Chinese New Year Banquet

Happy Year of the Snake! I wish all my readers and fellow bloggers a wonderful year of the Snake! I know some of you are really interested in Chinese (Cantonese) cuisine, particularly for those of you are living in an area where not too much Chinese food is offered.  Well, I am lucky to be... Continue Reading →

Ahi Tuna Sandwich – Nordstrom Cafe

As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I am a regular at the Nordstrom Cafe. This week, there is a special that I really like. I think it is one of the best specials in this cafe. Here are the ingredients on the menu: Ahi tuna Roma tomatoes Wasabi aioli Ginger sesame slaw Brioche roll... Continue Reading →

Chinese Banquet Menu

  These nine dishes are currently on the menu of a Chinese Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco Bay Area.  I had previously posted them one by one with some descriptions,.  I am re-posting these pictures today, just to test out how the new tiled galleries help to enhance the presentation. As I mentioned in the... Continue Reading →

Scott’s Seafood Reataurant in Jack London Square – Great for Celebrating Special Occasion

It was my best friend's birthday.  We had dinners in many different restaurants before, including the famous restaurant in Berkeley.  We also celebrated our birthdays or special occasions in this restaurant a few times.  But nothing could be better than the experience that we had last weekend.  When I reserved the table via Open Table,... Continue Reading →

Royal Peking Duck

When I was touring Beijing, China, of course I could not miss the famous Royal Peking Duck. Surprisingly, you can find a similar Peking Duck menu in many Chinese Restaurants in San Francisco. The one that we had last night was wonderful! It was served among a banquet menu in a high-end Chinese seafood restaurant.... Continue Reading →

Par-boiled Giant Surf Clams

This clam dish is on the summer menu of a famed seafood restaurant. Each patron is presented with an individual clam decorated with ginger and green onion, with soya sauce and oil. It looks and tastes very good! Try it when you come across a good Chinese seafood restaurant.

San Francisco Palace Hotel – Historic Tour and Lunch – my favorite program for out-of-town guests

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The Iconic San Francisco Palace Hotel

The Palace Hotel located at 2, New Montgomery Street in downtown San Francisco, has been my favorite place to entertain friends and family who come to visit San Francisco.  The Garden Court with its stained glass dome, is spectacular.  The guests that I treated here were all very impressed, not only by the beauty of the hotel and the restaurant, but by the historic tour conducted by the volunteers of the San Francisco City Guides, a program of the San Francisco Library.

I am posting a few pictures here to share with you.  Below is a link  to the historic photos of this hotel.  You may like to compare the then and now.

San Francisco Historic Photos | Palace Hotel, San Francisco.

The stunning view of the Garden Court Restaurant seen from the window of a room on the upper floor…

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Durian Flaky Pastry, a Cantonese “dim sum”

This durian flaky pastry is a dessert I found in a new Cantonese "dim sum" restaurant yesterday. I never saw this before. I tried it, and wow! It was sooo tasty that I had to finish the whole piece instead of sharing with others. As durian is a fruit with a strong and special smell... Continue Reading →

Cafe Sacher Wien and the Original Sacher-Torte

All my friends know that coffee is an important part of my life.  Wherever I go, I need to get some coffee.  To me, it is not the quantity nor the quality that matters, but the lifestyle.  When I looked back at my trip to Vienna some years ago, the most enjoyable treat to myself... Continue Reading →

Baby Bok Choy with Shiitake Mushrooms Thanks to my friend May, who gave me her friend's recipe for a sesame-ginger dressing who mixed it with baby bok choy with shiitake mushrooms. Here's a recipe that I found on line.  The dish looks very delicious!   By the way, May's recipe includes 1 tablespoon oyster sauce.  Try it out with and... Continue Reading →

Grilled Salmon BLT

   Fresh Salmon, applewood smoked bacon, romaine, tomato, garlic aioli, brioche bread Nordstrom Cafe This is another lunch special at Nordstrom Cafe this week.  It comes with chips or salad.  My favorite is side salad with dark cherry balsamic. I searched for this recipe.  The closest one is this one on the food channel.  The... Continue Reading →

Pear Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette This dish had been my most favorite salad at Nordstrom Cafe for many years.  Even the servers who knew me so well...they knew what I wanted each time.  It is only recently that I tried to "forget" about this and began to try something new.  Most likely it is my own personality.  I am... Continue Reading →

Nordstrom Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing . This recipes makes 2 cups, so I included the half recipe, too. Nordstrom Champagne Vinaigrette WHOLE RECIPE: 1 tablespoon shallot (can put whole shallot and whole garlic in food processor), chopped 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1/2 cup champagne wine vinegar 1 1/2... Continue Reading →

Warm Roasted Chicken and Couscous

 My friend and I tried out this special at the Nordstrom Cafe one time. She loved it so much that the server just gave her the recipe when she asked him many questions.  Let me see if I have got this right. Ingredientscouscous   5ozpulled garlic chicken   3 oz hearts of palm  1 ozzucchini  2 oztuscan... Continue Reading →

Spanish Chicken and Black Bean Salad

I like this dish so much that I tried very hard to find the recipe on line.  I am not very successful, although the cafe server did give me the menu.  Instead of finding an exact recipe, I found two recipes that may be combined and perhaps become this dish that I really love.  ... Continue Reading →

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