Orange County


The Cellar — San Clemente

Who says there aren’t any good spots in South County? In San Clemente alone, there is Vine, Brick, and now, I’m here at The Cellar. It sure took me long enough! I’ve been meaning to visit for a very long time, but never got around to it. I meet a friend for a leisurely lunch […]



Hong Kong’s Michelin cheap eats

This year, I attended the Michelin announcements for Hong Kong and Macau 2016. There was a bit of controversy within the media as to the validity of some of the picks, and also, those that were overlooked. In Hong Kong, Michelin awards both high end and also, cheap eats establishments. I managed to have a […]


on the Inca trail in Hong Kong

An old friend of mine, Cynthia Chin, has a food column in the Chinese paper, and on this day, I am tagging along as her guest while she visits two Peruvian restaurants in Hong Kong. My son and I love Peruvian food, and we eat it about once every few months, so I’m excited to see […]

San Diego


Coasterra — San Diego

It is a beautiful Saturday and I am in San Diego’s Harbor Island area’s having lunch with some Dames from Les Dames d’Escoffier from our chapter, as well as the San Diego chapter. We are at Coasterra — the latest addition to the Cohn Restaurant Group empire, which also owns, to name a few, Vintana, […]

carrot aguachile

Bracero Cocina de Raiz — San Diego

For months, I’ve been watching my San Diego writer and blogger friends — even some from OC — visit Bracero Cocina de Raiz. The restaurant has only been open three months and the itch to visit got the best of mec, so I decide to drive down to San Diego and taste for myself, some […]


Blush Ice Bar: East + West Kitchen is in a class of its own

One late afternoon, while driving through San Diego from Baja, back to Orange County, we decide to pop into Blush Ice Bar and see what this newly opened restaurant has to offer. I am not able to make it to the opening party as it is on a weeknight, but parties don’t give me a clear […]

Los Angeles


Restauration Revisted

Three months ago, I visit Restauration in Long Beach for lunch. It is a delightful spot and one which many of my friends are dying to visit. Therefore, on this particular evening, my friends and I are at Restauration, this time to celebrate a couple of birthdays. We are so lucky to be seated on the […]


an LA food crawl

It’s been quite some time since I’ve driven up to LA for no reason other than to hit some of the spots I’ve had bookmarked for a while. I grab a friend and we head up to LA last weekend for a day of food crawling starting in downtown Los Angeles, at Pok Pok. My […]