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

La Pinata #1

When moving to the East Bay, the hubs was determined to find three things: 1) a local place where he can get craft beer, 2) a good burrito place, and 3) a game store for him to play Magic the Gathering. He’s a simple man. One of the place we’ve tried and liked is La Pinat#1 in Hayward. Just looking at the exterior, I was excited to try this place out. It looks to fun, festive, and happy.  I love their mural, also (pic below). OMG, their chips and salsa were delicious! We got seconds, and I saved the salsa to eat with my main course. The hubs got the shrimp super burrito, and I got the chicken taco plate. And.. Read More

Snack Review: September

September snacks

Alright folks, I’ve got September’s snack review for you! It’s filled with some interesting and tasty finds from Nijiya Market in SF and Foodnet Supermarket in San Leandro. 1. Age Ichichani  I’ve seen these at the Japanese market before but never grab a bag to try. Not until, Kareen from Ziba mentioned them to me. She was kidding when she said they were additive. These rice crackers were crunchy and the cracks created nooks for the seasonings to stick to. I like them way better than those super starchy ones you usually get in the rice cracker mix. There’s lots more texture, and it’s kind of crumbly. 10/10 2. Bourbon Alfort Green Tea Chocolate Biscuits These are similar to the.. Read More

Castro Valley Farmers Market

We’ve been gradually discovering things around our new neighborhood. One of the farmers market near us is in Castro Valley at the BART station parking there. It’s year-round on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. I have to say that I was surprised that it didn’t start until 10am. I’m use to farmers market starting at 8am. They have a flower vendor who make beautiful bouquets and for a good deal! This one above was for $10! Way prettier than the ones at Trader Joe’s. There’s a nice selection of produce, although, I wished there were more organic options. I was happy to find out there was an Asian produce stand, so I can buy items like long bean and water spinach (ong choy in.. Read More

Summer Blues, Summer in Black

black short outfit with city view

If you look through my wardrobe, you’ll find most of my clothes are in hues of blue and black. I like neutrals with some splash of color. As most people would be adorning themselves with colorful clothing for the summer, I generally keep to my basics. I have no problem wearing black in the summer. I embrace it! Since the weather here in the Bay Area is still fairly warm, I thought I’ll highlight some of my summer outfits in my favorite colors – blue and black – and some summer time apparel tips. (For others outside the Bay Area where autumn is in full gear, you can save this for next spring/summer.) Enjoy! A simple navy shirt dress with.. Read More

East Bay Adventures: Lake Chabot and Drake’s Barrel House

east bay adventure collage

Our friend from Sacramento came down to visit. He likes to hike and enjoys a nice refreshing beer, and we wanted to showcase our new neighborhood to him. So, we took him on a little mini East Bay adventure to Lake Chabot and Drake’s Brewery. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for about 20 years and have never been to Lake Chabot! I didn’t even know it existed until a couple years ago. There’s just so much to see and do in the Bay Area. LAKE CHABOT REGIONAL PARK We entered from Lake Chabot Road. There’s a $5 parking fee; it was our first time so we paid. Normally, we just park outside on the main road and walk in… 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

My Favorite 10 TV Couples

my favorite tv couples

With so many shows I watched as a kid, teenager, or young adult streaming on Netflix or in syndication now, I’ve started to watch them all again or at least a few episode here and there. So, I thought it would be fun to write a post on my favorite TV couples – something other than the subject of food for a change, also. There were so many to pick from, but these stuck out to me the most and reflects my youth to adulthood. It’s in no particular order of favorites but in the order of when it first aired. As an 80’s child, Full House (T.G.I.F.) was a big part of my life weeknight. It was the one thing I looked.. 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