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Finally have a bit of a lull in D2 year! I have a lot to catch up on on the blog. First I’d like to a quick food summary for the later half of the summer.

1. 5A5 Steak Lounge

Yufei and I went here for dinner after I took my boards! They were running a prime rib dinner special at the time, where for $39 you get a soup and salad, a 10 oz. prime rib, and a side. Really great deal and excellent food!

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We also chose to get desert, which was great as well.

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2. Hakkasan SF

Yufei wanted to come back here for his birthday dinner and I happyily obliged. We tried their Pipa duck which was really good, but I wished that the serving was larger.

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I also got their selection of house made macarons for dessert. It came with 7 different ones! Enough for dessert and breakfast the next day (don’t judge me for eating macarons for breakfast).

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3. Shabusen

We were in Japantown and came across this place when looking for a place to eat dinner. It was just okay in terms of food and service. For shabu shabu I still prefer Nabe, which luckily is 2 blocks from where we live.

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4. Isla Restaurant

Technically it’s in San Bruno, but it’s the first Filipino restaurant I’ve been to (and won’t be the last!). Food was really good with generous serving sizes.

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We were really full already but had to get a halo halo for dessert!

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5. Outerlands

Been wanting to go to this Outer Sunset brunch spot for a while now, and we finally dropped by after a morning run to the beach. As expected, there was quite a long wait. But the food was on-point and I really liked the decor of the place.

Levain toast:
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Yufei’s dish… some kind of egg dish with rice and pork:

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Savory Dutch pancake:

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They ran out of the eggs-in-jail by the time we were seated, so I’d have to go back and try that!

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I’m way too behind on food posts so I’m going to lump several of the restaurants I wanted to write about into 1 blog post!

First up is an Inner Sunset neighborhood gem. I’ve walked past Nabe many times before but never had the chance to eat there until earlier this year. Yufei and I got the sukiyaki with wagyu beef and the shabu shabu with kurobuta pork in spicy miso.

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Everything was so delicious! Perfect for a cold foggy day (which happens quite often in the Inner Sunset). They make a rice porridge from the left over broth at the end of the meal, which is really good.

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Even though we were really full already, I wanted to try their house made mochi sponge cake for dessert. It had an interesting texture and was quite delicious! Can’t wait to go back there again.

Another neighborhood spot, Baan Thai. This is our go-to Thai place, and their food and service is always great. We usually don’t get dessert here, but I was craving mango and sticky rice one time so we ordered that. It was presented in a perfect heart-shape, how cute! And it was delicious too.

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We went to Roy’s SF for a second time this past spring. The appetizers we got were pretty meh (a soup and some kind of wonton type thing), but our entrees were great. I really enjoyed my scallops with pork belly (a delectable combination!)

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Yufei’s steak:

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Desserts!

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Candybar was one of the places we used to frequent when we lived in Lower Haight. They run Groupon deals once in a while, so the last time that happened we bought one and went back for some cocktails and desserts (so much dessert in this post… oops). Yufei’s ice cream sundae:

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My lemon and white chocolate:

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I’ve had quite a number of their desserts and they never disappoint. Definitely a cute spot for a date or just to hang out with friends (they had a lot of board games and cards there too!).

Ramen and takoyaki at Suzu Noodle House in Japantown. A decent ramen place inside the Japan Center, pretty convenient for before seeing a movie at the Sundance Kabuki theatre (which we’ve been going to a lot – can’t beat pre-selected seats, adult only, and alcoholic beverages at the movies!). And anywhere that has takoyaki is a plus in my book.

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I know this is hard to believe, but up until a few months ago, I had never ordered a steak at a restaurant before. I thought it was about time to lose my steak virginity, so I made a reservation at Ruth’s Chris Steak House during Dine About Town. The DAT deal is pretty good, and the meal came with a salad, a petit steak (extra for upgrade, which Yufei opted for), a side, and dessert. I just went with the petit steak and it was plenty for me. The steak itself was delicious and served on a sizzling buttered plate.

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And of course, dessert!

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I bought a Travelzoo voucher for Chouchou Bistro a while ago and finally made a reservation for dinner a couple of months ago (so behind on restaurant review blogs!). It wasn’t too far from our apartment so we walked there. It was warm and inviting inside:

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For appetizer, Yufei got the Assiette de Fromages, which came on the cutest palette plate. It was so adorable I wanted to steal it.

