The Grocery List: Costco

Costco is a novelty for foreigners. The first time I walked in, I could not get over the jumbo-sized packaging and the aisles of “stuff”. In particular, I still remember a package of Heinz Ketchup in what looked like a bottle on steroids! I found it very entertaining, but I assumed for a long time […]

Fish., Sausalito

Last time I was at Fish. (it’s really the name- Fish., Fish period!) I spoke to one of the chefs that are always busy in the open floor kitchen. I was complimenting him and his staff for the amazing quality of the food, and his reply was “We just take excellent ingredients, and we try […]

Caffe’ del Doge, Palo Alto

My little personal escape to Italy is when I afford myself the treat of having breakfast at Caffe’ del Doge. Even when I am in Italy, having breakfast out and get a cappuccino and a brioche is a great way to start the day, so having a place that makes me feel so much like […]

Caffe’ per Principianti – Everything You Need to “Unlearn” Starbucks

Starbucks is an amazing place. I enjoy a tall non-fat vanilla latte every now and then, and it is so reassuring to know I am going to have a consistent experience whether I am in London or in Singapore! Coming from Italy makes me appreciate Starbucks in its attempt to create a coffee culture worldwide, […]

The Grocery List: Trader Joe’s

I love Trader Joe’s. I am partial, I know, but I find that there’s noting better than a store with a good quality/price ratio! Trader Joe’s has an interesting sourcing process with its suppliers, and that means they get products nobody else markets, or they get the same products at a fraction of the price. […]