Hong Kong style egg puffs on steroids @ Cooking Papa. Like..a cream-less cream puff and a donut combined…mmm

– CP

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San Francisco Adventures (Part 2)

After resting at some random dimsum to-go place, we trekked back over towards Market, and walked what seemed like 50 blocks in 20 minutes—even making our way through the tenderloin district after the sun had set (aka not a good idea). All this was to make it to Sightglass, another legit coffee place we wanted to check out. If my phone wasn’t almost dead I would have taken pictures of the interior since it was so nice. High ceilings, 2nd floor seating overlooking the 1st floor, and lots of nice wood. They also had a cool coffee roaster and two really nice espresso machines, one of which is called the Slayer. According to a friend, it’s a hand-built machine that costs about $20,000. When I asked our barista what’s so special about it, however, she just replied “It’s just a really awesome machine”…thank you very much.

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Ordered a cappuccino. It was just alright. The first sip was ridiculously bitter but afterwards it was a little better. I tried some of Esther and Becca’s pour-over coffee and it was too watery and too fruity. I watched the barista do the pour-over and it wasn’t very professional. She poured all the water at once and walked away as the coffee dripped through resulting in a watered down cup of coffee vs. pouring the water slowly and evenly like the barista at Four Barrel resulting in a coffee with a good body. Sad to say that we were all disappointed with this place 😦

Afterwards we headed back to the tenderloin for some good ol’ soul food at Farmer Brown.

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Thomas and I shared the shrimp and chicken jambalaya. It was definitely the best jambalaya I’ve had. Most other places drench it in a bunch of tomato sauce but this wasn’t at all and was packed with a lot of flavor and spice. I also got to try a bit of their meatloaf with sweet mashed potatoes and a carrot and kale salad. So. Good. Needless to say, by the end of the meal we were a bunch of happy campers.

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And last but not least, we took the BART back over to west Oakland to go to The Trappist, the #1 beer bar in California and ranked #17 in the world. Becca knew one of the bartenders, Ray, so we got to try a bunch of different beers. They have a lot of interesting ones…including stouts made with hot chilis adding significant spice, to those that taste yogurty and fruity. I’ve discovered I’m more into darker beers, and ended up sharing the Gouden Carolus Noel (which also happened to be their strongest one) with Tom.

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Served in a glass with a golden rim…I felt so classy. It had a slight smell and taste of licorice and went down real smooth. I’m pretty sure now that I’ve only tried good beer first, if someone tried to feed me a budweiser or coors light, I would gag.

I’d say that was a pretty successful trip to the city. Excited to go back again and explore more places!

Peace out

– CP

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Ding Tai Fung in Taipei

While I was still in Taiwan, my friend Emmanuel stopped by Taipei on a visit. We went with his family to eat at Ding Tai Fung, a Taiwanese restaurant famous for their xiao long bao (小龍包). This restaurant hosts locations worldwide. (If you live in SoCal, there is one in Arcadia!) Before I even mentioned going to this place for lunch, Emmanuel’s parents had already had it on their must-eat itinerary. It was a lunch match made in heaven…

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Their xiao long bao’s are somehow crafted to hold meat and soup in their delicate dumpling skin blankets. A-mazing. 

I was taught to eat dumpling by first placing it in your soup spoon, then adding some soy sauce and vinegar, and topping it with fresh ginger. Apparently these are the quintessential components for an amazing bite. It is now the only way that I will ever eat a dumpling in Ding-Tai-Fung.

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Dumpling-making in action.

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And, last but not least, the Pun family. Nothing makes a good meal like good company! 

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San Francisco Adventures (Part 1)

A gang of SD friends and I convened at the West Oakland BART station, and took the BART over to Mission & 16th. Our first stop was a cute little empanada shop. 

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spicy beef empanada

I was so hungry that I took a bite and remembered to take a picture afterwards….I got the spicy beef one and it was gooood. They bake it in a toaster oven when you order so it was hot and fresh. The meat was so juicy and full of flavor. They also had a red pepper sauce and another sauce that seemed to be made up of olive oil, vinegar, oregano…and some other stuff that tasted yummy. 

After walking around a bit, checking out some thrift stores, and conducting impromptu photoshoots, we arrived at our next destination: Four Barrel

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I must say, this is probably the most legit coffee place I’ve ever been to. They roast their beans manually with this machine right in the back of the shop. Since it’s done manually, every batch comes out differently. 

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I got the Kenyan roast by pour-over. The barista freshly grounds the beans and puts it into the filter. He then slowly pours the hot water in steadily and into the filter evenly. What results is a delicious cup of coffee with good body. The Kenyan roast was a little too fruity for me, but Esther & Becca’s Ethiopian roast was pretty good. 

And of course, here’s a beautiful shot of their cappuccino. 

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After hanging out at Four Barrel for a while, we took the BART over to Powell, and eventually walked over to China town to get some egg tarts. We finally arrived at the famous Golden Gate Bakery, in which the owners take off 6 months out of the year because they make so much money out of their tiny little Chinese bakery. After waiting in line for about 20-30 minute, we each got to partake in the warm, sweet, eggy goodness.

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This was probably one of, if not the best, egg tarts I’ve ever had. A flaky crust with an egg custard filling that wasn’t too eggy but some how juicy? Very much worth waiting for. 

And that concludes part one of my SF adventure. Part two coming soon…

– CP

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Dolce Bella Chocolate cafe. And yes…the latte art looks kind of funky…they’re probably practicing haha. The chocolate was good but the latte was just average. I’ll be going back though just to try their other chocolatey desserts and food :]

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Cranberry waffles, presoaked in rum. Madeleine Cafe – Jiaoshi, Taiwan.

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London fog from Madeleine Cafe in Jiaoshi

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