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)”

Seattle Bakery Recommendations – Asian Options

Hood Famous Bakeshop

If you think you can find Hood Famous Bakeshop on Market Street, as the address – 2325 1/2 NW Market Street – indicates, you are wrong.

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Seattle Bakery Recommendations

Cafe Besalu

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For years Cafe Besalu was my go-to place for morning pastries. I always get the plain croissant with homemade jam and a cup of hot chocolate, pick a seat and watch owner and baker James Miller work his magic. A couple of months ago, Miller sold Besalu and moved his family to Spain. Continue reading “Seattle Bakery Recommendations”

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”

Seattle Restaurant Week – Vendemmia

Seattle Restaurant Week is held bi-annually in April and October. With more than 165 King County restaurants offering three-course dinners for $32, it is a great way to try out new places within budget .

This year we visited Vendemmia – a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Madrona.

We started our meal with an assortment of appetizers for the table, that includes

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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”

Rennes, France

Opening any guide book of France, you won’t find much information on Rennes. This is because the capital city of Brittany suffered a great deal during World War II and much of it had to be rebuilt. A fire in 1720 also destroyed most of its timbered houses, sparing a few.

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Dough Zone

Chinese restaurants in America (except those in L.A, New York and San Francisco) oftentimes try to serve everything on their menu, from stir-fries to hot-pots, from rice dishes to dumplings and noodles. Unless you know the chef’s specialty before hand and order accordingly, you are likely to be disappointed…that is, if authentic Chinese is what your are after.

Dough Zone is different and that is why they’ve been successful since opening in 2014. As the name indicates, they specialize in all things made with a dough, for instance these Shanghai-style soup dumplings, served piping hot at the table

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Juicy Jian Buns (I order them to-go and eat them as breakfast the next day – twenty seconds in the microwave, they are good as new 🙂 ) Continue reading “Dough Zone”