Cooking tasty and healthy meals at home is easy when you have some groceries from Manila Oriental Foods in Milpitas on hand.
Spices and seasonings are a kitchen staple, so explore the selection at this fun store.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
You won't be able to tell the difference with the frozen foods available here for your cuisine convenience.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Manila Oriental Foods has all of your pasta necessities.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Manila Oriental Foods serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
You'll be able to save time with any of the TV dinners available here. Five minutes is all that's stopping you from total relaxation with these delicious meals.
If you're seeking high-quality tea and coffee with endless flavor nodes, check out the options at Manila Oriental Foods.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
For mouthwatering meats at an affordable price, head over here and get a bang for your buck.
You'll be amazed at how delicious the canned food is when you purchase it from Manila Oriental Foods.
A healthy and light snack from Manila Oriental Foods is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
Perfect for cooking! Almost every delicious dish begins with oil and vinegar as an ingredient or for simply making sure your food doesn't stick to the pan!
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Manila Oriental Foods.
You'll be happy to know there are amazing parking options in the area.
Check off each and every grocery item on your list when you shop at Milpitas' Manila Oriental Foods.
Whether you need staples, cheeses, desserts, or dinners, the dynamic selection of food at Seafood City Supermarket is the place to go in Milpitas.
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Seafood City Supermarket.
When you need to prepare a quick and healthy meal, some canned goods from Seafood City Supermarket will do the trick.
Oil and vinegar are great staples to have stocked in the kitchen whether your recipe calls for an acidic element or something greasy to line the pan.
Just a pinch of one of the seasonings and spices available here will help take your meal to greatness.
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
Pop one of these TV dinners into the microwave, and you'll be ready to relax in front of the TV.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
The frozen food here tastes so good, you'll forget it came from the microwave!
For an upgrade to your meals, you'll definitely want to test the fine meats for purchase here.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Seafood City Supermarket and get cooking.
The exquisite coffees and teas from here are great for an after-dinner beverage or a pick-me-up during your workday.
Cereal might be the best part of waking up. Pick up your favorite box today.
When you get that craving for chocolate chip cookies, pick up the ingredients here.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Seafood City Supermarket makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
Make use of the ample parking near Seafood City Supermarket.
Just remember to make room in the trunk. Seafood City Supermarket is sure to fill your car with only the best groceries in Milpitas.
Banana Leaf Restaurant: A User’s Guide
Malaysian and Thai Cuisine | Open Kitchen | Tropical Cocktails
Appetizer: green papaya salad with shrimp, almonds, and kesom leaves
Entree: rendang beef with Malay curry sauce
Entree (vegetarian): cumin tofu with string beans, lemongrass, and chilies
Dessert: Malay banana crepe
Where to Sit: Grab a spot facing the open kitchen, where chefs put on a theatrical display of their culinary skills. You might see them roll up dessert crepes, sear meats over an open flame, or wear white after Labor Day without batting an eyelash.
What the Press is Saying
“We recommend any of the crab dishes, featuring Dungeness crab, especially the spicy Malaysian-style preparation.” — Gayot
“A charming, exotic interior unfolds, in which diners can almost feel the balmy Malaysian air and smell the moist earth after monsoon rains.” — Metro Silicon Valley
Belachan: a fragrant paste used in traditional Malaysian cooking that’s made from sun-fermented shrimp
Rendang: a dish made with beef that's cooked for hours in a mixture of coconut milk and spices until nearly dry.
While You’re in the Neighborhood: Before dinner, work up an appetite with a game of horseshoes at Starlite Park (450 Rudyard Drive).
Casa Azteca: A User’s Guide
Authentic Mexican Cuisine | Time-Tested Recipes | Regional Mexican Artwork
Appetizer: chipotle chicken wings with a housemade dry rub
Soup: chicken tortilla soup, which is a favorite among regulars
Entree: carne asada served with rice and beans
Dessert: housemade flan
While You’re Waiting: Admire the brilliant paintings depicting ancient Aztec life.
Metroactive’s Best Mexican Restaurant 2014 in Fremont/Milpitas
JD Wolf at the Tri-City Voice says: “When I first began my business career many years ago, I would often take clients to lunch at . . . Casa Azteca. The food was excellent then and nothing has changed to alter that opinion.”
Milanesa: a thin cut of breaded and pan-fried meat.
