Merry holidays and happy 2019!! 🎉🎁
can you believe we made it through another year?! sorry for missing out all the action the last few weeks. thank you for following me on my food journey. this year i traveled to denver and chicago, jumped around at a bunch of concerts, started this food journey and ate lots of new restaurants. i have a project to continue working on in 2019, can’t wait to tell you guys about it!
here are some of my favorite places to eat. bonus points if you can tell where i was eating 😉😋 talk to you guys next year, friends!
📍taqueria san bruno; san bruno
🍳breakfast burrito, steak and egg
located in an auto mechanic zone, never would have guess that there would be a michelin guide restaurant hiding among them. this breakfast burrito hit the spot, the past weekend! i has searching for breakfast tacos, but after seeing that my favorite mexican spot has breakfast items - i had to go there. they could do no wrong with any item.
this huge burrito came out so hot! have you seen such gorgeously wrapped food before?! can you imagine how they are at wrapping presents!? all the beans and rice where on the outsider layer with egg, steak, and a bit of cilantro taking the prime center spot. each bite of the burrito was so flavorful and tasty. as i write this, i am craving another one!
📍paradita eatery; emeryville
🍴fried crispy chicken & side of french fries
stumbled upon the emeryville public market after walking around bay street. this place reminds me of san pedro square in san jose. there are lots of food options, seems like a good opportunity for new restaurant to start up in or a pop up location.
unlike a typical chicken sandwich, with fried chicken patty between bread, these were small bite-sized chicken pieces. because it is small pieces, each bite is crispy crunchy, with a tender center. the bread is delicious and pairs well with chicken and coleslaw. the fries are topped with shredded cheese and cilantro, but soggy. note to self next time - ask for extra crispy.
after dinner, i enjoyed a lovely concert at cornerstone in berkley.
📍sam wo restaurant; san francisco
🍴b.b.q. pork noodle roll & ma por tofu & tomato beef chow mein & duck dry mixed noodle
got to met up with a friend for dinner, visiting for a conference. this has been on my list of places to try! located on the edge of chinatown, this restaurant has reasonably priced and well-portioned meal. there was a bit of a line when we arrived on a friday night around 7:30pm. i immediately looked for a wait list - on the right side wall near the entrance. we didn't wait long to be seated, but i got a chance to watch the cook do his craft.
after we ordered, the food literally only took 5 minutes to arrive at our table!! we really enjoyed the b.b.q. pork noodle roll as an appetizer - the chewy noodle wraps keeps the pork and some greens from falling apart. mapo tofu was nice and spicy, the tofu just melted in your mouth. tomato beef chow mein has pieces of tomatoes and beef in the dish - tasting sweet and savory. i want some noodles but not soup that day, so the dry noodles ended up being perfect for me! the sauced noodles sit at the bottom of the bowl, then duck meat, with lettuce and green onions to top it off. i had to dig to access all three parts at once but after a few bites, i was able to mix all three in my bowl together. the flavor of the sauce with the noodles and duck were amazing! the lettuce and green onions were really good with the dish!
the space was small but they were able to fit quite a few tables along the wall. there is also another level upstairs as i noticed servers coming up and down the stairs. the kitchen is on the left hand side as you walk in with cash register on the end. i have yet to go back but i want to try more items on the menu!
📍mama's vietnamese cuisine; san mateo
🍲36. rare beef noodle soup, medium & 27. vietnamese egg noodle soup, large
hi friends, sorry i've been mia for a bit. i've been sick for the last two weeks ): last week, i was craving some warm and comforting soup to make me feel a little better. i stopped by this vietnamese restaurant for some pho after work. i always pass by this restaurant on el camino on my way to the mall.
their menu is simple and easy to search through. after ordering the pho garnishes were brought out - bean sprouts, basil, lime, and freshly sliced chiles. the soups came out soon after. the broth itself was filled to the brim! i squeezed lime over my whole bowl and topped it with bean sprouts and basil. both broth was clean and tasty, the egg noodle soup tasted a bit sweeter. the meat itself was thick and chewy. i originally didn't want to each too much, but ended up cleaning out my bowl and found there to be minimal vermicelli.
stay healthy friends!
