Thursday, September 30, 2010

What's for dinner tonight? Trio

Japanese style spicy fried chicken, spicy tuna roll and teriyaki grilled salmon. Visit one of my favorite local place Taiko Japanese restaurant.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Proenza Schouler Slingback Sandal

I’ve loved Proenza Schouler’s shoe line the minute that it debuted a couple of season ago. So I was very excited to see what the amazing brand would come out with for this season. These slingback sandals are very different from any of their last collections. They’re really interesting and contemporary, but I”m not sure if I’m in love with them. The combination of the snakeskin, the leather straps, and the suede seems a bit too much. All of the elements clash with each other, and I would have much preferred this shoe to be a little bit simpler.,default,pd.html 

La Sirena Grill & Cantina

I visited La Sirena Grill in El Segundo.  A casual, rustic atmosphere. Contemporary-Mexican in flavor, all dishes had to be fresh, healthy, and made from scratch. I loved my Grilled Ahi tacos with cabbage and fresh mango salsa.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I need a name... Help!

I created my new appetizer. Start with organic wheat tortilla, top with grounded beef seasoned with rosemary, basil, sea salt, pepper, paprika and onion. Grounded with soy mozzarella cheese, add bacon bits and sprinkle soy jack cheese. Chopped fresh tomatoes on the top. Bake about 10 min in the oven..., and there you go... I got awesome reviews from my neighbors, my sister and my husband. But!!! I don't have great name for this. Anyone? Please help...

육개장–Korean Spicy Beef Soup

When it's hot eat something hot to fight back... That's why I had to have Korean spicy beef soup. Yookgaejang is a spicy beef soup consisting of variety of ingredients.  It is made of shredded beef boiled with bean sprouts, fern brake, red pepper, green onions, garlic, soy sauce, oil and pepper. It is served as a hot soup and usually eaten with a bowl of white rice.  The key ingredient of yookgaejang is the Korean chili powder (kochukaru) which turns the soup into a nice red color.  This is one of Korea's hottest dishes and is not for those who dislike spicy foods. The soup is considered to be very healthy and refreshing in taste. So far, the best one is from Shila in Gardena. Meaty and yummy.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Zara has launched its online store to customers in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK. The website is designed to offer a no-frills online shopping experience with easy-to-use navigation and product-search functionality prioritised over editoral content and styling tipsThis suede flat sole walking boot caught my eyes.

Home Cooked Grilled Fish

You've got grilled Norwegian mackerel, rice noodle, lettuce, dill, cilantro, mint, Thai basil and rice paper. What would you make? I made grilled fish wrap. It is mixture of fresh herbs, and protein from the sea. Yum, yum...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Falafel Veggie Dinner at Mutiara

I love this place to begin with, but the owner of the restaurant hook us up with Falafel Vegetarian dinner plate. Falafel, musabie, egg roll and garbanzo bean with rice. It was just yummy.

Yves Saint Laurent Asymmetrical Pump

I just realized that I don't have blue suede shoes, so I found Yves Saint Laurent Asymmetrical Sued Pump in cobalt blue. Suede platform round toe pump with asymmetrical cut out at instep and thin adjustable strap. Simply fabulous.,default,pd.html

Hand-made Mandoo at Tofu Village

I went to the Gardena Tofu Village tonight. Started my dinner with their hand-made steamed dumplings. The skin is so thin and stuffings are filled with veggies and well flavored beef. So yummy...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Home Made Strawberry Pancakes

This pancake came out to be more of crapes. But with addition of organic yogurt and fresh strawberries, it totally fulfilled my sweet desire. :D

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Home Made Meat Balls

My husband tried teriyaki meat balls somewhere and kept mentioning how yummy it was. I decided to make my own to surprise him. So, here you go. Organic ground meat, garlic, onions, blended carrots simmered with soy sauce. It was good.

Taiko Salmon Skin Salad

Salmon Skin Salad with sunomono dressing. Meaty salmon skin, welled grilled with fresh crisp lettuce.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Veggie Vemichelli Noodle

Everyone should go and try this place. I know, I know..., you might not be a vegetarian, and HATE veggies, but I am telling you. This place rock! I don't eat something tasteless. Life us too short to eat not yummy stuff. This veggie vemichelli noddle is not in their menu, but ask. You shall find...

