Posts by: Ben

This weekend is the lunar new year, celebrated by several Asian countries. Of course, I know it as Chinese New Year, which started on Friday to mark the year of the dog.

Of course, the festivities often center around food, lots of food. Since I live alone and away from home, I actually don’t go […]

Read the full post

When Dripline Cafe opened a year ago in West Oakland, the menu featured a blend of Southeast Asian flavors with Southern comfort food like chicken and waffles.

But in the last few months, Dripline chef Nora Dunning has been slowly adding what she calls that “funk,” or distinctive flavors of Singapore where she grew up. […]

Read the full post

If you’re like me, you’re probably seeing those bags of lemons showing up at the office break room or from friends knocking at the door. It’s citrus season and everyone and anyone with a tree is probably sharing the love with bags of fruit.

That happened this weekend when a friend had a bag full […]

Read the full post

What can be better than a night of specialty cocktails and appetizers from San Francisco’s popular restaurants and bars? Throw in a few puppies for the win.

Last week I attended CUESA’s first cocktail event for the year, its “Paws and Pours” Winter Cocktail Event, which was a fundraiser that involved a […]

Read the full post

Popular Japanese ramen chain Ippudo, which opened last year in Berkeley, is now hitting the San Francisco crowds with the opening of its new restaurant in Yerba Buena Lane in SOMA.

The San Francisco spot has been in soft opening mode for the last week, and has already been drawing lines. I got a chance […]

Read the full post

This week was the annual Winter Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The massive trade show by the Specialty Food Association is overwhelming in sights and sounds and taste as you go through two arena-size exhibition halls to check out the latest in specialty foods.

This year […]

Read the full post


TAIPEI, Taiwan
In my previous posts about eating in Taiwan, I mentioned about how cheap the food is in this country, which makes it easy to try all types of dining without busting your budget.

But that doesn’t mean fine dining doesn’t exists here. On […]

Read the full post

TAIPEI, Taiwan
When people asked me what I planned to do during my Taiwan vacation, I simply said “eat.” Sure, I threw in a couple of museums and a visit to some tea plantations, but I really spent the days from one restaurant to night market to another eatery.

Earlier this week, I wrote […]

Read the full post

TAIPEI, Taiwan
I just got back from 10 days in Taipei and Taichung, and the main reason I was there was, of course, the food.

Everything is freshly done in Taiwan, and it helps that food there is so cheap. It’s especially cheap at the famous night markets, which are street fairs that start […]

Read the full post

Rotisserie chicken was trending for awhile a couple of years ago, but it also helps when you open a rotisserie spot to have the reputation of people like Sarah and Evan Rich, the wife-and-husband team behind the fine dining spot Rich Table.

For their second restaurant, which is also in San […]

Read the full post

The story: The Saap Avenue originally opened up last September in the old Adesso space on Piedmont Avenue as Chai Thai Bar. But the owner, whose family has a couple of restaurants with the same name in Oakland and Hayward, found patrons expected the same volume of menu choices and with the smaller space in […]

Read the full post

My Top 10 Favorite Bites of 2017

On December 28, 2017 By

2017 was another amazing year of eating, and in these last few moments of the year, I’m taking a look back at my 10 favorite bites of the year. I’m not talking about the restaurants that impressed me, but specifically the dish or bite that just wowed me or opened my taste buds to something […]

Read the full post

HONOLULU
Last week I was in Hawaii for a week. And while that might sound ideal in winter to head toward warmth, it was a week of taking care of my Mom who was recovering from hip-related surgery. This meant a lot of errands and making meals for my Mom, and very little time […]

Read the full post

I’m pretty lucky with food options around my neighborhood near my Oakland apartment, and it’s getting better every day.

Clove and Hoof is one of my regular standby for a nice lunch because it’s just a 10-minute walk for me. I can always count on a filling meal from this gourmet butchery and casual restaurant, […]

Read the full post