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 […]

JPOP SUMMIT 2016 – Interview with Chef Tasuo Saito and Yu Hayami of Dining with the Chef

During the JPop Summit 2016, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chef Tasuo Saito of Japanese NHK Broadcasting’s popular show, Dining with the Chef. The program is in its 5th year. Chef Saito’s beautiful cohost, Yu Hayami, is a singer/actress and started participating in the show 3 years ago. The goal of the show is to […]

J Pop Summit 2016 – San Francisco

Every year, fans of Japanese culture are delighted by the JPOP Summit, which is a festival of all things Japanese. Events can last all week (film screenings) but the bulk of activities is on one weekend. Last month, I attended one day of the event to sample the foods offered there. The tasting started with […]

Winter Fancy Food Show 2016 – San Francisco

The Fancy Food Show put on by the Specialty Food Association is a trade event that happens twice a year, once in summer and again in winter. It’s a place to showcase new items and for vendors and merchants to connect. For media, such as myself, it’s a great place to get exposed to up […]

B*Star Bar – 2015 – San Francisco

B*Star Bar is worth writing about again. In early 2014, I had dinner here and it was an amazing place with amazing food. I still feel the same except this time I tried their brunch. Most things remained the same so I will just highlight the new dishes I tried.   ($13.50) Tuna Don is […]

Fungus Fair 2015 – San Francisco

The annual Fungus Fair in San Francisco wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. It’s more of an educational science fair than it was a food festival. Somehow I imagined I would be walking around eating mushrooms all day. There were several vendors selling exotic mushrooms and mushroom growing kits as well as artists with […]

Green Festival 2015 – San Francisco

This past weekend, through a posting Krautsource made on Instagram, I snagged myself tickets to the 2015 Green Festival at Cow Palace. The Green Festival is an expo for natural, organic, eco-friendly products. The name pretty much sums it up. Here’s a video with some snaps of the event. Volkswagen was a sponsor for the […]

Poshmark’s Poshfest Posh Party – San Francisco Design Center

Just a little post about last night’s Poshfest. Poshmark is a platform (like Etsy) for buying and selling fashion to a community of users. I could sell my gently used skinny jeans which no longer fit my new mom body, for example. Plenty of people who use it sell designer items which had cost them […]

International Culinary Center Campbell – Ferry Building Cook Off

In March, the students of the International Culinary Center in Campbell, the West Coast arm of the prestigious New York based culinary school, took a 7 day course in sustainability. The ICC was formerly the French Culinary Institute, where I had a great meal at their NYC location years ago. Notable alumni are David Chang, […]

Sustainable SCU Tour – Smitten Ice Cream – Dandelion Chocolate – Hidden Villa Farm

During my time at Santa Clara University as a grad student working on my MBA, I had never heard about the Food and Agribusiness Institute until I competed for them in Atlanta. Had I known, I would have surely studied this discipline since it’s so interesting. The FAI program plans food field trips for its […]