a little bit about travel, a little bit about food, a lot of everything in between; as seen, tasted and experienced by different points of view..

Author: moonstone

SGD Tofu House

SGD Tofu House

after a hike at rancho san antonio, i joined the hiking group for some korean lunch at this place. it was recommended by one of the hikers. she said it’s the only good korean restaurant around that area. a sample of seven different korean side […]

Willow Street Pizza and Dolce Spazio Gelato

Willow Street Pizza and Dolce Spazio Gelato

after a scenic stroll at montalvo arts center in saratoga and los gatos downtown, i was so looking forward to have a hearty dinner. a branch of this restaurant is very near to my place so it’s funny that i get to try this branch […]

Hick’ry Pit

Hick’ry Pit

i gave this place a chance since it’s very close to my workplace. i didn’t even check the reviews before going. my officemate and i ordered the combo bbq platter. we picked pork spare ribs and new york steak. it came with corn and beans and two side dishes. we chose vegetable and meat soup and cream and cauliflower soup. all the items we got were so bad! the vegetable and meat soup was average while the cream and cauliflower soup was so salty and diluted! both steak and ribs were very dry and lacked seasoning and their bbq sauce couldn’t even save the ribs. this is definitely not the place to go for bbq ribs and steak!

Verdict: 0/5 (this place will close down if people order their ribs and steak.)

Hick’ry Pit
980 E Campbell Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar

McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar

i found this place after looking up on yelp for recommended seafood places. i read that crab stuffed salmon is a must-try. i mistakenly went into the bar section where it was dark and people were drinking and  playing on a billiard pool. i was […]

Waterfront Pizza and Mediterranean

Waterfront Pizza and Mediterranean

this is so far my favorite mediterranean restaurant in the bay.  the ambiance and location is perfect. i went there with a friend for lunch and we had a patio seating near the water. one could see ducks swimming, boats passing by and athletes kayaking. […]

Pig ‘N Pancake

Pig ‘N Pancake

they say that when in seaside or cannon beach, one must visit this place. i came for breakfast and got the chance to pass by around dinner too. on both times, the restaurant was full with customers. that’s a good indicator. there were a lot of options in the menu from breakfast items to salads to sandwiches and burgers. i set my sight on 3 little pigs in blankets which are hotdogs wrapped in pancakes and comes with generous serving of pineapple sauce and scoop of butter. it was a very heavy breakfast for me. two persons can share this meal. the pineapple sauce was a nice complement to the dish.

Verdict: 5/5 for breakfast, service was warm and personal, food was good and very affordable.

Pig ‘N Pancake
323 Broadway St
Seaside, OR 97138

Dooger’s Seafood & Grill

Dooger’s Seafood & Grill

one good way to find the best restaurants in a place is to ask the locals their favorite and recommended places. the hotel receptionist recommended this for good seafood options. this place is located at the center of seaside downtown. the sun has set and […]

Pho Wagon and Nothing Bundt Cakes

Pho Wagon and Nothing Bundt Cakes

after picking up a package from the post office, i took a look at available food restos next door and found this place but I was a few minutes early. three other parties were also waiting for the restaurant to open so i thought this […]

IHOP

IHOP

ihop is celebrating national pancake day today! they’re giving out a stack of three buttermilk pancakes per guest for free. of course, i headed out to  get some free pancakes. i like how ihop presents their menu. it is well organized and has pictures, detailed descriptions and calorie information. it made me choose my order wisely considering i’m finishing those three pancakes with butter and syrup! i got the “simple & fit vegetable omelette” which has spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and swiss cheese with a side of mixed fruits. it was delicious especially with some drops of tabasco. the pancakes were just fine. i prefer their flavored pancakes like strawberry banana pancakes which don’t make me reach for some syrup (traditional maple, blueberry, butter pecan or strawberry) because the whip cream, strawberries and bananas were sweet enough. i like the service here too. the crew is friendly and food is served reasonably fast.

IHOP
5403 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA

Verdict: 3.5/5 (ihop offers very few vegetarian/vegan options.)

Espetus Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House

Espetus Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House

  i’ve been to two brazilian steakhouses before espetus: texas de brazil and fogo. you’d get the same ambiance and dining experience from here. i liked texas de brazil and fogo better though because of its wider options of cheese but i guess it’s not […]

IKEA

IKEA

ikea is known for its good collection of home furnitures and kitchenwares. i bought my mattress, lamps, sofa chair from ikea– just a few of my numerous ikea purchases. i love especially how they showcase bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms. they give you a lot […]

Greenlee’s Bakery

Greenlee’s Bakery

a friend recommended this bakery after reading or watching from some foodie. we got curious so we tried this famous bakery. when i got to the place, i saw a couple of customers having their breakfast. i read in yelp that they have good breakfast options too but i wasn’t there for breakfast so i’ll reserve that for future visits. i got one loaf of cinnamon bread since they are known for this. i also got a loaf of blueberry cinnamon bread and a round of almond sprinkled cinnamon bread. i got the last two items as discounted items since they were on sale. this is probably their way to keep their stocks fresh. i like each of the bread i got. the almond sprinkled cinnamon bread was the least sweet among the three. this bakery has very limited open hours so i was so happy to see that they sell their famous cinnamon bread at costco.

Greenlee’s Bakery
1081 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126

Verdict 4.5/5 (it would be nice if they are open on sundays.)