January 1st, 2013. Best Birthday Brunch @ Red Wagon Cafe!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

Happy Birthday, Eunice!!  A great sister deserves to start off the year right.  Who doesn’t love brunch and who doesn’t want brunch from a little cafe made famous on the food network?  But even before Red Wagon Cafe was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Thrus and Dives” this tiny, ghetto-looking East Hastings cafe was seeing line-ups down the block and acquiring die hard fans!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

Since they don’t take reservations we were in the huddle of awaiting diners gathered around the front just anticipating for the waitress to come out and call our names!  Oh, and the hunger was setting in…. Setting in reeeeeeeeeeeeeal good….!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

When they finally come out and call your name you almost feel as if you’re “the chosen one” as you are suddenly possessed by this feeling of elation and are looked upon enviously by the others that remain outside!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the establishment there’s very much a retro feel and it’s quite tiny!!  Literally within earshot of the other blissful diners!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mimosa for the birthday girl!  Eunice loves orange juice, so why not start off the day with a bright, special drink!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice went for the Crispy Pork Belly Brunch which consisted of confit pork belly, 2 eggs, griddled tomatoes, homefries, salsa verde, hollandaise and toast.  A plate FULL of just delicious, hearty, flavorful goodness!  Eunice had no problem just digging right in and getting down and dirty 😉

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

She got her eggs scrambled and they looked soft and fluffy!  The pork belly had me drooling and after a taste of it myself I had to say… daaaaaaaaaamn, that’s some good pork!  Crispy exterior, juicy interior and the salsa verde was great in cutting the richness without masking it!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

 

I love a good eggs benny.  To my disappointment by the time we were seated their special of the morning, the Pork Belly Benedict 😦  So default to the next choice?  The Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict 😉  Served with the signature homefries and hollandaise.

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

 

Moist, savory sweet and tender pulled pork over english muffins and topped with medium poached eggs and gorgeously smooth, rich hollandaise sauce poured over.  Perfect poach on the eggs added just the right amount of sauce and moisture needed for the muffin and the crispy, deliciously seasoned homefries!  Oh really, I was so extremely happy with this slice of brunch heaven!

red wagon cafe

red wagon cafe

And just because no breakfast/brunch is complete without bacon…we ordered a whole plate of it And since the Jack Daniels spiked Maple Syrup seemed too awesome to pass up we had to order some of that as well! Uhm….HELLO!!!  Most Amazing Combo…EVER! I was slathering it all over my homefries and also dunking that bacon in it with every bite! I guess they don’t cook off the alcohol cuz there’s a serious smokey-boozy kick to the maple syrup that is JUST ADDICTING! I could not stop!

 

So how was this birthday brunch?  Judging from the state of food coma we were in and the drool and JD maple syrup down the front of our shirts and our sticky fingers I’d say we were pretty darn happy!

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Samgyupsal Party~!

November 6, 2012

February 17th, 2012. Samgypsal Party~

samgyupsal party

samgyupsal party

 

 

 

 

In honor of us siblings all being together again Eunice initiated an at-home samgyupsal party!  Yes, that’s right.  Korean bacon, pork belly…aka Samgyupsal!

samgyupsal party

samgyupsal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring out the Bluestar, put down the newspaper…and bring on the meat pants!

samgyupsal party

samgyupsal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice went to special lengths making delicious spicy green onions and even some bean paste stew to go with our meal.  She’s so amazing!

samgyupsal party

samgyupsal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mmmmm~~ sizzling pork belly, spicy greens, delicious soup and pure rice….what a great dinner!!

January 22nd, 2012. Edible Canada at The Market (Dine Out)

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market

 

 



There’s little that can beat a delicious meal at a nice location with amazing friends for a great price. Dine Out Vancouver? Many people all over the Greater Vancouver Area appreciate that you make love happen

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market

 


Tonight’s love-feast was at Edible Canada on Granville Island attached to the Granville Market. I never knew what a cozy little place this was, but I absolutely love it! Modern-cozy-rustic with very down-to-earth friendly service. We felt nice and at home and ready to dig in!

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market








Of course we strategically ordered our meals so that everything on the menu made it to the table. Cuz, you know, we all wanted to try a bit of everything. Nothing’s more boring than a group of people who all order the same thing..!

