Best Restaurants

Pictorial posts on my best restaurant meals in Vancouver BC, Austin TX, and beyond.

Best New Restaurants, Meals & Cocktail Bars in Austin 2015

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 | 0 comments

Best New Restaurants, Meals & Cocktail Bars in Austin 2015

2015 seems to have flown by.  But if I take a moment to think back on everything that I have to be thankful for this year, I can only feel humbled, grateful, and a bit in awe.  Professionally, 2015 has been the most challenging one for me, as I completed my master’s program and obtained my license to practice in my other non-food related career.  I’m also embarking on starting my own practice, which holds many unknowns and promises.  Personally, I’ve made many new friends, and have concreted another layer onto existing relationships.  My family has continued to be my solid rock in the midst of often scary waves.  There is simply much to be thankful for.

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Snapshots from Fukumoto Yakitori Izakaya in Austin Texas

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 | 0 comments

Snapshots from Fukumoto Yakitori Izakaya in Austin Texas

When I heard that Austin was FINALLY getting a proper yakitori izakaya, I was thrilled.  I’ve spent countless hours drinking sake with friends in izakayas while living in Vancouver, and crawling through smoky yakitori bars and restaurants was one of my favorite things I did in Tokyo.  To my relief and delight, newcomer Fukumoto hit the right notes. 

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2015 Best Restaurant Meals in Austin: Master’s Degree Celebration at Qui

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 | 0 comments

2015 Best Restaurant Meals in Austin: Master’s Degree Celebration at Qui

After several years of what felt like endless paper writing, research, evening classes, presentations, sleepless nights, exams, and internships, grad school finally drew to a close at the end of this summer.  There were moments when I questioned whether it would ever end, whether I would actually make it through the tunnel where the dim light at the end grew all too slowly.

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Best Cocktails in Austin: Mezcal, Tequila, Fortified Wines & Brunch Edition

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Best Cocktails in Austin: Mezcal, Tequila, Fortified Wines & Brunch Edition

I thoroughly enjoy being one of the most active cocktail writers and photographers in Austin.  But in spite of my experience with writing about booze and mixed-drinks, I often feel limited to writing about the same ol’ spirits.  

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Complete Guide to Best Brunches in Austin, By Neighborhood

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Complete Guide to Best Brunches in Austin, By Neighborhood

What began as a one-off article in Culturemap on the best brunches in East Austin evolved into an entire brunch column, featuring my top picks from Austin’s most vibrant, tastiest neighborhoods. 

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Snapshots from Bullfight, Spanish Tapas in Austin Texas

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Snapshots from Bullfight, Spanish Tapas in Austin Texas

Last Friday, we made an impromptu trip to Shawn Cirkiel and the Parkside group’s latest venture: Bullfight.  I’ve long anticipated the opening of this Spanish tapas concept.  Since traveling in Barcelona years ago, I have yet to have tapas that brought me back to that fun, vibrant fare that stole my heart – until now.

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