Sunday, September 25, 2016

American Eatery - San Francisco

Prathertarian paleo bowl : kale, pull pork, cauliflower
We were in San Francisco one weekend and was looking for a place for lunch. Since we were close to Ferry Building we decided to take a look inside. It’s been a while since we actually went in. We found this small restaurant call American Eatery which was part of Prather Ranch Meat. It wasn’t quite lunch time yet but the small seating area outside this restaurant were all taken. But no worries, it was a beautiful day outside so we just placed our order to go.

We got our orders within the promised time. About ten minutes I guess. The order came in a cute paper bag. Too nice for our take out order but the handle came handy.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Jang Mo Jib - Burnaby, Canada

We have been to this restaurant years ago. A Korean friend brought me and husband there. This time we actually didn’t plan on coming here. But last minute there was a change in plan and we were in the Kingsway area. So I suggested that we went back there.

It was Thursday night and the parking lot got a few cars. When we walked to the restaurant, I noticed a man looking at our car. Then when we walked in there was a sign telling us to let them know the license plate of the car. I guess they had issue with people parking there but not going to the restaurant ? As we proceeded to give the information, the man that I saw earlier told us that he saw our car and told us it’s going to be fine.

Econolodge - Medford, OR

Medford, Oregon was our choice for stop over on our road trip back to San Jose. Medford is located very close to California border so we won't have to drive too much the following day.

We got there pretty late around 9 pm. Check in was pretty fast since we already made reservation through TripAdvisor. We got our key and drove closer to our room to park. I estimated that their occupancy rate was less than 60% that night. The street where the hotel was located got a lot of hotels so competition was high.

Our room was on the second floor facing the swimming pool. Room was clean and so was the bedsheet. The sink was outside the bathroom. All the standard amenities were provided like microwave, hairdryer, and coffee maker. Surprisingly I noticed an ironing board with iron was also provided. Breakfast was provided according to the front desk but we didn't get to check it out.

We'll keep this hotel in mind if we ever need to stop over again in the future.

1015 S Riverside Ave, Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 773-8266

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bonnie's Bread Bakery - Vancouver, Canada

Located at Champlain Square, this bakery sold yummy chicken curry puff. At a price of CAD 1.95 (US$ 1.6) these are by no means cheap but they worth every pennies. The tip given by the locals is make sure to buy at least 6 to avoid paying tax. I know it's weird but it's so true.

When I went back the second time in the morning of our departure, I saw the bakers busily preparing bread at the back of the store. Too bad we don't live there otherwise I would make sure to go back and check out their other items as well.
chicken curry puff - up close and personal
chicken curry puff

Bonnie's Bread Bakery
7180 Kerr St, Vancouver, BC V5S 3E3, Canada
+1 604-434-1111

Preparing For a Road Trip

We just came back from our road trip !! Yay. This is our second road trip to Vancouver, BC, Canada. So I thought I shared some of my tips.

Map out your route ahead of time
These days technology made it way easier. We used Google maps to give us a ball park of the distance and time needed. From San Jose to Vancouver it’s a total of almost 17 hours. No way we’ll make it in one day.  So we picked a mid point or more than mid point so we didn’t need to have a lot of distance the following day.

Hotel reservation
Once we picked our rest city then we went online and made a hotel reservation. When it comes to hotel I don’t care much for a lot of amenities. We’ll be there for a night only. My main concern is the cleanliness and safety. So before I made reservation I always double check the reviews on TripAdvisor.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sabai Cafe & Bar - Eugene, OR

Pad kee mao (drunken noodles - stir fry rice noodle with veggie)
I had this restaurant on my restaurant list for Eugene. It proved that the list came handy when we were on road trip. What I wasn't prepared for was how fancy this establishment was. Our navigation system brought us to this mall with shops like Talbot, Chico, Nordstrom, etc. We couldn't see any restaurants from our car so we concluded that the restaurant must be hidden behind those stores.

True enough, in between those stores there was a court yard area with a few restaurants with outdoor seatings. There we found this Sabai Cafe. Immediately I was worry that it's going to cost too much for our meals. The whole mall settings was like San Jose Santana Row but in a smaller scale. But to back out of this would take away a lot of our time and we were already behind schedule.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fresh Slice Pizza - Vancouver, Canada

Passed by this pizza place just off Joyce Station Vancouver. Smelled pretty good from outside so we decided to give it a try. They specialized in selling pizza by slices. Each slice was $2 but if you buy 8 slices (whole pizza) it's only $12.60. Which was a total steal especially with the conversion right now it's only about US$ 10. The price of Costco pizza. But we got to pick different flavor.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lakeview Inn - Centralia

This time on our road trip to Vancouver, Canada we decided to cover more distance on first day. Centralia became our choice. It's a small town and accommodation is slightly cheaper compare to like Eugene, OR. Though in the end it felt too tiring for us. We didn't check in until 10:20 pm.

The premise itself sat off highway 5. Most rooms have shared back balconies over looking a lake.

The room felt old but was maintained and clean. The blanket was those old style fury and itchy layered with bed sheet. TV was old big screen but got quite a lot of channels. We didn't really have time to watch it since we got in late and left early the next morning.

Shampoo, soap and towels were provided. Room also had coffee machine and refrigerator.

Free continental breakfast was provided between 7:15 and 10:00 but we didn't care for it. We didn't check it out either.

Lakeview Inn
1325 Lakeshore Dr
Centralia, WA 98531