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market




So, yeah, we were there for the $28 Dine Out set menu, but coincidentally our undercover foodie, Richard, knew someone in the kitchen, so we got a little treat to start off with!  Pan Fried Pork Loin & Belly on Crispy Tortilla with Edible Flower & Cilantro.  Mmmm~  What a great way to start the meal! 

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






A few people ordered this Hazelmere Farm Potato & Leek Soup topped with Agassiz Hazelnut & Horseradish Foam and Purple Potato Chips. Warm, comforting, and simple. Earthy with flavorful accents!

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






Ace decided to be daring with the Fraser Canyon Rabbit Terrine served with Quince Mustard, Pickled Pemberton Veggies & Warm Potato Bread. Gamey terrine paired with the deliciousness of local condiments and earhty potato bread toasted to a light crisp. Rustic goodness!

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






I had the Warm Frisee Salad with Oyama Applewood Bacon Lardon, Okanagan Sherry Vinaigrette & Duck Fat Croutons! You can guess why I ordered it~~ The croutons were so yummy…but not enough on the plate for my liking 😉

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market










Main course choice for some of us was the Wild Mushroom Crusted Wild Albacore Tuna Salad with Warm Fingerling Potatos, Kale & Autum Squash, and Wild Mushrooms.  Perfect sear on that tuna, and paired with such hearty & warm components…it was a definite twist for Albacore everywhere!

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






The other main (the one I chose) was the Ginger Honey Glazed Fraser Valley Cornish Hen with Sweet Potato Gratin and Sage Jus.  The hen?  Juicy and soooooooo delish!  Anyone who can make chicken skin this good HAS to be a cool person 😉  The gratin was a bit lacking…I would have liked the sweet potatoes to be more cooked and for there to be more prominent flavors…but that doesn’t mean I didn’t eat the whole thing!

 

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market

 

Thomas Haas Dark Hot Chocolate
? Uhhhhmmmm…Yes Please!!  Julia and I just couldn’t resist ordering this to go along with the dessert to come 😉  Super creamy a darkly sweet without the bitterness tht comes with dark chocolate.  So good!

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market






Dessert was the Chef’s Selection of Petit Fours: Okanagan Pear Gelee, Vanilla Salted Thomas Haas Chocolate Brownie, Maple Bourbon Toffee.  One thought?  Not enough sauce!  Other than the gelee the brownie and toffee needed some moisture (good thing I had the hot chocolate!).  But overall, still a decent dessert 🙂

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market








You know you are at the right place when they treat you each to a little
container of Bacon Sea Salt with the bill.  Edible Canada?  You have my heart

edible canada at the market

edible canada at the market










Mmmmmhhhhhmmmmm~ Yes, another successful group dinner!  Bliss, Joy and Harmony….in my heart, my head and my heart!

November 11th, 2011. Snowy Day~~

silky tofu stew

silky tofu stew

 

 

Wow, snow falling~! It made me suddenyl have the urge to cook one of my favorite Korean dishes, Soon-doo-boo Jji-gae (Silky Tofu Stew). Since I’ve never cooked Korean food before I was feeling a bit apprehensive….but…here goes nothing!!

silky tofu stew

silky tofu stew

 



Here’s how the process went:  Used beef stock as a base for the soup, added chopped onions, salt & pepper and some hot chili oil.  Sauteed some homemade kimchi and pork belly slices, added that and a pack of Pulmuone handmade silky tofu and brought it to a boil.  And made the very unethical decision to add a sprinkle of thyme!  Yep, that’s me… unconventional Korean food!

 

silky tofu stew

silky tofu stew

 

 

 

 



A hearty bowl of deliciousness and I feel like a proud mama

 

Guu w/ Garlic

January 23, 2012

August 21st, 2011.  Foodie Weekend: Day 2

 

guu w/ garlic

guu w/ garlic

 

 

 

  After a quick pre-eats takoyaki at a nearby Korean bar, Daniel, Don and I went to Guu with Garlic for some real eats  ;D  My favorite Guu location, it’s right on Robson street and has great bar seating overlooking the chefs. 

