Nov 24, 2016

Grand Opening! Terra Cotta - Koreatown

I was lucky enough to be there during their soft opening tasting event. This place is absolutely beautiful, and the food was really good and they were using good quality ingredients. Everything was creative, specially their desserts. But the food came out really slow. It took 90 minutes to get our second appetizer, which was little crazy. But other than that, this is my currant top 5 place to eat in Ktown!






My ginger beer

We didn't like that they serve champagne in a wine glass, and my straw was too shot so it was difficult to drink. Hope they'll fix that.

Maine lobster salad $19
- heirloom tomatoes, mizuna. white balsamic and grape vinaigrette

Absolutely lovely dish. Tomatoes were so sweet and juicy.

Grilled octopus $19
- kochujang romesco, korean pickles, roasted garlic

Crispy smelts $19
- tempura smelts, red onion & cilantro, ama ponzu
Again, they use sweet and juicy tomatoes, and I'm really happy about it. 

Squid ink fried rice $32 
- garlic and kimchee fried rice, squid ink, dayboat scallop, argentinian prawn
It's big enough to share with 3 people. 

Filet Mignon $33
-wagyu tenerloin, truffle soy-mirin reduction, baby carrots, pommes puree
It was rare, and steak was cold.

Shellfish pasta $35
-maine lobster, bay scallops, manila clams, santa barbara uni butter sauce
My least favorite dish from all. It was just average. Pretty big portion.

Matcha Mille feuille 

Makgeolli foam, Passion fruit cream, milk powder crumble, banana ice cream 
This was absolutely my favorite dessert!

Creme brulee with raspberry sauce on the bottom




Terra Cotta 
3760 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

(213) 365-1077

Monday - Sunday 5:30 pm - 12:00 am

Parking: at Ralphs, I believe free with validation.

http://www.terracottala.com/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/terra-cotta-los-angeles-3



Nov 20, 2016

LA weekly's Sips & Sweets 2016

 

Yes, LA weekly's Sips and sweets are back!
Taking place on Friday, December 2nd from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the event will feature 21 of the city's top bakers and 24 of LA's most respected mixologists.

CLICK HERE for pics from last year.

GA tickets will be available for $40, VIP tickets will be available for $60
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1309459


The Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California

Friday Dec 2, 2016
Doors: 8:00 PM (ends at 11:00 PM)
21 and over

Pour-Over Coffee Travel Mug


 I just received this cool thermal coffee mug with built in dripper. It's absolutely easy to use and easy to clean. The only thing is that when I drink, I have to remove the mug lid every time.

- Built in, pour-over Stainless Steel Dripper – the high-density mesh filter is detachable, concealable and screws into the bottom of the cup while traveling. Store your ground coffee powder inside the dripper compartment for on-the-go brewing!
- Drip brew handcrafted coffee brings out rich and refreshing aromas from fresh ground coffee. The dripper can easily rest on the multi-purpose lid. Saves the hassle of using paper filters and is environmentally friendly.
- Double Walled, Stainless Steel Insulation provides 6 hours of hot or cold Retention for this Thermal Travel Coffee Mug. All parts can be easily disassembled for cleaning and are dishwasher-safe.
- Stylish and Easy to Use. Easy “grab-and-go” handle. 13.5 ounce (400ml) volume brews 2-3 servings at a time. Anti-slip silicon base pad for safety.



You set the dripper on top.

Add ground coffee

Pour hot water

And it's done



http://www.consumerassociates.com/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LMWOB1I


Moroccan Glow Detox Face Mask



The Athar'a Moroccan Glow Detoxifying Face Mask is a truly luxurious treat for your skin. Considered one of the most rare clays, Moroccan lava clay or Rhassoul is loaded with anti aging and skin soothing nutrients, this powder face mask will not only benefit aging skin, it also draws out impurities, toxins and cleans deep within your pores to fight acne. If you're looking for an all natural, vegan face mask, you'll love this luxurious beauty product.

-The silky smooth feel of the Athar'a Moroccan Glow Face Mask will give you the pampering treatment of a high end facial.
-Removes excess oils and cleans deep to purify skin
-Touted as a "Super" clay - Moroccan Red Clay is used in the finest spas around the world
-Detoxifies skin, builds elasticity and leaves skin smooth and soft
-All Natural, Vegan and Cruelty Free

Directions: for best results mix dry powder with equal parts water or raw apple cider vinegar to create a paste. When mixing use wooden, pottery or glass bowls and avoid the use of metal. Apply paste to cleansed skin after a steamy shower so pores are open. Remove after 5 -7 minutes for delicate skin or 15-20 for other skin types. Follow with toner and moisturizer. Also. check out our blog on how to use this face mask to give yourself a DIY Facial at Home.
Recommended for: Sensitive/Acne Prone and All Skin types can enjoy this clay face mask. 
Ingredients: Moroccan Red Clay, White Kaolin Clay, Organic Turmeric Root Powder, Strawberry Extract

http://www.atharapure.com/Moroccan-Glow-Detoxifying-Face-Mask-Vegan-100-Natural_p_23.html



Nov 14, 2016

Vinalta Anti-Aging Retinol Serum




Vinalta Retinol Serum uses the latest in retinol effective anti-aging formulation that is absorbed by the skin immediately, yielding silky smooth and soft skin; contains natural and organic ingredients. It is the best serum with retinol for face, body, and decollete areas. Retinol helps with top layer dead skin turnover to reveal your most youthful radiant skin.

