San Francisco - City and South Bay Eats

On this last trip to the Bay Area, we experienced some tasty meals in both San Francisco and the South Bay.  We also used our dinner excursions as an opportunity to explore the surrounding area.  Here's a summary of what we discovered:

1. Kabul Afghan Cuisine in Sunnyvale - We enjoyed salad...
...pumpkin with yogurt sauce...
...Mater Challaw (lamb)
...Afghan bread...
...and copious amounts of rice.
2. Tacolicious in San Francisco - sweet plantains and a platter of gourmet tacos really hit the spot.
3. Xanh in Mountain View - featuring imaginative Vietnamese tapas such as hoisin tacos...
...steamed spring rolls...
...and grapefruit salad...
4. Vive Sol - OMG amazing!
The chips and salsa were the perfect degree of spicy.
Lighted stars lent a nice vibe to the place.
Mexican items of flair surrounded our table.
The mole was the best I'd ever tasted and had an earthy chocolate flavor.
The chunks of pork in green sauce were also delish.
I also most definitely enjoyed the margaritas.
5. Philz Coffee - Always a treat, this location in Palo Alto was a bit too slow to serve it up during the morning rush.
6. Three Seasons in Palo Alto was a welcome treat for Valentine's Day.
A jazz band was tucked away in an alcove and played sultry standards.
The domed ceiling added additional atmosphere.
We enjoyed spring rolls with peanut sauce...
...special deep fried dumplings...
...chicken curry...
...and catfish in an iron pot...
A nice walk through downtown Palo Alto rounded out the experience.  We admired the Art Deco Stanford Theatre.
I also smiled when I saw this: arms are for hugs not violence.
7. Palo Alto Sol is an old favorite and I soon discovered that Vive Sol and Palo Alto Sol are run by the same people.  We started with a drink at the bar.
Perfect chips, salsa, and guacamole followed.
More mole and enchiladas really hit the spot.
We took a short walk down Palo Alto's California Ave before calling it a night.
I loved how this giant painting of vibrant poppies was mirrored by a metallic poppy seating area.
We stopped into a local bookstore and tchotchke shop.  We picked up this carved wooden Cap'n to add to our collection.  It was the perfect souvenir of our return to the Bay Area.

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