Num Pang

Num Pang Multiple locations throughout NYC I stumbled upon Num Pang on Yelp.  I was interested to see something that looked very much like a Vietnamese sandwich categorized as “Cambodian.”  I tried the location at Chelsea Market, which by the way is an AWESOME food lovers paradise. The sandwiches have all the construction and accoutrements of…

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

Chikalicious East Village 203 E. 10th St. New York, NY 10003 Yelp   Sweets Raku has to be the best stand alone dessert restaurant.  It’s been hard to find anything like it, let alone anything as delicious.  ChickaLicious comes close.  Both places craft beautiful desserts with multiple components, layering and contrasting flavors and textures.  It makes a…

Sushi Nakazawa

Sushi Nakazawa West Village 23 Commerce St. New York, NY 10014 Yelp I don’t do a lot of documentaries, but Jiro Dreams of Sushi has to be one of my favorites.  The artistry, cinematography, and simplicity of its story telling can make anyone fall in love with sushi.  I definitely wanted to run out and…

Xi’an Famous Foods

Xi’an Famous Foods Midtown West 24 W 45th St. New York, NY 10036 (multiple locations throughout New York) Yelp I’ve seen so many TV pieces on various food and travel shows highlighting the famous noodles at Xi’an Famous Foods.  Spicy food isn’t my favorite, but I can appreciate the heat  if the food is good.  It…

Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar 220 8th Ave New York, NY 10011 (Multiple locations throughout NYC) Yelp   I guess the Weather God wasn’t smiling down upon me during my birthday NYC trip.  It was gloomy, a little cold, and rainy.  So we were glad to finally escape the drizzle when we stepped into Milk Bar.  I…

Joe’s Shanghai

Joe’s Shanghai 9 Pell St. New York, NY 10013 Yelp It’s probably been 12-15 years since I’ve been to Joe’s Shanghai.  It was probably the first time I had xiao long bao and the first time I ate at a restaurant that forced you to share a round table with multiple separate parties.  I think…

Jean-Georges

Jean-Georges Trump International Hotel & Tower 1 Central Park West New York, NY 10023 Yelp People always talk about the fantastic value to be had with a “power lunch” at one of the many fine dining establishments in NYC.  I’m sure many multi million dollar deals have been made over lunches at these places.  …

Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin 155 W 51st St. New York, NY 10019 Yelp I always plan my vacations around food.  I make reservations for the toughest spots first and then fill in the gaps with other restaurants or tourist attractions.  For my recent NYC trip I put Eleven Madison Park and Sushi Nakazawa at the top.  Le…

OoToro Sushi

OoToro Sushi 2222 Michelson Dr. Irvine, CA 92612 Yelp OoToro has been on my radar ever since its opening months ago, but the price point was a big deterrent.  In OC, I am accustomed to paying double digits for pretty great sushi, but OoToro touts a triple digit price tag for omakase.  The reviews from…

Mourad

Mourad 140 New Montgomery St. #1 San Francisco, CA 94105 Yelp Sometimes it can be hard to find a truly foodie driven hot spot that is open on Sunday in San Francisco.  Fortunately, Mourad defied that trend and was wide open with Sunday reservations for my dinner with newlyweds The Pouter and UVA.  The Annoyer…

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch 738 Main St. St. Helena, CA 94574 Yelp Overlord, Carnivorous Lush, and myself had been to Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch for Weener’s wedding a few years back.  I thought the wedding food was excellent, albeit small portioned.   I was looking forward to coming back one of these days.  St….

Redd

Redd 6480 Washington St. Yountville, CA 94599 Yelp After our fantastic brunch at Auberge du Soleil, we imbibed in some great wine, the beverage of choice in Napa of course.  I suppose I indulged in far too much, or too much too fast.  By the time dinner rolled around, I found myself extremely sick.  The Porcelain God and I…