At Home, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Haircut & Amandine Bakery

I woke up early and went to get haircut this morning.

I wanted Cheese Tea but it was too early to open.

Amandine Parisserie Cafe

Not as many pastries as Brendwood Store

Tarts and cakes look delicious. It was tempting but I am going to bake my cheesecake.

I got 4 kinds of pastries.

Breakfast Time!

Banana Chocolate Danish $3.50 + His Coffee

Cream Cheese Danish $3.50

Wine Insiders – 2016 Burke Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ★★★

Dry, fruity notes of red and black cherries, blueberry, and plum. It’s easy to drink.

Lunch: Carbonara + California Cabernet Sauvignon

Tea Time – Boston White Tea + Apricot Danish

Dinner: All leftover

At Work, Restaurants, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Po’ Boy @ Darrow’s New Orleans Grill

Trying a New Orleans restaurant.

Secret menu is no longer secret…

Happy Hour 4-7pm

Around 6pm, there were only 3-4 groups, but it was almost full when we left around 7pm.


They offer samples for first timers. From left, gumbo, red beans & rice, jambalaya. All good 🙂

New Orleans Theme Wall

Happy Hour Stella ($4) and Chardonnay ($4)

Glass was very dirty and I asked to change. The bartender washed it right in front of us and served wine in the wet glass. Not impressive at all, but it would be acceptable at this price. Also, this wine tastes very light and sweet, which I am not fan. Beer would be a safe choice.

His: Catfish Po’ Boy $8.99, Mine: Bayou Classic Po’ Boy (Shrimp & Oyster) $10.99

It was pretty good but difficult to eat without spilling. I will try either catfish po’ boy or gumbo.

Darrow’s New Orleans Grill
21720 Avalon Blvd Ste 102B
Carson, CA 90745
(424) 570-0531

We moved to Greendoor Coffee  in the same building.

Doughnuts look good.

Mine: Matcha Latte

His: Vanilla Ice Cream

It was very delicious and very Matcha.

GREENDOOR Powered by Intelligentsia
714 E Carson St
Carson, CA 90745
(424) 570-0095




At Home, At Work, My Cooking, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Japanese Meal & Kirin Beer

Lunch: Shio Koji Fried Chicken, Broccoli, Rice + Green Tea

Afternoon Break

Appetizer: Pork Miso Soup

Daikon & Minced Pork + Kirin Beer



Morning Coffee with Chocolate

At Home, Restaurants, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Steak & Italian Red Blend

Dinner: Tender Green’s Steak with Kale & Quinoa

Wine Insiders #2: Cantus Rosso ★★★

Tasting Note – Open this non-vintage Italian Red from Cantus early, giving it time to breathe before drinking. When you taste the flavors of raspberry and strawberry, you’ll know it was worth the wait. This smooth, central Italian red follows the up-front fruit with hints of roasted peppers and fresh herbs.

Overall impression to Wine Insiders wines is ok. I like Firstleaf wines best among other wine club such as Vinesse or Winc.


Breakfast #1

Breakfast #2

Make-Ahead Lunch

Afternoon Break

At Home, My Cooking, Vacation/Trip, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Taking a Long Nap after the Cold Night

We got up around 7am. It was so cold during the night. Once sun rose, it got much warmer. He set firs in the pit to get ever more warmer.

Making coffee in a percolator.
We had breakfast, Pork Miso Soup and Rice, our friends prepared around 8am. Left the site and headed home around 9am.

About 2 hour drive home

I took a shower, got warm and clean, then had lunch. Felt so tired and took a long nap in the afternoon.

Mozzarella & Prosciutto + Australian Shiraz

Dinner: Napolitan

This bottle is a part of $30 for 6 bottle deal by Wine Insiders.

Paperbark 2016 Shiraz, South Australia ★★
Bright flavors of blackberry and plum, and notes of chocolate and spice

Green Tea & Cocoa Batons later

At Home, At Work, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Wine Insiders Wines Delivered!

6 Award Winning Bottles from Wine Insiders – $4.99/bottle with free shipping
Ordered on Monday and delivered on Thursday. It was pretty quick!
I hope they taste good 🙂


Breakfast #1

Breakfast #2: Chicken Egg Roll + Coffee



Event, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo 2018

Once a year my friend P and I attend this event.

It’s 30th anniversary this year.

This event is for restaurant owners and chefs.

A lot of food samples

Katsu Curry Rice

Ramen Suggestions: Sukiyaki Ramen, Gyokai-Tonkotsu Ramen and Tomato Ramen

I tried Gyokai (Seafood)-Tonkotsu (Pork). It’s very rich seafood flavor.

Gyoza & Fried Chicken
This booth was actually sampling sauces. Fried chicken goes well with yuzu pepper sauce.

Fish and fish flake for dashi

More Ramen Sample

Shoyu Ramen, simple soy taste

Miso Curry Ramen with Nori
Rich but a little too salty

A variety of flavor oils

Serving suggestion of Yuzu Oil : Salmon Sushi

Beef Bowl

Dashi Soup of Shiitake, Konbu Seaweed and Bonito Flake


Black Miso, Red Miso and White Miso

Miyazaki Beef is one of most popular booths.

We were lucky to taste two different parts.

Miyazaki Beef – Ribeye with wasabi

Miyazaki Beef Poster

Cool Iichiko Booth – standing out with beautiful girls and lighting

One of my favorite sake brands


Sake Company from my home prefecture

These three bottles are not available in US market, unfortunately…

We go back and forth between sake section and food section.

Sesame Pudding


Fish specialist

Two different tunas

Specially treated Yellowtail
It’s not fishy at all.



Demonstration of Whole Bluefin Tuna Carving

Sampling of Toro Sushi and Sashimi after the demonstration
Toro is too fatty for me but I love this one. So fresh! These three piece could cost $20-30!

Koshihikari Rice from Uonuma – Best rice in Japan

Sake Barrel Display

We sit in 12pm Seminar – Jizake and Food Pairing

Lectured by Mr. Antony Moss, Master of Wine

Pairing 1. Soy Natto Marinated Tuna & Sparkling Sake
Natto usually makes my stomach sick (I like the taste but I think I am allergic to it). This tuna tastes so good with mild natto flavor. It made sake taste better too. Plus I didn’t get sick.

Pairing 2. Sake-Kasu Marinated Miyazaki Beef & Sweet Rich Sake
This sake itself is so rich and sweet like porto wine. Surprisingly, the beef made it more enjoyable.

These are sakes we had sampling in the seminar.

More sake sampling

Shochu sample (1)

Shochu sample (2)

Dashi Company

They sell ramen broth too. This yuzu-shio ramen tastes amazing. My favorite!

Tried a few more oils with tofu

Flavorful Salt


Sesame Mont Blanc was delicious!

We spent 4.5 hours there and left around 2pm. See you next year!