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…

Copenhagen’s Street Food

The whole food truck concept seems like such an American thing even though it is basically street food on wheels, and I’m sure street food has its origins somewhere outside of the United States.  However, I was still a little surprised to learn about Copenhagen Street Food on my first visit to this Danish capital which…

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,…

Bringing Kaiseki to the ‘Burbs

There are over 50 Michelin-starred restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area.  Per the just announced 2017 list, there are exactly 54, and I’ve been privileged to visit 16 so far. Most of the restaurants sit in San Francisco and Wine Country, so I’ve decided to make way to any in the Peninsula since relative to most…

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…

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…