At Home, Family & Friends, Restaurants

Thai Lunch with Ocean View

Drove to Palos Verdes Peninsula and had lunch with a friend at an ocean view restaurant.

Green Papaya Salad $9.95

Spicy Eggplant with Fried Tofu $10.95

A view from the restaurant

Food is ok but location is wonderful.

Swan Thai
31206 Palos Verdes Dr W
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 377-7200

We took a walk after lunch.

Dinner: Broccoli & Beet Salad, Yakisoba + Red Wine

At Home, Family & Friends, Restaurants, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Hanging Out @ Brouwerij West

Driving to San Pedro with a friend

A cool brewery in one of warehouses near Port of Los Angeles

8 beers offered

Ordering all of them as taster

Brilliant But Lazy, Popfuji, Saison Extra, Switcheroo, Dog Ate My Homework, Ask the Dust, Falling Water, Vampire Blues

They name them interesting and all of them taste good. Some are very hoppy. My favorite is Brilliant But Lazy. Dog Ate My HW tastes like berry juice but contains highest 7% alcohol.

Two food venders were there.

A lot of seatings outside. It was chilly at night.

Pretty purple sky with moon.

Steak & Garlic Fries $11.50 from Tender Grill Truck

Brouwerij West
110 E 22nd St
Warehouse No. 9
Los Angeles, CA 90731
(310) 833-9330

Continued to hang out at home

Smelly but delicious cheese

Argentina wine, firsteaf selection
Spicy first. Getting sweet later.

Event, Family & Friends

Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo

Once-a-year event, Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo @ Pasadena Convention Center

Farmed Bluefin Tuna, fatty part

Variety of wasabi

Wasabi is good with meat and seafood


Soy paper

Monkfish liver on chips

Monkfish liver in tube
It’s easy to serve.

Yellowtail sushi

Mentaiko Cream Cheese on baguette

Mentaiko booth

Albacore & baby scallop

Miyazaki Beef

Beautifully marbled

Japanese knives are best


Ramen broth

Green Tea


Pitan Ramen

Award-winning sake

One of my favorite: Yume Wa Masa Yume

Sake from my home town


Curry Seminar by S & B

Mixing spices to make my own curry powder


Yuzu juice

Yuzu sorbet was so delicious.


Sea Salt with a lot of umami

Orange shochu

Trying warm sake

Umeshu, plum sake

Nurukan, warm sake seminar

Sake made of snow mountain water

Ponzu dressing

This brown rice is very moist and delicious.

Sanma sushi

All samples I got

Family & Friends, Restaurants

Breakfast @ Pinwheel Cafe Bakery

Had breakfast with hubby and a friend from Japan

Pinwheel Cafe Bakery
2553 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 325-5055

Lunch: El Pollo Loco Double Chicken Salad on Pool Side

Family & Friends, Restaurants, Vacation/Trip, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Happy Hour @ Perch, DTLA

A friend and I were here for happy hour.

The restaurant opens at 4 and we killed 10 minutes at Pershing Square.

Looking up the roof top from down here.

Let’s go!

A view from the roof top

Aperitif Hour Menu 4-6pm

We got one of two lounge tables outside. Most of tables had been reserved for dinner customers. You need to arrive around 4 for outside seating without a reservation. This place get filled quickly.

Dinner tables lined up on the side of Hill St.

Hers: Virgin Mojito $7, Mine: HH Rose $6
We were facing to 5th St.


HH Beef Sliders $2.50 x 2, HH Cheese Plate $10

Sliders tastes good and I liked both Manchego like & blue cheese. A plenty of dried fruit and pistachio is appreciated.

Actually inside seating is nice as well.

Quality time 🙂

Getting sun out

A beautiful view of skyscrapers

Pretty tiled floor

Our server, London is beautiful and attentive.  Comme ci comme ca? Bien? Elle est fantastique!!!

There is a space for private party on 16th floor.

448 S Hill St 15th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770


Wall #1, DTLA

Wall #2, DTLA

Family & Friends, Restaurants

Introducing My Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant

A good friend of mine visited me from Japan. Since she loves pho, especially West Coast Style (she says pho in Japan or Vietnam tastes different), I took her to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant, Huong Vi.

We arrived there at 11:10am right on time when Tuesday Special was ready.

She ordered shrimp pho, which I had never tried here. The broth looks clear and tastes clean & simply good.

I ordered Tuesday Special, Crab Soup Noodle as always.

Always my favorite.

Had beef spring rolls too. It was ok for me.

Loved peanut sauce tho.

We finished them all.

Total was $21. What a deal.

Huong Vi
15180 Prairie Ave
Lawndale, CA 90260
(310) 978-8999