Yo Sashimi combo from Yo Sushi in Alameda.

Best Sashimi: Yo Sushi

I love eating Japanese food, and one of my favorite things to eat is sashimi.  I’m usually disappointed when I order sashimi at a restaurant and get thin slices of fish on a plate with a larger side bowl of rice. However, I’ve found a place that serves some high-quality sashimi, and it’s on the right side of the bay!  (Yes, I do mean the East Bay.) Yo Sushi is a small restaurant in Alameda […]

Eggs Benedict

Saturday Brunch at Miliki

My family and I discovered Miliki’s brunch on accident, but it was a good accident to have. Miliki is a Nigerian restaurant in the Laurel district of Oakland. They started serving American brunch prepared by the chef from Full House Cafe, which was a long time favorite breakfast spot that closed earlier last year and became Sequoia Diner. We decided to go out for brunch on Saturday and wanted to try a new place in Oakland that […]

Cafe Romanat plate

My First Time Eating Ethiopian Food

I’ve always heard good things about Ethiopian cuisine, but it took me a long time to finally make it to one of the Ethiopian restaurants in Oakland, Cafe Romanat.  I went with a group of five people, which was great for trying multiple dishes. We started with vegetarian sambussas as an appetizer since they ran out of the meat ones, but these were still delicious.  They were stuffed with lentils and mushrooms, and I love mushrooms!  They […]

Chili Fries

After Dark at the Exploratorium – Pairings: Chocolate, part 2

There was so much chocolate in this one evening that I could not fit it all into one post… so here’s part 2. Prior to the After Dark presentation, my mom, husband and I had dinner at the Seaglass restaurant inside of the Exploratorium. The restaurant was serving everything with chocolate to coincide with the After Dark Pairings theme. They even put chocolate shavings on top of their salad dish! Buffalo Chili New Mexi-Fries Buffalo […]

This bowl was passed around three times, each one with a different chocolate sample.

After Dark at the Exploratorium – Pairings: Chocolate, part 1

I love chocolate — it is definitely one of my favorite foods, especially dark chocolate. I also love the Exploratorium — it is a playground that caters to my nerdiness. So when I learned that the Exploratorium was having an evening focused on chocolate, I knew I had to be there. The Exploratorium is a science museum on the Embarcadero in San Francisco that’s filled with super cool hands-on exhibits that make learning science concepts […]

Holiday Food Recap

A Quick Holiday Recap

It’s been a very busy holiday season filled with family, friends, fun, and of course FOOD – and it’s kept me from posting here for a while.  I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend both Thanksgiving and Christmas in places away from home. More detailed blog posts to follow about my holiday food adventures, but to quickly recap the holiday season: Thanksgiving was spent in beautiful Paso Robles, CA with family members […]

Fusebox's popular pork belly dish -- it's popular for good reason!

Date Night at FuseBox

FuseBox is a Korean-American restaurant located in a super random area of West Oakland. And when I say super random, I mean that you would not even know a restaurant was here if not for the sign on the street. My husband chose this place for date night because the Yelp reviews showed people raving about their pork belly dish, and I love pork belly. The waiter warned us that their entrees were large, so […]

prawns, coconut milk, mint leaves

Asian Fusion at Osmanthus

Osmanthus is an Asian restaurant located in the Rockridge area of Oakland.  One glance at their menu and you can see that their food is inspired by a combination of Asian cultures — Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and more.     My family and I were wandering around the Rockridge area looking for a lunch place when we stumbled upon Osmanthus.  None of us ever heard of it but we saw they had both Zagat 2015 […]

Syrah wine flight at Eno Wine Bar.

Delectable Trio at Eno Wine Bar

Eno Wine Bar is a small chain of wine rooms, two of which are in the Bay Area.  They serve what they call “the eno trio” – wine, cheese, and chocolate. My husband and I were scouting dinner places when we were shopping at Union Square and found this wine bar just up the street from Macy’s. I really like the atmosphere – it has a sleek and modern yet cozy feel.  The walls are […]

Seasonal flavor - crème fraiche with pear caramel

Best Ice Cream: Smitten Ice Cream

Smitten Ice Cream is not your typical ice cream shop.  All of their ice cream is made-to-order — with liquid nitrogen. My husband is a huge fan of dessert, especially ice cream.  He also is a science nerd.  So it was no surprise when he said he wanted to come to Smitten Ice Cream after lunch.  We went to the one at Rockridge in Oakland, but there are also a few more shops around the […]