Going to cafes, exploring Stanley Park, drinking boba, eating sushi, all in a day and a half.
Hear yee, hear yee... welcome to my Portland video where Jarren and I spontaneously booked airplane tickets to check it out.
Making an appointment to Din Tai Fung was probably the best decision ever.
Although a little pricy, I'm proud to say I'm happy to be Taiwanese. It's funny because, I'm American Taiwanese and I go back to Taiwan every once a year to see my family, yet none of my family members ever told me to check out this place or took me to eat at this place. My parents both knew how popular this place was and never took me there!!! Q^Q
Jarren and I actually found this place through Yelp, cause we wanted to get dimsum somewhere in San Jose. We saw a lot of great reviews from different Yelpers and wanted to go, but you have to make a reservation beforehand.
Everything was really delicious and also tasted really fresh. I'm actually a pescatarian so unfortunately, I did not eat any XiaoLongBao （小籠包）. But! Jarren eats meat and he said it is really good. He actually said it's better than Koi Palace's xiaolongbao (小籠包）. Amazing service and great atmosphere.
I really, really, really do recommend going here. It's seriously worth the wait (from the reservation).
I loved this place so much, the interior was amazing, everyone was great, but, I don't think it's a place where I would be like, "Ooo, let's go to Shokudo to eat!" Often. It's a place where you could probably eat once a blue moon, but still good.
This morning before Jarren had to leave to San Francisco for work, I decided that we should go eat brunch at Thyme for Tea at Niles Canyon. Thyme for Tea is a cute tea party place for grown ups to eat with little sandwiches, tea and dessert. The drive there from our place would take about 30 minutes locally (not on the freeway) and when we got there, there wasn't any wait, but quite a few people already sitting there with their tea sets ready.
Outside the place, still in the store, there would be a ton of jewelry and tea sets all over in the little store, and yes, you can actually buy them to have a little tea party at your own home as well.
The wait at Thyme for Tea for the food to come would always take a while, but you the food and tea would always be extremely hot so you know that they actually took the time to make your food. Most of the food--or should I say, snacks--would be kind of like a sampler plate. They would have this beautiful tray with flowers, and on the stands would be assorted with different sandwiches depending on what you chose to buy to eat.