Honda-Ya Izakaya

5/28/16 I went to use a free $30 gift certificate I won from entering in a magazine.

We ordered yaki udon, yaki onigiri plain, crab shumai, miso ramen, negi maki, potato and cheese gratin and French fries. The place got crowded quickly because people were lining up minutes before we entered in (I came with cousins.)

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We ordered a lot of food. The bill came out to be over $60 but my certificate helped pay for half of it. I liked the fries and gratin more than the ramen because it tasted like any other ramen you could get in another Japanese restaurant.

Besides, this place was a whole new experience. I’ve never been to an izakaya. It’s like a Japanese pub/bar where friends and families meet in a place like this to unwind over drinks and small dishes that range from hearty standards to refined innovations. This was the best place ever!

The address is 333 S Alameda St Ste 314, Los Angeles, CA 90013 and

the link is Honda-Ya Izakaya in Little Tokyo .

Books about food & food in Little Tokyo

Books about food

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The books above is from the bookstore called Kinokuniya . I’m including the link. Someday, I will buy a book. It’s pricey here. 🙂

Food in Little Tokyo

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This time I was a lot more adventurous with trying new food. I tried chocolate mocha ice cream, chocolate and raspberry macarons, and an imagawayaki. I ate at Aloha Café with a friend. She ordered the beef teriyaki and I ordered the Loco Moco. Food is so good here. 😀

 

Little Tokyo Sightseeing

I’ve always done photos of food and sweets but this time, I am showing you a little bit of Little Tokyo sightseeing.

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3 stones in water, friendship knot, a spaceship, Little Tokyo watch tower, OOMO cube and abstract metal sculpture.

All of these sights are located in Little Tokyo. Have you been here? So much to do.

 

Deciding to make mini tarts/pies

I’ve decided that I will make a batch of mini tarts or pies, depending on the availability of ingredients in my house. Not this week but maybe in 2 weeks.

It’ll be made after finals week.

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There are some recipes that require no baking at all, store bought tartlets, and some with premade crusts. It’ll be my first time making a mini tart or pie. So when the post is up, I’m not so sure the tarts/pies will look so delectable as the images above. I think I’ll manage with the best of my capabilities but do know this, it will be my first time makin a mini tart or mini pie.

Here’s the website for more tarts and their recipes: Delicious Mini Tarts And Pies

Amy’s Pastry

Amy’s Pastry

There’s this bakery in Montebello, California that I favor and I recently went to this place for a sweet treat. The website link is just above. 🙂

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YUMMY! Mouth-watering… Most of the pastries are photogenic and is baked fresh in the store and are very delicious. I wanted to buy something with chocolate or try something refreshing and different from my usual taste palate.

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Vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes.& At least 3 shelves of 7 plates per row of cookies.

 

Beauty Essentials

I saw these products at Rite Aid. I actually found Katy Kat Matte and Maybelline’s Vivid Matte Liquid plus L’Oréal’s Miss Manga  Mascara! I haven’t seen that in stores in forever. Then I browsed the other makeup brands for something new to add to my arsenal, providing I actually use the product or find the opportunity to wear it. I do like Maybelline’s Baby Lips (Lip Balm). I usually go for that or Lip Smacker Lip Balms and their interesting flavor collection like Thin Mints or Cupcake Frosting. The list could go on.

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Do you see something you like? What’s your go to beauty essentials?

Festivities at my college

Late post of a Cinco De Mayo celebration.

About 9 days ago, there was a Cinco De Mayo festival held at my junior college.

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There were at least twenty to thirty clubs that had presented food booths. Our college decided to make the day a tasting event. It was pretty epic. You had to buy a wristband for ten dollars in order to get to taste everything. I managed to take plenty of pictures of the delectable food. Our club served tinga, it is a Mexican dish made with shredded chicken in a sauce made of red and green tomatoes, chipotle chili and onion strips. Plenty of people frequented our table. Other clubs had put out churros w/ or w/out ice cream, Mexican pastries, seven layer dip and chips, mole, Mexican rice and tortillas, tamales, ice cream sandwiches, tacos, flan, cupcakes, hot dogs, and much more. I agreed with my club when I said that this event was amazing and well put together.