Tuesday, August 31, 2010

山頭火 Santouka

The authentic taste of the famous Ramen shop in Japan is finally available in the US!! Santouka reigns supreme with its delicious noodles in a full-flavor soup, topped with select gourmet items. A flood of new fans has already discovered us and our quality keeps the crowds coming back. Savor our “Shio” ramen and you will be hooked!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Salmon from Vegas, Tao

Deliciously prepared in soy ginger glazed Salmon served with udon noodle and steamed spinach. Beautiful presentation and wonderful atmosphere.

If desert ever needed a boot

This fall's hottest silhouette in sport shoe trend is desert boot-inspired upper and crepe rubber sole. Check out Hussein Chalayan's new collaboration with Puma.

Sporty and sophisticated

These aren’t the kind of kicks you’re generally used to, but I'm kind of into all the athletic details and sporty-sophisticated undertones. Alexander Mcqueen Puma Elevate Wedges, $248, available at http://www.oaknyc.com/women/shop-by-style/shoes/mcqueen-puma-elevate.html

Spring rolls at new Vietnamese in Gardena

Fair new Vietnamese restaurant, in Gardena, Pho Consomme. Very clean and modern interior with fast and friendly service. My husband & I tried Pho and Spring rolls. I wasn't care too much for their Pho broth, but Spring rolls were good.

Tom Yum Noodle Soup at Ayara

Tom yum is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavors, with fragrant herbs generously used. The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce and crushed chili peppers. At Ayara Thai restaurant in Westchester, this Tom Yum soup is served with rice noodles topped with shrimp, pork meat balls, ground pork, and house broth. Flavored with lime juice and crushed peanuts.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another Sunday with 4 course meal

Veggie curry, Tofu steaks, Hamburger steaks and strawberry/romaine salad. Anyone wants know how? Ask me...

Sanma Combo at Kotohira

I love grilled pikes. This little place, in Gardena called Kotohira, makes hand-made udon and soba noodle. Today's special is grilled Sanma with hot soba. Yummy for my tummy...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chilli at the Houston

Wonderful Saturday date with my hubby and starting our dinner with beans and steak chilli at the Houston's in Santa Monica.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Turn inside out

Adopt a new perspective. Play with shape and form and re-evaluate your design attitude. Margiela’s shoes are turned inside out, leaving the lining leather on the outside and the upper just showing underneath. 

Matsui does spicy right!

Their handrolls are to-die for. When they say "spicy" tuna, they mean "spicy" tuna!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Garlic Choy Sum

Choy Sum is one of my favorite veggie. Simply stir fry with garlic, sea salt and pepper..., natural juice from Choy Sum and garlic make wonderful magic sauce. Yum!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Pineapple spicy rice

Spicy and sweet. Try this unique combination...

Zandra Rhodes_Shoe Designer

Zandra produces fabulous creations in collaboration with the renown companies. In addition, Zandra has several of her own lines, including: jewelery, books and items for the home.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Maguro Poke

One of my Berny's favorite, and anytime we get lucky by my sister's hook up for sushi quality Maguro, I get to make this Hawaiian yummy dish poke. And today was the night!!! :)

Golden flying fish egg salad

Baby red & green lettuce, wild arugula, heirloom tomatoes organic carrots mixed with Golden flying fish egg. It makes wonderful salad...

Chicken sate

Saturday, August 7, 2010

This is how I do burgers

Wrapping up perfect beautiful Saturday. I did home-made burger. I think the key to make yummy burger is getting fresh meat from local butcher shop instead of getting discounted, sale packaged meat from supermarkets. I went to the Super Hayat halal market for freshly ground meat. http://www.yelp.com/biz/super-hayat-market-torrance
Prepare, cook it up on hot fire and... eat! :)

I love Shabu Shabu...

I do, I really do. Again at the Mizu 212 at Sawtelle.

Egg omlettes for breakfast

I chopped up whatever veggies I have, added some rice while eggs are all cooked up. Served with spicy salsa. Yum!!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Ground Chicken Lasagna

I get “No Boil” organic lasagna noodles from the WholeFoods market.
In a large skillet, cook and stir ground chicken, chopped onions and spinach over medium heat until golden brown. Drain excess grease. Mix in chicken broth, and evaporated skim milk. Cook mixture until it comes to a low boil.
To assemble, in a oiled 13x9 inch casserole dish layer 1/2 cup of the sauce, 3 lasagna noodles, 1/2 cup of sauce, ricotta cheese, one half of the shredded mozzarella cheese, 3 noodles, remaining sauce mixture. Finish with remaining shredded mozzarella cheese.
In a preheated 350 degree F(175 degree C) oven bake for 45 to 60 minutes. Cook until heated through and bubbly. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Korean Ox tail soup

