There’s a definite formula to the Farmhouse Thai restaurants: tropical colors in the decor, festive mood, and spicy Thai street food.
That pretty much sums up the group’s latest opening — Farmhouse Kitchen Thai in Oakland’s Jack London Square. After dining at its sister restaurant Daughter’s Thai (there’s also a Farmhouse Kitchen in San […]
Like how Italy has all forms of pasta, there’s a variety of noodles in China too. And one that I recently learned more about is Shanxi knife-cut noodles.
I discovered it when I spotted a new restaurant in Oakland Chinatown called Huangcheng Noodle House. The noodle is handmade everyday by Chef Jimmy Huang, who was […]
I recently got the chance to visit behind-the-scenes at OCHO Candy, an organic chocolate maker based in West Oakland. OCHO makes its chocolate bars in a unique way using specially-made molds to create chocolate shells that […]
Media Noche has been getting social media buzz since it opened earlier this year, primarily because of a very cool wall mural (surprisingly now gone) and a distinct Havana vibe in the Mission.
The fast-casual, counter-service spot focuses on the popular Cubano sandwich (there are five versions on the menu) and bowls. The food, though, […]
Earlier this month I helped my niece Margot celebrate her birthday with a dinner at San Francisco’s Octavia restaurant.
I’d been meaning to try this Michelin-star restaurant by chef/owner Melissa Perello for some time. Perello made a name for herself with her first restaurant in the Castro called Frances, which I’ve enjoyed dining at in […]Read the full post →
When the weather turns chilly, people often turn to some comforting soup and stews. I mean, makes sense since you find yourself at home keeping warm, so might as well braise some beef, right?
But when you’re a healthy kick, stews and soups are not your friend. Salads, which is my go-to when I’m trying […]Read the full post →
In theory a pop-up in the restaurant world is when a temporary restaurant opens in an existing restaurant, typically on the main restaurant’s off nights.
In the case of “permanent” pop-up Abstract Table (showing up on Friday and Saturday nights in Oakland’s Gastropig), it plans to stay. The only thing changing is the tasting menu […]Read the full post →
The month-old Bardo Lounge and Supper Club is a refreshingly different dining experience in Oakland.
It starts with the decor, where Mid-Century Modern furnishings create a large lounge space on the first floor of the former Michel Bistro restaurant on Lakeshore Avenue. It’s almost like you’ve entered a time warp to another time (the hip […]Read the full post →
Sacramento Street in Pacific Heights is old money San Francisco to me. With the multi-million dollar mansions on iconic rolling hills to tony boutique neighborhood shops.
All this to say I rarely spend much time in this part of the city. Except recently when I went to check out one of the buzzy new restaurants […]Read the full post →
CDP Bar is everything you would expect being the sister lounge of Oakland’s fine-dining restaurant Commis, which is still the only East Bay restaurant with a Michelin star (it has two).
The 1-year-old bar lounge on Piedmont Avenue continues the contemporary and sophisticated vibe of next door Commis, and diners can easily move from […]Read the full post →
My post-Greece weekend in Los Angeles turned out to be a busier few days of food tasting than my time in Greece, mostly because there is just so much happening in Southern California when it comes to food. I could barely squeeze in everything I wanted to try in the four days […]
ADAMAS, MILOS, Greece
One of my favorite meals from my recent Greece vacation was a place I discovered one night while lost.
I was in Milos, one of the tiny Greek islands probably not as frequented as tourist-popular islands like Santorini and Mykonos. My hotel was close to the port town of Adamas, and […]Read the full post →
When looking for innovative and creative dining, the big city is an obvious choice. So during my recent vacation in Greece, I made sure to check out a couple of noteworthy spots, including the Michelin’s “bib gourmand” selection known as Nolan.
South of Syntagma Square and not too far from the touristy […]Read the full post →
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