Getting in touch with my inner food self…

“Work on Saturday”, they said, “and we’ll give you Monday off.”  Okay. Of course, what was supposed to be an easy 8 hrs turned into 14 hrs. (T_T) Oh well, I got paid OT. But I sure was glad I scheduled a spa day for myself on Monday. The catch? I booked it at a Korean spa in K-town. While I had been to a “Korean” spa before, I had not been to a true one yet.

Korean spas. Not quite your typical place where you lounge in tranquility to the soothing sounds of pan flutes and aromatherapy and enjoy treatments in a private room. No, Korean spas are different. Jacuzzi pools may include green tea or mugwort in the water. Dry saunas may be enhanced with jade walls, salt bricks or some other mineral while wet saunas may have some herbal concoction scenting the air. Also, everyone is naked. Wait, what? Naked? What do you mean “naked”?  Uh… naked. Nude. Au naturel. Birthday suit. Boobies and bushes everywhere! Well, except for those that go for the full Brazilian… TMI?

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Eating Humble Potato

One of our coworker friends who lives in our old neighborhood of Westchester told us about a new place that opened up in the area, Humble Potato. This place boasts American comfort food with a Japanese kick. I was hooked at the mention of curry fries. The Japanese version of poutine? Sure!

The Cat Wrangler was game to try it as well since he likes Japanese curry, one of the few Asian foods he actually enjoys as opposed to just barely tolerating it. Yeah, I’m married to a white guy who isn’t that into Asian cuisine. Don’t ask how our marriage survives… or what he eats at my family gatherings. So for dinner on a Saturday, we headed over with the kidlet. The place wasn’t too packed; turns out, we ended up just beating the crowd because a line formed out the door shortly after we ordered. Lucky Cat was smiling on us that night.



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My 20 Minutes of Veganism

Vegan food. Just the word “vegan” makes me shudder and think of scary soy-based cheese that doesn’t melt…. Of meat substitutes that look like the real deal but are…off.  You know when you eat something but it’s not quite right and you can’t put your finger on why?  Yeah, that’s vegan food to me. Except I know why….  There’s no dead animal flesh or dairy! I feel like a rabbit masticating plant matter and soy. Bland plant matter and soy, emphasis on the bland. If I’m going to be a bunny, I want to be the f***ing Cadbury bunny, thank you.

It’s not that all vegan food I’ve tried is bad. Vinh Lo Tofu was pretty awesome. But overall, I always felt somewhat unsatisfied. Call it a mental block but whatevs…. Continue Reading →

Flaming Spice – Hot! Hot! Hot!…Pot

Pretty nice plaza with an eclectic mix of showtunes and Chinese pop music playing (picture courtesy of Kirbie)

A few weeks ago, SD blogger Kirbie Cravings came up to LA. She, along with her future husband and her brother, Kung Food Panda, Limer35 and I (Husband and Baby as well) got together for some hot pot. Kung Food Panda picked Flaming Spice in Industry. We had a reservation for our large group but thanks to Hell-A traffic, I and the fam were late which caused us to lose it. Fortunately, we did get a table but take this as a lesson; check traffic and leave with plenty of time to spare.

I have never had hot pot before. If you’re familiar with shabu shabu, the Japanese meal of boiling meat and vegetables in broth at the table, this is the Chinese version, basically. I found hot pot to be better than shabu shabu, which can be bland to me. Also, at least at Flaming Spice, hot pot is cheaper. Flaming Spice does all-you-can-eat for $20/pp.

Spicy Fish/Oxtail

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