Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! 

It's always an exciting time to receive those red envelops filled with money, not to mention that red envelop designs have drastically changed in visual appearance. The designs of pop-ups or glitter and even cute characters have been added on the envelops to create an even more exciting way of celebrating new years. Also, a great time to brush up on those Chinese greetings: 恭喜發財! 新年快樂!

It is an absolute tradition that the lunar new year is celebrated with your beloved family members. The best part is the food is always well-prepared and delicious.

Red Envelops!
Time to Chow
Table full of Food

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


I had the opportunity of having my ex-housemate cook breakfast for me again. And voila, look what she whipped out! A mixed of spring leaf salad topped with bacon, fried over easy egg, meaty sausage, sides of potato and corn, slices of oranges serve with a bowl of tomato bisque soup. Although, I wasn’t very full, I was very satisfy and delighted to be served on a Sunday morning.

A Hearty Breakfast

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Brunch Delight

Weekend brunches simply put are, the BEST. I get my full nights rest plus the additional sleep-ins. By the time you actually pushed yourself to wake up, breakfast hours are long overdue, which makes brunch the next best thing.

I arrived at 900 Grayson before noon and still had to wait around forty minutes to be seated. That just means brunch is that prevalent on weekends, but of course, the tiny restaurant itself was already one of the busiest.

Upon arrival, you can immediately smell a whiff of the toasty fried chicken. Yums!

900 Grayson Store Front
Since its brunch I ordered the original famous chicken and waffles called the Demon Lover for $13.00. It is a spicy buttermilk fried Fulton Valley chicken paillard on top of the buttermilk waffle with either the old-fashioned cream gravy or the Vermont maple syrup. I got their signature cream gravy. If you want to venture the challenge of trying out the gravy and syrup, by all means, that is an option as well.

The chicken paillard was very moist and had a layer of crisp to it. Surprisingly, the chicken was boneless as opposed to the traditional chicken and waffles. I enjoyed not having to pick at the bones. Although the waffle was not made to be crunchy, it was soft and fluffy. The cream gravy was delicious! Add that all together for the first bite and you get a savory combo.

Demon Lover
Tempted by their herb French fries, I ordered a side with my entrée for $4.00. The waiter said she loved the combination of the demon lover with French fries. Unfortunately, the French fries actually fall below my par. It was missing my favorite crunch factor. The thing I can say that was good was the taste; it was very well-seasoned, not too salty or bland.

Side of Herb French Fries
All in all, it was a very delightful family restaurant to enjoy brunch.

To see my other foodie outings in Berkeley, click away.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ringing the New Year with Restaurant Week

The start of the New Year brings much anticipation to what awaits us ahead. For those lucky foodie Californians, we can jump start the new year with Restaurant Week. It lasts around a week, varying from different parts of California and restaurants, where food-lovers can enjoy some of the best restaurants for a more affordable price ranging from $20, $30, or $40 for a prix fixe lunch or dinner.

In other words, ever wanted to try some of the restaurants that had the $$$ or even $$$$? Yep, some of these restaurants are offering a set menu for prices that will not hurt your wallet as much as it would if you did dine there normally.

Taken from California Restaurant Week website, listed are different locations and dates that the event will be held:

  • Claremont Restaurant Week
  • Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
  • dineLA Restaurant Week – January 20 – 31, 2014
  • Dine Downtown San Jose Restaurant Week
  • Downtown Norfolk Restaurant Week – January 19 – 26, 2014
  • Irvine Restaurant Week – January 10 – 16, 2014
  • Newport Beach Restaurant Week - January 17 – 26, 2014
  • Oakland Restaurant Week – January 17 – 26, 2014
  • Orange County Restaurant Week – February 23 – March 1, 2014
  • Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week – May 30 – June 8, 2014
  • Pasadena Restaurant Week
  • Sacramento Dine Downtown Restaurant Week –  – 
  • Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Week
  • San Diego Restaurant Week – January 19 – 24, 2014
  • San Francisco Dine About Town – January 15 – 31, 2014 & June 1-15, 2014
  • San Luis Obispo Restaurant Month
  • Santa Cruz Restaurant Week
  • Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week – January 19 – 25, 2014
  • Silicon Valley Restaurant Week
  • Sonoma County Restaurant Week – March 10 – 16, 2014
  • Vacaville Restaurant Week – January 17 – 26, 2014
  • Walnut Creek Restaurant Week
For more information about a specific location, please check out the location's main website. If you are interested, reservations are highly recommended.

And maybe you might have one of the best food memories yet.
Restaurant Week 2014

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