Powder is a relatively new cold dessert place that’s popped up on Divisadero close to where I live. They describe themselves as ice cream meets shaved ice. This is actually not a new phenomenon in Asia, in fact, “ice cream” or “snow” in Taiwan is like this and it’s been like this forever! In fact, snow is the perfect name for it because it really does have the texture of powdery snow and that was actually the name of a dessert place in Phoenix that I used to frequent to get my dessert fix when I lived there.

I was super excited to visit this place and happened to win three gift cards (totaling $33) so I knew I was going to have plenty of opportunities to try this place out! I like how they have some options that are pre-created for you in terms of combinations and then you can also create your own. The first time I visited, I tried their Big Easy combination that includes Vietnamese coffee “snow”. The second time, I tried a combination with Horchata “snow”. Yum, yum, yum! I can’t wait to go back again and continue using my gift cards. Haha!


Many options

Big Easy


I had no idea that one of the best ramen places in the entire city of San Francisco is just two blocks from my apartment! I mean, I’ve seen Iza Ramen before and saw that there was often a line out front, but never realized how important it is in the San Francisco ramen scene. I was really excited to walk into this place the other day and not have to wait to be seated. The ramen came out pretty quickly and I knew right away that it was going to be delicious because the smells were ravishing. Of course the spiciness level was just right, the fatty pork was deliciously fatty and not over done, the egg was perfect, and the noodles had just the right amount of bite. What a delicious bowl of noodles! I’m in love!


Spicy Iza Ramen

Vegetarian Miso Ramen

My sister currently lives in Philadelphia. I never got a chance to visit her there during this past year while she’s been living there, but a couple of years ago when I did visit Philadelphia, I got a chance to eat some delicious cheesesteaks. My other sister also got a chance to eat some cheesesteaks during her trip to Philadelphia a couple of years ago, too. Little did I know it, there’s a delicious cheesesteak place two blocks away from where I currently live in Lower Haight. Metro Caffe has both burgers and cheesesteaks, including a bunch of different varieties to their cheesesteaks. I tried the Hogie version because it came with mayo, tomato, and lettuce along with the grilled onions and sweet and hot peppers. The fries were average, but the cheesesteak itself was just delicious! Yum!


Proud of SF on the art wall

Hogie Cheesesteak


It’s a bit strange that since I’m Asian you’d think I would eat more Chinese food. I mean, I do know how to make a fair amount of different foods, and especially living in San Francisco you’d think I’d eat more Chinese food simply because I have access to it all the time. In fact, eating Chinese food is quite the rare event for me. Recently, I finally did get a chance to try Wonderland, which is only about 2 blocks from where I live. I had heard that this place is pretty good especially since they have many tofu and vegetarian options (including meatless chicken). I will say, the food here was quite good and considering it’s so close, if I were someone who ordered Chinese food more, I would definitely have this place on my short list of favorites!

Kung Pow Tofu

Salt and Pepper Meatless Chicken

Palmyra is located just a few corners away from where I now live and since I’ve lived in this general neighbor for quite a while now, I’ve been trying to get to this place, but never had the opportunity. I generally like Middle Eastern food and found that Palmyra was no different. I just love all the different options, and thought that their Falafel were shaped so uniquely, almost like donuts! Plus, who doesn’t love a good hummus?!?


Falafel Plate

Prawns Kebob