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.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Auntie and Uncle 6 in S.town for a Week

After their trip in the east coast, Auntie and Uncle 6 first stop in the west coast was S. Town.

As the good nephew aka tour guide, picked them up from the airport, and then took them first for some dim sum, then some Chinese grocery shopping where we bought some dungenesss crab to be eaten for dinner.  This was followed by some lil dragon dumplings at Doughzone.  And to top if off, dinner was home made with the standard steamed fish, crab, bak choi and Chinese soup.  It was a complete Chinese food day!

The next day, we would go to Naka for some kaiseki.  The menu was the same exact one as the one we had the last time we went - however, the food was not prepared as well as the last time we came.  For one, the chawanmushi was warm, almost cold (not hot), so that took a lot out of it :(.  Not to mention the service was pretty poor, as the server took quite a while to do anything, and the plates came out really slow.  At some point, the other table next to us who sat after us got their food before us... even though we were a couple dishes ahead of them.  So the only thing that saved this outing was the ambiance of the restaurant - but for the price, it was quite disappointing :(.

Fast forward to Thursday, took them to Cinerama to watch Star Wars.  Thought the newly listed tourist attraction turned out pretty well - especially since there are not many cinemas like this one in the world.

To round out the trip, went to Old Village for Korean BBQ on Friday night - which was pretty good and filling, and then Palisades for brunch on Saturday.  The oysters at Palisades were below par (maybe the red tide up in Vanc affected it?), so I guess it remains to be seen whether Palisades can make it into the list of top tourist attractions that I would take our guests.

After Palisades, headed to Snolquamie Falls and the train museum - took some photos, but was pretty cold.  Finally went to U Village and walked around while waiting for a table at DTF.

For the last night, got some sashimi from Uwajimaya.  The Chutoro was a bust (again! :( ). Guess have to be super careful with the downtown Uwajimaya - pretty shady that they would sell bad Chutoro - seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen.

So all in all, while the various places we went to had slight blotches, it was still pretty fun overall!

Thank you for visiting!  Come visit us again soon!

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Revisiting Kashiba

The Omakase was the same as last time except for one dish.  Was hoping there would be more differences than that.

Somewhat mediocre (probably because there was nothing new so there is no 'wow' factor anymore) - though the geoduck was super fresh.

The dishes:
- Duck breast, Pear, Balsamic glaze, Dried fig
- Yoshi (tamago bean, dashi shrimp)
- Bluefin toro seaweed wrap
- Albacore, tuna , oached tuna, toro, sea bream, flounder sushi
- King salmon, sockeye, amaebi, smoked king mackerel seared, toro searted, scallop
- Mirugai, salmon roe, uni, eel