The weather changes as much as people change. And I have changed and also changed my mind about Kokko. I love this place now. What's not to like...alcohol, great skewers, great appetizers and they now serve baby octopus too. Not to mention, its a great place to eat your not so ordinary things such as animal organs like chicken heart, liver, gizzards. I am always down to pretend that I'm Andrew Zimmerman.
I don't know why I gave them 3 stars two years ago but two years later, this place is one of my go tos for good food, good conversation and good company! Kampai!
I'm addicted to Sichuan cuisine and was very sad to hear that Happy Noodles on B Street was closing down. But my spirits were quickly picked up by Sichuan Chong Qing Cuisine (that is a tongue twister). This place caught my eye when I saw their name hanging above the newly renovated restaurant. I told myself I had to eat here ASAP to see if it was good.
I didn't dine in but did a take out order. Everything was packaged nicely. I ordered spicy beef tendon, a spicy vermicelli noodle with minced pork, spicy boiled fish and a vegetable dish with black & white fungus, broccoli and cauliflower. This vegetable dish was recommended by the owner who told me it was good for your health due to the fungus. I quite enjoyed this dish as it was simple but had good flavor. Not to mention, it was a good palate cleanser between bites of yummy spiciness.
The beef tendon had good flavor but was highly disappointing. Although it was sliced real thin, it lacked the chewy texture that I like. It seemed more like it was frozen, then defrosted so it lacked that bounce.
The boiled fish was good. They don't skimp on the portions even though we did take out. There were plenty of pieces and they weren't over boiled. Perfect.
At the end of my meal, I had to unbutton my pants and drink a few cups of water. Deliciously spicy! I'll be back real soon!
Note: Credit card only if you spend $20 or more....which shouldn't be a problem. I thought the prices were a bit higher than some other Sichuan restaurants.
Who has time to wait forever and a day now to get a smog check? Certainly not a new mother like me.
21St ave smog check is quick quick quick! I was in and out under 20 minutes. 10 min wait and 10 min check. What's even better is the $20 off when you check in on Yelp. $50 bucks and I was out the door with a pass on my smog.
I needed to make up for a bad Mediterranean meal the night before so I decided to give Albayk a try. I'm so glad that I did because they are my new favorite, casual Mediterranean restaurant. Nothing fancy about this place so leave your black tie attire at home.
I got a lamb schwarma plate which came with rice, salad, hummus and pita bread. Rice was good and the lamb was not gamey. The lamb had great smokey flavor and it was not tough either. Best of all, the price was good and service was fast. I called in my order and they said it would be 10 minutes. I got there and my food was ready.
As an added bonus, they have a check in offer on Yelp. Order a wrap and get 6 falafels for free! That's already another reason to come back for me. Can't wait to try other things on the menu!
Oh yeah, don't forget to ask for their garlic white sauce, adds delicious, garlicky flavor to your food!
I had a great dining weekend! Finding gems after gems of good restaurants. Mokutanya being one of them.
Swanky, chic atmosphere with the glass partitions to give you privacy with your party. Only thing is, you have to take off your shoes to sit. I can forsee that being a bad idea if someone has smelly feet. Stank and food do not mix.
We ordered a few items to try:
Gyutan: Tender and seasoned great. I think this is much better than the gyutan at Koko's.
Teba (Chicken Wings): Great smoky flavor and the wings were not overdone.
Chicken Liver: I'm the only one who liked this skewer. I think it's the texture that turns people away from it. The slight mushiness of the meat grosses people out I think.
Konkatsu Ramen: This was surprisingly good. Chewy noodles, flavorful broth, perfectly cooked runny egg and the bowl was huge! Enough to share between thre people.
Cold Ramen: Love, love, love these noodles. Chewy, topped with tobiko and the sauce had a sesame flavor with a kick to it. Each bite was a burst of flavor in your mouth with a little crunch from the Tobiko.
We ordered a bunch of other items but I forgot what they were. I'm definitely coming back and on Wednesdays and Thursdays, they have exotic items such as Kangaroo, Venison, Crocodile, etc....the Andrew Zimmerman in me can't wait to try it!