Mole: there are many regional varieties of this rich sauce, but chilies, spices, and mexican chocolate are the most common ingredients. It’s typically served atop poultry or pork.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Work up an appetite on one of the trampolines at Pump It Up (164 North Abel Street).
After: Feed the ducks or snuggle on the pier at Hidden Lake Park (N. Milpitas Boulevard).
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Stuft Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Gluten-free and low-fat is the name of the game at Stuft Pizza, where eating healthy, flavorful dishes is of utmost importance.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this pizzeria's full bar to top off your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this pizzeria.
Round up your coworkers and head to Stuft Pizza for happy hour.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Stuft Pizza's free wifi hotspot.
Seating is readily available at Stuft Pizza for those with large parties.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the pizzeria for a reservation first.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Stuft Pizza to create the perfect night.
This pizzeria offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the pizzeria space.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria.
Stuft Pizza may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
Everyone's talking about Stuft Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Stuft Pizza, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Stuft Pizza.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Stuft Pizza has you covered.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Taqueria Las Vegas say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Seating is readily available at Taqueria Las Vegas for those with large parties.
Eat outdoors Taqueria Las Vegas (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
You can't book your table ahead of time at Taqueria Las Vegas, so show up early for your pick of tables.
Taqueria Las Vegas wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Taqueria Las Vegas to your next party or event.
We believe in rewarding our loyal customers. To do just that, we give all patrons free parking in our very own lot.
At Taqueria Las Vegas, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Prices tend towards the moderate side, with the average tab at Taqueria Las Vegas running under $30 per person.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Taqueria Las Vegas welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Taqueria Las Vegas serves up all three meals.
So come to Taqueria Las Vegas, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
Pay Taqueria Las Vegas a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to Taqueria Las Vegas.
Most Top Chef finalists launch their restaurant careers right after their time on television ends. Not Casey Thompson—she spent seven years after season three traveling, all the while thinking hard about what she wanted in a venue. She met farmers, built relationships, and finally opened Aveline (plus its cocktail bar sibling, The European) in June. As the result of so much careful planning, the restaurant truly embodies Casey’s vision, both in the space and on the plate.
One key part of that vision? Pigs. Casey loves to use almost every part of them, including the head. In honor of Aveline’s recent launch, we asked her about her fondness for pork, her cooking philosophy, and some of her go-to spots in San Francisco.
GROUPON: One ingredient that crops up on the menus at Aveline and The European is pork. Specifically, pork from the pig’s head—pork jowl, pig cheek, pig ear. What do you like about this ingredient?
CASEY THOMPSON: In general, I love any animal that tastes good from head to toe! As a chef, it’s really beneficial for me to use different parts of an animal that might otherwise be underutilized. It keeps costs down and provides guests with the opportunity to try things they may not otherwise try.
There is a lot more marbling in these parts than you might think, and there are a variety of different textures in specific parts like the ear.
G: Do you think that pig face is trending right now?
CT: I don't know. I try not to pay too much attention to what’s “trendy.” I just want to make food that tastes good, and if it means using parts of an animal that are unfamiliar to most people and [then] educating people about them, I’m happy to do so.
G: If someone hasn't tried any part of the pig’s head, where should they start?
CT: I think a good place to start is with pig cheek—it’s rich and it braises perfectly! Confiting a pig cheek [at home] is easy. The most difficult part is probably finding the product, but your local butcher can help with that.
G: Are there other pig dishes in San Francisco that you like?
CT: The pork at Kokkari is unreal, and Namu Gaji does a pretty impressive job too!
G: Aside from cooking with pig parts, you’re also an advocate for sustainability and the environment. Where does that passion come from?
CT: I have a job that impacts the environment, and as such, I have a duty to make sure that my staff and I do all we can not to add to the overwhelming issues we’re already facing.
I am also a firm believer in good husbandry. All animals deserve to live a good life, especially if they are giving us theirs for nourishment. It’s our responsibility as humans to recognize that.
G: Some of your dishes have original ingredients with a cool, earthy vibe. I’m talking about the "ham snow" and "chicory soil" on Aveline’s menu. Can you tell us more about these?
CT: Environmental elements in a dish add interesting flavors. The chicory soil contains nori, breadcrumbs, candied cashews, and chicory—all pretty earthy, you’re right. Now, the ham snow is highly technical stuff: we freeze ham, grate it over cold amberjack, and call it snow!
G: You’re also creating the menu over at The European, your bar-and-lounge project with Adam Wilson. It seems like the snacks have more of an updated comfort-food feel. Is The European the other side of Aveline's coin?
