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

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

bay to breakers

Last weekend I woke up at 10:30am to check out Bay to Breakers from Golden Gate Park. It was pretty packed, and the rules were a lot more strict this year. No visible alcoholic beverages, but I think if you concealed it . . . it’s okay! And like every other year, there were those in birthday suits that shouldn’t be in it. The Conservatory of Flowers was a good place to watch the event.

taiwan food and cupertino cherry blossom festival

I finally got my 50mm f1/4 lense, and this is the first shot I took with it! Hobbie has been my pet since I was 6-years-old, but my parents take care of him in San Jose since my landlord doesn’t allow me to have pets.

My friends and I had lunch at Mama Chen because Jonas wanted to introduce taiwanese food for his audition to Taiwan Challenge. You can see all the dishes we ordered below!

Afterwards we got snow ice! It was delicious, but not as delicious as the ones we got in Hawaii.

And then I went to Cupertino’s Cherry Blossom Festival to see an aikido performance, and I got to catch some of the Hawaiian performance too! It was warm day in Cupertino, so we got some smoothies. The sweet lemonade drink was a little too sweet for me; I ended up getting a minor headache.

The next day we had lunch at Liang’s Village Cuisine where they have my favorite beef noodle soup and green onion pankcake beef wrap. Yum.

Mama Chen
5075 Stevens Creek Blvd Ste 10
Santa Clara, CA 95051
408.249.9888

Cafe Milan Barefoot Coffee
3561 El Camino Real, #99
Santa Clara, CA 95051
408.251.1002

Liang’s Village Cafe
19772 Stevens Creek Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
408.725.9999

cherry blossom festival and nopa

Saturday evening Brian and I celebrated his birthday with a cake from Schubert’s Bakery. I had picked it up that afternoon, and there were a plethora of cakes. I couldn’t decide which one to get, but I picked the prettiest one–the raspberry mousse cake!

Sunday we took the bus to the yearly Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. It was packed like every other year, and we only waited in the shorter lines at the food stands. The line for takoyaki just wrapped insanely; we opted out. I tried to pawn off my frozen takoyaki, but no one would bite; I admit, it’s pretty disgusting and doesn’t taste anything like the real thing.

After walking around the festival, we killed time at YakiniQ Cafe. I love the decor at this cafe, and it feels very relaxing and comfortable there. I was thirsty, but I had the Mitchell’s green tea ice-cream which I couldn’t finish. I also didn’t want to get full before our delicious dinner at Nopa.

After resting up for a bit, we walked to Nopa which was about 1.5 miles. It was some good exercise to help build up our appetite. And you can see below what we ordered. The flatbread and the pork chop are my two favorite items from there. Delicious. My appetite must have gotten smaller too because I couldn’t finish my pork chop. And Brian’s appetite is that of a girl’s so I can’t count on him ever to finish my meals for me!

Schubert’s Bakery
521 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
415.752.1580

YakiniQ Cafe
1640 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94115
415.441.9291

Nopa
560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415.864.8643