The common refrain my friends and family heard while I was visiting is “Hawaii hasn’t really changed that much.”
Things move slowly here, and that also means things don’t change much, which could be a good thing because the islands are exactly how I remembered. But it also means there aren’t as many […]Read the full post →
LAHAINA, Maui, Hawaii
For my Hawaii vacation, I took a side trip to Maui, one of the Neighbor Islands of Hawaii and probably the most popular destinations for tourists. It had been a long time since I visited this island, known as the Valley Isle because of its huge green peaks and valleys that […]
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
I was first introduced to Alexander’s Patisserie when I tried some of its chocolate truffles at a food fair and was enticed by the interesting flavors and beautiful designs. I made a mental note to check out its store.
But sadly, it is all the way in Mountain View in Silicon […]Read the full post →
The popular ice cream shop Salt & Straw has brought its creative flavors to San Francisco, along with the notoriously long weekend lines.
Salt & Straw, known for its handmade ice cream and flavors such as honey lavender and salted honey marshmallow, has plans for two locations in the city. Two weekends ago, it opened […]Read the full post →
Anyone who has visited Italy will always remember the sights and, of course, the gelato.
There’s something about Italian gelato, the rich and gooey texture and the often colorful and interesting flavors. It’s hard to find anything similar outside of Italy (although the gelato in Argentina, known as helado, comes pretty close).
Now I might […]Read the full post →
Walking into Sweet Belly in Oakland’s Uptown district, it takes awhile to get a sense of what this place is all about.
The name is a big giveaway — Sweet Belly is a dessert spot selling sweets. But while it’s in a former dive Chinese takeout spot and is decorated like a space for afternoon tea, […]Read the full post →
I admit I’m not a big bubble tea drinker. I joke that people shouldn’t have to eat their tea (bubble tea gets its name from the boba pearls added to the sweet tea drink).
Apparently, I’m the only person that really thinks this because everyone is crazy for the Taiwanese-style bubble tea as demonstrated by […]Read the full post →
Even though it’s been two weeks since I’ve returned home, I still look back fondly at my trip to Portland and continue to dream about all the food I ate.
And I’m not kidding when I say I ate continuously on this trip. This was a real foodie vacation (sure, I visited with […]Read the full post →
Just in time for this weekend’s warm weather in the Bay Area, Cookiebar Creamery opened its second location on 8th Street on the edge of Old Oakland.
Cookiebar is a nostalgic ice cream parlor that originally opened in Alameda’s West End by Alameda natives Robert Feng and John Ngu. This second location, which opened last […]Read the full post →
Stateside Bakery in Berkeley lets you relive your childhood, giving you permission to indulge in sugary treats that look like favorite snacks like Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes, or Oreo cookies. But these nostalgic treats (at least for people from my generation) are made with quality, natural ingredients and no preservatives.
I finally got to try these […]Read the full post →
It’s been awhile since I’ve wandered the San Francisco Ferry Building, so I was surprised to find some new offerings along the front arcade in a row of outdoor kiosks.
The massive annual Winter Fancy Food Show kicked off today in San Francisco, and I spent the whole day walking the aisles of two exhibition halls at the Moscone Center perusing one fancy product after another, nibbling on cheese, all-sorts-of-flavored crackers and cookies, and coconut cream-based ice cream from across the country along […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This location closed on Aug. 1, 2016 because of reportedly low foot traffic.
Flour and Co. is a new bakery in the middle of University Avenue in Berkeley, taking over the spot once occupied by another bakery, the Bread Workshop.
The 2-months-old bakery and cafe is the second location of owner Emily Day, who opened […]Read the full post →
Fair warning, this is going to be a long post. I can’t help it but there’s so much to say and show about my vacation in this Canadian city that’s so often called the Paris of North America.
I’m half way through my weeklong vacation, checking out the fall colors and trying all […]Read the full post →
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- A Review of The Pig and The Lady and Piggy Smalls in Honolulu
- A Review of High-End Dim Sum at Yauatcha in Waikiki
- Photo Essay: Strolling Through Shirokiya’s Japan Village Walk in Honolulu
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- A Review of Mahina & Sun’s in the Surfjack Hotel in Honolulu