All posts tagged: San Mateo

I Found My Soul (And Strength) On A Bike At Soul Cycle San Mateo

This isn’t going to be a long post. I just wanted to let it be known (mostly for myself to look back on this day), that I tried in-door cycling for the first time in my entire life at the brand spanking new Soul Cycle in San Mateo. And I wasn’t alone. 50 something of us packed into that nicely air- conditioned room full of yellow bikes and we ‘rode as one’ to Bey. It started with an invite to be introduced to Soul Cycle. And basically inviting everyone and anyone I knew. It was my first time organizing anything fitness related, because as my husband will tell you, exercising is not on my list of priorities. I thought i’d be lucky if 5 people signed up with me. That 5 turned out to be 10 times more than I had expected. How did that happen? Well I could not have done it without the help of Katherine Chen, (a.k.a @poosekat on instagram) who I had the pleasure of meeting through Jennifer Yco and her …

My Favorite Place To Get Chinese Egg Tarts In Millbrae

Honey Berry If you’re a local, you’ve probably heard of this place. But if you’re visiting the Bay Area and happen to be hanging out at the Peninsula for the first time visiting friends or family, its worth stopping by here for some good old classic Chinese egg tarts that you can take to go. Kids love them! Growing up in Hong Kong, one of my favorite desserts/treats that you can get from your local bakery or dim sum restaurant are egg tarts. They’re primarily made of flour and beaten egg. And Honey Berry is my go to place for egg tarts as a weekend treat, breakfast or dessert to bring over to a friends house for a special occasion. The whole reason why I found Honey Berry was for their roti buns (which i’ll save for another post) which are absolutely delicious. I soon learned they also sold egg tarts and Portuguese egg tarts. Its my go to place because my son enjoys roti buns and I enjoy egg tarts! They also sell other dessert treats like …

Restaurant: Viognier

Review of Viognier – San Mateo 222 East 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 Price: $$$ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. Since I was there for the dining experience, we both take credit for the photos. To finish this week’s restaurant reviews, I will write about Viognier, this amazing restaurant that’s in the middle of San Mateo. However, before I write about this amazing restaurant, let me tell you a story of how we ended up at this place. O attends this amazing pre-school that encourages the parents to have date nights to foster a better family environment. How amazing is that?! One particular Friday, they arranged to watch the kids from 6-10PM at the preschool for $30. This price included not just the staff to watch the kids, but also pizza as well! The kids got to play outside, were fed pizza, got changed into their pajamas and had a sleepover/pizza party with sleeping bags! It was the cutest thing ever and all …

Restaurant: Bambu

Review of Bambu – San Mateo 153 S. B Street, San Mateo Price: $ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit. After a good meal with Ramen at Ramen Dojo, my good friend and I decided to take a walk down B street and go to Bambu. http://www.bambusanmateo.com/ Located at 153 S. B Street, this Southeast Asian drink place is in the heart of San Mateo. Bambu is a relatively new establishment, being established in 2008 by 4 sisters in San Jose to try to bring Vietnamese drinks, espressos, etc. to the public.   This particular Bambu that we visited is located in San Mateo. There is nice decor on the walls including photos of Vietname in a very artistic fashion. There is a nice counter with a chalkboard for specials. Behind the counter is a small door into their kitchen, and past the kitchen is the bathroom. Therefore to go to the bathroom, you have to walk past the kitchen.  …

Restaurant: Ramen Dojo

Review of Ramen Dojo – San Mateo 805 S. B Street, San Mateo Price: $ Reviewed by The Husband. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. He also takes all photo credit. This is a review for Ramen Dojo.  Located at 805 S. B Street in San Mateo, Ramen Dojo has been an establishment of good spicy Ramen in the San Mateo area for at least 5 years. As my wife and O were away for the weekend, I decided to come here with my old high school friend. I’ve never frequented Ramen Dojo before, and the last time he was there was many years ago.     There usually is a very long line with waits up to an hour, but on this particular day, we were seated fairly quickly. Inside there is a small bar area where people can eat facing the bar along with several small tables for people with company.   We decided to start off with a 300ml bottle of premium cold sake for $10.50. Definitely enough …

Restaurant: Sushi Sam’s Edomata

A restaurant review of Sushi Sam’s Edomata – San Mateo 218 East 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401 A guest post by The Husband Disclaimer: Another entry by my husband. He’s a fast writer. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely his.  Nicole and I try to do a date with just the two of us once in a while just so we can still connect without O once in a while. Today for our date we decided to go to Sushi Sam’s Edomata in San Mateo. Located at 218 East 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401, it is one of the few restaurants in downtown San Mateo that has 4 stars and over 1650 reviews. We’ve been there several times and it hasn’t disappointed. Outside below the “Sushi Sam’s Japanese Restaurant” awning you come across the storefront which has several fliers posted against the glass as well as a blue “Sushi Sam’s Edo Mata” sign with a menu.  Inside the restaurant to the left is a sushi bar with some sake on the wall and a small sitting area. Walking to the …

Restaurant: Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

My mom had been talking about trying out this place ever since we moved here. So finally, I had husband watch O (thank you!) and I took my mom to check this place out. I’ve actually been here once before with husband and a few friends a few years ago. I remembered 2 things about it, which I’ll save for the end of this post. But I wanted to do a full review the second time round to see if I had changed my mind or not. It’s my first review, so here it goes. Basic info: Name: Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot Location: 215 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 (Downtown San Mateo) Genre: Chinese, Mongolian, Hot pot First Impression (or in this case, 2nd impression) We arrived at around 7:30pm on a Friday night. We were lucky we found parking in a structure on 2nd street. Parking in San Mateo on a Friday night is a nightmare. I recommend getting there as early as possible or going alot later like around 8:30/9pm but by then you …