It absolutely is! There is a secret kid side to me with that menu and, really, it’s us having fun. I do think we have the best burger—it is so good. I want people to use both spaces! Come and eat at The European!
G: To close out, can you share some of your favorite San Francisco spots to grab a bite?
For coffee: Réveille Coffee Co.
For breakfast (and guilty, greasy pleasures): San Jalisco
For lunch and dinner: Kokkari, Kin Khao
For after-hours drinks and eats: Rye, Tradition, Le Colonial
For outdoor dining: The Ferry Building, Slanted Door, Cavallo Point, Coqueta
This interview has been condensed and edited. Photos courtesy of Casey Thompson. The European photo by Andi Fisher.
When you live in a city with so much scenery, eating inside can feel a bit stifling. Here are five beautiful restaurant patios in San Francisco that allow you to order in the great outdoors.
Mission Rock Resort (817 Terry Francois Blvd.)
The restaurant group that owns South Park staples MoMo’s, Pedro’s Cantina, and Pete’s Tavern overhauled Mission Rock Resort in late 2012. Now, it’s a bayside escape with plenty of deck seating, calming ocean views, and easy parking. Try bites from the raw bar or fried seafood for lunch, brunch, or happy hour.
Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.)
The most popular tables at this Mission stalwart are in the romantic covered patio. In the evening, artsy or retro flicks are projected on the patio wall while sound can be played through drive-in–style speakers at each table. The movies, however, are a secondary draw compared to the Californian-Mediterranean food.
Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero S)
Waterbar is a perennial Top 100 restaurant, so you can bet on some memorable seafood with views of the bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Bay Lights—not to mention $1.25 oysters every day before 5:30 pm.
Bar Agricole (355 11th St.)
Opened by a collective of the city’s best bartenders and sommeliers, Bar Agricole is led by master drink maker Thad Vogler. Unsurprisingly, its cocktails are just as good as its seasonal food. The space’s award-winning design features plenty of redwood, concrete, and glass, plus a spacious patio that’s covered and heated during the winter months.
Biergarten (424 Octavia St.)
Biergarten takes its name literally—its only seating is outdoors, where all of its Bavarian-style street food is served from shipping containers converted into a kitchen and bar. Brews can be ordered by the half- or full-liter, but considering the long lines, it’s best to get the larger of the two before you squeeze into one of the communal picnic tables.
Photos courtesy of Mission Rock Resort, Foreign Cinema, Waterbar, and Bar Agricole; Biergarten photo courtesy of BarFlySF.
Sushi is not hard to come by in San Francisco, but so much variety means that finding the perfect sushi spot can be a challenge. Here are our picks for the five freshest, most innovative sushi restaurants in the Bay Area.
1. Cha-Ya (762 Valencia St.)
Vegetarian sushi anyone? While that may sound like an oxymoron, Cha-Ya is redefining what sushi means, veggie- and vegan-style. It’s cash-only here, and the wait can be long, but the food is inventive and the service is great. Even meat eaters should enjoy the Cha-Ya Roll: tempura-battered asparagus, avocado, yam, and carrot with Cha-Ya’s special sauce.
2. Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant (2154 Mission St.)
Never tried fried “veggie eel” before? This place has you covered, and it accommodates most dietary restrictions. There’s a vegan menu, a gluten-free menu, animal-product-free tempura, and sushi made with brown rice.
3. Roka Akor (801 Montgomery St.)
The presentation at Roka Akor is out of this world: sushi served on a landscape of salt rocks, ice, bamboo boxes, and light (that’s right, your sushi plate will glow). The tasting menu is a must-try and incorporates a wide range of different fish.
4. Tsunami Sushi Panhandle (1306 Fulton St.)
Tusnami’s classic california rolls are half off during happy hour, but the restaurant is most famous for its combination rolls. Try the Mama San with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna or the Magic Mushroom roll with salmon, snow crab, and enoki mushrooms. Also, consider adding some zing to your meal with sake or wine.
5. Akiko’s Restaurant (431 Bush St.)
Located in Union Square, Akiko’s serves up superfresh sushi—the menu changes daily based on the availability of ingredients. The kitchen focuses on serving sustainable, organic, seasonal, and local fish at high-end prices. The omakase menu will run up to $100 per person, but for sushi die-hards, it’s worth it. If you’re not feeling fish, there are non-sushi items on the menu, too, including teriyaki meats and udon soups.