SALT + SMOKE BBQ – ST. LOUIS, MO

Second time visiting here, I do like this place, just a short wait. Here is the first time I visited this place – SALT+SMOKE

All the sauces you need on the table —

All the sauces you need

We started with a small Caesar Salad – fresh and crisp.

Caesar Salad

Burnt End Toasted Ravs / Deep Fried Ravioli – it was pretty good, crispy and each bite you get a bit of the beef, comes with ranch sauce.

Burnt End Toasted Ravioli

Sharing a Bestie Combo 4 meats – ribs, chicken wings, brisket, and pull pork. My favorite were ribs and brisket … and the popover!! The chicken wing was a bit dry to my liking.

Bestie Combo 4 meats – Ribs, Wings, Brisket, Pulled Pork

Bestie Combo 4 meats – Ribs, Wings, Brisket, Pulled Pork

 

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KREIS’ RESTAURANT (PRIME RIB) – ST. LOUIS, MO

I really love this place! I am glad my boss always take me here whenever I am in town. Check out here for my previous visit KREIS’

Amazing Prime Ribs

Nice bread and biscuits were served complimentary. I like bread, but tried not to eat too much.

Complimentary bread and biscuit

We started with Large Scallop Bacon Wrapped – the scallops were large and juicy. Love it.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

I also split a Wedge Salad with coworker – always fresh and crisp, love the blue cheese too!

Wedge Salad

The best – PRIME RIB – look at this baby!! Thick cut juicy, I got the King Cut … get the King Cut please!

Prime Rib!!

MY PLACE 大城小聚 – CHICAGO, IL

Whenever I am in town, my family always go to My Place for dinner. Food was always hot and good portion. They get pretty busy during lunch and dinner rush.

A nice authentic Cantonese style dinner.

Authentic Cantonese Style Dinner

Ginger Scallion Lobsters 薑蔥龍蝦 – we always order the two lobster special for around $21, not bad for its value.

Ginger Scallion Lobster 薑蔥龍蝦

Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab 椒鹽軟殼蟹 – tasty!

Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab 椒鹽軟殼蟹

Honey Walnut Shrimp 核桃蝦 – we always love this dish! Crispy, sweet and little savory!

Honey Walnut Shrimp 核桃蝦

Stir Fry Garlic Snowpea Tip 蒜蓉炒豆苗 – my favorite veggie, and they give us a pretty good portion too!

Stir Fry Garlic Snowpea Tip 蒜蓉炒豆苗

My must go restaurant everytime I am in Chicago.

QUARTINO RISTORANTE – CHICAGO, IL

This is one of the restaurant in Chicago I wanted to try for a long time. Came here on a weekend with my family with reservation. Lucky we had reservation, the wait was pretty long and big crowds.

The menu was very extensive. We opted for few items to share.

Salumeria Tasting – a great way to try out a bit of everything. I forgot the types of meat we have, but it was very enjoyable. The portion was very big, we couldn’t finish it.

Salumeria Tasting

Gnocchi – love house made pasta! soft pillowy potato dumplings with arugula pesto sauce.

Gnocchi

Braised Pork Shank – cooked in red wine, so tender, falls of the bone.

Braised Pork Shank

Love this place. Do recommend getting reservation.

DIN TAI FUNG 鼎泰豐 – SANTA CLARA, CA (BAY AREA – WESTFIELD VALLEY FAIR)

Needless do I to say – when Din Tai Fung arrived in the Bay Area, it was a crazy hit! We didn’t come during the grand opening month.

We visited this place probably sometime last year, my sister-in-law made a reservation for all of us. Thank goodness for the reservation, otherwise would be 2 hours wait. Like most other Din Tai Fung, they have a window outside you can see the XLB making process.

Ding Tai Fung 鼎泰豐 – Santa Clara, CA

Start off with Cucumber Salad:

Cucumber Salad

We knew what we wanted already, of course the soup dumplings! One thing is the portion here is SMALLER than LA, and more EXPENSIVE than LA. Kind of crazy, but considering they are in Valley Fair … what can I say!?
Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings
Pork Dumplings

Pork and Crab Soup Dumplings
Pork Dumplings

Vegetable and Pork Wontons with spicy sauce – I recall this dish was so-so, the sauce was a little too sweet for my liking.
Noodles with sesame sauce – it was okay.

Vegetable & Pork Wontons with Spicy Sauce
Noodles with Sesame Sauce

Sauteed Kale with Garlic – this was pretty good, kale was very tender!

Sauteed Kale with Garlic

Braised Beef Noodle Soup

Braised Beef Noodle Soup

Pork Fried Noodles – i like this type of thicker noodles.

Pork Fried Noodles

Shrimp Fried Rice – love this too, rice was stir fried to perfect dryness.

Shrimp Fried Rice

Sesame Bun – probably my favorite bun, it was lightly sweet, creamy and runny!

Sesame Buns

A good place to try it out if you haven’t yet.