Casual Dining

Melbourne, Australia / 11.22.2016

Chin Chin

Chin Chin is an immensely popular Thai restaurant in Melbourne, though calling it “immensely popular” is a bit of an understatement. TimeOut called it “Melbourne’s busiest restaurant“ and Broadsheet called it “the most successful restaurant Melbourne has ever seen.” I just know it as the... Continue

Surry Hills, Australia / 07.14.2016

Reuben Hills Coffee Roastery & Cafe

Reuben Hills Coffee Roastery & Cafe was the first meal I had after touching down in Sydney. It was still too early for me to check in so I walked over from the subway with all my gear. I found the place via a Travel... Continue

Zhōngshān Qū, Taiwan / 05.13.2016

My Kitchen (my灶)

The actual name of this place is my灶 but it translates to “My Kitchen” which is why I put it in the title. I don’t generally eat at these types of family restaurants when I travel because I’m typically traveling alone and not eating with... Continue

Santa Monica, CA / 03.11.2016

Milo and Olive

I was at the Getty Villa and had worked up an appetite wandering around looking at statues of naked people so I looked up nearby places to eat and ended up at Milo and Olive in Santa Monica. They’re listed as a bakery but they’ve... Continue

San Jose, CA / 03.01.2016


NOTE: I’m still playing catch up so this review is from months ago because I’m the world’s slowest (and probably worst) food blogger. BlueSea is an unassuming Vietnamese fusion restaurant located in a small San Jose shopping plaza. The inside reminds me of a bubble... Continue

Hong Kong, China / 02.24.2016

Tsui Wah Restaurant

NOTE: This is another post from years ago that I was too lazy to put up. But it’s up now in all its outdated and horrible glory. Tsui Wah is the quintessential Hong Kong cafe, so if you’ve ever been to a Hong Kong cafe... Continue

Newport Coast, CA / 02.12.2016


Bluefin in Newport Beach actually used to be Zagat’s highest rated restaurant in Orange County, which I think is super weird considering there are places like Marche Moderne and Studio also in Orange County. It’s easy to write off Bluefin as just another sushi restaurant... Continue

Costa Mesa, CA / 12.16.2015

Taco Maria (Dinner Menu)

I’ve had Taco Maria‘s lunch menu a few times, but this was my first time getting their prix-fixe dinner menu. And that prix-fixe menu is your only option for dinner, so if you’re craving a taco you’re out of luck. It’s a strange transition considering... Continue

Big Sur, CA / 10.29.2015


There aren’t a lot of options to eat when you head to Big Sur. Nepenthe is by far the most popular place (it has over a thousand reviews on Yelp), but I suspect that’s more because of the view and not the food. The food... Continue

Portland, OR / 10.08.2015

Mother’s Bistro & Bar

I was looking for a brunch place in Portland and this one popped up all over my search meaning it’s popular. And by popular I mean if you come during normal dining hours you’ll probably be waiting for awhile. We came at an odd hour... Continue