Thursday, February 28, 2013

Grilled Salmon

Dinner on Feb. 27. My co-worker gave me some food, so all I had to do was to grill salmon. It was very easy. Thank you Suzy!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chicken Kimchi stir-fry

Dinner on Feb. 26. I made chicken stir-fry with kimchi which I should finish. I also added veggies, onion, carrot and cerely. It went good with rice!

Oven Cheese Omlet

Dinner on Feb. 25. It has onion, carrot, green pepper, cerely, ground beef, egg and cheese. It was really good but I didn't eat much because I had donuts at work and I didn't hungry when I got home.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Kiku Japanese Restaurant

Lunch at Kiku on Feb. 24. I got info that they got good toro. It was so good. I wish I could go for dinner, then I could have some drinks with good sushi. Anyway I enjoyed the food a lot!
Kuki Wakame : Seaweed Salad

Anko no Kimo : Monk Fish's Liver Pate - Give me sake!!!

Sushi : (from top, left to right) Negi-Maguru, Kohada, Sawara, Aji, Toro, Tako

Ta-Dah! Melting in my mouth!

Kiku Japanese Restaurant

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Onion BBQ Sauce Chicken

Dinner on Feb. 22.  After pan-frying chicken, I got chicken broth in the pan. I added onion and BBQ sauce in the broth. Doesn't it look good?

Okonomiyaki and Grilled Salmon

Dinner on Feb. 21. I made okonomiyaki and grilled salmon on the hot plate. Salmon was a bit burned but it was ok.

Yes, I still run out bonite flakes.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Roll Cabbage

Dinner on Feb. 21. I thought about making Pot-au-feu, but i didn't have good meat for it. So I decided to make Roll Cabbage.  It's been a while since I made it last time. I think I did a good job.
It's easy to make. Throw everything in the pot and add a bit water with beef bouillon, and simmer for an hour.

It has ground beef in the cabbage! Yummy!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Salmon Gratin

Dinner on Feb. 20. I had been hungry for gratin for a few month, but I always didn't have milk at home. I drink soy milk instead of regular milk. Anyway I made gratin at last. It has salmon, onion, carrot and mushroom. It was good but I can make it better.. I will try again soon.
Salmon Gratin and Spinach Salad with walnuts


Monday, February 18, 2013

Mapo Tofu

Dinner on Feb. 18. I had been hungry for Mapo-Tofu since I bought tofu a few weeks ago. Finally, I made it. It was good. I usually like firm tofu, but silken tofu is better for Mapo-Tofu. I think I did good job, but it can be spicier.

Enjoy with rice!

Pho Minh

Lunch at Pho Minh on Feb. 18. I always go to Tram's when I get hungry for Vietnamese food, but I also have heard people talking about Pho Minh. So I tried Pho Minh today. I had Pho with rare beef and tripe. It was pretty good. I think I might like here more than Tram's. About Pho, sometimes Tram's one is a bit salty. Also Pho Minh has more choice. I wanna try something else next time.
Spring Roll with Pork and Shrimp - It's ok. I don't think I order again.

Pho with Rare Beef and Tripe : I liked it a lot. Literally, beef is rare, but it's thin sliced and cooked in a hot broth. I also enjoyed tripe texture.

Pho Minh
4917 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15224

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Dinner at Tamari on Feb. 17. I wanted to go to Cure but I couldn't make a reservation. I had some restaurants I wanna go, but most of them closed on Sunday. I picked Tamari and I'm happy my choice.
Beer : Bell's Hopslam - OMG, I never expected to have Hopslam today. Actually, I went to a beer distributer on the other day and Hopslam was sold out. I was so happy to have it.
Sashimi Sampler : Salmon, Yellowtail, White Tuna,  Crab Stick and white fish( I forgot the name) - It was good. I liked Salmon and Yellowtail. BTW what is white tuna? I am Japanese and I know fish, but I don't know white tuna. What is that? Is it tuna? I don't think so. Actually, it was not that bad.
Tuna Tartar - It was ok.

Robata Grill : (top)Beef Tenderloin, (from left)Scottish Salmon, King Trapet, Bacon & Quail Egg - They are all good but I like Bacon & Quail Egg.

Kassab's Restaurant

Lunch at Kassab's on Feb. 17. As usual, Salad after Yoga. Not Bigham Tavern today, I went to Kassab's. I love tabbouli here. I feel like it works good for detox.  
BTW, I got a parking ticket while I had lunch. How stupid! I missed no-parking sign. I was pissed at myself, but think positive. I was lucky that my car didn't get towed. Anyway, be extra careful when you park at south side.
Tabbouli : Parsley, Tomato, Cucumber and Tabbouli

Falafel Sandwich : Falafel, Lettuce and Tomato - I usually order this sandwich or Portobella Mushroom sandwich. I can be a vegetarian at Kassab's.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Takikomi-Gohan and Nanban-zuke

Dinner on Feb. 13.
Nanban-zuke : Marinated vegetable and smelt fish - I usually have salmon or squid for this recipe, but smelt worked good too.
Takikomi-gohan : Japanese Pilaf - It has shitake mushroom, carrot and green beans.

Japanese on Feb. 12

Dinner on Feb. 12. Very authentic. Of course, I am the chef. tasty and healthy.
Grilled Salmon
Cooked Daikon
Nasubi(Japanese eggplant) Oshitashi

Monday, February 11, 2013

Flounder with Mozzarella

Dinner on Feb. 11. Pan-fried Flounder with ketchup and mozzarella, green beans and carrot rice. I know I should have had tomato sauce instead of ketchup.

Ramen Bar

Lunch at Ramen Bar on Feb. 11. It's the first ramen(not from a package) in the U.S. I ordered miso-based Negi Ramen. Noodle was ok, but broth........ it was too light. a bit thin. But I can take it here not in Japan. I had gyoza for appetizer. I can say it loud. DO NOT ORDER GYOZA. It was horrible. My messed up gyoza is way better. Anyway, I don't say I love ramen here, but I will be back when I crave for ramen so bad.
Ramen Bar
5860 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15217

Steak and San Clemente

I was hungry for meat. I had hambergur for lunch but I was still hungry. So I decided to have steak for dinner, of course, with nice red wine.
Garlic Shrimp
Salad : Letuce, Carrot, Green Pepper, Crushed Walnuts with Ginger Dressing
Garlic Bread
Cheese and Cracker
San Clemente : Montepulciano D'abruzzo - I love montepulciano d'abruzzo and this wine is my favorite.
Steak - Now, I am happy.

Friday, February 8, 2013


Dinner on Feb. 7. I love salad but I don't eat it often at home. But I was very hungry for salad and made a bit different one. It went goot with ginger dressing.
Salad : nappa cabbage, renkon(lotus root), carrot, edamame and seaweed

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cooked Veggies

Dinner on Feb. 6. Again, very Japanese meal. I did really good job for cooked veggies.
Sake no Shioyaki : Grilled Salmon
Gomokuni(?) : Cooked veggies - It has carrot, renkon(lotus root), daikon(daikon radish), shitake mushroom and black beans tofu. 
Bok Choy Oshitashi : Bok Choy Salad - with mustard and soy sauce

Saba Syogani

Dinner on Feb. 5. Very Japanese. Addition to the plates on the picture, I had rice and miso-soup with enoki mushroom.
Saba Syogani : ginger mackerel - I didn't follow a recipe and it tasted too light. I should have added a bit more soy sauce and sugar.
Oshitashi : Spinach Salad
Daikon Nimono : Cooked Daiko Radish