8.27.2013

Visuals | Sea Life Pillow, Coaster & Plates

Currently going through a beach decor phase and coveting the below items. Now I'm going through a redecorating phase and just went to Ikea today. Hoping for more inspiration before I lock all the items in. Hopefully I'll get to share some updates soon!

8.25.2013

Edibles | Edamame, Seaweed & Mushroom Gohan

Gohan is extremely quick way to fix up the typical rice bowl. This is hybrid between Bebe Loves Ozaku's Edamame Gohan and Takikomi Gohan. I've also tried making this with bamboo and it tasted just as wonderful!

Ingredients
chop up any type of mushrooms you would like (I used fresh mushrooms as I like fresh vegetables more)
cook edamame according to package instructions

Sauce
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon cooking sake

Steps
wash the rice as you normally would and put the rice in the rice cooker
add the mushroom and seaweed in the rice cooker
add the above sauce
mix well
when the rice cooker is done, add the edamame to the rice and let sit for a few minutes

8.24.2013

Luncheon | Cody's La Jolla

Left| Ginger Peach Spritzer, Crab Cake Benedict, Blackberry Sage Spritzer
Center| Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos
Right: Ceviche + Decoration

Cody's La Jolla is extremely cute and trendy. Come early because lines form quickly! Although the patio is quite small and there isn't too many spots that actually give you the view of the ocean, but the food itself is already entertaining and amazing enough. Their menu is incredibly adorable, I haven't seen many menus that leave such a big impression on me. Although the items are slightly limited, this is a great place to hangout and have brunch!                                                                             

Cody's La Jolla
8030 Firard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
mon - fri: 8am - 2pm
sat - sun: 8am - 3pm

8.18.2013

Oasis | The Flower Fields


I recently got the chance to finally go to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad. If you ever get a chance, definitely go early in the morning as it gets crowded! The field is always blooming with a ton of tulips. They no longer let people step inside the field to take pictures, but the view is breathtaking nonetheless.

8.17.2013

Visuals | World Travel

Currently working on updating my studio apartment. Seems a lot more difficult since I feel like I'm trying to incorporate various themes into one little room. Below are some items I've been currently coveting! I have yet to find a world map that I really love. The heart poster is extremely adorable (although I'm not too fond of this mass production idea where everyone else might have this poster in their room/house). I enjoy these travel items that aren't the typical tacky tourist ones like key chain etc.

8.12.2013

Edibles | Hiyashi Chuka

This week has been extremely hot and the degree is just rising. One of my favorite cold noodle items is cold noodle ramen (or Hiyashi Chuka in Japanese). Super simple to make and really delicious. If you want to add some meat you can always substitute the salmon roe for beef or chicken!

Recipe Courtesy of No Recipes with modifications
Topping
salmon roe
1 small cucumber

cut the cucumber in half then length wise. try and julienne the cucumbers as much as possible. sprinkle with a little salt and let the cucumber soak for a little bit.

Egg
2 eggs
1 tablespoon mirin
eyeball brown sugar (about 1 teaspoon)
sprinkle some salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)
add dashi powder (about 1 teaspoon)

beat the eggs together with mirin. then add sugar, salt and dashi powder. heat the frying pan with oil (about 1 tablespoon) and pour 1/2 the egg mixture into the pan to fry. once the sides have browned, flip the egg into an omelette shape (kudos if you can flip the entire egg over). transfer to plate to cool. fry the rest of the egg batter. chop the eggs as thin as possible.

Dressing
3 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 - 3 small cloves of chopped garlic
1 teaspoon ginger
1/8 chopped raw ginger
1/4 teaspoon cumin
3 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar

heat the oil and add garlic, ginger and cumin. lower heat and let sit at a small sizzle for about 8-10 minutes (don't let them brown!) let the oil cool and add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar. whisk together well and set in fridge to cool.

Noodle
follow noodle instructions via package. remember to soak in cold water.

place the cucumber & egg on top of the ramen. top with salmon roe and pour the sauce over the noodle.

8.10.2013

Luncheons | Fiore Market Cafe

I can't seem to ever get enough of Fiore. If they opened for dinner, that would be my daily meal. Their ingredients are amazingly fresh, their bread extremely soft & their sauces are just impeccable. Below are just some of the beautiful pictures I managed to take before forking down every last bite of their salad or sandwich.

Fiore Market Cafe
1000 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030
mon-fri: 11am - 6pm
sat: 11am - 5pm
sun: closed