Casual Dining

Hong Kong, China / 01.21.2013

Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan is a tiny dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong and holds the distinction of being the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant. And it is cheap. Dishes range from $12-24 HKD (about $1.50-3.00 USD) and they’re worth every damn penny. This is dim... Continue

Singapore, Singapore / 11.30.2012

Jumbo Seafood at Dempsey

Besides kaya toast, another one of Singapore’s signature dishes is their chilli crab. I don’t know why it’s popular or where it comes from, but I’ll take any excuse to eat crab. My friend’s a local and she recommended Jumbo Seafood so I’m assuming they... Continue

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 11.14.2012

Madam Kwan’s

Madam Kwan’s is a popular Malaysian chain restaurant, with the flagship located in the Suria KLCC under the Petronas Twin Towers. When I first tried to eat here I got distracted and ended up at Miss Kwan’s next door. I don’t know if Miss Kwan’s... Continue

Los Angeles, CA / 10.26.2012

Bottega Louie

Have a hot date but have absolutely no interest in hearing what they have to say? Then Bottega Louie is the place for you. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to a louder restaurant. Renowned in Downtown Los Angeles for their macaroons, Bottega Louie also... Continue

Costa Mesa, CA / 10.05.2012

Ramen Yamadaya

If you weren’t aware, there are a lot of ramen places in Southern California. The king is probably still Daikokuya in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo, while Santouka probably holds the title of most convenient. So where does that leave Ramen Yamadaya? I’m honestly not too... Continue

Santa Ana, CA / 09.25.2012

The Playground

The Playground is located across from the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana and was started by chef/owner Jason Quinn, the same guy behind the hugely successful gourmet food truck The Lime Truck. With a weekly changing menu built around fresh, sustainable ingredients, The Playground... Continue

Los Angeles, CA / 09.19.2012

Cafe Brasil

First thing I’ll say is that Cafe Brasil has got the look down. The colors, the decor, just everything about it sort of feels like Brazil. And I should know: I’m racist. Also, I’ve been to Brazil so take that for whatever it’s worth (which... Continue

Irvine, CA / 08.27.2012


Annapoorna is a little Indian restaurant tucked away in an Irvine shopping center next to a dry cleaner. They specialize in tandoori food, which means food cooked in a tandoor (basically a clay oven). When I think Indian food I think chicken tikka masala and... Continue

San Mateo, CA / 08.06.2012

Ramen Parlor

I might not have the most sophisticated palate ever, but I know what I like. And I like ramen. Most really good ramen places are pretty similar, but what sets Ramen Parlor apart is they infuse their broth with lobster flavoring. I don’t know if... Continue

Anaheim, CA / 07.05.2012

Tana Ethiopian Restaurant

When some people eat Ethioipian food they view it as an excuse to eat with their hands. Well I stopped maturing after the second grade, so I view every dining experience as an excuse to eat with my hands. And Tana Ethiopian in Anaheim is... Continue