Off the grid …. not Haightin
OG pink boxes
Pork belly baked bun - the best sandwich in San Francisco
Spicy chicken bun
Coca cola braised pork bun
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.
Short rib tacos
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.
Food blogger life
The views… Puget Sound
stadiums and ports
Amuse to amuse.. chilled tomato cappuccino
Smoked Salmon with asparagus, soft boiled egg, prosciutto bites, and lemon vinaigrette
arugula, local pear, walnuts, blue cheese
Sip champagne with sorbet
Pan roasted Halibut with artichoke, heirloom tomatos
Pour the wine
Braised short rib with parsnip puree, carrots, bacon, pearl onions
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.
Filet Mignon Pho
Kind of looks like Tao
Vitamin Water + G2 Gatorade + Pho = Hangover remedy
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.
Macarons Gift Set to my gf (Baller Cookies)
PBR and Macarons
Nice cakes that won’t survive the flight
Cookie sandwich with peanut butter
Pistachio Macaron for myself!
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.
VIP Room for the fellas
Roasted Leg of Lamb
New York Steak
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.
Chef Park doing work in the kitchen
Bi Bim Bap
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.