Category Archive: foodie alert

San Francisco: A Fond Farewell to Fifth Floor

Fifth Floor in San Francisco recently closed for renovations. When I heard they were reconcepting, I could not resist having a farewell bite and drinks. Brian Means who runs the bar at Fifth… Continue reading

San Francisco: Dessert and Cocktails at Michael Mina

After our fabulous dinner at Ichi Sushi, we were in search of something sweet. We made our way to Michael Mina. The three of us decided to sit at the beautiful bar. The… Continue reading

San Francisco: Holding Up the Bar at Trick Dog

I made a short list of places I had to visit on my last trip to San Francisco and Trick Dog was number one on my list. It’s owned by the Bon Vivants;… Continue reading

San Francisco: Getting Raw at Ichi Sushi

An informal survey of sushi spots in San Francisco brought me to Ichi Sushi. The Bernal Heights spot is tiny (though they are expanding to a larger location soon) and we waited about… Continue reading

San Francisco: Cocktails at Coqueta

Before I left for San Francisco, I asked a friend in SF for a short list of new restaurants I had to try. One of them was Coqueta. I tried to make reservations… Continue reading

San Francisco: Brunch with Waffle Shots at 15 Romolo

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to 15 Romolo in San Francisco but I always knew I’d return for their Punch Drunk Brunch. Their motto is, “with no drink in… Continue reading

San Francisco: Pho and Egg Rolls at Ben Tre

We tried Ben Tre in South San Francisco for lunch one day a couple weeks ago. My friend had been a few times and it was popular with the locals. We started out… Continue reading

Oakland: Dim Sum at Peony Seafood Restaurant

  Originally we headed to Oakland’s Chinatown to try a shop specializing in handmade noodles but sadly they were closed for the holidays. We followed the crowd to a bustling shopping center and… Continue reading

Oakland: The Fried Chicken Sandwich at Bakesale Betty

I had heard the rumors of the best fried chicken sandwich as a personal challenge to go and try it. While in Oakland, we went to Bakesale Betty and stood in a long… Continue reading

Santa Clara: Christmas Dinner at Cooking Papa

I spent the winter holidays in Northern California. For Christmas dinner, we went the “traditional” route and had Chinese food. After a quick consultation with my cousin, we decided on Cooking Papa in… Continue reading