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Mr. Pollo [SF]

2823 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

What a find— Mr. Pollo is a must-try for everyone in or around the San Francisco area. I’ll try to summarize the restaurant as best as I can in five bullet points:

  • $30
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Pork Xiao Long Bao

Din Tai Fung [LA]

3333 Bristol Street
Space 2071 Upper Level
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

A couple weekends ago, I went down to Irvine, CA to visit Krystal! It’s an hour or so south of LA, and we ate so much food during my … read more

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YakiniQ BBQ [SF]

1640 Post St, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

The other week, the Benchling interns (and our mentors!) tried to escape a room (we were so close) and then grabbed some Korean BBQ in Japantown! It’s all-you-can-eat, and for those … read more

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Jinya Ramen [LA]

2400 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

I drove down to LA with Thuan and David this weekend to visit some family (well technically, Thuan drove us to LA), and we stopped for lunch in Santa Monica at Jinya Ramen! … read more

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Cafe Réveille [SF]

610 Long Bridge St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

When I first got to SF, I stayed with Anji for a few nights in Mission Bay, and so we’ve been to this cafe by her apartment a few times. They serve … read more

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A Day in Napa Valley [SF]

Annie, Dion, and Jason came to visit SF, so we decided to do a day trip up to Napa Valley with Anji and Sherwin! It was a pleasant hour and a half drive up to the area from San Francisco, … read more

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Plentea [SF]

341 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Continuing off my last post, after we went to i’a poke, the four of us headed to Union Square to try the much talked-about Plentea. It’s a boba shop known for … read more

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i’a poke [SF]

314 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114

I recently learned about poke, and it was love at first bite! Poke is a raw fish salad that originated as a Hawaiian appetizer, and it’s essentially deconstructed sushi in a bowl. Yesterday, … read more

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Dragon Beaux [SF]

5700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121

I’m in San Francisco for the summer, so I’ll be moving Spilling the Beans HQ to the Bay Area for the next few months! I’m having tons of fun interning at Benchling, … read more

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Gaucho Parrilla Argentina [PGH]

1601 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Since packing up and saying goodbye to my junior year of college, I’ve been hanging out at home for the past week. I’ve slept so much that I’ve almost paid off my sleep debt, … read more