P.S.-Check in on yelp for a free small Asahi!
AMAZING! Delicious tantilizing Caribbean Jerk flavor on my tastebuds! It's been a while since i've written a review but nothing really inspired me to until 2 days ago.
Jerk chicken & pork combo plate....comes with plantains, rice & beans and a side salad. I wasn't too hungry so I convinced the hubby to share. Bad idea. It was so good I wanted to order another plate to myself but the line was already crazy long!
I admit, the chicken was a bit dry but the jerk sauce that it is lathered in makes you forget it. Tangy but with a little kick... Heck, the sauce is so good that you could probably put it on cardboard and i'd eat it. haha...maybe not, but i'd lick it for sure!
The pork was better than the chicken to me. Juicy, moist and delicious! And the plantains! Best plantains I have ever had. Crispy on the outside with just the right balance between salty and sweet.
I honestly might come back here this weekend for some of their weekend specials (oxtail & goat curry) with a huge side of jerk sauce! Yummmm...can't wait!
I'm a bit wary about posting this review as this makes me a bit of a criminal however, this is such a deal...I have to spread the word for all you K-drama, Chinese Drama, Japanese drama lovers...
Soyodo sells books (Chinese), magazines, stationary, music CD's, DVDS of Chinese, Korean and Japanese regions. They also service computers too.
Most DVD's are only $5.95 or you can mix and match for a 4 for $20 deal. I went for the deal and got 2 Chinese movies and 2 K-dramas. I suspected that these were bootlegged copies and was concerned about the quality of the dvds. Staff was kind enough to ease my fears and play the dvd in the store so I could see for myself that the quality was actually pretty good. Most importantly, the English subtitles were actually interpreted really well so you can actually understand the movie.
I more or less spent the whole weekend glued to my couch watching K-dramas. I will definitely be back to purchase more movies for moi....
P.S.-In no way is this a confession...just a review of a great little business :)
I have been at Nine Rubies Knitting for the past four Sunday mornings taking .......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......................oh, i'm sorry I fell asleep. Must be old age! Just kidding...but my friend thinks i'm such a grandma for taking knitting classes here at Nine Rubies.
I never would have known this place existed had it not been for the Living Social Deal. $15 for $30 worth which you could apply towards lessons which is exactly what I did. I signed up for Knitting 101 and it's $75 for four 2 hour lessons. I finished my last class today and I already plan to sign up for 102.
The staff here is really nice, knowledgeable and helpful. My instructor, May was also nice and extremely patient with our small class of 5. I learned the basics of knitting and well on my way to finishing my first project, a scarf...at least I plan on finishing it if I don't get distracted!
Highly recommend this place if you are interested in learning how to be a grandma or in need of some gorgeous yarn. Stop by and check it out!
Chocolate Bacon Marble, Mochanilla, Rose, Cilantro Lemon, Raisin Moscato, Taro, Sesame....these are just a few of the unique flavors that Sweet Orchids has to offer. The owner makes each flavor herself and she only makes small batches to ensure quality and freshness. Let me tell you, each flavor is creamy, unique and definitely fresh!
The decor of this place is simple and cute. Customer service is suberb! Honestly, I walked in here with my friend with the intent to "check out" the place but not get anything. They've only been open for 5 weeks. The girls behind the counter truly persuaded us to try some of the flavors and I ALMOST tried all 18 flavors. Not because I was being cheap and trying to taste for free but they kept insisting we try each flavor. The mango flavored ice cream tasted like fresh, sweet mangos. It was amazing! I had to try the Chocolate Bacon Marble of course, after all...it's bacon. It was salty and sweet with little chunks of bacon in the ice cream. It was good and if you ever wanted ice cream for breakfast, this is the flavor to get.
It's $3.75 for a single scoop but for a buck more, you get double scoops so you can try 2 flavors. Definitely the better deal. I ended up getting a single scoop of the Sesame flavor with a waffle cone. It was creamilicious! I'm going to eat at Cha Cha Cha's right next door tonight and I know I'll be stopping by Sweet Orchids for ICE CREAM!!!
