Ms. Lin Guide Blog Posts

  • Darioush Winery (Napa Valley)
    on Oct 7, 2011 in wine-tasting napa
    We finished at Caymus early and had a little time to kill so we decided to make an impromptu stop at Darioush Winery. The architecture at Darioush Winery is Persian-inspired and definitely evoked feelings of grandeur as we walked up. As we entered...
  • Caymus Vineyards (Napa Valley)
    on Oct 1, 2011 in wine-tasting napa
    The first stop of our Napa Valley wine tour was Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford. I know Caymus makes great wines but I didn't really know much about them. The only time I have had Caymus wine was a few years back at a friend's wedding. I don't reme...
  • Oakville Grocery (Napa Valley) - with Recipe!
    on Sep 26, 2011 in wine-tasting napa market recipe
    Two separate groups of friends were visiting from out of town, and Napa Valley was definitely on their itinerary. I ended up going to Napa Valley twice in one weekend (a record for me lol) but had two extremely fun but completely different experienc...
  • Sons & Daughters (San Francisco)
    on Sep 16, 2011 in san francisco new american
    Tucked away in on Bush St, Sons & Daughters serves up an inspired menu full of fresh local ingredients. When you walk in, you can see into the small kitchen and the dining room is decorated with classic paintings over the fireplace. Overall it...
  • End of El Bulli (elBulli) as we know it...As I write this, the chefs at El Bulli are busily preparing to serve their last meals ever at the restaurant. With legendary chef Ferran AdriĆ  moving about the kitchen giving instructions, the 45 chefs are turning out dish after dish of wildest cul...
  • Noma (Copenhagen)
    on Dec 20, 2010 in Copenhagen Europe gastronomy
    (This is a long overdue post to celebrate the 4th anniversary of my website, but I guess this will be a pre-celebration of the 5th anniversary LOL...)Tucked away in a dimly lit harbor, Noma exhibits the same characteristics that can be found in its f...
  • Merkato - Vegas Off The Strip
    on Oct 17, 2010 in Vegas Ethiopian
    When people think of Vegas they think of all the glitz and glamour. Sometimes I just want good food without breaking the bank. One of my guilty pleasures is Merkato, an Ethiopian restaurant. Each dish is under $10 and they have generous portions. You...
  • Book Your Reservations Now! SF Chefs 2010 Restaurant Week
    on Aug 8, 2010 in san francisco
    Do you have any plans for the week? Well cancel them and change your calendar to come up to San Francisco to enjoy the tastiest and award-winning restaurants at a special rate. SF Chefs 2010 Restaurant Week presented by Visa Signature and the Natio...
  • Hurry and Book Now!
    on Aug 7, 2010 in food festivals san francisco
    It is that time again! The Sf Chefs 2010 celebration of the finest cuisines that San Francisco has to offer. There will be events through out the week of August 9th - 15th. For a recap of my wonderful experience last year, click here. I was able t...
  • Double Decker Buffalo Wings
    on May 16, 2010 in san francisco
    If only I knew about this place or thought about yesterday. After lots of research, the second place I chose was the Double Decker in SF. Albeit, it's located in a shady area as most people commented on the internet. The interior seems pretty...
  • San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
    on Apr 10, 2010 in food festivals
    This will be one of many adventures we had on Sunday at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan Town, SF. I guess you can say that I am a huge fan of Japanese culture, so I dragged Ms. Lin to the festival with me. A few years ago I went to the Pasade...
  • Epicurious Entertains NYC
    on Oct 5, 2009 in food festivals new york lunch
    Epicurious Entertains NYC is "a one-of-a-kind event with daytime demonstrations and celebrity chef dinners in a homey pop-up space" that took place from Sep 30-Oct 4, 2009 in a cute loft near Union Square in NYC. I was fortunate enough to be invited...
  • Naked Lunch at Foodbuzz Open House
    on Sep 26, 2009 in sandwich san francisco lunch
    Kat was visiting for the weekend and it just happened that Foodbuzz (where she is a featured publisher) was having an Open House on Friday, so we decided to stop by and meet some of the folks at Foodbuzz as well as other bloggers. I saw from the inv...
  • RN74 (San Francisco) - Q
    on Sep 17, 2009 in wine bar san francisco
    When I heard that Michael Minna opened a new wine bar and restaurant in SOMA, I thought that it would be fun to go check it out. The name RN74 refers to a national road ("Route Nationale") in France and the restaurant is located at the Millenium Tow...
  • Shabu House (San Francisco)
    on Aug 31, 2009 in san francisco all-you-can-eat
    If you are hungry and love meat, then you need to check out Shabu House. "Shabu shabu" is basically the Japanese version of fondue where you cook meats and vegetables in some sort of broth. Shabu House offers an All-You-Can-Eat option after 8PM eve...
  • San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
    on Aug 10, 2009 in food festivals san francisco
    One of the reasons I love living in SF is there are always plenty of events on any given weekend. Another reason is the rich diversity of cultures in the city. This weekend was a great example. I had already made plans to attend the SF Chefs. Food...
  • SF Chefs. Food. Wine.
    on Aug 10, 2009 in food festivals san francisco
    The SF Chefs. Food. Wine. event brings together some of the best restaurants and wineries that the Bay Area has to offer. What better way to enjoy all the delicious dishes and tasty wines from the area than attending this event? With everything und...
  • Bi-Rite Creamery (San Francisco)
    on Jul 12, 2009 in ice cream san francisco
    Bi-Rite Creamery is definitely one of my favorite places for ice cream in SF. I'm very addicted to their ice cream, and I would go even more often if the lines aren't so long most of the time, especially when the weather is nice. To avoid long wait...
  • Vitrine (San Francisco)
    on Jun 28, 2009 in san francisco
    Vitrine is located on the fourth floor of the St. Regis Hotel (125 3rd Street) and has a nice, airy feel. I'm always looking for a nice lunch place in SF since many of the higher-end restaurants tend to have only dinner service. Vitrine, on the oth...
  • Spruce (San Francisco) - Q
    on Nov 12, 2008 in san francisco new american
    I've been wanting to try Spruce ever since it made it into Esquire's annual 20 best new restaurants list. I've always trusted Esquire's list, as it has introduced me to many great new restaurants in the past. In fact, I had just gone
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