Ba Fang 八方雲集 @ Taipei, Taiwan
Ba Fang is a very popular dumpling and potsticker restaurant in Taiwan and after eating there, I can see why. Their potstickers are uniquely shaped like logs. I had never seen potstickers shaped like that before. The log shape made sure all edges got crispy. It's pretty brilliant. You get the crunch and then the yummy flavorful filling. To contrast the crispy potstickers, we also ordered dumplings. Their dumplings have a chewy and doughy outside and succulent inside. Every bite is a flavor explosion in your mouth. You'll be eating one, two, three, and then the whole plate :P And if you want something more filling, their peanut sauce noodles are delicious. I mean peanut butter and noodles? That sounds like a winning combo. From noodles to dumplings, Ba Fang will provide you with yummy fuel to satisfy your cravings.
Rocket Roll @ San Rafael, CA
We couldn't decide between sushi or burritos, so we compromised and got sushirittos! Honestly this food hybrid is so smart and delicious. We ordered the rainbow roll and slam salmon roll. The rainbow roll had yellowtail tuna and salmon sashimi. There were lot of veggies but not a lot of fish. I really liked the spicy mayo slathered in the rainbow roll. As for the salmon roll, it didn't have the spicy mayo, which was disappointing because the mayo is amazing. Overall, my meal at Rocket Roll was alright. Their fish portions are really small, but their spicy mayo is pretty good.
Hazukido 八月堂 @ Taipei, Taiwan
If you walk into Taipei 101 and smell the amazing aroma of croissants, follow your nose and that will lead you to Hazukido. Everything is freshly baked, I actually saw the workers pull hot croissants straight out of the oven. They have an assortment of flavors and we tried most of them. Here are the highlights:
1.) Sesame- A unique and delicious one. I had never heard of this kind of flavor in a croissant, but it worked really well. I definitely recommend this one.
2.) Original- sometimes the original is the way to go. It has layers of flaky, buttery goodness.
3.) Fish roe- this is a savory, acquired taste. If you like salty and sweet, try this one. It's a flavor party in your mouth.
4.) Raspberry-sweet, fruit, and covered in raspberry glaze. Who could say no to that?
Honestly, you could probably be content with any type of croissant. They all are amazing. With tons of yummy flavors, Hazukido is handmaking scrumptious croissants that fuse the flavors of France and Taiwan.
I've always wanted to go to London to try afternoon tea, but if you don't wanna pay for a plane ticket, just head on down to Crown and Crumpets in San Francisco. This is a super duper cute shop with all the tea shop vibes. We ordered afternoon tea for one. Don't be fooled by the name, it has a huge selection that can feed a family. There were yummy cookies, sandwiches, a scone, and a crumpet. I'd never tried a crumpet before and it was pretty good. Now afternoon tea isn't just the treats, it's the tea as well. We ordered the blue eyes tea with hibiscus, orange, and apple.
If you want a more filling dish, the bacon, apple, and brie sandwich is delicious. Apple and brie are the classic combination and adding bacon on that just increases the yumminess. Their chickn pot pie is another must. The bowl is full of creamy chicken and veggies and topped with flaky, buttery puff pastry. Afternoon tea is on the pricier side, but every now and then you have to indulge yourself, and Crown and Crumpet is the place to go!
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