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In the end…

April 23, 2008

we went back to the beginning.

We’ve officially moved to NorCal! It’s weird being here and since we are in an extended stay hotel, I still feel like we are on vacation. We ate out almost every night for three or four weeks before we left LA but I had no time to update. One of our final nights in SoCal, we went back to the restaurant where we had our first date. Gaja Okonomiyaki. Boyfriend had never tried okonomiyaki before so he decided to be brave and try it out on our first dinner date together.

Okonomi means what you like and yaki means grill or cook. So basically, okonomiyaki means grill what you like. You can put almost anything in this “Japanese pizza” but it usually consists of flour, eggs, shredded cabbage and meat/seafood.

We ordered “modan” which consists of pork and noodles.

First you cook the meat and noodles separately.

Then you throw the cooked meat and noodles back into the bowl and mix everything up. (This picture does not make it look very appetizing.)

Then you place the ingredients onto the grill in the shape of a pizza. We made two “pizzas” from our one bowl.

Once it’s cooked on both sides, you usually top your okonomiyaki with sauce, mayo, seaweed and bonito (fish) flakes. Yum!

2383 Lomita Blvd. Lomita, CA

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