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Pho #1 on San Bruno Ave San Francisco

Heard about Pho #1 on San Bruno Avenue in San Francisco (I keep mixing it up with San Bruno the city when we were discussing) from a few people and finally made it there.

  • Chicken Pho - Nice consistency of noodles, good flavor on the broth
  • Sea Snail noodle soup - Never heard of this dish before.  Soup stock with chucks of tomatoes and tender sea snails.  Delicous and unusual for me
  • Vietnamese iced coffee - Strong, cold, just right.

Parking can be a bit tough during the busy times in the neighborhood.  I got there early on a Sunday morning so it wasn’t too bad.  

Would definitely go back for the sea snail noodle soup and try other items.

Pho # 12571 San Bruno Ave
San FranciscoCA 94134http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-san-francisco?osq=pho+%231

Amazing meal at Joel Robuchon Las Vegas

Chef of the Century indeed well earned

Blog coming soon

Home style Chinese food at Fung Wah in Daly City

One of the more popular old school Chinese restaurants in Daly City, Fung Wah is family run restaurant with a small kitchen, loyal clientele, and lots of phone-in-orders.  You will find large group dinners for family occasions mixed with neighborhood “I don’t feel like cooking tonight” customers.   Sometimes you have to wait a bit for your food, but it is good, inexpensive, hearty, old school Chinese food

  • Seaweed and eggdrop soup - Their “standard” soups varies Daily.  I always enjoy it
  • Ma Po Tofu - Just the right amount of heat, tofu is silky but firm enough not to disintegrate when you pick it up
  • Sweet and Sour Pork - Classic
  • Steamed pork loaf with salted fish - A very old school Chinese dish with minced fatty pork and preserved salted fish.
  • Chinese broccoli with chinese bacon - Yes, Chinese bacon.  Different than the western variety since it is salted and dried.  You don’t pan fry it, but cook it in liquid and served almost like a seasoning.

Nothing like old fashioned Chinese comfort food :-)

Fung Wah Restaurant
7007 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014

http://www.yelp.com/biz/fung-wah-restaurant-daly-city

Bob’s Donuts San Francisco - When you need the Big Donut
Bob’s Donuts on Polk Street is a local institution in San Francisco for several reasons
It is open 24 hours a day in a location that has many bars, clubs and residences, a ready customer base especially on late nights.
It bakes fresh donuts continuously day and night and has a Twitter feed http://www.twitter.com/whatsfreshest  which tells you what donuts are fresh out of the fryer.
It has donuts the size of travel pillows called the Big Donut.  If you can finish it on site within 10 minutes, you get a free T-Shirt.  Look at the photo and check out the size in comparision to the donut holes and the regular donut on back left.
If you are in the neighborhood, you will find lines out the door when the donuts are fresh (driven by the Twitter feed)
Bob’s Donuts San Francisco1621 Polk Street, San Francisco CA
http://www.yelp.com/biz/bobs-donut-and-pastry-shop-san-francisco-2
http://www.twitter.com/whatsfreshest

Bob’s Donuts San Francisco - When you need the Big Donut

Bob’s Donuts on Polk Street is a local institution in San Francisco for several reasons

  • It is open 24 hours a day in a location that has many bars, clubs and residences, a ready customer base especially on late nights.
  • It bakes fresh donuts continuously day and night and has a Twitter feed http://www.twitter.com/whatsfreshest  which tells you what donuts are fresh out of the fryer.
  • It has donuts the size of travel pillows called the Big Donut.  If you can finish it on site within 10 minutes, you get a free T-Shirt.  Look at the photo and check out the size in comparision to the donut holes and the regular donut on back left.

If you are in the neighborhood, you will find lines out the door when the donuts are fresh (driven by the Twitter feed)

Bob’s Donuts San Francisco
1621 Polk Street,
San Francisco CA

http://www.yelp.com/biz/bobs-donut-and-pastry-shop-san-francisco-2

http://www.twitter.com/whatsfreshest

kennethleung38:

Dining Bliss at the Restaurant at Meadowood

What can you say about dining at a Michelin 3 star restaurant?  It is the service, it is the food, it is the labor and materials that goes into orchestrating a dining experience from the minute you step into the dining to when you leave.

