Wednesday, December 17, 2014

La Fondue - Saratoga

Items for the chocolate fondue (dessert) yum,,yum
Our holiday dinner this year was at La Fondue. I was excited about the idea though I have tried fondue before and didn't really think it was that spectacular. I was curious about the idea of having fondue as main course since it looked more like dessert to me.

Anyhow, so the day finally arrived. We got there earlier than our reservation time and they were able to sit us. The only bright area of the restaurant was the waiting area and as we walked further inside the restaurant I noticed the lights in the dining area was minimal. We were seated at the back of the restaurant. We got a corner booth that fit our party of 8 people. The ceiling was decorated with some antique looking chandelier. There was a big painting on the wall next to our booth with a huge metal crown decor placed between our booth and the one next to us. On the other corner there was a space that looked like a shrine with some statues that looked like Virgin Mary. Interesting.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Westin St Francis - San Francisco

Christmas tree in lobby area
Last week my office had an event at Westin St Francis hotel in San Francisco. I was excited to see the place. It's a historic five star hotel in the Union Square area of San Francisco. This hotel has been famous as the location for the annual reporting of Chinese New Year parade that usual starts in China Town area and finished in Union Square.

The venue for our office was on top of the back tower - I wasn't sure if there was any name or what floor was it because I went up with a bunch of other employees and I didn't remember anyone actually pressed the floor but we got there nonetheless.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fish Market - Santa Clara

Blackened catfish with grilled veggies and fingerling potatoes
We had a pre-holiday dinner for our office last week at Fish Market. On a Friday night, the restaurant was packed. We had our reservation and it took us maybe around 10 minutes to get our table ready.

Our group shared a salt and pepper calamari and an artichoke dip. The artichoke dip was supposedly a very popular appetizer according to our server. That was indeed a very good dip. I skipped the bread that came with it and just tried the dip. Rich, gooey and cheesy. It would have gone very well with the bread - too bad I'm on my gluten-free diet.

 I ordered a blackened cat fish with fingerling potatoes and grilled veggies for the sides. I have never had cat fish before but I think it tasted like tilapia with nice seasoning on it. Some part of it tasted a bit chewy, I wasn't too sure if it supposed to be like that instead of flaky and came right off. But all in all I enjoyed my order. It's a good place to go for seafood. I don't mind going back again to try other items on the menu.

Fish Market
3775 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 246-3474

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gudeg : A Must Try Yogyakarta Cuisine

My gudeg take out box - not very pretty but very tasty
If you visit Yogya (or Yogyakarta whichever you want to call it) make sure to try Gudeg. It's a local dish made of young jackfruit, palm sugar, and coconut milk. The result is a dark fragrant sweet dish served with steam rice, egg dish, chicken and sambal krecek (a dish made of beef skin crackers). It may not sound interesting but seriously you should give it a try. Gudeg is one of those dish that requires long hours of cooking so it's not something that you'd try to do at home.

If you're in Yogya, there are so many popular gudeg places. I know that because I googled it and was overwhelmed by a lot of recommendations. Just like with a lot of dishes everyone has their own preferences. Since I am an outsider I went with the closest one to the one I could get.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jang Su Jang - Santa Clara

Platter of bossam, the sliced pork was behind and the pink/white thing was the pickled daikon with napa cabbage below
I have been eyeing this restaurant for quite a while. It looks a bit fancy so I sort of wanted to save it for special occasion. But the chance finally came when our office decided to have a dinner outing there. Yay !

Our original plan was another Korean bbq place but they couldn't take any reservation so last minute we decided on Jang Su Jang. When we got there it was 6:15 on Friday evening. It's a good thing we got reservation because there were a few parties waiting to be seated and we walked in like some VIPs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Jejamuran - Sleman, Indonesia

In a loose translation, jejamuran could mean mushroom etc. So we found this restaurant on TripAdvisor and a few more bloggers's recommendation as one of the must try. Being a foodie I was intrigued. So I listed it as one of the places of interest.

It was a great thing that our driver Pak Rujiyanto knows his way around Yogyakarta all the way to Borobudur. Because if I were to direct him I don't know if I would be able to. Though I came prepared with my Google map print out.

This restaurant has mushroom as the main ingredients - any kind of mushroom. In fact they had a little area in the restaurant where they show case different types of mushroom.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tips for visiting Yogyakarta and Surrounding

Borobudur is about 26 miles away from Yogyakarta so most of visitors to Borobudur would be coming through Yogyakarta. One could stay in Yogyakarta and take a day trip to Borobudur or join one of the tour offered by local tour operator. Or stay at Manohara Hotel which is within walking distance from the temple itself.

Entrance ticket for foreigners are US$20 per person. If you're travelling with another person and sharing a room, the cost of your room would be only around US$36 (we paid $76 a night). And as a guest at Manohara, you get a multiple entry pass to the temple.