PHO Kingston

So I had been back in London for about a week when I started to recover from a stomach flu. Craving for something light, I decided to try a new Vietnamese restaurant called PHO in Kingston-Upon-Thames. I had pho tai lan (pictured) and it was decent. I added as much sriracha and chili pepper as I wanted…

Mr. Bao

On Chinese New Year (January 28), I went to Mr. Bao, a Taiwanese eatery in Peckham Rye, London. Compared to Bao in Soho, Mr. Bao has better food, value, service and ambiance (as it is more spacious, relaxing and attractive). The wait staff were very friendly, and even the bill had a personal touch on it. I felt full…

Wally’s Cafe, immortalized in WALL-E

I just came back to London a week ago and I am sorely missing the food at Wally’s Cafe. I definitely will return to this place when I am back in the Bay Area. Situated in Emeryville, a few blocks from Pixar office, like other Pixar employees, I have fallen in love with the food…

Bao in London – is it worth the long queue?

Absolutely not, especially if I come back from a year of hiatus from food writing to write about how crappy most of their food is. After reading rave reviews of this place which was listed as one of the best restaurants in London last year, I thought the wait would be worth it tonight, especially because I didn’t want to…

Anniversary and 30th birthday

I met Tim during my travel in Spain. Today is our first year anniversary and my 30th birthday. I do not remember what I put down on my “30 things to do before turning 30” list. But so far, life is good. To celebrate, we have decided to go to a French restaurant. It is…

Cheap eat in center of Paris

I went to Brasserie de ile st louis (next to Notre Dame) in 2011–this place serves American-sized Alsatian dish with great views for a good deal. I found their drinks and food excellent.

Tilapia with citrus bagna cauda

Yum. I love tilapia with citrusy sauce. I was not about the eat the same old dish twice in two months so I decided to spice it up with a different recipe. Ingredients 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons 4 anchovy fillets, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic 2…

Pasta with steak

Right after I returned to the US from Spain a few weeks ago, I was craving pasta with steak, so I got the “Rigatoni with steak” recipe from Giada’s Family Dinners. I made it with bow-tie pasta instead since that’s what was available in my pantry, and I didn’t add beef broth and parmesan cheese…

Mango tapioca

Yum. I love this mango tapioca that I couldn’t wait to take a huge bite before I photograph it. This dessert is not too sweet and the mango was the highlight. I had a very hard time sharing it with others in my party. Price: $6 Address: The House 1230 Grant Ave San Francisco, CA

La Boqueria

I love La Boqueria in Barcelona. I visited this place on my first day in Barcelona a few weeks ago. I’m pretty sure I knocked several people over with my extra-sized backpack while I was being sardined in the market. This place was very crowded and lively, even around closing time and it’s very easy…

Spain has turned me into a vegan (until I return to France)

Yes, this is the first meal I had at Hotel Coto del Valle where I’m staying in Cazorla, Spain. I immediately felt sick afterwards, and even more so after dinner. The stomachache started after I had paella in Madrid the day before. I have just returned from the emergency room. I had a bit too…

My notes on La Note

Today I met up with my best friend over breakfast before he moves to Arizona. Our restaurant of choice was La Note. While I have eaten here on a few occasions and this has been my favorite French restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was disappointed by their food and service today, not…