Bike Ride to THE YARD

our dinner aerial view

Here’s my part 2 of 3 post farewell to SF. Since moving to Nob Hill, I stopped riding my bike as much. Beside the fact I lived on a HUGE hill, it was giving me anxiety to ride through Union Sq and Financial District. The bike rides to work got too short and not worth the chaos, so I chose to walk instead. As part of our “last things to do while living in SF”, we rode our bikes one last time before the move. After a day of packing, we pumped up our bike tires and headed out to dinner. It was a perfect day for a ride because the weather was pretty warm that day leaving us with.. Read More

Sister Sister Time in Hayes Valley

Hayes Valley pic collage

YAY, another Sister Sister Time post! (I’m going to make this as a 3-part series of my farewell to SF post.) This time we tackle Hayes Valley, which is near and dear to my heart. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods in SF, but it’s also where I first lived when I moved here in 2007. Hayes Valley is an awesome neighborhood that only became what it is after the city removed the freeway overpass that went right through the neighborhood and made everyone exit onto Octavia. It’s a small neighborhood filled with your typical Edwardian houses and ornate SF apartment buildings that gives SF it’s charm with a bunch of newly developed apartment/condo buildings sprinkled all around. There are.. Read More

Padi – Indonesian food in San Leandro!

table spread aerial view

Happy Friday! We’re still discovering eateries in the East Bay, and I was shocked to find an Indonesian restaurant in San Leandro. There aren’t that many Indonesian restaurants in the Bay Area. I’ve been a huge fan of Indonesian food since our trip to Miami in April where we ate at Bali Cafe. It wasn’t somewhere I would had thought to have Indonesian food, and it was amazing! The closest thing I’ve had to Indonesian food here in the Bay Area was Banana Leaf which is Malaysian – yes, there’s lots of similarities and overlapping dishes. Back to Padi in San Leandro! The place is a straight hole-in-the-wall type of place with good food and no frills. I’m not really one to care much for.. Read More

Snack Review: July

July snack collage

The snacking continues despite the packing, moving, cleaning, and unpacking. (And all those mentioned are also continuing — WAH! A post of the move will be coming up later.) We probably need to snack on even more in times like these. Haha. (Note: The first five snacks I purchased at Walgreens in SF. The ones in SF carry a nice variety of brands and ethnic snacks. Although, I didn’t purchase the Pocky there, they do carry them in several flavors. I was bummed to find that my local Walgreens doesn’t carry as a diverse selection of snacks as in SF.) 1. Zapp’s – VooDoo Heat flavor (vegan) Have any of you had Zapp’s potato chips? If you’ve been to Ike’s, then chances.. Read More

Eating on a Budget and Busy Schedule

bento collage

As most of our friends and families know, we’re currently very busy and on a budget. (I’ll share with the readers what’s been keeping us busy soon). We’ve been eating out a whole lot more often than usual. As you know, it adds up! Also, it isn’t too healthy. Being the more budget conscious one for the everyday stuff in our lives, I always look for ways we can cut cost. One of my solutions is prepared foods! I know what some of you are thinking, “What?!?! How is that healthy?!?”. Just let me explain. I love bento boxes and donburi (Japanese rice bowls) from Nijiya Market. They are under $10 each and very filling — prices varies from $5.. Read More

The Sister’s House

banchan aerial view

Over the weekend, the hubs and I were in the East Bay. We want to scoop out the Korean food scene in Hayward, so we stopped by The Sister’s House for lunch. The place was inside a plaza in an industrial part of Hayward. Reading the reviews on Yelp, some people described the area as “ghetto.” I’m not familiar with Hayward, but I didn’t think it looked ghetto. Then again, I live in San Francisco, and these reviewers probably live in the suburbs. I do have to say that it wasn’t an area I would expect to find a Korean restaurant. Although, there is a karaoke place in the same plaza. 😉 Plenty of parking in the lot. The restaurant is a tiny.. Read More

Mikkeller Bar

chicken yakitori sausage

Mikkeller Bar. Good friends, good food, and good drinks. ‘Nuff said. Well, okay. Maybe a few little details about Mikkeller. First off, their labels are super cool — just look at them. Mikkeller is a microbrewery company in Copenhagen that was founded in 2006 by two home brewers Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller. (Can you see how the name Mikkeller came about?) They do not operate an official brewery, but guest brews at other breweries and bottle. Hence, they are called a “gypsy brewery” or “phantom brewery.” I would describe their beer as avante-garde, since the brewers are constantly exploring and experimenting with different types of beer and ingredients. They produce over 100 different types of beer in the past.. Read More

Snack Review: June

June snacks

It’s the end of the month, and it’s time for our monthly snack rounded-up! My friend Allison ask me to review some vegan snacks for her, so I noted which ones were vegan. Let me know, if there’s anything you would like me to review in the future, and I’ll gladly do it. 1. Oishi Potato Fries – Tomato Ketchup flavor I found a bunch of Filipino snacks by the brand Oishi at Marina market in Union City. I love browsing the snack aisle of Asian grocery stores because you find the most interesting selections. These potato fries are baked, but they still are pretty greasy to the touch. The tomato ketchup flavor pretty much explains itself — tomato tasting.. Read More

Sister, Sister Time in the Inner Richmond

acai bowl and pastries

I did a little exploring with my sister in the Inner Richmond the other week. Funny thing was, I didn’t think the area we were in was considered the Inner Richmond because I always thought it started at Arguello and went farther west into the avenues while bordering Geary Blvd and the Presidio – map here. However, I was wrong. Usually, when I go to the Inner Richmond, I just head to Clement St. or around Geary Blvd (in the avenues) for the Asian markets and really good restaurants. So it was nice to stroll along the areas near University of San Francisco. The area was so quaint and filled lots of cute single-family homes. Here are couple of the.. Read More

TJ’s Product Review: Pastrami Style Smoked Salmon

lox bagel

I discovered Trader Joe’s had a new pastrami style smoked salmon last month. I’m not huge a pastrami fan, but I thought I’ll give it a try. I really, really love smoked salmon, and you got to try things at least once. Surely, I’m glad I did because it was DELICIOUS. The salmon is soft and buttery, and the pastrami crust seasoning gave it bold flavors with a slight sweetness. Each bag is 4 ounces for $4.99 which comes out to be $19.96/lb. Verdict: YAY! Naturally, I made open-faced lox bagels with my find. The whole plate was filled with everything from Trader Joe’s — except the bagel was from Posh Bagels. I have to note that Trader Joe’s whipped.. Read More