K-town series: Ssang Kogi Nara

Just look for the lit-up sign that you can't understand...

Oh good, English...

I know I said that we were going to stay away from Korean BBQ joints for this series but after further thought, it didn’t seem right since KBBQ is such a staple of the K-town restaurant industry.  Rather than blog about the well-known joints like Road to Seoul or Genwa, Kristen of Rock My Palate and I decided to check out a restaurant we had never heard of but came recommended by Mattatouille.  The draw?  Not only did this place offer AYCE kbbq, it also offered AYCE sushi/sashimi.

Ssang Kogi Nara is located on the outskirts of Koreatown in what can only be described as a “sketchy” neighborhood.  The restaurant seems out of place here amongst industrial businesses that are closed for the night. The interior isn’t the nicest but hey, it’s the food that matters, right?

The menu is simple – 4 different options based on how much you think you can pack away in your tummy.  We opted to go with Option C since AYCE kbbq, sushi AND sashimi ($25) seemed overkill for 2 people (and a kidlet).  For $20, we got AYCE meat and one plate of sashimi to share.  If I remember correctly, we opted for the short rib (galbi), marinated ribs, bulgogi and pork bulgogi. Continue Reading →

SugarFISH: A sushi lover’s dream come true

Last week, I received an invitation to try out SugarFISH’s newest location.  Monday night found me wandering into Downtown LA, a place I usually avoid thanks to traffic.  I brought my friend, D, along to keep me company.

The gateway to sweet sweet sushi

SugarFISH first opened in Marina Del Rey mid-2008.  Started by a group of sushi lovers in conjunction with Chef Kazunori Nozawa, better known as the “Sushi Nazi” of LA, SugarFISH’s goal is to bring Nozawa’s Tokyo omakase style of this delicacy to the masses at affordable prices.  Given its quick expansion into Brentwood in 2009, DTLA now and a Santa Monica location scheduled to open in Jan 2011, SugarFISH is succeeding.

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Hawaii: Imari at the Hilton Waikoloa

During our anniversary trip to the Big Island, Husband and I stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa resort. This hotel was built when I still lived on the island and I remember taking family trips to this place to ride the tram and boats and watch the dolphins; it was a treat and a trip down memory lane to stay here.


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