1. A Picturesque Brunch at the SAM

    Taste SAM

    Taste SAM

    SAM Taste

    SAM Taste

    Taste SAM

    Taste SAM

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    Pike Place Seattle

    If you’re feeling city, artsy, and hungry, try a day at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). The brunch at the Taste Restaurant, located on the street level of the SAM, is as delicious as it is convenient.  Since we are dormant SAM members, we made it a priority to spend a weekend day exploring exhibits and using our membership discount for some sustainable food. 

    The TASTE brunch experience was tasty. The dishes are locally sourced from the area’s best suppliers right to your table. I ordered the Croque Madame since I was feeling like something buttery and savory. It included gruyere, smoked ham, and a sunny side egg on top of a brioche bun. I savored every bite for as long as I could. My fiancée went with a festive pork belly succotash. The pork belly was very nicely executed on a bed of squash, beets, and fennels. It was an artistic display of earthy components that reminded me of confetti.

    Though our dishes at the Taste were good, I regretted not ordering the chicken and waffles. Every time one passed by, I couldn’t help but stare and drool at the beautifully constructed work of art. Nevertheless, the brunch experience compliments a day at the museum very well. I consider it one of the better brunches in the Seattle downtown area.

    After the museum, we visited DeLaurenti at the Pike Place Market to munch on the best cookie in Seattle….the massive chocolate chip cookie with whole hazelnuts. If you haven’t had it, check it out! 

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  2. Momofuku-ing Awesome (Ssam Bar)

    Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Rolling with the homie Kevin Chou as we backpacked through the urban jungle

    Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Highly anticipated pork belly buns

    Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Duck wontons “Shut it down”

    Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Spicy pork sausage and rice cakes

    Momofuku Ssam Bar

    Infamous duck with rice

    Momofuku Ssam Bar

    I have literally been waiting years to go to New York and walk into the Momofuku institution.  As with any other Asian food enthusiast, I copped the book, follow the twitter, and read the articles.  The anticipation to go here felt like waiting until Christmas to receive a Super Nintendo.  Lo and behold, this past summer I finally got my wish.  

    The Momofuku of choice was the Ssam bar since they offered the most variety.  Right when you walk in, you can feel the New York urban cool.  The decor has a modern feel as it’s decked out in wood panel and a few John McEnroe posters.  The staff is hip and the crowd is a pleaser.  

    For our order, there is no doubt we got the pork belly buns and duck with rice.  We  supplemented these staples with duck wontons and spicy sausage with rice cake.  The outcome was true happiness.

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  3. On a Mission to Mission Chinese Food

    Mission Chinese San Francisco

    Interior

    Mission Chinese San Francisco

    Signage

    Mission Chinese San Francisco

    Spicy noodle with beef cheek

    Mission Chinese San Francisco

    Pork belly with thousand year old egg and rice rolls

    Mission Chinese San Francisco

    Salad rice rolls

    Mission Chinese San Francisco

    BBQ beef brisket sandwich (GQ’s best dish in San Francisco)

    My mission if I chose to accept was to dine at Mission Chinese Food and take instagram it up.  The mission was gladly accepted however I think we ordered more dishes than two people can handle. 

    The Mission Chinese Food menu was like Disneyland! There were so many asian dishes with all my favorite ingredients and sold at reasonable prices. I done lost my figure in an asian foodie’s paradise. The BBQ beef brisket was delicious, slow cooked and flavory to articulate all it’s goodness. The salad rolls, pork belly, and spicy noodle soup were all good as well. The mission very much satisfied. 

    On a bonus note, I tweeted that the food hipster had finally embarked on this mission and then chef Danny Bowien came out to chat it up. He appreciated my venture down from Seattle and called in a table for me at my next destination. Too bad I wasn’t picture ready since my glasses were fogged up from the spicy noodle soup. 

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  4. 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.

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  5. Oxtail Pho

Pork Belly Banh Xeo

Hai Gow
Monsoon Seattle (Brunch)
The Monsoon Seattle brunch is quite a luxurious Vietnamese dining experience. The ingredients are high quality and cooking techniques carefully executed. I love when places look want to advance Vietnamese cuisine. The Oxtail pho was pretty good, fresh, and soothing for cold days. The pork belly banh xeo was cooked to perfection and the pork belly was very succulent, though I wish they had the greenleaf lettuce for wrapping. Monsoon has a higher price tag than other Vietnamese restaurants, but in exchange you get an esquisite dining experience with nicely curated Vietnamese food.
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    Oxtail Pho

    Pork Belly Banh Xeo

    Hai Gow

    Monsoon Seattle (Brunch)

    The Monsoon Seattle brunch is quite a luxurious Vietnamese dining experience. The ingredients are high quality and cooking techniques carefully executed. I love when places look want to advance Vietnamese cuisine. The Oxtail pho was pretty good, fresh, and soothing for cold days. The pork belly banh xeo was cooked to perfection and the pork belly was very succulent, though I wish they had the greenleaf lettuce for wrapping. Monsoon has a higher price tag than other Vietnamese restaurants, but in exchange you get an esquisite dining experience with nicely curated Vietnamese food.

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  6. Gourmet Noodle Bowl
One of the best dishes in the International District is the pork belly bun at the Gourmet Noodle Bowl. For a $2.95 bargain you get the harmonized goodness of succulent pork belly, pickled vegetables, spice, cilantro, all in a fresh steamed hum bao.
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    Gourmet Noodle Bowl

    One of the best dishes in the International District is the pork belly bun at the Gourmet Noodle Bowl. For a $2.95 bargain you get the harmonized goodness of succulent pork belly, pickled vegetables, spice, cilantro, all in a fresh steamed hum bao.

    Gourmet Noodle Bowl on Urbanspoon

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Clams and chorizo
Carmelized sea scallops  
Duo pork (pork chop and pork belly)
Fancy chocolate truffle thing

Book Bindery (GF’s Bday)
Book Bindery is a beautiful experience that is set in an exquisite modern industrial library setting with classic finishes, while overlooking the waterfront. Perfect for a good time. Food was clean, infused with flavor, high quality, and harmonized. 
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    imageClams and chorizo

    imageCarmelized sea scallops  

    imageDuo pork (pork chop and pork belly)

    imageFancy chocolate truffle thing

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    Book Bindery (GF’s Bday)

    Book Bindery is a beautiful experience that is set in an exquisite modern industrial library setting with classic finishes, while overlooking the waterfront. Perfect for a good time. Food was clean, infused with flavor, high quality, and harmonized. 

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