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

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

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