A Taberna do Mar, Lisbon

A Taberna do Mar is not your typical Portuguese seafood restaurant.

Chef Filipe Rodrigues learned how to cook from his grandparents growing up in the Algarve region, he then went on to work for several Japanese restaurants in Lisbon (helped opening a few) and broadened his techniques along the way. While the ingredients are locally sourced from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, the cooking is a combination of Portuguese and Japanese.

The restaurant offers both an à la carte and a 25 Euro tasting menu.

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Recipe: Pan Seared Salmon with Nettle Pesto


When I lived in the east coast, salmon was never my favorite fish to fry. The salmon I had at local restaurants were mostly overcooked – the meat was stiff and flavorless. Health benefits aside, I simply can’t fathom why they are such a big deal.

Back then, salmon was just salmon. Continue reading “Recipe: Pan Seared Salmon with Nettle Pesto”

Willows Inn

So what it’s like to dine in one of the ten restaurants in the world worth a plane ride.


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Naka Kaiseki

***Even though Naka Kaiseki was closed on January 2017, chef Shota Nakajima converted the space into a more casual and cost conscious Adana (3 courses $37). You can also watch chef Nakajima compete on Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet.

I have found the BEST Japanese restaurant in Seattle. And it has nothing to do with sushi. Continue reading “Naka Kaiseki”

Miku Restaurant


Vancouver is voted one of the best places to live in North America.  We spent a Sunday afternoon strolling along the seawall in Stanley Park.  It was early fall.  The sky was pristine blue, a few trees have turned colors.  There was a light breeze blowing up small ripples on the surface of the water.  I snapped a photo of the downtown skyline at Coal Harbour.

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Miku is a Aburi style Japanese restaurant right across the street from Canada Place. Continue reading “Miku Restaurant”