Vietnam Food Tours

Sponsored
Vietnam Food Tours

Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 4 – Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Isreal suggested Fayuca as our last Yaletown Cocktail Crawl spot.   As one of the latest addition to the area’s Vibrant food scene, Fayuca has been impressing diners with their Northern Mexico inspired dishes with bold flavours and fresh ingredients. They were soon awarded a nomination for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. As a fan of this super colourful cuisine, I was looking forward to our little cocktail adventure here. The dining room is tastefully designed, and the interiors remind me of the modern eateries in Southern California, which I am sure, would have a strong tight with their Northern Mexican approach. House fried tortilla was served right the way once our drinks arrived.   Israel ordered the Derbi Trike ($11), the Spanish version of the Sidecar, mixed with Torres 5-year brandy, Curacao, tamarind, lemon, and kaffir tincture. The exotic ingredients have given the brandy cocktail a bit more tartness and more depth of flavours. I would like to try the drink shaken and not served with ice because I would love it more if the flavours are more intense. Derbi Trike Derbi Trike I ordered the Mezcal Jamaica ($11) for myself, a drink marrying the smoky Mexican flavour from Sombra Artisanal Mezcal [...]

The post Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 4 – Fayuca appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Special Lunch Set at Insadong Korean BBQ Has Good Value

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I  have met a new friend Carol at my new class at Douglas College’s Coquitlam campus and she happens to be a foodie. She wanted to show me some restaurants in Coquitlam and I was very excited about it. I was instantly impressed with the wood structured front entrance, which reminded me of the houses in the countryside of Korea. Insadong Korean Restaurant, Coquitlam We arrived early around 11:30 and it was pretty empty inside the restaurant. The place is spacious and can fit in quite a few big groups. The interior deco looked new although not quite modern. Everything looked spotless, however. Insadong Korean Restaurant, Coquitlam The server lady was serving us with a huge smile. But my friend has warned me about the service when this place is packed. So luckily that was not the case for me.   Insadong Korean Restaurant, Coquitlam We ordered the $15 lunch set for 2. It was a lot of food! And the idea is similar to what I had before at Sura Korean Restaurant (at both their Downtown Vancouver and Richmond locations) – there are 9 different dishes for 2 to share, not counting the small banchan dishes. $15 Lunch Set @ Insadong [...]

The post Special Lunch Set at Insadong Korean BBQ Has Good Value appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 2 – House Special

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The second stop of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl was at one of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants in downtown, House Special. I first reviewed the restaurant last summer after it was opened and revisited them several times. Their food, cocktails, and atmosphere have always held up since. House Special, Yaletown The chic interiors here fit right in with the hip crowd in the neighbourhood. And the patio is perfect for outdoor hangouts on warmer days. House Special, Yaletown For the cocktails, bar manager Bryan Stratham and his team have created a menu that plays with the classics but with clever Vietnamese twists, such as the Vietnaria, the Vietnamese version of Margarita but powered with kaffir and tamarind chili jam, and the Colonial 75, with added lychee liqueur to the usual the gin-and-champagne combination. The team has won several awards, including the Best Caesar Challenge and the Best Sangria Challenge. Israel picked the Plum Smuggler ($10), a light and refreshing creation mixed with plum wine, cassis, dry martini, citrus, and egg white. He was pleased with the sweet and citrusy flavours.  And I enjoyed the smokiness from the mezcal and Rittenhouse rye in the Sleepy Hollow ($12). Also featuring absinthe rinse and housemade bitters, this cocktail is [...]

The post Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 2 – House Special appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Sichuan Impression, Tustin

by Foodnut.com @ Foodnut.com

Great Sichuan Spicy food in the OC. Sichuan Impression in Tustin, Orange County is the second outpost of the spicy restaurant, the other is in Alhambra. It is located in a plain jane strip mall near Highway 5. It was recommended to us as probably the top Sichuan restaurant in the OC. Also checkout our review of nearby J Zhou, Tustin for dim sum. A nice looking interior and very good food make this a no brainer for fans of Sichuan Cuisine. The waiters speak English and there are lots of pictures on the menu. Service: Pretty typical Chinese restaurant service. Drop and go, flag for bill, etc. Waiter did help us select dishes. Menu: Some of the names on the menu are hilarious: Impressive Sausage, Street Corner Potato Strips, Toothpick mutton. Come on guys! The menu is pretty wide ranging but clearly focused on spicy Sichuan food. Food Picks: Green Tea with red dates and logan drink ($4.99) was a common drink on other tables, so we had to try it. A hot drink with strong date flavor. Honey Ice Tea ($3.99) was more of a standard Nestea kind of drink. Qiao Jiao Leshan Combination Beef Soup ($19.99) is […]

This post originally from Sichuan Impression, Tustin

Chef Leung’s Classic Dishes at Hoitong Chinese Seafood Restaurant 海棠海鮮酒家

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

When arriving at Hoitong, a 40-seat Chinese restaurant tucked in a tiny strip mall on Westminster Hwy,  although is clean and cozy, most people will find it far from their expectation,  a winner of several local Chinese restaurant awards and an honourable mention for the Best Upscale Chinese Restaurant in 2016. In the Hoitong’s kitchen, there is the 70-year-old chef and owner Leung Yiu Tong who specializes in classic Cantonese dishes from the Shunde region. And that’s what you come here for. Shunde is a satellite town of Guangzhou (Canton), the capital of Guangdong Province. In China, there’s a saying – all the best Cantonese restaurants are in Guangzhou (Canton) but all the best Cantonese chefs are from Shunde. After his establishment in Hong Kong, Chef Leung brought the master craft to Vancouver and opened Hoitong. The restaurant is popular so we had to call in to reserve a table. There are also dishes that they only serve if ordered 24 hours in advance, such as the Lotus Leaf Rice Wrap and the Steamed Rockfish. We ordered one Deep Fried Squab, which is in this category. I had heard this place was pricey and it showed on their menu, with hardly any dishes [...]

The post Chef Leung’s Classic Dishes at Hoitong Chinese Seafood Restaurant 海棠海鮮酒家 appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with King Crab Dinner at Western Lake Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It doesn’t matter where we are,  autumn is the season of celebrating the harvest. Whereas we have Thanksgiving In Canada, Chinese folks celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which lies on the full moon night of the 8th moon cycle in the lunar calendar.  For this day many Chinese families hold reunions, and many Chinese folks travel back to their hometowns for the special occasion, just like how many Canadians do for Thanksgiving. And the most common way of celebration of the festival is a feast on traditional dishes, newly harvested fruits, and mooncake. I was honored to be invited to Western Lake Seafood Restaurant for a taste of their special Mid-Autumn Festival dinner. The special dinner set for 10 features whole Alaskan king crab, whole Peking duck, classic Cantonese dishes, and mooncakes. Having crab in autumn is a tradition in many regions of China, mentioned in some of the most well-known Chinese literature such as Dream of Red Chamber (紅樓夢). Incorporating native luxury ingredients of North America such as king crab into the Chinese dishes is just ingenious as it reflects both the tradition and the modern world.  The dishes in this feast all turned out incredibly delicious, making me feel blessed living in Vancouver. [...]