  I always get the Ramune!!  Everything about it is great!  From the refreshing soda, the cute bottle, to the fun way to open it!  Ramune w/ Fresh Peach Puree.

 

guu w/ garlic

guu w/ garlic

 

 

 

 

 

  Assorted Sashimi.  Guu always has sweet, fresh prawn and scallop sashimi.  The lightly seared tun and the hamachi were also very nice.

 

guu w/ garlic

guu w/ garlic

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The Kakuni is stewed pork belly and daikon with a poached egg and is served with a steamed bun.  The pork belly was deliciously carmelized and the poached egg gave a nice creaminess.  The bun was great for sopping up the deliciously flavorful sauce

 

guu w/ garlic

guu w/ garlic

 

 

 

  Who wants some tongue~~~   I normally wouldn’t be brave enough to order this, but my 2 eating companions are more than brave, so we ha dan order of the Gyu Tan, grilled beef tongue with salt and green onion atop some shaved onion.  Squeeze that lemon wedge over it and tah-dah~~ tender, light and quite delicious!

 

guu w/ garlic

guu w/ garlic

 

 

 

 

  The Karaage with Garlic Mayo….GAH!!!  Ridiculously succulent, delicious chicken with a crispy, flavorful coating.  Mmmm….Fried chicken!!

 

guu w/ garlic

guu w/ garlic

 

 

 

 

 

  Ton Toro – grilled pork cheek & yuzu ponzu.  Soft, melt-in-your-mouth goodness with a slight sweet yet acidic sauce…Mmmmmmm~!!! 

 

guu w/ garlic

guu w/ garlic

 

 

 

 

  The Hotate Butter is grilled garlic butter scallop on onion with bonito flakes and garlic chips.  Guu Garlic really does scallops well.  Sweet, almost translucent, tender…..and with those amazing garlic chips?  Winner!

 

guu w/ garlic

guu w/ garlic

 

 

  Ika-Maruyaki: Whole grilled squid served with garlic mayo and a lemon wedge.  I appreciate that the squid was not over-cooked, which is easy to do.  Delicious grilled flavor that you can only get from squid, not rubbery at all, and of course, a helathy spoonful of mayo!  Hahaha!

 

  The guys were happily impressed & happily stuffed, which is saying a lot for a couple guys from NYC & San Fran 😀

May 19th, 2011.  Momofuku Noodle Bar

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

  Meeting DLee for the first time for an evening of fun in the East Village!  We had discussed a few different options for dinner, but in the end came to a consensus to make first impressions over Japanese ramen.  I know.  2 in a row.  But hey, how can you not love Japanese comfort food?

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

  The restaurant is tucked away in a niche on 1st Avenue.  The full windowed front shows the never-ending crowd of people inside slurping away on their noodles.  It’s one of my favorite kinds of interior styles with the warm, slightly ruggedness with the brick and wood but with a clean, modern silhouettes.  Love it!

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

  D had the Full Sail Session Lager from Hood River, Oregon and I had the Lychee Soju Slushie.  The slushie was pretty yummy!  As soju can be it kind of flies under the radar.  Paired with the sweetness of lychee, this could be deadly!!  Luckily, I knew what I was getting into 😉

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

  Baos again!  I have a thing for them   These are the Pork/Shiitake Buns with hoisen sauce, cucumber and scallions.  Juicy pork with the earthiness of the shiitake mushrooms, sweetness of the hoisen, cool freshness of cucumber and the mild tang of scallions.  Great precursor

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

 

  I usually don’t over-order.  I know I have a smaller stomache so I try to stick with just enough instead of too much.  But with D’s staple “eff it”, we ended up with a second appetizer, the Kimchi Pork Tamale

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

  I found that it was slightly underseasoned and still prefer the bun, but it was still fun to eat!

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

  We both had the Momofuku Ramen: pork belly, pork shoulder and poached egg.  It’s totally different from my ramen experience at Ippudo.  The broth is clearer, but the deep richness comes from the fatty pork belly and shoulder, which were fall-apart-melt-in-your-mouth tender! 

