212017Jun

Four Weeks for Wakuriya

Once I got called back for my reservation request I was so damn gleeful. And yeah, that’s right, it was a reservation request. You call and leave a message for the days you think you can make it and they’ll call back to confirm. It’s not some automated response either. You get to talk to the host. That’s right, they call up each potential patron. Now if that was any indication on the level of service we were in store for, I knew we were in for a treat. After all, this…

272017May

Gather for Dinner

When I think of Wyoming, I think of the beautiful mountains, the vast wildlife, and the parks that maintain that balance between them. So when it comes to dinner, I wasn’t too surprised to find a place that took advantage of the abundance surrounding them. Take Gather, a restaurant in the heart of Jackson. It specializes in creating wonderful dishes with local ingredients. Some of it, as we learned, were even hand picked that morning. This was a place we all hope to stumble upon in our travels. The restaurant itself…

262017May

Discovering a Pleasant Purgatory

Utah may not be known for the bar scene, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t gems in the town of Salt Lake City. Take Purgatory, a place where you can go for a drink, a meal, or both. They opened in 2017 nearby a mortuary which will make you think twice now about its name. But hey, if this is where I need to go to cleanse my soul then order me up a few drinks. Cause I’m going to enjoy this place the best way I can, at the bar. That’s the…

122017May

Dipping Those Chewy Ramen Noodles

2pm. That’s about the perfect time, for those who hate waiting, to arrive at Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles Annex. This was of course an additional restaurant to the one across the street. However, at this time, the original location incurred a lower health score, so I decided to try the annexed location. There was a small line at 1:30pm which cleared up after I finished lunch. And by cleared up, I meant no lines, and several open tables. Inside, the majority of the place is dedicated to the ramen bar that surrounds the noodle chef with…

112017May

Enjoying Sawtelle Nanbankan Style

If you know Sawtelle Boulevard in West LA, you may know about all the wonderful Japanese restaurants there. Well, if you head a few blocks north and turn left on Santa Monica you can find Nanbankan. A restaurant serving up great Japanese izakaya at a surprising price. While they do have your classic dishes, including your favorite skewers, they do have specials which will have you coming back for more. It was late, 9pm to be exact. Parking was pretty easy at this hour. Inside, the place was still packed, but we…

282017Apr

Alba Ray’s

With what seems to be a shortage of Creole and Cajun food in the Mission, Alba Ray’s has become a welcomed addition. They have a family style meal where you can add smaller plates to sample. And actually their appetizers will give you a good range of their menu. It was almost tapas like, which was great. With our group of five, we covered most of the dishes we wanted to try. The price tag is a bit high. Very high for those who had these dishes in the South, but hey, this is…

212017Apr

A Taste of Hitachi Japan

Can you imagine a craft beer from Japan opening a gastropub in the states? In San Francisco of all places? A city where people flock to the latest micro breweries, eagerly anticipating a new flavor discovery. Well, Hitachino Nest Beer stepped up to the challenge. Not only did they bring their beers, but they brought food and ingredients from Hitachi, a city in the Ibaraki Prefecture. Their noteworthy gift, Hitachigyu, a well known brand of wagyu in Japan, and a cooking style that’s got people curious for a taste. One thing to note is that…

142017Apr

Omakase at Sushi Yoshizumi

If you pay careful attention, you’ll notice Chef Akira Yoshizumi and his staff are carefully timing the courses. Each time you’re finished, within minutes you’re presented with the next along with a detailed explanation. That is how you should be treated during omakase. Include amazing food and an intimate atmosphere and you got yourself Sushi Yoshizumi, a modest and unassuming establishment in the heart of downtown San Mateo. Sure, you may walk by it. Except with all the rave reviews and that prestigious Michelin star, you’ll be seeking this place out. I sure did….

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