Birdsong

Dinner – Thursday, November 12, 2020 We should have seen it coming, shouldn’t we? Halloween, the election crowds, the approaching cold season and pandemic fatigue all combined to push COVID-19 cases to new heights (I won’t use the word “wave” because let’s be frank, it’s all been one long wave – this country never successfully […]

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Aubergine

Dinner – Thursday, August 6, 2020 And so the state’s shelter-in-place order carries on interminably. In search of a way to take a break as responsibly as possible (and trying to support our friends), we skipped down the coast for a one-night stay at L’Auberge Carmel. Of course, the purpose was to dine at Aubergine, […]

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Single Thread

Dinner – Thursday, July 9, 2020 Our previous dinner at Single Thread was in the immediate aftermath of the devastasting Kincade Fire. Who could have known then that our next meal would occur in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic? Our family has been beyond fortunate so far, even as so many around the […]

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Burnt Ends

Lunch – Friday, February 21, 2020 Singapore is oh-so-far-away and we visit so infrequently that I’ve accumulated a lengthy list of restaurants and bars of interest in the city-state. Burnt Ends has been near the top of that list for some time – Dave Pynt has quite a pedigree (Tetsuya’s, noma, Etxebarri, St. John…), so […]

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Takiya

Dinner – Wednesday, February 19, 2020 As of this writing, Takiya is Tabelog’s #1 ranked tempura restaurant in Tokyo (and second overall to Niitome in Nagoya). My last meal there was less than three months ago, but I didn’t have time to post about it – consider this my attempt at rectifying the situation. The […]

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Birdsong

Dinner – Wednesday, January 22, 2020 After about a year and a half of operation, Birdsong remains my favourite restaurant in San Francisco proper. I’ve written here about two past meals, but I think this evening was my sixth visit since June 2018 (eh, who’s counting?). Tonight, I returned with a friend and we were […]

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logy

Dinner – Friday, November 29, 2019 Hiroyosu Kawate’s Floril├Ęge is one of my favourite restaurants in Tokyo, so when we were planning our trip to Taipei, a visit to its sister restaurant logy was a must-do. Ryogo Tahara worked under Kawate for three years before opening the Taiwanese outpost last November. The two kitchens could […]

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Single Thread

Dinner – Monday, November 4, 2019 We were scheduled to eat at Single Thread on October 28, but the Kincade Fire put a quick stop to that as it forced a mandatory evacuation of Healdsburg and the surrounding areas. All in all, the fire burned through ~78,000 acres of Sonoma county in about two weeks, […]

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Mourad

Dinner – Thursday, October 3, 2019 It had been some time since I’d visited Mourad, and I was starting to get that nagging itch. I booked my dinner there, and then saw the announcement about Aziza’s revival a week later – it was meant to be. I’m still as captivated by the restaurant’s design as […]

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Aubergine

Dinner – Saturday, August 31, 2019 I was surprised to discover that my most recent post about Aubergine was last April, just before we had our daughter! This dinner marks our fourth visit since that post (!), and notably, our first since the restaurant was awarded their well-deserved Michelin star in the inaugural California guide. […]

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