"You're so vain..." Yes, I admit it, I am. The first time I was here, I had developed eczema (dry, patchy skin in certain areas) due to the freezing cold weather and my ridiculous long hot showers. Some prescribed cream took care of that. This time, I totally came for vanity. I had these little bumps that developed right under my eye. I thought they were skin tags but I don't remember what term Dr. Chui used. She's pretty and nice btw, with great skin! It's a vote of confidence when your dermatologist actually practices what she preaches. Dr. Chui told me they weren't harmful or anything so it was up to me to remove them.
Me: "Oh, okay. Let's remove them. Are we freezing them?"
Dr: "Nope, just a buzz."
Me: (Thinking: that doesn't sound too bad) "Is it painful?"
Dr: "We put numbing cream on it, it'll take the pain away."
Me: "Okay." (Numbing cream...yay me, won't hurt)
Assistance comes in to put numbing cream on my face...she doesn't seem to know exactly what we are numbing...uh oh. I had to point out where. Minutes pass by.
Dr: "Okay, you should be numb enough."
Me: "Okay let's do it."
Dr: "You'll feel me stretching your skin a little. 1, 2, 3. How did that feel, okay?"
Me: "Wow, didn't feel a thing!" (This numbing cream is bad ass!)
Dr: "Okay, 2 more...1, 2, 3"
Me: (Wincing in the chair...SOB, this hurts! Please let this be over with soon!)
Well, got through the remaining 2 and I was outta there. But now that the numbing cream has been wiped off, I am feeling a teensy, throbbing pain. I'll be walking around with 3 little scabs below my eyes for about a week, but then bye bye bumps!
But I did forget one major thing...Allura takes my insurance so I just paid my co-pay. But I just realized, isn't this considered cosmetics? PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let my insurance cover this! Oh, well, I'll wait for the bill, hopefully it won't come.
Hey, if you are looking for a new dermatologist...Allura Skin & Laser Center is the place. Nice, clean facility with friendly front desk people and great doctors. They also offer facials here...haven't tried one yet, but maybe that's next on the list!
If you know me, i'm not a burger kind of gal. I came to Jack's Prime as a "sacrifice" to show my love to my fiancee. This is one of the best "sacrifices" I have ever made in my life!
He ordered the Angry Cowboy which comes with Applewood smoked bacon, onion ring, red onion/jalapeno relish, cheddar cheese and house made BBQ sauce. If an actual angry cowboy ate this burger, I can't see how he could stay angry for long. Delish!
I went a little more gourmet and got the Wine Country burger. Goat cheese, onions soaked in cabernet & balsamic, sauteed mushrooms, mixed greens, tomatoes and the patty seasoned with Napa Valley herbs and Prime burger sauce. Every ingredient blended so well together, making each bite full of flavor. Mmmmmmmmmm good! The best burger in the whole entire world.
It is a little pricey for a burger, but you pay for what you get. Friendly service, a juicy burger cooked to perfection, and a side of fries or salad that comes with the burger. My waitress was super cool as she let us substitute our fries for sweet potato fries and onion rings at no extra cost. Normally, it's a $1.50 extra so kudos to our super cool waitress.
Don't you love it when you try to show what a selfless person you are and in return the karmic gods show you an amazing burger joint? I should make sacrifices more often.
Anyohasayo! Although they don't greet you in Korean, they do greet you with a smile when you enter. I don't know why I don't come to this tofu house more often, especially now during the winter. Tofu stew is best during the cold. They have good service, good food, and it's close to my house.
We ordered the cheese tofu stew and a dumpling tofu stew today. Spicy. As any other Korean establishment, we were given ban chan (side dishes) as we waited for our stew. It wasn't ban chan galore as there were only 6 dishes but it was enough. I love that 2 of the side dishes is chap chae and pickled seaweed. Refill please! I love that side dishes are unlimited refills.
Our stew arrived bubbling at our table and we cracked our eggs in them. Egg best eaten over your rice after a few minutes in the tofu jacuzzi so that it is still slightly yolky. The cheese tofu stew was a bit different than your norm but delicious nonetheless. The cheese wasn't overpowering and in fact enhanced the flavor of the stew giving it a creamy, rich taste. The dumpling stew came with 3 dumplings, tofu, and rice cake. Dumpling fillings were seasoned well and the rice cakes had a mochi like texture.
