Dinner at Cetli Restaurant in Tulum

by foodhoe on July 1, 2018

Well hello there!  It has been a long time since my last post, but I’m still here and want to share with you some amazing food I’ve enjoyed recently. Last spring, we went on an adventure, traveling to the far northeastern end of the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico to Quintana Roo.  We visited Tulum with its breathtaking views of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean ocean, white sandy beaches and lowland jungle areas dotted with ancient Mayan ruins, cenotes (water-filled sinkholes), limestone caves, with a surprising number of incredible world-class restaurants.  We stayed in town  at a lovely Airbnb, rather than at a hotel or resort and loved the experience.

Mayan Ruins in Tulum

This was my favorite meal in Tulum, it is an enchanting restaurant run by chef Claudia Perez Rivas, celebrated for its focus on pre-hispanic traditional Mexican cuisine.

It is located on a quiet side street in the downtown Pueblo area and you feel like you are walking into someone’s home filled with beautiful artwork and full of eclectic personality and charm. [click to continue…]

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Sideways Southern cuisine at PLāYT in Hayward

by foodhoe on April 23, 2018

1036 B St, Hayward, CA 94541 | 510 -888-1092 | website

I was very excited when I heard that the owners of Picán in Oakland opened up PLāYT restaurant in downtown Hayward, which is just one stop down the freeway from where I live!  Yay!  We love it when new restaurants open up in the area, which is just not at the same level of destination dining as Oakland…  PLāYT quietly opened last June but has been fine tuning the menu which offers “Sideways Southern” comfort food and expertly crafted drinks.  Executive Chef Jerome “Spike” Williams (also from Picán), has developed a menu that reflects Cajun, Creole, Gullah and similar influences which offers a touch of Mardi Gras for your palate and your soul.

The interior maintains the sleek modern decor from the previous occupant, Bijou Restaurant, it is elegant and upscale, but they have done some serious upgrades in the kitchen with new fryers, a 16 burner flattop, convection ovens and new line fridges, so they are ready to crank out dishes for the masses. Mr. K and I enjoyed glasses of Prosecco while we perused the menu.

Our server Trevor dropped off an order of their heavenly Deep Fried Pickle Spears ($9) fresh from the fryer, served with spicy creole ranch sauce.  He said it was one of his favorites, and I totally see why!

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I love dill pickles and these have an excellent well seasoned and perfectly fried crust that is fantastic with the flavorful juicy acidity from the pickle and you really have to dip it into the spicy creamy sauce because it tastes so damn good!

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A Vietnamese feast at Temple Club in Oakland

February 21, 2018

2307 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601 | 510-479-3680 | TempleClubOakland.com So there I was, driving up and down International Blvd in Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood (which is somewhere in between Fruitvale and Lake Merritt), looking for a sign.  It is a long dark stretch that is mostly marked no parking because it is a landing strip for […]

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A Oaxacan feast at Agave Uptown

February 19, 2018

2135 Franklin St. Oakland | 510.288.3668 | website We had a great meal at Agave Uptown recently, the latest restaurant from Chef Octavio Diaz who brings traditional Oaxacan food with a focus on authentic mole and mezcal to the hip Uptown section of Oakland.  The chef has another Oaxacan eatery called Agave Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar and […]

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Dinner at Mockingbird in Oakland

January 17, 2018

416 – 13th Street, Oakland | 510.290.0331 | website We’re halfway through Oakland Restaurant Week which runs through two weekends from January 11-21, so there’s still have time to get out and take advantage of some great dining deals.  This year there are 70 restaurants offering special lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus or other dining […]

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Fabulous lunches to warm your belly at Mixed Grain in Walnut Creek

January 7, 2018

1546 Bonanza Street, Walnut Creek 94596 | 925.938.5959 | website | menu There are a surprising number of very good Korean restaurants out in Coco county, but this is my favorite one (of the type that doesn’t involve cooking yourself).  It’s tucked away on a side street off Locust in downtown Walnut Creek where the […]

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An urban refuge at Herlen Place

December 16, 2017

334 Grant Avenue (at Harlan Place), San Francisco | 415.391.0207 | website | Open 8am-9:30pm It’s the holiday season so you have every reason to be in Union Square right now either for shopping or to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit by enjoying the giant Christmas tree glittering with thousands of lights, the huge 25-foot glowing […]

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