san francisco

Saturday we went to the Ferry Building and explored their weekly Saturday farmer’s market. The weather was absolutely gorgeous so it was quite packed. A little too packed! I really wanted to try the infamous Roli Roti food truck, but the line was ridiculously long.

Jonas picked us from the Ferry Building to have a late brunch (or would that be called lunch) at The Butler and the Chef Bistro in South Park of SOMA. It was my first time in the area, and I love it! I always knew San Francisco had their several neighborhoods with their own personality, but this place made me feel like I wasn’t even in SOMA anymore! South Park is a petite area with a park in the center.

While we were waiting outside for our table, the owner chatted it up with us. He’s a middle-aged French guy who obviously had been in San Francisco for a while and had been in the South Park area for quite some time. He gave us a run down of the history; he informed us that the South Park used be an exclusive, wealthy neighborhood with a handful of mansions. And across the street lives the artist who is best known for his Marlboro Man work. Not sure if it’s true or not, but it was a good story!

Once we were seated, we ordered the:
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Niman Ranch Ham Eggs Benedict
Myrtilles Belgian Waffles (with Bananas)

The portions were pretty large! The Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict was delicious; they put it on fresh, toasted bread with generous slices of smoked salmon. On the side was a salad with light dressing. I tasted the Niman Ranch Ham Eggs Benedict, and normally I don’t even like ham, but this was pretty delicious. The Belgian Waffles was delicious too. I’d like to head back here sometime soon to try other things off of their menu!

For dinner, we decided to try a new ramen spot in the Mission called Ken Ken Ramen. I got the Miso Ramen. I didn’t think this place was bad at all; the noodles weren’t overcooked so it was chewy, I got two generous portions of meat, and the veggies were a nice touch; however, the soup was way too salty!

Jonas got pearl tea from Boba Guys at the bar, which is created by two guys who use organic ingredients to create the pearl tea. The milk tea was delicious, but the boba wasn’t so fantastic; all the pearls stuck together because it was so overcooked! Also, $4 for boba mllk tea is a bit steep in my opinion.

Ferry Building Marketplace
1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

The Butler & The Chef Bistro
155A S Park St
(at 3rd St)
San Francisco, CA 94107

Ken Ken Ramen
3378 18th St
(between Capp St & Mission St)
San Francisco, CA 94110


chinese new year and dining at the house

Saturday we hopped on bart in Milbrae and met up with Vi and Troy in Union Square. They had just started setting up some of the streets for the annual Chinese New Year Parade at 5pm. Since I am trying to save money and not shop as much, I opted out of walking around the mall. The less temptation the better!

We made our way to Chinatown to check out the Chinese New Year Festival. It was packed with people, of course. Troy was hungry so we stopped at a bakery and he got a pork bun which he kept raving about! It did look delicious though! I saved my appetite for dinner at The House.

We got the:
Classic fried calamari
Warm wasabi house noodles with angus flatiron steak
Grill sea bass with garlic ginger soy
Angus ribeye steak, housemade teriyaki, toasted garlic butter
and two house specials . . . one was a lobster soup and another was slow roasted pork shoulder

Even though we were so full from dinner, we still had room for dessert! We stopped by my favorite gelato place in the city, Gelateria Naia, even though it was freezing outside!

After dinner we got to check out the Chinese New Year Parade on our way back to the bart station. Since I’m pretty petite, I couldn’t see much! Oh well. Next year! The highlight of the evening besides the fantastic company was that Troy bought some of those firecrackers I used to play when I was a child . . . and I had so much fun throwing it him and Vi! I am so mean and childish.

The House
1230 Grant Ave
(at Broadway St)
San Francisco, CA 94133

Gelateria Naia
520 Columbus Ave
(between Green St & Stockton St)
San Francisco, CA 94133


Another long overdue trip to blog about. Last summer Brian and I decided to visit Capitola since it isn’t too far from San Jose (where I used to live). Our first stop was Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria. It was crazy packed as usual, but the staff there is always so efficient. The food was delicious, and it was an excellent lunch spot.

After lunch, we hit up Capitola City Beach. It was fairly difficult to find parking so we just found parking along the residential streets. It was a short walk to the beach. Capitola is tiny, and we weren’t dressed “beach” appropriate for some reason, sadly. To kill time, we sat on a bench for a while to soak up the warm weather and the beautiful scenery.

For dinner, Brian took me to Shadowbrook Restaurant. A few of my friends recommended this spot, and I really wanted to check it out. It’s in an interesting location! It’s a short trek to get to the restaurant, but rest assured they make a scenic route downhill. I think there’s another route, but I figured we’d take a walk. And then we took the tram to the restaurant.

The restaurant was a few floors which was quite unexpected! I could get lost inside! On the menu was:
Bacon Wrapped Prawn
Shrimp Bisque
New England Clam Chowder
Carmelized Sea Scallops
Blackened Lamb

The Bacon Wrapped Prawns were delicious as was the Carmelized Sea Scallops. MmMmM.

Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave
Ste A
Capitola, CA 95010

Capitola City Beach
San Jose Ave & Esplanade
Capitola, CA 95010

Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf Rd
Capitola, CA 95010


In October (long overdue entry) my brother got married in Napa, and before heading back the next day, Brian and I explored Napa a little. The last time we had visited was for my birthday in April so it’s been a while. We made reservations at Mustards Grill in Yountville for lunch.

My cousin, Eric, recommended the mongolian pork chop (and people raved about it too) so I just had to try it! It was pretty delicious, but I like the pork chops at NOPA better!

Afterwards we stopped at V. Sattui to pick-up some delicious sandwiches for us to take home. MMmmmM. We went during harvest season, and they had to end the season early due to the rain.

Mustards Grill
7399 St Helena Hwy
Yountville, CA 94558

V. Sattui Winery
1111 White Ln
Saint Helena, CA 94574

half moon bay

A few weekends ago we visited Half Moon Bay. On our way there, we stopped by Barbara’s Fish Trap since it got great reviews, and I wanted to check it out. The crab sandwich was pretty good, but I personally like this one place in Pacifica more. The clam chowder was delicious though! Brian got the fish and chips and the portion was large! It was a pretty sweet deal.

We walked around for a little bit and then the cold caught up to us; our hands were freezing!

We stopped by the Fitzgerald Reserve, but apparently we went during high tide! I didn’t think about checking if it was high tide or low tide before we went and that was a mistake! Ha. We’ll have to make another trip in the future to check out the tide pools.

Barbara’s Fish Trip
Princeton by the Sea
281 Capistrano Rd
Half Moon Bay, CA 94018

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
200 Nevada Ave
Moss Beach, CA 94038