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

 

 

 

 

  Add the creaminess of egg yolk and you’ve got a heavy bowl of soup.  I liked the lightness the asian cabbage lent to the soup.  Unfortunately, we over-estimated our stomaches..and couldn’t finish our meal….which was, by the way, AMAZING! 

momofuku noodle bar

momofuku noodle bar

  

 

 

 

  Momofuku lived up to expectations and I only hope that I’ll be able to visit all the other Momofuku establishments sometime in my lifetime

Ippudo NY

December 3, 2011

May 12th, 2011.  Ippudo NY

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

 

  My next great eating adventure, Ippudo NY!  Just as much as the Japanese Ramen culture is booming in Vancouver, the Japanese Ramen culture had already taken root in NYC and Ippudo has been one of them that’s paved the way.  Located in the little Japanese district of East Village, this place is always jam packed!

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

   

 

 

 

 

 

  A refreshing glass of iced Oolong Tea.

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

 

 

 

 

  There’s nothing more soothing than hot broth with perfectly al dente noodles and tons of savory flavors.  I was all ready for what Ippudo would dish out for my first experience.  I’d read some reviews on Yelp beforehand and knew that I couldn’t miss out on their pork belly bao either   I was so glad to be sitting at the bar so I could have the perfect vantage point of the flurry of bao action going on!

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

 

 

 

  The famous Hirata Buns.  Soft steamed buns stuffed with lettuce, mayo, and deliciously juicy, tender pork belly with their original spicy bun sauce.  Oh, yes, I was licking my fingers.  I love bao!!

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

 

 

  After contemplating and asking the really friendly waiter’s opinion I finally decided on the Akamura Modernwith the additional egg.  Come on, ramen is not complete without egg!  The original “Tonkotsu” noodle soup topped with Ippudo’s secret “Umami Dama” paste (the red blob on top), pork chashu, cabbage, kikurage, scallions and fragrant garlic oil (the black stain in the soup).

ippudo ny

ippudo ny

  

 

 

  This was unlike any ramen I’d ever had before.  Heavy, rich, savory flavors, delicious combinations, and so SO comforting!  There was nothing not to love!  Ahh~~  my happy little tummy!

March 3rd, 2011. Dinner at Colicchio & Sons

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

If you know me and my TV viewing habits you’ll know that I love Top Chef on the Food Network. Not having cable is killing me because I can’t watch my favorite shows.  Anyways, ever since my summer trip to NYC last year and eating at Morimoto I’d been dying to experience Tom Colicchio’s restaurant.  This is the day I finally got to live out my food fantasy!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

I’ll start by saying that the experience starts as soon as you walk in.  The atmosphere is very business chic with suits at every table but with extremely unpretentious service.  Basically it’s the friendliness and attentiveness of a local bar but in a very spacious and chic space with a bunch of business-people.

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

 

 

Oh, my God..the warm bread with a sprinkling of coarse salt that came in a little cast iron pan….and that fresh tasting butter…!!!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

 

 

 

I got an Amuse Bouche..an Amuse Bouche!!  Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with White Crouton and Black Truffle Oil.  The crouton and a light lemony-minty-thyme-y-ness to it..it was a shot of comfort soup!!  I wanted to savor it so i sipped on it to my heart’s desire  😉

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

Entree: Roasted Duck, Gingerbread Polenta, Pomegranate and Black Garlic.  First off I’ll say that the duck was difficult to cut and accordingly required a wee bit more chewing power….apart from that the duck had great flavor and was tasty.  Oh, and guess what?  The dish came with..Pork Belly!!!  Yuuum!  Pork belly seems to be the new trend..every chef sneaks it into a menu.  Anyways, AGAIN the skin was hard to cut..and it seemed like the skin and the actual meat were like 2 seperate entities.  Not dazzled there.  What DID blow my mind was the Gingerbread Polenta.  It was delectably Christmasy & festive and was a wonderful sweet counterpart to the savoriness of the meats.  The pomegranate reduction was just the right amount of tart to keep evrything in balance.   I licked my plate clean 😉

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

Now even though I was as stuffed as a Thanksgiving turkey I fully intended to do more damage by ordering dessert.  I mean, they make their own sorbets and ice cream..how can I possibly pass this up??!!!  And with such amazing flavors as these, there was no way I was just gonna leave them!  I got a trio of sorbets: the Blood Orange, Perssimon & Sweet Milk.  Oh yes…come to mama…!  These sorbets were SOOOO DELISH! beautifully light, not too sweet, great natural flavors and so delicate to the palatte…I loved them!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

Okay, THIS is the part that sets Colicchio & Sons above my bar of excellence: EXTRAS!!!!  GIFTS!!!!  BUNDLES OF JOY!!!  As my sorbets came out they also brought out this small plate of goodies, saying that these were being made special that night as complimentary gifts to each guest.  A drop of pound cake dropped in dark chocolate and then rolled around in coconut shreds and a creamsicle macaron!  *swoon*!  Of course I ate them up!

