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Special post: eat n love (friends n food..)

20 Dec
One of the main purpose of my visit was to meet my friends!!! We haven’t seen each other more than 7 years, so it was thrill that I managed to see them all. Too bad, some of them I didn’t get chance to take picture with. But thanks to all of them, I had a great trip!!! Wish to see you guys again one day…YEY!

Deep thanks to (in no particular order… *.*)

San Francisco:
Brenda, John, Elizabeth & William
Aline & Masa, Cindy & hubby
Indi
Reina
New York:
Mika, Josh & Kai
Rosita
Noriko

ENJOY!

DESIGNERS GATHERING.. We had a great design conversation besides a great dinner at Village Yokocho, New York. First time my friend, Mika and I fell in love with radish sprout. We had this amazing boiled tako served with it and it tasted so delicious that I still have a crave of it until today.. LOL.. Plus I finally ate one of my favourite dishes, enoki and beef. YEY!

This pic was taken at Cha House, a Japanese Tea House. Very nice place. Though I had a funny experience. Since the place was very dim light, when I went to the bathroom, I was shocked by the automatic toilet that could open its lid by itself. For a moment, I really thought there was a ghost or human inside. ROFL…..Other than that, the place was fabulous…

mochi..
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This was taken from google search — Village Yokocho, Lower East Side, New York.

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This next one was my last night in NY. So Mika, Josh and Kai took me to a nice italian restaurant… which I forgot the name… LOL

Little cute and adorable Kai!!…
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Kai never liked to be taken pictures by anyone else, except his parents. But I managed to take this good shot!! YEYYY….
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Kai had admirer instantly, as you can see.
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This two pics were taken by Mika. The restaurant has great outdoor details!
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Kai, taken by Mama Mika….
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Calamari appetizer. We all loved the dried leaves… SOOO MUCHH…
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Cheese balls.. forgot the real menu name.. hehehe..
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I loved that little jacket. It certainly made Kai more handsome…
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Mika and Josh…
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The restaurant table. It will be perfect for your date!

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Last night in San Francisco… Sushi with Mama Brenda

We were so happy to see this generous portion from Shimo Sushi (recommended by Aline.. Tx we really enjoyed it!) We were so full that we had trouble when we need to run to catch our bus… hahahhaa… Luckily we managed to catch it… The sashimi was the most generous portion I’ve ever eaten in my whole life with decent price too.

Mama Brenda and me..
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I stole these pics from Mama Brenda’s archive.. These are her lovely Korean children..
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Twin Peaks with Aline and Masa
On our last meeting, we had a great lunch at Hotei Japanese Restaurant, a relaxing stroll along Irving area. After that, we went to Twin Peaks. Believe or not, though I used to live in SF for some time, but that was my first time been there… So thanks to both of them, I could ‘cross out’ Twin Peaks from my need-to-go list.
Sweet couple Masa & Aline
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Some favourite food

20 Dec

This is one of my favourite food! First time I tried cheese platter with meat and fig jam. I fell in love so much that I was so happy we have fig jam here in Jakarta. Unfortunately, cheese price are.. well a bit expensive.. But as usual, I forgot this lovely restaurant name in New York.. though I love the place so much. I also ate gnocchi with pesto! Hahhaa (I’m sure someone will laugh at the pesto sauce)

