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Harrington Wines San Francisco

Harrington Wines is one of selected groups of wineries operating and making wine in San Francisco.  I have known Bryan Harrington the winemaker for many years and helped him during his open house wine tasting events.

The picture of me and him was taken at the recent Meals on Wheels San Francisco gala where he donated his services and wine to the charity.

Some of the wines he offers includes

  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Fiano
  • Muscat Canelli
  • Nebbiolo
  • Charbono
  • Carignan
  • plus others 

The winery is open by invitation only.  Join the mailing list to get information on their open house and event announcements.

Best way to check out the wines is to visit their web site and if you are in the bay area check out the open house events.

Harrington Wine

1559 custer avenue

san francisco, ca  94124

Japanese skewers at Yakitori Kokko San Mateo

Heard about Yakitori Kokko from a friend who said they make amazing skewer dishes.  It is a small place with limited seating so reservation is definitely required.  Sat down and was treated to different kind of grilled skewers reminiscence of my trip to Tokyo years ago. 

  • Fried Calamari
  • Beef Tongue Skewer
  • Pork Belly, Bacon Wrapped Enoki and Chicken Cartilage skewers
  • Sea Snail and Gizzards skewers
  • Chicken Skin Skewers
  • Spicy black sesame ramen - really good soup and ramen

All the food is very good.  The restaurant is very small and when I called them to make a reservation the day before they gave me a table at very early start time with the condition that we finish the meal within 1.5 hours.  It may turn some people off, but they are honest up front about it so I have no issues with that.  We did not feel rushed and had a great meal on short notice.

Yakitori Kokko
509 2nd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401

Kin Khao - Modern Thai Food San Francisco

Kin Khao is brainchild of Pim Echamuanvivit, a food blogger and Michael Gaines, ex-sous chef at 2-Michelin star Manresa.  I heard about this restaurant from hospitality industry folks who goes there after work for very good late night Thai food with seasonal and sustainable approach.

  • Khao Soi Gai - Egg noodles with chicken curry broth, pickled mustard greens with spicy chili oil on the side
  • Khao mun gai - Chicken Fat rice with ginger poached chicken, Pim’s secret sauce with intense chicken consomme.  
    This is a thai version of “hai nan gai fan” a chinese dish of simmer chicken with rice cooked in chicken fat, served with ground ginger and green onion on the side.  Funny how dishes translate across different Asian countries :-)

This restaurant is busy especially late night in Union Square, offering the local club patrons as well as service industry people a place for late night dining.

Even thought the restaurant is officially attached to the Parc 55 Hotel, the entrance is at the corner of Mason & Ellis

Kin Khao
55 Cyril Magnin St
San Francisco, CA 94102
b/t Hallidie Plz & Eddy St in Union Square

Samovar Tea lounge - High Tea meets Spa food Retaurant in San Francisco

Sitting on top of the Moscone center Yeuba Beuena rooftop garden is Smovar Tea Lounge, best described as a healthy spa food in a serene surrounding on top of a busy convention center.  Only in San Francisco :-)

The menu is divided in regional tea service by regions such as Japanese, English, Russian, Paleolithic etc. and then different types of protein and tea combination. There are also sandwiches are other a la carte items.

  • Paleolithic: smoked duck, squash, kale salad and steamed beets
  • Japanese: Smoked Salmon with seaweed salad, brown rice, kale, squash, nori and tea soup

If you are interested in a bit of clean food in a serene setting with a mix between high tea and spa food, give this place a try.


Samovar Yerba Buena 
730 Howard Street 
San Francisco, CA 94103

Return to Happy hour at Tokyo Express San Francisco

Return visit to Tokyo Express from previous trip for a quick bite 

The happy hour deal is still on amid shorter hours than the last time I visited.

  • Fried Oyster appetizer 
  • Sushi and Sashimi Combo

Total bill with a large bottle of Asahi beer was under $25.  

Very good value for that neighborhood in San Francisco.

Service was efficient and food came out quickly after ordering.  Plenty of space to sit down eat a bite and catch up with friends.

Tokyo Express

814 Mission St
(between 5th St & 4th St) 
San Francisco, CA 94103