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Slowly but surely, I’m catching up on blogging! Here’s another restaurant review summary for this past winter.

We took a weekend trip to Healdsburg at the beginning of the year and ate at Spoonbar. Delicious way to start 2015! The chicken wing appetizer:

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Pork tenderloin and riblet:

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Next up we have Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant. We discovered this Muslim Chinese place a while ago and it has since become a favorite spot for us. Super authentic and amazing food! The beef pancake and cumin lamb are some of our favorites:

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The crack fish was on point too! Covered in a thick layer of chili oil:

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We also tried their hot pot recently and it was fantastic as well. If you’re looking for authentic northern Chinese cuisine this is the place to go!

For this year’s Restaurant Week, we hit up 2 places. First we had lunch at Spruce. I really liked the space that the restaurant is in! Reminded me of a lot of places back in New York. Food was great and service very attentive. Pork loins:

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Scallops with ham and broccoli Romanesco:

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For our Restaurant Week dinner we chose Isa, a French restaurant in the Marina. Salmon carpaccio appetizer:

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My duck breast entree was fabulous:

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the food was great but we were not too happy with the service. We waited forever for our food and had to ask about our orders multiple times. They also did not discount our glasses of wine on the initial cheque even though we ordered them before the cutoff time. All of this made us think that they simply forgot to put in our order until we checked with them much later. Kind of put a damper on a otherwise great meal.

Next we have the Fly Trap, a Persian restaurant recommended by a Persian classmate of mine. We had a mini Columbia reunion here back in February. The food was all wonderful but sadly the only thing I managed to take a photo of was the baklava:

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Another ramen joint! We had wanted to go to Ramen Dojo but it was closed that day so we decided to go Himawari instead. It was pretty good!

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Lastly, Statebird Provisions! Yufei had been here before but I hadn’t, but I had actually unknowingly walked past it countless times going to and from my dentist! There’s no sign or anything on the outside so the only way you’ll know it’s there is the line that starts forming 2 hours before the doors even open, since reservations are notoriously difficult to obtain. We arrived about an hour before they opened and were still seated in the first batch they let in. The definitely food lived up to expectations and the dimsum ordering/serving style was fun. One of my favorite dishes of the night was this pork belly citrus salad:

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The desserts were great also – ice cream sandwiched and white chocolate parfait:

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Their menu changes all the time so I definitely want to return someday! If only it wasn’t so hard to get a seat there!

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Yufei and I had dinner at Firefly back in July. It’s in a neighborhood we don’t go to often, but I needed to pick up the ceramics Jenny and I painted from the studio, so we met up for dinner there.

Complimentary bread with bean spread, very unusual.

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Yufei’s appetizer, a sweet a delicious corn chowder.

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My appetizer of shrimp and scallop potstickers. They were pretty good, but I still find it strange that western restaurants have Asian dishes for appetizer (spring rolls, etc.).

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Fried chicken entree for Yufei. It was a pretty big serving so he only ate half and saved the other half for my lunch the next day.

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My entree of sea bass. It was just okay, a bit bland and under-seasoned. I wished it had a more flavorful sauce.

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Cute little frosted jar on each table.

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Desserts: chocolate crepes and peach tart. They were both really good, a nice note to end the meal.

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Overall the food at Firefly was just average, with the soup and the desserts being the highlight. The service was nice though; they had forgotten Yufei’s beer order and comped it after we reminded them. Probably won’t go back unless we’re in the area again.

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Yufei’s been to Foreign Cinema a few times with his friends and kept raving about how great it is and I’ve been asking him to take me forever. We finally went a few weeks ago for dinner. It definitely lived up to my expectations!

We sat in the courtyard area where they project the movie. They were playing Moonrise Kingdom when we were there! I also love the string lights.

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We started off with a couple of cocktails and the beef carpaccio with salsa verde, fried capers, shoestrings frites, and Manchego.

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The carpaccio was really flavorful, and the frites, which were more like chips, were the perfect companion to it.

Yufei got the fried chicken with sesame seeds, chick pea hummus, raisins, and brussel sprouts for his main course.

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I had a few bites and it was delicious. I decided on the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with cranberry beans, almonds, and egg.

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This was the perfect example of a dish with very simple, fresh ingredients with flavors that work so well together. It was so good.

Even though we were pretty full, Yufei insisted on dessert. So we both got chocolate desserts: Yufei had the chocolate torte with a scoop of ice cream and I got the chocolate pot de crème with chantilly cream and 2 mini macarons.

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Both desserts were very rich and decadent and delicious! And as if that wasn’t enough chocolate for us, our check came with complimentary truffles too. What a wonderful dinner!

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