Beaver Creek, Colorado

By grace.g.yang · April 15, 2016
Under: American,Burgers,Colorado,Dinner,Fitness,My Life,Travels

Back in February, Ken and I went on our yearly ski trip to Beaver Creek, Colorado. We had a slow start (with my luggage not arriving with us!) and I ended up having to buy a new ski jacket at the gift shop in our hotel. Luckily, my luggage arrived before the end of the week and all of my belongings made it, too! Here are some photos from the amazing trip:

Me and my inter-galactic face-turtle warmer (and new jacket!):

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The hotel has a mascot named Bachelor – we usually see him during his daily rounds but didn’t see him this year. I settled for the stuffed animal version of Bachelor:

Beaver creek skiing

A photo I took on my way back to the hotel:

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Ken and I love skiing but I like to stay completely covered when I ski so I don’t have weird tan lines on my face. I stay completely covered while we ski:

Beaver creek skiing

A photo of me before we skiied back to our magical hotel:

Beaver creek skiing

Our fuel – the sweet potato fries were pretty amazing at the resort:

Beaver creek skiing

And after the traumatic luggage situation, we ordered room service (cheeseburgers and fries can fix anything):

Beaver creek skiing

We can’t wait to go back next year!

The Little Beet Table

By grace.g.yang · April 13, 2016
Under: American,Dinner,Gluten-free,Gramercy,My Life,seafood,steak



Ken and I were walking home from his office on an early spring night and walked past The Little Beet Table on Park Avenue. We went inside and they luckily had a table for two available so we sat down for dinner. The restaurant is known for having healthy entree options, being gluten free, and using local ingredients. We started off with the grilled beets with greek yogurt and pumpkin seed granola:

The little beet

Next, we shared a prosciutto, arugula and Parmesan cheese flatbread:

The little beet

For our entrees, we shared the salmon (organic, not wild, which I found a little strange), with avocado caponata, pistachio and black olive oil:

The little beet

And the skirt steak with roasted fingerling potatoes and chimichurri:

The little beet

Overall, we thought the meal was good, but not great. We liked the skirt steak more than the salmon (but the portions for both were really tiny!) My fitness friends really love the place, especially their chicken and their flatbreads, but I don’t think they’ve grabbed me and Ken as repeat customers.

Dirt Candy

By grace.g.yang · April 11, 2016
Under: American,Chinatown,Dinner,Drinks,LES,My Life,Tacos,Vegetarian



It’s April and I’m finally back! The winter was pretty busy (with weekly visits to my nephew) so I didn’t have a ton of free time during the weekend’s to post. Luckily I uploaded a bunch of photos over the weekend and will be posting more often (hopefully).

I took my mom to Dirt Candy, a vegetarian restaurant on the lower east side (bordering Chinatown), earlier this month when she came to visit. She had seen a segment on PBS about the restaurant and was interested in dining there; I’ve never been, so was down to go after work.

One thing Dirt Candy is known for is their monkey bread – it’s served as soon as you order and comes in a variety of colors (the dough is dyed with different vegetables), with a serving of garlic butter:

Dirt Candy LES

The bread is served right out of the oven and in a planter so it looks like they’re potted flowers – they’re so good that we asked for more while we waited for our appetizers to arrive!

The restaurant allows you to either order a la carte or order a full tasting. I looked at the menus beforehand and thought it would be a better idea to do a la carte. We started with the Korean fried broccoli:

Dirt Candy LES

They describe it as “crack in broccoli form” – it’s broccoli that’s been steamed and then flavored with Korean red sauce (gochujang) and batter. We thought the flavor was pretty good but there was too much batter (and I think the flavor would’ve been better if they had used soybean paste with the gochujang so the broccoli would’ve had more depth.

Next, we shared the carrot burgers, a new menu item:

Dirt Candy LES

These were carrot burgers on carrot buns – not that much flavor, but the carrot slaw that was shaved and served with cilantro and sesame oil was fresh and delicious.

My least favorite dish of the evening was the broccoli dogs:

Dirt Candy LES

These were grilled and smoked pieces of broccoli, topped with broccoli kraut and mustard barbecue sauce. We really disliked the broccoli dogs because they were way too sweet (the broccoli on its own was good, but the mustard barbecue sauce had way too much sugar added to it!) There was also way too much bun to broccoli and we ended up throwing out the majority of the buns.

By the time our last dish arrived, we were already pretty full. I wish we had just ordered this dish, the brussel sprout tacos:

Dirt Candy LES

These tacos came with fresh lettuce wraps, different dipping sauces, and toppings and had the brussel sprouts served on a hot stone. I managed to eat one taco with all the toppings but couldn’t manage any more because it was way too much food. If we return, I’ll just order the brussel sprout tacos to share.

My mom’s curiosity was satisfied and if we return, we’ll probably go just for the monkey bread and the brussel sprout tacos!

Wayfare Tavern San Francisco

By grace.g.yang · February 25, 2016
Under: American,Brunch,Burgers,California,Lunch,My Life,Snacks



Teresa made a lunch reservation for us at Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco because it was close to our hotel and she loved their popovers (I can’t argue with that logic). The restaurant was very festive for the holidays and the bar area looked pretty cozy for dining by yourself:

Wayfare tavern San Francisco

The popovers come right after you place your order and they were fresh out of the oven:

Wayfare tavern San Francisco

They’re very generous with their popovers so you can definitely have more than one (if your husband allows you to have more than one!) We shared all of the dishes and started with the Petaluma deviled eggs:

Wayfare tavern San Francisco

They have a generous amount of paprika sprinkled on them and I thought they were a bit on the sweet side, but the pickled onions added a nice texture to the smooth yolk and mayo combo.

We also ordered the winter salad with pomegranate seeds, kale, soft cooked egg and beets:

Wayfare tavern San Francisco

The salad was too heavy for me and too many flavors and textures that were rough (the fried shallts + pomegranate seeds + kale was too much for me).

For our entrees, we ordered the fried chicken (a signature dish) and the burger (another signature dish) – we also ordered a side of brussel sprouts:

Wayfare tavern San Francisco

The burger:

Wayfare tavern San Francisco

They knew we were splitting everything so cut the burger before it came to the table, which made splitting it much more convenient. The burger is a proprietary blend of beef with bacon, red onions, and cheddar – it also comes with a side of homemade pickles and french fries. I’m usually not a fan of bacon in my burgers because it makes things a little too heavy, but this bacon wasn’t as fatty as other restaurants’ bacon so it was actually a really great addition of salt and flavor.

The fried chicken was really good, especially with a lot of freshly squeezed lemon juice! Great recommendation, Teresa, and thanks for spending time with us!

Ken and Teresa right by the fireplace:

Wayfare tavern San Francisco

Hong Kong Lounge II

By grace.g.yang · February 22, 2016
Under: Asian,Brunch,Chinatown,Chinese

On Christmas eve, we headed to dim sum as a family before Flo, Paul and their kids headed back to Chicago to celebrate Christmas at home. We went to Hong Kong Lounge II in the Laurel Heights area because it was on the way to SFO (and open on Christmas Eve). They don’t push carts at Hong Kong Lounge II so you order from a sheet instead and they bring out everything when it’s ready. We definitely over ordered and ended up with this:

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A blessing in disguise because Flo and the family were able to take it on the plane and had a second lunch on their way home!


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