Feb 11 2018

Gum Wah

345 8th St,
Oakland, CA 94607

Will return. A very topical Cantonese eatery where old gentlemen bring their birds and chitchat and eat. But I did see a mom with her 6 years old and an older diva in trendy yoga leggings. Free Chinese newspapers are on the tables. I’m lucky to have found a parking spot on the street four cars away from this restaurant. With a nice pedestrian’s help I successfully parallel parked, with a hour limit.

Foods are all good. Beef rice noodle with too much meat. Congee is delicious. I saw how they make the thin rice sheet to wrap the fried stick – youtiao and ordered one: the sheet is great but fried stick is kind of hard. Service is affable. When I tried to get hot water for my ever-presence tea bottle and couldn’t, she said “oh you don’t know” and went on to show me.


Feb 10 2018

Getty restaurant

1200 Getty Center Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Pleasant, straightforward, bit pricy. Food and service are above average. I’m expecting a killer view but disappointed by the balcony wall – see through fiber glass (?) might serve better? They’ve out door seating but isn’t open. Oh well.

We’ve carrot cumin hummus, paella, chicken and scallops – the seafood cooked just right, juicy and tender. Fake cactus on the table. Why bother?

Parking at the museum is $15.


Feb 9 2018


550 Deep Valley Dr Ste 145,
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274-3696

Friday 6:30 pm, many noisy kids. Stems are set on each table. A little odd combo. I’ve seen kids (well behaved) in a wine bar but not this many and this rambunctious.

Food and service are good. Clean bathroom.


Feb 8 2018

The Hake

La Jolla Cove, CA

Delicious food, good view of Pacific Ocean & La Jolla Cove, and good service. If I’ve time I’d try George too. We’ve the ceviche and all the small plates except the mussels – all are good. They don’t have outdoor/balcony seating.

Parking is a problem, valet $11.


Feb 8 2018

Texas de Brazil

13772 Jamboree Rd
Irvine, CA 92602

Buffet, $30 lunch $50 dinner, desserts are additional. It’s pretty full for a Wednesday night.

Good service (our server talks very fast, like speeding on the autobahn. What’s the rush? Ha ha ha.) Food are ok: the salad bar and soups are ok. The meats are mostly tasteless – maybe they want to showcase the taste of the meat? The lamb chop, filet mignon are tender but could use some salt.

Decor is bit loud; what the wood is doing there? High end it’s not. I’d a glass of Conundrum red, which is so so.


Feb 4 2018

Gus’s World Famous Chicken

231 Peachtree Street Northwest A-05,
Atlanta, GA 30303

I don’t really like chicken, fried even less but couldn’t resist this one … will return!

I ordered spicy (not sure they’ve non spicy?) dark meat, they’re tender and yummy. Goes well with Super Bowl – oh well I’ll be in the air anyway. While waiting for the flight, I ate one – they’re for my family, the chickenheads.

P.S. even it’s a day old but my family said, “they’re good stuff … why don’t we have them in New York?”



Feb 4 2018


Sheraton Hotel, 2nd floor
165 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Will return, for the crab cake.

It’s inside Sheraton hotel, on second floor, overlooking the indoor pool.

The area of the hotel isn’t too good – I won’t walk there in the dark.

The grill veggies are delicious, so is the crab cake. The bar area is same size as the dinning room.


At bill time I ask the staff for a cup to take the remaining snake with me – not to waste it – can snack on the flight home… but the sweet girl returns with a full cup – this isn’t what I need or want … thanks sweetie.

Feb 4 2018


265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

Inside the Hyatt Hotel, will return.

The decor is modern, clean line, relax, friendly, a bit bisto feel. The grit is delicious, and huge, on the salty side. Bathroom is in the hotel lobby.

I didn’t try their bread but all look fresh and inviting. It’s a short hop from my hotel Aloft


Feb 3 2018

Dancing Goats Coffee & Ponce

650 North Avenue NE
(404) 874-0370

This cafe is at the Ponce Market. The coffee/bar is small, one side the the service area and the other side is full of people with their laptops; the two out door areas, one is enclosed.


The Ponce Market is  Chelsea Market of Atlanta, from old warehouse …

Feb 3 2018

Atlanta Breakfast Club

249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd
Atlanta, GA

An old piano greet each customer, love it.

I’ll return if I come back to town. Relax, busy – I went on Saturday around 1 pm, after my Acquium – the wait could be an hour long. I’ve the seafood combo which is very delicious.