The post Celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with King Crab Dinner at Western Lake Seafood Restaurant appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Una Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco

by Foodnut.com @ Foodnut.com

They are moving back to NYC and closing 12/30/2017! They will be missed. Long lines before they even opened. Una Pizza Napoletana is a new legendary pizza place in San Francisco’s Soma District. Pizzaiolo Anthony Mangieri closed up his New York shop last year and headed westward with his wife to open this restaurant in 2010, aka shrine to pizza making. Our last visit was in December 2017. Be sure to read our review of Pizzeria Starita and Da Michele in Naples Italy. The real deal. Starita has an outpost in NYC. All pizzas are 12 inch round and not pre-sliced. They feature 100% handmade Neapolitan pizza, from a wood-fired brick oven baked that dominates the room. This is Magnieri’s passion and it shows. Naturally Leavened, no condiments available, no substitutions, no alterations, just a salt shaker on the table. The dough takes 3 days work. Get what you get and you don’t make a fit. They close when he runs out of dough, usually about 930pm. Our last visit was in late 2017 right before they closed. Would you believe that Magnieri is allergic to flour? He has to take care as flour is one of his staples. Cuisine – […]

This post originally from Una Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco

Taste of Yaletown 2017: XOXOLAT

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

  Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price.  This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I had a chance to taste what they offer at XOXOLAT, a chocolate shop Inspired by the European “chocolateries”. They are determined to become a local Vancouver chocolate haven, with the selection of fine brands from around the world, as well as fresh in-store creations.  $25 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU FOR TWO Available 4 pm to 6 pm Wednesday to Saturday during Taste of Yaletown. Reservations recommended. Each person will have: 3 WHISKEY TASTINGS and A SELECTION OF 8 CHOCOLATE TREATS It was quite interesting pairing whiskey and chocolate. I have tried tasting dark chocolate with cognac, which is a nice balance of flavours. I could understand whiskey would go well with something sweet, cutting through the sweetness with strong smokey notes, obtaining the harmony on the palate.     xoxolat yaletown * All [...]

The post Taste of Yaletown 2017: XOXOLAT appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor, Sunnyvale

Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor, Sunnyvale


MenuPix

Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor - View the menu for Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor as well as maps, restaurant reviews for Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor and other restaurants in Sunnyvale, CA and Sunnyvale.

Lobster Special Fell Short at Phoenix Garden

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I didn’t realize it was near the Mid Autumn Festival, which falls on the first full moon night in the fall.  For Chinese folks, it is their own Thanksgiving for celebrating harvest and family gathering. I talked to my mom about finding a food Chinese restaurant and have dinner with some of my Chinese friends. As I thought, most of the good Chinese restaurants are fully booked in Richmond. So I thought of Phoenix Garden that we went once. They have both the Peking Duck and the Whole Lobster dish that we like. Struggling with traffic for more than 1 hour, I wondered if all the Chinese folks were out in the city for dinner this evening. My friend Lou arrived much earlier and he phoned me while I was still in traffic. I asked him to order both the duck and the lobster.  But when I arrived, I realized we cannot have both dishes with the special price.  Oh well. The Whole eking Duck ($39) was nicely roasted with nice crispy skin. So we were off to a good start. peking duck Peking Duck The 2nd course of the Peking Duck was the Lettuce Wrap with Duck Meat. It was pretty greasy and [...]

The post Lobster Special Fell Short at Phoenix Garden appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Bonus Lobster Not Worth It at 54th Ave Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It’s a known fact that my mom’s got a weakness for lobster. And when she saw the ad for 54th Ave Cafe on Ming Pao, she wanted to give their special dinner set a try. The set includes any 2 dishes from the dinner menu and a whole lobster for $58.95 before tax. The place is pretty close to Richmond, only minutes away once I get off Knight Bridge.  It is a small restaurant in a strip mall near Champlain Community Centre. Besides offering Hong Kong Style cafe fare, they have a full Chinese kitchen for Cantonese dish. For the dinner set, there’s a big bowl of soup of the day brewed from pork bones and vegetables. It was a little bland. We chose the Whole Lobster to be stir-fried with onion and ginger. The lobster was small and slightly overcooked. The 2 dishes we picked on their regular dinner menu were around $15 – $18 if ordered separately. The Chicken and Scallops Stir Fry on Gai Lan was in a huge portion. The flavour was okay but it was a little greasy. The Big Prawns and Yam Noodle Knots in Clay Pot was recommended by the waitress, but I was a little [...]

The post Bonus Lobster Not Worth It at 54th Ave Cafe appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Sunday Brunch & Amazing Egg Benny at Bodega on Main

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to Bodega on Main with Hanson (Nosh and Nibble) for my judge duty for the Best Caesar Challenge. The restaurant had been on my wishlist since they moved from the West End to the current location near Main Street/Science World Station.  Known for their authentic Spanish family flavours, Bogeda offers a seafood-friendly food menu and a great selection of Spanish wines, beers, and spirits. It is quite bright and spacious inside the restaurant. The interior design is filled with European characters. The Premium Double Caesar ($12) was made with the options among Sons of Vancouver chili vodka, Altos blanco tequila, and Ford’s gin.  I chose tequila as I’d love a bit of a kick on my bloody caesar. The salt and spice rim added the extra punch on the flavours as well, and I enjoyed the garnish with Serrano ham, green olive, and shrimp. Created just for the competition, this cocktail is not on their regular menu. But ask them to see if they can whip it up for you. Premium Double Caesar   We tried a couple dishes on their Weekend Brunch menu. I absolutely loved my Huevos Benedictinos ($12), which in Spanish, means “Egg Benedict”,  The eggs [...]

The post Sunday Brunch & Amazing Egg Benny at Bodega on Main appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Peking Duck by Korean Chef Fell Short at Man Ri Sung

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came here with my old UBC friends for our monthly gather. We ended up getting 2 of their Peking Duck Dinner for 6 ($113.99).  It sounds a little strange to have Peking Duck at a Korean restaurant, but apparently, the chef was trained in Beijing for the craft of making Peking BBQ Duck. I was curious and looking forward to the dining experience with Korean cuisine blending with Chinese. The Peking Duck Dinner includes the following: Whole Peking Duck – Duck with Pancakes Korean BBQ Ribs Seafood Pancake Korean Dumplings, or Japchae (Pan Fried Sweet Potato Noodles), or Rice Sausage Duck Meat Hot Pot with Hand-cut Noodles, or Duck Meat Congee Like most of the Korean BBQ restaurants, the Banchan plates (small side dishes) were served before the main dishes came. They looked and tasted pretty standard here. As the star of the evening, the Carved Peking BBQ Duck with Pancakes came out pretty quickly. I wish the chef had shown us the whole duck before having it carved up. The chef carved the duck in the traditional Beijing style, with each slice with equal parts of skin and meat.  Peking Duck is a popular dish in a lot of Cantonese [...]

