Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pizza My Heart - San Jose

We didn't plan to visit this pizza place. After a movie Sunday, our nephew wanted pizza. It just happened that this restaurant was right next to the theater.

There was a line inside when we walked in. I was looking for the menu to be posted but the full menu was actually printed and put right on the counter next the entrance. We selected a large size pizza with half Maui Wowie and half Fort Point. It took about 20-25 minutes for the pizza to be prepared. But when it came out it was well worth the wait. It was piping hot and we all attacked the pizza including our nephew. He enjoyed his choice of Maui Wowie and he could have finished the half if we let him. I tried both flavor but liked the Fort Point better so did hubby.

I think we'll be keeping this pizza joint closer to heart after Pizza Chicago and Costco Pizza. The only complaint hubby had was the thin crust. He didn't feel that the pizza filled him enough.

Pizza My Heart
850 El Paseo de Saratoga
San Jose, CA
(408) 364-0400

Merit Vegetarian Restaurant - Sunnyvale

We were taking a friend and her family out to dinner. Since she and her family are vegetarian we found this place on Yelp. On a Saturday early evening the place was surprisingly pretty busy. When we arrived close to 6 pm, there were a few tables occupied. I didn't think the place was going to be pretty busy because of their location on Lawrence Expressway. I guess there were quite a lot of vegetarians out there.

Their menu was pretty decent. We picked an order of imperial roll and fried dumpling for appetizers. And for the entree we chose lotus salad, vegetable combo soup, spicy Thai fried rice, eggplant and tofu claypot and spicy green bean. There were 4 adults and 1 kid. So I think that amount of food should be pretty good.

The kitchen was pretty efficient. They could whipped out orders in like 10 minutes ! I am not kidding. Me and hubby got there first. While waiting I thought let's order some appetizers. Our friend already said that they were close by. They got us our appetizers in less than 10 minutes. Even our friend still hasn't showed up yet.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Veggie Grill - San Jose

Veggie Grill - Buffalo Bomber
Ever since the visit to the vegetarian restaurant, Merit. Hubby’s has been looking forward to try another vegetarian restaurant. So he finally found one, Veggie Grill in Santana Row. So off we go on a weekday night.

The place wasn’t too busy because it’s sort of early for dinner. Though the Counter next door was busy. We studied the menu and hubby gave a few suggestions based on the reviews that he had read. I’m all for what other people thinks. So I went with what’s good. Don’t try to be adventurous and should stick with what the restaurant is good at.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Troll's - Horseshoe Bay, BC - Canada

We have been to this location about ten years ago. That was my first visit to Vancouver, BC and surrounding. I didn't quite remember the name of the restaurant. But for whatever reason, the calamari here left me a deep impression. Years passed and every now and then the calamari experience comes and knocks on my head. So finally this year we have enough time on our trip to make a side trip to Horseshoe Bay. To verify whether my memory was accurate and put it to rest.

Red Lobster - San Jose

I got this gift card for Red Lobster from Christmas time that I just came across recently. So I decided to give them a try. We did a take out order from them one night when we were lazy to cook.

Lobster crab and seafood stuffed mushroom
I loved stuffed mushroom so this one promised both items : seafood and stuffed mushroom. It came with like 5-6 stuffed mushrooms. But the stuffing was overflowing so I couldn't taste much of the mushroom. And there was gravy around the mushroom which I assumed works better with the biscuits (parmesan biscuits) provided. The mushrooms were good but the parmesan biscuits were a bit too salty for my taste.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Hon's Wun Tun House - Vancouver, Canada

Big shrimp, bell pepper on top of rice noodle
This place looked like a small take out place. Nothing fancy. But once inside, it's actually a big place with two open kitchens on the back side. And if you're wondering what kind of cuisine they serve, it's a Chinese restaurant. I don't know where they got the name from. It seemed like it supposed to be Hong's because Hon's sounds like it supposed to be Honey.

Anyhow, their menu was quite big. According to our friends who took us there, their wonton soup is worth trying. So hubby picked a combo of wonton with yellow noodle. They provided a list of items on item A and another list of item B. So what you do is just pick each item to make up a combo you like.

The other dishes we ordered were spicy green bean, salt and pepper chicken wings and stir fry rice noodle with sauce.

The wonton looked simple not much green onion for garnish but tasted good. The chicken wings of course was no brainer. It's hard to find chicken wings that are not good. The spicy green bean was crunchy and sweet.

It was a nice fulfilling meal with good companies.

1339 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6E 1C6 Canada
604 685 0871

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Norboo - Vancouver, BC

fried chicken with cheese with shredded green onion as topping
This restaurant is located downtown Vancouver just further down the street from the busy street of Robson. Around the area there were quite a few Korean and Japanese restaurants. Our friends been to this one before so that's where they took us for dinner.

The menu is small but consisted of quite a few pages. Some with pictures which helped a bit in deciding. I saw that they serve gamjatang (spicy pork bone soup). Literally gamjatang means potato stew but I guess through out the years, the potatoes becoming less and the pork bones more. Beside the gamjatang which is enough for four, we also ordered spicy fried chicken with cheese.