Focus:Snap:Eat Food photo essays from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:30:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Review of The Pig and The Lady and Piggy Smalls in Honolulu Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:30:28 +0000 HONOLULU
When talking about food in Honolulu, you can’t get away from references to The Pig and The Lady, a popular pop-up that started five years ago. People mention its farmers market stand, or the new casual spot that opened in Ward Village. Either way, you have to somehow try a piggy dish when [...]]]> 0
A Review of High-End Dim Sum at Yauatcha in Waikiki Mon, 12 Jun 2017 02:33:40 +0000 HONOLULU
When visiting my Mom in Honolulu, dim sum is her go-to lunch option. But many of her favorite dim sum restaurants in Hawaii haven’t really changed since I last visited, and in some ways the quality may have gone down a notch at a couple of spots.

So when my brother suggested checking [...]]]> 1 Photo Essay: Strolling Through Shirokiya’s Japan Village Walk in Honolulu Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:41:34 +0000 HONOLULU
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 [...]]]> 1 Travel: Eating Around Maui Mon, 05 Jun 2017 02:05:51 +0000 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 [...]]]> 1
A Review of Mahina & Sun’s in the Surfjack Hotel in Honolulu Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:42:53 +0000 HONOLULU
The story: Mahina & Sun’s is the fourth restaurant from local celebrity chef Ed Kenney, who first brought his farm-to-table style of cooking to Honolulu with his Town restaurant. His latest is a fun, hip casual spot inside the boutique Surfjack Hotel (known for its “Wish You Were Here” Instragram-worthy pool).

Why I [...]]]> 2 A Review of Senia in Honolulu’s Chinatown Mon, 29 May 2017 10:25:31 +0000 HONOLULU
My gripe about Hawaii’s dining scene is that it doesn’t change very much. So I stayed away for nearly three years and now that I’m in town, I’m playing catch up. First up is one of the island’s most highly touted new openings: Senia.

On a [...]]]> 1 A Review of Corridor Restaurant in San Francisco Thu, 25 May 2017 02:19:04 +0000 The story: Corridor is the splashy restaurant on Van Ness Avenue positioned as the perfect pre-opera, ballet, concert experience with its proximity to San Francisco’s Civic Center. It opened with the concept of a casual counter-service cafe during the day and a similar casual counter service for dinner with quality dishes. But recently the restaurant [...]]]> 1 Okane Puts a Japanese Touch to Brunch in San Francisco Sun, 21 May 2017 18:32:08 +0000 UPDATE (05/22/2017): Just heard that Okane is temporarily suspending its brunch program for awhile as they focus on launching its new sister restaurant Dumpling Time. So for now you just have to taste the brunch offerings in my pictures until the restaurant resumes brunch.

Weekend brunch is pretty big in San Francisco, but after awhile [...]]]> Preview: Friday Clocks In Opening of Dumpling Time in San Francisco Thu, 18 May 2017 03:07:59 +0000 Capitalizing on the Bay Area’s love for dumplings (just look at the lines at Din Tai Fung), the people behind Michelin-star Omakase and sister restaurant Okane¬†are dipping their toes in the dumpling arena with the opening this Friday of Dumpling Time.

The tiny restaurant is in the back street of Omakase/Okane in SOMA’s Design [...]]]> 2 Craft Cocktail Tour of Three San Francisco Bars Mon, 15 May 2017 03:41:02 +0000 There’s no ignoring that the cocktail scene in San Francisco is at its zenith. I mean, this is the place that once embraced the term mixologist (remember that?). Recently, I got the chance to participate in a cocktail tour (which really could just be called bar-hopping) that showcased three popular bars in the city’s Union [...]]]> 1