Archive for August 2008

A Day in the City

August 31, 2008

We went to the Niners game Friday night (unfortunately, they lost) and spent the night out there so we could spend the next day in the city.  There are so many things to do out there and so many restaurants to eat at… we definitely haven’t capitalized on that since we moved to NorCal.

We went to Yank Sing for lunch.  I was craving good dim sum so we went to the “Rolls Royce” of dim sum restaurants.  It was probably one of the best dim sum restaurants I’ve been to and definitely the most expensive!  I loved the atrium area where we sat… we were close to the intruiging waterfall in the building and had natural lighting.  It was more quiet than sitting inside the restaurant but the carts came very frequently and we got a lot of attention.

We got our usual dim sum choices (shu mai, har gow, sticky rice, etc.) but a wonderful surprise was “Shanghai Dumplings”!  I’ve never seen these at dim sum before and I was so excited to eat them that we got two servings.  These xiao long bao were excellent although Boyfriend kept accidentally poking them with his chopsticks as he was picking them up and he kept losing a lot of his soup.

I would deifnitely love to go here again… the only cons are that it’s far from Sunnyvale and that it’s pricey.  P.S. We parked in the Rincon Center parking garage and it was free with validation!  That is quite unheard of in the city.

101 Spear St. (in Rincon Center)  San Francisco, CA

It’s been awhile…

August 28, 2008

Don’t worry, we actually HAVE been eating recently… probably too much.  I just haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been busy. (a.k.a. lazy and busy)  We’ve been meaning to try Seto Restaurant because it is very close to where we live and finally took the plunge today.  It has a very extensive menu and it took forever to decide on what to order.

Of course, we had to try the sushi!  The crazy roll (pictured left) was very tasty and we could tell the quality of the fish was very good.  This particular roll had hamachi, tuna, salmon, avocado and lettuce rolled with nori but wrapped with soy paper on the outside!  We also ordered a hamachi roll.

Even though the high today was 95, I was craving nabeyaki udon.  One thing I especially liked about it was that the ebi tempura came on the side without me even requesting it!  There was a lot of shiitake, chicken and various vegetables in it too.

Beyfriend ordered the steak teriyaki dinner tonight.  It came out on the sizzling platter as he ordered it: medium.  It came with a small salad, miso soup and rice.

The entrees here were quite pricey for a regular Japanese restaurant.  (Boyfriend’s dinner was $18.00)  I quite liked the ambiance and the brightness inside the restaurant and would frequent it more often if the prices were a little more reasonable.  We decided that we’d probably go again for the sushi but for regular Japanese cuisine, there are other places that are probably better for the price.

511 Borregas Ave.  Sunnyvale, CA

Mmmm, steak!!

August 1, 2008

A few days after we got back from Hawaii, Boyfriend turned 27.

I took him to Alexander’s Steakhouse since he had requested steak for his birthday dinner.  While I can’t say it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten (Mastro’s and Cut top the list) it was probably THE best dining experience I’ve ever had.  Definitely the best we’ve experienced together.  (The reason why it wasn’t the best steak I’ve had is because I prefer steak without sauce.  I feel like a good steak doesn’t need anything on it and I would rather have the wonderful beef taste.  Most steaks at Alexander’s were dressed up with some kind of fancy sauce.) 

I think I will let the pictures speak for themselves.  The food was excellent, the service was superb, the atmosphere was perfect and I don’t think anything about the evening could’ve been changed to make it a better dining experience.

Free champagne and tuna tartare appetizer because we were celebrating a special occasion.

Salad with edible flowers. 

The hamachi shooters were AWESOME!  I wish we ordered a couple more but had to leave room for the other stuff we ordered.  This is one of the things Alexander’s is known for.

Awesome rasberry drink they brought out for us to cleanse our palate before we were served our steak.

Boyfriend’s Porterhouse.

My filet mignon with shiitake mushrooms.

Crimini mushrooms.

White truffle oil french fries.  This bag was $10 or $12 but worth it.

They give you free cotton candy at the end of your meal!  Each night is a different flavor.  We had Sassy Apple… it was so—o good!

I had told the restaurant in advance that we would be celebrating Boyfriend’s birthday.  They exquisitely wrote this message in white chocolate!!  It was so pretty.

10330 N. Wolfe Rd.  Cupertino, CA


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