Sunday, June 29, 2014


Dinner at Kiku on June 25.
It's been a while! My favorite Japanese restaurant in Pittsburgh. I am so satisfied.

Sea Scallop and Toro

Mentaiko Maki, Saba and Aji

Kiku Japanese Restaurant

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Teriyaki Hamburger

Dinner on June 23.
Of course, I added the leftover tofu salad in the hamburger. For side, I had salad, pumpkin and wild rice.

Japanese tapas

Dinner on June 22.
Small plates...
Salad, Dashimaki(Japanese Omlette), Corn, Shrimp, Tofu salad, Konnyaku

Beef curry

Lunch on June 22.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Dinner at Fukuda on June 21.
When I wanna have sushi in Pittsburgh, Kiku is the only restaurant I could enjoy. But finally, I tried a new place, Fukuda. It's opened in 2012. (Why did I wait to try that long??) I took a sushi bar seat. The sushi chef, TJ learned Japanese food in Japan. To be honest, I didn't expect much... nice surprise! It was not bad. I mean it was good. Well, maybe Syochu (Japanese alcohol) I brought helped, but I enjoyed a lot. 

Sashimi (Kanpachi, Hirame and Aji tataki) - It was good, but Aji tasted a bit fishy.

Kanpachi Kashira

Awabi Butter Yaki


Mongo Ika



Happy hour at Mad Mex

Dinner at Mad Mex on June 20.
Wings at Mad Mex? It's happy hour special. Why not? I love wings!

Mad Mex

Teriyaki Chicken

Lunch on June 19.
Teriyaki Chicken and Big Green Onion.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Paris 66

Dinner at Paris 66 on June 16.
Paris 66 aka Pittsburgh's best French restaurant. To be honest, I don't go to French restaurant much and cook French meal much at home. So I don't know much about the cuisine but I enjoyed the food a lot at Paris 66. I ordered side and crepe but I would like try something else like escargot, duck and more! Also it has outside seats and must be nice on beautiful summer days.

Cauliflower Gratin - I love cauliflowers. This is very simple, oven baked cauliflower with cheese. Yum.

Champs de Mar - It looks small? I thought so. I ate all salmon but I couldn't finish crepe. It has cheese in it and it made me stuffed.

Paris 66

Monday, June 16, 2014

Steak Tacos

Dinner on Father's Day, June 15.
Mexican Dinner. It's hidden but there is steak under grilled water melon. Happy Father's day!

Strawberry Vodka Tonic. cute!

Chicken wings it's because ...

Dinner on June 14.
I felt busy all day. Then I ordered chicken wings. Because it's Friday? World Cup? No. I was just lazy.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pork Loin with Nira Sauce

Dinner on June 13.
I made Nira (garlic chive) Sauce a few days ago and it seemed ready to eat. So I had it on the pork loin. 

Appetizer: Japanese cucumber and grilled chicken with peanuts sauce

Pork Loin with Nira sauce, Kimpira (root vegetable), Daikon Radish salad

Pork Loin

Dinner on June 12.
I had some munchies at bar after work. So I was not going to eat at home. Look what I found on the stove. Pork Loin! I usually don't care about pork loin but it looked so good. I got a small piece of it. Yum.

T-Bone Steak

Dinner on June 9.
Steak on Monday? Yes, this is the celebration for a long summer!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hamburger... wow

Dinner on June 8.
As I had a comfort food for lunch, I made hamburger for dinner. It's VERY rare that I make regular hamburgers which is 100% beef. My hamburger is more like meat loaf. It has some veggies and sometimes I add tofu. Anyway I made a regular hamburger.... wow! It was as good as one I have at bar. (am I saying too much?) I think I can make regular ones once in a while. :)

Sunday lunch

Lunch on June 8.
What do you have for Sunday lunch most? I eat whatever I have here right now, but if I think about my childhood, it's def. fried rice. I guess it's because that's my dad's favorite. Sometimes it was Yakisoba (Japanese style chow mein) or Okonomiyaki (Cabbage pancake). I don't think it's not only for me. These  must be still popular Sunday lunch menu for Japanese. 

Gyoza & Ramen Combo

Lunch on June 7.
This is one of my favorite lunch combo. Gyoza, half size Ramen and small rice. Look at Gyoza! I think I did really good job. The outside is very crispy and inside is juicy. Love it!

Friday night alone .......... party!!!!!!

Dinner on June 6.
Friday night. I'm alone at home.... AWESOME! I can eat whatever I want. I could have ordered pizza, but I wanted to finish pork. So I made some tapas plates, Okura, Bean sprout & Garlic Chive and pork. 


Dinner on June 5.
Buta-Kakuni (Cooked Pork Belly). The recipe said that it needed cooking sake and mirin (sweet and less alcohol content cooking sake). Of course, I don't have them. So I used beer instead of sake and added additional sugar. It worked ok. But it's just ok. Should I get cooking sake??? hmmm, I will try to invent the new recipe without cooking sake.


Lunch on June 4.
I love Reimen, which is cold noodle. It's also called Hiyashi-Chuka. I think the original toppings are egg, ham, cucumber and tomato. I didn't have any of them, but still there are enough veggies. Yum yum.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Steak and Salad

Dinner on June 1.
I like Steak. Coz I am not in charge. And tasty!

Salad; ice berg lettuce, avocado, carrot, green pepper, corn and black olive