SHIN-SEN-GUMI Japanese Ramen

This one is in Marukai Pacific market in Gardena. On past Saturday, they had a special, miso base ramen with small grounded chicken bowl.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Shinsengumi Chanko

Chanko is basically made of chicken meat and a variety of vegetables. It is very nutritious, healthy type of Japanese hot pot, traditionally eaten among “Sumo” wrestlers. I got chicken meatball yakitori this time. So yummy...

Last Summer BBQ

It was just a perfect Sunday, and u wanted to do BBQ. Tender fillet, German chicken sausages, sweet corns, zucchini and yellow squashed. All griiled up under the last Summer afternoon...

My Famous Cranberry Salad

Mixed baby lettuce tip with dry cranberry, tomatoes and candied walnuts. But the secret of this yummy salad is my secret dressing... :) Would you like to what it is?

Grilled Fish Breakfast

Chilean sea bass grilled fish breakfast from M Cafe. Comes with pickles, organic steamed veggies and brown rice. It was so light and yummy, and of course, I know that I am putting in something really healthy for me...

Derek Lam Ilka

These suede boots feature leather trim and a detachable, buckled leather ankle strap. Tonal topstitching and front notch detail. Leather-covered platform and cutout wedge heel. Beautiful...,default,pd.html

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Chicken Kale Noodle

This is my creation. Ground chicken, kale, Thai style rice noodle, soy sauce, onion, cabbage and green onion. Stir fry these and sprinkle some sesame oil..., and you are good to go.

Breakfast at Creme de la Crepe

3 item omelet, spicy chicken sausage, spinach and tomatoes... Another yummy in my tummy from Creme de la Crepe in Hermosa location.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tea Station – Veggie Meal

I really like this dish. They call it "Tea flavored bean curd." Served with tea flavored bean curd, pickle cucumber, and my favorite part, seasonal veggies. Perfectly seasoned and healthy!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Famous Famiglia New York Pizza

New York pizza. I had to try...  The cheese was bubbling, the crust was ultra-firm, and it was the perfect size.  The crust was baked a golden brown, and I just couldn't wait to bite into it. Fresh tomatoes and basil and gooey mozzarella cheese. I must say..., I like New York pizza.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Shrimp Cocktail

Very different and interesting shrimp cocktail I ever tried. Big and juicy whole shrimp served with pickle cabbage.

Cognac in New York
Tuna tart. yummy!!!  1740 Broadway (Corner of 55th Street)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hamachi Kama

Oh how I adore Japanese Food! I eat it daily if my wallet and bank account permitted me! One dish that I finally mastered to cook at home is Hamachi Kama! What is Hamachi Kama exactly? Well it's the neck of Hamachi or Young Yellow tail Tuna. It is the most fatty and delicious part of the fish. Yum, yum and yum.

Big Wave at the Islands

I don't do this often, but whenever I want nice juicy burger and
fries, The Islands is the place. Today, I've got Big Wave and crisp
french fries. yum!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Peruvian Slur Roll

Must-Try special roll from Kotosh. SLUR Roll (Crab, Asparagus Roll Topped with Fresh Norwegian Salmon), Served with Green Spicy Sauce.

Assorted Sushi

Another awesome deal from Kotosh tonight...

Tallarin Saltado

Tallarin Saltado is another magical dish Kotosh has. This Peruvian style spaghetti with sauteed onions and tomatoes can be served with your choice of: pollo, carne or pescado. I went with carne(beef), and lots of magical spicy cilantro green sauce. Yum!

Salmon Skin Salad at Kotosh

Kotosh is a little hole in the wall sushi + Peruvian cousin spot in Lomita. Love their creative rolls and yummy salmon skin salad.

Tofu Salad Malay style

Yummy and healthy tofu salad in Malay style. Herbs and hint of spicy...

Croco-Embossed Knee-High Boot

Croco-embossed knee-high boots with golden hardware and 3½" stiletto heel; pointed toe. Side zip. My secret happy-web-shop.

Alexander McQueen Leather Lace Pump

The beauty of this Fall. Patent leather bands trace contours of dipped vamp and collar. Round toe conceals 1" platform. Partial lining on round toe and behind ankle minimize rub. and of course, made in Italy.

Friday, September 10, 2010

High-Heel Motorcycle Boots

So many fabulous boots are out there, and I didn't have good excuses during Summer to add more pairs to my boot collection... Now, it's Fall. Yeah!!! Totally okay to buy one. :)
I felt in love with JCrew Miller high-heel motorcycle boots. Military inspired with motorcycle edge added, just right for my "new" Fall outfits.

