Family Thanksgiving (NJ)

The family tradition is to make four times as much food as there are people.  This year, we had Korean tacos (kimchee stewed pork, Korean flavored flank steak, kimchee fried rice), 2 turkeys (22lbs and 13lbs), Maryland crabs, miso codfish, and much much more.

Korean tacos with homemade napa and red cabbage slaw; the 22lb turkey; view of the dining room table (you can see the second turkey at the end); homemade kiwi mochi; and no Thanksgiving would be complete without a turkey ice-cream cake!

Tamarine (Palo Alto, CA)

Dinner with Charles.
Tamarine prawns: Flash-fried jumbo prawns tossed in Tamarine’s signature tamarind sauce & served with crisp noodles.
Clay Pot Cod: Alaskan Black Cod caramelized in onion, garlic, black pepper & molasses.
Trio of sorbets: pomegranate, lime and tangerine.

Chosun Galbee (Los Angeles, CA)

This ivy-covered building serves excellent Korean bbq.

The Getty Museum Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA)

The food was ok, but the real star were the views from this restaurant inside the Getty Museum.

Cauliflower soup; turkey sandwich.

JW Marriott, 8th Floor (Los Angeles, CA)

Early birthday present for Jen: the Black Eyed Peas' leftovers. They eat garlic bread, just like us!

Myung Dong Kyoja (Los Angeles, CA)

We made a late night pitstop at this Korean chain famous for their noodles and garlicky kimchee.

Providence (Los Angeles, CA)

This restaurant deserves both its Michelin stars.  The food was creative yet traditional, and reminded me of some of the best meals I've had (11 Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Alinea).  The bread selection included bacon bread (just like Joel Robuchon!) and nori focaccia.

Seasonal truffles; amuse bouche; kanpachi with soy creme fraiche; bobbys' block island sea scallops with buckwheat, napa cabbage, and dashi butter; striped bass with mussels.

Donato Enoteca (Redwood City, CA)

Dinner with Peter & Jeannie.
Olio D'Oliva: Sampling of artisan olive oils with fresh rosemary focaccia
Tortelli alla Piacentina: Housemade ravioli of squash medley, amaretto crumbs, Grana Padano & brown butter sage
Risotto Anatra: Roasted duck leg, Treviso, shallots & Sangiovese sauce
Osso bucco: special of the day

Bouchon Bakery (NY, NY)

The perfect place for a snack on a lovely fall Saturday in New York City.  Salmon & brioche sandwich; classic ham and cheese baguette, served warm.

Gulluoglu (NY, NY)

Mmm... baklava from my sister.

House of Nanking (SF, CA)

The interior has been completely renovated since I first started coming here in college over thirteen (gulp) years ago, except for the random photo of Keanu Reeves on the wall.
Onion cake slathered in their "famous" Nanking sauce. Not really authentic, but pretty yummy nonetheless.
Fried tofu and green beans in peanut sauce.
"Famous" Nanking Seseame Chicken served with sweet potatoes.

Milagros x 2 (Redwood City, CA)

Welcome lunch for Jackie, who is rejoining our group after brief stints in DC and Boulder, CO

Ti Couz (SF, CA)

We've been going here for years. Yummy Brittany-style crepes and it's one of the only places in the Mission with outdoor seating, if you're willing to wait. We ate inside.
Complete (egg, ham & cheese)
Banana & nutella