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Where should we eat dinner? [Cupertino / Saratoga area]

I like Jang Su Jang but I think others might flame me for my choice :)

Nov 14, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area


Lemongrass is at most convenient. Food ain't that great, passable for Thai on the strip...

Nov 14, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Dim sum close to 5th and Mission [San Francisco]

I think Canton is on the same level as Yank Sing for the traditional dim sum items but way cheaper. Only drawback is the ambience.

Oct 13, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Ramen Yokocho in Bay Area! (San Jose)

I was only there for an hour and half so I wasn't able to see the crowds after that.

However, when I left, there wasn't a crowd to get it. You could just walk in straight away.

Oct 05, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Ramen Yokocho in Bay Area! (San Jose)

I just got back from the Ramen Festival. I bought the Express ticket/ VIP ticket and practically had no wait getting my ramen at all. I guess getting there first thing when they opened help too. Bring cash because most of the things there were cash only. Plus we are having a heatwave in SJ, so dress appropriately.

- My first ramen bowl was from Tatsunoya. My favorite and spoiled my appetite for the other ramen. I dare say that this was better than Orenchi except there wasn't any runny yolk egg in the ramen (there wasn't any egg in the ramen I got).
- Kohmen had the right noodles but the broth was way too fatty. We left the bowl of soup for a while, and it quickly developed a film of fat.
- I made a mistake with Tsujita ramen. They gave a huge dollop of spicy miso paste and I mixed it all in. That turned the soup bitter and overpowered everything else. We couldn't finish this.
- Takoyaki was decent but the mentaiko sauce was heavenly.

Hope the above helps. And good luck if you decide to go.

Dennis Leary Delivers Via Meter-Maid Interceptors, Because He Is a Genius - Eater SF

I am actually terrified of him for some reason. I was a regular at HoS and see him quite often. He is somehow always brooding about something or another.

Oct 01, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Some questions about Vegas dining

If pricing isn't an issue and you would want to stay on the strip, I really like the execution of Cantonese cuisine in Blossom, Aria. However, I have always ordered dishes off the menu and have not tried their tasting menu before.

Sep 12, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

5 lunches, 4 dinners

Thanks for your review!

Aria's buffet has been pretty much a miss for me. I had decent experience at Bellagio's buffet but maybe there is something about buffets that doesn't do it for me.

Sep 08, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Cantonese banquet dinner - coming from Los Gatos

Is it any good?

Sep 03, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Soba, naengmyeon or other cold Asian noodle dishes

Third, I-naba. Just a pain to get to it though if you don't have a car.

Aug 31, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Fresh Mangosteens?

Do you have them this weekend?

Aug 29, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Halal Chicken in Sunnyvale area


I am looking for halal/ kosher for Muslims chicken (raw/ to be cooked) in South bay, particularly in the Sunnyvale area. Would you be able to help.

Sorry if this has been asked before but I couldn't find any recent posts on this. Thanks in advance for your help.

ETA: Thanks guys! I went to Baraka (since it was close to home) and purchased two chickens at $2.99 per lb today. The shop is pretty small and didn't have much offerings, but they seem pretty ready to cut up my chicken to desired sizes. I am going to cook the chicken up in Malaysian curry style on Saturday and will post after that on the quality of the chicken. Thanks again!

ETA2: Curry chicken was a success. But frankly I couldn't taste the difference between halal and regular grocery store chickens. Perhaps the curry taste masked the difference. The cuts were irregular in size and next time, I will likely get a whole chicken and cut it up myself :)

Aug 25, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Anyone been to Fogo de Chao recently?

Been there and the one in San Jose, CA recently. Salad bars are almost the same but the meats depends on the gaucho chefs' skills. Some are better than others but the picanha is always the best.

Aug 15, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Looking for good cantonese or dim sum non buffet food.

Love the location too. As it is away from major traffic areas and easy to get to from LV strip.

Aug 10, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Looking for good cantonese or dim sum non buffet food.

Yup, Chang's is my go-to for dimsum everytime I am in Vegas.

Aug 03, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Raku vs Yusho

Raku, hands down.

Jul 08, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Anything decent in the Paris Hotel?

