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Independence Tavern

Independence Tavern opened in early February in the location that used to house Buddha’s Belly.  Named after the steam-powered railroad line that once ran from Santa Monica to San Pedro, it is now a New American style restaurant with an impressive menu and cocktail pedigree.  Tom Block, a friend who used to work at Beelman’s Pub, […]

Kaioo Ramen

Kaioo* Ramen opened in the first week of February, replacing an unsuccessful hotpot restaurant.  With the LA ramen revolution in full swing, it’s nice to see some new places to slurp the hot bowls of noodle in the SGV. On my first visit, I ordered the eponymous Kai Original Ramen bowl in a combo with […]

Not Your Mama’s Liang’s Kitchen

The last time I had dined at Liang’s Kitchen in Monterey Park, years ago, it was still full of KMT memorabilia and served Taiwanese comfort food. This recent time I paid it a visit, it was definitely changed. The menu resembles that of Shaanxi Gourmet instead of just another Taiwanese noodle joint. I saw there […]

Ramen Champ — Long Live The Champ

Disclaimer: I was invited by a friend to Ramen Champ and did not pay for my meal. When I first walked into the small ramen restaurant, what caught my eye was the bold black on white drawings on the wall.  If you look carefully, you’ll see a narrative created by noodles.  While plenty of places are nice […]

Where to Eat in Austin: Jester King Brewery & Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza

When a friend asked if I could pick up a few bottles of beer for him if I happen to be at Jester King Brewery, I was initially doubtful. I hadn’t planned on visiting the brewery and didn’t even know it existed, but after a few quick searches, it became a place I knew I […]

Where to Eat in Austin: Baton Creole

The food trailer utopia of Austin can be overwhelming to navigate because of all the different options.  Fortunately, we were limited on two criteria: it had to be delicious, and it had to have vegan food.  I forgot how, I stumbled upon it, but once I read that Baton Creole had vegan beignets, I knew […]

Where to eat in Austin: Radio Coffee and Beer & Veracruz All Natural

I ran out of coffee beans a few days ago and thought, “Oh, no problem. I’ll just stop by Radio and get a cortado and two breakfast tacos before work.” Nooooooo. Unfortunately, they were all the way in Texas and I’m in California.  Radio Coffee and Beer wins the award for MVP: Most Visited Place in […]