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Tasting Pinot Blanc of Firstleaf Selection


Drinking while cooking again
Pinot Blanc with Goat Cream Cheese & Crackers, Olives


3rd bottle of Firstleaf Wine Club


Fog Break 2016, Pinot Blanc, Monterey County, California
This is something new to me. To be honest, I was not ready to enjoy fully. It smells very unique and tastes a bit too sour. Maybe I didn’t pair with right food. I will have it with tarako (cod roe) cream pasta tomorrow.


Second box of Firstleaf arrived this evening. So excited!


Nicely packed


I signed up for 6 bottle every three months. Mix of 4 reds and 2 whites. Mixed regions as well.


This is the selection. They send some post cards with tasting note. $79 + tax & $9.95 shipping fee


Dinner: Nikujaga, Spinach, Miso Soup, Multigrain Rice, Vichyssoise
I had no rice and miso soup. He says I fed him too much.


My Nikujaga (Beef & Potato) was pretty good. Can’t wait for tomorrow. It’s usually even better on the second day.

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Breakfast


Lunch: Steak Salad, Canned Tuna Rice

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Authentic Japanese Lunch @ Wadatsumi


Breakfast: Three pastries to share + Coffee
These coasters from Iceland are so cute!

A girlfriend visits me at new place while he is out for tennis match. We went out for an authentic Japanese lunch.


Menu #1


Menu #2


Menu #3


Menu #4


Salad


Fresh Tofu & Chawanmushi (savory egg custard)


Grilled Akamutsu, Rice, Pickles, Miso Soup
Complete lunch $12.95


Hers: Salmon & Roe Bowl $11.95

Everything tastes delicious and price is amazing. They have the original location on Pico in West LA and I’ve been there with my family.

Wadatsumi
1757 W Carson St Unit R&S
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 782-7356
$$
★★★★


We found a fun dessert place on the way to walk to Daiso, $1.50 store. They are specialized in roasted chestnuts.


Tatami Room to dine in


Roasted Chestnuts $7.99, Fuji Mountain Sundae $4.49, Chestnut Coffee $3.99

I love the chestnut sundae. Coffee is a bit too sweet for me. They have more variety of chestnut dessert such doughnut or drinks.

Hisaya
1757 W Carson St Unit F
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 328-6788
www.kyotochestnuts.com
$
★★★


In the evening, I opened second bottle of Firstleaf selection.


Red Hart, France


Well balanced with fruitiness & earthiness


Love it. This wine club works well so far.


Dinner Alone: Leftover Salad from last night


Tarako Spaghetti

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Jingisukan & California Wine

During the moving, we found ‘Hot Plate,’ electric grilled pan in the cabinet, which we haven’t used for a long time. So we decided to have Yakiniku at home.

I was thinking Korean BBQ first but came up with Jingisukan, Lamb BBQ that is a popular dish in Hokkaido, Japan.


I made dipping sauce with graded onion, soy sauce, honey and garlic.


Only frozen sliced lamb available at H Mart, Korean Market.


He claims that this is not what his mom made…I know his family doesn’t like vegetables but we need them 😛


Opened a bottle, Counter Cut Heirloom Red, California. It’s very smooth and fruity. Goes perfect with Jingisukan.


This is one of the Firstleaf selection. Can’t wait to try other bottles.


Homemade Dessert: Kiwi Yogurt
Because I whipped heavy cream too much, the final product was not as pretty as I wanted.

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Brunch: French Toast + Coffee


Late Lunch: Leftover Mexican