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

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

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

Kingdom of Dumpling and Ocean Beach

shanghai dumplings

It has been quite cloudy here in San Francisco for the past two weeks. There’s been little breaks of sun here and there for a brief time, but it quickly turns gloomy and cold. As I am daydreaming about wearing shorts or summer dresses, I am dressed in sweater weather, my Uniqlo black jeans, warm socks, and sneakers. I have to say that this chilly weather have made me very lazy about dressing up. I just want to be comfy and WARM. I have been quite jealous of other Bay Area cities who are getting sun and temps in the mid-70s and 80s this week. Alright. After that lengthy introduction, I wanted to post the amazingly nice weekend the hubby and.. Read More

San Sun (or…Pho Tam Duong)

egg noodle close up

It has been quiet gloomy and chilly here in San Francisco (well, the whole Bay Area) as the east coast is having their nice sunny spring weather. I guess they deserve it with the crazy winter they had. Yesterday was definitely a soup type of weather, so I went to San Sun for lunch. Before I start talking about my awesome wonton noodle soup I had here, I have to get two things straight. First, there’s two names on the awning of the restaurant – San Sun and Pho Tam Duong. We call it by the former because it’s in Chinatown and primary a Chinese joint with Vietnamese food. Also, if you google Pho Tam Duong, you won’t find it… Read More

Wise Sons

wise sons interior

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen. Ah, this place has been on my list for a very, very long time. I’m so glad to finally try it last week. At their downtown location inside the Contemporary Jewish Museum, they have a “Downtown Special” which is a soup and sandwich combo. You get a bowl of matzo ball soup and a half pastrami, corned beef, egg salad, liver, or trout sandwich with potato salad or coleslaw for $13.75 (with tax it comes out to $15). As a first timer, I got the combo deal and went with the chopped liver sandwich. I know, you’re thinking, “Liver?!? Ewww.” I thought about getting the smoked trout but chopped liver just seem more of a classic.. Read More