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.


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!


04
Jun 12

Hit and Run, Exploded Fire Hydrant, Firemen, and Edward Cullen…Just Your Typical PGC Yard Sale

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{setting up}

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{BFF getting a car wash}

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{exploded fire hydrant from across the street}

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{arrival of fire department}

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{customers unfazed}

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{police car getting a car wash...no joke! He drove really slowly and even the other way!}

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{my crazy BFF}

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{life-size cut-out of Edward Cullen}

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{I came late with my inventory.}

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{4 households' loot on the driveway}

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{doing some more marketing}

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{wining and selling}

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{lunch by BFF}

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{dinner time!}

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{shrimp diablo}

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{fiesta platter}

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{the thickest, most pillowy chicken quesadillas I've ever seen}

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{shrimp enchiladas}

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{carnitas tacos}

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{the end}

Have you ever held a yard sale for your unused junk stuff? My girls and I decided to have a joint yard sale at my BFF’s house on Saturday, and it was the most exciting yard sale ever…literally. I know this was my first yard sale, but I don’t think it’s normal to have a hit and run, exploded fire hydrant, firemen, and Edward Cullen all in one morning. A paying customer got into her car, backed up into the fire hydrant across the street, and took off! …hence the water show and a visit from the fire department that was nice enough to take a pic at the request of my BFF…LOL. Unfortunately, I got there late after the morning rush. Who knew that yard sales were so popular at 7:30 in the morning! Nonetheless it was a success, and we had a blast hanging out. We’re doing it again this Saturday! Come by! :)

*yard sale photos courtesy of Hannah*


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!


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!


04
Dec 11

Craving Satisfied

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29
Sep 11

Din Tai Fung

LA and Seattle are the only locations in the U.S. We went to the Din Tai Fung in Seattle on our recent trip up there, and I can’t wait to go back to the LA (Arcadia) location. “Xiao long bao,” hubby and Harold kept saying over and over all day. Yes, it’s fun to say, but I had no idea what they were saying. I thought they had discussed a movie and were referencing a line in the movie or an actor. Nope. “Xiao long bao” is the term for small buns steamed in small bamboo baskets. They are loosely referred to as “dumplings.” But they are not your average Joe dumplings. Besides whatever filling you order, it has a little bit of soup inside that results in the perfect delicious bite. The place is Michelin Guide recommended. Need I say more?

As you enter the restaurant, you can view workers through glass windows preparing the little morsels. I thought that was pretty cool…no shady business going on.

I never would have thought. But the julienned ginger with the 3:1 ratio of soy sauce to vinegar (as performed by the waiter) was absolutely divine with the xiao long bao. You know I’m gonna try this at home, but mine will probably be a 1:1 ratio of soy sauce to vinegar. I heart vinegar.

These green beans were fantastic. Can’t you just tell from the photo?? Mmmm…

We ordered baskets on top of baskets of the xiao long baos…literally. It was a never-ending supply.

Then this bowl of plain white noodles came out, but little did I know that this was so far from plain. Upon mixing, you get a yummy mixture of seasonings that I wish I can taste right this moment.

Here’s a closer look. :)

Then this unsuspecting bowl of plain wontons or dumplings came out. I’m sorry I don’t know what they were. I don’t mean to offend you guys. (I’m talking to the food.)

Ahhh, but of course. These ain’t no plain Jane wontons. Look at that perfect bite. Looking at my photos, I realized that we had fried rice as well, but I failed to get a good shot of it. :(  It’s difficult to stuff your face and take photos at the same time.

After a long meal, it was time for dessert. To the left is the taro dumpling, and to the right is the sweet red bean dumpling. Oh so yummy! I preferred the taro. Hubby preferred the red bean. But I’ll take either!

Then this giant bowl of shaved ice with various goodies on top…it was big enough to feed our party of nine.

My share. :)

And sadly it came to an end. I can’t wait to go back! I hear there are lines outside the LA location sometimes. But I’d wait in line. Din Tai Fung, thank you for an awesome experience!

Anyone else notice the Hello Kitty card? Not mine, but cute!