📍ghiradelli on-the-go; san francisco
🍦 world famous hot fudge sundae & cookie dough in a sugar cone
happy national dessert day!! i needed to grab some chocolate squares for a gift basket at ghirardelli. of course i couldn’t go without getting some ice cream.
pro tip: did you know that they have a store at the bottom of beach street, without having to go up the hill. they serve all the dessert items as the marketplace store. the merchandise items is not as extensive. they also don’t have the chocolate making machinery. the store on top of the hill is definitely a tourist attraction. but if you want to avoid the lines and people, go to the store front at the bottom of the hill. 👌🏼
📍miller's east coast deli
🍳portland breakfast sandwich
i've tried out a few different breakfast sandwich place on polk, all near work. i can without a doubt say that miller's is my favorite breakfast sandwich spot. don't get me wrong, any breaky sando is a great start to my day.
my favorites are the portland and the austin, both cities i still need to visit. the portland comes with eggs, thick bacon, swiss cheese, sautéed spinach and tomatoes. the austin has eggs, ham, cheddar cheese, diced green peppers and red onions. i always get them on sourdough bread. to add some kick - i add hot sauce to my sando. they are so good, i can never wait for them to cool down before taking a bite!
although i never come here for breakfast, (i believe) their breakfast is served into the mid-afternoon. sometimes a girl just wants some eggs for lunch, you know? their sando costs $6.5, bagel shops costs around $5. for $1.5 more there is some veggies, which makes me feel i'm getting a better value.
📍fowl play roadside chicken; palo alto
🍗4 piece southern fried & the hot mess & elote
there is a new chicken spot in town! when i walked in, i was a little overwhelmed at the menu - there are so many choices! but after reading and understanding the menu - the titles are so clever! nest for bowl items, beaky bites for small plates.
the chicken is moist and easy to chew. the batter is thicc and honey sweet. it was a surprise at first, reminds me of chicken and waffles. the hot mess was suggested by the cashier, as it is a popular item. it was stacked high with lettuce leaves, sliced tomato, blue cheese crumbles, an onion ring, and fried chicken tossed in buffalo sauce. the sandwich was well balanced, all the flavors came through well. elote was over limed.
a new spot to try if you want to stay away from downtown and the mall.
📍thai stick; millbrae
🍜tom yum combination noodle soup & chicken pad thai & fried tofu
first meal back from the trip! there is nothing like having some asian food after a week of chicago eating. all i did this day was eat and sleep haha.
noodles soups make my insides all warm and makes feel like home. the hot and sour soup has a spice factor and tangy flavors. you can choose rice or egg noodles. meat wise - there is ground chicken, prawn, octopus, and fish balls. the pad thai tastes sweet, sour, salty and spicy. they mix the bean sprouts in the dish when served. the fried tofu is golden, i can hear the crunchiness just by looking at it. they hold the heat in well, be careful as you bite in! this place has pickled jalapenos on each table, if not feel free to ask for them. if they don't have any more, i might have eaten all of them!! just kidding, hehehehe
that is a wrap on my chicago trip. now back to our regular programed bay area nomz.
📍revolution brewing; chicago
🍳chorizo omelet & breakfast from scratch & ribs and waffle & chiliquiles & breakfast pizza & egg in a hole
met up with some friends over brunch and beers to kick off a last full day in chicago. revolution brewery has such an small but wide range of brunch items. we all each ended up with something different!
i got the breakfast pizza - topped with black pepper bacon, maple-chicken sausage, grape tomato, garlic cream, mozzarella, basil, and an over easy egg. the pizza is cut into nice square pieces. the pizza was tasty, but too salty for my personal taste. it is very filling, i could not finish the whole thing! the ribs and waffle was smokey and sweet. this was my first time seeing egg in a hole in a restaurant! such a fun item.
lots of seating. good beers. i would for sure go to the brewery often, if i lived in chicago.
📍yindee restaurant; chicago
🍣volcano & red dragon & tornado & yanki & hamachi
i came here with my friend for dinner after we talked about "jiro dreams of sushi." we watched some trailers on youtube and there is no way we couldn't have sushi for dinner. this restaurant is just a couple block away from her apartment. the menu has two sides to it - thai and japanese. we only had eyes for the japanese side.
we got a few rolls and hamachi to share.
the volcano roll has rice on the outside and had a little bit of charred edges with smoked salmon, kani, tai and spicy mayo. red dragon is so pretty in its presentation as well as tasty. tornado was my favorite, really crunchy and good sauces. yanki contains yellowtail, salmon, tuna, masago, carrot, lettuce, and finished with a dollop of spicy mayo. all the rolls were yummy, each had their own different presentation.
it's a quiet cozy space with good service. wish we brought some drinks because they are a byob establishment!
📍joe's brewery; champaign
my favorite burgers😋 anyone who knew me in college knows i'll be found eating here on tuesdays, thursdays, saturdays for their half off burger deals. joe's made some changes to the outside patio space as i graduated. i was a little scared that they would change up the food menu, after a few years, but the burgers and fries are the same!!
my order - california burger with no onions and side of fries. besides the essential burger patty and lettuce. the burger is stacked with the best burger toppings - fried egg, guacamole, bacon, provolone. this burger takes like little bits of heaven, making me wish all burgers comes with a fried egg. the buns are so soft, but keeps its shape. the fries are golden sticks of crunchy goodness.
glad to see that your food hasn't changed, joe's.