10
Nov 13

EMC Seafood and Raw Bar

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{uni pasta}

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{ankimo}

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{dozen oysters}

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{lobster rolls}

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{fries with truffle mushroom aioli}

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{m, g, & j}

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{b, s, & moi}

Haven’t updated in a long time, but since people have been asking about my blog recently, I started missing it. Here’s a quick post!

A couple of weeks ago, my GFs and I finally made it out to EMC, the new hot spot right in the heart of my hometown, Ktown. We ordered a good range of dishes: garlic brussels sprouts, fries with truffle mushroom aioli, crispy jalapeno chicken wings, crab cakes, lobster roll, uni pasta, two dozen oysters, ankimo (monkfish liver with garlic ponzu), stewed lemongrass mussels, congee with abalone, wine, wine, champagne, and wine. I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something. Six girls can do a lot of damage!

EMC did NOT disappoint! And we have a few memories to last. :)


18
May 13

Umami

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First time at Umami. Approved.


04
May 13

Cure-all

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22
Jul 12

Girls Day Out at The Grove

Yesterday, the girls and I spent a beautiful day at The Grove doing what we do best…eating, wining, and shopping! We dined while people-watching and chatting at La Piazza and then headed over to some of our favorite stores, Anthropologie, Zara, and Nordstrom. We refueled with some more dining and wining back at La Piazza before heading back to the IE where we finished off round three at Roscoe’s Famous Deli. It was a great day to catch up with my girls, and best of all, baby Eli! I even scored a pair of mint and silver strappy heels on sale at Zara to remember the day!

How did you spend your Saturday?


16
Jul 12

Lee’s Sandwiches

I haven’t had Lee’s Sandwiches in so long, so we had it for a light lunch yesterday. I love how they come wrapped in neat and tight packages. With the sandwich in one hand and Sriracha in the other of course!

What’s for lunch today?


06
Jul 12

Happy Birthday, America!

Hope everyone had a fantastic 4th! We had my BFF, her hubby, and her parents over. Yes, my BFF’s parents, Mark and Sherry! My cute BFF, Gina, had already set up the table (at my home) while I was getting ready upstairs. I came downstairs to fun 4th of July plates and napkins and appetizers all set up! My hubby had done rib roast at home many times, but this was the first time in the Big Green Egg that we just got! And it was fantastic! I mentioned our trusty, competition-worthy Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker AKA the Weber Bullet in a past post, but we finally graduated to the BGE, the Chanel or Hermes of smokers and grills. We’ve already put it to use so many times, and we’ve had it for less than a week! I can’t wait to get many more posts of yummy food done on the BGE. Less cooking for me? :)


02
Jul 12

Villa Blanca and Dress Shopping for a Special Bride-To-Be

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{Villa Blanca chardonnay}

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{cheers to the bride-to-be}

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{rock shrimp & asparagus risotto…can’t stop thinking about this}

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{BBQ chicken flatbread pizza}

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{lobster & crab salad}

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{honey roasted salmon}

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{the bride & company}

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{Bella Bridal in Ktown}

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{rows & rows of dresses}

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{some of our picks}

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{ending the day with ddukbokki and wine at Haus}

Saturday was a special day for a special bride-to-be, Carol. I was ecstatic to have been asked to be a bridesmaid, and this was a much anticipated day for us all. We started the day with lunch at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills owned by the fabulous Vanderpumps. The food was up to par with my expectations. Actually, I can’t stop thinking about the lobster & crab salad and the rock shrimp & asparagus risotto. I definitely would love to go back and try dinner. After about 2+ hours of chit-chatting, wining, and eating (we couldn’t stop picking up our forks), we headed over to Ktown for the first appointment at Bella Bridal. They wouldn’t allow photos which was a bummer, not that I would post any pics of the bride in the dresses anyways. She looked amazing and gorgeous!! But she is such a pretty girl already, so that’s a given. After the next appointment, Carol, Jenn, and I headed over to Haus Dessert Boutique to continue wining with some ddukbokki which had a lot of heat…yum! And I can handle my heat! We called it a day at 7 PM, and I headed home tired but very happy to be a part of Carol’s special day.


25
Jun 12

Weekend Recap :: Meatings

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{friday // round one // smoked chicken & sides}

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{our little visitor}

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{saturday breakfast made by our guest, the baby daddy // pastrami sandwich w/ eggs & macaroni salad}

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{saturday // round two // five hours smoked ribs}

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{so juicy and tender}

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{my BFF’s dogs having a staring contest with my dogs}

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{sunday lunch with hubby at Peking Deli}

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{watching Myron Mixon, the BBQ world champ/legend}

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{our Weber smoker in the back}

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{Big Green Egg!}

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{Chef Danny brought this over on Sunday.}

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{sunday // round three // prime rib & sides}

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{jalapeño cheddar creamed corn going in the oven}

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{on the smoker}

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{peeking}

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{Well, hello there!}

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{out of the oven}

We put our smoker to work this weekend! It was a meat fest like no other. Chicken, pork, and beef. Wow. I will be eating lettuce for the next few days.

