Oh Oh So Good, Ohshima

Aside from spending time with family, one of the best things about visiting the OC is eating. There is so much too choose from, and although I live in the Bay Area which really represents one of the top food centric cities in the nation, what I really find lacking there is quite readily found…

Ramen’s Neglected Noodle Brother

I don’t think udon gets as much recognition or respect as ramen when it comes to the Japanese noodles.  Ramen has definitely had a coming of age in the past 10 or so years with so many ramen shops popping up across the United States and more than a few Japanese chains, like Ippudo and Ichiran,…

The Roosevelt in Richmond

I still think it’s hard to believe that Virginia is considered “the South”, but upon my recent trip to Richmond for work, I saw that the local accent and cuisine definitely leans toward the confederates than with the yankees.  The first dinner we had was pretty unimpressive and forgettable, but our last dinner at The Roosevelt…

Best Strawberry Croissant Ever

In the middle of a non descript strip mall near old town Tustin sits Cream Pan Bakery & Cafe which serves a variety of baked goods as well as Japanese savory eats such as katsu sandwiches and curries.  Although I haven’t had a chance to try any of their hot food, I doubt anyone would disagree…

Jū-Ni in NoPa

I heard about Jū-Ni from my hair stylist who’s sister supposedly taught the executive chef, Geoffrey Lee, everything he knows about sushi.  There were some good reviews that supported her recommendation so I immediately made a reservation.  It was so far in advance that I can’t even remember how I managed to nab one, but this…

Southern Fried Chicken in the Mission

After a recent trip to Richmond, Virginia, I had a really delicious fried chicken sandwich and have been hankering for some southern food ever since.  Upon seeing Buttermilk Southern Kitchen on my restaurant list and noticing that Yelp said it was good for kids, I thought it would be a great idea for a Saturday brunch….

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…

Sushi from Chef Yoshizumi

The way to Hubster’s heart has always been through his tummy, so for his birthday, I decided to take him out to Sushi Yoshizumi which is not an easy reservation to get. After a lot of pre-planning, alarms and even last minute texts, we were all set for our Saturday night dinner out without kids. More often…

Roy’s for Families

One of the better places at which we ate (aside from our short sojourn into Waikiki) during our stay at Disney’s Aulani Resort was Roy’s at Ko Olina.  I’ve been to a couple of other locations including one in Waikiki and another in San Francisco.  Generally speaking, I think the food at the Hawaiian locations is…

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,…

Hawaiian Comfort Food at the Inn

Side Street Inn is known for its local Hawaiian ono eats and generally serves what I collectively call “Asian bar food.” There are a variety of dishes, many being fried and some char-grilled, and there are a collection of salads and poke or sashimi to balance it all out.  For the most part, many of the…

Unbelievably Yummy Udon

My mom, who I’ll nickname Mama Piggy, was getting “island fever” being at Aulani for the past couple days so she wanted to head into the city to eat and walk around. Annoyer (as Overworked, Underfed calls him) became the designated driver of our rental SUV and Overworked, Underfed, Mama Piggy, Hubster, Twin Tornadoes, and…