Dates traveled: 07/16/16 - 07/17/16
Hello, friends! A few weekends back, Tejinder was traveling to Colorado with his friends and my dad was driving to southern California with my brother at the same time. It was the perfect opportunity for a weekend in SF with my momma!
I am unbelievably blessed to have the relationship I do with my mom. How I got lucky enough to have a role model that can balance being my best friend and my mom bewilders me! If you know her, you know that she is literally the most supportive, loving and optimistic soul ever. I mean, she still loves me even after my rebellious teen years! My mom has been my biggest cheerleader through any, and nearly every, crazy idea I’ve ever had.
After sleeping in for a bit, the Saturday sunlight crept through my room and gently woke us up. We laid in bed for a while, talking through the day’s plans, and sneaking in an extra minute or two of sleep. Once we were up and ready, we were out the door to start our Mom + Daughter Weekend by walking to our first stop: brunch.
We walked towards the water and along the Aquatic Park Cove. This bay within The Bay is where you’ll find swimmers in the water, families having picnics on the beach, tourists riding their rented bikes and most recently, millennials searching for Pokémon. Needless to say, it is a prime people watching spot, which just so happens to be one of our favorite activities.
We headed down Jefferson to Beach Street Organic Grill. This mom and pop joint serves your diner favorites using organic and wholesome ingredients. Their extensive menu caters to the vegetarian, carb conscious or gluten free eater with no problems. A bit wiped out after the long walk, we each ordered an omlette to enjoy with our cups of tea. My mom’s veggie omelette was stuffed with spinach, tomato and mushrooms while my Spanish omlette was oozing with cheese (my favorite!) and topped with a spicy tomato sauce.
After perusing Ross and World Market, we headed home to nurse our food babies. I was working on my capsule wardrobe post that weekend and my mom was a huge part in getting that post together. She helped me go through my wardrobe and snap pictures of each item and even more amazing, helped me put everything back in my closet afterwards. My apartment was a mess after that project. I think we spent a solid three hours working on it so a huge shout out to my momma for making that post happen!
We were still full from breakfast but desperately needed some caffeine after cleaning up my mess. Curled up on the couch, we each enjoyed some tea and Tate's Bakeshop cookies. Easily my favorite cookie brand, their cookies are crispy and sweet making them the perfect snack for an afternoon pick me up! The rest of the afternoon was spent chatting about the latest gossip, watching funny videos on Instagram and being lazy.
For dinner, I took my mom to Helmand Palace, the restaurant up the street I recently discovered during my last date night with Tejinder. Helmand Palace is a cozy restaurant offering delicious Afghani appetizers, sides, entrees and desserts. All their meat, expect for the ground beef, is halal so my mom had no trouble ordering. And I encountered no problems as well since a third of their menu was dedicated to vegetarian dishes!
Our meal began with a basket of fresh bread and an assortment of dipping sauces - a cilantro garlic blend, a yogurt dip and a red pepper sauce. Afterwards, we warmed up with a bowl of vegetarian aush which was savory and creamy with the right amount of body and fresh herbs. My mom ordered the lamb kourma challow while I ordered the veggie kourma challow. Kourma is a spicy curried dish of chicken or lamb and an assortment of vegetables in a thick, mild creamy sauce. It is usually served with challow -white Basmati rice - creamed spinach and yogurt. My mom said the lamb was cooked so perfectly that is melted in her mouth before she was finished chewing it.
My absolute favorite dish is their sher berenj which the Afghan version of rice pudding using cardamom and pistachios to add a savory hint to an otherwise sweet dessert. A definite must try dish!
The night ended with herbal tea and fuzzy pajamas.
The next morning started out slowly and once we got ourselves out of bed and semi-functioning, we started whipping up brunch. Sweet potato hash, eggs, and toast were on the menu that morning. We took our time eating, savoring the quality time we had to spend together.
We ran a few errands that day before heading to New Nagano Sushi for lunch. It was a cold day in SF so we started with a hot bowl of udon to defrost. Then came on the rolls! Like any sushi spot, New Nagano’s menu was stuffed with a large variety of rolls which made it really hard to choose one. So, naturally, we had to pick three. For a veggie option, we ordered the Garden roll, filled with tempura-ed asparagus topped with avocado and eggplant. For a fishier route, we indulged in the Lion roll, which takes your typical California roll and tops it with luscious, baked salmon and crunchy tempura flakes. Last, came the shrimp, avocado and cucumber stuffed New York roll. At this point, our stomachs, and pants, were just barely keeping it together!
The weekend with my momma was filled with lots of laughs, more good food than anyone could eat, and genuine quality time. It was a true testament to the very special love and bond we share.
Until next time, my friends!