1. Bao Down to the Chairman (Truck)

    Chairman Bao San Francisco

    Off the grid …. not Haightin

    Chairman Bao

    Chairman Bao

    OG pink boxes

    Chairman Bao

    Pork belly baked bun - the best sandwich in San Francisco

    Chairman Bao Truck

    Spicy chicken bun

    Chairman Bao Truck

    Coca cola braised pork bun

    Chairman Bao Truck

    Bao down when you come to San Francisco. IMO the Chairman Truck is the best food truck in the bay area. I’m a sucker for steamed buns and bigger one for baked…. It must be the hipsterness? Or strong desire for asian food? It’s both!

    I must emphasize the pork belly baked bun was one hell of an experience….succulent pork belly with pickled daikon in a soft sweet baked bao bun that had made each bite of this sandwich perfect. I’m getting hungry writing this. The other baos were delicious too and packed with flavor. The food from the Chairman Truck was so good, I would consider leading an investment group to bring this truck to Seattle.

    The Chairman on Urbanspoon

  2. Namu Street Food

    Namu Street Food

    Line

    Namu Street Food

    Short rib tacos

    Namu Street Food

    Okonomiyake

    Namu Street Food

    The Namu Street Food stand is the Nordstrom Rack of Namu Gaji.  The stand is a fraction of the cost with fraction of the menu.  The cuisine is Korean and fused with the other Asian cultures.  We had the short rib tacos and okonomiyake.  They were good choices and had tons of flavor.  However, as another patron walked by with the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) I saw goodness, spiciness, and delicious!  I guess that’s on my to do list for next time.

    Namu Street Food on Urbanspoon

  3. In-N-Out Protein Burger Wrap Err day Err Day
I had five of these protein wraps in two days during my stay in Pleasanton, California.  The official food sponsor of the Yamada wedding.  
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    In-N-Out Protein Burger Wrap Err day Err Day

    I had five of these protein wraps in two days during my stay in Pleasanton, California.  The official food sponsor of the Yamada wedding.  

    In-N-Out Burger on Urbanspoon

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Azn taking a pic of his sausage @ Biergarten in Hayes Valley, SF. (Azn in photo runs food blog foodhipster206.com)

Got a nice shoutout this morning. This is what happens when you hang out with the official Byron Ong in SF. thanks for the photo, now you already know though, that’s the motto…. 
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    Azn taking a pic of his sausage @ Biergarten in Hayes Valley, SF. (Azn in photo runs food blog foodhipster206.com)

    Got a nice shoutout this morning. This is what happens when you hang out with the official Byron Ong in SF. thanks for the photo, now you already know though, that’s the motto…. 

  5. Summer Dining at Six Seven (the Edgewater)

    Six Seven The Edgewater

    Food blogger life

    six seven

    Rose’

    six seven

    The views… Puget Sound

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    Alki

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    stadiums and ports

    six seven the edgewater

    Amuse to amuse.. chilled tomato cappuccino

    six seven the edgewater

    Smoked Salmon with asparagus, soft boiled egg, prosciutto bites, and lemon vinaigrette 

    six seven the edgewater

    arugula, local pear, walnuts, blue cheese

    six seven the edgewater

    Sip champagne with sorbet

    six seven the edgewater halibut

    Pan roasted Halibut with artichoke, heirloom tomatos

    six seven the edgewater

    Pour the wine 

    six seven the edgewater

    Braised short rib with parsnip puree, carrots, bacon, pearl onions

    six seve the edgewater

    Meyer lemon pie with salted almond crust and brulee fruits

    The Six Seven at the Edgewater is a nice Pacific Northwest dining experience. The space gives a modern lodge feel and is complimented with a panoramic backdrop of Puget Sound.  You can see the sunsets, currents, ferries, stadiums, and Olympic Mountains.  

    Last week Six Seven kindly invited me to attend a dinner party for their new summer menu.  And I must say, Six Seven knows how to hosts a dinner party.  The experience was an 8 course meal with Sommelier pairings with each dish.  Everything was pretty good and in particular the pan roasted halibut which was cooked perfectly with a nice crisp char.

    Overall the experience was pretty grand with impeccable service, and breathtaking Seattle views.  Thanks again Six Seven for the invite and it was very nice to meeting everyone that attended.

    Six Seven on Urbanspoon

  6. Baller Pho at Zine - Las Vegas

    Zine Las Vegas Pho

    Filet Mignon Pho

    Oxtail Pho

    Oxtail Pho

    Zine Las Vegas

    Kind of looks like Tao

    Zine Las Vegas

    Vitamin Water + G2 Gatorade + Pho = Hangover remedy

    Zine Las Vegas

    Pho real though……and on top of that the choices are either Filet Mignon or Oxtail! After a day of drinking at the pool, hanging out at Thomas Keller’s kitchen, and doing bottle service…. How would I survive the morning and shake this hangover? I have to go find some pho. 

