Showing posts from June, 2018

Unless You Got Buns, Hun

Asians aren't known for their rear ends. Trust me, I know! But China Live would be lacking if they didn't have their Char Siu BBQ Pork 'Dutch Crunch' Baked Buns. It'd be like Sir Mix-A-Lot without 'Baby Got Back.' But praise Jesus! They do! Like the recent visit to Curio, Concierges were offered a credit to try out China Live. I send a whole bunch of folks to this restaurant on Broadway in San Francisco and am so happy to have had the opportunity to stuff my face with their delicious offerings. Again, I took my foodie #Instafriend, Julia. She has been to China Live before and was so excited to go even though her stomach wasn't 100%. That makes it very clear to me that this restaurant is quite spectacular. I arrived from the East Bay via Bart and partially went thru Chinatown where you'll see the red lanterns hanging across the streets, the jewelry stores with a lot of gold, cheap San Francisco t-shirts and groceries including jujubeans. The

Curious About the Mission

It's nice that some people think I would know where some of the new and hot places are. Thank you to those folks, but in fact, I have a lot of places to try. The list is long. I do not have to add Curio to that list, however, I do need to go back and try their protein dishes as I went on Meatless Monday . The invitation to preview Curio at 775 Valencia in the Mission district came to the Concierge team and we jumped on getting a reservation. Because of my schedule, I typically miss out on quite a few of these events but it was great to attend this one! I invited my #Instafriend, Julia. (What's an #Instafriend? I should probably do a blog post on that.) We both arrived via our separate Uber s (use my code: cmo4h) and sat at the bar. The location is attached to The Chapel , a music venue I have yet to go to as a live music lover. It has two bars, three separate dining areas and a patio. The windows bring in a lot of natural light, the decor is a mix of wood, deep col

Regresar a Cabo!

My second visit to Los Cabos, Mexico will be taken place this November. Earlier this year, Cabo San Lucas was the first port we stopped at while aboard the Oosterdam by Holland America ( Day 1 ). There, my friend, Catherine and I snorkeled, paddle boarded and kayaked. Later this year, I will be accompanied by my Cugino (Cousin in Italian), his fiance and my future cousin and my new friend, Lola, a fellow and new food and travel blogger. Believe it or not, she and I have not personally met but are connected via online. Amazing, right? We met new friends from Utah! A seal On the list of things to do will be a mix of business and pleasure. This One Busy Bee can't resist. Thursday, we land in the afternoon. Thanks for the direct flight, Southwest , right out of Oakland. I'll get our rental car (still to be booked!), await my cousins' arrival from SFO and Lola from Long Beach. We'll go check into the JW Marriott and anxiously settle into our acco

Twists at the Wharf

When you're a Concierge and can get coupons from several places, you try just about anything. After six months of working primarily at the beautiful Argonaut Hotel , it's your job to know where to send guests and to have personally tried and recommend certain dishes. (I'm comin' for you, GaryDanko !) I would say I have dined at quite a few places and I am a bit behind in writing about them here but I'm working on it. Thanks for your patience so don't get your knickers in a twist. Buttery thin rolls of dough are twisted into pretzels at Auntie Anne's right here on Jefferson Street at Fisherman's Wharf . My Supervisor enjoys their mini pretzel dogs and has offered them to a couple of times, as well as pointing out that we have coupons! Buy one get one free? I just saved $5!  I parked in the Mission this particular day as I was attending my friend's performance that evening at El Rio with The Frosted Tips . I wish I could have gotten a burri

Thai'd Up

Thailand has been calling, but I'm all Thai'd up with other travel at the moment. Asia isn't usually on my top places to go, even for an Asian American. But I have been seeing quite a bit of gorgeous photos via social media and my friend guessed I would be going there next for some reason. Perhaps someday. The closest I got to going to Thailand recently was receiving a gift from my cousin that was just there and dining at Osha in San Francisco. When you are surrounded like crazy with seafood, you sometimes need a little variety ( No More Seafood ). I could have ran a bit more and completed my first half marathon if I headed straight to Osha at Embarcadero 4 for some food, but I didn't. My body was pretty tired completing my first 10-mile run as I trained for my first Team in Training event. Instead, this One Busy Bee grabbed my belongings from my starting point and work at the Argonaut Hotel and waited for the F street car and decided to stop just shy of my Em

No Fuss via Bus

Whether or not you live in California, visiting Yosemite should be on your bucket list. From San Francisco, it is a 3.5 hour drive. There are tours in large or small buses or you can go on your own. I have gone to Yosemite using both modes of transportation. Both times, they were completely worth it. Ten years ago, my boyfriend at the time and I took our dog to this magical place. With a fascination with geology from college, the sedimentary layers and the massive monoliths of towering granite is guaranteed to make you gasp. We drove our BMW M5 with dog in tow and stayed at an inn near a running river. We took a flat trail on a nice day and enjoyed the peacefulness. See previous blog post HERE . Now as a Concierge for a hotel at the Fisherman's Wharf , one of our partners is Grayline . To be able to speak more about what the hotel guests can expect from their tour with Grayline , I was able to go complimentary and bring a friend. For this particular event, I decided