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Dim Sum Lunch with OC Friends


Went to OC today


to attend a baby shower for a friend


At a Dim Sum place


It is always fun to see old friends


Getting hungry again.


Dinner: Slider with broccoli & sweet potato fries
I got confused between Jalapeno and serrano peppers. Serrano is much hotter 😦

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Breakfast: Egg Salad Sandwich + Coffee

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Taco Mesa & Oki Doki


Our favorite restaurant in OC


Best of the West Taco


Mine: Shrimp $4.50, Calamari $4, His: Chicken $4 x 2
Everything tastes so delicious here.


Order & Sauce Counter inside

Taco Mesa
647 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 642-0629
www.tacomesa.com/
$
★★★★


2-5pm Tennis with OC friends
I was just watching :p


Dinner @ Oki Doki


This is our favorite too.


I started with a Imo Shochu on the rock.


Deep Fried White Fish & Stewed Eggplant


California Roll


Grapefruit Hai


Mushroom Salad & Fried Chicken (back)


Tororo Monja


Ankimo (Monkfish Pate)


Grilled Yellowtail Cheek


Kama-Age Mentai Udon


Shishito Peppers


Tsukune


Miso Cheese with Lotus Chips

I had a great time with old friends and probably had 4 glass of shochu. Woke up in middle of the night feeling sick.

Oki Doki
13681 Newport Ave Ste 9
Tustin, CA 92781
(714) 730-7051
$$
★★★★

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Tohoku Fair @ Tokyo Central

I went to Tokyo Central for Tohoku Food Fair. Tohoku is the region my home town is located in Japan. There were many venders that sell so many good stuff directly from Tohoku. I was so excited!


Here is what I bought. A lot of noodles, miso, dried oyster…


Seafood and Apple Juice


Lunch @ 3pm


Nori Bento from Tokyo Central


Sapporo Miso Ramen Kit


Late Dinner for him
I had a few bites too.


My Dinner
Since we had late lunch, I was not hungry.

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Breakfast #1 @ 11:30am


Breakfast #2

Event, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo 2018


Once a year my friend P and I attend this event.


It’s 30th anniversary this year.


This event is for restaurant owners and chefs.


A lot of food samples


Katsu Curry Rice


Ramen Suggestions: Sukiyaki Ramen, Gyokai-Tonkotsu Ramen and Tomato Ramen


I tried Gyokai (Seafood)-Tonkotsu (Pork). It’s very rich seafood flavor.


Gyoza & Fried Chicken
This booth was actually sampling sauces. Fried chicken goes well with yuzu pepper sauce.


Fish and fish flake for dashi


More Ramen Sample


Shoyu Ramen, simple soy taste


Miso Curry Ramen with Nori
Rich but a little too salty


A variety of flavor oils


Serving suggestion of Yuzu Oil : Salmon Sushi


Beef Bowl


Dashi Soup of Shiitake, Konbu Seaweed and Bonito Flake


Tableware


Black Miso, Red Miso and White Miso


Miyazaki Beef is one of most popular booths.


We were lucky to taste two different parts.


Miyazaki Beef – Ribeye with wasabi


Miyazaki Beef Poster


Cool Iichiko Booth – standing out with beautiful girls and lighting


One of my favorite sake brands


Yume-Wa-Masayume


Sake Company from my home prefecture


Yamato-Shizuku
These three bottles are not available in US market, unfortunately…


We go back and forth between sake section and food section.


Sesame Pudding


Rice


Fish specialist


Two different tunas


Specially treated Yellowtail
It’s not fishy at all.


Octopus


Knives


Demonstration of Whole Bluefin Tuna Carving


Sampling of Toro Sushi and Sashimi after the demonstration
Toro is too fatty for me but I love this one. So fresh! These three piece could cost $20-30!


Koshihikari Rice from Uonuma – Best rice in Japan


Sake Barrel Display


We sit in 12pm Seminar – Jizake and Food Pairing


Lectured by Mr. Antony Moss, Master of Wine


Pairing 1. Soy Natto Marinated Tuna & Sparkling Sake
Natto usually makes my stomach sick (I like the taste but I think I am allergic to it). This tuna tastes so good with mild natto flavor. It made sake taste better too. Plus I didn’t get sick.


Pairing 2. Sake-Kasu Marinated Miyazaki Beef & Sweet Rich Sake
This sake itself is so rich and sweet like porto wine. Surprisingly, the beef made it more enjoyable.


These are sakes we had sampling in the seminar.


More sake sampling


Shochu sample (1)


Shochu sample (2)


Dashi Company


They sell ramen broth too. This yuzu-shio ramen tastes amazing. My favorite!


Tried a few more oils with tofu


Flavorful Salt


Cakes


Sesame Mont Blanc was delicious!


We spent 4.5 hours there and left around 2pm. See you next year!

