chinatown flower festival

A few weekends ago we went to the Flower Festival in Chinatown in the evening. Every year, this festival comes the weekend before the official lunar new year holiday so that families can come to the flower fair and purchase their traditional holiday plants, flowers and fruits.

We ended our evening at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in Little Italy. They are home of the 9 time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani. All of their ingredients are authentic, and imported from the Pizza Capital of the World, Napoli. We had the meatballs with the egg, calamari, and the margherita pizza. The meatballs are the most delicious here, but the pizza is okay. The crust was a little bitter.

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
1570 Stockton St (at Union St)
San Francisco, CA 94133

san francisco with my relatives

I’m a bit late on this entry since it happened in October last year, but better late than never! A few days before my brother’s wedding, my relatives from New Jersey, my parents, and I hung out around San Francisco. Before heading up to the city, we had lunch at Joy Luck Palace Bistro. I’ve been to this restaurant many times because my parents like it, but personally I think the food is just okay.

Our first stop in San Francisco was the Apple store. This was the week when Steve Jobs passed away, and Apple had left stacks of post-its and markers/pens outside for people to commemorate such an iconic man.

On our way to the Ferry Building, we passed by the Creme Brulee Cart, and we just had to try it out. It was pretty good! In addition to the death of Steve Jobs, it also happened to be Fleet Week in the city. The Blue Angels were out practicing.


We walked our way over to Pier 39 after walking around the Ferry Building. It was packed. And of course we stopped to indulge in some delicious donuts from Trish’s Mini Donuts. They are always made fresh, melt in your mouth, and are sugary goodness.


And of course we stopped by Boudin for some of their infamous clam chowder. It was perfect for such a chilly day although we had to sit outside since it was so packed inside and we couldn’t find a spot to sit down.


We then walked to North Beach and had dinner at Calzone’s Pizza Cucina which was okay. I’ve walked by this place many times and I think it’s one of the more romantic and cozy places to dine out; they have tables, seats, candles outside and a heat lamp. The food was subpar; I definitely don’t think I’d be back.

Joy Luck Palace Bistro
10911 N Wolfe Rd
Cupertino, CA 95015

Creme Brulee Cart
Mission and 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Trish’s Mini Donuts
Embarcadero Pier 39
Bldg B Level 1
San Francisco, CA 94133

Boudin
160 Jefferson St
(between Mason St & Taylor St)
San Francisco, CA 94133

Calzone’s Pizza Cucina
430 Columbus Ave
(between Green St & Stockton St)
San Francisco, CA 94133

eurotrip: finale

We flew from Rome to London, and got back to London around midnight or so. We were tired! We stayed at the other Sheraton in London which was way nicer than the first one we stayed at. The beds felt like heaven!

The next day, we got up kind of late and missed the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace! We decided to dine at an “Argentinian” restaurant for lunch. The food was okay. I wouldn’t go back there. Ha!

After a few sprinkles, we made our way to Buckingham Palace. It doesn’t look that big, but the property was deep. Not much to see here to our dismay since tourists aren’t allowed inside. Afterwards we went to the London Eye and walked around. Tons of tourists here; we had a funnel cake and I think I spilled my melted ice-cream on someone’s jacket. I quickly walked away and pretended I didn’t do it because I’m classy like that.

Of course we couldn’t leave London without having some good ole fish and chips at a pub. How stereotypical right? And yes, it was delicious. Next to our table were a group of British students, and I could listen to their accents all day!

I had a great time in Europe! Wish I had more time to explore some other countries, but I’ll save that for my next trip out whenever that may be!