Dec 2017

The Mill – San Francisco

The Mill - San Francisco

We stopped in for breakfast at The Mill on our final morning in San Francisco. Toast—fancy hipster toast—was calling our names.  We couldn’t leave town before trying some.

The Mill - San Francisco

Every slice of toast from The Mill begins with damn good bread from Josey Baker, which uses whole grain flours milled daily on-site and sourdough starter. I procured a hearty loaf of country bread ($6) to-go as a gift for my aunt who we’d be seeing later in the day.

The Mill - San Francisco

While our trio of toasts were being made, I perked up with an espresso from FourBarrel Coffee.

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Nov 2017

Kin Khao – San Francisco

Kin Khao - San Francisco

A good deal on Hotwire landed The Astronomer, June, and me at Parc 55 during our San Francisco stay. As luck would have it, Michelin-starred Thai restaurant Kin Khao was located on the ground floor of the property. On our first night in town, we met up with a few old friends for dinner here. It’s not every day that the most convenient dining option also happens to be the most interesting one.

Kin Khao - San Francisco

The woman behind the highly-lauded restaurant is Pim Techamuanvivit, a former food blogger turned restaurant proprietor. The menu celebrates the bold flavors she grew up eating in Bangkok using California’s finest produce and proteins.

To start, we shared the Mushroom Hor Mok Terrine ($14). The curry mousse “in-a-jar” was brimming with mushrooms and served with crispy rice cakes on the side. The two mushroom-loathers at the table nevertheless found it enjoyable, while the mushroom-lovers adored it at first bite.

Kin Khao - San Francisco

We also split an order of the Pretty Hot Wings ($13), which were manageably spicy with their fish sauce-garlic marinade and tamarind-Sriracha glaze. Nice fry, nice sauce, nice wings.
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Nov 2017

The Migrant Kitchen | Beyond Pho

KCET Migrant Kitchen Beyond Pho

Consider this a virtual nudge to tune into The Migrant Kitchen this Wednesday at 8 PM PT on KCET in Southern California for the latest episode, Beyond Pho, which shines a light on the Vietnamese culinary diaspora in Los Angeles:

Banh Mi. Spring rolls. Pho. The war and its subsequent refugees. These are things most commonly associated with the Vietnamese culture and its people. But a group of chefs in Los Angeles (including Cassia’s Bryant Ng and Diep Tran of Good Girl Dinette) are hoping to demonstrate that there’s so much more than that. Featured in the episode: Cassia in Santa Monica, Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, Red Boat Fish Sauce, and Minh Phan of Porridge & Puffs.

The Migrant Kitchen: "Beyond Pho"p

The stories and perspectives featured in Beyond Pho are extraordinarily thoughtful and thought-provoking. I hope you’ll enjoy the episode as much as I did.

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