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Sushi by the sea…

September 2, 2009

I used to go to Katsu just about once a week with my co-workers when I worked in El Segundo.  They are one of my favorite sushi places to go for lunch and you’re right by the beach.

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All lunches usually come with salad and miso soup.  I love the dressing on the salad.  Ponzu with olive oil.  It’s very light but flavorful.

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I always, always go with the chirashi.  You get a great mix of fish and everything is so fresh, I love it!!  I always save my hamachi slices for last because those are the best.

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Boyfriend went with a nigiri/spicy tuna roll combo.  Aren’t they beautiful??  His lunch came with salad and miso soup as well.  The meals also both came with green tea ice cream for dessert!  What a perfect meal.  It’s calming to look at the ocean out the window while eating and also makes you feel good about the fish being fresh.

306 Rosecrans Ave.  Manhattan Beach, CA

Moshi Moshi (Hello?)

August 12, 2009

I thought the name of this restaurant was so cute and catchy.  Moshi Moshi means, “Hello?” when you pick up the phone in Japanese.

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Since my Dad had eaten unagi at lunch, he went with tempura for dinner.  He does not eat raw fish.

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My Mom, Boyfriend and I decided to split a bunch of rolls because that is the easiest and cheaper route than ordering onigiri.  We had rolls with such names as Dynasty of Love, New Moon and Rock and Roll.

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The Dynasty of Love was spicy and came in cute heart shapes!!

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Moshi Moshi is located in an unassuming building on a corner in Potrero Hill.  I had never been to this area of the city before so it was fun going.  The prices were reasonable and the fish tasted fresh.  I’d definitely love to go back.  Hopefully, we will be lucky getting parking again!

2092 3rd St. (between Mariposa St & 18th St) San Francisco, CA

Tsukiji Fish Market

April 19, 2009

This is a really touristy thing to do but I’ve been here twice now and find it amazing.  We woke up at 4:30 AM to go to the Tsukiji Fish Market.

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The auction goes from 5 to 6:15 AM and it’s definitely a sight to see and hear!  The auctioneer was going crazy, yelling things and pointing at all the blue fin tuna on the ground.

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Some can go for as much as a million yen!  After we watched the auction and walked through the market, we decided to eat a sushi breakfast… at 6:30 AM. : )

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There were already a ton of people lined up at the various restauarnts.  Some had over an hour wait but we chose a random one with a shorter line and ended up waiting about 30 – 40 minutes.

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All of the restaurants were teeny and only sat about ten people at the most.

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I went with the chirashi.  It was absolutely amazing and had a great mix of hamachi, ebi, salmon, kani, maguro, ikura, etc.  The fish was so fresh, it melted in my mouth.

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Boyfriend went with the Fuji 7 piece set and got a bonus nigiri  I’m so proud that he ate everything… even the ikura!  The prices at the market restaurants were pretty expensive.  It’s not surprising considering it’s a huge tourist attraction so they can jack up the prices.  The fish was incredible and I’m glad we went!

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Waking up at 4:30 AM to go to Tsukiji made for a really long day but it was so worth it!!  As we were walking around the aisles and rows of 500 different kinds of seafood, I could hear the workers muttering, “Get out of the way! Stupid toursits.”  I felt bad for interrupting their regular work day because it must’ve been frustrating having tourists stopping in the middle of a walkway and sticking their camera lenses into everything.  It was a sight to see, a must if you’re in Tokyo and awake at 5 AM!! ; )

Sayonara! (for at least 9 days)

April 1, 2009

We are headed to Japan on Friday morning and might need to eat multiple meals a day to fit in all the GOOD FOOD that I am excited about force feeding Boyfriend. : )  Thank goodness we’ll be doing a ton of walking over there, otherwise I will probably come back about 20 25 pounds heavier.  I’ll be back with many posts about the food over there!!

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I’ll leave you with some seafood goodness that I am looking forward to eating!  Sayonara for now!

San Jose Japantown: Kaita

September 30, 2008

I think one of my favorite places to eat in SJ Japantown is Kaita.  They have great lunch specials and are one of the more authentic Japanese restaurants.  The last time we went, Boyfriend and I both ordered the poke don / udon lunch combo.  It was excellent.

Our first time to Kaita, I got the toro don / udon combo.  I initially thought the two yellow things on the sie of the bowl looked like slabs of butter but they were yakitamago. (egg)

Boyfriend got some tonkatsu curry special and since we were hungry, we ordered hamachi and salmon nigiri and also a side order of gyoza.  The gyoza were excellent and the fish was very fresh! 

I know Boyfriend really enjoyed the poke don the last time we went… I can’t wait to go back!  P.S.  It gets quite crowded at lunch sometimes so be prepared to wait a little while.

It’s been awhile…

August 28, 2008

Don’t worry, we actually HAVE been eating recently… probably too much.  I just haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been busy. (a.k.a. lazy and busy)  We’ve been meaning to try Seto Restaurant because it is very close to where we live and finally took the plunge today.  It has a very extensive menu and it took forever to decide on what to order.

Of course, we had to try the sushi!  The crazy roll (pictured left) was very tasty and we could tell the quality of the fish was very good.  This particular roll had hamachi, tuna, salmon, avocado and lettuce rolled with nori but wrapped with soy paper on the outside!  We also ordered a hamachi roll.

Even though the high today was 95, I was craving nabeyaki udon.  One thing I especially liked about it was that the ebi tempura came on the side without me even requesting it!  There was a lot of shiitake, chicken and various vegetables in it too.

