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Gjelina, CA

Gjelina Chef: Travis Lett Cuisine: New American Neighborhood: Venice Price: $30 dinner without drinks, money-saving beverage: $4 Tecate Phone: (310) 450-1429 Address: 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 Located in the hustle and bustle of Venice, Gjelina is a beautiful restaurant and serves up delicious American Nouveau fare. The space is enormous, with the … Continue reading

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas, CA

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas Cuisine: Japanese Fusion, Tapas/Small Plates Price: $15-30 per person Phone: 408-725-0542 Address: 19980 E Homestead Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014 Gochi is a really nice place to take your friends or family, just be sure to make a reservation beforehand or be prepared to wait a while for a table because this place is very … Continue reading

Beast and the Hare, CA

Beast and the Hare Executive Chef: Ian Marks Cuisine: American Nouveau Neighborhood: Mission District Price: $50 pp including drinks/tax/tip Dinner served Wednesday to Monday 6-10pm, Late Night Happy Hour to come 10pm-1am Phone: 415-821-1001 Address: 1001 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 After my flight had been canceled several times due to the blizzards in … Continue reading

Beretta, CA

Beretta Cuisine: Italian, Pizza Neighborhood: Mission District Price: $25-30 per person, excluding drinks Phone: 415-695-1199 Address: 1199 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110 I had just flown into California from New York to  spend Christmas weekend at home, and I was excited for friends, family, and warm(er) weather.  Furthermore, I was extremely eager to eat … Continue reading

Ubuntu, Napa, CA

Taking a break from cooking to catch up on restaurant reviews… Ubuntu Chef: Aaron London Cuisine: Vegetarian Neighborhood: Napa downtown Price: $50 with food and wine Attire: Casual Phone: (707) 251-5656 Address: 1140 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559 Ubuntu, a philosophy of humans’ interrelations that emphasizes generosity, sharing, and community, originated in the Zulu tribes … Continue reading

Shaburi, CA

“Shabu-Shabu is a Japanese variant of hot pot. The dish is related to sukiyaki in style, where both use thinly sliced meat and vegetables, and usually served with dipping sauces, but it is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki. It is considered a winter dish but is eaten year-round.”  – Wikipedia Shaburi 171 Jackson St San Jose, … Continue reading

Gyro King, CA

Before my parents and I went to see the musical, Wicked, we stopped by this small little restaurant for a quick bite. The long line spilling out into the sidewalk on a Saturday afternoon caught our attention so we decided to try it out. View Gyro King’s full menu and prices Location: 25 Grove St … Continue reading

Blue Onion Cafe, CA

Blue Onion Cafe Went here for: Brunch 400 Brassie Avenue Kings Beach, CA 96143 Price: $15 average per person for food + drinks Attire: Casual A great place for brunch with the family. We sat outdoors with a gorgeous landscape view of the lake. The restaurant is part of a country club and near a … Continue reading