Omakase Dinner

SASHIMI

SASHIMI

SASHIMI

SASHIMI

SALMON

SALMON

SQUID NIGIRI

SQUID NIGIRI

KAMASU NIGIRI

KAMASU NIGIRI

KAMASU NIGIRI

UNI CHAWANMUSHI

UNI CHAWANMUSHI

CHEF JACKSON YU

CHEF JACKSON YU

I had the privilege of dining at the Michelin-starred Omakase last week, where I enjoyed some of the BEST SUSHI OF MY LIFE. (I know I’m often accused of speaking in superlatives, but this time I’m really not exaggerating!)

For those of you unacquainted with the “omakase” concept, it’s a fixed menu consisting of dishes selected by the chef. At Omakase, they have two omakase options: $150 or $200, plus an additional $80 per person for sake pairing.

We opted for the $150 dinner, which comes with 2 appetizers, 1 sashimi, 10 pieces of nigiri, and 1 owan – more than enough food even if you starved yourself the whole day in anticipation of this meal (yup, guilty).

I knew we were in for quite the treat the moment I stepped through the door. The interior was refined and intimate, with a total of just 14 seats. Of course request to sit at the sushi counter – you’ll have a completely different experience than if you’re relegated to one of the tables by the bamboo window treatments (which, while pretty, will deprive you of the up-close view of the talented head chef Jackson Yu’s knife skills).

Chef Yu was a marvel to watch, and incredibly attentive and friendly to boot. He explained how everything was made/prepped in-house, including the special soy sauce, baby ginger (different from the usual pickled ginger you get at other sushi restaurants), and fresh wasabi. I’ve only enjoyed fresh wasabi once before (in Beijing, at Bei in the Opposite House) and it’s hard to go back to the preservative-laden stuff. Here, you can watch them ground the wasabi root into paste right in front of you.

But of course the star of the show is the fish. The fish is flown in three times a week from Tokyo's renowned Tsukiji Market (the largest fish market in the world) to ensure freshness and quality. You know other places that inadvertently mask the flavor of the fish with other ingredients? That would NEVER happen here.

Every piece of nigiri melted in my mouth. I can’t even remember all the types of fish I ate, but I was impressed by the variety, which ranged from toro to kamasu (barracuda) to saba to monkfish. The jack mackerel was sliced beautifully (the silver colors were unreal), and the uni in every form was absurdly good, especially the uni chawanmushi (sea urchin in steamed egg dish).

No extra soy sauce or wasabi was ever needed, and I was in love with their rice, which is actually timed to cook depending on the time of your reservation. I could eat it on its own, it was so good – but it was also the perfect complement to the fish.

To top it all off, the dishware (all custom-made by Japanese artisans) is gorgeous, the staff is incredibly sweet and professional, and you get a glass of complementary sake upon your arrival.

If I could afford it, I’d try and dine here on a regular basis. Since I can’t, I want all of you to enjoy yourselves as much as I did. Book a reservation here the next time there’s a special occasion, and tell Chef Yu that Tiffany Wang sent you ;-) Happy eating, everyone!! x

Omakase. 665 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Hello Kestan

ASOS belt / CITIZENS OF HUMANITY jeans / KESTAN off-the-shoulder top

ASOS belt / CITIZENS OF HUMANITY jeans / KESTAN off-the-shoulder top

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I’m currently obsessed with off-the-shoulder tops – I’ve acquired 5 in the past month and have 2 more in shopping carts on various e-commerce sites. (Trying so hard to resist buying more in case it’s a fleeting trend, but ugh, I don’t want to wear anything else this summer.)

So when Kestan – a new up-and-coming womenswear brand headed by California-based siblings Stephanie and Kevin Lin – approached me about doing a collab and sent me their lookbook, I was immediately drawn to this linen rendition. But from what I can see, all their designs are very versatile and easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. Also, this is a label with solid values: they only work with suppliers who provide safe and clean working environments and fair wages, and make an effort to use sustainable fabrics like organic cotton.

