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reviewed Eat Real Fest. September 26, 2011
posted in Gourmand
Eat Real Fest
I'm not typically a festival or street fair-goin' gal, but when there's this quality of food involved -- I'm more than willing to brave the crowd and wait in line to get my nom on!   …
reviewed Pier 23 Cafe. August 01, 2011
posted in Gourmand
Pier 23 Cafe
As a San Francisco Bay Area native, I've been hearing about the wonders of Pier 23 Cafe for years now.  From the outdoor seating, to the view of the bay, the live music, the beer, and the food. …
reviewed Tomales Bay Oyster Company. July 04, 2011
posted in Gourmand
Tomales Bay Oyster Company
With the weather around here being so lovely lately, there's no better time to go shucking oysters at the source than now, so this past weekend, several of my friends and I went to shuck some of California's …
reviewed Vermonster. May 16, 2011
posted in Awesomeness
Vermonster
During a recent trip to Vermont, an obligatory trip to the Ben & Jerry's Factory in Waterbury was necessary (check out my post of the tour), and therefore, the obligatory ordering of their infamous …
reviewed The Alembic. April 09, 2011
posted in Gourmand
The Alembic
A few months ago, a San Francisco Gilt City deal popped up with a pretty cool sounding deal -- a three course meal with custom created off-the-menu cocktail pairings at The Alembic, a bar in the Haight-Ashbury …
reviewed Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Plant. April 01, 2011
posted in Awesomeness
Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Plant
As a non-skier tagging along on a ski trip to Stowe, Vermont, I had imagined that I'd be cozying up with a book by the fireplace or nursing a cocktail in a hot tub for most of the weekend while the …
reviewed Bistro Liaison. March 01, 2011
posted in Secret Berkeley
Bistro Liaison
This Valentine's Day, my Valentine and I decided to descend upon Bistro Liaison to add a little French twist to our V-Day.  Located on Shattuck Avenue in between downtown Berkeley and the infamous …
reviewed Chipotle iPhone Application. January 06, 2011
Chipotle iPhone Application
There are many reasons to be a fan of Chipotle.  Let me count just a few of the ways...      Their usage of fresh ingredients Their serving of Niman Ranch steak Their serving …
reviewed Mashed Sweet Potatoes. November 24, 2010
posted in Gourmand
Mash Sweet Potatoes
Not to brag or anything, but my mashed sweet potatoes are pretty bomb diggity!  Holiday side dishes and desserts are my specialty, so it's no wonder my family puts me in charge of them every …
reviewed Suppenkuche. October 31, 2010
posted in Gourmand
Suppenküche
If you're ever in San Francisco (or are lucky enough to live within its vicinity like yours truly!), then you must visit Suppenkuche in Hayes Valley.  Especially when it's Oktoberfest.  …
reviewed El Capitan's Garlic Salsa. July 24, 2010
posted in Gourmand
El Capitan's Garlic Salsa
"Life's hard...but it doesn't have to taste bad" is the motto of salsa maker (and dancer!) Josue Cano, aka @captain on Lunch.  With a motto like that, I just knew that I had to …
reviewed Mint Leaf. March 02, 2010
posted in Secret Berkeley
Mint Leaf
By now, most Berkelieans probably know that there's a somewhat upscale fusion Indian bistro in the Gourmet Ghetto by the name of Mint Leaf, but did you know that they have an awesome late night menu?  …
reviewed Sufficient Grounds. February 25, 2010
posted in Secret Berkeley
Sufficient Grounds
Sufficient Grounds has been around for a bit over 20 years, since 1989 (almost as old as I am!).  The ownership may have changed over the years, but the location and menu, for the most part, have …
reviewed Nian Gao. February 15, 2010
posted in Gourmand
Nian Gao 年糕 (Chinese New Year's Cake)
Well, besides the festivities and red envelopes (which, by the way, I'm totally still allowed to collect on since I'm unmarried :D).  So what is it?      ...It's nian …
reviewed Boursin. January 11, 2010
posted in Gourmand
Boursin (cheese)
Creamier than cream cheese.  Crumblier than feta and blue.  Meltier than butter.  What is it?  Boursin!      For years, I had been eating and totally loving mock …
reviewed Ad Hoc. January 03, 2010
posted in Gourmand
Ad Hoc
When I first found out about Ad Hoc shortly after it opened in late 2006, I bookmarked it and labeled it "Thomas Keller's 'budget gourmet' restaurant" with the intention of trying it very soon.  …
reviewed Trader Joe's Smoked Salmon & Spinach .... December 07, 2009
Trader Joe's Smoked Salmon & Spinach Filled Crepes
After I saw these being featured as a new item on Trader Joe's Facebook fanpage three months, I knew I had try them.  I love crepes.  And filled with smoked salmon and spinach?  That just …
reviewed Trader Joe's Mango & Cream Bars. November 23, 2009
Trader Joe's Mango & Cream Bars
As you might have read in the updated version of my beloved Trader Joe's Mango Sorbet review, it was only a seasonal item for the summer, leaving my freezer and I very heartbroken this fall.  I tried …
reviewed Edamame. November 16, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Edamame
Just like how bananas are often thought of as a happy fruit (they're smiley-shaped, afterall!), edamame are like happy, smiley soybeans!  It's hard to believe that there was ever a time where I didn't …
reviewed Gravy. November 09, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Through all the various dietary restrictions that I've been on over the years, whether it was omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan, gravy has remained one of my favorite condiments of all time.  …
reviewed Grape-Nuts. November 06, 2009
