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Sashimi Lunch & Cafe Latte

To celebrate Japanese Girls Day (3/3), I had Japanese lunch with a friend @ Wadatsumi.

Lunch Menu #1

Lunch Menu #2

Starting with salad

Sashimi Lunch $12.95

Tofu & Egg Custard included
What a deal!!

1757 W Carson St Ste R&S
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 782-7356

Coffee Time

Baked stuff looks good

Feeling like home

Cafe Latte $4

I bought two kind of pastries to-go and they gave me one more free.

1300 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-6100

Dinner: Oyako-Don


Breakfast: Mandarine, Bagel + Coffee

Godiva Chocolate

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Brunch @ The District by Hannah An

Meeting with a friend for brunch in central LA
I am always nervous to do street parking in LA. Make sure not to get a parking ticket.

Our reservation was 11am. At 10:58am it was closed.

So we walked around to check other restaurants on the street. This place is famous for mille crepe.

I always want to come back here, A.O.C.

I regret I didn’t make a reservation here at A.O.C.

The place we made a reservation was not open yet at 11:05am. No one is coming out to open the gate. I finally called them and one of employees came out and rudely said he was not sure what time they opened and it could’ve been 11:30. Hello? Our reservation is 11am!

Finally they let us in but no other customers here…So uncomfortable. Also, it was so cold inside. Although deco was beautiful, we were not excited to dine here any more. Ahhh!

Brunch & Lunch Menu

Cocktail Menu

Saigon Calamari $14
I like the idea to add pickled chili to fried calamari.

Budha Delight Clay Pot $17
I am not a fan of this dish at all.

Hannah’s Homemade Noodle with Filet Mignon $20
This is the signature dish why I was here for, but it was disappointing. I thought it would be same noodle I had at Crustacean and Anqi (other restaurants of An Family), but I don’t think it’s as delicious as what I remember.

$25 certificate was also another reason we came here. With the certificate, the price was ok, but it would be more than $30/person. I feel it totally overpriced for the experience.

We spent 1.5 hours there and there were only one more group. The place was dead. I am not sure people didn’t go out because of the cold weather or this place is always like this.

The District by Hannah An
8722 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 278-2345

We went to a coffee shop on Robertson.

Vanilla Latte $5

Sample of citrusy green juice

Fun atmosphere and nice service. We loved it.

GREENDOOR Powered by Intelligentsia
295 S Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(424) 512-9004

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Mom’s Onigiri – Rice Balls

Breakfast at Home

Tarako Onigiri, mom made for me + Green Tea

I drove my parents to the airport and went to work at 9:30am.

Had another onigiri and some sweet.


Dinner: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Korean BBQ @ Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

We arrived here around 5pm on President Day.

Although it seemed 60% full, we had to wait for about 20 minutes. You provide phone# and they call you when a table is ready.

This place is all over the world. They claim “World’s best.”

This is the initial table setting for 4 people.

The guy is on the menu.

On the wall


Multi-purposed grill
It can cook not only meat but egg, corn cheese and veggies.

We ordered Beef Combo Small ($59.99) that includes 1) Thinly Sliced Brisket, 2) Seasoned Prime Boneless Short Rib, 3) Prime Boneless Short Rib or Prime Rib Eye, 4) Soybean Stew or Kimchi Stew + all side dishes.

Beef #1: Brisket

As soon as they serve meat, we realize that servers take care of the grills and let you know the best timing to eat, which is very nice. One server takes care of up to 4 tables. That’s why we had to wait for not a table but a server.

Omelette is pretty good.

Beef #2: Boneless Prime Short Rib
They use a new grill for new meat. Nice!

Perfectly cooked.

Soybean Stew

Even they cut the meat for you. Easy to enjoy.

Beef #3: Seasoned Prime Boneless Short Rib

Extra: Boneless Prime Short Rib $37.99

My mom wanted more seasoned short rib, but I mis-ordered. This is as delicious as seasoned one tho.

Relatively no smoke around us because of this vent.

Hite is light and perfect with Korean BBQ.

I think it’s a great deal for 4 people. We will definitely come back soon!

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
1725 W Carson St Ste A
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-9678


Specialized in chestnut

Mt. Fuji Sandae $4.49
Ice cream with Kuromitsu and chestnut. I love it! Unfortunately, he doesn’t like it.

Hisaya Kyoto Roasted Chestnuts
1757 W Carson St Unit F
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 328-6788

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Authentic Japanese Breakfast

Yesterday we had a huge lunch and couldn’t enjoy dinner. Since we plan to go have Korean BBQ for dinner, my parents and I agree to have brunch around 10am (then no lunch). He is not off for President Day and follows the regular schedule.

Rice from Akita, Japan

New crop last October

At the place my parents live, there is not much Japanese food available as LA. So I prepared Authentic Japanese Breakfast for them.

Shishamo Finsh, Broccoli, Scallop & Fresh Wasabi, Nishin-zuke, Shiokara (fermented squid), Nameko Mushroom Miso Soup with Mitsuba and Rice

I bought these delicacies from a vendor from Hakodate, Hokkaido at Mitsuwa Marketplace.

These are something my husband would never eat. Good with either rice or sake.

My dad was so happy to have authentic Japanese for the first time in several years.

After shopping at mall, we drove to Palos Verdes Peninsula for a coffee break.

One of Starbucks with best views

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Hanging out with Mom

Breakfast: Cantaloup, Cinnamon Roll + His Coffee

Lunch: Ten Zaru $13.50

Huge Tempura!

21605 S Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-2089

Drinking and cooking with mom

One of Firstleaf selections
Well-balanced and delicious!

Dinner: Napoli Style Ragu

Dessert: Lemon Mousse

We all were still full from a huge lunch.

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Lunch In Los Olivos