Chicken Crack Shack

I had heard Richard Blais opened up a restaurant in San Diego, but I didn’t know much else. So when it turned out we were heading down that way for a work meeting, I started looking into where to eat and found out that he has quite a little culinary kingdom down there.  A couple…

Anissa in NYC

Lately, the only time I get to enjoy the nicer, fancy foodie meals that were so much more common in PPD (pre-parent days), is when I go on business trips.  In truth, I always looked forward to exploring the best restaurants in cities like NYC and Chicago on the company’s dime.  However, more so than with my previous…

In Love with Lazy Bear

There is a trend starting with restaurants utilizing this whole ticketing concept which was pioneered by the team that brought us Alinea.  can be tough because you really have to commit to going when you buy the tickets.  If by chance in the end, something changes, it’s not like you get your money back. You’re…

The Boar that Could

I spent a considerable amount of time in the ‘90’s in Napa. Although it totally dates me and makes me sound like some old fuddy duddy about to embark on some story of yesteryear, it is important to set up my perspective on Napa. I used to regularly visit family that I had living in…

Superb Sushi in San Bruno

I first heard about Gintei from DouZen, and when it comes to Japanese food and even sushi, I don’t doubt his recommendations, but I never expected that it would be as good as I found it to be.  It stands apart from most of its suburban sushi restaurant brethren by offering an interesting and delicious…

Tiny Taste of Chicago Tapas

I happened to stumble across this restaurant last year when we came for a business meeting, and I was pleasantly surprised at their Spanish tapas menu.  The food was solid and there seemed to be quite a variety, so I was interested to go back and check it out when ToyTom wanted to meet up…

More Momotaro

I have to admit that I was skeptical about Momotaro when I first heard about it. It looked like a fancy Japanese restaurant run by non-Japanese people catering to a yuppy demographic with a menu including everything from sushi, izakaya, and teriyaki.  I’ve commonly heard that restaurants in Japan tend to specialize in just one thing…

Chicago Cheese, Swine and Wine

I’ve been to The Purple Pig quite a few times, and it has never failed to satisfy my hunger cravings. I would describe it as a gastropub with a slight Italian and Mediterranean slant.  The nice part is it literally is located across the street from the hotel I stay at every year during my annual…

Not the Best from a Top Cheftestant

Chicago really has an amazing food scene.  Aside from many world-renowned chefs, it actually has its fair share of Top Chef-testants and winners even who have found their home there.  So you can imagine that in order for me to stray away from the downtown area around the Magnificent Mile to Avondale, it had to…

Next Up is Peru

Given my past dining experiences at Next, I was really looking forward to trying the new menu on my upcoming visit to Chicago. The French Bistro was my introduction to the Next dining concept, and then I was luckily able to score tickets to the subsequent menu, Tapas.  Both meals were excellent, but Tapas definitely had a slight edge…

Ono Ono Liholiho

I’ve always thought Liholiho Yacht Club was a bit of a random name. Sure, it sounds Hawaiian but what does Yacht Club have to do with anything?  Maybe it is alluding to a level of refinement that you might find at an exclusive place that brings members with a shared interest in sailing.  Who knows?…

Asian Street Food in the Mission

Yammers and I decided to meet up for dinner.  I have a love/hate relationship with Yammers. I love her amazing appreciation of food and how she doesn’t hold back when it comes to a delicious meal, but I hate how she is able to stay so thin in spite of her monster appetite.🙂  We ended up at…