[SF] Always Making Progress – The Progress

The Progress, locating near the Japantown on Fillmore, is the sister restaurant of the famous State Bird Provisions, which is a michelin one-starred restaurant. They are geographically right next to each other as well. Since my friend and I couldn't snap a table at the State Bird Provisions, we were glad that at least we got one at The Progress. Though The Progress has not yet earned a michelin star yet, the Esquire magazine has named it the 2015's best new American restaurant, and the chefs/owners, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, are the masters behind the scene.

[MTL] Pizza & Pasta – Wienstein & Gavino’s

Locating on the Crescent street, which is one of the streets with highest restaurant density in Montreal, Wienstein & Gavino's offers the flavors and traditions of Italy. W&G has been around for 20 years in the food scene, but just like what they've stated on their site, they are constantly exploring new and creative dishes as trends evolve, which leads to the introduction of their gluten-free menu! As gluten-free is one of the trendiest diet,the restaurant created the menu for customers who prefer to follow a gluten free lifestyle. However, it is not designed for people who suffer from Celiac disease, therefore, there's a risk of cross-contamination or traces of gluten.

[SF] Brittany-Inspired Granny’s and Mommy’s Kitchen – Petit Crenn

Petit Crenn, locating in the Hayes Valley, is a neighborhood restaurant opened by the two Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn, whom has also been named the World's Best Female Chef, according to San Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Unlike the high-end tasting menu at Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn is designed to be a neighborhood restaurant, which was inspired by her grandmother, mother, and home, Brittany in the north-west France.

[SF] Farm-to-Table – Rich Table

Rich Table, locating in the Hayes Valley, is a farm-to-table restaurant that showcases the culinary vision of Chefs Evan and Sarah Rich. Everything on the menu looked very appetizing. This style of restaurant has been a favorite of mine lately, because it is always an interesting dinner experience to see what the chefs got to surprise the diners. As much as I love to order the "chef's pick", I went with a friend who preferred a la carte. Nonetheless, it was definitely one of the restaurants that I am certain to go back whenever I visit San Francisco again.

[MTL] Urban Market – Marché des Éclusiers

As the trees are green, sun is out, daytime is longer, people are outdoor longer. Therefore, where to go? In case you get bored of the plateau, explore south to the Old Montreal. Marché des Éclusiers , the new project of the co-owners of Fabergé, is a new hybrid market that focused heavily on locally sourced and sustainable produce. It has recruited various local small business owners, vendors, and farmers. It's the place where you can chill and enjoy a drink, grab some food with friends and family after strolling around the Old Port.

[SF] Pasta Tasting – Flour + Water

Flour + Water, locating in the Mission District, has been a popular spot ever since it opened its door in 2009. As its name, "flour" and "water" are the two basic ingredients (and eggs) for pasta making, hence it's an Italian restaurant. Chef Thomas McNaughton is definitely a pasta master. He had written a cookbook on the subject, which the signed copies are available for purchase in store. In this case, why not opt for a pasta tasting, featuring appetizer, 5 pastas, and a dessert, at the pasta master's restaurant?

[MTL] Non-Touristy Tour – Spade & Palacio

Summer has finally arrived in Montreal, which means nice sunny days, parks, and wanderlust in different neighborhoods. Recently, I went on a food tour organized by the Spade & Palacio Tours  with my mother. This tour company is co-owned by Danny Pavlopoulos and Anne-Marie Palacio, whom are both licensed tour guides. Two Montrealers who are passionate about the city and love to show it. The tour was not touristy at all, which explains the 5 stars review on TripAdvisor! Been living in Montreal for 5 years, I've learned a lot about Montreal more than just food within few hours.

[MTL] Slurp Slurp Slurp – Kinton Ramen

For all those days that I've been waiting for - an authentic, hearty ramen - has finally arrived in Montreal! Kinton Ramen, originated from Toronto (already have 5 locations!), is part of the Kinka Family, which decided to come to Montreal after the successful launch of Kinka Izakaya last year. I love ramen. However, none of the ramen spots could satisfy my cravings as there's always just something lacking in the bowl. Now, you'll know where to find me during the harsh winter in Montreal.

[SF] Sharing is Caring – Parada 22

This is what I love the most about San Francisco - the variety of cuisines. Parada 22 is a gem in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, not far from the Golden Gate Park. It serves home-style Puerto Rican cuisine, which I have never thought about such type of cuisine before. Even though the neighborhood is a bit sketchy, and I definitely recommend to go with a friend, nonetheless, the food was hearty, and nice vibe.