Sushi Ran, San Francisco, CA

Sushi Ran, San Francisco, CA
SUSHI RAN
107 Caledonia St
Sausalito, CA 94965
Ph: (415) 332-3620
www.sushiran.com


Just a few minutes away from San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, lies the picturesque waterfront community of Sausalito. It’s in this charming area that Yoshi Tome opened his highly acclaimed Sushi Ran.

Having received a prestigious Michelin star, the chefs at Sushi Ran work hard at the ever-changing menu that combines traditional Japanese and Pacific cuisine.

The fish here is very fresh and the cuisine is inventive. The service was friendly and efficient.

The restaurant has a sushi bar and main dinning room and an adjacent sake bar too.


Here is some of what we ate:


CALIFORNIA SALAD

This was a true California cuisine salad. It had fresh crab, cucumbers, avocado, tofu and crisp mixed greens with delicious sesame dressing. Everything was just fresh fresh fresh! Outstanding!


CRUNCH ROLL

This roll was highly recommended by our server and he was right on the money with this one. It was the best roll we had. The eel, spicy crab, shrimp and avocado melded beautifully with each other while the tempura flakes added a perfect bite of crunch to it.


SALMON & AVOCADO ROLLS

These were very good. The salmon was fresh and melted with the avocado in this roll.


NEGITORO

These rolls made with fatty tuna, grilled green onions and fresh scallions were really interesting. I loved the play of the grilled and fresh scallions with the fish.


SPICY TUNA ROLL

This was a different take on the traditional spicy tuna roll. Served with chunks of tuna, miso aioli and togarashi – it was rather unique – not exquisite but interesting.


SOFT SHELL CRAB ROLL & EBI TEMPURA ROLLS

I wasn’t very impressed with their soft shell crab and tempura roll.


SALMON & TUNA SUSHI

Their sushi was not as impressive as their rolls.


MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

Food: ☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

I recommend: California Salad, Crunch Roll, Salmon and Avocado Rolls


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* Restaurant Name
Sushi Ran
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Japanese
* Street Address
107 Caledonia St , Sausalito, CA 94965
* Phone
(415) 332-3620
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Academy Cafe, San Francisco, CA

Academy Cafe, San Francisco, CA
Academy Cafe
The California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 876-6124
www.calacademy.org

I hate going hungry to any kind of museums, zoos or theme parks because I just cant stand the standard pizza, hot dog, chicken nuggets fare that is served up, all across America.

So imagine my surprise when I walked into this:


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Asmara – Eritrean/Ethiopian Cuisine, Oakland, CA

Asmara – Eritrean/Ethiopian Cuisine, Oakland, CA
ASMARA
5020 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Ph: (510) 547-5100
www.asmararestaurant.com/



Asmara, (named after the capital of Eritrea) has been serving up Eritrean/ Ethiopian delights in North Oakland since 1985.

What begins with a rather mediocre facade opens into a roomy, inviting space with cute touches of ethnic décor.


The food is pretty good overall though in certain dishes I felt like there was something missing – perhaps something in the spices they use. Their injeras were very good and we were given plenty of them.

The service is a little slow but overwhelmingly warm and friendly.

All in all – Asmara is a really good bet!


Here is some of what we ate:


POTATOES & CARROTS AND SALAD

The potato and carrots combo and salad are usually served on the shared plate with an injera at the bottom. I thought the potato dish was very bland and devoid of spice and flavor. The salad was nice and crunchy and went very well with the rest of the meal.


TEMTMO/ YEMISSIR

This red lentil stew marinated in berbere sauce was very good. It really had great depth of spices and flavor.


DORO AND GOMEN

This boneless chicken cooked with mustard greens was outstanding. The chicken was cooked down to a perfect tenderness, which melded really well with the cooked greens.


SHIRO

This roasted grounds peas cooked in berbere sauce is one of my favorite Ethiopian dishes. I found Asmara’s shiro very lacking. It was disappointing.


TEBSY

This dish had pan-roasted strips of beef, simmered with onion, butter, and mild spices.


MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

I recommend: Temtmo/ Yemissir, Doro and Gomen


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* Restaurant Name
Asmara Restaurant
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Ethiopian
* Street Address
5020 Telegraph Ave ((between 49th St & 51st St) ), Oakland, CA 94609
* Phone
(510) 547-5100
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Miette – Patisserie and Confiserie, San Francisco, CA

Miette – Patisserie and Confiserie, San Francisco, CA
MIETTE
Ferry Building Marketplace
Shop 10
San Francisco, CA 94111
ph # 415 – 837-0300
http://www.miettecakes.com/


Miette


Miette is french for “little crumbs”. What a perfect little name for a perfect little place. Housed in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Miette is just as adorable as it sounds. Read the rest of this entry

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Panorama of My Silent Heart Cafe, Jamaica, NYC

Panorama of My Silent Heart Cafe, Jamaica, NYC

 

 

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This is my new favorite “hang out with your best buddy”, local spot.

