Kotetsu Ramen, Santa Clara, CA
Kotetsu Ramen, Santa Clara, CA
Shao Mountain, Fremont, CA
Snowflake Teahouse, Fremont, CA
Posh Chocolat from Missoula, Montana
Sakana Sushi, San Francisco, CA
For a sushi restaurant that serve food until midnight Sakana is more than decent. I had their dinner combination with sashimi, tempura and hamachi kama. It was a simple and well prepared meal. The hamachi kama was particularity interesting. It was perfectly moist and tender inside. Definitely one of the better ones I had that came with a economic combo dinner. Tempura could be crisper but I like the light batter and light radish sauce. Sashimi is a standard fare. I don’t find the fish quality particularly excellent. Some pieces even appeared a bit stringy.
If you are ever in the area for a late meal, can’t go wrong with Sakana.
Cafe Legato, San Jose, CA
There are two things that will bring me back to Cafe Legato - Coffee and Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
The coffee is good. Smooth texture. Strong aroma. Well balanced aftertaste. You won’t be disappointed even if you are the most serious kind of coffee drinkers (although I can’t guarantee you will be wowed).
Their grilled cheese sandwich is a little piece of joy. Simple and tasty. I had their veggie variety and enjoyed every bite of it.
Panini and other pastries were alright but didn’t leave a strong impression.
The classical music theme of the cafe is really charming but I wish they actually play real classical music instead of pop songs. The atmosphere is great though. It is a warm, friendly and welcoming place.
Monique’s Chocolate, Palo Alto, CA
Good things come in a Chinese takeout box.
La Mission, Berkeley, CA
If you ever crave some good mole poblana, La Mission is your answer. Tender slow cooked pork generously immersed in a dark rich sauce, carefully wrapped in a fresh tortilla - the result is a lovely mole burrito that is sure to please any palate.
La Mission is not your typical taco joint that serves greasy Mexican food. The tacos and burritos, despite their hearty portions, are all relatively clean creations.
The restaurant is tiny with indoor seating that could accommodate no more than 10. They do have a fairly large outdoor patio with large tables. On a nice sunny day it would be great to enjoy some nice food outdoor. Parking lot is small and fills up rather easily. Street parking is your best bet.
Caffe Sapore, San Francisco, CA
Caffe Sapore is your friendly neighborhood cafe that serves up some decent sandwiches. The coffee though, was a slight disappointment. The brewed coffee tasted awfully sour. The cappuccino lacked brightness. The only saving grace was the extra thick foam.
I did rather enjoy their focaccia sandwiches, especially the Cortina. It was made with smoked salmon, avocado, capers, lemon juice and olive oil. Ingredients were clean and simple and it just tasted wonderful. Kool Guy was decent for a vegetarian sandwich although I found the mustard a bit too strong for me to handle.
Not a bad place to grab a quick breakfast but I really expect the coffee to be better. Much better.
Starbucks Coffee, Sausalito, CA
Chicken and Hummus Box
Lappert’s Ice Cream, Sausalito, CA
Sausalito is a touristy town and Lappert is a popular spot among tourists and local visitors. Who would resist a sweet treat after a long day on your feet? Even in colder winter days there is still a crowd. You can imagine how busy it gets on hotter days.
Ice cream at Lappert came in many flavors. Some traditional, some a little more tropical but nothing really outrageous or strange. Lines don’t really mean anything here. Just step up to the counter whenever you are ready.
Texture of the ice cream was thick and rich. It wasn’t out of the world amazing but really hit the spot.
Hot Spud, San Francisco, CA
Hot Spud is like a Chipotle but for potatoes instead of burritos. The idea seems cool but in reality it is still just baked potatoes with toppings (lots of toppings). It is just not something to get too excited about unless you are a real potato lover.
Tried the Shrimp Spud and the Wharf. The shrimp one was tasty. The sauce has a good amount of kick and the toppings went well with the potato. The Wharf, on the other hand, got boring quickly. There were not a whole lot of crab meat to go around and the sauce was mellow. I wanted to redress my potato with some extra condiments but found nothing of interest.
Even though I am not in the camp of potato lovers, I must say that they did a great job baking the spuds. The texture was soft and flaky all the way to the skin.