From the monthly archives: December 2012

My 10 Best Bites of 2012

On December 30, 2012 By

Here’s my contribution to the end-of-the-year countdowns. After looking back at all my food pictures this past year, I realized that I’ve really eaten out a lot. I feel really grateful that I was able to dine at some really amazing places this year, some from my many trips I took this year.

Next year […]

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Twice the Size. Just as Popular.

On December 26, 2012 By

Brenda’s restaurant seems to be a popular spot to gather, as demonstrated by the countless groups of people who come for its popular brunch.

Before the holidays, Brenda’s was the perfect setting for another gathering of my fellow food blogging diners – Edda of A Housewife’s Tale and Jo of Jo Boston is […]

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Seasons’ greetings everyone! For a holiday treat, I thought I’d showcase the Fairmont Hotel’s gingerbread house.

The San Francisco hotel goes all out for Christmas with a gigantic tree and its gingerbread creation, which could be a mini home for any of the city’s homeless in the neighborhood. The two-story gingerbread house sits in the […]

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Grill Shuts Down for Soba Making

On December 16, 2012 By

Ippuku has a loyal following for its izakaya offerings. On most nights, you’d walk into a cloud of smoke in the Berkeley dining room as the grill masters cook up a variety of skewers.

But on Friday and Saturday, Ippuku opens up early and the grill is quiet except for a few snack items because […]

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Savoring My Last Brunch in Portland

On December 12, 2012 By

PORTLAND, Ore.
For my last meal on my recent trip to Portland, it worked out to be another brunch.

Tired of making all the decisions, I left it up to my sister and brother-in-law, who guided me to Clyde Common on the edge of downtown Portland not too far from the hip Pearl District.

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If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you’ve probably heard the news that this year’s Dungeness crab season (which started just last month) is in limbo because of a strike by boaters who don’t want to harvest the delicious crab until they get paid what they were promised at the start of the […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Every cupcake at Saint Cupcake Galore is like a vision, perfectly frosted swirls or shimmering ganache. The large bakery makes decision-making a tough task, but one most willingly take on.

I checked out the bakery – on the edge of the Pearl District and downtown – because it was my brother-in-law’s birthday […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
In a city gaining national attention for its food, it’s not too surprising to find global influences on the plate. At Ox in Portland’s Northeast area, I’m talking specifically about the South American flavors of Argentina.

Ox, opened in April by the husband-and-wife chef team Greg and Gabrielle Denton, is described on […]

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When Ice Cream is Chic and Novel

On December 1, 2012 By

PORTLAND, Ore.
It rained all week during my Portland trip, so I had to break one of my rules of eating – never eat ice cream on a cold day. I knew that come rain or come shine, I had to try the artisan ice cream at Salt & Straw.

The boutique-like premium ice […]

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