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

Now, I had been seriously hemming and hawing over whether I should order this extra special drink…the House Hot Chocolate with Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream & Jasmine Marshmallows..!  Just the name makes me all giddy inside…!  Anyways, after a very bloody inward debate I decided against it.  I was already so full….but…my lovely waiter brought it out to me anyways..ON THE HOUSE! Ah…really….this is pure love….they have bought my eternal loyalty…. *sigh*…..the velvety creaminess of the chocolate with the slightly tart creme fraiche and the lightly flavored airy marshmallows….it was all the menu promised and more ♥ ♥ ♥ Needless to say….I thought I’d died and gone to heaven ♥

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

 

 

 

 

As if they didn’t already have my vote, when I received my bill they also gave me this made-in-house coffee cake saying “this is for breakfast tomorrow morning *big warm smile*”.  Dear Lord………….can I just LIVE HERE??!  And let me tell you…the next day this cake came in so handy..and even then it was still moist, delicious and oh so wonderful with my morning Starbucks..!  LOVE!! ♥

 

 

 

 

colicchio & sons

colicchio & sons

Colicchio & Sons was a definite home run.  I only had minor complaints with the main course, but everything else made up for it.  Service is above and beyond and I wouldn’t think twice about coming back.  At the front the maitre’d helped me into my coat, asked me whether I was from the neighborhood and urged me to come back soon.  Oh, don’t worry: I’ll be back for sure!  From the time you first step in to the very last moment when you leave it’s just a pleasant, comfortable experience and the food is also excellent.  Love!!

Baohaus – LES

October 24, 2011

February 24th, 2011. I  Baohaus

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

Baohaus Baohaus Baohaus!!!
I’d heard about this place via  “food in mouth”, a smart, sarcastic, hilarious and incredibly delicious food blog by an NYCer. Let me say this off the bat: I Love Bao. What can you not love about a pillowy soft bite-sized bun that’s filled with delicious meat, sauce and fresh green aromatics? it’s just a recipe for love… ♥

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

It’s quite tiny inside with pictures of the family’s history. The employees are not family members..but still dedicated to making my stomache happy with some well made baos! The best part are the gangster tunes rockin out from the little mini stereo…rocking out to “Gangsta’s Paradise” while eating my baos!!!

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

 

CHAIRMAN BAO: Braised slow and low using all natural Berkshire Pork Belly.  Served with: Crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar.  The fatty pork belly was just rich enough to give that really delicious flavor without being super oily and all the ingredients together was like a symphony.

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

HAUS BAO TM: Signature all natural Hanger Steak Bao as seen on
Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown (March 2010).  Served with: Crushed peanut, cilantro, Haus Relish, and Taiwanese red sugar.  Ugh!!  So delicious!  Tender fall apart steak, sauce was perfection and with the crushed peanuts, fresh chopped cilantro and tangy relish it was perfection 😀

baohaus - les

baohaus - les

 

 

 

 

 

Because I loved it so much one more gratuitous photo of the 2 baos with the common Taiwanese staple beverage, Apple Sidra 🙂

Guu Garden on Nelson

July 29, 2010

April 9th, 2010. At Guu Garden With Rae Teh!

guu garden

guu garden

 
  Rachel had really been wanting to try Guu Garden, the newest Guu location, so off we went!  In truth..I was still quite upset that I had failed to bring my camera a couple days ago when we had lunch at Guu Garlic with Liz, Yumi and Naomi…so this night I made sure that I came with a full battery to make up for it!
 