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I got the salade de crabe, which had avocados, one of my favorite combos with crab. There was lot of chunky pieces of crab in it and it definitely satiated my craving for crab for a while.

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For his entree, Yufei got the filet mignon with truffle mashed potato and zucchini in green pepper corn sauce.

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And I had the Cuisse De Canard Confit Wellinglton: duck leg confit with mushrooms duxelle, diced potatoes, cherry tomatoes in garlic, shallots, and parsley, with maple vinaigrette. It was interesting in that the duck was wrapped in this puff pastry (almost like a duck confit en croute?). It was delicious and the serving size was huge (but I finished it all!).

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And we shared a dessert of crème brûlée:

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The food and service were both pretty good, but without a coupon I’m not sure I would come back since I’ve had better French cuisine in the city.

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Our last full day in the city was fully packed! In the morning we went to Katz’s Deli for breakfast. Their famous pastrami sandwich was every bit as delicious as I had hoped.

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Then we went to the 9/11 Memorial. I had gone in 2012 right after graduation, but this time the Freedom Tower is pretty much complete and is a beautiful addition to the New York skyline.

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We walked around the reflection pools for a bit (sadly the museum wasn’t open yet at the time) and then headed to Chinatown. We had dimsum at our favorite place – Golden Unicorn. I was too busy eating to take photos of the meal! We had planned to get a snack at Xi’an Famous Foods, but it wasn’t open. So we opted for lamb kabobs from this street cart instead.

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After we filled our stomaches with delicious Chinese food, we walked to the Highline. I’d always wanted to visit when I was in college but never got to. Winter isn’t the best time to take a stroll there (I can imagine it being such a cool place to hang out in the warmer seasons) but we still walked almost the entire length of it.

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After so much walking, we were hungry again so we got Wafels & Dinges! This is one of the things I really miss in NYC and that I really wish they had in SF (though for the same of my waistline it’s probably good that they don’t). It was so warm and delicious and now I wish we had gotten 2.

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Macy’s was nearby and they were having their flower show at the time, so we went inside to get away from the cold for bit and enjoy the gorgeous blooms that are nowhere to be found outside.

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After that, we took the tram to Roosevelt Island. There’s really nothing much to do on the island but we wanted to take the tram. It was pretty cool.

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It was still too early for our dinner reservation at Porter House, so we just hang out in Time Warner Center where the restaurant was located for a bit before going in. We used to go to Porter House for lunch in our college days because they had a really good prix-fixe 3-course lunch menu, but this was our first time going there for dinner. We started with an arugula salad to share (bonus points for actually splitting the serving into 2 individual plates for us).

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Yufei’s steak (and a humongous serving of fries):

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My usual order of salmon:

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Food there was delicious as always. Not quite ready to relinquish our last night in NYC, we decided to get a drink and dessert at Stone Rose Lounge next door, where we were greeted with this gorgeous night view of Columbus Circle.

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Thus ended our last day in New York. The next morning we packed up, checked out of the hotel, and grabbed a quick lunch at Aceluck. This little restaurant holds a special place in my heart because it’s where I was introduced to the delicious world of Thai food.

After lunch, we headed to the airport. Yufei had used his miles to book first class seats for our return flight and it was awesome! We got champagne after we were seated:

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And they handed out tablets with entertainment for the flight. We watched Dallas Buyer’s Club. Here is my movie and part of my meal:

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This is the life. It was such a great way to end our trip on a high note!

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For Saturday night, the day after Valentine’s Day, we had dinner reservations at The Spinnaker in Sausalito.

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The restaurant sits over the water with views of – what’s that in the distance?

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The San Francisco skyline! We were a little early for our reservation, so we sat in the lounge area with some drinks and watched the city transform from day to night while we waited for our table.

Once we got seated, we shared a bruschetta made with hot focaccia bread with garlic, olive oil, fresh tomato, pesto, and parmesan cheese.

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It was very different from a regular bruschetta but it was so divine. I can still taste its warm soft cheesiness now.

It was dungeness crab season and they had a special with half a crab and tons of other seafood in this tomato broth and I knew I had to get it.

