Feb 28, 2011

Yoshi's, Japanese Restaurant and Jazz Lounge, Fillmore San Francisco

I love music.  I don't probably spend enough time listening to music as I used to or as I should.  But every time we have an opportunity to go see a great band/singer playing, we make the best effort to be there. In the past February, we went to see two concerts on Yoshi's. 

Yoshi's has a great modern Japanese cuisine restaurant and amazing music lounge in the back. Before the concert, we dined there for the first time. The fresh cod and salmon were grilled to perfection. I also loved the garlic edamame (immature soybeans). 

They usually bring very talented musicians to play there, keep an eye out on their schedule. 

Feb 21, 2011

Tartine Bakery, Mission District, San Francisco

Tartine Bakery has two spots on the 7x7 list "100 things to eat before you die in SF": a loaf of bread (in 25th) and the morning bun (in 8th). There is always a line coming out of their bakery on the Mission District. 

On a sunny Sunday morning, we went to try their croque madame of spicy turkey and their morning bun. After 25 minutes in line, we made it!  The croque is an adapted version of the traditional recipe.  It was delicious and a great option for a take out to have on a picnic day at the Dolores Park nearby.

The morning bun melted on the mouth and it was the perfect balance of sweet and texture. It was worth waiting for and we will come back!

Feb 17, 2011

Brunch at Plow Restaurant, Potrero Hill, San Francisco

San Francisco has some interesting personality.  I think a lot of people dress like they are in the 80's with some cool vintage flair and same shades of colors.  And that also can be noticed on the neighborhoods. They are mostly small and so full of personality as well.

Driving by Potrero Hill, we spotted Plow, a corner spot with wall size glass windows and a great contemporary design. It was a chilly Sunday morning and the place felt like a great match for brunch.

We had lemon ricotta pancakes that were so delicate, tender and flavorful.  The fried egg sandwich was also fabulous. I thought it could come out blend, but instead it came out with a great texture and very delicious! 

Feb 15, 2011

Homemade Valetine's Day dinner

To enjoy the cozy cold weather at home, we decided to cook our own Valentine's dinner meal for a change.  

I found the honey-marinated pork with gremolata recipe on epicurious and it came out spectacular. 

As side dishes, herb roasted potatoes and sauteed asparagus.

Feb 14, 2011

Great China, Chinese Restaurant, Downtown Berkeley

I have been quite absent from the blog.  And now coming back I have new cool posts to bring up and share with you!   We have been out trying different cuisines, a bunch of new brunch spots, burritos from the top 5 of SF, and cooking some new recipes.

Today, I am going to share one of my favorite Chinese spots in the Bay Area: Great China. It's a cozy restaurant located in downtown Berkeley.

From time to time, we crave and go after the delicious sweet & sour soup and divine Peking duck that is crunchy and matches so well the oyster sauce and green onions on a gorgeous little roll.

Tip: they don't accept reservations for parties smaller than 6 people.  So either arrive early for dinner (5:30ish - 6pm) or be prepare to wait some time.