At Home, At Work

Green Lunch

lunch: kale salad & broccoli spaghetti

snack: genmai tea + fig cookies

dinner: curry with beef, eggplant, bell pepper, carrot, onion, mushroom

breakfast: berries + brioche with nutella

At Home, At Work, Restaurants

Cold Noodle and Frozen Yogurt for a Hot Day

It was hotter than 90 degree today. Hoo!

I was supposed to meet my friend for lunch at Oumi Sasaya, a udon noodle place, but they were temporarily closed for vacation. So we went Eboshi Ramen instead.

Tsuke-men $9.75
I love hot noodle soup, any kind. Today was an exception. It was too hot to take any hot ramen, so I ordered Tsuke-men. It is supposed that noodle is cold and soup is hot. I can’t believe that they just separate every element of hiyashichuuka (cold noodle), which is not Tsuke-men at all. I am totally upset, but a main purpose is a get-together with a friend and I just let it go. So disappointing, anyway.

2383 Lomita Blvd Ste 116
Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 325-6674

My husband fixed one of his cooking repertories, Okonomiyaki! Yay! How nice someone cooks for me.

Okonomiyaki with cabbage, green onion, egg and sliced pork

Since it was still very hot in the evening, we went to get a cold dessert.

a medium cup of frozen yogurt, coffee & fudge brownie batter

Because we have collected 10 punches on the loyalty card, this was free. Yay!!

breakfast: berries & brioche with nutella


Thai Lai Restaurant

My lunch buddy took us to a new place today.

We ordered Bánh bèo chén as appetizer and egg noodle soup with fried shrimp wonton.

Bánh bèo chén, rice flour cake with shrimp paste and pork (5 chén) $5.00
It comes with five little plates with colorful shrimp, which excited me so much. It is to eat simply with fish sauce. Very nice!

Hủ Tiếu, egg noodle soup with fried shrimp wonton, shrimp, squid, pork, chicken, fish cake and imitation crab $7.50
I love this clear broth. It is better than a Japanese ramen. Very light but flavorful. They amazingly offer a lot of toppings.

Thai Lai Restaurant
14221 S. Prairie Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 973-0819

breakfast: veggie juice, strawberry, blueberry + soba noodle

dinner: kale salad + broccoli pasta

Cooking Class

Italian Cooking Class – April 2014

Today, we learned how to make a hand made pasta for lasagna.


antipasto: insalata di pollo profumata al tartufo, baby lettuce, chicken, truffle oil
This is nicely but simply seasoned with rich truffle oil, EVOO, salt and pepper. It would be a weekend brunch menu with a glass of mimosa or something.

lasagna with pesto Genovese & Béchamel sauce
Believe it or not, this is a lasagna. I’ve never seen anything like this before. The instructor, who learned and worked in Italy says lasagna pasta is better to be thin like paper. Genovese and Béchamel are a perfect match too.

lasagna with meat & Béchamel sauce
This is more like one we have in US. It is lighter and more sophisticated because of thin pasta and authentic cheese such as fresh mozzarella & Parmigiano-Reggiano.

dolce: gelatina de moscato d’Asti con le fragile, moscato wine jelly with strawberry
I got a bit drunk after since it is made out of real wine, but very tasty!

These are high graded Italian and Spanish wines sold by Trader Joe’s for actually less expensive than in Italy and Spain, she explains.

These are how to make fresh pasta at home.



breakfast: Brioche with Nutella spread & cafe au lait

I skipped dinner.

At Home, Restaurants

A Wonderful Mediterranean Restaurant

OMG. We fell in love with this place. This was our second visit. Initially, certificate brought us here. Nearly a year before that my friend actually recommended it as well. We truly enjoyed everything here at the first time. Today, we confirm that it is one of our favorites in LA.

beef stake kebab $11.95

I love literally everything on the plate.

I don’t know what this is called. They serve great pita bread with this sauce. We asked for another basket of pita for hummus.

It is a casual restaurant where you order at the counter and they bring food to your table. However, they treat customers very well with smile. A young girl working at the cashier today was so cute!

knaafa $3.40 & vaklava $2.00

We decided to try some dessert too. Vaklava has earthy flavor with pistachio. I really don’t know what knaafa is, but it is like cheese cake for me.

I want to try chicken shawarma and lamb chop next time.

Z Garden
2350 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-2900

breakfast: assorted 85C Bakery breads + hazelnut flavored coffee

lunch: hot soba with veggie tempura, egg, bean sprouts and mushroom + white chocolate & coffee

At Home, At Work

Disappointing Tan Tan Men

We usually go out for dinner on Friday night, but I feel like staying home and enjoying a comfortable dinner.

starting with a glass of white wine, edamame, chips and gyoza

main dish: Sun Noodle’s tan tan men

Most of ramen kit sold at supermarkets tastes as good as one at a ramen restaurant. However, this noodle is too sticky, chewy and floury 😦

Mmmmm, I will never buy this again.

breakfast: strawberry, bundt cake + coffee

lunch: spaghetti tomato sauce with sausage & green beans

snack: mango smoothie

At Home, At Work, Restaurants

Soda Xi Muoi

I was introduced with a Vietnamese drink, Soda Xi Muoi today. Xi Muoi is a preserved plum just like Japanese umeboshi. I love it tastes both sour and sweet.


#1 pho large @ Pho Consomme

I was a little traumatized with bad water last time. So this soda will be a great substitute.

afternoon snack: Imuraya’s maccha ice cream

dinner: Japanese vegetable tapas + a glass of sauvignon blanc

breakfast: strawberry, an pan (my mom’s red bean paste bread) + earl grey