    So the options are Zine downstairs with the fine filet mignon but with a filet mignon price tag, or cab it to Chinatown which could essentially be the same price of baller pho.  In Vegas, pool time is money so less time traveling the congested streets means more time drinking domestic beer and YOLOing at the pool. 

    The pho at Zine is pretty legit. The broth is balanced and flavorful, the meat is sufficient, and the ingredients are of high quality.  The meal definitely hit the spot and suppressed hungover effect.  However my qualms were the $18 price tag and well done filet mignon. In all, do go to Zine if you want convenient good pho.  

    Zine Noodles Dim Sum (Palazzo) on Urbanspoon

  7. Bouchon Bakery Las Vegas - Baller Cookies

    Bouchon Bakery Macrons Las Vegas

    Macarons Gift Set to my gf (Baller Cookies)

    PBR and Macarons

    Bouchon Bakery Las Vegas

    Nice cakes that won’t survive the flight

    Bouchon Bakery Cookie

    Cookie sandwich with peanut butter

    Bouchon Bakery Pistacio

    Pistachio Macaron for myself!

    Bouchon Bakery Las Vegas

    Turkey Cran Baguette for myself 

    For the dood enthusiast or anyone that loves sweets… you cannot leave the Venetia without hitting up Bouchon Bakery. 1st we balled out at the bistro and then now comes the bakery….the Thomas Keller affair. These macarons were probably the best I’d ever had in my lifetime. Each cookie was the right sweet, flavor, and crunch. I took very small bites to prolong the experience and hoping it wouldn’t end. I could easily eat through the $20 worth. I also had the croissant, some cookie sandwich, and a turkey cran baguette. All choices were pretty good and made the experience great.

    Also, bouchon bakery is probably the best spot to get coffee in the hotel. The ratio of girls to guys in line is 5 to 1. That’s pretty good odds for Vegas. 

    Bouchon Bakery (Venetian) on Urbanspoon

  8. Bouchon Las Vegas - VIP Status

    Bouchon Las Vegas

    Bouchon Las Vegas

    Bouchon Las Vegas

    VIP Room for the fellas

    Bouchon Las Vegas

    Bouchon Las Vegas French Onion

    French Onion

    Bouchon Las Vegas Lamb

    Roasted Leg of Lamb

    Bouchon Las Vegas

    New York Steak

    Bouchon Las Vegas

    Roasted Chicken

    Bouchon Las Vegas

    Have you ever heard of a bachelor party booking the VIP Room on a Friday night at the renown Bouchon by Thomas Keller?  Well… you heard it now! That’s how we roll! My homie Jon Margarte called up his boy Thomas to let him know the YOLO crew is coming through and to have the reservation for 20 ready.  

    Bouchon is pretty much the best french spot in Vegas. Way better than anything at the Paris hotel. The experience is exquisite and first class. It’s the spot to be scene and dressed up (we wore our YOLO sleeveless shirts). The food is nice, clean, flavorful, high quality, cooked to perfection, and petite. I had the roasted lamb which was joy in every bite, but after a day of drinking did not soak up the alcohol. Every dish and side is done with detail and emphasized on flavor from the bread to entrees to the fries. So good! Highly recommend Bouchon Vegas for a visit.

    Bouchon (Venetian) on Urbanspoon

  9. Soon Dubu (Tofu Soup)

Bi Bim Bap

Steam pork dumplings

Ban Chan (side dishes)

BCD Tofu House
Since I’m on a korean theme for the week I’m going to do my another foodhipster fave Soon Dubu (spicy tofu soup). The tofu soup came out bubly and served in a clay pot. The silky soft tofu melts in your mouth and warms the soul. Soon Dubu is soothing, comforting, and perfect for the gloomy Seattle days. BCD Tofu House is as good and as real as they come. The joint is a chain but but does not have the negative chain appeal.
To round out my korean dining experience, I can’t pass on the stone pot bi bim bap, some steamed dumplings, and the Hite. Also you got to love those side plates especially the korean mashed potatoes. 
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    Soon Dubu (Tofu Soup)

    BCD Tofu House Edmonds

    Bi Bim Bap

    BCD Tofu House

    Steam pork dumplings

    Ban Chan

    Ban Chan (side dishes)

    BCD Tofu House

    Since I’m on a korean theme for the week I’m going to do my another foodhipster fave Soon Dubu (spicy tofu soup). The tofu soup came out bubly and served in a clay pot. The silky soft tofu melts in your mouth and warms the soul. Soon Dubu is soothing, comforting, and perfect for the gloomy Seattle days. BCD Tofu House is as good and as real as they come. The joint is a chain but but does not have the negative chain appeal.

