Saturday, March 25, 2017

Date Night: Akana and B&B

Our date night started at Akana, the new Naka.  They had a lot more seats filled this time - though maybe this is because it was our first time here on a Saturday.  Given that the only thing we did not enjoy the last few times we came was the price, we had high hopes as with Akana, they had lowered the prices on their menu.

It was a 3 course meal (so each of us got a 3 course meal), with each course having 3 to choose from.  Some of the things we ate (shown below):
- Tofu (tasted very Chinese)
- Salmon (pretty nice and unique)
- Octopus in dashi (I still think they beat the octopus too much so it doesn't feel like tako anymore)
- Beef stew
- Smoked mackerel (the preparation sounded intense, though the smokiness wasn't really there)

The best dish of the night was their Cedar Smoked Gelato (not shown below).


Overall though, we thought the old Naka tasted better.  The food tonight was ok, but nothing spectacular.  The stew and the tofu tasted very very Chinese (except if this was an Chinese restaurant, the dishes would cost a fraction of the price).  Surprisingly though, I was not hungry even though it was only 3 courses (though I did have a bowl of rice and probably a quarter of lil friend's meal :) ).

The server did say they are planning to change the menu every month.  Hopefully their smoked black cod and sous-vide egg comes back soon!

With dinner ending early, we strolled around Cap Hill and went to a bookstore and a coffee shop.  Chilled around the area just enough to see the hot dog stands start opening up.  That was actually pretty fun!  As the time drew near, we then headed to the one and only Cinerama for our balcony seats!

Beauty and the Beast with chocolate popcorn in hand...  The movie was ok - felt like there were too many times where the breakout into a song didn't really make sense to.  Though it also may be because I was comparing it to La La Land, which is on a different level than this movie.

Date night complete!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tier Sea: Lobster Day

...After a few months of working, time to reap in the rewards!

Mmmmm... Lobster Fest: Lobsterita, Lobster, Lobster, Lobster

Friday, March 03, 2017

Pulled my back....

This has been a good month.  1 month of ~3 times a week of soccer.

Been doing decent, no injuries...

Then last night, after a light practice, went home and took a shower.  Decided to do some laundry.  Lifted the laundry basket, and then... riiiip.

Pulling my back doing laundry... a new low... .. .

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Chinapie

Tried out a restaurant called Chinapie today.  Was pretty interesting, an Itailian + Asian fusion/inspired restaurant (this was apparently the sister restaurant of Pomerol).

Some dishes worth calling out...
#1) The Pomerol: A pizza that had Foie Gras, Hoshin sauce, and apple slices on it.  Anybody else reading that would probably run away from the dish - but not us!  We tried it, and was pleasantly surprised.

#2) Foraged Mushroom Potstickers: Rarely do I promote a vegetarian dish, but this one is high on my list.  The mushroom tasted really good, and putting it in a potsticker was a nice touch.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Soccer and Issian

We lost today's outdoor soccer game, but I was able to score a pretty nice goal.  Basically started from our side of the half, took on 2 defenders and the goalie, and walked the ball into the net!!!  Even players on the other team congratulated me on the goal :)

As a reward for myself, went to Issian.  Played some pokemon and the guy next to me was like - oh, you are still playing (turns out he had like 148 of the pokemons, including Farfetch!).  When I got the check, the server saw my phone on the table and said she was also playing. Hahaha.  She even knew there was the valentine's day special event thing going on.  Guess there are still people who play it from time to time.

Issian is a pretty good spot for Pokemon catching.  There were two Pokestops and in the hour or so I was there, caught at least 30 Pokemons.  But more importantly, caught 2 Lickitungs, and 1 Ditto!!!  What a good haul!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Shiki - Uni Tempura

Finally had it.. Delicious!

Verdict: Different, but really tasty. The shiso leaf kept the uni moist, and not overcooked.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wintermelon New Years!!

My personal wintermelon soup... I am spoiled :)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Exercise Galore...

4 exercises in a week... Sat, Sun, Tues, Thurs!

Treading carefully - but it feels like with every step I take, the pain in my ankle that just hasn't been going away for 2 months... is slowly fading away!

I guess it's true what they say - what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

First Outdoor Soccer win - Lobster Sashimi Criteria Met!

First outdoor soccer win in probably ever for this team since I've been on it.

To make it even better, we won convincingly (6-2).  My partner in crime scored a hat trick and I got one goal.

…Lobster sashimi criteria met!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

First Outdoor Soccer Practice

First practice/playing soccer for a while.

Overall: Leg doesn't feel too stable, guess will just take it easy for the upcoming game.