Chinese Market in Coloma California during Gold Rush (1850 – 1883)

November 30th, 2016

There are many ghost towns along Highway 49 in Central California. I found this Chinese Market very interesting. It was used to serve the Chinese gold miners.



















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Get $45 from Naked Juice Lawsuit Settlement

August 29th, 2013

Naked Juice green machine

Get up to $45 from Naked Juice lawsuit settlement here !!!

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Apple Tart at Pample Mousse Patisserie et Cafe in Redwood City, CA

August 22nd, 2013

Two weeks ago, I had an apple tart at the Pample Mousse Patisserie et Cafe in Redwood City, CA. The store decoration, interior and location are perfect. But, I can only give a C grade for the apple tart. The apple itself are fine, but the pastry is not crispy and it is too plain. I am not sure if a French style pastry is suppose to be plain and un-sweet ??!!!

(images are coming later…)

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Burger at Vik’s Wheelhouse in Vallejo, CA

August 5th, 2013

Last Sat on Aug 3rd, 2013, I rode my bicycle from Cupertino, CA with a few friends to Vallejo, CA. And, we stopped at Vik’s Wheelhouse for lunch.

Location of Vik's Wheelhouse

Well, we call it lunch, but it was at 3PM already. I ordered a burger.

Vik's Wheelhouse burger

I give a B+ grade for the burger, C- grade for the fries and sweet potatoes fries.

The restaurant is unique and the deck is a floating deck. The view is good, but not as good as those in Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, or San Francisco because there are many shipyards across the bay. The shipyards may have already caused some sort of pollution to the sea water.

History of Vik's Wheelhouse

Floating deck of Vik's Wheelhouse

One could also take ferry from San Francisco’s Pier 41 to Vallejo. This restaurant is a few minutes away from the ferry building of Vallejo.

Ferry from San Francisco to Vallejo

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PHO restaurants around San Jose, CA

May 24th, 2013

Besides Pho Kim Long, Pho #54, or Pho Ba Dau, a coworker of mine suggested the following list of PHO restaurant for me to try. I am here sharing this list with you guys:

San Jose, California
Pho Y 1 (really nice broth & meat, kinda pricy)
1660 E Capitol Expy
San Jose, CA 95121

Pho Cuong (good broth)
1739 Berryessa Rd
San Jose, CA 95133

Pho Ha Vietnamese Restaurant (a bit of MSG, but good broth)
951 McLaughlin Ave
San Jose, CA 95122

Santa Clara, California
House of Pho (good broth)
1066 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Four Seasons Pho (pretty decent broth too)
1045 Monroe St
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Ca Mau Restaurant (u have to get the special Bun Bo Hue soup, it’s so yummy!)
2847 S White Rd, Ste. 110
San Jose, CA 95148

Nam Vang Restaurant (get their special noodle soups, it’s delish)
2477 Alvin Ave
San Jose, CA 95121

Dalat Restaurant (Really pricy but good soups, my favs are their Special Dalat egg or “clear”-rice-noodle soup” that comes w/ jumbo prawns)
408 E William St
San Jose, CA 95112

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Persian Ice cream sandwich at Bijan Bakery and Cafe in San Jose, CA

May 5th, 2013

I have always like the pastries at Bijan Bakery & Cafe and I have been to this cafe many times whenever I do oil change at the nearby Leader Auto Repair shop in the past 15 years. But, what I have missed in the past 15 years is their persian ice cream. I never knew they have such great tasting ice cream. For the past two weeks, I have heard two good comments about their ice cream from two different people. I then decide to go there to give it a try. The ice cream is made with saffron and rosewater. It smells like perfume, and taste so strong and good. The good smell will remain in your mouth for a few hours.

Bijan Bakery & Cafe

Persian Ice Cream Sandwich at Bijan Bakery & Cafe

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Hog Island Oyster Farm nearby Tomales Bay, CA

October 27th, 2012

If you want fresh oysters, it would be nice to visit Tomales Bay which is about 42 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The oysters there are way fresher than most restaurant, and cheaper. If you open the shell yourself, it is about $1 per piece. Otherwise, it will be $2 per piece.

Here in Hog Island Oyster Farm menu:

Restaurant Menu:

Hog Island Oyster Farm Dine-In Menu

Takeout Menu:

Hog Island Oyster Farm Takeout Menu

Two dozens oysters from the dine-in menu:

Hog Island Oyster Farm two dozens oysters

Hog Island Oyster Farm bar:

Hog Island Oyster Farm Bar

We could not finish all the oysters, so we took it home.

They are good for up to three days.

You can eat it raw up to two days:

Oyster plate at home

Or, on the third day, it’s better to cook it instead of eating it raw. I chose to deep fried them, and they still taste fresher than the restaurants:

Deep Fried Oysters at home

There are other oyster farms around that area. They should be as good as Hog Island. For example, the Tomales Bay Oyster Company.

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Seared Ahi seafood salad at Vino Vino in Downtown San Jose, CA

August 20th, 2012

I came to Vino Vino at the San Pedro Market of Downtown San Jose, CA for lunch. Another seafood salad called the Seared Ahi. It’s like a mix of tuna sashimi with vegetables. Compare this dish with what I had at Paesano Ristorante Italiano, I like the one at Paesano more. Besides, this Seared Ahi salad cost USD$13.00, about 30% more than the one at Paesano. What I don’t like about this Seared Ahi is that the sashimi is kind of dry, and those crispy brown thing on the salad makes it dryer. Salad should not be too dry. They should have introduce a special sauce with some orange or lemon flavor for the salad to make it less dry. I give a C- grade for it.

Vino Vino Seared Ahi seafood salad

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New York Steak at La Pastaia Ristorante & Enoteca, Downtown San Jose, CA

August 20th, 2012

La Pastaia Ristorante & Enoteca is at Hotel De Anza of Downtown San Jose, CA. I had a heavy lunch there which is the New York Steak. I would say that the steak has the charcoal grilled taste like those at the Original Joe’s. The steak, vegetables and potatoes are not bad at all. But, not the best I have had before. So, I give a B+ grade for this. The total bill comes to around USD$46.00. I would say that we better have pasta from any Italian restaurants which are mostly good at pasta but not steaks or seafood.

La Pastaia New York Steak

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Seafood Salad at Paesano Ristorante Italiano

August 20th, 2012

For the whole week last week (Aug 13, 2012), I had a training class at Downtown San Jose, CA. I came here at Paesano Ristorante Italiano, and I had a USD$10.00 seafood salad for lunch. The salad has squid, shrimps, mussels, and vegetables. It is perfectly decorated. The portion is small, but it is the perfect lunch portion. Everything was well marinated. I will definitely re-visit this place, and try other dishes.
I give a B grade for the salad.

Paesano Ristorante Italiano seafood salad

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