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

Tokyo Banana!

In 1991, the Grapestone Company started manufacturing and selling these banana-shaped sponge cake with banana pudding in the center called Tokyo Banana. Apparently, the company thought the banana flavor would appeal to male and females of all ages. Since then, they have made a variety of other flavors. They are dubbed the souvenir sweet of Tokyo. Sadly, these pillow of banana goodness aren’t sold in the U.S. because they don’t have preservatives. They have a shelf life of only 12 days. This is something you would like to eat before the “best-by date”. It does make a huge difference to the texture of the cake – its get drier. I was lucky enough to have a friend go to Japan recently.. Read More

Raw Vegan Lasagna

raw lasagna

As promised, here’s the breakdown of my raw vegan lasagna – no recipe. I do apologize. I’m not a recipe maker nor do I follow recipes. I’m going to post some links at the end of the post of some recipes that I think are great and close to how I made mine. I just hope this post will inspire you to make it or at least something new and similar with local seasonal produces for the spring/summer. (My farmers market post last week featuring it.) A little backstory how I came about making raw lasagna – not being on a raw or vegan diet. Well, several years ago, my lovely friend Robin of Vegan Dollhouse proposed a group of.. 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

Memorial Day: Oyster Aventures

oyster shucking

I hope everyone had a GREAT Memorial Day weekend. We surely did. I attended my friend Robin’s birthday carousel ride and tea party on Saturday (maybe, I’ll post about the cute food I had later). Then on Sunday, we attended our friend’s son 2nd Up themed birthday party – incredibly cute! For Memorial Day, the hubby wanted to go get oysters. We got into our car, made a pit stop at Whole Foods to pick up a few items for a picnic, and headed to Tomales Bay. We decided to go to Tomales Bay Oyster Company since Hog Island would be crazy busy. Don’t get me wrong, TBOC was busy too, but they don’t require you to make a reservation.. 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