Ike’s Love & Sandwiches is a sandwich shop that started in San Francisco’s Castro District in 2007 and made its way all through the Bay area. Now we have them here in Arizona. Ike Shehadeh (whose cartoon face is plastered on every restaurant) opened his first restaurant after being nearly homeless. Ike’s are known for their variety of sandwiches that are named after well-known celebrities. They use a bread popular in the Bay area called Dutch Crunch bread (or Tiger bread). The sandwiches are unique because of “Ike’s Dirty Secret Sauce” – a creamy, garlic aioli that is baked into the bread and smeared onto the sandwiches. So far I have tried the Manage a Trois and the Meatless Mike (Vegan meatballs). The sandwiches are pretty large and the bread is very soft and moist. I have had great experiences both times I visited them. They have many vegetarian options and very order comes with a free caramel-green apple lollipop for dessert.
The San Francisco Botanical Garden is 55 acres within Golden Gate Park and consists of over 8,000 different flowers from all over the world. Because of the Bay area’s mild temperatures and wet and dry summers, it provides a climate for many of these unique plants to grow. The botanical garden is dedicated to the conservation of many of these rare flowers. It’s a beautiful park and of course my favorite are the magnificent Magnolias – a pretty flower that is found in China. I was happy to be here during blooming season.