Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Day 3 in Japan! Ko-chan's Kitchen.

Dinner at Ko-chan's Kitchen on September 29.

My uncle runs an Izakaya (Japanese pub). This is one of my favorite places to eat and I visit everytime I come back to Japan. His cooking is not super fancy but it reminds me of my mom's cooking. Of course, it's because he is my mom's brother. But his meal is like... just good!

Squid Sashimi

Beef Tataki

Boiled Beef with Ponzu Sauce

Kushi Katsu - Breaded deep fried one bite size food on skewer.

Menchi Katsu - Deep fried hambuger.. best of best!

Fried Chicken

Day 3 in Japan! Visiting My Friend.

Lunch with my friend on September 29.

I visited one of my best friends and she made super healthy lunch for me. All of them were so good.

Soba noodle, Miso Soup, Rice Ball with Hijiki, Deep Fried Tofu, Moyashi (Bean Sprout), Eggplant, Rekon (Lotus Root), Shishito Pepper.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Day 2 in Japan! Dinner

Dinner on September 28.

Breaded Deep-Fried food! They are ll good with beer!

Eggplant, Iwashi fish (sardine), Renkon (lotus roots)

Tonkatsu (Pork)

Day 2 in Japan! Sushi-go round!

Lunch at a Sushi-go-round on September 28.

Sushi-go-round! You can pick sushi plates on a belt conveyor. Each plates have different prices and a server comes to check the plates when you finish.



Sushi plates are coming!

Sanma, Saba, Aji




Sunday, September 27, 2015

Day 1 in Japan!

Dinner in Japan on September 27.

It has been 2 years since I visited Japan last time. I am home!




Wednesday, September 23, 2015

American Comfort Meal

Dinner on September 22.

I was going to cook beef but J didn't feel great. So the menu was changed to chicken soup and mac'n cheese. Perfect combination!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Grilled Salmon and Japanese Meal.

Dinner on September 21.

Grilled Salmon, Avocado & Shrimp, Green Pepper, Miso-Soup, Rice

Monday, September 21, 2015

Chicken Wings! Coz It's a Game Day!

Dinner on September 21.

It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Such a perfect day to grill. I made three flavor of wings; Seasoning Salt, Italian Dressing and Chives with Balsamic Vinegar. I love wings!

Tomato Sauce Pasta with Veggies & Bacon

Lunch on September 20.

Home-made Tomato Sauce. I added some veggies and bacon today. Yum.

Caliente on TGIF!

Dinner on September 18.

I was going to order pizza at Spak Brothers but it seemed like very busy. So I decided to eat out at Caliente. I got there around 6pm and it was so crowded. I thought it was Friday. Just after 7pm, the bar section was not busy anymore. People seemed like hanging there for happy hour. It was half price for craft draft! I ordered pizza and wings. It was good but I am so in love with Spak Bros. But def. I'll come back for the happy hour!

Caliente, Pizza & Draft House

Friday, September 18, 2015


Dinner on September 17.

Looks good? I wanted to use celery. So this meatball has celery, onion and carrot. It tasted good but it was like one bite size hamburger. 

Pork Pot-au-feu

Dinner on September 16.

I used le creuset to cook pork. The pork was still tough. Next time I should use a pressure pot.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cod with Garlic Chive Sauce

Dinner on September 15.

Cod with Garlic Chive Sauce, Eggplant and Green Pepper, Carrot, Brown Rice

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Vegetable Soup Diet, Day 7 - Last Day!

Diet Days on September 14.

Day 7 (Sep 14) - +2.7 lbs (Total -3 lbs) - Yes, I ate steak and drank alcohol.
Vegetable Soup, 1 Cup of Hot Apple Cider, 1 Cup of Coffee, Water, 1 Glass of Orange Juice, Beer , Wine and ...

VegHead Salad at New Amsterdam - Portobello Mushroom, Avocado, Cucumber, Edamame, Chick Peas, Carrot, Tomato, with Green Salad.

Just note ... I did weigh myself next morning. I lost 4.6 lbs in total. :)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Vegetable Soup Diet, Day 6

Diet Days on September 13.

Day 6 (Sep 13): -2.7 lbs (Total -5.7 lbs) - Ok, I am back! I drank beer and wine! but still good!
Vegetable Soup, Beer, Wine ... and,

Shrimp & Avocado, Blue Cheese & Crackers, Corn Salsa, Olives, Pickles

Steak, Portobello Mushroom, Peppers 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Vegetable Soup Diet, Day 5

Diet Days on September 12.

I failed. But I made soup. I will keep going until I finish the soup.

Vegetable Soup - Fish Broth, Seaweeds, Cabbage, Carrot, Onion, Garlic Chive, Bean Sprout, Burdock, Shiitake Mushroom, Enoki Mushroom

Day 5 (Sep 12): +2.4 lbs (Total -3 lbs) - I want to yell at myself yesterday.
Vegetable Soup, 2 cups of coffee, Water, Hamburger, Onion Rings, Mushrooms, Tomato Salad, Beer and Wine

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Vegetable Soup Diet, Day 4 - I failed!

Diet Days on September 11.

I failed. I had a day off today. First I ate snacks a bit. I told myself. That's it! No more! Just keep eating soup. Then J came home a case of Southern Tier. My Diet Plan was over. So here are what I had. But look, I did weigh myself in the morning and it was good.

Day 4 (Sep 11): -1.2 lbs (Total -5.4 lbs)
Soup and ... (Note: I was supposed to have only soup, 3 bananas and skim milk)

Chicken Fajitas, Corn Salsa, Guacamole

Shrimp Crackers - This crunchy snack ruined my diet.

I hate J! and I love Southern Tier!

Pork Buns - I really shouldn't have gone to Asian Market.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Vegetable Soup Diet, Day 3

Diet Days on September 10.

Day 3 (Sep 10): -2.4 lbs (Total -4.2 lbs)
Vegetable Soup, 1 Apple, 1 Cup of Coffee, Water, Soda

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Vegetable Soup Diet, Day 1 - 2

Diet Days on September 8 and 9.

I ate and drank fore than I should have on Labor day weekend. I decide to go on a diet! My goal is to lose 10 pounds. I weigh myself every morning!

Vegetable Soup - Chicken Broth, Cabbage, Can of Tomatoes, Carrot, Celery, Onion, Red Pepper. Curry Powder.

Day 1 (Sep 8):
Vegetable Soup, 1 Apple, 2 Cups of Coffee, Water, Club Soda

Day 2 (Sep 9): -1.8 lbs
Vegetable Soup, Cabbage Salad with Ponzu Sauce, 2 Cups of Coffee, Water, Club Soda

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Labor Day Weekend

Dinner with Family on September 6.


Grilled Vegetable

Salmon and Chicken

T-Born Steak

Premium Steak - Oops, overcooked. :(  But still tastes very good.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Soft Opening, Pints on Penn!

Dinner at Pints on Penn on September 1.

Grand opening is this weekend, but I saw people having drinks inside. So I walked in and tried their food. I liked their food. Hamburgers were huge. Hopefully they stays same size after the grand opening. The place is 2 stories and has a patio on the second floor. It's located on Penn Ave. and it is not as busy as Butler St. I guess it can be easier to find a parking spot.

Locally Raised Sweet & Spicy Extra Thick Bacon - I liked it. It's good for appetizer.

Fried Pickle Chips with Stout Mustard - I love fried pickles. But I won't order this again. The flavor of the pickles is not my favorite. Stout mustard sauce was delicious.

Hamburger - It was tasty. If it has a bit more salt on the burger, it would be perfect. French fries? It was awesome!

Pints on Penn