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Shizen, San Francisco

Shizen, San Francisco

Plant based cuisine satisfying even Carnivores. Why did we dine here? – Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar & Izakaya has remarkable 4.5 stars on Yelp. With the plant based revolution booming, we just had to try this spot. The Yelp…

Harrods Tea Room, London

Harrods Tea Room, London

We visited London right before the Covid 19 Pandemic Hit. This restaurant may have changed their seating, menu, and more.…

Pollen Street Social, London

Pollen Street Social, London

We visited London right before the Covid 19 Pandemic Hit. This restaurant may have changed their seating, menu, and more.…

Buckeye Roadhouse Restaurant Review, Mill Valley

Buckeye Roadhouse Review, Mill Valley

Buckeye Roadhouse has been serving up American comfort food In Mill Valley since 1937. Robert Price (Rumpus, The Capital Hotel in London) is currently the chef. This restaurant is located right on the side of 101 and is quite…

Celebrity Cuisine, Hong Kong

Celebrity Cuisine, Hong Kong

Celebrity Cuisine is a One Michelin star Cantonese Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong. It has ping ponged between one and two stars for years. Michelin 1 Starred Restaurant (2010, 2017-20), Michelin 2 Starred Restaurant (2011-2016) We were looking an…

Phuket and Chiang Mai, Thailand Restaurant Reviews

Phuket and Chiang Mai, Thailand Restaurant Reviews

Where does a San Francisco Foodie eat in Thailand? Follow our journey and learn from our experiences. Here is a compilation of more casual restaurants, snack places we visited during our 2020 Asia trip. Our goal was to find…

Singapore Restaurant Recommendations

Singapore Restaurant Recommendations

Where does a San Francisco Foodie eat in the Singapore? Follow our journey and learn from our experiences. Here is a compilation of more casual restaurants, snack places we visited during our 2019 Asia trip. Our goal was to…

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Clipper Lounge Buffet

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Clipper Lounge Buffet

Gluttony in Hong Kong. We are lovers of high end buffets. Hong Kong is one of the top spots for pure gluttony with high end food options for Sunday Brunch. (Prime rib, Many raw seafood options, sushi/sashimi, Foie Gras…

Zen Peninsula Lunch Dim Sum Restaurant Review

Zen Peninsula Dim Sum Review

Old school dim sum charm. Zen Peninsula is a Cantonese Chinese restaurant in Millbrae. Millbrae is ground zero for some of the best Chinese food in the SF Bay area with spots like:…

Asian Pearl Peninsula Restaurant, Millbrae – Dinner

Asian Pearl Peninsula Restaurant, Millbrae – Dinner

Solid Chinese Food in Millbrae. Asian Pearl Peninsula in Millbrae was at one time, part of the same Culinary Wonderland group that owned the highly rated The Kitchen in Millbrae, hence the same menu. We’ve been to this location…

Ritz Carlton Singapore – Colony Buffet

Ritz Carlton Singapore – Colony Buffet

Best Buffet in the world? In late 2019 we went back to the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Colony buffet.  It changed name and upgraded in 2015. The interior is much more ornate and structured. After reading about the food options…

137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, Thailand

137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, Thailand

Top notch Thai in Chiang Mai. Our original restaurant pick, Blackitch, was full, so our hotel concierge suggested this spot. Boy was he spot on. This was the best meal we had in Thailand. The restaurant is located in…

Grand Harbor, Burlingame

Grand Harbor, Burlingame

Redefining top notch dim sum and Chinese food near San Francisco. Why did we dine here? – Grand Harbor is a Chinese restaurant in Burlingame, California, located right by the San Francisco Bay. (Next door to Benihana) It has…

T’ang Court Restaurant Review, Hong Kong

T’ang Court Restaurant Review, Hong Kong

3 Star Hong Kong Restaurant with no wait. T’ang Court is a 3 Michelin star restaurant in the ritzy Langham Hotel in Hong Kong’s touristy Tsim Sha Tsui district. It got upgraded from 2 to 3 stars in 2016. …

Barzotto, San Francisco

Barzotto, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Cheap Awesome Pasta! Barzotto is a casual pasta focused restaurant in the San Francisco Mission District. Our son dined there and recommended it, so we had to check it out. Best part of…

Protege, Palo Alto

Protege, Palo Alto

Best Restaurant on the SF Peninsula! Why did we dine here? – Protege Palo Alto is a New American restaurant from French Laundry Alum Chef Anthony Secviar and Alum Dennis Kelly, Wine Master. This anxiously awaited restaurant was sure…

McDonalds Next, Hong Kong

McDonalds Next, Hong Kong

McDonalds opened this Next Generation store in Hong Kong in 2016, making it the only one of its kind in the world. Sleek modern black interior, self ordering kiosks, special Create Your Taste customizable burgers, special make to order…

Foodnut Hong Kong Restaurant Reviews

Foodnut Hong Kong Restaurant Reviews

Last Update: 2020 Foodnut travels, eats, and tells.  We’re based in San Francisco but have flown all over the place. We love Chinese food and find some of the best in Hong Kong.…

Wildseed, San Francisco

Wildseed, San Francisco

Trendy Plant Based Food in the City! Why did we dine here? – Wildseed’s motto is Work out, Veg Out. A trendy new 100% plant based vegan restaurant in the Union street shopping district from the Back of the…

