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Celebrating His Birthday (2)

Although we are going to Providence to celebrate his birthday next week, I made something he likes for dinner tonight.


Italian Meatball in Tomato Sauce with Broccoli


This is a birthday gift from a friend


Very nice. It goes well with the food.

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Brunch @ 11am: French Toast & Bacon + Coffee

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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


Ankimo


Daikon Salad


Yakiniku


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
$$
★★★★

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Breakfast: Pancake with Nutella and Homemade Strawberry Jam


Lunch: Carnitas Torta @ Super Gallito

Best torta ever!

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Gyoza & Soba Dinner


Dinner: Edamame & Gyoza + Orion Beer
Beer & Gyoza is a perfect marriage.


Hot Soba with Tempura


Dessert: Red Bean Bun + Hot Milk

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Breakfast: Banana, Apple, Honey Toast + Coffee


Lunch: Soon Tofu, Rice

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Osechi Dinner Continued…


Osechi is supposed to be enjoyed from January 1st to 3rd. So that mom can take a break from cooking during New Year Holidays.


Garlic & Herb Brie goes well with Junmai Ginjo.


Tempura Soba to finish the meal

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Breakfast


Lunch


Dessert


Afternoon Break


Vegetable Soup

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Food @ New Year’s Day


Lunch: お雑煮 (Ozouni-Mochi in Soup), お節料理 (Osechi Ryouri)

We went to IKEA to buy a bookcase/shelf for his office. Then eat again…


Osechi & Warm Sake


Mini Ikura Bowl


Delicious 🙂


おしるこ (Oshiruko-Mochi in Red Bean Soup) & Green Tea


We ate too much, especially a lot of carbs!

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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.

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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!