    To round out my korean dining experience, I can’t pass on the stone pot bi bim bap, some steamed dumplings, and the Hite. Also you got to love those side plates especially the korean mashed potatoes. 

    BCD Tofu House on Urbanspoon

  10. Chan Seattle (Opening Partie)

    Chan Seattle store front

    Chan Seattle

    Chef Park doing work in the kitchen

    Bulgogi sliders

    Chan Seattle

    Bi Bim Bap 

    Chan Seattle

    Chicken wings

    Chan Seattle

    Nicole Munson, Alix Rose, Jess Estrada

    Chan Seattle

    Chef Park chilling with the ladies (Nicole Munson, Stacee Edwards, Chef Park, Eileen LabertAlix Rose, Terri Ann Johnson, and Keridwyn Deller).

    Chan Seattle

    Chan Seattle 

    About a week ago, I had the opportunity to check out the Chan Seattle restaurant opening party. And man….was it a party! Who doesn’t love good food and drinks? Chan Seattle is a new korean fusion spot with a focus on local ingredients, located in Pike Place Market on Post. Chef Park whipped up some nice dishes which consisted of bi bim bap, bulgogi sliders, chicken wings, tuna tartare, and ginger creme brulee. I missed out on the tuna tartare and the creme brulee but was told by everyone that they were to die for and went fast. Of the dishes I did try, they were all delicious and had me taking multiple servings. 

    In addition to Chan Seattle’s creative menu, they make pretty solid asian inspired curated cocktails which were also served at the party. Midway through the nite I had to go with the traditional OB beer since I love lagers. The event was pretty social and got to hang with @JessEstrada and company. I can’t wait to come back for dinner. Shoutout to Keridwyn Deller for the kind invite. 

    Chan Seattle on Urbanspoon

  11. Oeufs plats, jambon et fromage (Baked eggs and ham on some gruyere)

Sausage served on radicchio, oranges and candied walnuts

Pate

Older folks enjoying their Sunday

Younger folks hippin’ out the spot.

Le Pichet 
Le Pichet comes pretty real in Seattle. We came here because of our upcoming Europe trip and it being highly recommended by the homies Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.
Le Pichet is a charming, rustic, French restaurant located in Pike Place Market. The prices are reasonable and has a full audience of diners from the OGs to the hip 20 somethings. For brunch we got the two baked eggs with ham and guyere’ which sounded fancy and tasted nicely. Also we got the pater and sausage with radicchio. A wonderful dining experience that is quite different from any other Seattle spots.  
Also their fromage game is solid and they serve Cafe Vita coffee! 
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    Oeufs plats, jambon et fromage (Baked eggs and ham on some gruyere)

    Le Pichet

    Sausage served on radicchio, oranges and candied walnuts

    Le Pichet Pate

    Pate

    Older folks enjoying their Sunday

    Older folks enjoying their Sunday

    Le Pichet

    Younger folks hippin’ out the spot.

    Le Pichet Signs

    Le Pichet 

    Le Pichet comes pretty real in Seattle. We came here because of our upcoming Europe trip and it being highly recommended by the homies Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.

    Le Pichet is a charming, rustic, French restaurant located in Pike Place Market. The prices are reasonable and has a full audience of diners from the OGs to the hip 20 somethings. For brunch we got the two baked eggs with ham and guyere’ which sounded fancy and tasted nicely. Also we got the pater and sausage with radicchio. A wonderful dining experience that is quite different from any other Seattle spots.  

    Also their fromage game is solid and they serve Cafe Vita coffee! 

    Le Pichet on Urbanspoon

  12. Two racks of Xia Long Bao (soup dumplings)


Wrapping platinum dumplings

Soup goodness

Noodles with meat sauce

Spicy Wonton

Rice cakes with prawns

Shao Mai (shrimp on top, a little soup and pork at the bottom)
Din Tai Fung
This place is the real deal Holyfield. I love Din Tai Fung and glad that they chose Seattle (Bellevue) as their 2nd US location. My moms was kind enough to take the fam out to Din Tai Fun for my bday. Since my mom only eats asian food, she makes the decisions where to roll.
Words cannot express how much I love DTF……. xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and spicy wontons that is! I usually order two different kinds of soup dumplings, the pork and then the chicken & truffle. Also it’s a must to get two orders of spicy wontons as they could be Seattle’s best wontons. Balance the meal with some chinese broccoli and green beans. Instead of rice, it’s rice cakes with prawns. And you can’t have asian food without noodles, so you have to go with the spicy noodles and the noodles with meat sauce. 
If there’s room, the shave ice desert with fruit and red bean hits. DTF is loaded with goodness, flavors, freshness, and quality. The downside are the lines and the $$$ status, definitely not an everyday thing. DTF holds it down and I consider it a treat each time I visit. To note they have beer on asian beer on draft. 
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    Two racks of Xia Long Bao (soup dumplings)

