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Cake on the brain…

June 15, 2010

I’m not a cake person.  I’ll eat it if it’s there (sometimes) but I can do without it.  My true loves are ice cream (if you couldn’t tell from my last post) and cookies.  I can eat ice cream any time of the day in any season.

But weddings have cake.  While I know we don’t *have* to serve cake at our wedding and cupcakes and candy bars are ever-so-popular right now, I wanted to have a traditional cake to cut into.  Boyfriend and I have been inundated with appointments and meetings and cake tastings lately so I definitely have cake on the brain.

Our first tasting was at Jen’s Cakes.  My parents were in town and were able to join us in our first cake tasting experience.  We tried ten of their most popular flavors and fillings.

My parents studied the plate and description sheet intently before they dug in!

We all agreed on three flavors we liked the most and while we didn’t make any decisions, it was a great start to our cake tasting experience.

1053 Lincoln Avenue   San Jose, CA

Slice of NY

March 15, 2010

I have always heard about how great Slice of NY is and have read many reviews.  My coworker Richard and I finally grabbed lunch there.  This place was teeny tiny but I LOVED the decor.

It took me back to Manhattan for a split second.

The pizza was awesome with the crust having just the right chewiness.  I’d go again in a heartbeat if I was near Valley Fair but probably wouldn’t make a special trip out there for it.  Shopping anyone??  ; )

3443 Stevens Creek Boulevard  San Jose, CA

Hally K!

October 2, 2008

We went to Hally K’s Ono Cafe awhile back and to be honest, I can’t even remember what I ordered.  Whatever I ordered, I liked Boyfriend’s better… and he liked mine better so we switched meals.  I think we complement each other well that way. : ) 

This restaurant had a real cozy ambiance and I wish there were open tables outside as it was a nice, sunny day.  There is loco moco on the menu for some outrageous price but I guess we know where to go if we ever have a craving.

312 S 3rd St.  San Jose, CA

San Jose Japantown: Kaita

September 30, 2008

I think one of my favorite places to eat in SJ Japantown is Kaita.  They have great lunch specials and are one of the more authentic Japanese restaurants.  The last time we went, Boyfriend and I both ordered the poke don / udon lunch combo.  It was excellent.

Our first time to Kaita, I got the toro don / udon combo.  I initially thought the two yellow things on the sie of the bowl looked like slabs of butter but they were yakitamago. (egg)

Boyfriend got some tonkatsu curry special and since we were hungry, we ordered hamachi and salmon nigiri and also a side order of gyoza.  The gyoza were excellent and the fish was very fresh! 

I know Boyfriend really enjoyed the poke don the last time we went… I can’t wait to go back!  P.S.  It gets quite crowded at lunch sometimes so be prepared to wait a little while.

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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