The post Peking Duck by Korean Chef Fell Short at Man Ri Sung appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant (Sunnyvale, CA)

Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant (Sunnyvale, CA)


ChefsGirl

When I asked the locals for the best dim sum place, Saigon Seafood Harbor is the best around! It’s known for authenticity in food and in service… If you’re familiar with the asian…

Martín Berasategui Review, San Sebastian, Spain

by Foodnut.com @ Foodnut.com

One of the Best Meals We’ve ever had! In Lasarte-Oria(Gipuzkoa) about 15 minutes from foodie heaven San Sebastian, Spain, Martín Berasategui has been awarded three Michelin stars since 2001. Most people think about Arzak or Mugaritz, but you need to dine HERE! The chef holds eight stars in total, more than any other Spanish chef with many restaurants around the world.  He has 3 stars at this restaurant, 3 stars in Barcelona at Restaurante Lasarte, and 2 stars in the Canary Islands. Martín Berasategui’s decor was modern, elegant and understated.  The tables are well spaced to give a sense of privacy and decorated with beautiful orchids.  They even have handbag pedestals at each table. You can make reservations online in English.  You confirm the reservations by clicking on a link in email. Really easy! Menu: The Great Tasting Menu is priced pretty reasonably at 225€ for a 3 Michelin star restaurant. Several places are more expensive in the San Francisco area. This changes from time to time, with the menu showing the year that many items were added, an interesting detail we have not seen before. You can order 1/2 portions of the fish courses and meat entrees, very handy because this are […]

This post originally from Martín Berasategui Review, San Sebastian, Spain

Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Specialty Chicken and Wonton House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I have become quite attached to Specialty Chicken and Wonton House in Richmond over the years.  I absolutely love the variety of specialty chicken preparations here. If you are a Cantonese, you must include a chicken dish for dinner at any special occasion, especially for Chinese New Year.  The restaurant is owned by Wingtat Chicken Farm, known for eir free-range Loong Kong chicken. This special type of chicken has to be raised with a specific method, and grown to have tighter meat due to free running, but also enough amount of fat so that the meat is not too dry, which is great for all the Cantonese chicken dishes.  The farm even exports the birds back to China and Hong Kong. My favourite chicken dishes here are the Soy Sauce Chicken and Qing Ping Chicken. But I think for the general public, Soy Sauce Chicken is much more acceptable for it’s slightly sweeter taste on the exterior.  However, I wouldn’t recommend the Hainan Chicken here. I would rather go to Mui Garden in the neighbourhood for it. Here are the chicken dishes at the restaurant, and they are the most common chicken dishes on Cantonese dinner table. Empress Chicken – Poached [...]

The post Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Specialty Chicken and Wonton House appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Tamarine Restaurant Review, Palo Alto

by Foodnut.com @ Foodnut.com

Tamarine is a popular Vietnamese contemporary restaurant in downtown Palo Alto on busy University Avenue. They focus on small plates and serve food family style. Tamarine features light, but flavor-intensive culinary delicacies of Vietnam. This place is similar to Slanted Door or Xanh in Mountain View. We find the food pretty accessible with many items for mainstream palates. The owners family runs the traditional Vietnamese restaurant Vung Tau in San Jose. Our last visit was in the Winter of 2017. Decor, Vibe – Very nice decor, lots of beautiful art from Vietnam. The place had lots of couples, small parties, people from a variety of age and ethnic groups. Clearly lots of high tech workers and VC types frequent Tamarine. Tamarine gets packed at night.  Reserve ahead of time. They have a bar and communal table for times when you can’t get a reservation. These fill up around 6pm. Tamarine Menu Tamarine’s Menu has a variety of starters, noodles, and entrees. Dessert menu is weak. Menu changes every once in a while, but the favorites remain. They have a special menu during the Lunar New Year. Prices slowly go up everytime we come back. Tamarine Food Picks: Tamarine’s Anti-Oxidant Mojito […]

This post originally from Tamarine Restaurant Review, Palo Alto

Recap: Tasting Plates North Vancouver Brunch

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Vancouver Foodster’s latest Tasting Plates tour took place in North Vancouver during the brunch hours on a Saturday, helping foodies explore foodie culture and discover unique culinary in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. Here are stops for our tasting journey, including: Welcome Ice Cream Palour Maru Korean Bistro The Juicery Co. Two Daughters Bakeshop Beere Brewing Company The adventure started at Welcome Palour, located at the heritage building, “The Hodson Block“. They are determined to serve the most authentic ice creams with natural ingredients. For the tasting, we started with a Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae. Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae We were showed this impressive looking device imported from Europe for our next tasting item, the Steamed Ice Cream Floats in hot chocolate, finished with a house made fudge chocolate sauce. Welcome Parlour Steamed Ice Cream Floats Our 2nd stop was at Maru Korean Bistro, where they serve tradition flavours with a modern twist. The tasting bite for the brunch crawl was called the Onigiri Stack, featuring a seasoned and grilled rice puck, topped with green onion, crispy shallot, “Gochujang” pulled pork, soft poached egg and nori, with a side of spring greens dressed with a persimon-truffle vinaigrette. Maru Korean Bistro It was fun to cut through [...]

The post Recap: Tasting Plates North Vancouver Brunch appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Fantastic Breakfast Burger at Storm Crow Tavern

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to Storm Crow Tavern with my friend JT for the Best Margarita Challenge during their Sunday brunch service. Just like their sister restaurant, Storm Crow Alehouse on West Broadway, they are known as Vancouver’s “Nerd Bar” with the Sci-Fi / Fantasy theme throughout the whole place. The dining areas seemed a lot cozier however, and we could also feel the casual vibes of Commercial Drive. Very good coffee here, a perfect fix for me after staying up late the night before. Time for the margarita! The Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita ($10) is made with plantain infused Tequila Blanco, Sieta Misterios Doba-Yej Mezcal, coconut milk, grilled pineapple, lime and brown sugar. It boasts a subtle but distinctive smokiness and great flavour from caramelized pineapple. For a minute I thought I was drinking a Pina Colada because of the rich creaminess from the coconut milk. Ignoring the technicalities, I found the cocktail very tasty and a perfect cure for the Sunday hangover. As it’s a cocktail creation for the Margarita Challenge, it might not be on their regular menu, but I’m sure they can make it for you if you ask for it. For food, I ordered the Replicant Breakfast Burger ($15), with house [...]