Bistro Na’s, Tample City

Bistro Na’s, Tample City

Why did we dine here? – Bistro Na’s is the first Michelin Starred Chinese restaurant in the Los Angeles area. It is located in the San Gabriel Valley (SGV), about 20 minutes from Downtown LA. This spot is the…

Rasa, Burlingame

Rasa, Burlingame

Why did we dine here? – Rasa is a One Michelin Star Indian restaurant in Burlingame, California, just south of the San Francisco airport. We have dined here many years ago, so it was time to try it again.…

Otium, Los Angeles

Otium, Los Angeles

Why did we dine here? – Otium is a modern American restaurant in downtown LA, right next to The Broad museum (Free admission! reserve online) We finish up at the museum and came to Otium for weekend brunch.…

Sorrel, San Francisco

Sorrel, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Sorrel occupies the space that once housed Nico. Alexader Hong (Quince, Jean Georges) started doing popups in 2015 and moved to this spot in 2018. James Beard Rising Star Finalist. They received One…

Pho Hanoi, San Jose

Pho Hanoi, San Jose

Why did we dine here? – Pho Ha Noi is a Vietnamese restuarant located in an outdoor mall Vietnam Town Plaza in San Jose. The area is full of high quality Asian restaurants and shops. Their pho is some…

Santa Ramen Review, San Mateo

Santa Ramen Review, San Mateo

Santa Ramen has a new owner in 2020. Santa Ramen is a very popular Japanese noodle Ramen restaurant in San Mateo. Mr. Kazunori Kobayashi sold this location in 2020 but continues to be the proprietor of nearby Ramen Dojo…

Charter Oak, St Helena

Charter Oak, St Helena

Why did we dine here? – Charter Oak was on our list of places to hit in the Napa Valley. We had a good experience at Meadowood, so why not try this spot. It made it onto the SF…

Koi Palace Dim Sum Daly City Review

Koi Palace has been the #1 Chinese Dim Sum restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Peninsula is ground zero for some of the best Chinese food in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Around 2018, new upcomers with…

Noosh, San Francisco

Noosh, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Noosh is highly anticipated Eastern Mediterranenan restaurant in San Francisco. ‘Noosh-e jaan’ is the phrase that means cheers / salud in Farsi. It can also mean the joy you derive from good company…

SingleThread Farm, Healdsburg

SingleThread Farm, Healdsburg

One of the Best Restaurants around! Why did we dine here? – SingleThread Farm is a 3 Michelin star restaurant, 90 minute North of San Francisco. We were celebrating an anniversary and have always wanted to dine here.…

Palette Tea House, San Francisco

Palette Tea House, San Francisco

Solid Dim Sum in Fisherman’s Wharf of all places!- Why did we dine here? – Palette Tea House is from the team behind top rated Chinese restaurants: Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux. They took over Waxman’s location in Ghirardelli…

La Bodeguita Del Medio Restaurant Review, Palo Alto

La Bodeguita Del Medio Restaurant Review, Palo Alto

Why did we dine here? – La Bodeguita Del Medio is a popular Cuban restaurant in Palo Alto. We have been meaning to dine here for dinner for quite a while. One of us recently visited Cuba, so we…

Balthazar, New York City

Balthazar, New York City

Why did we dine here? – Balthazar is a classic French bistro in New York’s SOHO district. It has been packing them in for over 20 years. We have eaten here for breakfast in the past and decided to…

Harborview, San Francisco

Harborview Restaurant, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Harborview Restaurant is located in 4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco. It takes the place of Crystal Jade, which spend $14 remodeling the space. This restaurant is run the founder of by the well…

Al’s Place, San Francisco

Al’s Place, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Its hot hot hot! Al’s Place is a small 54 seat, one Michelin Star Restaurant from Aaron London (Ubuntu). We had previous dined at Ubuntu in Napa, so we were familiar with his…

Neptune Oyster, Boston

Neptune Oyster, Boston

Why did we dine here? – Neptune Oyster is a popular seafood restaurant in Boston’s North End. There is a wait there everyday, and a super long one during holidays and weekends. We finally got up the courage to…

SPQR Restaurant Review, San Francisco

SPQR Restaurant Review, San Francisco

SPQR is an Italian osteria, located in Pacific Heights, that serves wine and more casual food than their popular sister restaurant A16 in the Marina district. According to Wikipedia, “SPQR is an initialism from a Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque…

Gooyi Gooyi Restaurant Review, Santa Clara

Gooyi Gooyi Restaurant, Santa Clara

Why did we dine here? – Gooyi Gooyi is an authentic Korean restaurant in Santa Clara’s Koreatown. We’ve found some of the best Korean joints down here plus our neighbor recommends this restaurant, so we had to give it…

Bellota, San Francisco

Great Spanish Seafood. Why did we dine here? – Bellota (Acorn in Spanish), a new Spanish restaurant, is part of The Absinthe Group. This is a beautiful restaurant in the building that houses Air BnB. Be sure to visit…

B. Patisserie Restaurant Review, San Francisco

B. Patisserie Review, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – B. Patisserie is a new bakery from Belinda Leong. She is a veteran of Gary Danko and Manresa. We couldn’t wait to give her place a try.…

Gotham Bar & Grill, New York City

Gotham Bar & Grill, New York City

Why did we dine here? – Gotham Bar & Grill has been around since 1984 and is considered an institution of fine dining. One Michelin Star, 4.5 stars on Yelp. We decided to see if it lives up to…

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