HC Dumpling (Cupertino)

Are you hungry for Xiao Long Bao?

Xiao Long Bao at HC Dumpling in Cupertino

Hu-Chiang Juicy Pork Dumplings at HC Dumpling in Cupertino

We had just finished shopping at the farmer’s market and were looking for a place to eat lunch.  I remembered that one of our friends recommended this place in Cupertino Village on Wolfe Rd called HC Dumpling.  She said that their xiao long bao were pretty good, on par with the world-famous Din Tai Fung xiao long bao.  We hadn’t had xlb in a while, so we decided to check them out.

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Gum Kuo Restaurant (Oakland)

After buzzing on all that fancy food at the Fabulous Food Festival in San Francisco, we were ready for some good old, homey Chinese food.  Besides, Annie wanted to pick up some fresh noodles, won ton and sui gow skins from Yuen Hop Noodle Factory in Oakland (that’s for another post or two…).  So we drove across the Bay Bridge to Oakland Chinatown.

After picking up the fresh noodles and skins, we drove into the big Asian mall complex at 9th and Franklin.  On the ground level, in the breezeway on the Franklin Street side of the complex is Gum Kuo Restaurant.

Gum Kuo Restaurant (Oakland Chinatown)

Gum Kuo Restaurant (Oakland Chinatown)

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Getting Buzzed at the Fabulous Food Festival

Saturday, we attended the first annual Fabulous Food Festival in San Francisco’s Concourse Exhibition Center.  As in our TomatoFest experience, we got to go as "foodie correspondents" for FoodBuzz.  The Fab Food Fest was a craft foodie’s showcase, with over 120 vendors featuring gourmet chocolates, sauces, baked goods, utensils, and other treats.

Fabulous Food Festival in San Francisco

Fabulous Food Festival in San Francisco

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The Grill on the Alley (San Jose)

Where can you get the best steaks in San Jose?

The Grill on the Alley (San Jose)

The Grill on the Alley (San Jose)

Our good friend is a big steak and potatoes man. He eats steak more times than either his wife or his doctor would probably like. He also travels quite a bit on business, so he’s had steaks in top restaurants in cities all over. And he claims that the best steaks are found right here in downtown San Jose, at The Grill on the Alley.

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