Quality Seafood

Saturday, July 2nd, lunch 130 S International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach CA Part 2 in a two-part series on seafood markets For the beginner sushi connoisseur, sea urchin roe still in the shell, along with items like octopus tentacles that try to crawl down your throat and Chinese “drunken shrimp”, seem like holy grails of fresh…

Yama Seafood

Thursday, June 30th, lunch 911 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA Part 1 in a two-part series on seafood markets In this and the next post, we’re going to be highlighting two seafood markets whose bounties we’ve had the pleasure of sampling this past week. This first entry is on Yama Seafood, a small…

O’seyo Shabu Shabu

Thursday, June 23rd, Lunch 2879 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 Warning: snobbery ahead. Sean and I headed to O’seyo Shabu Shabu after a friend of ours mentioned the place to us. It has the same rating on Yelp as Osawa. As such, we went with high expectations, only to find that we had actually eaten here…

Tsujita Ramen

June 10th, Dinner 2057 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles Sean: Since I started my new job, life has become more hectic and stressful. This job puts me under a lot more pressure than my last one did, though to be honest, it has more to do with the fact that my last job was actually just…

République

March 14th, Dinner 624 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 Sean: We first found out about République while we were waiting for our table at Genwa. Walking around the streets bordering Koreatown, we wandered down La Brea Ave. and stopped when we reached République’s facade. Curious, we entered and asked how long the…

Matsuri

  Often, for dinner Pasadena has a plethora of sushi options. Downtown Pasadena alone has Osawa, O2 Sushi, SushiStop, A’Float Sushi, as well as various poke houses. Lake Street boasts Sugarfish and Noda Sushi. As you head east along Green Street, you’ll run into Sushi of Naples, Maison Akira and the subject of today’s post:…

El Metate

February 29th, Dinner 12 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena CA 91101 Sean: Recently we’ve been super busy with moving into a new apartment. In my case I’m also preparing to start a new job in less than two weeks’ time. As a consequence, we ended up breaking the one cardinal rule we laid down for ourselves…

Copa Vida

Quite often for lunch 70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 Sean: Sometimes I decide to work from home somewhere other than home. When that feeling strikes, I always head to Copa Vida. Located at the corner of Green and Raymond, just off to the side of Downtown Pasadena’s main street, Copa Vida is my…

Osawa

Often – Dinner 77 N Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101 Mengsha: It’s been so hot in LA recently, I haven’t felt like eating proper meals. Burning calories? No thanks. So when we were too lazy to cook and Sean suggested hot pot, I was reluctant. Hot pot is winter food. I couldn’t come up with anything better…

Recipe: Lazy Asian Noodles

Mengsha: This week, I’d like to share with you our noodle recipe. This is what we make at home when don’t want to make any effort, and so all of the measurements are made by eye. Because of this, the word “recipe” is actually a bit of a misnomer. Use it rather as a guide, and sub…

King’s Row Gastropub (Brunch)

Often – Brunch 20 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105 King’s Row is a gastropub, which means it places as much emphasis and pride on its food as on its drinks. It’s become one of our favorites places to go, with a group anywhere from two to ten people. It serves traditional pub food –…

Real Food Daily

Quite often, usually for lunch 899 E. Del Mar Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106 Mengsha: Real Food Daily specializes in food for people with dietary restrictions. Everything is vegan, and everything on the menu is clearly labeled: gluten free, nut-free, soy-free. It’s located very close to where we live, and since we have quite a few vegan…