Archive for September, 2011

Paris Baguette new store in Palo Alto, CA

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Paris Baguette Palo Alto, CA
Grand Opening Special
Sept 30th (Friday) – Oct 2nd (Sunday), 2011

  • FREE Mug Cup with any purchase over USD$30.
  • FREE Soft Cheese Cake with any purchase over USD$10.
  • FREE Coaster with any purchase.

Note: While Supplies Last – Limit 1 gift per customer

383 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, USA. (-x- Waverely St.)

(650) 838-0404

Mon – Thur: 7am – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 7am – 11pm

Paris Baguette Palo Alto CA Grand Opening Special and Promotions

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Cocola Bakery at Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

On the morning of Sept 22, 2011, while I had an appointment at the Stanford University Hospital, I had breakfast at Cocola Bakery nearby the Stanford Shopping Center. It was around 8 AM on a Thursday morning, the store had no customers except some to-go orders. I ordered my favorite latte (USD$3.3), and a croissant with ham and cheese (USD$5.5). That was my first time at this chain store. The first sip of the latte reminds me of Roy’s Station Coffee and Teas immediately. I could taste the bitterness and sense the aroma of the coffee. It is a bit weaker than Roy’s but a bit stronger than Peet’s Coffee & Tea. As for the croissant sandwich, I have a B+. It was heated, the croissant pastry was good, brown in color and crispy. The ham was great, it was not too salty or less. It’s just right.

Besides the food itself, the store has free WiFi, very quiet (I love quiet place), very clean (I love clean), around 2500 – 3500 sq ft of space, pretty roomy. There is one flat panel TV with its volume turned off. At the top of all walls, there are famous quotes printed with the famous figure’s drawing. For example, Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Now, I can imagine that you will pay a visit at this bakery soon, right ?

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Three Flames Restaurant, San Jose, CA

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

About two weekends ago on a Saturday night, we had dinner at the Three Flames Restaurant on Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA. We ordered two dishes of appetizers: Fried Calamari (US$9.95) and Fried Oysters (US$6.95). Then, as for the main course, we ordered the New York Pepper Steak (US$22.95), and Angel Hair Pomodori (US$12.95).

So, first of all, I was impressed about the overall decoration of the restaurant as you can see from the photos of their website, it is upscale and clean. However, I was very disappointed at their Fried Calamari and Fried Oyster. Their technique or their fry oil was not good. Compare their fried calamari with Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Santanna Row, San Jose, CA (I give an A grade), or the Marin Brewing Company at Larkspur, CA (about 16 miles north of San Francisco, CA on Hwy 101, where I give an A+ grade),
the Fried Calamari at Three Flames Restaurant has a C- grade. Then, for the Fried Oyster, I think it’s a ripped off. I expect more from that plate, but I will give a B- grade (or, C+). My wife does not like the Angel Hair, and she said Maggiano’s has better. Finally, the New York Pepper Steak, I have an A grade for the sauce (seasoning), but as for the steak itself, compare to the New York Steak from supermarket like the already-closed PW Market, this steak is not as fresh as what I used to be able to find from the PW Market. I even find a gray portion on the edge of the steak which suggests that the steak had been defrosted in a microwave. Yike !!!! So, although the sauce was good, the steak was not as good. Overall, I have a B- grade for the New York Peppered Steak.

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