Beyfriend ordered the steak teriyaki dinner tonight.  It came out on the sizzling platter as he ordered it: medium.  It came with a small salad, miso soup and rice.

The entrees here were quite pricey for a regular Japanese restaurant.  (Boyfriend’s dinner was $18.00)  I quite liked the ambiance and the brightness inside the restaurant and would frequent it more often if the prices were a little more reasonable.  We decided that we’d probably go again for the sushi but for regular Japanese cuisine, there are other places that are probably better for the price.

511 Borregas Ave.  Sunnyvale, CA

Sanseis

July 8, 2008

After watching the sunset on the beach across the street from our hotel on Maui, we went to Sansei for dinner.  It was packed but luckily, we were able to get a table right away.  Boyfriend had been to Sanseis on Oahu numerous times but I never went so I was excited to try it.

I think our favorite dish of the night was their award winning panko crusted ahi tuna sushi roll.  It is ahi, spinach and arugula wrapped into a sushi roll, panko-crusted, flash-fried and served with Sansei’s mild soy wasabi butter sauce.  It was very flavorful!

We also shared the tea duck egg roll which was served with Maui sugar cane mustard and plum dipping sauces.  Boyfriend said this dish has been a hit or miss with him the other times he’s tried it… I guess we got it on a good night this time!

We couldn’t pass up the ahi poke with Maui onion.  It was very good although, poke has to be really bad in order for me not to like it.

We also ordered a few regular rolls to share and called it a night.  It was a great dinner but I think next time, I’ll go to the one on Waikiki when it’s half off!

Dream Store

May 18, 2008

Boyfriend and I went to Yume-ya (literally translated – dream store) for dinner.  We are in the search for a good sushi place in our new city.  Our requirements are sushi rolls that taste good but don’t break the bank.  We tried Sakura Sushi in downtown Sunnyvale but it was nothing worth posting about.  We also tried Tsunami Sushi in Mountain View with Boyfriend’s parents while they were in town.  Tsunami was better but we wanted to keep searching.

Yume-ya is an izakaya but is also known for their sushi.  We started out with the tofu salad and homemade gyoza.  We chose the karashi mayonnaise dressing for the salad.  It was nice to have a choice!  The homemade gyoza was very flavorful and I would definitely order them again.

We ordered a few rolls (our usual are the tempura/crunchy roll, negi hama,  and spicy yellowtail)  We also went with salmon nigiri for Boyfriend and hamachi nigiri for me! : )  The slices of fish were very fresh and generous!  I was a fan.

I would like to go back again and try other items on the menu.  I’m curious about the Japanese style summer rolls they have.  We’ll have to go back when the weather is milder though.  The place didn’t feel particularly air-conditioned in this record-breaking heat we’ve been having and the water service wasn’t the greatest.

150 W. El Camino Real  Sunnyvale, CA

Japanese… with a Thai kick!

March 27, 2008

Allen and I drove down to Long Beach to meet up with Brian for lunch the other day. Brian had suggested Sushi Studio, not too far from where he lives. As we drove to Long Beach, Allen gave me the lowdown on the restaurant. “It’s Thai owned and they are known for their rolls. If you have a traditional sushi that you like, don’t order it here.” I love rolls so I was fine with that advice!

Once we got to Brian’s place, Allen changed his oil and I talked to Brian and played with his adorable doggie Charlie. By the time we got to the restaurant, we were all quite famished so we ordered six different plates!

I can’t remember exactly what was in what roll but I liked all of them. I believe my favorite was Sunrise On Second a.k.a. S.O.S. here below.

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I’m usually kind of a sucker for rolls that have eel sauce on them.

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I chose the Nine-One-One but the only thing I remember about it was that it was spicy.

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The Symphony of Color had mango and tuna on top of it to give it that sweet taste which was interesting.

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The Bermuda Special was salmon on wonton skins with tartar sauce (which was why Brian didn’t eat them), avocado and masago on top.
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The Sexie Girl is in the back with shrimp tempura and the 10SC has the fried onions on top.

I noticed that a lot of the rolls had jalepenos or something of that nature to give it the “Thai kick” mentioned on the menu. None of them were incredibly spicy though. The comic book style menu was clever but I didn’t take the time to read most of it when the food came out… I was too hungry for that! Brian said they have certain rolls at Happy Hour prices on certain days… that sounds like a great deal!

4917 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Long Beach, CA

P.S. Isn’t Charlie the pup adorable?!? I love how you can’t see his eyes! (although I’m not so sure Charlie loves that as much as I do)

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I heart sushi!

February 14, 2008

Boyfriend took me to one of my favorite sushi places for a Valentine’s lunch today.  I used to frequent Katsu in Manhattan Beach once or twice a week when I worked in the area.  Although I quit about a year and a half ago, the waitress still remembered me and exactly what I used to order!  The fish is so fresh and I love their lunch menu…

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Old habits die hard and mine are no exception.  I ALWAYS order the chirashi.  This plethora of sashimi comes on a bed of sushi rice and is served with miso soup and salad.

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Boyfriend ordered the lunch bento box of the day which came with sea bass, tempura and spicy tuna roll.  What can I say, we know how to eat well!

Katsu has happy hour from 5:30 to 6:30 PM with 99 cent Kirin draft beer and half priced hand rolls.  I think we’ll be going back in a couple weeks!  The waitress gave us free kuro goma (black sesame) ice cream because she said she missed me and was glad to see me.  Awww.

302 Rosecrans Ave.  Manhattan Beach, CA


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