 

guu garden

guu garden

  I have to say…we were kind of lost trying to find the place…it’s in such an odd location!!  Rachel’s friend ended up giving up and going home while Rachel and I seperately circled round and around Nelson and Granville Street just trying to figure out where this place was!  I kept seeing the address but for the love of God could not figure out where the actual location was!  After a few calls to the restaurant I finally just parked in the vicinity and started walking around.  Finally I found Rachel and we also found the stairs leading up to the restaurant.  It doesn’t help that it’s on the 2nd floor of a building that’s under construction and fenced…who would have thought there’d be a restaurant in the midst of that!  They definitely need some sort of signage above the restaurant.  Well, we finally found it and made our way inside.

guu garden

guu garden

  Of all the Guu locations I’ve been to I think this one is the most relaxed.  By relaxed I mean muted.  And by muted, I mean in comparison to the other Guus 😉  The soft lighting, actual chairs as opposed to just benches, again, Guu takes their concept and gives it a slight twist.  And I absolutely love the handwritten menus they have!  Can I get that as a font, please? Hahaha!

guu garden

guu garden

 
 
 
 
 
  While we settled in and perused the menu we got started on some drinks.  After a long day of work and the stress of trying to find the place we needed one!  Rachel went for the “Grown Up’s Melon Soda Float”.  I remember it being quite yummy!  I had the Peach Ramune~!  I was super disappointed that they didn’t bring out the Ramune bottle for me to open!! What’s up with that??!

 

guu garden

guu garden

  The specialty of this location is the Oden, and in true Jenn fashion, I did some research prior to arrival and had a list of things that we should order!  First up was the house specialty, Oden!  I ordered the Mochi Tofu Bag in Kanto-Daki in Soy Based Soup.  This was a definite fail.  I love puffed tofu but this was just weird.  The mochi inside was all slimey and gooey and when the tofu was opened the gooiness just kinda spilled out into the soup unceremoniously.  It was quite awkward to eat and the mochi that spilled out was not pleasant and the taste and texture were just weird….

guu garden

guu garden

 The Pork Belly and Fried Tofu in Miso based soup, on the other hand, was so~~~ delicious!  I loooooove a good hunk of pork belly and this one was tender, juicy and extremely flavorful!  Mmmmm~ what Korean girl does NOT love pork belly?  Not I   The soup was sweet and super yummy, too!  The Fried Tofu was a bit dry is all I can remember.  And I thought it was strange that the soy-based soup looked like miso and the miso-based soup looked like soy….but hey, they insisted it was right, so who am I to complain?

 

guu garden

guu garden

  Next up was Tuna & Melon Granitee~!  Refreshing and fresh~!  The textures of melon and tuna with the ice on top was fun in my mouth!  The spicy kick from the jalapeno was somehow also refreshing!  It was a nice segue into our next course, which was the sashimi.

guu garden

guu garden

  5 Kinds of Butu-Sashimi! We got 2 pieces each of the Spot Prawn, Salmon, Scallop, Tuna (Fatty?), and what I think is..Yellowfin??  Isn’t the presentation adorable?  Like a little sashimi garden!  People don’t know this, but I can’t do a ton of raw fish at once…but when it’s fresh and clean on the palate I will totally go for it. 

guu garden

guu garden

  The fish were fresh, bouncy and yummy, even the scallop!  Beautiful sweet pieces of scallop. These easily can get fishy tasting, but I enjoyed the ones on our plate.  We were totally lucky that it was Spot Prawn season because these babies are truly a gem!  Sweet, fresh and delectable!  Love!

guu garden

guu garden

  Spot Prawn Sashimi!!! YESS!!!!!   I devoured my Spot Prawn with relish.  Yeah, the eyes freak me out a bit..but that didn’t deter me from getting into the meat in the head!  Yep, nothing goes to waste, here.  (It’s really hard to NOT make it sound dirty when I say I sucked the head….arg!!!)

guu garden

guu garden

   The best thing about Rachel is she never skimps on a meal!  We go full force ahead and always get dessert!  We had the Sake Cheesecake which came with a Chips Ahoy Cookie.  I didn’t taste the sake, and I’m not a fan of the papery-ness of a chips ahoy chocolate chip cookie…but that doesn’t mean the dessert wasn’t good!  It just wasn’t the highlight.  But hey, it’s always nice to wind down a meal with a dessert.

Rachel, another wonderful dinner with you~