Posted tagged ‘Sunnyvale’

Pizza, pizza, pizza!!

November 16, 2009

I’ve always liked pizza but ever since our New York trip, I’ve been obsessed.  On the way home from the airport after New York, I couldn’t stop thinking about how goooooood the pizza was the night before.  It consumed me and all I could think about was the next time I would get to consume it!  We stopped by Giovanni’s New York Pizzeria for the first time on the way home from the airport.

It was an extremely good rendition of NY Style pizza, I was impressed.  We picked up two slices of cheese pizza to go and added all the shake-on toppings we did in New York.  Garlic powder, parmesan, chili flakes, oregano, etc.  The slices were huge (as they should be!) and were a couple bucks and some change.

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The obsession started out mildly.  I’d suggest pizza for dinner or gravitate towards pizza on the menu at restaurants.  I started wanting it all the time.  I did not simply crave it or want it.  I NEEDED it.  So began my pizza addiction.  In the past couple of weeks, I’ve  had your regular run of the mill pizza chains such as Round Table, Papa John’s and even Costco.  I’ve also purchased multiple packages of pizza dough from Trader Joe’s so I could make it at home.  We’ve been back to Giovanni’s again since the trip home from the airport and I can’t wait to try others.

I think my addiction with pizza has subdued somewhat but my love for it has only grown.  Boyfriend claimed he is pizza’d out for the time being but I definitely am not!

1127 Lawrence Expressway   Sunnyvale, CA

Taqueria!

March 30, 2009

We have these two amazing taquerias across the street from where we live but have only gone to them recently.  The reviews on Yelp are quite convincing though, so we finally decided to go.  Tres Potrillos was wonderful!! (Someone on Yelp wrote that it’s in a shady neighborhood.  I wasn’t aware that I live in the ghett-o of Sunnyvale.  Does Sunnyvale even have a ghetto?!?)

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The burrito was GARGANTUAN in size so Boyfriend and I decided to half it.  It comes with free chips and salsa.

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I wanted the jumbo burrito because it comes with everything.  Sour cream, guacamole, rice, beans, lettuce and tomatoes.  Yes, lettuce and tomatoes!  I got it sans beans.  We ordered the pollo and it was incredibly flavorful.  I was worried it might be dry but it was very moist and tasted SO GOOD!  I can’t wait to try their other meats!!

670 N. Fairoaks Ave.  Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Awful Italian at Il Postale

November 3, 2008

Il Postale in downtown Sunnyvale seems to have a great reputation but I’m not sure why.  The hostess is incompetent and does not seem to value their guests.  We were told the wait would be 30 minutes when we saw open tables before us and she seated a couple who came after us at the counter seats instead of even offering them to us.  I’m not even sure why we stayed after the awful treatment we received upon walking in and now I wish we hadn’t.

I ordered a chicken and risotto dish.  The chicken breast was dry and I wouldn’t be surprised if the veggies on the side were from a frozen bag.  This dish was $18.95 but not even worth $10 in my opinion.

Boyfriend went with a pork tenderloin entree which had the same “frozen” veg etables on the side and polenta.  His pork was decent tasting but not worth $22.95.

The prices at this restaurant were ridiculous for what you got and the service was horrendous.  I have no desire to ever return.  They currently have a $13 off coupon in Wave magazines because it is their 13th anniversary but it’s still not worth the money.

127 W. Washington Avenue  Sunnyvale, CA

Izakaya style

September 11, 2008

We went to Tanto the other night with my parents and ordered a bunch of delicious food!  The only thing I wish we could’ve returned was the kabocha gratin.  I’m not a fan of gratin to begin with and this was no exception.  The kimchee ishiyakai gohan, okoge – ebi to nasu ankake, gyu tan, shiyo yaki tebasaki (chicken wings), and wakame salad were all great!!  Boyfriend and I had actually ordered three of those dishes the last time we went and we liked them SO MUCH that we ordered them again with my parents for them to try.

1063 E. El Camino Real  Sunnyvale, 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

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


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