Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bounenkai 2016

Friday, December 30
We had a party at home. Just J and me. We have had too many parties these days. (maybe it's not only us.) So just tow of us. We celebrated the year of 2016. Nice meal and good wine. Hope we all have a happy new year!

Brie and Apple, Cheese, Salami and Crackers, Octopus

Seafood Nabe - Crab and Clams with Veggies

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ting's Kitchen

Thursday, December 29
It was the last day at work. I made it this year! So I went to Ting's kitchen. I was hungry for good soup. I had a great evening. Of course, I took the leftover. I already look forward to tomorrow lunch!

Dinner at Ting's Kitchen:
Clam and Water Mellon Soup - One of my favorite here.

Dumplings in Red Chili Sauce

Snow Pea Leaves - I think it's seasonal. It's not on the menu, so you'd better to ask. I usually have snow pea leaves or water spinach.

Pork and Bamboo Shoot - J picked this meal. It was good but I would rater to order pork belly. I LOVE pork belly.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Brussel Sprouts at Willow

Wednesday, December 28
It was an annual friend's party. As usual, we met at Willow for drinks and went to Sunny Jim's for more drinks and food. I took pictures of some small plates at Willow. I cook brussel sprounts at home but it looked nice at willow. I should learn how to have them on the plate.

Deviled Eggs

Fried Brussels

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Day after Christmas

Monday, December 26
I was so happy to be home. I had another party to go but I skipped it. I was sick of people. Even though they are my family. I needed alone time.

Dinner: Japanese meal rocks!
Mirinboshi (Dried teriyaki fish), Natto, Kabocha Pumpkin, Umeboshi, Kuri Gohan 

Christmas 2016

Sunday, December 25
Family Christmas! To be honest, I was so tired after the Steelers game. It was great to get together with family. But I have been overwhelmed. 

Shrimp Cocktail, Loaded Nacho, Salami & Meat Plate, Cheese, Dip and Crackers
- We had ham , scalloped potatoes and grilled veggies too.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Wednesday, December 21

Dinner: Meatloaf and Veggies
It's first time to make meatloaf at home. It was good but I learned that I'd have to cook veggies before mixing the ground meat. ... hmmm pain in the butt. It will be rarely to have meatloaf at home.

Aji no Hiraki

Tuesday, December 20

Dinner: Aji no Hiraki (Atlantic horse mackerel), Daikon Radish, Bok Choy, Miso Soup
Very Japanese. I am so fortunate that I still can have Japanese meal like this in Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Boiled Chicken

Monday, December 19

Dinner: Boiled Chicken Thigh and Bok Choy with Japanese Mustard, Daikon Oroshi (shredded daikon radish) with Jako (dried tiny fish), Miso Soup 
- Of course, I saved the boiled water after cooking the chicken. It is really good chicken broth.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Sunday, December 18

Dinner: Okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki is made with cabbage, egg and flour .... flour. Yes, I had carb. Guilty pleasure. It was so good. 


Saturday, December 17

Lunch: Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sub with Chips

Appetizer: Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Oyster, Cheese, Crackers

Red Wine Beef Stew with Green Geans

Stuffed Cabbages

Friday, December 16

Lunch: Stuffed Cabbage and Mac'n Cheese

Dinner at Rochester Inn:
Wings! I had one stick of french fries. That's all carb I had for dinner.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Eat Out for Lunch and Dinner!

Thursday, December 15
My boss took me to Industry Public House for lunch! I didn't know that there is one in Robinson. In the evening, I went to Social to meet my friends.  It was a nice Thursday.

Chicken Salad Sandwich -  I saved the half of the sandwich for tomorrow lunch. :)

Dinner at Social:
Cheesy Tomato - Soup is the best meal in a cold day.

Build Your Own Salad - Kale, Spring Mix, Black Beans, Edamame, Cauliflower, Beets and Artichokes. No carbs!

