Cooking Class

Italian Cooking Class – May 2014

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antipasto: carciofi alla giudia (Jewish style artichokes)

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primo piatto: spaghetti aglio olio peperoncino (garlic, oil & red pepper spaghetti)

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secondo piatto: osso buco (meaning bone hole)

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dolce: sfogliatella (puff pastry)

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filling with ricotta cheese & candid lemon and orange peel

At Work, Restaurants

Viva Restaurant.com Certificates

I was lately introduced to Restaurant.com. It’s a sort of reward program and you could redeem points for restaurant certificates on Restaurant.com.

Thank you so much, Restaurant.com! They include some of our favorite restaurants such as Z Garden.

The Main Course, we went for dinner tonight as well.
What’s great about this place is…1. Just a few minute walk from home, 2. They don’t charge a corkage, 3. Most importantly, food is amazing. Extra benefit is that all servers are cute girls, which always makes my husband happy.

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We grabbed an opened riesling bottle from our fridge and enjoyed there.

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We love the bread. Actually, everything tastes so fresh and homey, so you never get tired of it.

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My main course was Rumanian Stuffed Eggplant ($13.95). Delicious!

Our original bill was $30 but ended $15 + tip with a Restaurant.com certificate.

The Main Course
10509 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-7564
themaincourse.biz
$$
★★★

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breakfast: milk brioche, mini apple turnover x 2, strawberries + English tea

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lunch: leftover hot pot from a few days ago
Lately, I’ve tried to save money by not eating out for lunch.

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Refreshing with a cup of Japanese plum tea around 3pm.

At Home, At Work

My Junk Food Day

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My bad co-worker brought a huge bag of gummy bears and distributed them in a ziplock to everyone. How nice! I was not going to eat, but did a couple or more today.

I had leftover yakisoba for lunch.

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afternoon snack: cookies & earl grey

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This is my dinner.

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How come I sometimes crave for these bad food so much!?

At Home, At Work

Earl Grey + Coffee = Delicious?

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I had my favorite Greek yogurt for breakfast along with berries. I have tried many different Greek yogurt, but nothing has beaten this one yet.

lunch: leftover hot pot thing from last night

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afternoon snack: soft waffle with custard (I really don’t know what to call this)
I was very fluffy and nice.

Also, I experimented mixing tea and coffee together for the first time. Although trying to drink more tea, but I sometime punches and kicks in the gloomy afternoon. Then I recalled someone saying blend of tea & coffee would be actually good. Really?

So I did. I could easily assume that coffee would overpower it, so I mixed tea 9 and coffee 1. It tastes kinda delicious. Not great. Coffee still overpowering. It was nice in the middle of both.

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dinner: yakisoba with sliced pork, napa cabbage, nira, bean sprouts and egg

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dessert: ice cream corn from Trader Joe’s
Because this is so tiny, it is easy to be tempted having two, three or more. Dangerous!

At Home, At Work

Japanese Fried Chicken Bento

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lunch: Karaage (Japanese fried chicken) Bento $4.99 @ Nijiya Market

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dinner: chicken ball spicy hot pot

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second round with spicy garlic condiment

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breakfast: strawberry, blueberry + cream puff x 2

At Home, Restaurants

Take A Bao & Tacomiendo

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afternoon snack before movie: ANY TWO BAO SERVED WITH NAPA SESAME SALAD $10, thai peanut chicken, grilled chicken, peanut sauce, pickled carrots, cilantro, scallions, crushed peanuts & original hoisin pork braised & pulled pork, pickled red onion, cucumbers, pea shoots

TAKE A BAO
@ Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 551-1100
takeabao.com
$$

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dinner after the movie: taco of lengua x 2 & asada x 1
It was 1.5 times bigger than regular sized taco. Two of them are enough for me. It tastes authentic and we love it.

Tacomiendo
11462 Gateway Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 481-0804
tacomiendo.net
$
★★

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lunch: fresh shinshu soba noodle from Nagano prefecture, Japan

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dessert: cream puff

At Home, Restaurants

Apple Pan, LA’s Historic Burger Joint

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This is another neighborhood restaurant. We’ve been curious about it because some says it is one of must-go places in LA or others expresses “A Historic Landmark.” Apple Pan opened its door in 1947, so it is absolutely one of oldest burger joints in LA.

It is located a 10 minute walk away from home. Today, we both felt like burger & beer for dinner and casually walked down there. Unfortunately they don’t serve beer, but coke actually worked better.

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Just two types of burgers offered on menu

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Old fashioned paper cup and metallic holder

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Fries $2.75
Whether or not you need, they serve a lot of catchup on the paper plate for you.

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Steak Burger $7.25
Our first impression was “nothing special.” It absolutely tastes fresh and simple like a burger cooked coming out of BBQ grill in someone’s backyard. Since it is a little pricey, we might want to go back there. Now I am curious about their famous pie though.

Apple Pan
10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585
$
★★

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apple_Pan
http://www.travelchannel.com/video/the-apple-pan

 

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breakfast: blueberry, cream puffs + hazelnut flavored coffee

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lunch: soon tofu + “clean-up fridge” fried rice