I was first introduced to the Cambodian food of Nyum Bai when it was a pop up stand at the Emeryville Public Market. I enjoyed the Southeast Asian flavors of the rice bowls served with soup, or bae, and limited selection of noodles and salads.

Very little of that food stand menu […]

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably often see photos of my dinners at Teni East Kitchen, which is my neighborhood restaurant that’s just a 10-minute walk from my Oakland apartment.

The restaurant has been opened for two years now, and I recently featured it in my latest […]

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People can’t get enough ramen. Anytime a new ramen restaurant opens in the Bay Area, you can expect the long lines to follow.

But what if you can skip the line and have ramen in the comfort of your own home?

That’s right, a lot of people who can’t get good ramen often end up […]

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So I’m not going to claim that the idea of matcha tiramisu is terribly original, but I will say that this is a dish that I just guessed in my head about proportions and for making it the first time, it was a complete success!

I’ve toyed with the idea of making matcha tiramisu for […]

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I don’t usually find myself down the South Bay or Peninsula, so when I do I try to make the most of it.

On one of those occasions, I found myself on a Saturday along Highway 101 with my friend Craig. We’d just left a summer pool party and decided to treat ourselves to an […]

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I love khao mun gai, the popular Thai chicken rice dish similar to Singapore or Hainan chicken rice. I used to love the version from Chef James Syhabout’s Hawker Fare, and it’s never been the same since he closed the original Oakland location (which was a stone’s throw from my office).

So I was excited […]

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I’m always trying to learn more about Mexican food because I grew up thinking Mexican food was primarily tacos and burritos.

So it’s always a pleasure to try restaurants that educates people on how much more Mexican food can be. One of those places is Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana in Old Oakland. This […]

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You’re not a good Chinese boy unless you’ve grown up folding a few wontons, the shrimp and pork dumplings often tossed into soups, or how I like to eat it with thin noodles and soup.

Our Mom always made me and my siblings fold wontons, which we’d then have for lunch. We did the basic […]

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I’ve always known it as the Hotel Durant, the tiny hotel just a stone’s throw from the UC-Berkeley campus that has been home for many years to visiting friends and families of students. I didn’t realize that more than a year ago it re-opened as part of the Graduate Hotels group of boutique hotels.

So […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
My recent Portland weekend was a success because I was able to check off two always-wanted-to-try restaurants off my list. The first was the popular Han Oak, and a couple of nights later it was the Japanese tasting menu at Nodoguro.

One of the reasons it took awhile to get to […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Han Oak has been on my list for the longest time of places to try whenever I visit Portland. That’s because it’s been on everyone else’s lists, too: from Food and Wine’s Best New Chef (for chef-owner Peter Cho) to Esquire’s Best New Restaurant.

It also takes some advance planning because reservations […]

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This modern Berkeley coffee house on the far end of University Avenue (toward the marina) seems new to me, but it’s actually been open for more than two years. Algorithm Coffee Co. touts itself as a specialty coffee roaster using science and technology to create small-batch craft coffee.

Walking into the space, you get the […]

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Kahnfections is a 1-year-old Mission neighborhood bakery cafe flying under the radar in a city where people line up for hours for a flakey croissant, cruffin or kouign amann. It doesn’t have a high-profile spot on busy Valencia or Mission Street, but it does have heart.

The tiny spot on 20th […]

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San Franciscans are no stranger to standing in line for tarts. Just look at the line outside Golden Gate Bakery on any weekend and you’ll know what I mean.

So it’s no surprise that people are lining up, this time a short distance down Grant from Chinatown to the lower level of the Westfield San […]

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