Shanghai Dumpling – Cupertino

Last year, I reviewed Shanghai Dumpling for Metro News and became a converted fan. It’s not a perfect place but it was tasty, convenient, and affordable. After Din Tai Fung opened and I had a taste of some better XLB, it reignited my cravings for XLB so I went back to Shanghai Dumpling because I dont’ want to deal […]

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar – Cupertino

Poke box with rice, imitation crab, mayo, slices of assorted sashimi, and tobiko Getting in line for food seems to be a regular occurrence for me lately with my assignments to review GEN BBQ, Din Tai Fung, and The ByWater. Sometimes I do it of my own choosing though, like last week when I waited […]

1000 Degrees Pizza – Cupertino

Cupertino welcomes the latest fast-casual pizzeria, 1000 Degrees Pizza, from New Jersey. The chain is a franchise and the Cupertino location is currently the only one in California. I was invited by the chain for a complimentary meal. Here are my thoughts. They serve personal sized pizzas made from authentic Neapolitan flour. The dough is […]

Golden Garlic – San Jose

Chinese food restaurants in San Jose seem to be scattered even though we have plenty of ethnic enclaves in our city. There are a few densely populated plazas but none of the restaurants seem to stand out. When we are in the mood for Chinese, we really have to hunt for the hidden gems. A […]

Corner Bakery Cafe + Giveaway – San Jose

Corner Bakery Cafe began in downtown Chicago as a bakery on a corner street. It served freshly baked goods to Maggiano’s Little Italy at the time. Now the budding cafe has become a nationwide franchise. On opening day in San Jose, the cafe gave free coffee for a year to the first 100 people. Last […]

Hula Dog Hawaiian Style Hot Dogs + Giveaway – Santa Clara

Puka Dog is a popular hot dog eatery with multiple locations in Hawaii and has been featured on Travel Channel and Bon Appetit magazine. It’s a hot dog in a closed bun with various island flavored sauces. They spun off a new franchise called Hula Dog with its first location in Santa Clara across the […]

Willow Glen Pizza Factory + Giveaway – San Jose

Willow Glen Pizza Factory specializes in fresh, handmade pizzas, salads, and calzones. The store is located in a new plaza off Meridian Ave. The Pizza Factory chain started an initiative called the “No Bully Zone” program which raises awareness about bullying in schools and the community. They also offer a number of fundraising opportunities for […]

Eureka + Giveaway – Mountain View

Last month, I wrote an article about the Main Street Cupertino complex’s newest restaurant, Eureka! Today, they are opening their second Silicon Valley location in Mountain View on Castro St. I had the pleasure of attending a soft opening where my meal was complimentary. Here’s what I tried. ($10) Rosemary Ruby Red – gin, rosemary, […]

Try Caviar Delivery – Koja Kitchen – San Jose

Short rib koja The very popular food truck turned restaurant Koja Kitchen is finally available through delivery service Caviar. Once again, Caviar hooked it up with some free credit for me to try Koja for the first time. ($12.75) Ahi Tuna Bowl – this is basically a poke bowl with white rice. There is a […]

Munchery – Home Delivery

In my previous reviews of Blue Apron, Caviar, and Dream Dinners, I mentioned that we need help making nutritious family meals on week nights. Yes, I’ve become one of those busy working moms who tries to do everything but can’t. The latest in this home delivery market I’m reviewing is Munchery. Thanks to Munchery for providing […]