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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 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 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 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
posted in Fruit Lovers
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 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 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 Vanilla Ice Cream. December 31, 2008
posted in Gourmand
Vanilla Ice-cream
I never understood why people described plain or boring people as "vanilla".  What's wrong with vanilla?  It's smells amazing, and it just so happens to be my favorite flavor of ice cream!  …
reviewed Cream Puff Recipe. December 19, 2008
posted in Gourmand
Cream Puff
This is a favorite of mine to make during potlucks and family get-togethers.  It's super easy to make, has simple-to-get ingredients, can be made a couple days ahead of time, and they look and taste …
reviewed Marshmallows. December 16, 2008
posted in Gourmand
Marshmellows
I love marshmallows and have always wanted to make some yummy gourmet ones of my own, so I lucked out when I happened upon the amazing Thomas Keller's marshmallow  recipe.  Thomas Keller is …
reviewed Eggs Florentine. December 15, 2008
posted in Gourmand
Eggs Florentine
Eggs florentine is definitely my favorite brunch item.  Nothing hits the spot quite like toasted, halved biscuits topped with fresh spinach and poached eggs, then doused with a buttery Hollandaise …
reviewed Red Velvet Cake. December 15, 2008
posted in Gourmand
Red Velvet Cake
Yes, as my headline states, red velvet cakes are indeed, LOVE.  Whenever I happen to be passing by a bakery, I never pass up the opportunity to get a cupcake one.  I've also been known to drive …
reviewed Mimosa. December 15, 2008
posted in Gourmand
Mimosa
With two of my favorite things combined in one cup, the mimosa is fast becoming a weekend brunch staple in my household because it's tasty and goes well with all my favorite brunch food items.  I …
reviewed Long Island Iced Tea. December 15, 2008
posted in Gourmand
Long Island Iced Tea
As someone with a small bladder, I sure can appreciate a Long Island Iced Tea.  This is one of few cocktails made of various liquors, four to be exact, plus a liqueur.  I love watching skilled …
reviewed Uni. December 15, 2008
posted in Gourmand
Uni
Consuming uni can be a hit or miss.  When it's bad, it's downright foul, but when it's good, it's *amazing*.  I know most foods are best consumed when fresh, but when it comes to uni, it has …
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