birthday Cake Latte was full of creamy, vanilla flavor. From what I’ve read, they use oat milk which was certainly a first for us. The drink is on the sweeter side, but you can adjust the sweetness when you order to your liking. The Nutella Latte was equally delicious with that rich hazelnut cocoa punch. We will be back to try the other lattes!

Next on the list is a popular brunch spot called Kitchen Story. Luckily for us, this was only a few blocks away from our Airbnb in the Castro District. Kitchen Story is a fusion between California and Asian cuisine that continuously wins award for their food. After eating a few dishes there, we know why!

We ordered the Mascarpone Stuffed Deep Fried French Toast (makes your mouth water just reading the title), Ribeye Omurice and Matcha Latte. The Mascarpone Stuffed Deep Fried French Toast was fried to perfection with a thick crispy outer shell while being light and fluffy within. You could taste the mascarpone stuffing oozing out with each bite, giving you a creamy, rich, but subtle flavor. The toast itself was not overly sweet, so drizzling the maple syrup on top gave added the perfect amount of sweetness. Being the bacon guy I am, I added the Millionaire’s Bacon on the side. As if regular bacon wasn’t good enough, this was the thickest slice of bacon I have ever seen with a honey maple glaze that really put it in the MVB (most valuable bacon) conversation.

If you’re not familiar with omurice, it’s a thin, fluffy omelette often covered with ketchup, sitting on top a bed of rice. This dish is immensely popular and can be found everywhere in Japan. The Ribeye Omurice was equally light and fluffy with tender ribeye meat, seasoned to perfection. I was pleasantly surprised by the rainbow potatoes that came with the dish. The potatoes were Chilean purple, Yukon Gold, Gemstone Red, Russet and Sweet Yam. Unless you’re a potato connoisseur, you may have not have hear of these variations (like me), but they complimented the omurice by providing savory and sweet notes.

Bonus food tip: S.F. has the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. There are too many places we would recommend, but if we had to chose just one, it would be Golden Gate Bakery for the best egg tart I’ve ever had. There is often a long line, so make sure to come early!

When you’re in S.F., make it a priority to try new foods and restaurants. The diversity, quality and unique foods you’ll find make it one of the best cities for foodies like us!

-Colin

Oatmeal: Making Gains with Grains

Oatmeal has been a staple of our diet as long as we can remember. I know many of you are thinking how boring and bland oatmeal typically is, but there are actually a lot of ways to enjoy it. We will be experimenting with some oatmeal-based recipes and we will keep you guys updated!

We like to think of oatmeal as a blank canvas that you can use you to really stretch your creativity and preferences when it comes to healthy eating. Our favorite thing about oatmeal is that it’s easy to make, packed with nutrients and keeps you full.

Oats are a great source of soluble fiber – leading to slower digestion and suppressing your appetite (keeping you fuller, longer)! After eating oatmeal, I don’t have the “post-breakfast hangryness” and it gives me the energy to get through the day until my next meal.

The beta-glucan fibers in oats have been shown to lower cholesterol which in turn can reduce your risk of heart disease (the leading cause of death worldwide). Oats have a relatively low glycemic index and promising results have also been shown to lower and stabilize blood sugar levels. Many people diagnosed with diabetes have been making oats a mainstay of their diet, but it’s best to work with a nutritionist to see what will work best for you.

One of the most important benefits of oats is the amount of protein contained. As most of you know, protein is vital building block of muscles, bones, blood, cartilage and skin. Proteins also helps your body repair muscle tissue and act as enzymes to aid in digestion.

When looking at the macronutrients, you will find that oats contain a relatively large portion of carbohydrates. But don’t let carbs be your enemy. Remember that they are necessary to fuel every cell in your body from your brain, heart, muscles, etc. This is not the same as fake processed “bad carbs” that don’t have the same nutrients that oats do.

Fun fact: Oats are rich in biotin, a vitamin important for healthy hair, nails and skin.

We added PEScience Protein 4 Oats Apple Cinnamon, liquid egg whites, almond milk, diced apples, blueberries, cinnamon and honey to our oatmeal. We use the PEScience Protein 4 Oats because it adds additional protein, made specifically for oatmeal, mixes easily and most importantly – tastes great! We have a variety of PEScience products (pre-workout, proteins, BCAAs, etc.) that we’ll talk about in a future blog. Adding liquid egg whites is another great way for some extra protein. Using almond milk in place of regular milk is a great alternative because it is lower in calories, free of saturated fat and lactose free (a win for those of you who are lactose intolerant)! We threw in some apples and blueberries because of the added nutrients along with giving our meal a crunch and variation in texture. The honey gives the oatmeal that touch of sweetness. We use organic raw honey, but any type will do.

Ingredients:
1 serving (1/4 cup) of PEScience Protein 4 Oats Apple Cinnamon
1/2 cup of oats
1/4 cup of Kirkland Signature Egg Whites
Kirkland unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Diced apples
Blueberries
Cinnamon
Honey

Nutritional Breakdown:
Calories: 470 Carbs: 73g Fats: 7g Proteins: 32g

Steps:
1) Heat water
2) Pour oats in a bowl
3) Pour hot water just enough to cover the oats
4) Let sit for a few minutes until oats cook
5) In the meantime, dice up apples and sprinkle cinnamon on them
6) Stir Protein 4 Oats into cooked oatmeal (Note: Only add the protein to cooked oatmeal, do not add protein before cooking the oats)
7) Add almond milk in small amounts to the desired texture
8) Add apples and blueberries
9) Drizzle with honey
10) Enjoy!

If you’ve given up on oatmeal, give it a try again and make sure to mix it up and try different varieties. The combinations really are limitless. Let us know what you like to add to your oatmeal, so we can try it too!

Disclaimer: We are not nutritionists. All of our information is based on experience, working with personal trainers, research and background knowledge from our education in the health field. Make sure to work with a nutritionist when deciding what foods and nutrients are best for your goals and overall health.