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January 27, 2008

Feburary Menu

It's been cold, wet and gray! What a sad and depressing weather. It has never been hard for me to admit I get home sick, especially in this kind of weather. So here I am, getting homesick again. A place in your heart that you get warmth and love, knowing that's where you can always count on for the unconditional love, and when you think about it, it brings tears in your eyes... home!

I remember when I was a kid, Saturday morning came and mom would ask what should we have for lunch over breakfast. My brother and I would then screamed out for mom's wonton. Yes it's a very common thing in my family, before finishing breakfast, we would try to figure out lunch and while having lunch, we're already discussing dinner, or where would we be having our meals the next day!

On a day like today, stormy wind is howling from the outside, cold that chills me to the bones, and the rain is so heavy that I thought bullets were shooting through my skylight. Staring at the fireplace with the heat on, I don't feel much warmth or coziness, but a cold and lonely concrete loft. I closed my eyes and started imagining....

I can almost smell it, then taste it... my mother's Shanghai style pokchoy and pork wonton! No, my mother wasn't from Shanghai, in fact; my entire family is pure Cantonese. Canton is a food paradise, and Cantonese are foodies! Being born and raised in Hong Kong, by the most cosmopolitan and adventurous eaters like my parents; I was spoiled with food from all over the globe. However what touches my heart always... home cooking from mom.

Therefore I decided, not only to celebrate Chinese New Year, which is coming up on the 7th of Feburary; I'm also going to dedicate this up coming menu to my family and share my personal comfort food with you all. The new menu will be focusing on Asian comfort food of dumplings. Of course we are going to keep our signature dishes and your favorites such as Shrimp in a nest, Honey ribs with Thai basil, Salt & pepper fried tofu, Garlic chili chicken wings...etc; but we are going to devote the rest of our menu to the comfort food of dumplings!

In addition, I would like to introduce to you our guest chef Craig Roby. Craig is a wine importer and a former Chef de Cuisine at Relais & Chateaux. With his extensive experiences in both food and wine, he will be collaborating with me to bring you a new venturous dining experience!

Criag and I will be offering you a private dining experience every Friday, Saturday and weeknights (on demand). This will feature a six-course menu with sake and wine pairing to each course and it will focus on classic Cantonese cuisine with a slight twist such as Beggar's quail (black mushroom & Chinese ham stuffed quail slow baked in clay), Chinese herbal ginzeng soup... This is by reservation only and seating is limited. You can call me on my direct line at 510-601-0836 to make reservations and discuss the details. Tasting dinner will be starting at 7PM, but starting time can be flexible if you bring your own party of minimum 6 guests.

I am excited and hope you are too! Stay dry and warm, and I'm looking forward to touch your heart with my mom's wonton and my new creations of dumplings! Last but not least, call me soon to reserve a seat for your tasting dinner!

January 9, 2008


Happy New Year to you all! Yes it's been a while again. First my server was down. No, not the server at the restaurant, the server from the hosting company of my site. How interesting as I type to realize the same terminologies were used in different industries! ;) "Host", "Server"... what else? I know sometimes when I'm working with my staff and when they complain about something wasn't working, that's when I say, "Well, would that be users' error?" The good old computer days...

Well after the server problem was solved, we were busy doing promotions and marketing for the holidays, then we had 4 attempted burglaries! FOUR!? In less than a month! That's just crazy! Everyone knows there's nothing to steal in a restaurant. For sure there's no cash! Only thing I could have thought of was we got a big shipment for wine...about 20-30 cases? However as soon as those cases got dropped off at the restaurant, it didn't even get inside and was already put into another car and driven away. So if someone really was watching, they should have seen that too?

The first attempt was on the 15th of Dec, right after a big private party. They tried to ply open the door and the padlock. Broke some of the wood from the door and bent the handle bar to the door. But that was it. Second attempt was 3 days later on the 18th. This time they brought a cutter and cut the padlock. Almost got the door open, thanks to the strong deadbolt. Guess must be someone came by or something happened that scared them away.

After this we put in a shielded lock that they just can't cut. We also removed everything out of the restaurant. Including all the wine since we were closed from the 24th - 1st. On the 30th, I went into the restaurant to cook for a party, that's when I found all my locks got super glue in them! This is just wrong! So they're actually targeting my restaurant! Nothing we could do but to uninstall all the locks and replaced them. On the 5th, they're back again, cut the padlock, couldn't get the big one, broke my door handle again, and probably got so mad and kicked the door? So this time they cracked my glass door.

We now have a camera installed. I just want to see who was that, so desperate to get into my restaurant!? It's because I don't think he's trying just to break in to steal anymore but to prove a point that he could get in. It's more like a vandalism now! This is just so wrong! However I always say, it got to have someone like that out there to make us appreciate who we are and what a good person we are sometimes! Only if they use those energy and build something rather than break something, they actually could be quite successful!

Well...do I really want to see who that was? NO! PLEASE DON'T COME BACK!