food review

Albona Ristorante Istriano

Not only can Albona boast the right of being the first AND only Istrian restaurant on the West Coast, but it is also deemed as one of the “The Best Ethnic Restaurants in the Bay Area” and has been included in the S.F. Chronicle’s “The Bay Area’s Top 100 Restaurants” for eight consecutive years.

This restaurant gets its name from Albona, Istria, a town that overlooks the Adriatic Sea.

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Stuffed Squid

What is Istrian food, you ask?
It’s a mix of Italian, Croatian, and Slovenian food! (more…)

The Lark

In Santa Barbara and looking for some New American food? Go to The Lark!

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They give you complimentary seasoned popcorn to have while you wait for your meal (pictured on the lower left). They have an assortment of beer, wine, and cocktails you could choose from.

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Strawberry Beet Salad

The portion looks small but there are actually a lot of beets hiding under everything!

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Charcuterie Board (1/2 order)

Their charcuterie board is my favorite from their menu because they don’t skimp on the meat (might I add that this is only a half order?).

Spanish Octopus Salad

Spanish Octopus Salad

The octopus was really tender, but I wish they had given more of it because the ratio of octopus to vegetables was 1:5 (le sigh). Also, they over-seasoned the sauce, so there were too many things going on with the sweetness and saltiness.

Pomegranate Pork Chop

Pomegranate Pork Chop

The pork chop was quite tender too, but again, the sauce was too strong. The sauces for the octopus and the pork chop actually tasted very similar! Maybe they were even the same?? (more…)

Cream Pan

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Located in Tustin, Cream Pan is a Japanese bakery that offers a wide range of small eats, from savory things such as futomaki and steamed buns to pastries like croissants. Their most popular item is the strawberry croissant! There is an ample amount of custard and it’s just sweet enough to complement the fresh strawberries. The croissants remain flaky even if you leave them sitting on the counter for a majority of the day. They’re worth venturing out to get if you’re not in the area!


Cream Pan
602 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

 

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Margherita Pizza

Margherita

They only make 73 of this World Pizza Cup winner a day! They make the dough by hand using caputo red flour and then proof them in napoletana wood boxes. For the toppings, they use san marzano tomatoes, sea salt, mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil.

Balsamic Pizza

Cal Italia

This pizza features four cheeses: asiago, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and parmesan. Croation sweet fig jam is distributed, topped with prosciutto, and then drizzled with a balsamic reduction, resulting in a wonderful sweet and salty combination. This was a gold medal winner on Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge!


Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
1570 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Flour + Tea

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Tea galore!

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Bread galore!

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Flour + tea = happy me 🙂

It’s a little bit out of the way to go to, but drop by if you’re already in the area and get their brown sugar milk tea and green tea mochi bread!


Flour + Tea
238 S Arroyo Pkwy Ste 110
Pasadena, CA 91105

Taste in Mediterranean Food

What’s good food without good service?

Customer service is extremely important in the food industry. No matter how delicious the food is, poor customer service will ultimately ruin your meal. If the food isn’t that great, service still has the power to elevate your meal. To put it simply – being in a good mood will make everything in life seem better (this doesn’t only apply to food!).

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Perhaps it is because they are a family business, but Taste in Mediterranean has some of the warmest customer service I have ever received. They treat you as if you are their friends, which makes the food taste even better than it already does. You can not only tell how much they value their customers, but also taste the wholehearted love they put into their cooking. (more…)

Hogwash

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Just look at the beautifully lit bar with all those beers on tap!

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And their decor LOL. As for food, we got pickled vegetables, fries, and a salad.

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House Pickled Vegetables

Is it weird that I don’t like pickled cucumbers, but I like all other pickled vegetables? (I do like regular cucumbers though)

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Curry Fries

They’re known for these, but we thought they were meh. The sauce just tasted like plain packaged curry and it made the fries soggy quickly. This was the only food item we didn’t like.

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Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

This salad had acorn squash, parsnip, turnip, beet, and arugula with a white balsamic vinaigrette.

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And of course, beer was a must 🙂 They also have a 55 oz beer goblet for you big beer drinkers !!


Hogwash
582 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102

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…)

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