Friday, September 12, 2014

Supporting Napa, after earthquake

What happened in Napa was personally devastating because it’s a town that we adore so much! We’ve decided to visit Napa after earthquake to support local vendors and merchants.

The trip brought mixed feelings…many buildings were block off due to the damages,  however, many others also opens up and welcomed visitors. People of Napa are strong and the community pulled together beautifully!

We brought our bike with us so we can cover more distance of Napa without worrying about parking.



We visited the General Napa Store, http://www.napageneralstore.com/

What a great discovery! They offer unique gifts from local Napa artists, personalized wine tasting from local small wineries and exquisite breakfast by the riverfront!



We grabbed a quick lunch at The Pear Southern Bistro http://rodneyworth.com/the-pear-southern-bistro/ and enjoyed “southern comfort food”.



More biking around the river front



For dinner, we spoiled ourselves at Chef Morimoto’s place http://morimotonapa.com/ it was a true dining experience pleasure without any adjectives that can describe the pleasure!





Of course, there were several other places that we supported such as:

·       Oxbow Public Market http://oxbowpublicmarket.com/ (where the locals gather for great food and wine)

      V. Sattui on Highway 29 just before St. Helena https://www.vsattui.com/ (Incredible deli. Try some cheeses before buying, choose a chutney or spread to go with it, grab a baguette and chocolates, and you have a great picnic. Gourmet sandwiches are also great choice).
   
      Overall, it was an amazing experience. We got to talk to the locals about their experience with the earthquake. People of Napa are strong and it's truly a tight community!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Millbrae Art and Wine Festival

Millbrae is known as "The Last Stop on BART" to most people, however, it is also a great place to live and visit especially this long weekend!


This weekend is the 44th Millbrae Art & Wine Festival (August 30-31, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm), which is the The Bay Area's Biggest Labor Day Weekend Bash!

The "Big Easy" is coming to Millbrae for this huge Labor Day weekend event and the theme is going to be Mardi Gras-style feast.

In addition, there will be handcrafted wares, festive food and drink, premium wines, microbrews and margaritas, artisan specialty food and much more!!


Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

West Park Bistro, San Carlos

Laurel Street in San Carlos is a great place to visit, the street is filled with a variety of shops and restaurants. The newest addition to Laurel Street is West Park Bistro. We were so glad about our new discovery!

It has beautiful clean d├ęcor with spacious wine room and extensive wine selections.


For starter, we ordered Lobster Cake, it was nice and crispy with a kick of sweet and spicy to each bite.


For dinner, we tried Chilean Sea Bass and lamb chop. Sea bass was tender, flavorful with a hint of truffle oil and lamp chop was juicy, savory and non-gamey at all!!!



For dessert we enjoyed bread pudding, It was moist and satisfying!!

We are looking forward to return and try other items on the menu!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bento Lovers!

Ahhhhh, the word bento brings happiness to our taste buds! If you live in the San Mateo Area, you are in luck! There are several grocery stores that offer convenient bento at a great price!

Suruki Supermarket in Downtown San Mateo, 71 E 4th Ave have a great selection of bento, including sush, sashimi. They also have donburi as well!



Sozai Corner is right next to Suruki Supermarket. Not only they have great bento, they also cater as well!!!



And there is Nijiya Market located on 1956 S El Camino Real. They have lots of selection as well.



An abundance of choices!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Outside Land Festival in San Francisco

Three days packed with music, food, art are set to begin in the far reaches of Golden Gate Park Friday, 8/8 afternoon.

The three-day music festival kicks off Friday with performances at stages at the Polo Fields and surrounding area. The event continues through the weekend.



There are some amazing  attractions at this festival including wineland, beerland, chocoland and our favorite-Gastromagic…………………sounds super magical and it’s a must “check out”!!!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

BBQ Party

Entertaining our friends and clients is one of the things we love to do!

Here in the Bay Area with this beautiful weather, we took advantage of entertaining outdoor!

Getting ready!


Here is a  look of our menu and it’s so simple, anyone can do this in the comfort of their backyard!

Horderves
·        Crispy endive w/ spinach dip
·        Hot crab dip w/ crackers (This was a HIT!!)
·        Cherry Tomato with Mozzarella and sprinkled with basil, olive oil and vinaigrette



Main dish
·        Cilantro marinated chicken thigh 
·        Garlic roasted filet mignon
·        Whole grilled fish with rosemary and lemon stuffing


Side Dish
·        A variety of grilled vegetables (including corn, eggplant, asparagus, zucchini, bell pepper, red onion, and squash). The key is to marinate with Ponzu sauce, garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, pepper flacks and onion flakes
·        Potato salad with cucumbers

Dessert
·        Petite cakes and macaroons


We also had a variety of wines, beer. Our guests always appreciated infused water with mint, strawberries, lemon and cucumber!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All About Ramen

We used to get our ramen out of a “Cup O Noodle” and now there are gourmet ramen shops all over the Bay Area!! Some of our favorite Ramen Ya made it to “THE 21 BEST RAMEN SHOPS IN THE COUNTRY” list. http://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/best-ramen-shops-ramen-noodles

However, some of our favorite that didn’t make to the list are Ramen Dojo-805 S B St in San Mateo and Santa Ramen-1944 S El Camino Real in San Mateo.



If you truly love Ramen, you are in luck! This Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th, there is Ramen Festival in San Francisco!!!!!! This event will feature six ramen purveyors from LA, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Japan. It’s going to be Epic!!! http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/5254-epic-ramen-festival-coming-to-sf