Panorama Café is the most unlikely find, in this neck of the woods. It’s an artsy, warm café with a whole lot of soul.

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Bellevue at Amarvillas, Agra, India

Bellevue at Amarvillas, Agra, India
Ever had a meal with  view like this one?

Yes, that really is the Taj Mahal!

Imagine soaking in the beauty of one of the world’s most beautiful monuments as you are dinning.

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Lucky Rice Festival: Night Market 2010

Lucky Rice Festival: Night Market 2010

DUMBO was alive with the festive smells and tastes of Asia, as the Lucky Rice Festival 2010 held it’s Night-Market event under the archway of the Manhattan bridge.



There were Asian food vendors galore, dishing out yummy samples of their tasty treats to foodies who flooded the event. A lot of the samplings were of street foods that are available at the popular night markets in Asia.

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53rd and 6th – Halal Cart, Midtown West,NYC

53rd and 6th – Halal Cart, Midtown West,NYC

 

 

MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆

 

Service: ☆☆

 

Cost: $

 

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“The Best Halal. Delicious Chicken and Gyro  – We are different!” scream the yellow shirts worn by “The Gyros Guys” on 53rd and 6th avenue.

They have no official name and are known as anything from  the Halal Cart to Chicken and Rice to Platter!


There are many Halal Carts around that block but this one in particular is in a class by itself. They are known by their distinctive yellow sweatshirts and plastic bags that read ” The Best Halal……….”

They are only open at night from 7:30 PM to 4:00 AM. It doesn’t matter what time of night you go  – they always have a long line of eager night owls waiting to get their fix.

This was the line we found when we got there at 2:30 AM on a Saturday night!!



But here’s the BIG secret. They usually charge $6 for a chicken rice platter but for $10 – you get to cut the line!!!

So, if you dont want to wait and are willing to pull out the big bucks……. all you have to do is go up to the guys directly and tell them that you want the ten dollar deal!!



Needless to say their food is fabulous. There is no better way to wind down the New York night scene.

They have two options on their menu – the chicken and rice platter or the chicken gyro sandwich. Their sauces are to die for!

Apparently the recipe for their white sauce is top secret – that’s where all the flavor is and they have a kick-ass hot sauce. I’m a spice hound but you really have to take it easy on this one – its is SMOKING hot!

So delicious!!


So if you ever get those late night munchies and need a hit of something cheap and fabulous……53rd and 6th is the place to go!



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* Restaurant Name
The Halal Guys
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Brooklyn / Middle Eastern other
* Street Address
6th Ave & W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
* Phone
(347) 527-1505
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Rouge Tomate, Midtown East, NYC

Rouge Tomate, Midtown East, NYC

Food: ☆☆☆☆
Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆
Service: ☆☆☆☆
Price: $$$
I recommend: Kale Dip, Peekytoe Crab with Celery Root Panna Cotta, Tagliatelle with Oregon Morels


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Three Sixty, Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi, India

Three Sixty, Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi, India
THREE SIXTY
Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg,
New Delhi – 110003
India
http://www.oberoihotels.com/oberoi_delhi/dining.asp

Three Sixty at the Oberoi Hotel is one of the poshest eateries in New Delhi, India. It’s a great spot for people watching as it is frequented by the Delhi elite and celebrity crowd. The impressive space is huge and bathed in natural light. The decor is modern and extremely chic. All of this makes for a great place to hang out at …..(with a pretty price to pay for it of course!) Read the rest of this entry

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VANESSA’S DUMPLING HOUSE, Lower East Side, NYC

VANESSA’S DUMPLING HOUSE, Lower East Side, NYC

Food: ☆☆
Service: ☆☆
Ambiance: ☆ 1/2
Cost: $
I recommend: Wonton with Spicy Sauce, Sesame Pancake Sandwich.


