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With some apprehension built up over more than 40 years, I brought the chocolate-colored coffee cup up to my lips and dove in – joining the 100 million Americans who grab a cup of Joe every day.

The first sip was like a jolt. The slightly bitter flavor of the coffee blending with the […]

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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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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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Thanksgiving Thank You Notes

On November 18, 2012 By

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d do this unconventional food post about what I’m thankful for this season. My apologies to Jimmy Fallon if these thank you notes don’t measure up to his funny thoughts and inspirations, but they’re offered up in the same manner. Cue the background music.


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My Life is Toast

On April 11, 2012 By

Famed British food writer Nigel Slater lovingly describes toast in his memoirs-turned-movie “Toast” as a warm, buttery chew that fills any boy’s hunger for satisfaction and, probably, acceptance.

I was amazed one person could place so much hope and gain such happiness from a burnt piece of sliced bread. As I recently watched the actor […]

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Ringing in the Year of the Dragon

On January 23, 2012 By

Chinese new year is filled with a lot of traditions and symbolisms. And one that my siblings and I always participated in as kids was the serving of new year’s tea to our parents.

The serving of tea is a Chinese custom that demonstrates respect for the person you’re serving, and oftentimes that […]

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Holiday Lights With Your Meal

On December 23, 2011 By

I feel like this holiday season came up pretty quickly, and I’m sure many of you are still busy shopping or prepping your kitchen with ingredients for your favorite dishes for your holiday dinner.

As I went around running holiday errands, I occasionally snapped photos of the holiday lights and decor at various restaurants and […]

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At some restaurants, the diners still come out in droves though the wait may not be as long as a Friday night. The coffee houses are still filled with the warm glow of laptops, and the bars try to attract customers with Monday Night Football.

San Francisco’s Mission District attracts a lot of diners with […]

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