Archive for May 2008

Joy Luck Place

May 30, 2008

I’ve been slacking on the posts but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been eating!

Joy Luck Place has weeknight specials where a certain dish has a “sale” price on a particular night.  Friday night happens to be Lobster Noodle night.  It’s regularly $35 but on sale for $20.  Horace, Carlo and I headed out there to meet up with a couple of their other friends for dinner.  We didn’t know that there are TWO Joy Luck Place restaurants in the same plaza.  One is more of a fast food Chinese place (from the looks of it) and the one we went to was the nicer, sit-down restaurant.

We each chose one dish for us to all share at dinner.  We started out with a chicken / vegetable soup which was pretty plain.

Carlo chose the walnut prawns which were not as mayonnaise-y and sweet as other places can be.

Christine chose Peking duck.  (Monday or Tuesday night is Peking duck night in case you were wondering.)

I chose a braised tofu and veggie dish.

And of course, someone had to choose the Lobster Noodles!  This was the whole reason why we ate at this particular restaurant (I think) so Felix made this his choice.  Our five dishes and steamed rice was all very filling!

I don’t remember anything being totally spectacular at dinner but everything was good.  The lobster noodles were probably my favorite dish of the evening.  I ate so much at dinner that I didn’t have room for boba at Fantasia Coffee… sadness.  Including tax and tip, it was a little under $20 per person.  Not too bad for all that we ate.

10911 N. Wolfe Road  Cupertino, CA

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Dream Store

May 18, 2008

Boyfriend and I went to Yume-ya (literally translated – dream store) for dinner.  We are in the search for a good sushi place in our new city.  Our requirements are sushi rolls that taste good but don’t break the bank.  We tried Sakura Sushi in downtown Sunnyvale but it was nothing worth posting about.  We also tried Tsunami Sushi in Mountain View with Boyfriend’s parents while they were in town.  Tsunami was better but we wanted to keep searching.

Yume-ya is an izakaya but is also known for their sushi.  We started out with the tofu salad and homemade gyoza.  We chose the karashi mayonnaise dressing for the salad.  It was nice to have a choice!  The homemade gyoza was very flavorful and I would definitely order them again.

We ordered a few rolls (our usual are the tempura/crunchy roll, negi hama,  and spicy yellowtail)  We also went with salmon nigiri for Boyfriend and hamachi nigiri for me! : )  The slices of fish were very fresh and generous!  I was a fan.

I would like to go back again and try other items on the menu.  I’m curious about the Japanese style summer rolls they have.  We’ll have to go back when the weather is milder though.  The place didn’t feel particularly air-conditioned in this record-breaking heat we’ve been having and the water service wasn’t the greatest.

150 W. El Camino Real  Sunnyvale, CA

Sugar, Butter, Flour

May 12, 2008

Jill came to visit last week and besides going to the usual shopping places (Gilroy outlets, Santana Row and Valley Fair), she wanted to check out this bakery across the street from my hotel called Sugar, Butter, Flour.  Jill is a red velvet cupcake connoisseur and tries them whenever she can.

This one had pecans on top of the frosting and I liked it because the frosting wasn’t too sweet and wasn’t slathered all over like some other cupcake places.  At $2.50 a pop, it’s a steal compared to Sprinkles!  I believe Jill gave this one 3 stars out of 5.

669 S. Bernardo Ave.   Sunnyvale, CA

URL at Yahoo!

May 9, 2008

I got to go to the Yahoo! campus for the first time to eat lunch with Horace and Carlo.  They had this “recruiting event” going on so we all got free t-shirts and cafeteria credit enough for free lunch AND dessert.

URL was packed when we went at noon but by the time I took this picture, it had cleared out.

They had all different stations for various kinds of food… grill stuff, pizza, custom made salads, Mexican, Asian, Indian, etc.

All three of us ate exactly the same thing for lunch.  We got the “classic” which is the daily special.  Yesterday was lemon garlic chicken with faro tomato salad and asparagus.  Yum!  The weather was nice enough to sit outside and eat.

I was so————o excited to see that they have It’s It ice cream there!!  I had just told Boyfriend about how great It’s Its are and that they can only be found in NorCal.  I made Horace and Carlo not tell me how many calories are in one of these.  I hyped these up so much that when Boyfriend and I went to Safeway last night, he bought a box of mint It’s Its so he could try.  I’m pretty sure he approved. : )

701 First Avenue   Sunnyvale, CA

Dessert Time!

May 4, 2008

After playing with Carlo’s darling new puppy, he had a wonderful idea… dessert!  So Carlo, Horace and I headed over to Cocola Bakery on Santana Row to satisfy our sweet teeth.

Carlo went with cheesecake and… some sort of coffee.  (I don’t drink coffee so I have no idea what is what!)

Horace went with a chocolate and caramel cake with some kind of coffee also.

I choose a yummy strawberry eclair.  It was very light although probably not light in calories. 😛

After dessert we walked around and shopped a bit, checked out the dogs at the little park by Maggiano’s and walked across the street to Valley Fair.  After Carlo and Horace’s shopping spree in Macy’s (friends and family 20% off ends soon! – I had already done shopping damage at Macy’s two days prior) they suggested getting ice cream!!  It must be nice being a guy and not having to worry about your weight, I’m jealous.

333 Santana Row, #1045  San Jose, CA

Straits on Santana Row

May 1, 2008

Boyfriend and I ventured out to Santana Row to meet up with my cousin Melanie and her date Keith.  They suggested Straits because according to Melanie, “It’s super-yummy, and I know you’re kind of a foodie.”

Even though we had reservations, the wait was quite long since we actually arrived early but got seated late.  Santana Row is apparently the place to be seen because everyone in the South Bay seemed to be there.

We started out with Roti Prata which is a grilled Indian flatbread served with yellow curry dipping sauce.  Melanie said this is what Straits is known for and is one of their signature appetizers.  It was very tasty but you should definitely eat it when it first comes out and is hot.

We also go the Poh Pia which were like any other fresh spring rolls I’ve had.

Keith ordered the Origami Seabass which came out like this.

Opening it was a little anticlimactic but the fish was good with a lot of flavor.

My choice was the Tamarind Beef.  It was very tender and had a lot of flavor.  These were also the few vegetables we had with our dinner last night, oops.

We also ordered coconut rice and garlic noodles, both which were consumed before a picture could be taken.  The food is served family style and we were warned that we should eat as the food came out because there were a couple of big parties there and we probably wouldn’t get all our food at once.

I really liked the ambiance of Santana Row (although the shops are quite uppity) and the food at Straits was good but the restaurant was very loud and crowded.  I think we could get better food for the money elsewhere.

333 Santana Row  San Jose, CA


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