New Shanghainese place in SF – Taste of Jiangnan!

Growing up, when we went to a Chinese restaurant, it was Cantonese food. I assume a lot of people did too. It seems that majority of Chinese restaurants in America are Cantonese with some Szechuan restaurants out there. However, times have changed. There’s a huge wave of Chinese restaurants opening up specializing cuisine from their region. Shanghainese food is a new thing for me, and it’s been an amazingly delicious experience every time! The other weekend we checked out Taste of Jiangnan in the Inner Richmond in San Francisco, which opened a little over a month ago. I tried to find out more about Jiangnan, but there was very little info out there on the internet. From what I was able.. Read More

Dine Under the Dome at Tap [415]

the spread of food

Have you guys been to Tap [415] inside the Westfield in Union Square yet? I found out about it through a meetup I attended. Otherwise, I wouldn’t had known it existed, since I rarely go all the way to the top of the dome. It’s a casual dining spot; you seat yourself and a server comes to take your order. There’s plenty of tables, and it doesn’t get that crazy busy. So, it’s great for groups. We ordered quite the spread as you can see. Looking at it, I couldn’t believe we ordered all that food! Bratwurst with beer onions with mustard on a pretzel bun Tap Burger with tempura bacon, chedda r, lettuce, pickled red onion, togarashi remoulade Kale Salad with.. Read More

The Chairman

Chairman Bao, The Chairman…some reason, I remembered it being called Chairman Bao when it first started roaming the streets of SF. I’m sure many of you have heard that The Chairman truck have a brick and mortar location now in the TL (Tenderloin). Years ago, I spotted The Chairman truck constantly parked outside of a location on Larkin St. I figured they must use a kitchen there because I saw people going in and out of it into the truck. The windows were all covered up. Then last year, I saw a location under construction with the iconic panda image. Since then every time I passed by on Larkin, I always checked to see if they were opened for business… Read More

Nourish Cafe

acai bowl

Hope you guys had a wonderful Labor Day weekend filled with some great bbq despite the heat! Today’s even hotter than yesterday, and I hear it’s going to continue to get hot. Even San Francisco is going to be in the 90s, this week! I thought it is a perfect time for me to post my trip to Nourish Cafe the other month with fellow blogger Bianca of The Artist Wanders and my sister. It’s a little place tucked in the Inner Richmond that serves delicious vegan salads, bowls, wraps, sandwhiches, juices, smoothies, toast, and… ACAI BOWLS! I got the Mission Salad – romaine lettuce, red cabbage, yam avocado, black beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, radish, carrots, jalapeño, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro.. Read More

Tonga Room, Tonga Room, Tonga Room!

pool and boat

You’ll probably be chanting “Tonga Room, Tonga Room, Tonga Room!” after a few of their drinks. They are quite stiff, but you wouldn’t realize it with all the sugar that’s in it – equals bad hangover tomorrow. If you live in SF, you probably already know about the Tonga Room, SF’s famous tiki bar and restaurant, which is located inside the famous Fairmont hotel in Nob Hill (aka our former neighborhood). Or maybe from Anthony Bourdain’s San Francisco Layover episode? We lived on Powell behind the Fairmont, and the walk to the Tonga Room is literally 1.5 blocks or 5 minutes. I felt like it had to be one of our must do before the moved activity, since we went to the.. Read More

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

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

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

Gott’s + Ferry Building

Gott's food

Most weekend that we don’t have anything plan, we try to get our workout in during the morning hours down the Embarcadero. Then we eat around the area or at the Ferry Building. I guess you can say, “it’s very San Franciscans” of us to spend our Saturday at the Ferry Building. This past Saturday I ran about at 5k along the Embarcadero. The run is great because it’s flat and there’s no lights stopping you – on the side of the bay. We decided to grab lunch at Gott’s before hitting up the Ferry Building’s farmers market. It was our first time dining at Gott’s; we’ve only pass by it several times and seen the long line. Turns out.. Read More