On my last trip home, I had a chance to visit the Google campus and dine at one of the famed cafes, courtesy of one of my good friends, “E,” who works at Google. I was pretty excited after reading so many articles discussing the gourmet cafeteria offerings.

When Google opened its main campus in Mountain View, it generated a lot of buzz for the perks being offered to employees, especially the free meals at the campus cafes.  Currently, Google boasts more than 20 cafes, each specializing in different cuisines, offering its employees plenty of choices. Employees eat for free and can also host friends and family occasionally for free meals as well. Cafe food choices include Japanese fusion, French, Chinese, vegetarian, American fine dining (with offerings like kobe beef burgers), just to name a few.

I had no particular preference, so I let E do the choosing. We met him in front of one of the main buildings, Building 44, where I was almost overcome with cuteness. Larger than life desserts and Android figures??  It was like waking up to my own personal Winter Wonderland. How I would love to be greeted to this sight of life-sized food figures every morning.

I originally posted and visited Liang’s Kitchen the first week after it opened. Now that it has had some time to settle down, I thought I’d pay it another visit.

The first thing I noticed was that they have raised several of the menu prices (sorry I didn’t take a picture). Not a huge mark-up, but items like their signature beef rolls are now more than $7 a plate, which I think is kind of steep for the dish.

They also have several new drink offerings, including Beijing yogurt. I’ve never had Beijing yogurt but I read about it on mmm-yoso and have been really curious.

We ordered the honey Beijing yogurt. We received a container of yogurt with a straw. The yogurt was quite thick, closer to the consistency of the spoon-eaten yogurt rather than a yogurt drink.

We started our meal with the three item stewed appetizer. It came with bean curd, pig ears, and beef tripe. The dish was slightly spicy but I really liked this.

One pumpkin recipe I knew I had to make this year are these pumpkin garlic knots. I love the softness and sweetness the pumpkin brings to these bread rolls.

I made a version last year that I enjoyed, but I wanted to try another recipe out this year. I liked these also. The knots came out soft and fluffy and a little bit sweet. You can taste the pumpkin flavor though it is subtle. The outside is coated with garlic and oil, adding a little savoriness to the rolls.