The post Fantastic Breakfast Burger at Storm Crow Tavern appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Kiriri Sushi: Authentic Japanese Taste in Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

As a sushi lover, I have found Richmond’s sushi scene slightly underrated. There is a great number of sushi places in the city that harbour classically trained Japaneseaese chefs from Japan, where you are served with high-quality seafood and expert sushi technique. And Kiriri Sushi is one of them. I had been wanting to check out Kiriri for quite a long time, and finally I convinced my badminton buddies to get dinner here after our game. Although it wasn’t much to look at from outside, Kiriri was quite elegant and cozy inside. It kind of reminded me of Sushi Hachi, another authentic sushi spot hidden in a small strip mall in Richmond, although Hachi is much smaller and only run by the chef and his wife. The friendly waiter came to our table with an iPad with a selection of daily fresh seafood. We shared the Special Tamago (egg) Roll, one of the daily specials. The regular size of the roll might be a little too small to be shared by 5 of us, but the chef customized it so that we could all have a nice big piece each with paying just a little extra. The flavour of the meat and veggie [...]

The post Kiriri Sushi: Authentic Japanese Taste in Richmond appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine

by Foodnut.com @ Foodnut.com

J. Zhou in Tustin, Orange County, California is an upscale Chinese Cantonese restaurant in The District Mall. After a meal you can hit Whole Foods or the mall next door! The restaurant has been here since 2014. Check out our review of Sichuan Impression, also in Tustin. A really nice looking interior without being gaudy, and very good dim sum make this a no brainer for food fans. Private rooms for bigger groups. The waiters speak English and there are lots of pictures on the menu. With only 3 stars on Yelp, most folks would steer clear of this place, but a friend recommended it and we were thankful. Many regard it as the go to place for dim sum in the OC, especially for the well heeled. Drive 90-120 minutes to the San Gabriel Valley and you will find cheaper and better Chinese food at places like Sea Harbour. For locals in this area, this is as good as it gets. Service: Very good with more than the normal amount of servers constantly looking around. Not exactly warm and inviting, but better than drop and go. No worries about ordering or refills here. No drop and go. J Zhou […]

This post originally from J. Zhou Oriental Cuisine

New Vegan Menu at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was invited to check out Rocky Mountain Flatbread‘s new vegan menu. The evening also featured a vegan-themed improv comedy show by local comedians. The special menu features appetizers, soups, salads, artisan pizzas, and pasta.  Gluten-free options are available for the pasta and flatbread as well. Rocky Mountain Flatbread is known for their “Farm-to-Pizza” initiative, for which they are constantly searching for fresh in-season produce from local urban & rural farms to feature on their flatbread pizzas.  They are committed to using only local organic flours, free range organic meats, organic free range eggs, Ocean Wise seafood, local veggies from urban & rural farmers & local craft beers & local wines. The new vegan options are part of that commitment. Chef Oliver Zulauf has produced a new house-made “cau” cheese and drizzle made from cauliflower, which can be found on the vegan dishes on the new menu.  Here are some of the dishes we tried. Vegan Mushroom Caps white sangria   bruschetta with “cau” cheese bruschetta Vegan Wild Mushroom Pizza Vegan Salads and PIzzas Organic Rotini with Wild Mushroom Ragout gluten free cheese cake Visit rockymountainflatbread.ca to check out their new vegan menu among all their organic options. And also check out The Perfect [...]

The post New Vegan Menu at Rocky Mountain Flatbread appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Gastown Cocktail Crawl – L’Abattoir

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The visit to L’Abattoir marked another great stop during our Gastown Cocktail Crawl, proving that a cocktail crawl can be such a fantastic way of checking out the best restaurants in one neighbourhood in one night. Located in the center of Gastown and next to the historic Blood Alley, the site was built in the 19th century and was once part of a meatpacking district, hence the name L’Abattoir.  And everything here showcases the vibrant characters of Gastown, a home for the hip and the hipsters.  The place is a giant loft with red bricks and wood. While the bar is on the ground level, most of the dining area is upstairs. l’abattoir, gastown We were offered a basket of bread and breadsticks after we told them about our cocktail crawl adventure. bread basket Food Wench decided to order for all 3 of us and we were all getting the Avocado Gimlet ($15). Inspired by a rosemary gimlet, a popular cocktail featuring gin, Lillet Blanc, citrus and fresh herb, the creamy avocado adds a sweet richness to the drink, although not as rich as an avocado shake. The fun part of getting the same drink is bringing 3 complete different cocktail [...]

The post Gastown Cocktail Crawl – L’Abattoir appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

a Full Moon Feast at Daughter Thai Kitchen in Montclair

by foodhoe @ Foodhoe's Foraging

6118 Medau Pl, Oakland, CA 94611 | 510-823-2354 | website I heard about a new restaurant called Daughter Thai that opened recently in Montclair, a lovely town nestled in the Oakland Hills near the intersection of Highways 24 and 13.  It is the latest project from chef Kasem “Pop” Saengsawang, who has two other restaurants in San Francisco, Kitchen […]

The post a Full Moon Feast at Daughter Thai Kitchen in Montclair appeared first on Foodhoe's Foraging.

Bodega 1900, Barcelona

by Foodnut.com @ Foodnut.com

Rated 4.5 on Trip Advisor Bodega 1900 is part of the hot Albert Adria’s group of restaurants, across the street from his legendary restaurant Tickets. (We dined at Tickets a couple days later) It focuses on creating a place were friends meet for a drink and small tapas. This is not a large restaurant and has sidewalk tables, a front room with 3 tables and chef cooking stations, plus a back area. They have a prix fix menu plus a la carte. We had more fun and saved money ordering on our own. Reserve well ahead of time, we saw many people turned away at the door without reservations. Menu: Changes from time to time and includes a chalk board with today’s specials. There are a good number of starters and small plates. Most are in the seafood or cured meats space. Service: The waitress was very helpful. She assisted us in navigating the menu and ordering the top dishes. Her English was just fine. Food Picks: Olives – Gordal and Piparra Oliva-S (1.90e) is a fun must get dish here. They are converted to a gelatinous mound which you put on your tongue to burst in your mouth. Percebes […]

This post originally from Bodega 1900, Barcelona

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 1 – Rodney’s Oyster House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It’s fortunate to have Israel as my Yaletown Cocktail Crawl buddy as he lives in the neighbourhood and loves food.  He recommended Rodney’s Oyster House because it’s one of his favourites. Although I love this place as well, I hesitated on the suggestion. They don’t really have a cocktail menu. In fact, they only have one cocktail available, which is the Zydeco Stew, their infamous bloody caesar. Despite of limited choices on cocktails, thanks to the delicious seafood and the staff with great energy, the whole experience here turned out to be an uber fun one. As Izakaya is the popular imported concept for hard-working professionals who like to have drinks after work,  the oyster houses are our own West Coast answers. If you’re a seafood lover, nothing is better than the happy hour filled with buck-a-shuck and chilled house white. If you prefer cocktails over wine,  there is always the seafood-friendly cocktail, bloody caesar. Rodney’s Oyster House Yaletown The Zydeco Stew is BIG! And besides the usual clamato mix and salted rim, it was filled with a great amount of finely shaved horseradish and a large tiger prawn as the garnish. The drink is not for people who prefer bland boring food [...]

