Celebrating a Birthday with a Ramen Noodle Party!

In traditional Asian culture, a birthday celebration is often includes a great bowl OF noodles. The long strands of unbroken noodles symbolize long life. Recently, we were honored to host Niki’s birthday at her beautiful house in Oakland with our the “Story of Ramen” event. Her spouse Dani organized this event as a surprise birthday…

How to Eat Ramen Noodles And Other Interesting Ramen Facts

First, before we talk about how to eat your ramen, let’s dive into a little history. With its roots as a Chinese noodle dish, ramen spread to Japan and integrated with the local food-culture. In 1859 Japan opened its ports to the world, bringing in linguistic interpreters from China and Western countries. Foreign settlements were…

Foreign Cinema – More than a Show!

You can’t walk into Foreign Cinema in Mission and not be impressed with the size and scope of the restaurant tucked amid some cramped quarters in other parts of the neighborhood.

Five Things to Know When Visiting Tartine Bakery and Cafe

About that visit to Tartine Bakery and Cafe in San Francisco’s Mission/D0lores District, a friend asked, “Was it worth the wait?” “Without a doubt, 100% yes.” This is one of those places that gets attention for its immaculately prepared food. Such great attention to detail and expert execution of some of the best pastries and…

6 Things I Didn’t Know About Alton Brown

Alton Brown is a character on TV. He’s a better character in person. Anyone who has anything to do with cooking likely knows his “Good Eats” franchise. New fans may know him from “Cutthroat Kitchen” or “Food Network Star”. I’m not a fan of ‘Kitchen” so I questioned whether I would take the time to…

REVIEW: Boiler Nine Bar + Grill at Seaholm in Downtown Austin

It’s not every day you get to try a new restaurant just after it open. Wait, this is Austin, Texas. And yes, you can (almost daily it seems). This trip – to the new Boiler Nine Bar + Grill. It’s tucked inside the Seaholm development, just south of Trader Joe’s on the shared plaza. There’s…

Lemongrass Gelato – Oh So Smooth!

There are a lot of gelato recipes out there. I find the best ones are those that you adapt for your own tastes and needs. In this case, I love a smooth lemongrass gelato. But a lot of the recipes online call for sweetened condensed milk. I find those just too sweet and way too…

CAKE DISASTER? It Doesn’t Have to Be.

Three Simple Ways to “Repair” a Cracked Cake When You Don’t Have Time to Re-Make It The pros will hate these suggestions. Some may say “Trash it and start over!” But, c’mon! There’s no need to waste a perfectly good cake because of a crack on top. This is a lemon honey olive oil cake. We…

REVIEW: A Revisit to True Food Kitchen

Even the best restaurants need a few weeks to get into a rhythm after opening. Case in point: True Food Kitchen in downtown Austin’s Seaholm district. (See full review below and here.) With friends in town this week, we decided to pop back for a Sunday lunch around 1pm. Business seems good. Very good, in…