27
May 12

Shino Japanese Grill

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{chicken with wasabi}

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{shrimp and chicken}

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{tofu salad}

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{sake}

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{bacon wrapped tomatos}

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{pork belly}

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{cartilage}

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{chicken with green onion}

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{crab & asparagus salad with real crab}

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{more chicken with green onion}

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{jumbo shrimp}

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{shrimp & garlic fried rice}

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{potstickers}

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{bacon wrapped something}

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{tempura}

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{octopus cucumber salad}

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{bacon wrapped jalapeño}

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{cold udon}

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{kung pao chicken}

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{bacon wrapped something again}

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{chicken with green onion}

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{the end}

Do you love yakitori? Sometime during the week, my BFF, her hubby, and I went to Shino Japanese Grill. It’s really in the middle of nowhere, but if you’re in the Norco area for whatever reason, it’s definitely worth a visit. It was packed on a weekday which is a good sign. The food definitely warrants the wait. Yes, this was for 3 people, but we love variety!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! What are your plans???


23
May 12

Spring Roll Party

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{the spread}

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{galbi and dweji bulgogi}

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{BFF's to-go for her hubby}

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{ended the night with kokomyun}

I wish I can rewind to last night’s spring roll party! I invited some of my girls over for dinner, since my hubby is away on business for the week. I can’t rewind, so I might as well blog about it. I had two kinds of meat, galbi and dweji bulgogi (spicy pork). I have a recipe for really good dweji bulgogi here. You must try. But I just bought the pre-marinated kind at the Korean market yesterday, because the prep for spring rolls takes so long! We had another night of fun, as we always manage to do. Of course, we ended the night with something bad after talking about how healthy spring rolls are. I bought a new ramen that just hit the shelves in the US after a lot of hype in Korea. It was OK. You can check out my spring rolls recipe here.

Is anyone else ready for the finale of American Idol tonight??? Go, Philip Phillips!!!


23
May 12

Lunch Date

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{beef satay}

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{garlic tofu}

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{a very different but tasty tom yum soup with noodles and pork}

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{spicy mint noodles}

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{McD's for dessert}

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{Snickers McFlurry}

I visited my BFF at work and said hi to my old bosses and co-workers. Then we headed out for a lunch date. Only we can order 4 dishes for 2 little people and head over to McD’s for dessert. Oink.


20
May 12

Shogun Sushi & Omakase

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{porridge to start}

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{soft tofu salad}

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{scallops}

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{wasabi octopus}

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{squid}

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{banchans (Korean side dishes)}

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{more banchans}

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{sashimi}

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{oysters}

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{more sashimi}

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{my fave, uni}

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{dynamite}

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{some sort of roll}

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{I'm never interested in rolls much, so I didn't get pics.}

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{mackerel}

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{mae eun tang (spicy fish/seafood stew)}

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{tempura}

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{noo roong ji (burnt rice soup)}

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{cherimoya sprinkled with orange juice}

When in LA, please visit Shogun Sushi & Omakase. Located in the heart of Ktown, you’ve probably driven in the area one time or another. We frequent Shogun several times a year, and it is always a treat. They have traditional private rooms for special occasions too. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent location. Go now!

Shogun Sushi & Omakase
987 S Vermont Ave Suite D
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 365-0213

 


02
May 12

Weekend Recap :: First Grubs in My New City

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{all the Korean goodies...thanks to C-Nance!}

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{Saturday lunch date with my BFF at Ojiya}

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{red snapper}

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{hamachi}

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{ice green tea}

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{fried pork cheek}

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{wish I was having this bite right now}

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{live shrimp...my fave! sushi man showed us the live shrimp he was serving us}

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{fried shrimp heads}

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{uni...another fave of mine! and a different red snapper}

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{red snapper again}

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{Kumamoto oysters}

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{halibut}

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{fish roe}

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{round 1.5}

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{hubby brought home The Hat}

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{I only ate half...and then the other half later.}

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{S-1 from Thai Original BBQ!!!}

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{absolute necessities}

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{refueling from Friday's leftovers}

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{finishing off the weekend}

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{Guess what that is!}

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{BFF brought me El Taurino hot sauce!!}

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{dipping ain't cuttin' it}

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{that's how I do}

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{never complete without wings}

Is it too late for a weekend recap of last weekend? But I had to share. Better late than never!

I must say it is totally awesome being near my besties. Living in SD, nobody could just “stop by” or come over to hang out at my place. We wasted no time, and they came over on Friday (moved here on Thursday) for another good time full of laughs…and food! On Saturday, my BFF treated me to lunch at one of her faves, Ojiya, a sushi bar by my place. I haven’t been back, but trust me, I have been thinking about it for the past week. Must go back ASAP! And the photos are only half the serving of what we had! My BFF loves me so. Sunday was spent with my hubby who got back from his bro’s bachelor party trip, and what better way to start than with S-1 at Thai Original BBQ?! It’s only 3 minutes away! Seriously?? Coming from Solana Beach where we were close to NOTHING, it is amazing being around so many yummy establishments, as well as everything else we need. You name it, we got it within 2-5 minutes. No joke. I love this city!