The post Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 1 – Rodney’s Oyster House appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Recap: Noodle Mania 2018

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

This year, Vancouver Foodster‘s Noodle Mania is not as maniacal as last year with the number of geographical coverage. The event covered quite a few neighbourhoods last year in the city. It was quite a bit driving but it was fun getting to know the areas that we had barely visited.  The Noodle Mania 2018 edition focused more on the restaurants all in downtown Vancouver, spreading over Gastown, Stadium, Yaletown, and the West End. Similar to the organizer’s tasting plates events, the Noodle Mania requires participants to check in and pick up the map of restaurants with special noodle dishes for tasting.  The check-in spot this year was at Cha le Tea Cafe in Yaletown, where we also enjoy the refreshment of 2 of their signature teas: the Dragon Well Green Tea, and the Mint Majik Milk Tea. Cha la Tea Cha Le Tea Cha Le tea 1207 Hamilton St, Vancouver; 604-633-9989 or www.chaletea.com Once we got our maps we were facing the options – we could either stay in Yaletown and visit Robba Da Matti, or we could travel straight to Gastown or the West End where less participants would go first. Eventually, we decided to go to Robba Da Matti. A [...]

The post Recap: Noodle Mania 2018 appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Recap: Food Talks 15, Presented by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was fortunate to attend Food Talks 15, presented by Richard Wolak, founder of Vancouver Foodster and Food Talks  The event featured 5 Speakers who are the forces to reckoned with from Vancouver’s food community. It took place at Pacific Restaurant Supply. According to Richard, he created the Food Talks to educate people in our community about the food that they consume, it is about awareness as much as it is about lifestyle. The Food Talk is also a social gathering which is more than hearing great people talk about their passion, it is also a chance for the community to meet and mingle over delicious appetizers, sip on wine and ask questions from our leading panel of experts. Richard Wolak at Food Talks 15 Pacific Restaurant Supply The lineup of the speakers (from left to right): Ian Bruce (Founder, Umaluma Gelato),  Jason Gilron (President, Pacific Restaurant Supply),  Caren McSherry (Founder, Gourmet Warehouse),  Paul Grunberg (Co-Owner L’Abattoir and Osteria Savio Volpe),  Brian Turko (Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee), Ian Bruce, Jason Gilron, Caren McSherry, Paul Grunberg Brian Turko The theme of the event was From Your Roots. Our speakers shared the journeys from their humble past to their present accomplishment [...]

The post Recap: Food Talks 15, Presented by Vancouver Foodster appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Halal Uyghur and Chinese Cuisine Reinvented at Beijiang Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Don’t mistake the “Beijiang” in Beijiang Restaurant as “Beijing”! Bei-Jiang in Chinese refers to the northern part of Xinjiang Autonomous Territory, the largest province in China. Almost every single Chinese folk knows about the Tianshan Mountain, or literally, the “Heavenly Mountain”, a world heritage site in Xinjiang that has inspired many works of Chinese arts and literature. The mountain is the divider splitting Xinjiang into the northern and the southern regions. While the south consists of mostly desserts and is inhabited by Uyghurs, the north is much more populated with Han, Hui, Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Chinese ethic groups. The owner of Beijiang Restaurant, Richard Li, grew up in Ürümqi, the Capital of Xinjiang. After traveling around the world, and a successful restauranteur career in California and BC, he decided to start the very first Halal restaurant in British Columbia, to bring his hometown flavours to Metro Vancouver in 2009.  Recently relocated from Alexandra Road, the Richmond restaurant has taken over former Good Eat Seafood Restaurant‘s location at 8111 Leslie Road, with a much bigger dining room and a parking lot with ample space.  Beijiang also has another location in Vancouver, at 3281 Kingsway. Beijiang Restaurant The interiors are impressive with a vibrant colour scheme of [...]

The post Halal Uyghur and Chinese Cuisine Reinvented at Beijiang Restaurant appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Dinner at Mockingbird in Oakland

by foodhoe @ Foodhoe's Foraging

416 – 13th Street, Oakland | 510.290.0331 | website We’re halfway through Oakland Restaurant Week which runs through two weekends from January 11-21, so there’s still have time to get out and take advantage of some great dining deals.  This year there are 70 restaurants offering special lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus or other dining […]

The post Dinner at Mockingbird in Oakland appeared first on Foodhoe's Foraging.

Best Sonoma Restaurants: 18 Picks from the Food Critics

Best Sonoma Restaurants: 18 Picks from the Food Critics

by Sonoma Magazine @ Bay Area Bites

The food critics at Sonoma Magazine have picked out their favorite places to eat in the county.

Portugal - Colares (Sintra), Evora, and Lisbon

by runawaybunny @ Fodor's Forum

My husband and I are travelling to Portugal for 12 days at the end of February. What tours, classes, restaurants, museums might you suggest we...

Sons of Liberty Alehouse in San Leandro

by foodhoe @ Foodhoe's Foraging

150 W. Juana Ave., San Leandro, CA | website I’ve lived in San Leandro for 14 years and am just dizzy to see so many new places opening up! We now have craft breweries, T4 boba teashop, Liberian food from Kendejah Restaurant, Cinco Tacobar, a worthy sushibar, and now a brewpub in the downtown plaza. […]

The post Sons of Liberty Alehouse in San Leandro appeared first on Foodhoe's Foraging.

Saigon Seafood Harbor - PickyDiners.com

Saigon Seafood Harbor - PickyDiners.com


PickyDiners.com

Saigon Seafood Harbor

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 3 – Blue Water Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Blue Water Cafe is always one of my favourite eateries, and unarguably one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. I have had several unforgettable dining experiences here over the years. In a city that’s filled with amazing sushi chefs, it was no easy feat to be acclaimed the “best sushi” award for a restaurant that has no Japanese in the name. Besides the raw bar, the other dishes here have represented the Pan Pacific cuisine and fine dining well. Finally, they are also known for their exceptional services.  Those are reasons why we have picked Blue Water as one of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl designations. Israel continued on the Ume path after the plum wine inspired cocktail at House Special. His Ume No Hana featured botanist gin, plum wine, Benedictine, and chamomile – a drink that make you feel like sitting in the middle of a botanic garden. Ume No Hana Also a gin cocktail, the Jacob’s Ladder was my choice of drink, mixed with ginger rested gin, green chartreuse, orgeat, basil, and lime. Slightly less aromatic, it’s rather refreshing with the citrusy flavour. Jacob’s Ladder For our cocktail bites, we just checked what the freshest of the day was, and our [...]