Grape Nuts
While other companies are printing "low-carb" all over their food packaging to make their foods more marketable, it's awesome how Grape-Nuts proudly proclaims on their box that their "Grains …
reviewed Trader Joe's Raw Sunflower Seeds. October 16, 2009
Granted I've never been a fan of nuts, sunflower seeds and the like, since I'm not a fan of hard foods, I felt compelled to purchase these raw sunflower seeds at Trader Joe's when I was going through …
reviewed Trader Joe's Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese.... September 14, 2009
Trader Joe's Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Curds
I've been seeing these Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds at Trader Joe's for a while now, but I never thought about trying them until I had poutine for the first time recently and learned that they're only …
reviewed Sashi Sushi + Saké Lounge. September 05, 2009
posted in MBlocal
Exterior View
Being more a fan of traditionally made sushi, I tend not to dig Japanese fusion joints too much, especially since most are really just gimmicky and overpriced.  However, for Sashi, I'm going to have …
reviewed Trader Joe's Quick Cook Steel Cuts Oats. August 29, 2009
Trader Joe's Quick Cook Steel Cuts Oats
After reading an article about how steel cut is better than regular rolled oats, I decided that I would give it a shot after I ran out of my usual Quaker Oats.  I had never really investigated all …
reviewed Trader Joe's Creamy Spinach & Articho.... August 19, 2009
Trader Joe's Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Oh man, these things are AWESOME!  It's products like these that keep a devoted Trader Ho.  I was introduced to them at a party that I went to a while back.  Spinach, artichoke, and chips …
reviewed Trader Joe's Mango Sorbet. August 16, 2009
Trader Joe's Mango Sorbet
Edit on September 17, 2009: A couple of weeks after publishing review, I noticed that both of my local TJ's were out of this mango sorbet.  Then today, my buddy @dtruong sent me a disheartening message, …
reviewed Durian. August 12, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Durian
I'm not gonna lie, I use to HATE durian with a passion when I was a little kid.  Maybe it was the way it smelled to me then (some say that it's comparable to sweaty gym socks, but I've …
reviewed Mangosteen. August 09, 2009
Mangosteen
I first discovered these unusual looking fruits in Thailand when I was a little kid.  Looking like a small, round, burgundy, Thai eggplant, it did not look appetizing at all as a kid, but my mom …
reviewed Plats du Chef French Onion Soup. August 07, 2009
Plats du Chef French Onion Soup
Strolling through the freezer section of Trader Joe's a few months ago, I happened upon this Plats du Chef frozen French onion soup with a little green label that said "vegetarian" (in case …
reviewed Poutine. July 26, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Poutine
While expanding my knowledge on Wikipedia a couple of months ago, I came across the page for poutine.  I must've been looking up french fries or something, but my jaw dropped as I saw the …
reviewed Boulevard. July 20, 2009
Boulevard
A few months ago, a friend invited me out to lunch in the Financial District of San Francisco.  "So do you want to go to Boulevard or Cosmopolitan?  Both are equidistant from my office …
reviewed Toro. July 13, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Toro
Toro is the holy grail of all sashimi.  It's the underbelly of the bluefin tuna, and it's the most scarce (toro is only about 8% of a tuna!), delicious, and, therefore, expensive, sashimi that there …
reviewed Maguro. July 11, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Maguro
When most Americans think about nom nom nom-ing on tuna, the first things that come to mind are probably the standard tuna sandwiches, and tuna salad on crackers.  Ya know, the Chicken of the Sea …
reviewed The Café at Chez Panisse. July 05, 2009
posted in Gourmand
The Café at Chez Panisse
Unbeknownst to most people (except the locals!), Chez Panisse actually has two parts to it.  There's the famed Michelin starred (one star in both 2006 and 2007) restaurant downstairs, ya know, the …
reviewed Maggi Seasoning Sauce. June 21, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Maggi
A few months ago, my parents sent me on a grocery escapade for them.  On the list were the usual culprits -- eggs, milk, bread, etc, etc, but in the middle of the list, there was something new and …
reviewed Trader Joe's Frozen Mac 'N Cheese. June 12, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Trader Joe's Frozen Mac 'N Cheese
Mmmmmm, mac 'n cheese!  The mac 'n cheese that really, REALLY makes me drool (Homer Simpson style, of course!) is, surprisingly, available in the freezer aisle of a grocery store.  BUT, …
reviewed French Laundry. June 01, 2009
posted in Gourmand
French Laundry
A few weeks ago, I got a text message from one of my best friends in Florida, Lyta, asking, "Should I make reservations at French Laundry?", my immediate reaction was, "No, it's too …
reviewed Dim Sum. May 12, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Dim Sum
Growing up in a Cantonese household, I've been eating dim sum ever since I could remember.  At least one weekend a month, my parents would pack up my siblings and I (and sometimes Grandma!), and …
reviewed Chinese Tea Culture. May 11, 2009
Tea
In China, whether someone wants to apologize, show gratitude, or show respect to someone, the most simple and cordial way to do this is to offer the person a cup of tea.  It's obvious that tea is …
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