The story: Hanh Nguyen enjoyed the fresh street food growing up in Vietnam, and when her family moved to the United States after the fall of Saigon, they were disappointed that they couldn’t find their favorite dishes here. Her mother opened one of the early Vietnamese restaurants, and Nguyen continues the family tradition with her […]Read the full post →
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 […]
Chef Khai Duong made a name for himself with his popular Ana Mandara restaurant in San Francisco’s Ghiradelli Square, which closed after a 12-year run in 2012.
Now Chef Khai has returned in a smaller, more intimate space in SOMA on the edge of the Design District (on the same block as Omakase), showcasing his […]Read the full post →
It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a pop-up dinner, where a chef makes dinner in borrowed space. Popups often provide the chance for intimate dinners between diners and chef.
Pho King is one of those hole-in-the-wall joints that are no frills with homestyle dishes. It’s the kind of place you want to make your neighborhood eatery but so many people talk about it it’s become one of those worst kept secrets in town.
This tiny Vietnamese noodle shop is at the start of International Boulevard in Oakland […]Read the full post →
The most ugly words around these days are “domoic acid.” In fact, it almost sounds like demonic. Domoic acid is the toxin found in Dungeness crabs around the San Francisco Bay Area, and it has literally obliterated this year’s crab hunting season.
So while we all wallow over not having the sweet Dungeness crab meat to eat, […]Read the full post →
I’m a fan of Vietnamese cuisine with its comforting pho noodles and fresh herbs. But much of my food experience has been restricted to Southern Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City (which is the only city I’ve visited in Vietnam).
Like any other country, Vietnam has a diverse culinary scene that differs from region to […]Read the full post →
The story: Opened near the new Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Monster Pho is a new generation of Vietnamese restaurants. The owner, Tee Tran, wanted to open a restaurant serving up traditional family dishes, but with a community feel to draw diners of all backgrounds.
Why I went: This is another new offering that’s within […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This restaurant changed its name to Crawfish Fusion.
The story: Crawfish is a Louisiana staple, where it’s affectionately known as “mudbugs.” In San Francisco, you can find crawfish boils at Vietnamese restaurants, which seem odd, at first, until you understand that Vietnamese immigrants worked the shrimp industry along the Gulf and have adapted the […]Read the full post →
The modern-looking pho restaurant is like an oasis at noontime Saturday on a quiet stretch of Divisadero. My Father’s Kitchen probably serves up a lot of health care workers on the weekdays, surrounded by a few hospitals north of Geary Boulevard, and on Saturdays it’s one of the few lunch options.
I discovered the little […]Read the full post →
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
The L.A. restaurant Red Medicine has gotten a lot of attention lately, but not necessarily for its food.
The stylish spot in Beverly Hills recently started tweeting the names of guests who don’t show up for their reservations. The public shaming has garnered debate and attention, which Red Medicine’s GM […]Read the full post →
While I live in Oakland, I rarely make my way to the city’s International District – an ethnic neighborhood along International Boulevard, lined with taco trucks and mom-and-pop restaurants — because it’s not so convenient on public transit. But the area supposedly offers some of the best pho (Vietnamese soup noodles) in the area.
I […]Read the full post →
The story goes that Hung Lam, aka “Soup Junkie,” tried bowls and bowls of noodle soup in San Francisco but couldn’t find one that could live up to the taste of his mom’s. So now he pops up with a weekly pop up restaurant at Vinyl Wine Bar to show what a good bowl of […]Read the full post →
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- A Review of Sidestreet Pho in Alameda
- 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
- Travel: Eating Around Maui
- A Review of Mahina & Sun’s in the Surfjack Hotel in Honolulu