Happy Monday!


18
Jun 12

Couples Dinner to GNO

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We started off Friday night as a couples night at Honda-ya in Fullerton, but of course the night ended as a GNO at Ziller NRB. The hubbies went to watch some movie in IMAX (not our type of stuff). We missed our other girls but quickly forgot that it was just the three of us…haha.


13
Jun 12

Chili Con Carne

Wow, it’s been awhile since my last recipe post! I had to dust off my camera bag (literally), and I realized that I forgot everything (what little I know) about how to use one! Nonetheless, here is my attempt to get another recipe post to you. This time it was super easy, because I didn’t do the cooking and shooting. My hubby loves making chili, so I just watched (through the camera lens). It’s so much easier that way! Wonder if he’ll be open to the idea of making that a habit…

Here’s a plus: this chili con carne is totally guilt-free! Depending on the meats you use (I used extra lean meats), you got yourself a low-carb (no beans), low-fat chili without compromising taste at all. And it’s easy!

MK’s Chili Con Carne

Ingredients

  • variety of chili peppers of your choice (jalapeños, serrano peppers, Anaheim peppers, habanero if you dare, etc…)
  • 1-1 1/2 lb. 95% lean ground beef
  • 1-1 1/2 lb. extra lean sirloin chunks for stew
  • 15 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp cayenne
  • 3 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 bottle or can dark beer
  • 1 big can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • diced red or white onion
  • fresh basil leaves torn (optional)

Instructions

Chop chili peppers into bite-size pieces. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or pot. Brown the beef chunks and ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Toss in whole garlic cloves. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Add chopped peppers, and stir to mix. Add dry spices and beer. Stir to mix evenly. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, and continue to stir. Let chili cook on very low heat for at least four hours before serving. Upon serving, top with shredded cheese and diced onions. Garnish with fresh torn basil leaves.

Pick and choose whatever peppers you fancy. We usually just buy a variety of whatever is on sale at the moment.

Chop them into pieces, not too big, not too small. No need to be pretty here.

Heat some olive oil, and brown the beef chunks. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.

Toss in as many garlic cloves your heart desires. And my heart desires a lot. I think my hubby added more after this photo was taken.

Then add the ground beef, and cook until almost fully cooked.

Add all of your chopped peppers…

And stir everything together.

These are all the spices my hubby uses. Feel free to experiment with whatever you have. But don’t blame me, if it turns out bad.

Add all your spices…

And mix, mix, mix.

Pour in any dark beer you have on hand. Please refrain from drinking it.

We initially thought that we would be using all of these. Wrong. We only used one big can of crushed tomatoes and one small can of tomato paste.

Here’s the big can…

And here’s the small can.

Stir, stir, stir.

Set it and forget it! For at least four hours on very low heat. The longer, the better!

Say hi to Kuma and Sibi! Play with your dogs, if you have some at home. I just realized this is Sibi’s debut on the blog!

Top with shredded cheddar cheese, diced onions, and some basil garnish, if you’re fancy. We only had Kraft singles, so I crumbled some. I think that gives it more of a rustic look. Serve with crackers, bread, whatever. Or go carb-free. My hubby is obsessed with this rosemary sourdough bread, so he had some of that.

*Hint: Chili always tastes better the day after when the flavors have had time to marry!

Thank you, hubby!

Chili Con Carne

Ingredients

• variety of chili peppers of your choice (jalapeños, serrano peppers, Anaheim peppers, habanero if you dare, etc...)
• 1-1 1/2 lb. 95% lean ground beef
• 1-1 1/2 lb. extra lean sirloin chunks for stew
• 15 cloves of garlic
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• salt and pepper
• 4 tbsp chili powder
• 3 tbsp paprika
• 3 tbsp cayenne
• 3 tbsp cumin
• 3 tbsp garlic powder
• 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
• 1 bottle or can dark beer
• 1 big can crushed tomatoes
• 1 small can tomato paste
• shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
• diced red or white onion
• fresh basil leaves torn (optional)

Instructions

Chop chili peppers into bite-size pieces. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or pot. Brown the beef chunks and ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Toss in whole garlic cloves. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Add chopped peppers, and stir to mix. Add dry spices and beer. Stir to mix evenly. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, and continue to stir. Let chili cook on very low heat for at least four hours before serving. Upon serving, top with shredded cheese and diced onions. Garnish with fresh torn basil leaves.
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