Spicy. Hot. Savory. Rich in flavor. These are the words to describe the stews here at tofu house. Definitely a comforting, delicious meal for these cold and chilly days!
Living in San Mateo rocks! A bunch of new food joints opening up and Honey Berry is one of them. I am already a fan of Honey Berry since I've been to their store in the South Bay.
They are known for their roti buns which are baked fresh every 15 minutes. 3 flavors: plain, chocolate butter, and cream filling. I personally like the chocolate butter. The roti bun has a delicious coffee aftertaste and the coffee aroma it gives off smells like a good morning cup of joe.
They also have flavored shave ice and gelato. I highly recommend their green tea gelato. Best green tea I've ever had. It had a strong tea taste so that's why I liked it.
Another great establishment whenever I crave something sweet!
I've been back to Soon's multiple times since my initial review and it has gotten even better! I love that although they aren't a huge establishment, they've got a great variety of items on their menu. On top of that, they have a special "white board" with daily specials upon entrance.
Recently we went and I got super excited. They had meat jun! Not a lot of places in the bay serve meat jun. I'm from Hawaii and it's a staple at Korean restaurants. Sadly, it was sold out by the time I ordered but nonetheless, I still ate a delicious meal here. I shared the Kalbi full size with my hubby and pigged out on their delicious ban chan. I love the kim chee here as it has just the right amount of kick and a slight sour pickled taste.
Kalbi is tasty and tender! I shared it with my meat head hubby and even he was full from the portion Soon's gives.
I've also had the Galbi Tang which is a rib noodle soup. The Galbi is very tender and the broth is full of flavor. I also like their Haemul Panjun here (seafood pancake). I have even tried the vegetable curry and that was creamy tasty.
Service has improved a lot...even though sometimes, there is still a bit of a wait. The owner is super nice. Sometimes he will come and take a shot of shoju with you and the last time I was here...I wanted some ice cream (preggo me) and it's like he read my mind and gave us complimentary Lampert ice cream!
Good food and service...what more can you ask for? I hope that they have meat jun as their special the next time I come so that I can try it!
|The reason I work so hard writing reviews...yup, so that I can feel cool and attend these amazing parties!||all of my favorites would go in here...so i could access them whenever i want.|
|Slurp, slurp, slurp...Ramen noodles, Pho noodles, Udon noodles...oodles of noodles for your enjoyment or not.||This city kind of depresses me but the food makes up for it!|
|Cheap and tasty eats that won't have you breaking the bank with quantity and most of the time, quality.||LA! Celebrities and stars a plenty...stuffing yourself with good and bad food is a many!|
|Do you have it in you to attempt the spicy, the ginormous portions? Wings! Ramen! Sushi! Pizza! Bring it on!||Honolulu, Hawaii...home is where the heart is. Places from my hometown where the food is ono and the people have Aloha!|
|Nothing like a great Happy Hour menu to brighten up your day whether you had a good or bad one :)||My cash stays in Vegas, everything else ends up on Yelp. Don't worry, nothing scandalous here ;)|
"confessions of a glutton"
San Mateo, CA, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
Juli 2008Dinge, die ich mag
family, daughter, hubby, sushi, eating, movies, karaoke, shoes, massages, nail polish, being silly, trying new things, oh and eatingHeimatort
Honolulu, HIMein Blog oder meine Website Wenn ich nicht gerade yelpe, dann ...
exploring the world and eating whatever it has to offerWarum du meine Beiträge unbedingt lesen solltest
because I have extraordinary taste...what else?Meine Henkersmahlzeit
"Trust Me Chef Special" aka omakase at Sushi Sasabune (Honolulu, HI)Erzähl's nicht weiter, aber...
I wish I could live in a magical world like Harry Potter.Meine neueste Entdeckung
Fresh Assam Milk Tea @ Ocha Tea Cafe!Ich schwärme gerade für
I'm in love with my little one!