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midori, sherman oaks

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I started my homeward bound tour in LA because I had not seen my LA friends in their natural habitat for probably something close to 3 years. Plus I love them and so when it was time to head home, I aimed south first. First off, can I just say I ate RIDICULOUSLY well while I was in Southern California? Like, every meal was super good. No complaints whatsoever from this eater. I’d name a cuisine and an hour or so later I was stuffed to the gills.

My first meal on California soil was Mexican food but the place was pitch dark and I was damn hungry so there was no time for pictures. Dinner was sushi with bad track lighting but I’m a determined little lady and dammit we were gonna have pictures with this meal.

It was cold and rainy that night and the wait time was horrifying but we toughed it out and were handsomely rewarded.

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January 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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ichiban boshi, suntec city

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I pass this restaurant nearly every Saturday since it’s en route from my bus stop to the gym that I go to. After class I’m usually in a hurry to get somewhere or do something or blah blah blah that I end up eating a granola bar instead of having a real meal. This time I stopped to smell the sushi and had a lazy, late Saturday afternoon lunch.

I was halfway through the meal before I realized that this place is a chain and I’ve been to the same restaurant’s Esplanade location. This time around I opted to change up my usual unagi-negitoro-spicy tuna trifecta that is my go-to sushi meal.

May I present to you… tuna and cucumber with chicken floss.

ichibanboshi

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April 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm

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what to do with cha soba

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True confession time again.

I’ve been to Daiso 4 times in the last 4 weeks. Obscene right? It all started off because I need a plastic bowl for my morning cereal. It has now morphed into a weekly, mostly innocent visit to pick up a peeler, a bottle opener, some tupperware. Whatevah. Then I started venturing into the food section at Daiso and it was all downhill from there.

Sometimes I buy things and have no idea what I’m going to do with them when I get home. Such was the case when I spotted some green tea soba at Daiso. For two dollahs I figured I didn’t have much to lose. I perused the internet (as is what often happens, you go to Google for life’s answers) and found two recipes that served as inspiration. One is from superfamous food blog Chocolate & Zucchini and the other from the Aussie mag The Gourmet Traveller.

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April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

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tori-q @ takashimaya

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The basement of Takashimaya on Orchard Road is one of my favorite places in Singapore. In general, it’s not that different from the many other food centers on the island so I wonder what’s gotten me so enamored with it. I’ve boiled it down to a few things.

  1. It has a lot of food going on and everything looks lip smackin’ good.
  2. What is a cheapy food basement doing underneath quite possibly the largest LV store I’ve ever seen in my life? Who knows. Maybe if you spend that much on a bag you only have a few bucks left over to eat.
  3. The one and only Sephora in Singapore is in this building.
  4. Two words: Beard Papa.
  5. The ramen place uses the same logo as Maruichi.
  6. Because I feel like it.

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March 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm

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simbashi soba, paragon

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A cancelled dance class turned me and Shawn’s quick bite late lunch into a easy going Sunday meal. Since we both arrived fairly grumpy (due to a combination of low blood sugar and work stress), we had to find a place to eat asap.

We settled at Simbashi Soba in the basement level of Paragon on Orchard Road. As soon as the escalators deposited us in the basement I immediately recognized it as a place that me, Jen, Jlin, and Julia stumbled upon during our visit last May. It’s nice when this happens because it reminds me of buddies back home and our adventures.

Anyway, back to the present.

Simbashi Soba has a great menu full of soba dishes that I’ve never had or heard of before. While I was gunning for something warm, I ended up not being able to resist the spicy salmon soba.

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March 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm

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super secret sashimi saturday

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Ah. Nothing like a little alliteration to start a story.

This is a weird post. I’m not allowed to divulge the location or name of the restaurant we ate at as my accomplice agreed to take me here only if I kept my big mouth shut. She has been previously sworn to secrecy by the orignal discoverer. We waited 40 minutes plus to finally get a chance to eat here. It’s sushi bar style and at any given time the place can hold about 18 people. The queue is long and moves slowly so should you stumble here only commit if you’ve got nothing better to do and aren’t low on blood sugar.

secretsashimi

This place has got rules.

  1. Each person has to order a dish.
  2. You have to order everything you want at once. If you make a second order they charge you a 20% surcharge.
  3. Each seat costs $2. The fee includes a drink – Japanese tea, mineral water, or a soft drink.

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January 25, 2009 at 12:31 am

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happy birthday to meeeee!

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It’s weird to think how much life changes over the course of one year. Admittedly, I was a bit concerned about how I would ring in year 28 outside of the comfortable party confines of the Bay Area. Luckily, the concern was for naught and I had a fabulous Singapore-style birthday.

The celebrating started on Saturday night when I rounded up all the work ladies to a chill evening at Loof (3rd floor on the rooftop of the Odeon Tower extension building). I visited the place a few weeks ago and liked the very low key atmosphere and laid back crowd. The drink and food menu are also not bad (both pricewise and tastewise).

I ordered calamari (very meaty, shown above) and a small margarita pizza which is actually just a cheese pizza. PS Loof: margarita pizzas have fresh tomatoes and basil on them. I also had a caparinhia (shown above) and a Pimm’s Club. Both were decent on the alcohol content (a tough find in Singapore) and were spiked with turbinado-tasting sugar.

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November 2, 2008 at 9:28 pm