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

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

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