Posts tagged ‘tom colicchio’

September 1, 2012

San Francisco, USA

by minibites


Laid back and chilled; San Francisco is home of the food trucks, take-away, the Golden Gate Bridge and picturesque “Full House” homes. There’s plenty of character, friendly places and the most amazing views of the city from it’s crazy topsy turvy roads.

San Fran

After hitting a long weekend of partying in Vegas, it was nice to lay back, catch up on sleep before we hit the road again to NYC. Staying in Japantown was an interesting part of town and quite convenient to head up to Mission, SOMA and the Bay area. A car is highly recommended to fully soak in the sights and for food truck hunting!

Lusk 25, SF

Lusk 25, SFTwentyFive Lusk

Our first night lead us to SOMA, a pretty hip and happenin’ part of town when the sun sets. We hide from the outrageous wind and cold (even in the Summer..) in TwentyFive Lusk. Decked with fireplaces, bare timbers and candle lights; it looks as warm as it is.

Nom Nom

Food trucking is the way to go in San Francisco. It’s embedded into the culture and the chase of hunting one down in time, gets any food blogger into an natural high. Get geared up with napkins, picnic blankets and bibs as there’s a huge variety from burgers, burritos, rice, cupcakes and even, ramen. Roaming Hunger was one of my favourite sites to follow where they conveniently collate all the Twitter feeds into one.

JapacurryJapacurry Food Truck

Nom NomNom Nom Food Truck

Nom NomNom Nom’s Banh Mi

Our first find had our knickers in a knot as we’re huge fans of The Great Food Truck Race – a reality TV show that showcased a number of food trucks in challenges across the US. The Nom Nom Truck took the good ol’ banh mi on the road and came up in 2nd place. Japacurry was hot on our radar as we have been craving a bowl of rice since LA. With queues around the corner, the katsu curry, teriyaki chicken and bento boxes sell out within minutes.

Kara's Cupcakes

Kara's Cupcakes

On the sweeter side of the food trucking business, Cupcake Wars‘ winner, Kara has an abundance of sweets. One of my favourites is the good ol’ vanilla which is soft as clouds with just enough frosting and sprinkles.


HaparamenHaparamen’s More Pork Ramen

What I love about San Fran is the love for food collaboration in its culture; with food truck meet ups (over 25 in one spot!) and local restaurants that close up on a night kindly offer their kitchens to food truckers to come in and take over. After an expensive walk into a snowboard shop, we stumbled into Wild Wings that food truck Haparamen took the night’s reigns of. Delish!

Little Skillet

Little SkilletLittle Skillet’s Chicken & Waffles 

There’s also a craze with chicken & waffles. Absolutely as straight forward as it sounds, it is just, plain fried chicken with waffles on the side. Madly searching, we ended back in the back alleyways of SOMA at Little Skillet for a oily fry up that lead us all into a 3 hour food coma.



Our love affair with Tom Colicchio’s never-ending restaurants continued on in SF. There’s a huge trend and success for top-end restaurants to open up a sandwich joint, so ‘wichcraft was no brainer. Good ol’ sandwiches (they call burgers, sandwiches) with a pick me up coffee and bag of crisps.

El Farolito

El Farolito

And when in doubt, hit up Mission St for some street style tucker. Yelp! led us to El Farolito, and keeping the appearances aside, the queues go out the door serving up fat burritos, overflowing tacos and nachos.

Lombard St

While in San Fran, don’t forget to pay a visit to the windiest street in the world, Lombard St!

TwentyFive Lusk
25 Lusk St
SOMA, CA 94107

25 Lusk on Urbanspoon

Nom Nom Food Truck

Japacurry Food Truck


Little Skillet
360 Ritch St
(between 3rd & 4th St)
San Francisco, CA

Little Skillet on Urbanspoon

868 Mission St
(between 4th & 5th St)
Mission, CA 94103

'Wichcraft on Urbanspoon

El Farolito
2279 Mission St
(between 23rd & 24th St)
Mission, CA 94110

El Farolito on Urbanspoon


July 10, 2012

Las Vegas, USA

by minibites

Oh baby, Vegas! The exaggerations are true; the flashing lights, 40 degree weather, casino hopping and absolutely no drinking rules whats so ever. It baffles me to see when families come here as it’s strictly X-rated with the classics luring you with promises of ladies, open bar tab and partying, partying, partying.