The post Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 3 – Blue Water Cafe appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Tickets, Barcelona

by Foodnut.com @ Foodnut.com

Tickets is top rated part of Albert Adria’s group of restaurants, across the street from his other restaurant Bodega 1900. This restaurant was ranked number 25 in the world. It features a whimsical interior with offbeat decor, lights and furniture. It has 1 Michelin star. You must have reservations for this place and the spots fill up fast. Prepare to book months in advance, otherwise you’ll have to pay up for the special Tickets Experience at (250e per person) which includes a prix fixe menu, dessert, and a gift. All in all this fun experience was better than we expected. The food was innovative and unique. A great place for every foodie to visit when in Barcelona.   Menu: We could not secure reservations, so we purchased their experience. The menu is pretty wide ranging and is not very expensive surprisingly. Service: Was surprisingly fantastic. They understood English well and took care of our every need. No need to ask for items. Servers are constantly scanning the table, making sure everything is ok. Empty plates are cleared quickly. Food Picks: Mojito (9e) was filled with crushed ice but done well. Strong and hidden potency. Agua Valencia (8e) is a classic […]

This post originally from Tickets, Barcelona

西贡渔港  Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant | Frank Top 10 List

西贡渔港 Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant | Frank Top 10 List


Frank Top 10 List

Add: 1135 N Lawrence Expy Sunnyvale CA 94089 Phone: 408-734-4828

Roar Winemakers Dinner at MKT restaurant

by foodhoe @ Foodhoe's Foraging

Years ago, Mr. K and I were introduced to Roar wines at Benu Restaurant when the sommelier recommended a bottle of their Pinot Noir; rounded, velvety and utterly delicious.  We’ve been fans ever since and I signed up to their mailing list in order to have access to their limited production wines which sell out very quickly. […]

The post Roar Winemakers Dinner at MKT restaurant appeared first on Foodhoe's Foraging.

Waterfront Cocktails at Pier 73

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We were at the wedding of Jess and Phil(@domoiscraving). And yes, #DomoIsMarring! Their beautiful wedding was held at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond.  I never knew they had such a beautiful garden here, which is great for wedding ceremonies. After the ceremony, we decided to get a cocktail at the hotel resident restaurant, Pier 73. The spot is right over Fraser River and the views are beautiful, especially on a nice day like this. When we were there, the outdoor dining area on the dock was still under renovation.  I would definitely come back here on a warmer day. PIER 73 I ordered the Dragon Boat ($10), featuring Bombay Saffire gin, St. Germain, and grapefruit juice, and finished with a touch of jalapeno.  The concept of the drink is great but could use a bit more tartness from grapefruit. The slice of jalapeno was brilliant, adding another layer of flavour. Dragon Boat Food Wench’s choice of the Elderflower Collins ($11) surprised us as she always like something strong like with bourbon or whiskey.  It tasted pleasant with the mix of Gordon’s gin, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, and soda. ELDERFLOWER COLLINS My 2nd drink was their signature, the Pier 73 [...]

The post Waterfront Cocktails at Pier 73 appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Pepper Lunch Canada’s 2nd Location in Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Since I work from home a lot more these days, I have been trying quite a few new lunch places in Richmond. Central at Garden City is the latest shopping plaza, not just known for the newest Walmart in the Lower Mainland, but also a collection of many new stores and restaurants. Today I was grabbing a quick lunch at Pepper Lunch Canada’s newest location here. The Japanese restaurant chain is known for their sizzling hot lunch served on cast iron plate, prepared with fresh ingredients, including a variety of premium meats such as AAA grade steaks I didn’t feel like spending too much money on today’s lunch, so I picked the moderately priced Sliced Angus Steak (4.5 oz) lunch set. It also came with some veggies – pre-blanched carrots, snap peas, and bean sprouts, a bowl of rice, and 2 types of sauce for the steak. I prefer the garlic sauce over the sweeter one . Sliced Angus Steak Set Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City     On paper, a 4.5-oz sliced Angus steak with rice lunch set should be the same amount of food [...]

The post Pepper Lunch Canada’s 2nd Location in Richmond appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant in Sunnyvale - Restaurant menu and reviews

Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant in Sunnyvale - Restaurant menu and reviews


Restaurant Guru

All info on Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant in Sunnyvale - Call to book a table. View the menu, check prices, find on the map, see photos and ratings.

Sea Fortune Restaurant: Dim Sum and Crispy Squid

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The post is the compilation of several dim sum visits I paid to Sea Fortune Restaurant in Richmond. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I live very close to Richmond Centre, and great dim sum places like Empire Seafood, Kirin or Shi Art, are all only within walking distance.  However, Sea Fortune came to my attention by word of mouth, especially their Deep Fried Squid and the early morning discount. I found the dim sum here, although not the best among the competitors, enjoyable. And if you ordered before 11 am, there is a 20% discount, making it a decent deal. The Har Gow / Shrimp Dumpling is always the first test for me evaluating any dim sum place on the first visit. I found the dumpling skin here a little thick but the shrimp filling was fresh and crunchy. The famous Seven-Flavour Deep Fried Squid here consists of all squid tentacles. The very first bite caught me surprised because it was so juicy under the crispy breading that there was a burst in my month! This is definitely an exciting dish. However, on my 2nd visit, the squid was a little dry as the squid tentacles [...]

The post Sea Fortune Restaurant: Dim Sum and Crispy Squid appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

International Smoke, San Francisco

by Foodnut.com @ Foodnut.com

Why did we dine here? – International Smoke is the long await collab between Chef Michael Mina and lifestyle expert and bestselling cookbook author Ayesha Curry. It is located at the base of the infamous Millenium Tower and used to house RN74. Inspired by Curry’s and Mina’s individual heritages and travels, International Smoke explores global approaches to fire, grilling, and smoke to create flavorful dishes that bring communities together all around the world. We are fans and had to eat here! Reservations are sold out for the first 3 months! Insider Tip – Eat at the bar if you don’t have reservations. Happy Hour! Cuisine – International Location – SOMA San Francisco Opened – November 2017 Service – International Smoke was still getting in sync, but had pretty professional service. This is clearly a professional place. The server said most of the staff is new and that the management carried over from RN74. Verdict – International Smoke is a fun restaurant to visit. It will be popular for sometime. The food was better than expected, although they need to tune the menu. Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No. International Smoke Signature […]

This post originally from International Smoke, San Francisco

Peking Duck for Two at Neptune Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

My mom wanted to make a use of her VIP card from Neptune Seafood Restaurant that she recently acquired. The benefit of using the card is 10% off, but not on seafood dishes. This just sounds silly because it is a SEAFOOD restaurant. I came here for dim sum quite a few times over the years, and also had tried their special lobster lunch menu, but never came here for dinner. Maybe it’s because of its Chinese name 龍皇鮑翅, which suggests that they specialize in abalone and shark fin, which doesn’t sound exactly eco-friendly. The main dining area was roomy and bright, although the interior design is somewhat generic and similar to other restaurants in the same category. They also have several VIP rooms for private parties. One of the rooms was in use that evening, and apparently, there was Karaoke inside the room. It felt strange to hear some super bad singing for a few seconds now and then when someone had to exit or enter the room. Neptune Seafood Restaurant So we finally decided on getting a whole Peking Duck ($48), as it always comes in 2 courses and it should be plenty of food for 2 of us. [...]