Matzo Ball Chicken Noodle Soup

Red, White and Blue at Las Vegas Mandalay Bay has yummy matzo ball Chicken Noodle Soup. Old fashioned as they described. It was good for my soul.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Royal noodles

I found my perfect match at the Happy Veggie in Redondo Beach. They just added this new noodle soup called Royal noodles. Spicy veggie broth with lots of fresh herbs and veggies. I'm in love...
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Jacki P.

Korean Duk Gook

Korean Duk Gook, a soup filled with soft Korean rice cakes (Dduk), is always eaten on New Year's Day. Soothing and simple, it takes less than 30 minutes if you use pre-made or store-bought broth. It's also common to add dumplings and/or sliced beef to the soup for a heartier dish.

Basil Chicken – Yum, yum...

Thai basil. What a wonderful herb. 
Leave the fresh basil leaves whole; the flower buds may also be used. The dried holy basil will soften when soaked in tap water for about 10 to 15 minutes. Pull off and discard the hard stems. Drain. Heat a wok until its surface is smoking hot. Swirl in the oil to coat the wok surface. Wait a few seconds for the oil to heat, then stir in the garlic, followed a few seconds later with the shallots or onion. Stir another 15 to 20 seconds before adding the chicken. Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, or until most of the chicken has changed color on the outside and is no longer pink. Toss in the chillies, slivered kaffir lime leaves (if using), and softened dried holy basil (if using). Sprinkle black soy sauce over the mixture and stir-fry for another 15 to 20 seconds. Season to taste with fish sauce, then stir in the fresh basil. Toss well. Stir-fry another 1/2 to 1 minute, or until the basil is wilted and the chicken cooked through. Sprinkle with white pepper. Stir and transfer to a serving dish, or spoon directly over individual plates of plain steamed rice.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Beef Chow Fun dry style

Cut the flank steak across the grain into thin strips about 1/4-inch thick. Add the dark soy sauce, brown rice wine and sesame oil. Marinate the steak for 15 minutes.While the steak is marinating, prepare the vegetables: rinse the bean sprout in warm running water and drain. Chop onions. Smash, peel, and chop the garlic cloves. If using refrigerated rice noodles, rinse them in warm water to loosen. Cut the noodles into 1/2 to 3/4 inch strips. Heat the wok and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the beef. Lay flat and let brown for a minute. Stir in the black bean sauce and stir-fry the beef until it is browned and nearly cooked through. Remove from the wok. Clean out the wok and add 2 more tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and stir-fry until aromatic. Add the rice noodles and stir fry until browned. Push the rice noodles up to the side of the wok and add 1 more tablespoon oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and bean sprout. Stir-fry briefly, then mix with the noodles. Stir in the oyster sauce. Add the beef back into the wok. Mix everything together and serve hot.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Klub Nico

The espadrille is back and it is being offered in a number of different interpretations for the spring/summer 2011 season. The familiar flat espadrille is back but we are also seeing interest in implementing the espadrille treatment into platform and wedge designs. Braiding, multi-coloration and play of weight and placement are some of the most popular ways of updating the classic espadrille.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Marc by Marc Jacobs 606935

My military obsession. This Marc Jacobs military inspired boot is too cool for this fall. Round-toe boot, adjustable buckle detail at side and beautiful front zipper detail.

Hot gray

It is hot, it is in gray and it is on sale for $125. Aubrey suede ankle boot! Oh..., that's not all. you still have little time to get additional 30% off from $125.

Clever cutting

We are talking about "shoes" and "design." Maartje Halink. Maartje Halink is a shoedesigner graduated at the ArtEZ academy in Arnhem. Besides designing shoes she learnd 'the craft of making shoes' in Nieuwegein. She did her internship with shoedesigner Hester Vlamings. In this period she learned more about drawing designs suitable for the industry and she made many designs for different shoe brands.

Tea flavored ground pork dry noodle

I usually go to the Tea Station for hot milk tea. On this visit, me and my sister tried their meals as well. Their tea flavored ground pork dry noodle was so yummy. Ground pork was deliciously seasoned. The portion and the price were just perfect!

SHIN-SEN-GUMI Japanese Ramen

I tried simple and delicious miso based ramen at SHIN-SEN-GUMI Japanese Ramen in Marukai Pacific i Garneda. It is topped with thinly sliced pork, pickled bamboo, Chinese cabbage and green onions.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Rockcod from Sea Empress

Sea Empress is my dim sum stop in South Bay, but I have to mention their fresh Rockcod dish is my secret fav. Try and you will also love it!