This is mustard that you eat with meats and bread
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And these are the cheese.. I remembered they were Gouda, Emmenthal, Brie.. The other two I forgot. Hahaha.. But they were so delicious.. I still want more!!
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I love this vio drink tropical colada.. They taste like they want to be— like ice cream. Perfect for  a hot weather in New York. Unfortunately, I could only found them in Gourmet Garage Supermarket New York. Nowhere else..!! Aahhh..
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MAOZ!!!!!! It’s  vegetarian falafel! I love it so much and still miss it until today. The belgian fries are great too!! Definitely a must try!! First tiem I think that carrot is delicious… Hahaha….
Visit their website for more info!
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My welcome food in NY, the famous Lombardi’s Pizza. Meatball toppings.. Ooh I want more….
Panya Bakeries!!! Love their melon pan, cappucino pan and cookies!!
Though I can’t provide you guys enough pic, but here are some links to another great food that I’ve tried during my trip Somehow,  whenever I ate, I enjoyed it too much that I forgot to take pictures.. LOL…
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San Fran’s cheesecake factory: a beautiful place with great desserts. Though my sis and I only order a slice  a cake, they still gave us a basket of bread.. Very nice, huh??
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San Fran’s Creperie ST. Germain: I always have a thing for crepes. And this crepes is the best of all. Because it’s  a healthy crepes!! Made of buckwheat, so you don’t have to worry bout your calorie and cholesterol.. I want more of these too…
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Jamba Juice: favourite drink of all time.. Peopla say don’t miss sumemr without your sunblock, I say don’t miss summer without JAMBA! Get the POWER size!!! LOL
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San Fran’s Osha Thai resto: Great ambiance with great food
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Other great San Fran’s food:
Thanh long Crab house: Great crab, Great garlic rice!
Tofu Village:  Authentic Korean dishes, love their beef soup!!
Chinatown’s Napoleon Egg tart: the best egg tart!!!!!!
Monterey clam chowder: Rich, creamy and addictive
and many more….
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So, whenever you come to these cities, you know what you’re looking for… See ya next time!!!

Beautiful Sausalito

27 Oct
Finally back in SF after a long waiting for delayed flight. The next day, my sis and I went to Sausalito. Actually I wanted to call off the trip, but she encouraged me.. and I didn’t regert!! Thanks sis!!! LOL…
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Sausalito is a beautiful coastal city near SF. We took a ferry to go there and along the way, we could see my fav bridge, Bay Bridge from afar. I like this bridge more than GG Bridge bcuz whenever I came back after visiting  my friend in other part of the  bridge, I could always see the skyline of SF. And at that moment I felt… Ahhh, home sweet home. Also, when we passed the bridge, we could the hanging metal strings of the bridge. It was really cool!!! I wish I can take the pic!
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Anw, back to Sausalito… I liked taking  ferry trip. Anything about boat, sailing boats, ocean and wind.. I LOVE IT!!! However, this was one of those tiring day (again.. sigh) Since we planned to eat in this Jap restaurant, SUSHI RAN. We asked people and then we walked, and walked, walked.. (never trust when people said it was only 2 block away, you could see it, ten minutes away, bla bla bla…) You pretty much need to google it first to estimate how long and how much energy you will need.
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Yes, and we walked until finally we found it!!! BUT… the place was C.L.O.S.E.D… Aaarrrgghhhh. This was the second time that it happened to me (The first time was also a sushi restaurant but in SF.. and there would be the last one by the same restaurant)
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So, it only opened for dinner.. Sadly, we walked back to the street and decided to get a bus. We thought the bus fare would cost less than $2. but we were so shocked when we put our ‘clipper’ card, it said $5… Then we asked around and thought carefully.. Maybe this was not a local bus.. maybe this was a city transfer bus (SF-Sausalito) It turned out we were right.. So we still could get off and get on later to go back to SF.
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Well, that was one good thing.. so we didn’t have to walk to the ferry place.. Though I was planning to take more pictures of the Ferry Building. Oh well…
We got off at this Italian Restaurant, Poggio (you can view their web here) cause they were listed as Top 100 restaurant. As usual, I was either too HUNGRY or excited that I didn’t take any pic when I eat.. LOL.. sorry.. But I’ve browsed some pic. You can read the restaurant review at Food Nut (they also have SUSHI RAN.. Mann,, their food looks yummy!!) And thanks to ash2276 and italy in SF for their pictures.
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We had two main course (i think the pasta was taglietelle and meat loaf ) The portion was super generous that we decided we only ate one course and saved the other one for my lunch tomorrow.
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My sis actually loved their bread and butter (the butter was poggio homemade) It was very delicious!! I guess everything happened for a reason.. Otherwise, we would never try Poggio. Their dessert also won some awards, but we were too full to try it.
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Overall, it was a good day and good trip. Though tired, we enjoyed the day. Thanks again sis hahaha…!!! Anw, here are some shots.. Hope u like it!!!
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(PS: This is actually my 2nd time writing all of this.. since the first one, I deleted it by mistake.. *sigh* even after the trip, this ‘sausalito’ post still makes me tired…LOL. But I’m glad that I can finish my second time hahaha.. I just got to share this one with you all… )
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Sausalito… my future house location (huahahahah)
According to Fengshui, it’s good to have a house ‘sitting on a mountain, looking at the ocean’ Well in my opinion, of course it’s good.. Cause if you already have this house, you must be very wealthy. Houses this type cost a lot of fortune!
SF Skyline… That’s Transamerica Building.. the tallest one
My sis’s masterpiece.. a pic near a trash can.. LOL
I love this one.. Pretty.. This was where we tried to find SUSHI RAN
Poggio’s delicious bread and butter

