I Eat, Therefore I Run

Lunch (1:00 p.m.): Lunch with Tiffany, Shannon, and Roya, at Le Pain Quotidien, after we picked up the race packet for tomorrow’s Pasadena Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Cob salad with grilled chicken (no blue cheese). Cup of coffee with cream and sugar.

Dinner (6:00 p.m.): Carb-load dinner at Torafuku with Tiffany, Shannon, and Saori.  Torafuku Omakase ($27).

Salad.

Amazing Kamado rice (I had seconds).

Assorted fries (shrimp and pork tenderloins).

Grilled cod and a side of seaweed tukudani.

Sashimi.

Sashimi in ponzu sauce.

Homemade tofu.

Whitney …

Lunch (12:30 p.m.): I ate two pieces of mochi wrapped in seaweed for lunch. I had no energy to cook anything, after spending the last two days in bed from what felt like a cold, so I just heated up mochi blocks I had in the freezer from the new year. I’m so glad that I’m feeling much better now.

Dinner (6:00 p.m.): Galbi and soon dobu for dinner at Tofu-Ya on Sawtelle Blvd. I had a bowl of rice, plates of banchan, and a few slices of spicy pork that Kevin ordered.

We wanted to go to Lawry’s for dinner (we had a $25 gift certificate that was about to expire) but was told that it would be a 3 hour wait (this is why I don’t like Valentine’s Day)  … so we just drove to Sawtelle. Our first choice was Sawtelle Kitchen but it was closed so we went across the street to Tofu-Ya.

We stopped by Yogurtland for some swirly dessert.

Greatest Love of All” was the first English song that I memorized and sang at my 5th grade graduation (not solo, of course), and always held a special place in my heart.  And I remember crying hearing this song for the first time.  I hope Whitney is in better place now.

Recovery Food: California Chicken Cafe

Currently recovering from the two days of pure Christmas dinner gluttony (first night at home and the second night with my fiancé’s family) with simpler meals.  The dinners were fabulous but it’s time for me to go back to my regular eating routine. Here’s today lunch, enjoyed after working out with my sister: a side salad, a bowl of vegetable soup, and chicken pasta salad from California Chicken Cafe.

By the way, there’s a saying in Japan that goes something like this: Women are like Christmas cakes – they go stale after 25.  This is completely ridiculous. evil On a contrary, I think we women are like fine wine and we get better and better with age.  So, all the ladies out there — forget the backward thinking and keep on shining!

Delicious Green Juice at Real Food Daily

I’ve been on a juice kick ever since I watched the documentary, Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead.  I’ve not committed to the Reboot program or anything just yet (that’s the juicing detox diet that successfully reserved the subject Joe Cross’ obesity and other symptoms he once suffered) but the juices that he enjoyed in the film looked so good that I started craving them!

The healthy concoction that I was particularly interested in was the Green Juice with kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, apple, and ginger root. It looked delicious and I like all the vegetables individually (maybe except for cucumber) or in salads, but I was slightly intimidated by the idea of juicing them all together.

Luckily, I was able to try something very similar at Real Food Daily in Santa Monica over the weekend. I ordered Sweet Green, with cucumber, celery, kale, parsley, spinach, and apple (and I added a ginger root) … and it was SO delicious! The sweetness of the apple and the spiciness of the ginger roots cut through the bitterness of kale, making the juice incredibly refreshing and tasty … and sweet!  I’m totally going to start making Green Juice at home now! 🙂

While at our favorite vegan organic restaurant, I had my favorite Tofu BBQ Chopped salad with mountains of chopped seasonal vegetables, cashew cheese, and Romaine lettuce, topped with a generous serving of BBQ tofu blocks. My sister’s Basic Four with Garlicky Greens, Seitan, quinoa, and seaweed salad looked mighty delicious too.

Here’s my previous post on Real Food Daily (the La Cienega location).

Real Food Daily
514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Just Trust It: Sushi Sasabune

There isn’t much that I can say about Sushi Sasabune in West Los Angeles that hasn’t already been said … and pretty much everything I wanted to say was already said beautifully by John Oliver at LAist.  So I’m going to make this post really short and let the pictures speak for themselves.

We all go to sushi restaurants for different things. If you want delicious spicy tuna on crunchy rice, to go Katsuya. If you want non-traditional American-style sushi, go to Yamato or Sushi Dan. But if you want to experience sushi with the highest quality of fish, go to Sasabune, and order the Japanese omakase course.  Don’t even bother with anything else.  And make sure to follow the “soy sauce” and “no soy sauce” rule to experience each piece of sushi at its best.

This place is seriously one of, if not the best, sushi restaurants in Los Angeles.


Pen Fish (tastes like clam), Baby Tuna, and Albacore with ponzu.


Tuna and toro, halibut and clam, oyster and mussel baked in mayonnaise


Aji (Spanish Mackerel) and Anaebi (sweet shrimp), shrimp eggs in ponzu.  There was a fried shrimp head that accompanied them (which I forgot to take a picture of).


Clam and squid, uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe), anago (freshwater eel) and I forgot what the other one was. At the end, we all received a simple hand roll with real crab meat.

Sasabune
12400 Wilshire Blvd., West Los Angeles, CA 90025
★★★★★

Huckleberry Fun in Santa Monica

If I were to ever open my own shop, I would like it to look and feel like Huckleberry, this lovely bakery / restaurant in Santa Monica. I’ve only been here twice but I’m already smitten by its nature-inspired decor and high-quality offerings.

My staple here is a dish called Soft Baked Egg. Contrary to the name, this is not a traditional egg dish but rather a wonderful Tuscan soup made from roasted tomatoes and white beans with silky pouched egg in the middle. There’s a cheese in the soup (Parmesan or goat cheese, depending on the availability) that enhances the flavor of the tomato soup. I love the thick slice of bread that comes on the side, especially because you know that it came right out of the oven in the back. This soup is simple and hearty, and absolutely delicious.

I’m curious about other delicious items from its ever-chaging seasonal menu, but it’s hard not to order this amazing soup each time I visit. I’m sure I’ll eventually venture out to something new but until then, I’ll be indulging in Soft Baked Egg.

I also took home a freshly-baked baguette and had it for dinner that night. The bread was crusty on the outside and chewy in the inside – a perfect combination. It was perhaps the best baguette I’ve had in many years.

Huckleberry
1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 91404
★★★★★

My Sister’s Birthday Ritual: Wakasanchi

I finally decided to join the civilization and purchased an iPhone a few months ago. I am not particularly tech savvy so I’m sure I haven’t even come close to tapping all the amazing capabilities of this smart phone, but I am liking it so far!  And it has certainly made my bag a little lighter. I no longer need to carry my digital camera every time I go out to eat, in case I decide to take pictures. I think the quality of these photos is pretty good!

Here are the photos from me and my family’s recent Wakasanchi outing to celebrate my sister’s birthday, just like last year. I’m glad this day’s omakase menu was packed with seafood. I think my father would have rather had something different but my mother and I, the fish lovers, sure enjoyed the assorted sashimi, salmon, and several types of shrimps!