Dr. Octagon. The Fillmore. San Francisco. California. 2.18.2018.

Dr. Octagon has a new album releasing 4.6.2018. This is the first time that they are touring, so I highly recommend you seeing this if you have the chance. After the show I showed the band the first rough cut of the music video we are launching in March. I can't wait to release that into the world so you can see. It's very exciting. Then we went and ate some more after the show. Qbert, I am not the mayor of Chinatown.

The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115

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State Bird Provisions. San Francisco. California. 2.18.2018.

State Bird Provisions remains one of my favorites in town for good reasons. I like the casual ambience, the dim sum style service, the impeccable food, and how nice the staff is there. I was so grateful that they could fit me in last minute for dinner before the show at The Fillmore. We ordered so many things, and many were stand outs marked below with a *.

State Bird Provisions
1529 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

hog island oyster, kohlrabi kraut & sesame
guinea hen dumpling with aromatic broth*
duck liver mousse with almond biscuit
pork ribs with black bean sauce & black garlic*
garlic bread with burrata
smoked trout ‘chip & dip’ with fennel-beet kraut
‘jerk’ octopus with sweet potato & cilantro*
sourdough, sauerkraut, pecorino & ricotta pancakes* poppyseed buckwheat-beef tongue pastrami pancakes* 
CA state bird with provisions*
chocolate passion fruit tart, apricot confiture, pink peppercorn*
‘world peace’ peanut muscovado milk*

Hanlin Tea Restaurant. San Francisco. California. 2.18.2018.

My favorite place to get authentic milk tea (dairy free) in San Francisco is Hanlin Tea Restaurant. I almost always get the jade green milk tea, and sometimes I get the black milk tea if I need more caffeine. This is by far the most authentic and well made milk tea I have had in town, not a surprise since they were the original inventors of the boba milk tea in Taiwan. I have eaten here twice and I feel that overall the food is good. A lot of Taiwanese say that this is the most authentic Taiwanese food they have had. However, I tend to stick with the tea here.

Hanlin Tea Restaurant 
801 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Taiwan beef noodle


Heath Ceramics + Tartine Manufactory. San Francisco. California. 2.17.2018.

My friend and I decided to have brunch at Tartine Manufactory to catch up as we both haven't been in a while. They changed the layout. If you want a sit down brunch then you can put your name down for a table and they will text you when they are almost ready. You can also line up at the pastry/ice cream counter to get things to go as well. So while we waited for our table, we went over to Heath Ceramics to check out the newsstand and the store to peruse a lot of wants. Heath Newsstand has a very impressive assortment of magazines and highly curated. I would say the only other place in town with a more impressive magazine selection would be Kinokuniya.

Heath Ceramics
2900 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Tartine Manufactory is alway good. Definitely a spendy brunch, but it was delicious. I also finally got to try my first ice cream pie there. I had been eyeing the matcha one (as I have a great love for all things matcha). One day, matcha ice cream pie, you will be mine.

Tartine Manufactory
595 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110

ca halibut crudo, kiwi, leek, puffed rice, mint & cilantro
bone broth, green onions, aioli, soft boiled egg
grilled cheese, wagon wheel, fontina, roasted squash, country bread
smoked pork flatbread sando, pork loin, gruyere, ham, pickles, mojo aioli, mustard, arugula
ice cream pie: cardamom, lemon curd, roasted pecans, ginger cookie crust 

Dragon Beaux. San Francisco. California. 1.13.2018 + 1.27.2018.

Dragon Beaux is now my new favorite dim sum restaurant. It's the same owner as Coi Palace in the Bay Area. The reason why they are my new favorite is because they use fresh ingredients instead of frozen ones and it makes a huge difference. It's definitely pricier than my usual Great Eastern. It is also nouveaux Hong Kong style dim sum as well, so you get more of a modern take on traditional dim sum items. I went there twice in January with 2 different groups fo friends and I definitely have a few menu favorites. They also have a great tea selection to go with your dim sum as well! At night they have a traditional Chinese a la cart menu or you can do their hotpot. They even have wagyu!

Dragon Beaux
5700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

five guys xiao long bao
crab roe shiu mai
classic shrimp dumpling
xo spinach dumpling
abalone tart
shrimp rice crepe roll 
mongolian beef rice crepe roll
giant clam seafood congee
concubine chicken
classic steamed bbq pork bao
baked charcoal curry chicken bao
baked green tea egg custard bao
chinese broccoli in oyster sauce
classic egg custard tart
red bean sesame ball