I'm back! It's hard to believe that this is my first post of 2012 on my blog here.
Since it's been a long while, I didn't know what better way to start again than taking you along my food adventures. I don't know about you, but I always get happy when I see pictures of delicious tasting food.
Let me start off by showing you these little dumpling gems (xiao long bao) that I got to have on my China trip a couple months ago.
These little guys were so delicious beyond words. I think these may have been the juicy pork dumplings?
How about some hot pot goodness?
This was my first time with Chinese hot pot, which is like Japanese shabu shabu.
I liked how there was a spicy broth option in the center and a meat broth option as well.
Next, I'll take you all the way back here in Los Angeles, where I feel very lucky to have a nice variety of foods and styles.
If there's something I could eat everyday, it would be fresh sashimi.
If I'm craving some quality casual Japanese food, I head over to Honda Ya Izakaya in Little Tokyo.
From what I've heard from many of my friends, Honda Ya is close to authentic style Japanese food.
I like the sashimi bowl since it's filled with an assortment of sashimi and the perfect amount as well.
Honda Ya is also known for there huge list of yakitori (skewers) selections.
The yakitori pictured here is one of my favorites: smoked scallops
I absolutely love the Nabeyaki udon from Issen Joki. It comes in an iron pot so it's steaming hot and filled with chicken, eggs, shrimp tempura and a delicious udon broth.
Close by is Urth Caffe, which I'm sure many of you are familiar with if you live in the Los Angeles area. They have several different locations in the Los Angeles area.
I am pretty much addicted to their little cakes and to be specific, the one pictured above... Matcha Green Tea Tiramisu.
Now off to something different. Let's head on over to Koreatown!
For the first time ever, I went to School Food Blooming Roll about a couple weeks ago.
I heard about this place from a few sources and wanted to try this place out.
The inside of the restaurant is extremely chic and cute. Everything in this place is petite sized, including these Korean rolls pictured above. They might look large in the photo, but they were bite-sized. Inside these rolls were tuna, sweet anchovy, and kimchi.
We also ordered the cream spicy ddukbokki (떡볶이) which were little bite-sized rice cakes in a creamy spicy sauce.
Heading on over to another place in Koreatown, we'll head over to Cafe Scent. One of my favorite things to do is eat at cafes in Koreatown since their foods tend to be fairly good and I love the settings.
I wish I had taken a picture of the decor inside Cafe Scent. This cafe is covered in flowers and the perfect "date setting" if I may add. I actually celebrated my birthday (January 23) here with a few friends.
If you see a pattern here, I am a big fan of ddukbokki and my friend highly recommended that I try the seafood and squash ddukbokki, pictured above.
A typical type of dish you will find at cafes in Koreatown are rolls. We ordered these spicy tuna rolls at Cafe Scent and I must say that these were the spiciest spicy tuna rolls I've ever had.
A picture from my birthday. I was a happy girl!
Stay tuned for more posts ahead in the year 2012!! :)
Hope you enjoyed looking at these photos.