The post Peking Duck for Two at Neptune Seafood Restaurant appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

TOP 10 Restaurants in Richmond CA Area of Contra Costa County » The Prime Buyer's Report

TOP 10 Restaurants in Richmond CA Area of Contra Costa County » The Prime Buyer's Report


primebuyersreport.org

The Prime Buyer's Report list of the TOP 10 Restaurants in Richmond CA, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, San Pablo CA. Independently researched

Dim Sum at Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant, Sunnyvale - Foodhoe's Foraging

Dim Sum at Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant, Sunnyvale - Foodhoe's Foraging


Foodhoe's Foraging

1135 n. Lawrence Expwy, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 (408) 734-2828 Mank and CDR invited us along for dimsum in the uncharted territories (at least for me) of the far South Bay. We were supposed to meet at 11:00 last Sunday but got here more like 10:30ish because there was no traffic but amazingly the restaurant was …

Taste of Yaletown 2017: Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. Fayuca is one of the latest addition to Yaletown’s Vibrant food scene, freshly nominated for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. They represent the Northern Mexican cuisine, which has a strong tight to South Cal across the border,  featuring the Mexican flavours through Pacific Northwest ingredients and the freely gathered idea. This has made them one of the fascinating restaurants in the area. Their Taste of Yaletown menu is filled with their vibrant ideas $45 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @ FAYUCA APPETIZER GUACAMOLE, CRISPY SUNCHOKES, PUMPKIN SEEDS, MACEDONIAN FETA or GRILLED CACTUS, HALLOUMI CHEESE, AVOCADO, PICKLED ONIONS ENTRÉE FLANK STEAK, SLOWLY ROASTED PURPLE CABBAGE, CHARRED LEEKS or GRILLED CAULIFLOWER, CARAMELIZED ONION PURÉE, ROASTED ALMONDS (V) DESSERT FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE The Guacamole is one of their featuring shared dishes and will be [...]

The post Taste of Yaletown 2017: Fayuca appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Congee Fix at Neptune Wonton Noodle

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

So my previous experience at Neptune Wonton Noodle was not all that impressive, with their staple noodle and congee dishes sunk a little bit.  But I decided to give them another try when Rex said he was craving for congee.  I just had a decent meal at their sister restaurant Neptune Seafood next door, so maybe that helped a little with the decision. The congee was quite good compared to what I had previously. The consistency was not too gluey nor too watery. The flavour was good exhibiting the great quality of the rice used. The meat components tasted fresh as well. It was a good solid bowl of congee for me! We also ordered a couple congee-pairing side dishes, and they were both decent, including the Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork, and the Chinese Donut. I guess technically those were dim sum dishes. Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork Chinese Donut I was happy about the congee redemption at our casual lunch here. The congee was good and the small congee-pairing dishes were decent. However, it is interesting to see what the lunch crowd is like here.  This is no longer the place for people just to come [...]

The post Congee Fix at Neptune Wonton Noodle appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant


Yahoo Local

Find Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant in Sunnyvale with Address, Phone number from Yahoo US Local. Includes Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant Reviews, maps & directions to Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant in Sunnyvale and more from Yahoo US Local

Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant Review, Chinese Food, Sunnyvale, 94089

Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant Review, Chinese Food, Sunnyvale, 94089


Foodnut.com

A review of Hong Kong Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant, A Review of Chinese Food in Sunnyvale, 94089

Xiringuito Escriba, Barcelona – Beachfront Paella

by Foodnut.com @ Foodnut.com

Xiringuito Escriba is a beachfront paella restaurant that several people recommended to us. The Yelp reviews are not good, so we were worried. To its credit, the restaurant was pretty full by 8pm, while others nearby where not. The posted hours show that it opens at 7pm, but we found people eating there before this. (No doubt foreigners like us!) Any restaurant that has such a good view is always red flagged by us. Can’t beat the beach view and people watching.. In the end, the paella was very good, service was not great but the servers were friendly. Menu: was in English and mid sized with lots of starters, many paellas, and several other dishes. Service: was not great, we had to flag people down to order, get the bill. We did finally get someone that was friendly. They speak enough English to take care of you. Verdict:  Food was very good but you can find far less touristy spots with better food.  Try Somostrro Food Picks: Complimentary olives Sangria 3/4 de cava (16e) was very friuit with mint and ice in it. A great value and perfect drink on a hot day. L’amanida del Xiringu salad (13e) was […]

This post originally from Xiringuito Escriba, Barcelona – Beachfront Paella

Quick and Comforting Cantonese Dinner at Congee Noodle House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We can find great wonton noodle soup in Richmond, at restaurants like McKim, Tsim Chai Kee, and Double Double, representing the authentic flavours from Hong Kong or Guangzhou. But if you ask me where to go to find a good bowl of wonton noodle soup in the City of Vancouver, one on the list has to be Congee Noodle House on Broadway and Main. However, I wouldn’t call the place a favourite because I had received some terrible services there over the years. For someone who finds the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant, this means something. However, when my mom was requesting a noodle house for dinner after we were driving around downtown, I thought I should take her to Congee Noodle House for a change, instead of our usual spot, Kwang Chow Congee Noodle house in the same neighbourhood. I don’t’ believe in banning a place with good food just because the service is bad. After all, I do find the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant. Congee Noodle House We had a few of the most common Cantonese dishes and the flavours made us feel like back home in Guangzhou. The Beef Chow Fun [...]

The post Quick and Comforting Cantonese Dinner at Congee Noodle House appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

A Regional Find / Richmond's Saigon Seafood Harbor boasts winning preparations

A Regional Find / Richmond's Saigon Seafood Harbor boasts winning preparations


SFGate

When a savvy friend whispered to me that Saigon Seafood Harbor in Richmond was a "poor man's Koi Palace," I was only mildly intrigued. Koi Palace is one of the Bay Area's top choices for Hong Kong-style fine food, with a wall of tanks that hold the most exotic live seafood in the city, and some of the highest prices around. Many people are willing to pay more, especially those who hanker after an authentic Hong Kong experience. [...] the food's darned good, and the menu, to my delight, takes surprising, even risky, turns. Saigon Seafood Harbor actually seems willing to dance into regional home cooking, wandering off the path of the standard restaurant hall menu. The dining room for 170 houses live seafood tanks at one end, along with an open charcuterie kitchen, where roasted ducks, chickens and barbecue pork hang. Large round tables line the walls, healthy evidence that Sunday feasts and Chinese family banquets happen frequently. The spare room's only decoration is the wallpaper, a neutral classic Chinese pattern. Superimposed on the lemony, pastel background are giant fish in a dazzling spectrum of coral reefs. While steamed whole live fish might seem elementary, it is the test of a Chinese seafood kitchen. Poached geoduck clam ($20 per pound) cooked two ways, was sliced with a skilled hand, and each 6-inch-long slice was cooked al dente, needing only a simple soy-based dipping sauce. Saigon Seafood Harbor can seem like a contradiction -- a high-end seafood delicacy restaurant and an everyday noodle house. Saigon Seafood harbors a treasure chest on the regular menu as well. The flavors in Minced Beef with Bitter Melon and Egg White ($9.50), an utterly simple stir-fry, are sophisticated, the paper-thin slices of edgy bitter melon playing against the meat. Yet both are softened with egg whites, as if swatches of silk were scattered through the melon and beef. If you've never had bitter melon, think of artichokes and green tea -- with more edge. On the other side of the spectrum, Oyster With Olive Leaf ($12) works with a richer, thicker set of flavors. Like almost all the stir-fries at this restaurant, it is clean tasting, with all the elements clearly expressed. The Chinese reads, "Fish Throat with Double Chile Pepper Sauce." Fish throat refers to the air bladder that is attached to the inside of the throat. Small squares of milky tofu are stuffed with a shrimp mousse mixture that is punched up with additional dried shrimp. Fish Throat with Double Chile Pepper Sauce Chiu Chow Combination Plate Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant

