At Home, Event, Family & Friends, Restaurants

Whiskey & Southern Food

I was invited to a private classic concert that a friend played violin. It was such a pleasant time in a relaxing setting to enjoy great music.


After the concert, the friend and I went out for dinner.


There is a whiskey cellar at the restaurant.


Lady’s bathroom is fancy.


KENTUCKY ORANGE BLOSSOM $14
This is a good one for whiskey beginner. It’s sweet and easy to drink but still can taste whiskey.


PARMESAN CRUSTED MEATLOAF with Housemade tomato bourbon jam $9, BOSSCAT FRIES $6, HOUSEMADE PICKLES & VEGETABLES $5


WHISKEY OKRA $6, Griddle scorched okra, Chinese sweet sausage

Overall, food is sweet and delicious. I would like to try a simple whiskey highball. Very reasonable price.

Bosscat Kitchen + Libations
4647 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 333-0917
www.bosscatkitchen.com
$$
★★★

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Breakfast: French Toast Muffin, Strawberries, Coffee
I like watching cooking recipe videos, such as Tasty or Tastemade nowadays. This is I learned from one of videos.


Lunch: Sukiyaki Udon


Before the concert, I spent 2.5 hours browsing at Ikea.


Break with Hotdog $.75

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Motsu Nabe @ Hakata Yamaya


Get together with a girl friend @ Hakata Yamaya


Starting with Fresh Lemon Sour ($6.50) & Assorted Kimchi ($6)


Premium Tongue $12
Always my favorite. Crunchy and flavorful.


Pari Pari Cabbage $5.50
Dish between meats (Hashiyasume)


Liver $6
Big chunk. Tastes fresh and tender.


Marinated Knuckle (Shin Shin) $11
First time to have Shin Shin. Lean and delicious.


Giara (4th stomach) – Complimentary from the restaurant


Again it’s first time to try. Recommended to grill till get burnt.


I love it. Chewy but tasty.


Main dish: Motsu Nabe (Intestine Hot Pot) $15


Full of collagen


We chose simple salt flavor over spicy miso. It’s simply delicious. At this point I was already stuffed and should’ve stopped here.


Adding rice and egg ($3.50) to finish all good broth.

On a weekday, it was not many people in the restaurant. We had great service and felt fabulous.

Hakata Yamaya
2529 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 257-1800
http://hakatayamaya.com
$$
★★★

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Breakfast


Lunch: Curry & Shirataki Tofu Noodle

At Home, Event, Family & Friends, Restaurants

A Fun Sunday in Long Beach

My sister family was visiting LA and we spent Sunday morning together.


Breakfast @ 9am: Naked Cakes $12.50

First we got together with them for breakfast in Long Beach. Food was ok but we were all happy to see each other and catch up.

The Breakfast Bar
70 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 726-1700
$$

Then we went to Aquarium of the Pacific.


It’s not only fish but birds there.


Kids had an opportunity to feed birds. So much fun!


Dinner

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

Wine & Appetizer @ Canyon Bistro


Breakfast: Amandine’s Pastries + Coffee


Lunch: Sukiyaki-Don, Avocado & Broccoli Sprouts Salad


Making Sous Vide Chicken
Step #1: Massage chicken breast with Icelandic kelp chili salt
Step #2: Roll up and shape chicken with plastic wrap
Step #3: Put in ziplock
Step #4: Leave the ziplock in boiled water bath until it cools down


Around 5pm, a girlfriend and I drove to Topanga Canyon to hang out. We felt like a vacation here with spring mountain, warm sunlight and gentle breeze.


Hers: La Vielle Ferme, Rose 2014, Rhone, France (Certified Organic) $9
Mine: Louis Latour ‘Grand Ardeche’ Chardonnay 2013, Coteaux de L’Ardeche, France $9


Grilled Veggie Napoleon $12, Truffle Bistro Fries $9


Since sun was still up there, we didn’t realize it was already 7pm.

Canyon Bistro & Wine Bar
120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd Ste 119
Topanga, CA 90290
(310) 455-7800
canyonbistrotopanga.com
$$
★★


We drove back home and opened a bottle of French sparkling. Enjoyed it with Sous Vide Chicken. Chicken came out so tender and tasty.


My husband cooked brussels sprouts too.

Event, Family & Friends

Picnic @ Lake Balboa Park


A friend had a baby a few months ago. Four girls got together to meet the baby and enjoy picnic with her.


One of friends brought five kinds vegetable dishes.


Other friends brought deviled eggs, sous vide chicken and bread from Amandine.


It’s all delicious 🙂


I brought dessert from Artelice Patisserie.


It was chilly under the shade and we moved to the table under the sun. It’s nicely warm here. We spent 5 hours with a happy baby in the park!

Lake Balboa Park
6300 Balboa Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91406
★★★★

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Breakfast: Cream Pan + His coffee
Freshly roasted, ground and brewed coffee tastes so good 🙂

Event, Family & Friends, Vacation/Trip

Hanging Out with OC Friends

We stayed at a hotel near John Wayne Airport last night after attending the wedding. Around 3:30am, I work up and couldn’t go back to sleep. Oh no! I drank too much and gave a boost with coffee. Now I remember I shouldn’t drink more than two glasses and definitely no coffee at night. I finally went back to sleep around 5:30am. Around 6:30am, he started waking up and waking me up too. Please! I felt so sick and tired. On the other hand, he was so ready and hungry. The hotel offered breakfast buffet, but I couldn’t eat much.


After taking a nap for a couple hours in the room, we checked out and drove to Balboa Peninsula.

At 11:30am, we got together with friends, husband & wife. I worked with him in the same team more than 10 years ago.


His: TURKEY, AVOCADO & OREGON PEPPER BACON $12.95


Mine: SLOW OVEN ROASTED TURKEY SALAD $15.50
I wanted either PLUMS FAMOUS DUTCH BABY or RASPBERRY PANCAKES with coffee, but my body couldn’t take it. To feel better soon, I had food to detox.

This place was packed with a hundred people or more. Food is pretty good. Service was great too. It is just too noisy to talk 😦 Ambience is ok too.

Plum Cafe
369 E 17th St Ste 7
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 722-7586
plumscafe.com
$$
★★★


I heard that a pastry chef I had an opportunity to interview has opened his own shop and discovered he’s been married with a daughter of our friends. So why not trying!?


Mont Blanc $7


Unfortunately, both of them were not there. We enjoyed tea time with wonderful cakes and chat with friends in the patio.

ST Pâtisserie Chocolat
3321 Hyland Ave Ste H
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 825-0180
$$
★★★

Event, Family & Friends

Four Glasses of Wine @ Friends Wedding

Today we attended our friends’ wedding at a country club in Orange County. It was nice to see all old friends that we’ve known for so many years but rarely see each other last few years.


After the ceremony in the garden, the guests were invited to cocktail hours. Our table was one of best locations. We sat with close friends and caught up each other.


Starting off with a glass of Chardonnay, Benziger 2015 along with cheeses, tuna tartar on chips and mini corn dogs. I was so relaxed and comfortable to  hang out with them and instantly felt tipsy 😛


It was such a beautiful and sunny day at the country club 🙂


Toast with a glass of Champagne. I got another glass of white, Sauvignon Blanc too.


Since the main course was tri-tip roast, I asked a bartender for a glass of cabernet sauvignon. I was so happy to drink a lot 🙂


Wedding Cake


Disco time was happening when the cake was served.


Had a cup of coffee with it.


After 4 hours spent with good friends, we left around 9pm. Everyone was happy for the bride and groom.