China Live


When friends visit, it’s always a great opportunity to try out new restaurants that have been on your list. When I had a friend visiting from Santa Barbara, and she wanted to try an interesting place, I immediately suggested China Live. She seemed eager to go, so we headed over there to give it a try. You can tell the…

LaSalette, Sonoma


To quote the A-Team (more specifically Hannibal), “I love it when a plan comes together.” Sometimes though, the plan just doesn’t end up working out, which was the case on a Saturday night in Sonoma. My first choice for dinner, The Girl and the Fig, was fully booked at reasonable dining hours, so I had to start scouring the internet…

The Riddler Champagne Bar


I read about the opening of The Riddler online, and it went on my list immediately. I’m a huge fan of Champagne after falling in love with the many types while driving up and down the river Marne in France. However (at least at the time), it didn’t take bookings, so I knew it would probably require some serious planning…

The Great Burger Hunt — Part 3


Welcome to the next installment of my hunt for the best burger in the bay area! In Part 2, Wes Burger ‘n’ More was winning due to their amazing tater tots and fairly decent burger. Are any of the next three places better? Due to some pretty solid recommendations, I checked out 4505 Burgers and BBQ, Garaje and Black Sands…

In Situ


I first heard about In Situ while I having my last meal at my favorite restaurant in London: Kitchen Table. We were telling the chef that we were moving to San Francisco the following month, and he started telling us a funny story about how he was on Instagram and saw a photo for one of his hot dogs from…

The Girl and the Fig, Sonoma


One of the absolute best things about living in the bay area is being so close to Napa and Sonoma. (Mostly, I like the easy access to a large selection of wine!) There is such a plethora of wineries that I am always on the lookout for some amazing places to go. Because of this, I got a few recommendations…

Yank Sing


I have certain traditions with some of my friends: Pizza, fried chicken, boozy brunch, and dim sum. One of the things I was told was mandatory on a visit from one of them was to find a place for dim sum. Well I knew of a place. I also knew it was quite expensive. However, as you may have read…

Farmhouse Kitchen


It’s hard trying new restaurants of a specific type of food when you already know places that are REALLY good. The first night my friend was in town, I assumed it was going to be chilled out and relaxing, and we’d wander up to North Beach and have some pasta or something. However, when we were out having a bit…