I’ve got a couple more pieces to share from Kestan, but I’ll save those for a future post! Hope y’all are enjoying this SF fog… here’s to praying it heats up before the weekend.

Sausalito Sunday Funday

BRAISED SHORT RIB AGNOLOTTI @ POGGIO

GRILLED MONTEREY SQUID + SWEET CORN CUSTARD @ POGGIO

GRILLED MONTEREY SQUID + SWEET CORN CUSTARD @ POGGIO

GRILLED MONTEREY SQUID @ POGGIO

GRILLED MONTEREY SQUID @ POGGIO

PROSCIUTTO & ARUGULA PIZZA @ POGGIO

PROSCIUTTO & ARUGULA PIZZA @ POGGIO

CEVICHE @ COPITA

CEVICHE @ COPITA

FRIED PORK BELLY TACO @ COPITA

FRIED PORK BELLY TACO @ COPITA

DUCK SOPE WITH AVOCADO MOUSSE @ COPITA

DUCK SOPE WITH AVOCADO MOUSSE @ COPITA

FOOD BLOGGERS + FRIENDS

FOOD BLOGGERS + FRIENDS

One miserably cold and foggy afternoon last month, some bloggers and I made the trek across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, where we were greeted by blessedly warm sunshine, expertly crafted cocktails and fine food courtesy of Poggio Trattoria and Copita Tequileria y Comida.

I learned many things that day – mainly that whenever I’m seeking respite from Karl, I should be visiting Sausalito – but also that Sausalito’s culinary scene rivals San Fran’s. Other thoughts and revelations can be found below:

  1. Poggio’s pizzas are damn delicious.
  2. I used to not be able to stand the taste of campari, but it’s slowly grown on me. If you need to ease into it, I’d highly recommend Poggio’s sbagliato (a negroni made with sparkling wine instead of gin). If you're already into negronis, then you're in for quite the treat – Poggio's has a whole negroni menu.
  3. Sweet corn custard – at least when prepared by Poggio’s executive chef Benjamin Balesteri – can actually be quite tasty, especially when topped with morel mushrooms, parmigiano reggiano and arugula. This was the dish I expected to like the least, but ended up loving the most.
  4. Copita elevates their tequila cocktails with giant artisanal ice cubes usually reserved for Old-Fashioneds, which I loved. Get the Smoking Gun (Xicaru mezcal, St. Germain, tequila blanco, lime, grapefruit) – seriously one of the tastiest tequila drinks I've ever had. Yum.
  5. Although I love my cheap Mission burritos, I do appreciate a contemporary take on Mexican food. Duck sopes with avocado mousse and fried pork belly tacos are genius – especially when the end result is so well balanced (light and not too oily, yet full of flavor) while still paying homage to traditional recipes.

On another note, I'm sorry for falling behind on blog posts (again), but I have a good excuse this time – I just got back from a girls' trip in Hawaii that I can't wait to share with y'all! In the meantime, you can follow along on my Instagram, where I've also posted more photos of both the above meals. Stay tuned!

Poggio Trattoria. 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965.

Copita Tequileria y Comida. 739 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965.

Golden Hour

CUSTOM-MADE boyfriend blazer / FREE PEOPLE mock neck tank / REFORMATION shorts / ZARA heels / GIVENCHY Antigona bag

CUSTOM-MADE boyfriend blazer / FREE PEOPLE mock neck tank / REFORMATION shorts / ZARA heels / GIVENCHY Antigona bag

When it’s golden hour in San Francisco, you drop everything and take a photo. Especially if you’re wearing your favorite boyfriend blazer (custom-made in Beijing by my trusty tailor) and new strappy heels.

Just posted this look on LOOKBOOK.NU, by the way. If you have an account, be sure to follow me if you haven't already! xx

Delicate Details

FREE PEOPLE straw brim hat

FREE PEOPLE straw brim hat

I’m so excited to share these beautiful pieces from Azil Boutique. All their jewelry is so delicate, elegant and understated (in other words, right up my alley). I’ve been wearing their stacking ring, drop necklace and thin hammered cuff for a few weeks now and they’ve stayed in pristine condition – it’s obvious they only stock designers who use quality materials and focus on timeless designs.

