Category Archive: travel

Sightseeing Chicago

On my first trip to Chicago some six years back, I didn’t get a chance to do the really touristy stuff. On our first full day, we headed to Oak Park to check… Continue reading

The Publican

A few months ago, I threw a dinner party. I was cooking all day and had various food shows on. I wasn’t paying much attention though I caught the words “pork” and “Chicago.”… Continue reading

Cocktalian Chicago

I’ve been to some bars in L.A. where bartenders have told me they were inspired by the cocktails at Chicago’s The Violet Hour. I’ve read some articles about this bar and it was… Continue reading

Chicago Eats

While we were in Oak Park for a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright homes, we stopped by the local Giordano’s for deep dish or actually a variation of deep dish– the stuffed pizza.… Continue reading

Chicago Drinks

One of the many things we wanted to do was visit Intelligentsia in Chicago. Having been to all three outposts in L.A.; Venice, Silver Lake and the new Pasadena store, I was excited… Continue reading

SF to LA: Back to Back Tacos

My last meal in SF was tacos. I hadn’t really thought about tacos or Mexican food in general during my trip. I am from LA, I have tacos on practically every corner (okay,… Continue reading

SF Ferry Building Farmers Market

You might wonder why anyone on vacation would go to a Farmers Market? I certainly wasn’t planning on doing any cooking. But I love farmers’ markets. All the wild produce, the fun products… Continue reading

San Francisco Dim Sum: Hong Kong Lounge

The one thing I told Carina I really wanted to do on Sunday was to get some great dim sum. I was informed that Chinatown would not be the place to find it… Continue reading

Castro: Poesia + Gays & Dolls in SF

After checking out the Farmers Market at the Ferry Building, we had a hard time deciding what to do about dinner. Carina’s friend Lauren was joining us for the Gays and Dolls crawl.… Continue reading

San Francisco: Turning Japanese

While wandering around Hayes Valley, we stopped into True Sake after a bar adventure at Absinthe. I have never been to a shop that only sold sake before. In fact, they claim to… Continue reading