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Reunion with A Portuguese Friend

I thought it was one time dinner with him in Portugal in 2016. We participated in a dinner event and he was the host/chef there. We have been connected on Facebook. After a while he moved to Iceland, we were invited to a trip to Iceland by other friends and had an opportunities to get together with him in 2017. Then now in 2018, he has traveled all over world and visited in LA for a few days. Again we could see each other! It’s not been easy for me to make a new friend but it’s so natural to be along with him. I think my husband feels so too. He is so matured and considerate for his age, only 24 and inspires us so many levels.


Heading to West Hollywood around 6pm
Traffic in LA is always bad…


Cool sculpture on the street


Restaurant front
Enter the building at the sign, check in right there and take elevator to the roof top


Approach to bar and dining room


I think our server was a little frustrated because four of us (two Asian, a Portuguese and a Jordanian living in Qatar) kept chatting and took forever to order drinks/food :p


Had a great time to catch up with him and learn a lot from the new friend. Now we want to visit him in Qatar 🙂


Sushi with Truffle


Mango Shrimp Roll $21


Wagyu Short Rib Tacos (4pcs) $24


Grilled Spanish Octopus $22

I had a glass of ”RIVA RANCH” CHARDONNAY, ARROYO SECO, MONTEREY ($15) and we had Lobster Mac & Cheese ($26). Overall, food tastes good and ambience is cool. This place would be nice to introduce LA when friends visit us. Our favorite dish was octopus. Very tender.

They ask why American rush at a restaurant. Cultural difference! The server kept coming to ask us if we would like to order more dishes, drinks or dessert. Getting uncomfortable…We decided to move to other place.

Catch
8715 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 347-6060
https://catchrestaurants.com/catchla/
$$$
★★★


Pacific  Design Center


WeHo Public Library
We parked here for $8.


Everyone recommends they try In-n-out. Here we come.


OMG, there are so many more people at Sunset location.


Picture time!

So glad to see him again and to meet a new friend. I am sure that we will see them soon somewhere in the world. In Portugal, Qatar, Iceland or maybe Japan!


Oh no, traffic on 101 freeway is still bad around 10pm.

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Breakfast


Morning Coffee with Japanese treat


Lunch

At Home, At Work, Event

Company Taco Lunch


Quarterly Company Taco Lunch: Two Chicken & Two Beef
Mucho delicioso!


Tasting Beef Quesadilla with hot sauce. Good and filling.


Afternoon Break: Assorted Cookies with Green Tea


Small Dinner: Chips & Pico de Gallo
He enjoyed leftover tacos.


Later the night
I love this coconut yogurt.


15g sugar, double of Siggi’s tho

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Breakfast #1: Figs


Breakfast #2: Glazed Doughnut + Peet’s Cafe Domingo

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First Friday on Abbot Kinney

A friend asked me out to “First Friday on Abbot Kinney” where a lot of food trucks gathering. All public parking was full but we were so lucky to get a spot on the street right in front of the main venue. Yay!


Asian Fusion


Latin Cuisine


All kinds of food trucks there!


Art on trucks


The most famous Kogi BBQ!


World Famous Short Rib Taco $3
It’s actually really really good! A good amount of meat with a lot of vegetable. Spiciness makes me want beer!!! I will probably follow the truck and try other items soon.


Winner of TV Show “Food Truck”
Tots are getting trendy.


Doughnuts & Burgers…very attempting


Lyft Station
We could have taken a Lyft from her home in Santa Monica.


She was looking for a lobster truck. Here it is!


Mmmm. looking so good.


New England Lobster Roll $15
Mayo base lobster meat is so light and delicious. Love it!


Okamoto Kitchen


Japanese Food


We almost tried this best dumpling, but changed our mind.


Because we were right in front of the restaurant we wanted to try and we were thirsty.


Entrance Area


Somehow I didn’t feel like beer or wine…


I was still a bit hungry…


Cold-Pressed Juice sounds good!


A cool beachy vegan restaurant


Mint water in a bottle


Her Juice: Honey Bee $11 (left), Grapefruit, Turmeric Root, Yuzu, Kimquat, Honey, Bee Pollen
Mine: Water Flower $11 (right), Watermelon, Fennel, Cactus Pear, Honeydew, Lime, Lavender
They both taste delicious. For me 16oz is a little too much. At the end, it became too sweet too. So maybe, Juice Flight (4oz x 4) might work better for two people. In that way, you can mix up sweet and savory (green) juices.


Stone Fruit & Burrata Toast $14, Sourdough, Tomato Chutney, Nectarine, Sumac, Fresh Basil
OMG! This is not only delicious but so original. I’ve never tasted something like this before. It’s sweet and savory with so many flavors. I can make something close at home. Burrata could go with any fruits.

I would like to come back for other dishes. Lunch or Brunch could be better.

The Butcher’s Daughter
205 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 981-3004
www.thebutchersdaughter.com
$$
★★★

On the way back to car…


Pupusas


Cup Cakes


So many people around the main venue


Sushi Burritos

It’s better to come before getting really crowded around 7 or 7:30. It was so fun to taste a lot of different stuff.

First Friday on Abbot Kinney, Venice, California
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Hanging out at friends house a bit with cats

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Breakfast


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