29 Jun

Pabu, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, June 29th, 2015

Pabu San Francisco exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Pabu is a Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant in San Francisco’s Financial District from Michael Mina in partnership with Chef Ken Tominaga.
The chef’s Hana restaurant in a Rohnert Park had garnered a local following including Mina. This is the first Japanese restaurant for Mina. Read the rest of this entry »

21 Jun

Yank Sing, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, June 21st, 2015

Best xiao long bao steamed dumpings in San Francisco?

Yank Sing San Francisco Exterior Decor

Yank Sing San Francisco interior

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15 Jun

South Sea Fishing Village Restaurant, Guangzhou, China

Posted by Foodnut.com, June 15th, 2015

South Sea Fishing Village Guangzhou China Exterior

We finished up our latest culinary tour of China in the Summer of 2011 at South Sea Fishing Village for lunch. They have  2 locations here. Guangzhou is the origination point for Cantonese Chinese cuisine, making it a must visit for those serious about Chinese food. In late 2014 we returned for dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Jun

Koi Palace Dinner, Daly City

Posted by Foodnut.com, June 7th, 2015

Koi Palace is a popular Cantonese Chinese restaurant in Daly City. The Peninsula is ground zero for some of the best Chinese food in the SF Bay area. It has been around since 1997 and specializes in wide selection of Dim Sum for lunch and special dishes for dinner. This restaurant also has locations in Dublin and at Thunder Valley Casino. We came for dinner and have previously reviewed Koi Palace dim sum lunch. Our return trips included the latest in the Summer of 2015. Yelp reviews emphasize lunch and do not factor in where this place falls in the Chinese restaurant pecking order.

Koi Palace Daly City Dinner Interior

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1 Jun

Sushi Kanesaka, Tokyo

Posted by Foodnut.com, June 1st, 2015

Best sushi ever!

Sushi Kanesaka Ginza Tokyo Japan exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – The first food we think about when we were planning our Japan trip was Sushi. Sushi or sashimi is a favorite dish of ours, so we were eager to plan a pilgrimage to eat some real Japanese authentic sushi. Read the rest of this entry »

25 May

Chapeau!, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 25th, 2015

Chapeau San Francisco Exterior Decor

One of our favorite San Francisco restaurants.. Chapeau! is a French Bistro located in the San Francisco Richmond district in the middle of the Clement Street shopping district. At one time, they had two locations, but later wisely consolidated into this one location. Chapeau! SF opened in 1996 and means hat or wow in French. Read the rest of this entry »

18 May

Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 18th, 2015

RyuGin Tokyo exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – RyuGin (Inspired by a Zen poem that describes a powerful dragon) is a 3 Michelin Star Japanese restaurant in the Roppongi district of Tokyo. We had planned to dine here about 5 years ago, but the Tsunami got in the way. We finally crossed it off our bucket list.

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13 May

Michael Bauer’s 2015 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 13th, 2015

We critique the Master’s list.

Dons de la Nature Tokyo Japan wagyu steak serving

Michael Bauer’s 2015 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants has been published. Available to non subscribers on May 17, 2015.

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11 May

Dons de la Nature, Tokyo

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 11th, 2015

Best Steak in the World?

Dons de la Nature Tokyo Japan Exterior

Why did we dine here? – After Sushi and Ramen, Steak was our next must try food in Japan. They are home to cattle taken to the next level. Legends of beer guzzling, massage cows danced in our minds. We have had A5 grade Wagyu only once before, at 5A5 in San Francisco. We remember it tasting like artery clogging foie gras.

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4 May

Pizzeria Mozza Review, Los Angeles

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 4th, 2015

Pizzeria Mozza Los Angeles exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Pizzeria Mozza is a popular Southern California Italian restaurant with Chef Nancy Silverton in partnership with star chef Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. We had it on our short list for our recent trip after a great meal previously at Osteria Mozza.

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3 May

Japan iPhone Prepaid Sim Card – Android Prepaid Sim Card

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 3rd, 2015


Be sure to secure your iPhone or Android Smartphone whenever you travel. Precautions will help prevent disaster.

The iPhone or any Android Smartphone is an essential tool when traveling to Japan, Japan for tourists of any country. Google maps, travel guides, language translation, and many other apps are extremely useful. We used them all the time. Using our American AT&T iPhone in Japan was tricky. Most newer Verizon iPhones from the USA work internationally, since they use CDMA technology and include a SIM card slot. Verizon does carry several “World Phones” which work with SIM Cards, check with Verizon to see if you have one of these. We have done the research on our last trip and are sharing the findings with you.

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27 Apr

Lei Garden Guangzhou Dinner, China

Posted by Foodnut.com, April 27th, 2015

Lei Garden Guangzhou

Why did we dine here? – Lei Garden is a top restaurant group with locations in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and Macau. In late 2014 we had dinner at the Guangzhou location of Lei Garden, based on our local friends re-iteration that even this location serves up great food. Interesting to hear that the Xi Jinping’s crackdown has affected business at this restaurant too. Government officials do not want to be caught near any fancy restaurants any more. This location takes up one floor and is 50% made up of private rooms.

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