Starbird Chicken Opens in San Jose on Brokaw

In 2016, I wrote about a new fast casual restaurant in Sunnyvale serving some stellar fried chicken which our family liked better than Chick-fil-A. Starbird Chicken is now open in San Jose on Brokaw. We have actually been back to Starbird in Sunnyvale a few times and this is our first time at the San […]

Pasta Armellino and Plumed Horse Chocolaterie by Plumed Horse Collection

Owners of Michelin Starred Plumed Horse have opened a fine casual restaurant in Saratoga serving high quality affordable pasta dishes. Pasta Armellino is located across the street from Plumed Horse. After 10 years of excellence at Plumed Horse, Chef Peter Armellino is broadening his culinary reach into the fine casual segment and into a pasta […]

Eating This – Outtakes From Nobu Palo Alto

These days I hardly write about food anymore because it’s too difficult to go to fine dining restaurants with young kids. Here’s a throwback to one of my last articles for Metroactive where I reviewed Nobu Palo Alto. Only one picture is used for the article so here are the other dishes I ate that […]

Eating – Madera Restaurant – Michelin Star Restaurant 2018

In a not so past life, I used to be a food blogger, sometimes freelancing for a local news magazine in the Silicon Valley called Metro News. Once in a while, I still contribute a piece to the magazine. My latest feature was about the Michelin starred Madera Restaurant at the Rosewood Sandhill Hotel in […]

Traveling – California Academy of Sciences

On Labor Day weekend, which must’ve felt like the hottest day of the month, we took a family trip to the California Academy of Sciences to use up tickets someone had gifted us. It was nice to see the museum from our son’s eyes for the first time. I have been here many times but […]

Traveling – Carmel for Labor Day Weekend

We considered taking a babymoon during this pregnancy and decided against it because I would probably feel more uncomfortable on a plane and sleeping in a different bed at this stage than it would be to stay at home. This past Labor Day weekend offered an opportunity to do a short getaway to Carmel. It […]

Eating This – Black Angus Steakhouse

Black Angus Steakhouse recently invited me to try their menu at our closest Bay Area location. To our delight, we arrived on a Sunday night to find that it was all day happy hour! The Happy Hour includes $5 off certain appetizers and special rates on certain beers and other appetizers. Β We found the restaurant […]

Eating This – California Pizza Kitchen – Santa Clara

Remember the California Pizza Kitchen of your youth? My local one was in a mall and it’s where we went for lunch or dinner after shopping with friends. I always liked the thin crust pizzas. They had the perfect crust and tasty toppings. It’s been ages since I’ve stepped into a CPK but the fond […]

SimpleViet – San Jose

A few years ago, some website’s list of “Things to Eat in San Jose” or something used a photo from my blog post in which I was eating pho. This website ran an ad on the side bar of Facebook so many people saw my photo online (with no attributions or link back to my […]

Tava Kitchen Grand Opening in Alameda – Chance to Win Free Food for One Year

Earlier this year, I wrote about the awesome new menu selection from Tava Kitchen. They changed their focus from Indian food to a mix of Indian and South East Asian inspired items. The food is still healthy and delicious as always. Now the brand is opening its third store in Alameda. At the grand opening […]