For this wine country trip we dined at one of the two Michelin 3 Star restaurants (the other one is French Laundry) in Northern California. Chef Christopher Kostow did an amazing job acquiring and preparing the ingredients in a way that demonstrates modern culinary technique, without presenting the finished products in foams and gels (too much).  The balance of the gastro technique and highlighting of the ingredients is one of the more impressive part of the meal.

Obviously when you are going through a massive tasting menu it is difficult to track it all and also upload all the pictures. Fortunately I was given a copy of the menu with wine pairings for reference :-)   I wish I can do a dish by dish note, but Tumblr has a maximum of 10 pics in the photo blog ….. So here we go:

Menu:

5 courses of amuse bouche including variation in vegetables, carrot cakes that was hand cut into spheres by hand with scissors (basically the skill of a florist and hairdressor combined), pillow pastry delivered on a pillow, finishing off with a macaron. 

Yogurt with wild plum and wild pecan shiso

Green tomato clam lovage sea lettuce - Some of he best clam, almost abalone like. I had a long time 

Roasted cucumbers Dill braised borage coastal grasses - A play on dill pickles, reinvented.  First time I ever had a roasted cucumber and it was good..

Potatoes cooked in beeswax and assorted sorrels - Yes, beeswax.  Tasty and unique

Daylily lobster caviar - the Daylily was stuffed with lobster meat.  Think of the skill it takes to insert seafood into a flower.

Salmon bean noaple papalo - Gorgeous piece of Salmon

Roasted poultry broth - Almost Asian style consomme to clear the palatte.

Guniea hen summer truffle samp grits morels - Gorgeous pieces of game hen, perfectly roasted skin.

Lamb sunflower ‘tripe” with pickled lime - Lamb served with sunflower seeds compressed to look like tripe… amazing

Pretzel cheddar vinegar - A little starch to finish the dinner. A pretzel filled with cheddar.  Fluffy little finish for your dinner

Spicebush bubble tea - yes, it is a play on the asian bubble tea.  Unfortunately the photo didn’t do it justice because of the color of the cup and the lighting.  Instead of tapioca, it has fruits and other yummy ingredients.

Chocolate cherry tart - The Cherries are actually made of cherries re-composed, sitting on a thin leaf of cholocolate.

"plate of local fruit" - A plate of beautiful fruit, some is actually whole fruit, some are made from fruit.

Birthday cake presented in a box - A small cake held inside a box which the lid holds down the sides.  Box is presented on table, top is removed and the four walls of the box falls down to reveal the cake.  Very cool, beats using a candle :-)

We also had a chance to visit the kitchen and met the dozen of chefs that worked in the kitchen creating all the wonderful dishes.  Amazing dining experience and there is a a kitchen seating that you can special reserve for a 15 course tasting menu and watch the chefs in action.

Definitely worthy of the Michelin 3 Star and a great dining experience.  

Meadowood Napa Valley

900 Meadowood Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
Tel (877) 963-3646
Fax (707) 963-3532

Wine Pairings of the meal were as followed:

Schramsberg “J. Schram” Brut North Coast 2005

Massican “Annia” Napa Valley 2012

Failla, Chardonnay “Haynes Vinyard” Coombsville 2011

Bedrock Wine Company “Ode to Lulu” Rose, Californai 2012

Scribe, Pinot Noir, Carneros 2012

Petrichor “Le Trois” Sonoma County 2010

Revana, Cabernet Sauvignon, St Helena 2005

Anderson Valley Brewing, Boont Amber Ale, Boonsville, CA

Brown Butter Bourbon, Cherry Liqueurs, Chocolate Bitters 

Since I finally made it to French Laundry I thought I’d reblog the post from almost a year ago when I dined at Meadowood Restaurant, the only other Michelin 3 star restaurant in the Bay area.    

The difference I think is the approaches.  French Laundry is definitely by its namesake a Thomas Keller classic French approach to wine country fine dining, while Meadowood with Chef Christopher Kostow is a new California wine country cooking that is doesn’t use as much of the sauces technique with French Laundry.  

Enjoy and Happy July 4th weekend