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 This – Whole Foods Holiday

Ever since the Santa Clara Whole Foods opened up in our area, it’s allowed me to browse Whole Foods more than I normally would and I come there for more than just splurge items now. I sometimes get lunch from the hot and salad bars, Annie’s shiitake dressing which is only sold in a value […]

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 […]

Eating – The Star by Little Star Pizza now available from DoorDash

Busy Silicon Valley moms probably share the same struggle of mustering up energy to cook at the end of a work day. For us, this tends to be Fridays. It’s one thing to scrounge together the same meal each dinner and pack it for lunch the next day during a work week. But when the […]

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 […]

Attending This – Whole Foods Summer Dinner

Last week, I attended the Summer Dinner at Whole Foods Market Santa Clara, my favorite WFM location in the South Bay. The event was to introduce and celebrate some of the brand’s key local vendors through a dinner interpreted by Chef Melissa King using the vendors’ ingredients. Frog Hollow Farm, Jacobs Farm, Bonny Doon Vineyard, […]

Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey

Last weekend, we spend a day trip in Monterey for a friend’s birthday. The weather could not be more perfect for a seaside hang out. The morning started at Waterย + Leaves, a coffee shop on Fisherman’s Wharf. Pretty much the coolest blank-plus-blank name ever, right? Frankly, ย I never expected Monterey to have something so cool. […]