Salmon can be easily prepared under 30 minutes

December 23rd, 2016

A quick way to cook salmon is to bake it after putting salt, garlic onion salt, white pepper, butter, and whatever seasonings you like on the top. Then, put it inside a medium sized oven and bake it at 400F-450F for 15 minutes up to 25 minutes; depends on how well you like it cooked. Then, it’s done, easy!

If you are going to consume the next day, you might want to just bake it for 15 minutes (semi-cooked), and re-heat the next day between 2-3 minutes along with your rice or noodle.

Salmon from Costco



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Chinese Immigrants in Bodie California during Gold Rush (1859 – 1890)

December 13th, 2016

During the period of 1859 – 1890, there were a few hundreds of Chinese Immigrants in Bodie, CA. Most of them were mine workers in the early days, but soon be excluded from the mines. Some of them then became “laundrymen, cooks, kitchen helpers, laborers, peddlers, servants, store keepers, wood haulers, teamsters, dish washers, a waiter, a druggist, a restaurant owner, a lodging house owner…”

Mining Company:

Items left by the Chinese are becoming antiques now ……

Chinese residents:


The road from Bodie CA to Mono Lake CA:



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Organic Dried Apricots from Costco

December 11th, 2016

This organic dried apricot from Costco is like those chocolates from Ferrero Rocher.

Once you open it, you cannot stop eating! The biggest difference is that you feel less guilty compare to the chocolates. It should be much healthier… It’s about US$18/bag at Costco, and I highly recommend it.

Nutrition Facts:



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K & C Food Wholesale (Kumamoto oysters, clams, sea urchin) – CASH ONLY

December 10th, 2016

My neighbor recommended K & C Food Wholesale to me a few months ago. He said their oysters taste as good as those from Hog Island Oyster Company. So, I give it a try, and bought 60 Kumamoto oysters US$80, a small box of sea urchin (Uni) US$25, and 3 pounds of clams ($5/lb). Guess what, I gave 30 oysters and one pound of clams to a friend, and I finish all 30 oysters, 2 pounds of clams, and that small small box of sea urchin all by myself in 2 days. I don’t have to explain more… They are very good and fresh!!!  But, remember, they take CASH ONLY !!!!


Kumamoto Oyster from Taylor Shellfish Farm, Washington State. Comparing K & C Food Wholesale oysters with Hog Island, it is not as fresh as those from Hog Island, but its freshness is very acceptable. You save time (4-5 hours from San Jose) and gas (120 miles from San Jose) money if you buy from K & C Food Wholesale. So, I still highly recommend K & C Food Wholesale!






Chinese style pan fried clams with soy sauce and vegetables. Clams ($5/lb) here are $1 cheaper than Hog Island ($6/lb).


Small box of Sea Urchin (Uni) – $25 per small box. Very fresh and tasty. Highly recommended!




K & C Food Wholesale, Downtown San Jose, CA



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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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