You can shop their accessories online at www.shopazil.com or at their Hayes Valley and Russian Hill locations (addresses below).

Azil Boutique (Hayes Valley). 451 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Azil Boutique (Russian Hill). 2430 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Bangkok Photo Diary

URBAN OUTFITTERS dress, bandana

URBAN OUTFITTERS dress, bandana

Streets of Thonglor

Streets of Thonglor

URBAN OUTFITTERS dress, bandana / ADIDAS slides

URBAN OUTFITTERS dress, bandana / ADIDAS slides

I first went to Bangkok as a teen—too young to enjoy the night markets and the local street snacks and the hipster coffee shops. This time around, I actually fell in love, hard. There are few places I’ve been to in the world that energized/inspired me as much as BKK (with the exception of Beijing and San Francisco, of course).

I stayed in Thonglor (dubbed “Bangkok’s coolest neighborhood” by Food Republic) for my entire brief 4-day stay; here’s my short list of must-visit places in the ‘hood:

  1. Supanniga Eating Room – Traditional Thai cuisine in a modern, hip setting. The owner designed a menu that pays homage to his grandmother’s recipes – and the result is a whole new world of culinary possibilities. If you can only order one thing, order the fried cabbage in fish sauce. Believe it or not, this is their most popular dish – and the flavors are truly spectacular.
  2. Soul Food Mahanakorn – How delicious does soul-inspired Thai food and drink sound? (Think Southern Thai fried chicken with pickled watermelon rinds, stir-fried baby kale with crispy pork, and a Lychee Collins.) And it’s all executed perfectly with super-fresh ingredients, which is why this trendy spot gets rave reviews from everyone, including CNN Travel and the Telegraph.
  3. The Commons – A new(ish) loft-like community mall which all the locals are calling “Thonglor’s backyard.” This is hands down one of the most Instagrammable spaces I have ever been to in my entire life – concrete walls, lush green gardens, and adorable coffee shops/restaurants/boutiques, all of which draw a beautiful and stylish crowd, of course.
  4. Roast – While you’re at The Commons, stop at Roast for a strong cup of joe and some tasty Western brunch food in a beautiful ambiance.
  5. J. Boroski – This secret speakeasy bar doesn’t have a website, a sign or a menu; if you can find it, however, you’ll be treated to some of the best drinks in the city. Most of the cocktails I sampled at other establishments were too fruity/sweet, but here, the bartenders ask you for your likes and dislikes, and create a bespoke cocktail tailored to your taste buds.

Shanghai & Wuhan Photo Diary

Mian Hua Tian, Shanghai

Mian Hua Tian, Shanghai

Mian Hua Tian (featuring Lucky), Shanghai

Mian Hua Tian (featuring Lucky), Shanghai

Mian Hua Tian, Shanghai

Mian Hua Tian, Shanghai

Egg, Shanghai

Egg, Shanghai

Hubu Alley, Wuhan

Hubu Alley, Wuhan

Hubu Alley (featuring re gan mian), Wuhan

Hubu Alley (featuring re gan mian), Wuhan

Hubu Alley, Wuhan

Hubu Alley, Wuhan

Hubu Alley, Wuhan

Hubu Alley, Wuhan

We only had 24 hours in Shanghai but we made the most of it. One thing is for sure: Mian Hua Tian is one of the most gorgeous retail spaces ever. My friend Timothy Parent (who is killing it in the fashion world in China) serves as creative director there, so you can expect their selection of clothes + accessories to be amazing.

As for Wuhan, we had a total of 7 hours (kid you not) – it was supposed to be a layover where we'd be stuck in the airport (because what else could we do with all our luggage?) but we were resourceful. We worked out a deal with a local cab driver to store our luggage and take us around to all the tourist sites, and we were so pleasantly surprised by how clean and orderly Wuhan was! Also, the re gan mian (Wuhan's trademark hot dry noodles) were beyond delicious, as were the other street snacks (a beef bing was one of the best I've ever had).

All in all, a very productive day-and-a-half in China.