Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2017 (Lunch)

Picnic On Third

This restaurant has a sizable lunch crowd: some dine-ins, mostly take-outs. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2017 (Lunch)”

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Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2017 (Dinner)

The Progress

When we arrived at the Progress, people were queuing up next door, at the State Bird Provisions, that is. We love that restaurant – known for their Californian-style dim sums. It was a little hard to get into, so we thought this time around we would try something different.

The Progress – also a Michelin one star restaurant – is from the same creative culinary team behind State Bird Provisions. And the food did not disappoint. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2017 (Dinner)”

Best Steak in Seattle

I AM NOT so much a meat eater. But a trip to Bateau could change that.

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Here, you order your preferred cut off a long chalk board. All steaks are butchered in house, sold by weight and served á la carte. Continue reading “Best Steak in Seattle”

Memphis & New Orleans

This is a guest blog by my friend Jing, a first-time blogger who was born in China and moved to the US not so long ago. Jing visited several southern states during the time of Christmas and New Year 2016. Right after the election, I heard stories about foreigners being threatened and mistreated and was concerned about her trip down South. As it turned out, my worries were completely unnecessary.  Continue reading “Memphis & New Orleans”

Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2016

Liholiho Yacht Club

San Francisco meets Hawaii at this ingredient-driven, Spam-flaunting restaurant.

                                                     -Bon Appétit

Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2016”

Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Mister Jiu’s

I have a confession to make.

I love Chinese food, but I am prejudiced against Chinese fusion or any type of glorified Chinese. To me, that’s just packaging. Once you strip off the bells and whistles, there is little substance remaining. So when I came across this restaurant on Eater’s list of the Hottest Restaurants in San Francisco, I quickly disregarded it.

The day came when I missed the reservation deadline for a Michelin-starred restaurant, and I wasn’t going to brave the rush hour traffic to some other part of town, I decided to give this place a try.

I didn’t expect much. But it turned out to be one of the most SATISFYING meal I’ve had in San Francisco. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Mister Jiu’s”

Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin Part II

State Bird Provisions*

Reservations are hard to score at this dim-sum style inspired restaurant. Fortunately they set aside a good number of seats for walk-ins like us. Doors open promptly at 17:30, we arrived 45 minutes before and joined the line. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin Part II”

Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco -Continued

Kin Khao*

Kin Khao Thai Eatery was just awarded one Michelin star.  It is located near Union Square, making it convenient for both locals and tourists alike.

Mushroom Hor Mok Terrine:
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Hor Mok is steamed custard of red curry paste and coconut cream, topped with thickened coconut milk and fine silvers of kaffir lime leaves . The most popular representation is this fish curry custard often steamed in banana leaves. Kin Khao’s version is vegetarian with mushrooms and you eat it by breaking a piece of rice cake and spread the custard on top. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco -Continued”

Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin

BENU***
There are only two Michelin three star restaurants within the city limits of San Francisco.  Among the two, Benu is the most affordable: $248 tasting menu compared to $395 at Saison. The food is Asian with a French twist. But this is not your usual fusion restaurant.  Chef Corey Lee prepares dishes with masterful technique and great finesse. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco-ViaMichelin”