Awesome Tacos and New Design Updates at The Pawn Shop YVR

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to The Pawn Shop YVR with Yann for the Best Margarita Challenge. It was just past 5 pm and the taco bar was already packed with people getting their TGIF drinks. From the entrance to the inside of the restaurant and bar, you can always find something interesting to look at, such as graffiti art on the walls or painted murals screaming East LA vibe. The theme here is Pawn Shop, and the gold they’re selling is a good time hanging out with your dearest friends.   Their entry for the Best Margarita Challenge was the Blueberry Elderflower Margarita ($9.95), powered with Casamigos Blanco, St. Germaine Elderflower, Triple Sec, lime juice and blueberry syrup, finished with a salt rim and a lime wheel float.  Although the blueberry and the St. Germaine flavour was not as obvious as I expected, it was still a solid cocktail that packed a punch. For food, we first tried the Cheese Tots($9.95), tater tots topped with cheddar, feta, green onions with a side of queso and salsa. The tots were fried nicely with crispy exterior and enough moist and softness inside. There was a lot of cheese, but it was complemented well with a boozy tequila drink. We tried [...]

The post Awesome Tacos and New Design Updates at The Pawn Shop YVR appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Portugal - Colares (Sintra), Evora, and Lisbon

by runawaybunny @ Fodor's Forum

My husband and I are travelling to Portugal for 12 days at the end of February. What tours, classes, restaurants, museums might you suggest we...

Bay Area Bites Guide to 5 Favorite Dim Sum Restaurants South of San Francisco

Bay Area Bites Guide to 5 Favorite Dim Sum Restaurants South of San Francisco


Bay Area Bites

Best enjoyed among a table of friends, dim sum is an edible adventure featuring bite-sized steamed, fried, or baked Cantonese specialties. This guide highlights 5 favorite dim sum restaurants found…

Taste of Yaletown 2017: The Flying Pig

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I attended the media preview dinner at The Flying Pig, the “nouveau Canadian Bistro” and an integral part of Vancouver dining scene for almost a decade. They offer a seasonally inspired menu with fresh local ingredients at a great value, which I find even more down-to-earth than some of the farm-to-table places with their comforting classics. $35 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @THE FLYING PIG APPETIZER THREE PEA SOUP smoked ham hock, chick, split, and sweet peas or ROCKET, WATERCRESS AND BEETROOT SALAD local chevre crème, pears and walnuts or HUMBOLDT SQUID black olive aioli ENTRÉE PLATTER FOR 2 – INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING: “AAA” STRIPLOIN STEAK aged white cheddar mashed potato, bone marrow jus LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD heirloom tomato sauce vierge, Brussels sprouts, Autumn vegetables DESSERT CHOCOLATE VANILLA LAYER CAKE strawberries [...]

The post Taste of Yaletown 2017: The Flying Pig appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Fabulous lunches to warm your belly at Mixed Grain in Walnut Creek

by foodhoe @ Foodhoe's Foraging

1546 Bonanza Street, Walnut Creek 94596 | 925.938.5959 | website | menu There are a surprising number of very good Korean restaurants out in Coco county, but this is my favorite one (of the type that doesn’t involve cooking yourself).  It’s tucked away on a side street off Locust in downtown Walnut Creek where the […]

The post Fabulous lunches to warm your belly at Mixed Grain in Walnut Creek appeared first on Foodhoe's Foraging.

Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Empire Seafood

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Empire seafood is one of the go-to places for high-end dim sum and Chinese fine dining. Upon my recent visit here for a wedding banquet, I was impressed by the great quality of their signature dishes. I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for ideas of a fancy Chinese New Year dinner. The Cold Platter is usually served before a multi-course banquet style dinner, and the one here scores big both visually and gustatorily. With roasted piglet, smoked salmon, crab tempura, five-spice beef, and surf clam, the items showcase different techniques in Cantonese cooking, and how they preserve the wonderful tastes of fresh quality ingredients. Cold Platter If you want to order a whole roasted piglet, you probably need to call them to order in advance. Cold Platter Each piece of the Fried Crab Craw is not merely a crab craw, the craw meat is wrapped around with fresh shrimp paste, shaped like a ball, then deep-fried.  The bouncy texture and the sweetness of shrimp and crab are the highlights. Fried Crab Claws Fried Crab Claws The Fresh Scallops with Broccoli and Oyster Mushroom is super delicate. I really like the little touch of fish roe in the binding [...]

The post Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Empire Seafood appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

Restaurants Near Cardio-Tone, San Francisco - Skyscanner

Restaurants Near Cardio-Tone, San Francisco - Skyscanner


Trip by Skyscanner

Looking for restaurants near Cardio-Tone? Find 485 nearby restaurants in San Francisco, California visited by over 385,079 people.

Authentic Cantonese Street Food at Snackshot

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Lin and I were looking for a dessert place after dinner, and he remembered seeing this small spot called Snackshot in his Marpole neighbourhood. The large mural painted with old streets of Hong Kong instantly caught my eyes. It was very cool to look at and making the customers feel like they were enjoying the street snack in Hong Kong. But the white light was a little bright for me, maybe it could dim a notch down to create a sweeter ambiance? Snackshot, Marple I grew in Guangzhou and we had very similar types of street food and snacks in our city to Hong Kong. I was enjoying the Taro Dessert Set, with everything made with taro in it – taro ice cream and taro mochi balls in a sweet taro soup, and there were some components made with sweet potatoes as well. The sweetness was of right amount. Taro Dessert Set Taro Dessert Set Lin enjoyed his Tangyuan, the glutinous rice flour dumplings stuffed with sweetened ground black sesame seed, in a subtly sweet broth with ginger flavour. It’s nice and simple, just like what I had when I was a kid in Guangzhou. tangyuan We also tried some [...]

The post Authentic Cantonese Street Food at Snackshot appeared first on PickyDiners.com.

About - Contact - Privacy Policy - Terms of Service - Best Vietnam Tours - Vietnam Traveller - Best Vietnamese Foods - Eating Vietnamese Foods - Vietnam City Tours - Vietnam Guided Tours - Vietnam Vacations - Ho Chi Minh Food Tours - Vietnam Food Tours