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Wednesday, December 15
I decided to go on a diet. So for a while, I try not to have carbs for dinner. But I won't give up on beer! ha! 

Hokke (Okhotsk Atka Mackerel), Daikon Radish and Squid, Green Beans with Sesame

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Tuesday, December 13

Dinner: Kielbasa and Cabbage

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Nabeyaki Udon

Monday, December 12

Dinner: Nabeyaki Udon
I had Nabe for dinner on Sunday. I usually have Zousui (Rice Soup) after the Nabe but I was hungry for Udon. So here you go! That was a perfect meal in a cold day.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Oven Baked Omelette

Friday, December 9

Baked Mashed Sweet Potato, Oven Baked Omelette, Bread, Spinach & Artichoke Dip 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Monday at Sunny Jim's

Monday, December 6
It's very rare for me to meet friends on Monday. But if it's at Sunny Jim's, why not? Close to home and delicious.

Dinner at Sunny Jim's Tavern:
Half Rack BBQ Ribs

Smoked Chicken Wings - this is the best.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Chinese Food at Sushi Tomo

Wednesday, November 30
I went to have Chinese food to Sushi Tomo. When she asked me to have Chinese at Sushi Tomo, I was like?? She used to work there and she knew they had Chinese menu. You have to ask the server for the menu.

Lunch at Sushi Tomo
Mapo Tofu

Water Spinach 

Teriyaki Chicken, Veggies and Tofu, Daikon Radish & Tuna Salad, Rice

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Crab Nabe

Saturday, November 26
We came back home and J's dad stayed with us. We still have ingredients for Nabe. So I got crab and mussels. Yummy. I am sure we will have nabe a lot this winter.

Smoked Salmon and Cheese 

Crab, Mussel, Cod, Nappa Cabbage, Bok Choy, Enoki Mushroom, Daikon Radish, Tofu, Glass Noodle


Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 24
We had turkey in September. And we have a just small group of family this year. So we decided to have chicken instead of turkey. J smoked and grille the chicken. Delicious!


Chicken, Mushed Potato, Brussel Sprout

Oyster Nabe

Wednesday, November 23
Day before Thanksgiving day, I went to Costco for Thanksgiving. I got oysters for Nabe. Yum!

Meat, Cheese and Crackers.

Oyster, Cod, Nappa Cabbage, Carrot, Bok Choy, Tofu, Glass Noodle

Monday, November 21, 2016

Game Day

Sunday, November 20
Go Steelers!

Lunch: Non-Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Fies, Veggies

Grilled Chicken, Kale & Carrot, Rice

Mizudaki Nabe

Saturday, November 19
First snow falling this season. I am so glad that I picked Nabe for dinner.

Mizudaki- Nappa Cabbage, Carrot, Daikon Radish, Spinach, Tofu, Chicken, Cod, Enoki Mushroom 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Girls Night Out at Walnut Grill in Wexford

Wednesday, November 16
It was half price wine bottles day. We had beer first and had some wine ... eventually we ordered 3 bottles. I had girls and Pens game on TV. Perfect night ever!

Dinner at Walnut Grill
Classic French Onion Soup - It was good. But it was kinda too strong for me. Maybe I am not a French onion soup person?

Roasted Beet Salad with CraB Cake-  I liked it. I love beets. I just learned that I liked have the crab cake on the different plate.


Sunday, November 13
Yakiniku, Yakiniku! It's easy and tasty! I added ginger and garlic to the dipping sauce. I still could tasted garlic in my mouth on Monday. ha!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sushi Party for J

Friday, November 11
A bit early, but we had sushi to celebrate J's birthday. Happy birthday, buddy.

Chu Toro, Maguro, Hirame, Tai, Salmon, Uni


Tako Sansai

Salad with Ginger Dressing

Fried Oyster

Unagi, Chu Toro, Salmon Roll, Tuna Roll, Maguro, Hirame, Salmon, Hamachi, Tai, Yellow Tail Roll, Sawara