Happy Friday and hope you have a yummy weekend!


23
Apr 12

California Girl, It’s Undeniable

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There’s been a slight change of plans. Remember my move to Arizona that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago here? Well, we’re not moving to AZ anymore! The past 6-8 months have been insanely exhausting, as our life was in limbo due to the question of where I’d be going to school. This definitely caused a lot of stress and anxiety for many people. Now I can happily and finally announce once and for all (again) that we’re staying in CA! Thanks to all of our family and friends for the constant support and understanding my crazy life for the past 6-8 months!

Arizona would have been a fun (?) chapter in our lives, but staying in SoCal makes sense for many, many reasons all around. I’m excited to be moving closer to our family and friends (near LA and OC), especially my BFF who will only be 12 miles away! That is some exciting stuff! At the same time, we’re sadly leaving many good friends we’ve made in SD, but I’m sure we’ll see them once in a while. Darn…I was really looking forward to my free tanning sessions in AZ (i.e. standing outdoors for 3 minutes). I guess I’ll have to resort to going to the beach instead! Boo hoo. :)

BTW, this silly photo was taken in the summer. I really needed a hat, because the top of my head was burning from the sun. My friend, Hannah, just happened to have this hat with her. Must be a mommy thing. I thought this captured California pretty well: Disneyland and the beach. I can’t get that in AZ. I guess I’m a California girl for life. It’s undeniable.


16
Apr 12

Weekend Recap :: LA Grub

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{corn cheese at ToeBang}

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{cheese shot}

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{finally at KangHoDong after an hour and a half wait}

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{grillin'}

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{cheers}

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{beautifully marbled}

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{one more time}

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{me & my girls...plus Kang Ho Dong}

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{beautiful baby E}

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{one last time at El Taurino...until the next}

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{nomnomnom}

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{not only did I bring back ET for my hubby...}

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{...I also brought back his fave. I'm such a nice wife!}

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{beer brats in the dutch oven for Sunday Funday back at home}

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{with beer from our kegerator}

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{swimming in homemade beer}

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{bacon & butter...make everything better}

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{dutch oven, grill, and back in the dutch oven}

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mayo and grey poupon

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{and topped with El Taurino hot sauce!}

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{Kuma & Sibi}

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{the end}

I drove three and a half hours in traffic and rain on Friday to meet my girls in Ktown for a GNO. We ended up going to round 5, but my phone pictures stop at round 2. That’s the sign of a good night.

If you haven’t been to KangHoDong in LA, it is an absolute MUST! The meat is so buttery and of high quality. No wonder we had to wait an hour and a half, but it was totally worth the wait and hype. I can’t wait to go back! Whenever that may be…

On Saturday, I took care of some errands and picked up some El Taurino and wang mandoo (literal translation: “king dumplings”) at HK Market for my hubby. What a nice wife I am. Driving around LA on Saturday, I remembered why I don’t miss living in Ktown: traffic. But I sure do miss the LA grub!

Home sweet home. On Sunday, I uttered the words, “I want bratwurst.” The next thing I know, my hubby was at the market getting brats and wine and cooking away. I asked what I should do, and his response was “Nothing, just relax.” What a nice husband he is.

Hope your weekend was as fun and fat as mine! Happy Monday!


29
Jan 12

Sunday Reflections

Every time our family gets together for some occasion or somebody’s visiting from somewhere, it’s always filled with so much love, happiness, and fun times. Then when the party’s over and we all go back to reality, I always get sad wishing that we all lived closer together. Currently, we all live so far apart…Seattle, Sunnyvale, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Heaven.

This past weekend was too short, and I can’t wait for the next time. And I really hope that someday we’ll live close enough, so that my future baby will be spoiled rotten by Uncle Rich, Uncle Steve, and Uncle Harry. XOXO

This photo was taken in 2009 at my wedding after-party. For some reason, we all seem to love this shot. Thanks for the photo, Steve Kim!


14
Jan 12

Saturday Breakfast

On the menu: perfect bacon and eggs, blueberry multigrain pancake with 100% pure maple syrup, fresh hash browns, and blueberry-infused green tea (hubby was messing around with leftover blueberries)

Thank you, hubby! Happy Fatterday Saturday! Have a yummy and fun weekend, everyone!


08
Jan 12

Weekend Recap :: “For 2 Ladies”

The hubby went to LA for the weekend for a BNO, so I had Nancy come over to do what we do best.

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South Beach Bar and Grille upstairs bar

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$2.50 mimosa until 3 PM

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clam chowder

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ceviche cocktail

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carne asada fries

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baja fish taco and carne asada tacos

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sterling chardonnay

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"For 2 Ladies"

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stroll on beach to "walk it off"

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Thai take-out

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perfect ending

I just got back from pho (above), Nancy just left, and now I’m waiting for my hubby to get home. Most importantly, I’m wondering what to eat for dinner.

Any suggestions?

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