Our little The Star Casino is slowly coming up to scratch but it is incomparable to the capacities of Vegas. Treasure chests of food are hidden amongst their hectares of pokies machines and blackjack tables. There’s your usual fast food injections or fine dining solutions in every casino.

BellagioThe Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Bellagio BuffetBellagio’s Buffet

There’s plenty of buffet options but a little birdie told me to try the Bellagio Buffet, so we did. And so did 100 other people at 7pm. Prepare your stomach to wait at least an hour but then devour in countless desserts, meat, seafood and oh so delicious crab. While at the Bellagio, don’t forget to watch the gorgeous fountains that go off before the hour till midnight.

Caesar's Palace
Serependity3Serependity3’s Mini Sliders

Bouchon BakeryBouchon Bakery

Bouchon BakeryBouchon Bakery’s Macarons

Caesar’s Palace will have your wallet empty by the end of the day. With a string of shops at The Forum, there’s also countless places to sneak in a foot rest; sliders at Serependity3, frozen cocktails by the bar and macarons at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. While at Caesar’s, don’t forget the gorgeous aquarium (and pick up a Fat Tuesday yard glass) and grand scale sculptures scattered about.


Caesars Palace

No nibbling at The Venetian but damn, a lot of shopping! There is worlds to explore with high class shopping at the Palazzo and Grand Canal Shoppes with quirky knickknack gift shops like David & Goliath and It’s Sugar.

Marquee DayMarquee Dayclub

Holstein'sThe Cosmopolitan’s Holstein’s Buns & Shakes

Holstein'sHolstein’s Buns & Shakes Hen House

Holstein'sHolstein’s Buns & Shakes Onion Rings

The Cosmopolitan is the newest baby on the strip and home to countless number of LCD TVs, chandeliers, EA Sports Bar and the infamous Marquee day & nightclub. Staying here was amazing with birdseye view of the Bellagio fountains, central of the Strip and being in party central. It’s also home to many restaurants including Holesteins’s Shakes & Buns dishing up mean burgers and onion rings.

MGM Grand

CraftsteakCraftsteak’s Lobster Bisque

IMG_1279Craftsteak’s Ribeye Steak

CraftsteakCraftsteak’s Dessert Finale

MGM Grand is at the end of the strip but it’s still a worthy contender of food options with Topchef’s judge, Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft and Craftsteak. Celebrating a whopping 8 years with my man, we wined and dined with the Chef’s Selection menu that fills us to the brim. While at MGM Grand, you cannot miss a Cirque du Soleil show; it is unimaginable compared to the ones we see in Sydney!

Fremont St

Fremont St

Little to eat here, but Fremont Street is worth a visit to see how Vegas used to roll… and it still gets up to crazy shenanigans with a crazy roof, flying fox down the strip and plenty of bars and live entertainment on the streets. It’s also home to controversial Heart Attack Grill which rewards anyone who weigh over 350 pounds (158.7 kgs) a free triple bypass burger. It’s also equipped with nurse waitresses, surgical gowns and an industrial scale.

IMG_4132My favourite shirt purchase this trip!

MGM Grand

Craftsteak (MGM Grand) on Urbanspoon

Bellagio Buffet
Bellagio Hotel

Buffet (Bellagio) on Urbanspoon

Holsteins Shakes & Buns
The Cosmopolitan Hotel

Holsteins (Cosmopolitan) on Urbanspoon

Caesar’s Palace

Bouchon Bakery
Caesar’s Palace 

Bouchon Bakery (Venetian) on Urbanspoon

Fat Tuesday
Caesar’s Hotel & Planet Hollywood