Huong Lan, San Jose, CA

The banh mi here is still excellent but somehow no longer as spectacular as I remember. The baguette was not beautifully crispy this time. The pickled vegetable was almost not sour enough. I had a roasted pork banh mi and I found the meat tasted rather sweet.

While the banh mi failed to truly impress, the pre-packaged to-go items were amazing as always. I had some freshly prepared Banh Bot Loc and Banh it that were totally fantastic.

Macha Cafe, San Francisco, CA

I am disappointed with this little cafe. Let me explain why.

Macha latte is their signature drink and it was likable. Texture was smooth and the flavor was rich. Those who like flavored coffee drinks will probably enjoy it quite a bit. I have to warn the coffee drinkers though, it is more like a milk drink than anything else.

The food was a complete disaster. The breakfast burrito was a joke. It was only marginally better than what you could get from a fast food chain. Dry wrap. Bland fillings. The chicken teriyaki salad was not that much better either. The meat was tough and dry. The salad consist of mostly lettuce and nothing else.

Perhaps it was my unlucky day and I ordered the worst items on their menu? Maybe you will have better luck with the sandwiches and pannis.

Mexico Bakery, San Jose, CA
You will understand once you tried their torta. There are so many variations to choose from. But really. Just any one would do. If you have no idea what their Mexican torta looks like, think of it as a glorified version of a burger with the boring patty replaced with 5-6 different kinds of proteins, and the tasteless lettuce replaced by 3-4 kinds of veggies. Yes, it is humongous. So… Very… Satisfying. High-res

Mexico Bakery, San Jose, CA

You will understand once you tried their torta. There are so many variations to choose from. But really. Just any one would do. If you have no idea what their Mexican torta looks like, think of it as a glorified version of a burger with the boring patty replaced with 5-6 different kinds of proteins, and the tasteless lettuce replaced by 3-4 kinds of veggies. Yes, it is humongous. So… Very… Satisfying.