19379 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino| 408.446.2222 | website

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I grew up in the Peninsula and always marvel when I visit the South Bay because it is has gone so upscale with the proliferation of tech companies that is parodied so well in the excellent show Silicon Valley.  We got a close up look at this when we visited Alexander’s Steakhouse last weekend to check out their new location in the swanky new Main Street Cupertino Center, which has many food and wine options, including my favorite Philz Coffee.

The sleek and modern 12,500-square-foot space seats 200 and includes five private dining rooms, one with a fireside lounge, another is located at the far end away from the hustle and bustle and geared for business meetings and there’s a large area that can be broken up into smaller more intimate rooms.  There’s exhibition kitchen with chef’s table, a and an on-site Alexander’s Patisserie.

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There are 3 sommeliers on staff and the impressive glassed-in wine vault holds 7,000 bottles and is a focal point in all of the dining rooms.

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The bar offers an amazing assortment of high end  and rare whiskies that can be difficult to find, or are quite old (pretty much top shelf everything), and the bartenders take the craft of mixology very seriously.

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Alexander’s is a high-end modern steakhouse that specializes in dry aged beef and Wagyu from America and Australia as well as from Japan.  Their menu offers choices from both land and sea that are elegantly prepared with refined Japanese techniques and flavors.  All of the dining rooms are filled with bright natural light and the tall ceilings add a feeling of graceful spaciousness.  When you enter the restaurant, the first thing you see is a climate-controlled display with slabs of beef at various stages in the aging process, the menu features 28-day dry-aged steaks for unparalleled flavor.

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Next to the case is an exhibition area where you can see a butcher cutting up smaller slabs of meat, which end up as the display items in a case full of gorgeous well-marbled T-bones, bone in filet mignon, and porterhouse steaks.

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In the top case are the wondrously marbled slabs of Wagyu, ranging from F1 from Australia and the US, and then a selection of A5 which is the top grade Japanese beef from a variety of prefectures, sold in three ounce increments.  Below is the Miyazaki A5 wagyu, which is $120 for a 3 oz serving.  The highly marbled flesh is laced with fat in a snowflake-like pattern which makes each bite luxuriously rich and flavorful.  And for the record, Alexander’s is one of the eight restaurants in the US that are certified for selling Kobe beef.

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The excellent breakfast at Grand Lake Kitchen

by foodhoe on August 2, 2016

576 Grand Ave, Oakland 94610 | 510.922.9582 | website
Hours:  9 am – 10 pm everyday but Tuesday (closed)
brunch until 3 pm | happy hour 4 – 6 pm | dinner 5 – 10pm

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Mr. K and I really miss our old stomping grounds at Lake Merritt, and we still love to shop at the fabulous Grand Lake Farmer’s Market on Saturday, then go to our new favorite breakfast spot, the Grand Lake Kitchen.  It’s very popular, so we try to get there when they open at 9 otherwise you will have to wait in line.

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The restaurant began as a deli/diner when it opened in late 2012 by Dave Wasem, a former sous chef at Park Tavern in San Francisco, and his wife, May Seto Wasem, a former manager at Delfina.  They served healthy and affordable sandwiches, salads, a varied deli selection, as well as a small but well-curated section of grocery items from a cozy 12-seat counter with some outdoor tables.  They recently expanded to take over the space next door which allows them to better accommodate the hungry crowds, increase the existing menu, and introduce an expanded, brand-new dinner menu, including a new cocktail program.

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The amenities are excellent, pepper grinders, a bottle of chilled water, very good coffee, and I just noticed that you can get those wonderful Beauty’s bagels here too!

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Best of all, there is a Grand Lake Kitchen Pokestop!  I am a newbie player who lives and works out in the ‘burbs, so I consider this to be living large my friends…  because I got to repeatedly spin the wheel for free stuff while enjoying my meal.

Back to the food…

One of my favorites is the Savory French Toast ($13)– Thick slices of rustic rye bread lightly dipped in porcini batter then griddled, topped with two poached eggs, parmesan, baby arugula tossed in herb oil and served with sautéed wild mushrooms.  The eggs are perfect, they are liquid but thick and oozy, yielding a creamy rich sauce for the mushrooms and crusty bread, and goes so well with the bright acidity of the dressed greens.

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You can also order it with prosciutto (+$3), which was a generous addition, paper thin slices looking very meaty draped over the eggs.  Honestly, I liked it better plain.

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Tasting menu at Yuzuki Eatery

July 27, 2016

598 Guerrero Street, (c/s 18th Street), SF | 415.556.9898 | website Mr. K and I went to Yuzuki Japanese Eatery in San Francisco recently to check out their new six-course tasting menu that provides an introduction to their Washoku menu and the Izakaya style of eating.  We enjoyed their warm hospitality and ate our way through six courses of traditional Japanese cuisine along with […]

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Dinner at Calavera 2.0

July 11, 2016

2337 Broadway, Oakland | 510.338.3273 | website I am lucky to have friends with connections because I got to tag along when Brenda who writes Bites & Bourbon was invited to dine as a guest of the house at Calavera in Oakland last month.  We went to check out the changes in the menu since Chef Sophina Uong (@girlslantee) took […]

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Pizza at Slice House in Walnut Creek

June 14, 2016
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1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek | 925.448.8077 | website Last week my friend Christina who writes the delightful East Bay Dish, invited me to come along for a media preview of Slice House, which opened up earlier this month.  Occupying the ground floor, it joins Teleferic Barcelona and Rooftop Restaurant & Bar in the […]

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A Spring dinner at Lungomare

June 9, 2016
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1 Broadway, Oakland | 510.444.7171 | website Last month I tagged along with my friend Brenda (of the sassy Bites & Bourbon blog) who was invited to dine as a guest of the house at Lungomare in Oakland.  The restaurant is named after a magnificent seafront promenade in Naples, Italy which is famous for having some of the most panoramic views […]

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The blingiest mac and cheese at Mac Daddy

June 2, 2016
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1453 18th Street, SF  94107 | 415.872.6670 | website Well, hello there!  First I took you to grilled cheese heaven, and now it’s time for mac and cheese heaven, which can be found at Mac Daddy, a cool new spot that opened recently in Potrero Hill by restaurateur Jocelyn Bulow (Chez Maman, Papito) .  It’s a tiny cafe with only 14 seats, […]

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