KEX in San Diego

Another dinner with some co-workers during another business trip means another opportunity for good company, good food and all on the company card. This time we were in San Diego and one of my co-workers had recommended Kettner Exchange.  I had never heard of it so I didn’t go in with any expectation, but the…

Charm of Thai Food

It hasn’t been easy to find good Thai on the Peninsula. It isn’t for lack of options, but most of the places have been somewhat lackluster. One place that has stood out so far is this tiny hole in the wall called Charm Thai Eatery.  The menu offers a typical selection of Thai dishes including…

Not All AL’s Place is Cracked Up to Be

I didn’t know much about AL’s Place until it topped Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant list in 2015 and was soon followed with a Michelin star earlier this year.  So as expected, it became one of the hardest reservations to get in San Francisco.  Occupying a small piece of real estate on a corner in the Mission District,…

Gari’s Sushi on 46th

I had been to Sushi of Gari a couple of times over the years including visits to their original Upper East Side and Upper West Side locations, but I have never eaten at the sushi bar.  I’ve come to the conclusion that you can’t fully judge a sushi restaurant until you’ve eaten at the bar.  Fortunately,…

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…

Halal Guys

One of the most lasting memories I have about NYC are the late night munchies that I would satisfy with a trip to the Halal Guys cart.  After a fun and libatious night out on the town, my friends and I would make our way uptown and line up for anywhere between 30-45 minutes to a aluminum container…

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…