Portland, Oregon: A Foodie Paradise in the Pacific Northwest

I continue on my rampage of “I could move to Portland” comments, while ignoring the eye-rolling response it elicits from Andrew. But seriously, I could move to Portland…if only there were jobs for us. And while the natural scenery there is beautiful, that’s not why I would move there. I’d go for the food. Always …

Sushi Ten Omakase: A heavenly experience in Tokyo

Ever since watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ve been wanting a similar experience – a full sushi omakase where the sushi chef meticulously creates each dish and presents it to you. And while you can find great sushi in San Francisco, it’s still better in Tokyo. Unfortunately, most of the fine sushi dining is limited …

Tartine’s Lemon-y Tarts

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When Denise gives you lemons, make lemon tarts. My friend Denise, and often photographer-friend-in-crime has a Meyer lemon tree in her backyard. In addition to selling over 20 pounds of it to Bi-Rite (by the way, I think Bi-Rite is awesome for buying locally grown produce to make …

Wine Country

Two girls in Wine Country for a weekend…couldn’t get any more perfect. My best friend Azhar and I headed up to the Wine Country for a weekend getaway while our husbands were preoccupied with work. The goal…relax, eat, drink, and repeat as many times as possible. But since we’re both the goal-oriented, must-exceed-expectations type, we …

Dalloyau’s Baked Apple Tart

My favorite cafe in Paris is the swanky Dalloyau on Rue de Faubourg St. Honore. I particularly enjoyed going there after (window) shopping on the famed street and getting a facial at nearby Anne Semonin. My first visit to Dalloyau was back in 2002 and I’ve visited it every time I’ve returned to Paris. When …

Blue Bottle’s Double-Chocolate Cookies

My favorite cookie lately has been Blue Bottle’s Double-Chocolate Cookies. When my coworkers run out in the afternoon for their coffee fix, I find the temptation of this cookie irresistible. It’s kind of like a brownie, kind of like a cookie, and just a whole lot of chocolate. When Blue Bottle, the ever popular cafe …

Non-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving

Since our parents couldn’t join us until tomorrow, we had a “simple” meal of French Onion Soup, charcuterie, and cheese. It was really nice to hang out with just the “kids” – five of us who are all in our late twenties or thirties that still think we’re the kids. Charcuterie plate: Bresaola (homemade by …