Place ox tail (4 pounds beef oxtail) and trimmed fat in a large cooking pot with 8 cups water (or water/broth) over high heat and bring to a boil, skimming off oil and foam as needed.
Reduce heat to medium and add salt, garlic and ginger (add onion now if used).
Simmer for 3 to 4 hours, skimming as needed (until meat is almost falling from bone and broth is a milky color). (If used, add sliced Daikon about ten minutes before end of cooking.)
Remove the soup from heat.
Remove ox tail from broth with a slotted spoon and place into serving bowls.
Using a hand held strainer, remove onion and garlic solids from soup and discard. (if used, add noodle to serving bowls.)
Garnish and Serve.
Chop the green/spring onions (if used, thinly slice the garlic cloves from top to bottom).
Ladle soup into serving bowls, add garnish, and season with sea salt/pepper to taste.

Walking boots–Marc Jacobs

The walking boot is a key shape for the coming season. Runway styles varied between the more traditional and practical flat styles to the heeled derivatives, but with everyone from Marc Jacobs to Topshop backing the trend, its commercial uptake is inevitable. 

Home made Fried Dumplings

1/2 pound napa cabbage, shredded and then finely chopped and squeezed between paper towels to remove excess moisture
3/4 pound ground beef
2 green onions, including tender green tops, minced.
3 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps minced
1/3 bunch fresh chives, minced
1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon mirin
1 teaspoon soy sauce
About 50 round Asian dumpling wrappers, each about 3 inches in diameter (thinner is better)
1 tablespoon grape seed oil and 1 tablespoon sesame oil for cooking each batch
2 tablespoons water for cooking each batch

Military boots–Moschino Cheap And Chic

What's going to be hot for this Fall? Military boots. The military boot is also set to be a key item for women this winter. Of point is the fact that these boots are heeled with only a suggestion of a military touch rather than practical army boots. Khaki, black and navy are the key colours, while leather and canvas are the principal materials.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Seafood paellas under candle light dinner

Seafood paellas should be made with a variety of fish and shellfish, each adding its own flavor and texture. Always include jumbo shrimp, mussels or clams, and a firm white fish such as monkfish, halibut, or sea bass. Seafood paellas are often served with a cold, fresh, dry fino sherry; however, a zesty, dry California Sauvignon Blanc works well, too.

Soft structures

The mood for spring/summer 2010 is all about softness and romance after several seasons dominated by hard-edged 80s looks. This sentiment follows through to footwear with softly structured textile uppers that are wrapped, ruched or draped around the foot. http://www.givenchy.com/

Cutouts your shoes. That's new!

A low-key but notable trend here sees cutout panels play peek-a-boo with skin. This is a key look for boots but can also be seen as part of our earlier Formal lace-ups trend - pieced facings cutaway from the vamp. Preen's new runway series are simply eye catching. http://www.preen.eu/

She did it again!

Vivienne Westwood. GENIUS!!! The bootie provides a soft derivative with drappy uppers, while key details are drawcord ankles and wide toplines that pull away from the leg.

Ground Beef Kabob Skewers

It's ground beef skewers made over fire and served with fire roasted tomatoes and basmati saffron rice.

In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients (1 lb Ground Beef (can also be made with ground lamb or ground chicken if desired), 1 Large egg, 2 Large Yellow Onions, grated 2 Garlic cloves, crushed with garlic press 1 tspn, Turmeric
Salt and Pepper to taste)
and mix well.  Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours.
Take about a handful of the meat mixture and roll it up like a meatball in one hand.
In the other hand, take the long and thick skewers and begin to press the meat onto the skewers.  This is how they get their shape.  Be sure to press the top and bottom of the meat up closely to the skewer, this isn't hard since the meat mixture is like a paste.
Using charcoal grill provides best results but BBQ will work as well.  Place skewers over heat and cook about 10 minutes on each side or until desired.
Serve with rice or bread and eat right away when hot!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Nabeyaki Udon

Nabeyaki udon is a hot udon noodle cooked and served in an earthenware pot/iron pot. I wanted to add shrimp tempura and lots of veggies... Yum! Greatest hit of the day.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Talking about heels!

ACNE, Platform pumps. Seriously, I rest my case. This is inventive as it can be..., but still beautiful and classic.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

4 course dinner at home

Veggie crapes, steamed Ginger halibut, Japanese style chicken katsu, mini hamberger served with balsamic rice. All made from scratch..., I'm just saying...