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Strolling around Chinatown one day, my interest was piqued by the hustle bustle at a neat looking dumpling house. That’s how I discovered Vanessa’s Dumpling House on Eldridge Street. Vanessa’s works like a well-oiled machine and is run by an all women crew – love that! Read the rest of this entry

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Fishtail by David Burke, Upper East side, NYC

Fishtail by David Burke, Upper East side, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆ 1/2
Ambiance:☆☆☆
Service:☆☆☆
Price:$$$
I recommend: Tuna & Salmon Tartare, Pretzel Crusted Crab-cake, Grilled River Trout Almondine,  Cheesecake Lollipop Tree

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Bittersweet – The Chocolate Cafe, San Francisco, CA

Bittersweet – The Chocolate Cafe, San Francisco, CA
BITTERSWEET – THE CHOCOLATE CAFE
2123 Fillmore Street
San Francisco,
CA 94115
Ph#(415) 346-8715
Website: http://www.bittersweetcafe.com


Bittersweet

Bittersweet – The Chocolate Café, on Fillmore street in San Francisco, is an ideal place that really hits a chocoholic and bond-aholics spot! This is the kind of place that every street corner in the world should have. A delightful little café that serves up perfectly sized choco-filled desserts to go with all kinds of yummy drinks hot or cold. Bittersweet is a definite must do if you are in and around the Fillmore area in SFO. Grab your best buddy and be prepared to spend a day of true decadence that will be so worth your while. Read the rest of this entry

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Clinton Street Baking Company, Lower East Side, NYC

Clinton Street Baking Company, Lower East Side, NYC

 
MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL
 
Food: ☆☆☆☆
 
Service: ☆☆☆
 
Ambiance: ☆☆
 
Cost: $$
 
I recommend: Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich, Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, Cheese Grits.
  

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Brick Lane Curry House Too, Midtown East, NYC

Brick Lane Curry House Too, Midtown East, NYC

 

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MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL
 
Food: ☆ ☆ 
 
Service: ☆☆☆1/2
 
Ambiance: ☆
 
Cost:$$
 
Overall:☆☆
 
I recommend: Brick Lane Kebab Rolls, Bombay Aloo


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Spice Market, Meatpacking District, NYC

Spice Market, Meatpacking District, NYC

 

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Take a trip to Southeast Asia by eating at Jean-George Vongerichten’s Spice Market. The cuisine here  is inspired by regional street food combined with Vongerichten’s distinctive touch. The interiors are resplendent and definitely make you feel like you are in some exotic locale of Asia. There are decorative pagodas and arches that adorn the enormous space and a grand staircase that leads to the hopping bar area downstairs. All of this makes for a really great spot to hang out at where one is stylishly served by waiters and scantily clad waitresses, dressed in bright orange hues. Read the rest of this entry

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Le Perigord, Midtown East, NYc

Le Perigord, Midtown East, NYc

 

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“Tired” is the word that comes to mind when I think about my evening spent at Le Perigord, which is nestled in the heart of Sutton Place. Every thing about the evening was just so pathetically dreary and tiring.

There was no real “welcome” when we entered the restaurant. We were ushered to our table and just kind of left there for quite some time  with the menus till we asked for someone to come and take our order. The general air of all the servers was brusque. And even the little charm that I thought the place had in its simple table setting wore off by the time the appetizers were done. For the rest of the meal – I just kept hearing the “tick-tock” of a clock….when will this be done? Read the rest of this entry

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The Village Voice – Choice Eats Event 2010

The Village Voice – Choice Eats Event 2010
The Village Voice’s 3rd Annual Choice Eats Event
The 69th Armory
68 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

Guess what I had tickets for this past week?

Yummalicious……..

We reached around 6:15PM for the event which began at 6:30 PM for the Non-VIP ticket holders (that’s me!!). The line was wrapped around an entire Manhattan city block!!!! It took us almost an hour to reach the entrance! Of-Course I spent the entire hour worrying that there would be no food left for me……Boy was I wrong!

Once we were in……….the ultimate fest in gluttony began! Read the rest of this entry

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Chao Thai, Woodside, NYC

Chao Thai, Woodside, NYC

 

Food: ☆☆☆☆ 1/2
 
Ambiance: 
 
Service: ☆☆☆
 
 Price: $
 
Overall experience: ☆☆☆
 
 I recommend: Crispy Watercress Salad, Soft Shell Crab with Curry Powder, Steamed Whole Fish with Lime Juice.
 

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Chao Thai is one of Elmhurst’s food treasures. It’s the kind of place that really makes Queens famous for having some of the best ethnic eats in New York City. This tiny eatery couldn’t be more than 200 sq. ft, but they sure have packed in some flavor into that small space. Read the rest of this entry

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Fat Witch Bakery, Chelsea , NYC

Fat Witch Bakery, Chelsea , NYC


 

 

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Who doesn’t love a good Brownie?

In New York City’s Chelsea market, the Fat Witch Bakery has built an entire business on selling just brownies. Their brownies area called “witches” and you can get them in all kinds of bewitching flavors and sizes. What a marvelous concept! Read the rest of this entry

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