Dumpling Time

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely heard of Dumpling Time. Located in the Design District, it is hard to pass up! Even when the line is out the door, we have a hard time saying no (yes, it’s that tasty). They offer a huge range of items from pan-seared bao, to a king dum soup dumpling that is so big you need a straw! From waygu beef gyoza, to shrimp toast, we promise there’s something for everyone! AND as if they couldn’t get any better, they recently got their liquor license and are finally serving cocktails as well as sake, wine, and beer.

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First Look: Bao Down SF - Grand Opening

BAO DOWN is San Francisco's newest restaurant, located in Nob Hill at 648 Bush Street.  Owner and Executive Chef Greg Edwards brings Asian fusion and Island Style Cuisine together, creating dishes that are visually stunning and explode with flavor. What really stands out is how thoughtful Greg is with every ingredient; nothing is simply there as a garnish.  

Over at the bar, the bartenders serve a mean menu of cocktails, all unique and creatively crafted. Bao Down is a high-energy restaurant, rocking with colorful graffiti walls and lively music. They are now open for lunch and dinner!

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Local Eats: Arya Steakhouse Brunch Menu

Husband and wife team Mike and Fera Hashemi have been restauranteurs for over 2 decades and boy does it show! Every single dish is uniquely created to perfection. Arya Steakhouse is located on the corner of Middlefield Road in Downtown Redwood City.

While Arya has been a neighborhood favorite for years, they recently introduced a new brunch menu which is now served every Saturday and Sunday.

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Local Eats: Go Fish Poke Bar

A few weeks ago, downtown Redwood City welcomed Go Fish Poke Bar.  With an original location in San Jose, a second in Palo Alto, Redwood City marks the third for Go Fish.  

All ingredients are locally sourced. The menu ranges from signature build-your-own Poke Bowls, to hand rolls and hot special entrees.

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Terrain Cafe in Palo Alto

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Hello Bay Area Friends- Krista here! I have some extremely exciting news. Palo Alto has a new restaurant that I just know you will enjoy.  Located at Stanford Shopping Center, Terrain Cafe is a can't miss.

Back in 2008 the first Terrain opened in my hometown of Glen Mills, PA. It has, since then, become one of my favorite places to spend time.  While the Glen Mills location is the Mecca with it's greenhouses and retail store to accompany their cozy cafe, this new Palo Alto cafe will do the trick for a romantic date night or a weekend brunch with the girls. Oh but unlike the Glen Mills location- this one serves alcohol! 

Terrain is owned by a company called URBN who also owns brands like Free People and Anthropologie.  And just like those brands, Terrain Cafe has the same contemporary rustic garden atmosphere.  

When it comes to the food, it is a bit on the pricey side but that is nothing new for the Bay Area, especially Palo Alto.  Serving both lunch and dinner options, the menu ranges from Charcuterie Boards to Pan Seared Local Rockfish.  One adorable quirk is that they serve their bread and butter in a warm flower pot.

Below are some photos from Terrain's Glen Mills location. It is my go to east coast spot for shooting engagement photo sessions.