Mikkeller Bar

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I loved the interior of this place. The brick walls, high ceilings, cool artwork, and lighting gave off a hip and laidback vibe.

They have over 40 beers on tap, served in different temperatures according to the brew. I especially liked how they feature a lots of Belgians, which are my fave! If you like sours, they even have a sour room downstairs.

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They also offer snacks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert (you can pass on their risotto though). Next time, I want to try their hot dogs because they have their own sausage company!

If you’re a beer lover, I definitely recommend coming here with a group of friends to try their vast beer selection!!


Mikkeller Bar
34 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102

the Goodwich

VEGAS. What does that make you think of?
Clubs, casinos, buffets, Fat Tuesdays, Earl’s, etc… am I right?

I honestly don’t think the buffets are worth it at Vegas, except Studio B. And the only thing good from Earl’s is their chipotle chicken avocado sandwich, but it’s given me tummy aches and indigestion all three times I’ve had it (from their bread or just something they use in their sandwich sad face). Fat Tuesdays are a yes though, especially the peach bellini hehe.

But I digress. Did you know some of the best food you can find in Vegas is located off the strip (like Studio B and Tacos El Gordo)? Correction: MOST of the best food is off the strip.

Next time you find yourself in Vegas, tell Earl’s to move aside because there’s a muuuch better sandwich place a short drive away. Just head downtown towards the Goodwich – a shack that’s located in a parking lot across a strip club!

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Chicken Sandwich w/ Provolone, Spring Greens, Bacon, Tomato, and Ginger

Don’t be fooled by its location and appearance because not only do they have superb service, but they also have a creative sandwich menu that they execute flawlessly. (more…)

Dash Japanese Tapas and Sushi

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Baked Baby Scallop

This appetizer had baby scallop baked with their house sauce, uni, and ikura.

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10 pc Omakase

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Unagi

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Uni

*insert heart eyed emoji here*


DASH Japanese Tapas & Sushi
220 Main St
San Mateo, CA 94401

Green Tea White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wanna make something with matcha but can’t find it anywhere or it’s outside your budget?
There’s a simple solution to this: USE THE LEAVES FROM GREEN TEA BAGS! ^_____^ (more…)

The Hungry Cat

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Beer and “The Cumberland” Cocktail

I don’t remember what beer my boyfriend had, but I had one of their cocktails. “The Cumberland” ($13) had hendrick’s gin, fresh lime, fresh cucumber juice, and ginger. It was very refreshing!

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However, their seafood was disappointing. The live sea urchin (MP) lacked in flavor and texture, and the ceviche ($13, not pictured) was good but fairly small. To be frank, I’d only come back here during happy hour for some drinks and oysters.


The Hungry Cat
1134 Chapala St
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Ham Ji Park

Come here for a group for some gooood authentic Korean food because this place’s portions are HUGE.

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Pork Spare Ribs

Gamja Tang

Gamja Tang (Pork Neck Stew)


Ham Ji Park
3407 W 6th St.
Ste 101C
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Tatsu Ramen

One of the unique things about this place is their ordering system: you order and pay when you first walk in using one of the three iPads they have set up! You then seat yourselves and somehow they know what your order is (we didn’t have to show the waitress our receipt/number). A con about this system is that to tip with card, the choices for the amount are preset ($2, $4, or $6). To tip using card, there is a separate iPad by the door on your way out. They also have vegan-friendly ramen and sell merchandise such as shirts.

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Soul Ramen

This place has appeared in the press, like LA Weekly, but despite the rave reviews, this place was just okaayyy. (more…)

Life Lessons from Anthony Bourdain

Haiii everyone! Sorry it’s been a while and for my lack of posts the past couple months. Things have been hectic because the school year is coming to a close, and I’ve been leaving town for friends and family over random weekends this quarter while trying to do everything for school and work in between. In my free time, literally all I want to do is eat or nap (haven’t even had much time for Netflix lately le sigh). However, I bring you good news: I’m happy to announce that I will officially be ending my undergraduate career here at UCSB a year early and be done by the end of this summer!

Anyhoo, I came across this article the other day and wanted to share the ones that really stood out to me 🙂

1.) “Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.”

2.) “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”

3.) “Don’t lie about it. You made a mistake. Admit it and move on. Just don’t do it again. Ever.”

4.) “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”

5.) “Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

6.) “Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom…is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”

7.) “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.”

8.) “Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.”

9.) “We know, for instance, that there is a direct, inverse relationship between frequency of family meals and social problems. Bluntly stated, members of families who eat together regularly are statistically less likely to stick up liquor stores, blow up meth labs, give birth to crack babies, commit suicide, or make donkey porn. If Little Timmy had just had more meatloaf, he might not have grown up to fill chest freezers with Cub Scout parts.”

10.) “There’s something wonderful about drinking in the afternoon. A not-too-cold pint, absolutely alone at the bar – even in this fake-ass Irish pub.”

11.) “Under ‘Reasons for Leaving Last Job’, never give the real reason, unless it’s money or ambition.”

12.) “Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals in one’s life.”

13.) “Without new ideas success can become stale.”

14.) “But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.”

Any thoughts? Which ones were your favorites? Feel free to leave a comment below!