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. :)


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?


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.


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!