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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.