Chinatown · Korean · Restaurants

Bon-ga – Chinatown

Ay Caramba took me out for lunch for my birthday. She surprised me in the morning with two beautiful blue bowls along with some coconut, almond and chocolate mix. She also ordered me to take a lieu day on Friday, so I could prepare for Beep Beep's visit. For my birthday weekend posts, I'm going… Continue reading Bon-ga – Chinatown

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Fusion · Japanese · Restaurants · Sushi

Shokunin Izakaya – The Final Table

For our five-year wedding anniversary, L took me out to celebrate at Shokunin. The owner and chef - Darren MacLean - recently competed on the Netflix show - The Final Table. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=V088HvtuQFg&app=desktop Shokunin has changed since Darren was on the show. Without reservations, it's now difficult to score a table. When L and I got there on… Continue reading Shokunin Izakaya – The Final Table

Fusion · Italian · Japanese · Restaurants

Carino Riserva – L’s birthday dinner

For L's birthday dinner, he picked Carino Riserva. In past visits, I noticed that you must have a reservation or you won't get into the restaurant. Despite being popular with locals and Japanese guests, I don't think Carino gets the accolades in magazines and social media that it deserves. I think that new restaurants get… Continue reading Carino Riserva – L’s birthday dinner

Bars/Lounges · Beer · Happy Hour · Patio · Restaurants

Wine Bar Kensington – Baller Wine List

I've been to Wine Bar Kensington multiple of times - for my own stag, girls' night, Sunday half price wine night, and impromptu meetings.  It's a beloved bar for locals, particularly those who live in the hood. Which is why I'm surprised to see this is my first post for Wine Bar. On Monday, Wine… Continue reading Wine Bar Kensington – Baller Wine List

Beer · Happy Hour · Pubs · Restaurants

Leopold’s Tavern – Wings Wednesday

I picked Leopold’s Tavern for our work “West Wing” event. Horatio is a vegetarian and he voiced his displeasure about the lack of vegetarian options at my last work gathering. He pointed out that Leopold’s Tavern has cauliflower wings. I promised him that the next West Wing event would take place at a vegan friendly wing joint.… Continue reading Leopold’s Tavern – Wings Wednesday

Cheap Eats · Chinese · Dim Sum · Fast Food · Kyoto · Restaurants

Kyoto – 551 Horai Umeda Hanshin

I noticed 551 Horai when we were about to exit Kyoto Station. 551 Horai is a takeout dim sum stall that is always lined-up. For this post, let's listen to Dim Sum by CouCou Disco. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jytPhFcWaNs Over the course of a nine days, I tried almost everything. Steamed pork buns (650 Yen/2 buns), pork dumplings… Continue reading Kyoto – 551 Horai Umeda Hanshin

Burgers · Chain Restaurants · Cheap Eats · Fast Food · Restaurants · Vegetarian

A&W – Beyond Burger

Bottlenick told L that he recently tried the Beyond Burger at A&W. He mentioned that people often wonder why vegetarians want to try mock meat. Bottlenick said it was because flesh cooking on a BBQ has an appetizing smell. My stomach churned at that description. I pictured my detached arm, pale side up, sizzling on… Continue reading A&W – Beyond Burger

Bars/Lounges · Beer · Cheap Eats · Japanese · Restaurants · Tokyo

Tokyo – Yakitori at Sanja Matsuri Festival

Every year, we head to Sensoji Temple for the Sanja Matsuri festival, the largest festival in Tokyo. There's music, floats carried by locals, and a bunch of other religious stuff that goes over my head. There's lots of food stalls - crab on a stick, karrage, okonomiyaki, chicken skin gyoza, takoyaki, yakisoba, and ice-cream. However,… Continue reading Tokyo – Yakitori at Sanja Matsuri Festival

Cheap Eats · Comfort food · Japanese · Restaurants · Tokyo

Tokyo – Harajuku Gyoza Ro

TJ had evening plans that didn't include me. Oh boy. Fei Po was single for the night. Lucky for me, Cascara was up for a food adventure. She received a recommendation from Good Son to check out Harajuku Gyoza Ro. For this post, let's listen to Happy End by Kaze Wo Atsumete. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2SPeEeCj3I Gyoza Ro… Continue reading Tokyo – Harajuku Gyoza Ro

Beer · Cheap Eats · Japanese · Restaurants · Tokyo

Tokyo – Torikiozuku

In the evenings, most of our group would leave Ikebukuro for the busier spots, such as Shibuya (entertainment district that appeals to the youngsters), Shinjuku (the busiest train station with the largest red light district) and Harajuku (know for street fashion, but I didn't see anything but tourists).  L and I preferred hanging around Ikebukuro,… Continue reading Tokyo – Torikiozuku

Happy Hour · Restaurants · Vietnamese

Pure Contemporary Vietnamese – All-you-can-eat wings

In my office, I'm usually the one who organizes after work get-togethers. This time around, I picked Pure Contemporary Vietnamese for Wings Wednesday. Horatio made a joke that we should call our party "West Wings". I'm not political. Left wing, right wing, I just like to wing it. For this post, let's listen to The West… Continue reading Pure Contemporary Vietnamese – All-you-can-eat wings

Beer · Japanese · Restaurants · Tokyo

Tokyo Eats – Baird Taproom Harajuku

In the morning, our group checked out Harajuku in Shibuya. The area is known for shrines, art museums, parks and what was once a fashionable shopping district. Most of the group took off to Takeshita Street, a gaudy shopping strip packed with tourists taking selfies. Takeshita Street is home to a large Daiso, a dollar… Continue reading Tokyo Eats – Baird Taproom Harajuku

17th Ave · Beer · Happy Hour · Patio · Restaurants · Seafood

Las Canarias Spanish Paella and Tapas Bar

I've been meaning to try Las Canarias ever since I saw Gwendolyn Richard's Instagram post (March 15, 2017). I knew it would take 40 minutes for the paella to cook, so I called the restaurant 20 minutes before we arrived to get the dish started. For this post, let's listen to Siempre Me Quedara by Bebe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-HKvYDTpoc… Continue reading Las Canarias Spanish Paella and Tapas Bar

Cabos San Lucas · Cheap Eats · Mexican · Restaurants · Seafood · Special Occasion

Los Cabos 2018 – Part Three

After breakfast on our deck, N treated me for a massage on the beach. My massage at Bety's was better than the one L took me to. N complained that her masseuse would stop massaging her to check her phone or talk to her colleagues. For this post, let's listen to Q-Tip - Vivrant Thing.… Continue reading Los Cabos 2018 – Part Three