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It was so good! So deliciously satisfying. The non-seafood offering at the restaurant was a little thin but Yufei managed to get a decent steak.

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After dinner, we drove back home to SF. The next day, we went to the East Bay to visit my parents for lunch and then headed to the Oakland Zoo!

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We bought these Travelzoo vouchers a long time ago and it was the last weekend before they expired. The zoo was pretty small so it didn’t take long to walk through and see everything, but it was so warm and sunny outside so it was still a nice day for the zoo. Too bad there were such huge crowds of families with young children everywhere.

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The most entertaining was definitely this family of baboons. The babies were so rambunctious!

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I had so much fun this weekend, definitely a well-deserved break from school. Thanks Yufei for spending this weekend with me celebrating our 6th Valentine’s Day together!

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Yufei and I had a lovely dinner at Chapeau last Friday. It’s a cute little French bistro in Inner Richmond, a short bus-ride away from where we live. The dining room is lively yet intimate, and we got seated at a nice little table in a corner.

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We both decided to get the prix fixe menu, where we get to choose our own 3 courses. After we placed our orders, we received bread and complimentary cauliflower soup served in expresso cups.

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For Yufei’s appetizer, he got the creamy roasted chestnut soup, with duck fat croutons, crème fraîche, and white truffle oil. I had a couple of spoonfuls and it tasted really good (I’m a huge fan of chestnuts but had never had it in soup form!).

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I got the trio of salmon (gravlax, tartare, and caviar), with egg mimosa, fried capers, crème fraîche, and micro herbs with lemon dressing. It was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented.

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Our glasses of wine and pretty fresh flowers on the table.

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For entree, I got the canard au miel & aux épices, which was a duck leg confit and pan seared duck breast, with celery root, braised bok choy, honey, and spiced duck jus. Yufei had the filet mignon, with pommes de terre Landaise, king trumpet and oyster mushrooms, and sauce à la Périgourdine.

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We both enjoyed our entrees and I loved how mine had 2 different kinds of duck in it.

And for dessert, Yufei got the warm Valrhona chocolate cake with banana flambée, rum-raisin ice cream, and caramel sauce.

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I got my go-to dessert at French restaurants, the Tahitienne vanilla bean crème brûlée.

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I was so stuffed from the meal that I couldn’t finish my dessert, even though it was so scrumptious.

I thought it was so cute that they send the check to your table in a hat (Chapeau means hat in French).

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All in all a wonderful dinner. I would love to be back!

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The next morning we got up early and got breakfast at the inn, then headed out to Point Lobos State Reserve. It was a gorgeous day and the coast was beautiful.

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We saw a lot of wildlife, such as harbor seals, sea lions, and sea otters, in their natural habitat, which was really cool. After hiking around for a bit, we left and went to the nearby Gravity Garden, which was basically the garden of this artist who stacks rocks. It was pretty interesting.

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After that, we got lunch nearby and went back to Carmel to explore the town a bit. It’s such a charming little place, full of quaint little alleyways and courtyards.

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We also had a voucher from the inn for wine tasting at the tasting room of Schied Vineyards, so we stopped by for a tasting and bought a bottle.

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Since we missed the sunset the day before, we made sure to go down to the beach early this time. Unfortunately, it was super cloudy and so we got another sunset fail. Oh well.

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We rested for a bit back at the inn before going to dinner at Andre’s Bouchee, a little French bistro. We each got an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. I decided to get the appetizer special of the night of wild mushrooms, pine nuts, and artichoke hearts. It turned out to be a good choice because I loved this dish. It was so simple but so delicious.

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Yufei got the cream of mushroom soup with white truffle oil.

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For my entree, I got the grilled sea bass with lime and thyme sauce. This was a bit underwhelming after the great appetizer and was just ok.

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Yufei’s ribeye was good though. (Side note – I still have never ordered a steak for myself. I always just steal bites of Yufei’s steak. I need to get myself a steak someday!)

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For dessert, Yufei got the cream puff with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

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And I got the duo of crème brûlée, one vanilla and one chocolate. Both were amazing.

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We ate every last bite of everything and were stuffed by the end of the meal.

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It was a wonderful dinner to end a great trip!

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