302017Jun

An Evening of Izakaya in the Mission

Friday night and we were in the mood for food and drinks. So what comes to mind, Japanese food, izakaya to be exact. And with all the places catering to this fanfare, it was difficult to choose. But we knew we wanted, quality and the ability to venture out for round two for drinks. Enter Izakaya Rintaro, which is nestled in the Mission and within walking distance to many of our favorite bars like Butter and the Willow and whatever happened to Holy Cow. Is it still the local bar…

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…

222016Dec

Past Closing at Sushi Izakaya Gaku

A quick drive out of Waikiki, you can find Sushi Izakaya Gaku. A place that has been serving up creative dishes for izakaya while also providing some elaborate sushi. We happen to come here primarily for the izakaya. Not to say we didn’t sample some of that wonderful fish. But mainly we wanted a festive night of drinking as we feasted. We arrived at the restaurant around 8pm and put our name on the list. The wait time was about an hour for our group, a party of seven. While…

152016Apr

Finding Izakaya in Silicon Valley

There are many places around South Bay where you can go to enjoy some food and drinks with your co-workers. For starters, you have all those restaurants around downtown Mountain View on Castro street. Of course, most of them cater to the power lunch crowds. You can’t blame them since business rents in that area are as astronomical as residential rents. So to find a more down to earth comfort foods, you have to look elsewhere. For us, we had two requirements, close to the office and Japanese izakaya. Enter Tanto. It’s located on El Camino…

152016Jan

Yakitori Koko

We took a chance coming to Yakitori Kokko without reservations. It’s usually filled with people waiting outside. But today, we got out of work early. So we headed there right when they opened to see if they had any seats. Luckily they did. And I have to stress that lucky part. They already had a long list of people for 5pm. Fortunately, it was only the two of us and there was a small table in a narrow area in the back of the restaurant. There was a catch though….

022015Jan

Pabu

Pabu is the type of place that can make you hate your Facebook friends. Every time someone checks into the restaurant, I was guaranteed to see posts of some delicious looking food. Now, it was my turn to return the favor. And after dining here, I understood why everyone was so excited. It’s a great looking place with even better tasting dishes. The restaurant was a joint venture between Michael Minna and Ken Tominaga to bring in an upscale izakaya experience to the Financial District here in San Francisco. I…

282013Dec

Full on Powder Day

The morning started with a nice coat of fresh snow along with a constant dusting. So of course, my buddy understood why we couldn’t wait around to ride with his friends. Coordinating on the mountain would always be impossible. But hearing that it’s a big group, I had a feeling we’d run into them. And just like that, we saw them at lunch. This resort was big, but not that big if you only board the groomers and hit the lodges for lunch. Oh and the top was still closed,…

222012Dec

Weekend in Kaohsiung with Mayday

It was a longer than expected journey from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung. Mainly because you’d think I’d fly directly into Kaohsiung. No, that’s too sensible. I flew into Taoyuan airport and took the THSR (Taiwan High Speed Railway). So it was 2 hours by plane, 30 minutes by bus to the train terminal, and 2 hour express ride to Kaohsiung. I decided to go business class since it was late in hopes to get a meal. Not the case, meals stop at 7pm, an hour before I boarded. I have…

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