Happy birthday to my food and coffee obsessed partner, Jo-Jo. I’ve asked him his favorite places from home and travel this year, and this is what he said:
1. Bangkok, Thailand
LEK & RUT SEAFOOD เจ้าแรกเยาวราช in China Town, you eat on the street as traffic zips by.
2. Brooklyn, New York
Frankel’s Delicatessen because bagels with lox and salmon egg babies (ikura).
3. Chicago, Illinois
Gaslight Coffee Roasters had great tea and coffee along with an upstanding crew who really cared about their offerings and customers.
4. Los Angeles, California
5. Portland, Oregon
Pok Pok is one of the most authentic Thai restaurants in the U.S.
6. Porto, Portugal
Taberna do Largo – they are very friendly. So friendly, we forgot to take photos.
We had cheese & cold cuts platter with 3 glasses of Porto wine for dinner: 1. Sweet white wine for apéritif 2. Tawny wine during a meal 3. Ruby wine for dessert 📷: @niwraaprillio . . #porto #ruadasflores #jamon #tawny #portowine #visitporto #igers_porto #portwine #portugal #ginadinatalitrips #fujifilmxt1 #fujifilm_id
7. Prague, Czech Republic
Bitcoin Cafe and Paper Hub at Paralelni Polis felt like home and because they took bitcoin.
8. San Diego, California
Tostadas North Park had hella good food. Fresh AF.
9. San Francisco, California
La Taqueria has perfected the burrito ratio of meat to salsa wrapped in a grilled tortilla. Don’t forget to ask for it ‘Dorado’ style.
10. San Mateo, California
Jon is a local at Hummus Mediterranean Kitchen because he orders the same thing, a salmon wrap. I wonder if he told the owner we won’t see him for a while.
Late getting home from work and ready to eat everything in sight. Everything. 🐷🐷 It's clear I am NOT up for getting in the kitchen tonight. So I head over to one of my favorite casual go-to restaurants for something quick and healthy. The lighting isn't optimal, but here is my grilled salmon over tabbouli (salad of parsley, bulgur, diced tomatoes, onion and mint) with a side of fresh lemon. I'm on ☁️ 9. 👌🏼💚😋😋
*A photo of someone else’s food.
11. Santa Cruz, California
Pono Hawaiian Grill feels pretty much like Hawaii with ono poke on everything, surf videos on loop and dudes singing nightly with ukeleles.
12. Taipei, Taiwan (so far)
開燈咖啡 Dawn Surf & Co. Cafe feels like home on the other side of the world with good coffee and fast internet.
If you’d like to wish Jo-Jo a happy birthday, send him a tweet or leave a comment below.