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Where to Eat in Austin: East Side King

I was in Austin for a couple of days last week.  Besides eating a lot of breakfast tacos, I tried out a lot of other new spots and a couple of old favorites that I was glad were still around.  One thing I could not get over was how vegetarian and vegan friendly most places […]

Pho Ngoon

This newly-opened northern Vietnamese restaurant has a concise, focused menu featuring just a handful of noodle soups and an even smaller handful of appetizers. The cha gio came two to an order and was of the rice-paper variety.  The rice-paper was fried to a shatteringly-crunchy texture and had a great tang to it. The filling is […]

Honey Badger Restaurant

When I was walking back from lunch on Saturday, another storefront caught my eye.  The exposed Edison bulb chandeliers and dark wood surfaces made me think this was going to be a hip coffee place on the rejuvenated Main street in Alhambra, but it was actually Honey Badger — yes, the same Honey Badger as the […]

Modan Artisanal Ramen

Are you sick of the word ‘artisanal’ yet? Because I am. I should have known Modan Artisanal Ramen was going to be disappointing. I was excited when I read about a ramen shop opening in South Pasadena, which is just a stone’s throw away from me. We already have Benten ramen, which works in a […]

KazuNori — The Chipotlezation of Sushi

Whenever I’m in San Francisco for work, the pre-lunch conversation usually goes like this: Me: “Where to go for lunch?” Colleague: “How about we go to blah-blah?” Me: “What’s that?” Colleague: “It’s Chipotle for Korean/Vietnamese/Thai/Japanese/Indian food.” The fast-casual, assembled to order, fresh ingredient restaurant has been popular in San Francisco and I usually lament that there […]

Maruhide Uni Club

Well, I finally made it down to Maruhide Uni Club.  When I first read about this uni-lover’s heaven, I really wanted to go, but it was just so far south that it didn’t seem worth it.  I’m here to tell you it is worth it.  I had the uni ikura salmon don and it was every […]

Contigo (SF)

I don’t usually think of Spanish food as vegetarian friendly, but when I inquired about the menu at Contigo, the woman who picked up the phone said it would be no problem for not only a vegetarian, but even a vegan. And no advance notice was necessary! With that type of attitude, I couldn’t not go […]