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Celebrating His Birthday (1)

OC friends organized a Tennis & Dinner event for his birthday. We drove to Irvine for tennis 2-4:30pm and had dinner at our favorite restaurant with more friends afterwards.

Starting with beer and a few appetizers


Daikon Salad


We love shochu with sparkling water & lemon.

Albacore sashimi with garlic flakes

Miso Intestines

I didn’t take pictures but we had fried chicken, California roll, salmon skin salad, agedashi tofu and grilled beef tongue etc.

Shoyu ramen to close
My favorite ramen around LA

They got a birthday cake as well.

Rich chocolate

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


Breakfast: Pancake with Nutella and Homemade Strawberry Jam

Lunch: Carnitas Torta @ Super Gallito

Best torta ever!

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Delicious Sushi Lunch with A Friend

Our friend’s flight to NY was cancelled and he had to spend one more day in LA. This is the view from airbnb he stayed. Walk distance to Manhattan Beach. Nice 🙂

While my husband was playing a tennis match, I took him to sushi lunch.

Tuna on Crispy Rice $9.80

Sushi A la Carte, Yellowtail Belly, Salmon Belly, Albacore Belly, Jambo Scallop, Sea Orchin $32

Salmon Skin Salad $7.80

White Fish Tasting $19

From left, Halibut, Red Snapper, Kurodai

Toro Tasting $35

From front, Toro, Seared Toro, Negi Toro

We were so happy to have delicious sushi since both of our partners don’t care about sushi so that it was a rare opportunity 🙂 He had two more pieces of Yellowtail sushi and says sushi in NY costs twice as much. Ordered a big hot sake too 🙂

The Izaka-Ya by Katsu-Ya
1133 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Mochi Ice Cream at home

My husband joined us for dessert

Friend went to OC to pick up what he left behind and brought some milk tea.

Dinner: Pork, Napa Cabbage ,Lemon & Green Onion Hot Pot

He gave us beef jerky and card game too. This card game is so exciting and fun!

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Osechi Feast @ New Year’s Eve

After he left for tennis practice around 1pm, I started working on plating and table setting for New Year’s Eve feast. Most people in Japan eat osechi, specially prepared only for new year on New Year’s Day. However, our family tradition is to start enjoying on December 31.

Sake from my home prefecture, Mt. Fuji plates, cups & carafe

Filling wooden bento box with osechi for later

伊達巻 (Datemaki), なます (Namasu), 黒豆 (Kuromame), 栗金団 (Kuri Kinton), かまぼこ (Kamaboko)

八幡巻 (Yahatamaki), 煮しめ (Nishime), 有頭海老 (Yuto Ebi)

I prepared individual plates for tonight and we started the feast around 4pm.

Another tradition of us is to have KFC on New Year’s Eve.

I love this sake cup with Mt. Fuji inside.

My husband don’t like traditional Japanese food much, but enjoyed most of it tonight. My hard work paid off.

My second round: 松前漬 (Matsumaezuke), 鰊漬け (Nishizuke) & more sake

Around 9pm: 年越そば (Toshikoshi Soba) & more sake

We kept eating and taking easy till midnight. After hearing the new year fireworks, we went to bed.


I picked up lunch @ Tokyo Central, Costa Mesa on the way home.

Mine: Spanish Mackerel Bowl, His: California Roll

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Girls Kitchen Party 2017 – Osechi Preparation

Breakfast @ Home

Lunch @ Friend’s house
Inari Sushi prepared by a friend

Taliata, I prepared with Italian red
We started cooking osechi, but I was almost done with my two dishes at this point. Yay!

Around 4:30pm, we took a break with a glass of this Italian red and chocolate.

Mixing renkon (lotus root) with squid ink
Simple but yummy 🙂

A friend making 伊達巻 (datemaki) from scratch

Snaking during cooking

I brought a new Trader Joe’s brie to try.

Herbs & Garlic brie tastes pretty good.

A host prepared konbu cured red snapper for dinner.

Delicious 🙂

Somen noodle soup with red snapper

Dessert: Hojicha Mousse

She also made this tasty dessert for us.

Unlike last year/two years ago, we finished cooking osechi around 8pm and was able to relax. We have improved our skills to prepare Japanese New Year dishes, Osechi in the past two years!

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Girls Night Out – Downtown Los Angeles

Girls night out in dtla

Beautiful dining

Table setting

Menu in the book

Starting with Chardonnay $15

Kanpachi Ceviche $18

Her drink: Elijah Craig

30 day dry aged Ribeye $49

Broccoli di Cicco $12

Red wine: Iuli Umberto Barbera $13

Food and drinks are decent but I was not happy about the service. Host was so rude to say, “You are 45 minute late!” although we called in advance to change the reservation time.

Faith and Flower
705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642

We took lyft and went to the club my friend used to go.

Live music

The Edison
108 W 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-0000

Coffee, French Toast and Fries @ IHOP

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Patchwork Show & Brunch in Santa Ana

A friend invited me to the patchwork show with a lot booths selling handmade stuff. Her favorite is Bungalow360, vegan leather/non-chemical canvas bag brand. I was not going to buy anything but got 11 pieces of totes, shoulder bag, pouches and more. Everything looks so cute and they would be nice holiday gifts.

Some shop is in the bus.

Had brunch with two friends, designer and photographer I used to work with and actually just started working with them again.

On the house: Stuffed Peppers with Shrimp and Goat Cheese
Because we had to wait for the transition from breakfast to lunch in the kitchen a bit, our server offered appetizer. Nice!

Fig & Brie Panini $13

They had chicken and shrimp sandwich.

Eat Chow
313 N Bush St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(657) 266-0500

My dinner: Traditional Icelandic Skyr
I was not hungry at all because of a big lunch.

It tastes delicious and I love tart/sweet lingonberry.

Only 11g sugar and more protein