Category Archives: Vegetarian/Vegan

Simon turns over and Greens Restaurant

Day 109

Unfortunately I missed the big event of Simon turning over as I was out to lunch with friends but Ron took some pictures for me.  Simon apparently fell asleep on his side and when he woke up, he was mostly on his stomach but his arm was still suck underneath him.


As he continued to struggle, he was able to get his arm out from underneath him and be fully on his stomach… but then almost falling off the edge of the sofa.  Ron was there to hold him back so no worries.


Now he enjoys tummy time a lot more and can keep his head up more easily.  When he smiles while on his tummy, he usually drops his head but was able to keep it up this time around.


Simon has a new Pooh friend too that my mom bought on her last vacation.  Big head like Simon.


Just a quick review on the place I went for lunch: Greens Restaurant at Fort Mason.  The restaurant has a beautiful view.


The restaurant also has a to-go section and they make great coffee.  The restaurant opens at 12pm so we decided to wait since we were a bit early.  We didn’t realize when walking in that the restaurant was vegetarian until we looked at the menu.  I guess with a name like “Greens”, it should have been obvious but it could also just mean it’s healthy… but anyways, it’s not vegan so they still serve things with cheese, milk, eggs, etc.  It was actually quite filling as the portion sizes are large and heavy in protein depending on the dish you order.

For a starter, we shared the potato fritters.  The red romesco sauce was delicious.


I ordered the eggplant sandwich.  The grilled bell peppers and eggplant were delicious, with some light vinaigrette.  This should probably be avoided if you’re watching your carbohydrates though with the potato salad on the side and the bread.


These are the cheese quesadillas with guacamole and a side salad of black beans with quinoa and plantain chips.


Brochettes with a parsley sauce and sides of brown rice with almonds and cabbage slaw.


Everything was pretty delicious and I’d eat here again.  They have brunch on Sundays which I think would be fun to try one day.  But don’t go here if you’re in the mood for bacon!

Simon went to sleep easily tonight, not even needing a pacifier to fall asleep or any wrapping of his hands.  He fell asleep like he used to sleep… stick ’em up!


I’ve pretty much given up hoping that he will sleep through the night anymore.  I expect him to wake up at 2 or 3am…


Our friends Shizuka & Hiro and their son Sean were visiting SF so we went to have dinner with them. Shizuka suggested this restaurant called Alive! located in the Marina, described as raw vegan cuisine.

It’s a small restaurant with seating for about 20 people total.

Considering this may be the only opportunity that we’d eat here, we decided to try multiple things on the menu.

This it the potato leek soup with black miso which is served cooked and warm. It’s a comforting vegetable soup.

They also have quite a collection of teas, served in these cute cups with lids. I tried the lemon ginger herbal tea. It had a nice tartness and spiciness.

The flaxseed flatbread with cashew cream, tomatoes, and avocado. Loved the cashew cream and avocadoes.

Spicy red curry avocado wrap. A bit difficult to eat but kind of like sushi. If you like things on the spicier side then this is for you.

These were their raviolis made with turnips. It was like a very filling salad.

I had the sunflower seed burger with avocadoes. The sunflower seed burger and toppings were really good but the bread-like item on the bottom was really hard to cut and eat.

We ordered four desserts and they were kind enough to cut some of them in half so we could share between couples. This is the apple pie which is uncooked so a bit crunchy and tasted similar to a crumble.

Asian pear torte.

Candy Cap Mushroom Cheesecake with berry sauce. The mushroom gives it a different flavor (described as kind of maple-like) and the berry sauce was quite tart.

We also tried the chocolate banana torte which I didn’t get to photograph.

Overall, it was an interesting experience but I’m not sure if we’d go back again unless we were specifically looking for a vegetarian restaurant. It was good to catch up with our friends as they were visiting from Japan and it was the first time we got to meet their son. I hope we can visit Japan again soon and our kids can meet 😀

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