Washington Square & Dessert Truck, New York

25 Oct

This was my last night in New York. And I had great time! Especially I got a sumptuous dessert treats from my friend.. One of the best dessert I’ve ever had!!! Thank you!!! And one of them was GOAT CHEESECAKE!!! Some of you mite feel yucky.. But trust me (as I trust my friend when she said it’s really delicious..) It is really DELICIOUS.. BELLISIMO!! You should definitely try it!

I apologize first since I don’t take the pictures.. Somehow, for most of the food that I ate I didn’t take any shots. Maybe I was already too hungry or excited that I forgot… Hahahha… However, I’ve browse the web and found some great shots.. Provided by Tina Wong.

We also had Warm Molten Chocolate Cake and Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bacon Sauce.. And yes, Bacon Sauce. Want to know their other products, visit Dessert Truck here.

I think our favourite was goat cheesecake, followed by bread pudding, if I’m not mistaken. Then the last one was Molten cake (which is pretty much the same with chocolate lava cake–if you’ve ever eaten one) It costs $6 each. Quite expensive, but worth the price.

Other than that, on my last night I took pics of Washington Square, which was the location where my friend and her family lived. It’s a nice landmark, resembling the famous Arc de Triomphe in France. Anyway, enjoy these shots especially the desserts hahahahhaa…..

 

chocolate bread pudding
YUMMY GOAT CHEESECAKE

 

chocolate molten cake

 

the inside of molten cake.. slurrppp

 

looks delicious huh?? hahahha…

 

 

 

this is the truck… we bought it at nite.. you can see my own pix at the bottom of this post.. Since it was dark, I couldn’t take nice shots
And here is Washington Square at night…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one supposed to be the Chrysler Building hahaha…

 

There is this street performer. When you sit/stand inside the arch, the sound quality is much better. I like how the lights resulted in these pics.

 

 

 

 

Ahh this one is a special pic for my friend, Yan.. Yes.. it’s a GYM Yan, very upscale GYM.. hahahaha.. I was in awe tooo.. and wondering if their equipment made of gold hahhaa…

 

I kept telling myself, I’ve seen this place in movie, but I couldn’t remember.. Anyone?

 

My own dessert truck pic.. LOL

 

 

This is a different pic. It was inside NY airport, where a BIG misfortune happened to me. I got delayed for 8 hours (waiting inside the airplane for 3 hours) However, I fulfilled my dream to eat/drink in a pub-style bar. I ate an unexpectedly very good tender grilled chicken here (which again I forgot to take pic) I don’t even remember the restaurant name hahah.. Maybe I was too eager to relax outside the aircraft hahaha…