Saturday, January 31, 2015

Luv Pho - Sunnyvale

Tucked behind the row of buildings on Lawrence Expressway, one can easily missed this restaurant. But the visitors to the 24 hour Fitness center next to it surely won't. Beside this restaurant, there were also a Thai restaurant and a few other businesses in the vicinity.

We were there on a Saturday afternoon. I was sure that they'd be closed since it seemed that most of their business would be from offices around which were not working on Saturdays. But there were at least two tables occupied. We were seated at a corner table.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Shanghai Family Cuisine - Milpitas

beautiful braised pork (hong shau rou)
A friend took us to this small family restaurant on a strip mall in Milpitas. The wait time on that Saturday night was about 45 minutes. This place only had about 8 tables which can fit maybe about 30 people. A bigger party like us made it harder to sit. When we finally got our table, we all squeezed on a table for four. Only after another table left then that table was pulled to relieve us.

For the most part we let our friends order since they have been there before. I only suggested the garlic green bean for the veggie dish. Apparently the place was popular for their siao long bao (little dragon dumpling) which is one of the popular Shanghainese dish. The kids love their stir fry noodle which was made with a really thick almost squarish noodle. One of a dish from their special was stir fry Buddha's palm squash (aka chayote) with julienned lotus root. Which would have been lovely because I like chayote but this dish came out last and it was so greasy that I felt so tired of it after two bites of it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Le Paradis - Hayward

In the area and decided to give this place a try. There's a parking lot in the rear if you're coming from Winton exit of 880N. The walkway leading to the entrance had lots of plants that gave a cozy, tranquil feel to it. But as soon as you arrived at the entrance you saw a couch that looked like your in-laws' overused couch. Weird.

This establishment is a restaurant and also a bakery. Not sure if they actually baked all those meringues, macaroons, cookies, etc. Or they just provided a space to sell them. The business could have looked better if they put more effort into a bit reorganizing. Not sure how the business is doing normally but we were there on Saturday afternoon and there were only like 4-5 tables occupied with around 10 customers all together.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Gluten Free Pizza Crust

I am building up my collection of gluten free recipes. So this past holiday season I have been trying out a lot of recipes. Some came out okay and some didn't. I post the recipes here on my blog to save me time next time when I want to make it again. Also some of the recipes that I posted on my blog have been modified based on my experiments.

I am glad I found the recipe for gluten free pizza crust. This recipe came from Dana The Minimalist Baker.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Amarin Thai Cuisine - San Jose

Pad see ew - stir fried rice noodle with chicken
We were in the area of Westgate mall when we were looking for a place to eat. I happened to look around the area and noticed their sign. Hey the importance of signage.

We drove across the street and walked in the restaurant. I immediately noticed they have a raised platform on the left hand side that allow patrons the option to have the feel of sitting on a lower table seating experience with a hole below. It's sort of tatami seating in Japanese restaurant but with no cramp legs while eating your food. It's pretty neat idea though nobody were seating there that day.