Summer Snapshots: SF Sweet Spots

Hello dear readers, It wasn’t quite summer when I wrote my last post, and now we’re almost halfway through. I’ve missed writing here, although the reason behind my absence is a happy one: I’ve been enjoying my summer travels! A combination of vacation and work travel has kept me away from the blog (although if you’ve […]...

Dinner at Palo on the Disney Wonder (plus Palo’s Limoncello Tart)

One of the clear highlights of my Alaska cruise was dinner at Palo on the Disney Wonder, the adults-only Italian fine dining restaurant on the ship. I talked about it briefly in my last Alaska post, and now I’m excited to go more in-depth on my experience. On a previous cruise on the Disney Dream, […]...

{Palo Alto}: [esc] at Four Seasons Silicon Valley

Is [esc] at Four Seasons Silicon Valley the perfect escape? [esc], the new cafe/lounge space in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley is a sleek and welcome addition to the luxury hotel. Chef Eric Keppler, the in-house pastry chef, creates morning pastries like croissants and kouign amann for breakfast along with coffee […]...

{SF} China Live: Modern Chinese in San Francisco’s Chinatown

The opening of China Live, a modern restaurant and emporium in San Francisco’s Chinatown, brings back a lot of nostalgic memories for me. When I was growing up in San Jose, before Ranch 99s and Marina Foods became fixtures along 101 and 880, trips to Chinatown in San Francisco were a weekly ritual for my […]...

Pusheen Birthday Party for a 4 Year Old

This post is a bit belated but I couldn’t not share pictures of a Pusheen birthday party! Isabelle wanted a Minnie Mouse party like she had last year – I think she’s at the stage where she enjoys the comfort zone of repetition and wants to repeat the same fun experiences over and over again. I asked if she […]...

Raspberry White Chocolate Brownie Heart

I’m catching up on past baking projects from last month. First off, was it cliché to make a brownie in the shape of a heart for Valentine’s Day? What about a raspberry white chocolate brownie in the shape of a heart? My excuse is that I’ve never owned a heart shaped pan until recently. I’ve […]...