Taipei: Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine

I’ll make it real simple: If you visit only one Taiwanese restaurant in your lifetime, it absolutely has to be Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine. No, it is not regarded as the best restaurant in Taiwan. And no, it does not have a celebrity chef manning its kitchen. Shin Yeh is actually not one single restaurant. It is a chain of (mid-to-up-market) Taiwanese restaurants in Taipei … Continue reading Taipei: Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine

The Pacific Northwest Clambake: The Fish Shack

The Fish Shack belongs to the genre of nautical-themed seafood-casual restaurants that can be found throughout the coastal cities of North America. These restaurants usually specialize in raw oysters, steamers, chowders, shellfish, deep-fried everything, and grilled-or-blackened-fresh-sheet-items. Since I have lived in several cities along both the east and west coast, I have visited more than my share of this type of restaurant. A notable local … Continue reading The Pacific Northwest Clambake: The Fish Shack

Overrated and Overpriced? Part I: Cioppino’s

Cioppino’s – My wife and I dine out way more often for lunch than we do for dinner. This means that we don’t get a chance to try some of the more highly-regarded local restaurants that only offer dinner service. Cioppino’s falls into that category. It also happens to fall under the category of being regarded by some as overrated and overpriced, which will be … Continue reading Overrated and Overpriced? Part I: Cioppino’s

Portion Control Included For No Extra Charge

Mangia E Bevi – For some reason, crossing the Lion’s Gate Bridge on a gloomy, hard-raining day feels like breaching the boundary between anytown USA and the land of the zombies. The simple 10 minute journey from my house to the West End seemingly becomes an arduous journey full of pitfalls and perils. On those days, my mind tries its best to psych itself out … Continue reading Portion Control Included For No Extra Charge

Barcelona: Maritim Restaurant

This post will be the most difficult that I will have ever written. I don’t even know if I will be able to finish describing the dishes I had after I insert the photographs of the them into the post. Hopefully I will be able to suppress all of the negative images and feelings that my mind has associated with the food I had at … Continue reading Barcelona: Maritim Restaurant

Barcelona: El Quim De La Boqueria

    El Quim De La Boqueria- as its name suggests -is located in Barcelona’s landmark public market, the Boqueria. The market’s history dates back several centuries, and it has become much more of a tourist destination than a market where locals shop for ingredients that comprise their daily meals. El Quim de la Boqueria is perhaps the most well-known of the few sit-down stalls … Continue reading Barcelona: El Quim De La Boqueria

Barcelona: Tapas 24

    I’d say that over the past decade or so, tapas has become synonymous with Spanish cuisine. So I thought that I’d make my experience at one of the more highly regarded tapas bars in Barcelona as my first post on my trip to Spain. Tapas 24 is a much more casual sibling of Commerc 24 which, along with being awarded two Michelin stars, … Continue reading Barcelona: Tapas 24

I Did Not Come Here For The Food (but another burger experience was chronicled)

Village Taphouse – My visit to the Village Taphouse today was more out of necessity than by actual choice. Since the last day of school for my daughter meant early dismissal, I had to choose a lunch spot close to home. I also wanted to watch the Euro 2012 semi-final between Italy and Germany, so I needed a place that had the game playing on … Continue reading I Did Not Come Here For The Food (but another burger experience was chronicled)

$110 For Suckie Oysters, Bunless Big Mac, and A Rainforest Cafe Dish

The Boathouse English Bay – Since the weather was so nice today, my wife and I thought we’d take my mother-in-law for a little sightseeing along English Bay. The first stop in our tour was to be the (fairly) new Cactus Club located right next to the beach, where we could take in the amazing panoramic views while having food that we knew would be … Continue reading $110 For Suckie Oysters, Bunless Big Mac, and A Rainforest Cafe Dish