Barista, Portland

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Barista, Portland

Latte

Barista
539 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209
Weekdays 6am to 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 7am to 6pm

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Coava Coffee Roasters, Portland

December 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Updates: Latest addition in town! Coava just opened a new branch at
2631 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214
Mon – Fri: 6am – 6pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 6pm
Definitely check it out when you are in the area!

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Packed with people with or without rain, though most of the time it’s the latter. This place is huge, but seats are still really limited. They seem to occupy about half the space and the other half is a huge empty space with several planks of wood. Unique and interesting design. They have a sleek counter table in the middle of the café where everyone seems to have a MacBook in front of them while they are sipping on their coffee. Apparently, their baristas, Devin Chapman and Sam Purvis, won the North West Regional Barista Competition (NWRBC) and Brewers Cup for both 2011 and 2012. Devin made my cappa that day, totally recognized him. On a side note, the baristas are really friendly! Definitely worth a visit if you do drop by Portland!

Coava Coffee Roasters

Cappuccino

Coava Coffee Roasters
1300 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 894 – 8134
Weekdays 6am – 6pm
Saturday 7am – 6pm
Sunday 8am – 6pm
Coffee, Pastry & Wi-Fi

Strangers’ Reunion, Singapore

Where can you can a better cup of coffee in Singapore than from Ryan Kieran Tan, two time National Barista Champion (2011, 2012), 2nd runner up of the World Latte Art Championship 2011 and owner of Strangers’ Reunion?

Theres a coffee on the menu thats unique and never seen in Singapore cafes, Magic (flat white with a double ristretto base), highly recommended by Ryan himself. On a side note, they recently started serving weekend brunch from 9am to 5pm.

Strangers' Reunion

Cappuccino

When I first saw the cup of cappuccino, I felt the cup looking strangely familiar (no pun intended)… Apparently, Papa Palheta and Loysel’s Toy are sisters cafe which explains the similar looking cups. What then is there not to like about Strangers’ Reunion? Coffee lovers should definitely pay this place a visit for the next caffeine fix.

Strangers’ Reunion
37 Kampong Bahru Road
Tel: +65 9368 3610
Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm
Closed on Tuesday

Categories: Coffee, Singapore

Tatsu Ramen, Los Angeles

Greeted by 3 ipads on the wall at the entrance of the ramen joint that opened 23 May by Ryu Isobe, a recent USC graduate, who walks around the restaurant and chat with customers. On the walls of the restaurant, there was a photo of him and a short paragraph that gives a brief introduction about his life. From what I could remember, Tokyo, Japan, son of actor, Hiroshi Isobe, Hawaii, USC, best entrepreneur program in Los Angeles, wanted ramen in US to be like that of Tokyo, learned from pro Jap chefs, Tatsu = Dragon. Pretty sure I missed some stuff but I think I got most of the main parts.

Tatsu Ramen, Los Angeles

Naked Ramen and Tonkotsu Ramen

Anyway, the concept was pretty interesting with the ipads on the wall and ordering and payment was done right at the ipads. The app was clean with a white background and nice pictures. The ramen was fully customizable with only 2 types of ramen, tonkotsu ramen and naked ramen. Customization includes amount of garlic, green onions, spiciness, pork or chicken or tofu and egg (sweet corn, seaweed and garlic cloves are free). Apparently they have “holy water” for free too LOL. The ramen was kinda too oily for my liking but I have heard many mixed reviews from friends that visited. Suggestions to maybe include the amount of oil in ramen and strength of soup base like that of Shin Sen Gumi would be good. Other than that props for opening till the latest on Sawtelle.

Tatsu Ramen
2123 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 684-2889
Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed, Sun 11 am – 12 am
Thu-Sat 11 am – 3 am

Nong La Cafe, Los Angeles

Not having to drive in the traffic for hours to Westminster or SGV for some legit vietnamese food? Finally, some decent vietnamese food on Sawtelle, sandwiched between SushiStop and Tsujita LA! Nongla Cafe, family business owned by mother, Khanh Phan, brother and sister, Victor and Elaine Phuong.

Nong La Cafe

Thit Nuong Bun (Grilled Pork)

Nong La Cafe

Nem Nuong Cuon (Pork Rolls)

Nong La Cafe

Thit Nuong Banh Mi (Grilled Pork)

Nong La Cafe

Bo Bun Hue

They opened their doors on 20 May but never had a chance to try it till a week ago. This place is always super packed. Partially also because there was only 10-15 tables thus seating is really limited. The food and service was great and everyone was really friendly! On the plus side, you can call in and do take out orders.

Nong La Cafe
2055 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 268-1881
Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun 11:30 am – 10 pm

Categories: Asian, Los Angeles, Vietnamese

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

All day dimsum? almost unheard of. The interior decor looks totally like PF Chang. Typical of asian fusion restaurants. Dimsum was alright to satisfy craving near the West Hollywood area. Not having to travel all the way to San Gabriel Valley was a huge plus. They have a bar area and eating dimsum at the bar does sound pretty cool. Dimsum with alcohol? (read: interesting)

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Pork and Shrimp Shumai
Back: Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Gow)

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Juicy Pork Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao)
Back: Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Gow)

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Radish Cake w/ Chinese Sausage
Back: Pork and Shrimp Shumai

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Hainan Chicken
Back: Steamed BBQ Pork Bun

If you wanted something really authentic and legit, go SGV. Otherwise this will be enough to satisfy your dimsum craving for a couple more bucks. Definitely with much better service than anywhere in SGV. By the way, they had quite a big vase of lilies at the entrance which made the waiting area smell really good.

Bao Dim Sum House, Los Angeles

Front: Egg Custard Tart
Back: Sticky Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf

Bao Dim Sum House also recently created a new site that lets customers order online on both desktop and also a mobileapp. With a prep time of 25 mins and a section where you can addon special instructions for each order. Pretty cool interface.

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Bao Dim Sum House
8256 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6556
Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 10:30 pm
Sun 10:30 am – 9:30 pm

Father’s Office, Los Angeles

An entry for burgers. People that know me probably knows I am not a big fan of burgers. So people around me have been telling me that this place is a must try before you leave LA… this place is so good… this place is better than Umami Burger… blah blah blah. So I decided to give in and gave it a shot.

Father's Office, Los Angeles

The Office Burgers
caramelized onion, bacon, gruyere, maytag blue, arugula and frites

The office burgers are alright, maybe cause I had higher expectations of it from everything that I have heard. The office burgers reminded me of banh mi, vietnamese sandwich. The string fries was good but its kinda weird they didn’t have ketchup. From what I heard, the Office Burgers are not customizable (you can’t order it with no cheese or no bacon) and served as is.

Father's Office, Los Angeles

Steak Frites
the bistro classic

If you can find yourself a seat… This place makes for a good friday night hangout spot with a wide selections of beer, decent choices of food and televisions on all walls broadcasting NFL and NBA. The beer selection is really impressive.

Father’s Office
3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 736-2224
Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu 5 pm – 1 am
Fri-Sat 12 pm – 2 am
Sun 12 pm – 12 am