    Din Tai Fung

    Wrapping platinum dumplings

    Soup goodness

    Noodles with meat sauce

    Spicy Wonton

    Rice cakes with prawns

    Shao Mai (shrimp on top, a little soup and pork at the bottom)

    Din Tai Fung

    This place is the real deal Holyfield. I love Din Tai Fung and glad that they chose Seattle (Bellevue) as their 2nd US location. My moms was kind enough to take the fam out to Din Tai Fun for my bday. Since my mom only eats asian food, she makes the decisions where to roll.

    Words cannot express how much I love DTF……. xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and spicy wontons that is! I usually order two different kinds of soup dumplings, the pork and then the chicken & truffle. Also it’s a must to get two orders of spicy wontons as they could be Seattle’s best wontons. Balance the meal with some chinese broccoli and green beans. Instead of rice, it’s rice cakes with prawns. And you can’t have asian food without noodles, so you have to go with the spicy noodles and the noodles with meat sauce. 

    If there’s room, the shave ice desert with fruit and red bean hits. DTF is loaded with goodness, flavors, freshness, and quality. The downside are the lines and the $$$ status, definitely not an everyday thing. DTF holds it down and I consider it a treat each time I visit. To note they have beer on asian beer on draft. 

    Din Tai Fung on Urbanspoon

  13. Fried Chicken (regular & Korean style)

Bone Marrow

Wood grilled kalbi short ribs

Curry bacon fried rice

Brown butter mochi cake

Pumpkin shake
Ma’Ono Fried Chicken & Whisky (formally Springhill) 
Can’t express how much I love fried chicken. Ma’Ono is one of my go to friend chicken spots in Seattle and along with popeyes (don’t hate). Ma’Ono originated from the Springhill Monday pop up and then chef Mark Fuller converting to fried chicken and progressive Hawaiian/Asian inspired food full time. 
Ma’Ono serves their fried chicken three way and your choice of two - regular, korean (spicy), and chinese (sweet mild mustard). All of them are definitely cracking so I recommend going with original and asking for the other two sauces on the side (sampler style). The other dishes that also hit home were the woodfired kalbi short ribs, clams, bone morrow, and curry bacon fried rice. I have yet to make my way through the whole menu but I plan to. Also, the burger gets a lot of attention as one of the best in Seattle. Occasionally they will serve the red velvet shake which is money and can compete with any desert in town. 
To me the Ma’Ono concept of fried chicken and whisky theme is a perfect harmony. I’ll warm up with some whisky and close out with some draft beer. The hardest decision is not wanting to order everything.
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    Fried Chicken (regular & Korean style)

    Bone Borrow

    Bone Marrow

    Short Ribs

    Wood grilled kalbi short ribs

    Curry Bacon Fried Rice

    Curry bacon fried rice

    Brown butter mochi cake

    Pumpkin shake

    Ma’Ono Fried Chicken & Whisky (formally Springhill) 

    Can’t express how much I love fried chicken. Ma’Ono is one of my go to friend chicken spots in Seattle and along with popeyes (don’t hate). Ma’Ono originated from the Springhill Monday pop up and then chef Mark Fuller converting to fried chicken and progressive Hawaiian/Asian inspired food full time. 

    Ma’Ono serves their fried chicken three way and your choice of two - regular, korean (spicy), and chinese (sweet mild mustard). All of them are definitely cracking so I recommend going with original and asking for the other two sauces on the side (sampler style). The other dishes that also hit home were the woodfired kalbi short ribs, clams, bone morrow, and curry bacon fried rice. I have yet to make my way through the whole menu but I plan to. Also, the burger gets a lot of attention as one of the best in Seattle. Occasionally they will serve the red velvet shake which is money and can compete with any desert in town. 

    To me the Ma’Ono concept of fried chicken and whisky theme is a perfect harmony. I’ll warm up with some whisky and close out with some draft beer. The hardest decision is not wanting to order everything.

    Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky on Urbanspoon