āina, San Francisco

Went here for brunch with an out-of-town friend.   Hibiscus ginger lemonade.   St. Frank drip coffee.   Malasadas: Portuguese style doughnuts with guava custard. I liked it, but I didn't expect a doughnut as an appetizer.   Spam Musubi, with boston bibb lettuce, Stone Valley Farms whole hog spam, kimchi, short grain rice, and … Continue reading āina, San Francisco


Sarutahiko Coffee, Ebisu & Sengawa

Went to this coffee shop in two different locations. The Ebisu shop shares its location with another business.   Got an iced latte. It's somewhat of a safer choice for me, here in Tokyo. It was ok. Noticed these little dog routers around town.   The Sengawa location looks pretty sweet and has two stories.   … Continue reading Sarutahiko Coffee, Ebisu & Sengawa

Bitter + Sweet, Cupertino

Seems you can find San Francisco relics in the south bay area more and more these days.  This is a good thing, imho, and this is the reason I like Bitter + Sweet.  I can go to one place and find multiple things I like, where friends and I can gather and find something for everyone. … Continue reading Bitter + Sweet, Cupertino


Trouble Coffee, San Francisco

Another fav of mine.   SFFD is to Trouble Coffee as SFPD is to Philz.   I want to believe this sign so bad.   Gibralter.  Supposedly an SF original (but not via Trouble), gone global.   The standard coffee comes with attitude.   DAT CINNAMON TOAST THO!  If Trouble didn't start the American toast … Continue reading Trouble Coffee, San Francisco


theLab (formerly known as Chocolate Lab), San Francisco

Ritual Coffee Hot Drinking Chocolate: made with Recchiuti chocolate Pistoles (beads of pure chocolate) and Vanilla Bean Marshmallows. Cup by Heath Ceramics. Egg, Bacon & Polenta: egg and bacon from Marin Sun Farms. Quiche The hot chocolate feels like you're literally drinking a dark, smooth, rich chocolate bar. It's quite delicious, and works well with … Continue reading theLab (formerly known as Chocolate Lab), San Francisco