Offers an extra protective barrier against UV rays. It can be worn all day or all night as it offers anti-microbial protection as well. The serum hugs your skin with a hydrating feel. It will help fade away wrinkles and fine lines. The advanced antioxidant-rich formula is scientifically proven to help eliminate free radicals and reveal your most youthful skin.

Infused with Pure Organic Antioxidant-Rich Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Green Tea, Witch Hazel, and Botanical Hyaluronic Acid. Will Help Provide UV Protection to the Skin While Keeping It Hydrated and Smooth. Non-Sticky or Greasy.

Fragrance Free and Food Coloring Free.

https://www.amazon.com/Vinalta-Retinol-Serum-Anti-Aging-Wrinkles/dp/B01KEQU6HG




Nov 4, 2016

The first annual California Vegetarian Food Festival 11/13

 


It’s not all about food and more food at the California Vegetarian Food Festival on November 13th. The festival venue, Raleigh Studios Hollywood, will also be bursting with musical entertainment and high-powered fitness programs.

The Grammy Award-winning Timothy Boom will perform his Alternative Soul music and display his multi-instrumental virtuosity. Bloom’s debut single, Stand in the Way, made the Billboard Top 100 list, and since then his career has skyrocketed in the last decade.

Former New York Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden will put attendees through their paces using his Soul Glow Sports formula, which has been described as a marriage of football and dance.

Will Tucker, a four-time Natural Bodybuilder champion and owner of WTF (Will Tucker Fitness), will let listeners in on his secrets for building muscle on a plant-based diet.

Sakina Ibrahim will demo her unique take on Dance Fusion, a cardio-based movement class that mixes hip hop with African-Caribbean rhythms.

For a more Bollywood-inspired session of dance, the Andaaz Dance Academy will be on hand offering festival-goers a joyful atmosphere in which to work out.

Taking the energy down to a deeper level, Dada Ashiishananda will offer guided meditation for all comers.

Turning to upbeat pop and retro rock, singer/songwriter Shivan Bonanno will perform selections from his eclectic musical palette.

David Rothschild, a New York-bred singer and guitarist, will show off his country-folk sound, infused by his background interests in jazz and R&B.

Fusing Native American and Taiwanese musical traditions, songwriter Raye Zaragoza will perform from her debut EP entitled Heroine. The young singer has recently toured throughout North America.

There will also be an opportunity to discover your inner pop star with Alexa Heller, a vocal coach who will get festival attendees singing.

The enchanting Maureen Toth, whose albums include Shine and Cut Flowers, will lay down her sweet strains at the festival as well. Toth was trained on the East Coast and now performs all around her new hometown: Los Angeles.

In addition to the entertainers and athletes, the festival will showcase more than 60 vegan food and lifestyle vendors. There will be a main speaker stage for informative talks by physicians and other health and nutrition experts. The Kumquat Kids Area will feature storytelling and crafts projects for the younger set. A raffle will benefit the festival’s charity partner, Mercy For Animals.

The California Vegetarian Food Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, and will take place rain or shine. The Raleigh Studios complex features convenient parking and dog-friendly space.

For more information, visit the festival website: http://cavegfoodfest.com/
To purchase general admission or VIP  tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-vegetarian-food-festival-2016-tickets-26154097610


Raleigh Studios Hollywood
5300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038



Oct 31, 2016

shiki - beverly hills

It was almost a year ago (yes, I just realized I didn't blog about this place), I dined at Shiki and this is one of my top 3 sushi place in L.A. *By the way, my other favorite place for sushi is sushi sushi.
The chef told me, (I think his name was Hiro) he used to work at Sushi Gen. Sushi chefs are Japanese and it's really nice to have conversations with Japanese chef in Japanese over the sushi counter.  All sushi were absolutely delicious. Excellent service. I'd keep going back!

Beautiful and delicious Yuzu saketini $12
*Sushi is one order 2 pieces. 
white fish with yuzu
blue fin tuna $9
Fresh albacore (Oregon) $8
Ikura $7
Kanpyo maki
blue crab cut roll $9
halibut $8
tai $9
Yari ika $7
negitoro (fatty tuna & pickled radish) M/P
uni $12
tamago $5

housemade warabi mochi with ice cream and saba sauce $8






Shiki 
410 N Canon Dr,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(310) 888-0036

Mon-Sat:12–2:30PM, 6–10PM
Sunday 6–9:30PM

https://shikibeverlyhills.com/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/shiki-beverly-hills-beverly-hills


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