Category Archives: Food

Makes Cents to Support Local Business

It thrills me to see the steady expansion of smart local businesses (not to say that I don’t shop at mega international vendors, that tends to be a given). Smart means local coffee shops like JJ Bean, opening their 16th location in March. These businesses often figured out the region’s market formula. Starting off conservatively, […]

Seattle’s International District: The Best Roll Here

Deep in the bowels of Seattle’s International District on South Jackson Street, amidst one of many Asian strip malls, I discovered the Tamarind Tree. It’s a Vietnamese restaurant that locals recommend and frequent, as evident with lineups at 1:30pm on a Saturday afternoon. I order the standard from every Vietnamese menu, spring rolls and some […]

Joined At Last: Starbucks Brings La Boulange Baked Goods On Board

Spring 2013 saw Starbucks acquiring French inspired San Francisco chain, La Boulange Bakery and Cafe, as mentioned in my post, “San Francisco Houses of Kick Starts.” Fast forward a few months later and we’re already seeing La Boulange product line in Starbucks shops across Washington state. I was happily surprised to get the same great […]

Commuting in America: 3 Airports 3 Eateries

We’re fabulously fortunate in North America. Despite streamlining of airline services, we ‘re seeing a lot more reasonably priced, yet slightly more sophisticated, dining options than the usual fast food fair in airport terminals. For example, Bellingham’s renovated airport surprises frequent flyers with its fresh breakfast lineup from a local trendy restaurant group, check out […]

Dinner Spotting in San Francisco: Nob Hill Neighbourhood Gem

Do you love Italian food? If you’re looking for an intimate little neighbourhood dining experience that’s just fantistico for friends or family, I would recommend the Nob Hill Cafe. An unsuspecting little gem of a restaurant, it’s tucked around the corner of San Francisco’s famed Grace Cathedral. Always a lineup for the place, the house […]

Dinner Spotting in San Francisco: A Bowl of Comfort

On my last journey to San Francisco, the flight landed in time for supper. Feeling the need for some reliable comfort food after days of travel, I headed to Japantown, partner in tow, to explore the very popular Suzu Noodle House. It did not disappoint and certainly lived up to expectations of freshness and flavour. […]

This Milkshake Brings Everyone to Samovar’s Yard

If it doesn’t, it should. For the price of a dessert, their green tea matcha milkshake is the best I have had anywhere, outside of Japan. Pair that with one of Samovar’s snack items or sandwiches while overlooking the beautiful greenery on the terrace and you’ve got yourself the ultimate Samovar experience. The juicy duck […]

Brunching & Lunching in San Francisco

  Tourists and San Franciscans alike congregate at the Ferry Building Farmers Market for its famed food stalls (think food trucks at a farmer’s market) where lunch hour lineups snail on to the Embarcardero. Not only will you get to taste this region’s freshest produce and hottest dishes, you may even bump into a local […]

San Francisco Houses of Kick Starts:

Best place to grab a power meal to go (0r eat in if you have a moment): La Boulange Bakery & Cafe. I was later informed by a San Franciscan that Starbucks had just acquired this locally loved chain and the quality of the goods remains the same thus far (would like to know if […]

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe’s Croissant Affair

The name of this cozy bakery and cafe is already a dead giveaway of its French influence of pastries and coffee. But, what makes this establishment extra special is its mix of Euro-styled iron and marble interiors with regionally sourced ingredients, from syrups to coffee. It doesn’t stop there, if you’re looking for a special […]