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…

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…

Skool

Skool 1725 Alameda St.  San Francisco, CA 94103 Yelp The theme of the meal was confusion.  At first, I thought Triple F recommended Skool.  Then I thought about it more and maybe I got the place confused with Aina.  Both are Asian fusion type places with Skool leaning more Japanese and Aina more Hawaiian.  We…

Koo

Koo 408 Irving St. San Francisco, CA 94122 Yelp I’ve been to Koo before with Triple F and Running Man.  I just didn’t remember it too well since I never blogged about it.  I’ve come to depend on this blog as my food memory and food road map.  It really is true.  You have to…

Kusakabe

Kusakabe 584 Washington St. San Francisco, CA  94111 Yelp As you’ve noticed, I eat a lot of sushi.  It’s mainly because I know it makes The Annoyer very happy to have his “tasty fish.”  Kusakabe is definitely one of the fancier sushi restaurants in the city.    Omakase can be for $95 or $150.  It…

Kato

Kato 11925 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 Yelp I typically do a fair amount of research into any new restaurant I am checking out.  However, it’s nice to be able to put my faith into another person’s hands.  Ski Bum, a long time Angeleno, is quite attune to the LA dining scene.  She…

Alexander’s Steakhouse

Alexander’s Steakhouse 448 Brannan Street San Francisco, CA 94107 Yelp I’m not a huge steak lover, but Alexander’s Steakhouse has been on my radar for a long time.  When a location popped up in Pasadena, I was pretty excited.  However, the reviews weren’t very strong and I didn’t want to pay a lot of money…

Zushi Puzzle

Zushi Puzzle 1910 Lombard St. San Franciscos, CA 94123 Yelp Triple F has raved about Zushi Puzzle for years now.  She loved the place so much, she became a regular.  We were seated at the bar and chef/owner Roger was getting chummy with Triple F, like they’re just the best of old friends.  I exaggerate, but…

Marukame Udon

Marukame Udon 1104 Fort Street Mall Honolulu, HI 96813 Yelp After many days cooped up at the Disney Aulani, Mama H.o.P. was getting cabin fever.  We had a rental car for one day, so drove into Honolulu to see the sights, find pleasures that could not be had in the same damn lazy river and…

Sushi Noguchi

Sushi Noguchi 18507 Yorba Linda Blvd Yorba Linda, CA 92886 Yelp I would give the sushi options in OC two thumbs up.  From Nana San to Ohshima to San Shi Go, the sushi is top notch and not crazy expensive (San Shi Go excluded).  Now I can add Sushi Noguchi to that list of excellent…

Kiyomizu

Kiyomizu 305 E. 4th St. #105 Santa Ana, CA 92701 Yelp I’ve heard so many great things about SUGARFISH’s sister restaurant, KazuNori, in DTLA.  The hand rolls at SUGARFISH are some of the best I’ve ever tasted, so I assume KazuNori is the same.  The perfectly roasted and deeply flavored nori is what really makes makes…