Second Mon Ami Gabi. Right price points for the type of food they serve. Great salads.

Jun 26, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Change at Kabuto. Gen-san is gone.

I am not a connoisseur of good sushi (having had limited good sushi experience), but my dinner at Kabuto over Memorial Day weekend was pleasant.

My husband went for the nigiri course and I went for the Yoroi course. The tuna appetizer was amazing, and coated with the right amount and high quality soy sauce. The memorable items in the sashimi was the surfer clam and oyster. I could have passed on the grill, as it wasn't particularly memorable.

As for the sushi, I think they finally heard the reviewers and ensured that the rice was of proper temperature (just slightly warm and good texture to complement the fish). I didn't quite like what they did to the otoro and kamashita mince over rice (as I felt that it was a waste of good fish) but when I ordered a piece of kamashita nigiri, it was literally melt in the mouth. The least favorite part of the sushi course was the ikura as I felt that it was heavily salted. Otherwise, if given half a chance, I would go back again.

The dessert at Kabuto (green tea tiramisu) was excellent as well and gave the desserts in Sweets Raku a run for their money.

Overall, appropriate price for something good. I would love to visit Gen-san's new place when it opens but I won't turn Kabuto down too.

P/S: The menu in Kabuto still talks about Gen-san.

May 31, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Fine Dining Rec for SF Hound

Bacchanal is the most popular buffet right now, though I haven't been.

I feel that Le Cirque is over priced for what it is and prefer the more contemporary offerings at Sage.

May 16, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Good Tom Yum in South Bay

I have been to a few Thai restaurants in the South Bay but have failed to find a flavorful and spicy Tom Yum soup filled with ingredients such as onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and various seafood. Would typically find kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass in the soup too.

Places I have tried so far:
- Pad Thai
- Thai Basil
- Rama V
- Old Siam
- Thai Spoons
- Thai Chili.

Thanks in advance for help!

May 12, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Maestros vs Strip Steak

Didn't you ask this question two days ago on another thread?


May 07, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Baba's curry powder in San Francisco or San Jose

Sorry! I read your question wrongly.

May 06, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Baba's curry powder in San Francisco or San Jose



It's pricey though. But this is the only place I found online (or in Bay Area) that carries yee mee (the real deal).

May 05, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Change at Kabuto. Gen-san is gone.

Thanks, BRB. I called Raku to make reservations only to find out that they are not open on the days I can go. So I am sticking with Kabuto for now and pray that it is not too bad.

Definitely will try Raku again in a trip where I can make it there. Thanks for the advice.

May 03, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Change at Kabuto. Gen-san is gone.

Was undecided between Kabuto and Raku and decided to go with Kabuto without realizing this... Now torn between canceling my reservations (to go to Raku) or staying on course? Help, anyone?

May 02, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

4/26/14 Dining Report - Grand Lux Cafe, O Face Doughnuts, Buldogis Cafe, STRIPSTEAK

When I went to American Fish, I was really disappointed with what I had there (cioppino and scallops). Michael Mina in Bellagio, despite the pot pie, a couple of years earlier was also a disappointment. I really wonder what is the deal with Michael Mina's restaurants. I feel that Andre/ Sage/ Picasso is better.

Apr 30, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Wedding dinner reception & wedding cake

Sounds like something Andre's at Monte Carlo can do for you. I love their food at their price point.

Apr 16, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Please help me finalize dining plans

I-naba was ok but the prices was reasonable. I would definitely go for their soba over their udon, as their udon was very run of the mill.

Mar 31, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

shabu shabu in SF?

I liked Mums in Japantown. Fatty sliced beef which is good for shabu shabu. It is an AYCE too.


Aug 02, 2013
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visitor to Manhattan looking for advice


I will be visiting Manhattan for a business trip next week and my friends have recommended me to the following places.

Lupa (Italian http://www.luparestaurant.com/
Joe's Shanghai.

My budget is limited ($50 per meal) and I would be staying in downtown, but I am willing to cab to places if required.

Does the above places sounds good? Is it safe for a female to travel to those places at night on the subway?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Jun 08, 2013
snow78 in Manhattan