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

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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.


Menu


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
https://greendoorcoffee.squarespace.com/
$
★★★

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Breakfast


Lunch

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

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Breakfast


Morning Coffee with Chocolate

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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.

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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 🙂

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Breakfast #1


Breakfast #2: Chicken Egg Roll + Coffee


Lunch


Dinner

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


Tableware


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


Yume-Wa-Masayume


Sake Company from my home prefecture


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


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


Sesame Pudding


Rice


Fish specialist


Two different tunas


Specially treated Yellowtail
It’s not fishy at all.


Octopus


Knives


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


Cakes


Sesame Mont Blanc was delicious!


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