Aug 29, 2009

Hamada-Ya bread 2009 - Torrance

I like to get bread here every time I'm at Mitsuwa Supermarket in Torrance.

More pics of Hamada-Ya bread:
CLICK HERE for pics from 2007
CLICK HERE for pics from 2008
CLICK HERE for croquette pan

melon pan $1.60

Crispy Cream $1.60
"Rolled with custard and cookie dough topping"

Curry Donut $1.80
"Rolled with chicken curry"

Hamada-ya (inside Mitsuwa Marketplace)
21515 Western Ave. #146-B
Torrance, CA 90501

Vegas offers

Here's the offers we received recently in the mail.

Station Casinos:
$15 in free play, 2 for 1 buffet coupon

Aliante Station: Invitational blackjack tournament, Sept.13
Includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Make it to the final table and you and a guest get to dine with the pros at Mrkt Sea + Land

Main Street Station:
3 free nights, $30 in food vouchers

Four Queens:
3 complimentary nights, $80 in free play, complimentary dinner entree for 2 at Magnolia's

The Orleans:
$50 free play

The Orleans: Spin Your Way to $100,000 slot tournament, Oct.12-14 or 23-25
Includes 3 complimentary nights, afternoon cake & champagne awards presentation

The M Resort:
$15 free play, one complimentary buffet, buy 1 get 1 free room

2 complimentary nights, $50 free play, complimentary admission to the spa

Sahara: Jackolantern Jackpots $10,000 slot tournament,Oct. 15-17
Includes 3 free nights

2 complimentary nights, $50 free play, 2 for 1 entree in coffee shop

Aug 26, 2009

Dogzilla and Nisei Week Japanese Festival in Little Tokyo 2009

Here's the pics from Nisei Week in downtown L.A.'s Little Tokyo about 10 days ago.

Now, here's DOGZILLA, a food stand selling Japanese-style hot dogs. I kinda wanted to eat this, but we had plans to go to eat somewhere else so we didn't. BUT we saw a guy who bought this hot dog and he was taking pics of the hot dog, so we asked him if we could take a picture of his hot dog.

CLICK HERE for Dogzilla Facebook page

So here's the Yakisoba ho tdog he got. Looks like there is a wiener under the yakisoba. Does this sounds crazy to you? Because it's noodles in a hot dog bun? But you know what? This is one of the breads they've had in Japan for a long time. It's always popular at school. It's one of the basic breads sold at school in Japan. Speaking about this crazy Japanese bread, they also have croquette in a hot dog bun, also potato salad, fried chicken, pork cutlet, and more.

doing some karate

There were some different teams, and they were all dancing, like Yosakoi. If you don't know what Yosakoi is, just type on YouTube and there should be some videos.

Japanese warrior

Cosplayers - they were the most popular team.

Look all these people taking pics.

Aug 23, 2009

Curry House - Gardena, CA

Curry House, where you can get Japanese style curry and spaghetti. We decided to eat here because my husband wanted to eat their vegetable spaghetti. The last time we ate at Curry House was almost 7 years ago. I was gonna order regular curry but I couldn't ignore their limited-time-only Jambalaya style curry. Food was good and the staff were friendly.

corn cream soup (choice of salad or soup, came with jambalaya curry)
I've just always loved this Japanese corn cream soup. It's just good.

Jambalaya style curry (dinner) $11.45
seafood, sausage, tomato in it

Vegetable Japanese spaghetti $9.15
cooked in little soy sauce and butter

Vegetable spaghetti display

Jambalaya menu

Some of their menu

Rating (food): 4 / 5
Rating (service): 4.5 / 5
Repeat: Yes

Curry House
1425 W Artesia Blvd
Ste 24
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 323-7017

Visit website for more locations & menu:

Curry House on Urbanspoon

Aug 22, 2009

Flamingo casino - Go Room 2009

Here's pics of the Flamingo Go Room we stayed in April, 2009. This Go Room was bigger than the one we stayed in before. This one had 2 rooms. One is like a living room as shown in the first picture and a bedroom next door. Also I realized this room didn't have A coffee maker like the room we stayed in back in 2008.

CLICK HERE for regular GO ROOM pics.

This is what you see when you walk in.

Fridge. Empty inside.

Internet prices

This is the next room.

There are 2 sinks. This is the first one.

And the second sink with TV on mirror.

Aug 21, 2009

Los Angeles food truck adventure

Every first Friday of the month this summer, there's gonna be L.A. food truck in Venice Beach. So we went to Venice beach. It's always extremely difficult to find parking in this area, so it was really lucky we found street parking without keep driving around. All these food trucks were great. We finally ended up our day with happy stomach!

First, we started with Border Grill truck.

We got chicken wings (with mole sauce) $5
It was good. Even $1 a piece, I never had mole-flavored wings before, but it works.

Marked 5. They sells rice burgers. We LOVED this MARKED 5.

We got Katsu Pork and Torakku V. I believe each rice burger is about $5 and chips are $2 or so.

Katsu Pork - tender, boneless pork fried served with Marked 5 special Katsu sauce along with fresh cabbage and rice bans.

Shrimp Chips - deep fried greasy chips. My husband didn't like it so much, but it was fine by me. I kinda remember there used to be this kind of nostalgic flavor snacks in Japan.

Torakku V - pan fried tofu patty covered in Marked 5 secret Torakku sauce with fresh veggies and handmade rice buns.

I always wanted to try "rice burger" when I was still living in Japan about 15 years ago. But I never had a chance to try, and I finally got to try my rice burger, not in Japan, but here in Los Angeles!
My tofu patty burger was very tasty. I probably could eat couple more. I just loved it.

Fishlips sushi

California Set - small (California roll + temari sushi) $5.95

There were about 10 people before us waiting line. We waited about 40 minutes, then order, wait another 20 minutes until we finally received our food. I know, just 10 people, but it took us 1 hour. It was a long wait. But the food was good. They were making each order fresh. This California Set was only $5.95, it's good portion for one person. And the quality is actually better than some of the Korean-owned Americanized sushi restaurants.

Fishlips Sushi menu

Finally, we saw this Nice Cream Nielsen's Homemade Gelato & Sorbet and I decided to try it out.

1 scoop $3.50, 2 scoops $4.50, 3 scoops $5.50, 4 scoops $6.50
Toppings: $0.50 per topping

I got peach pineapple gelato. $3.50
It was YUMMY~. Very light and tasty, it was the perfect ending after all the food trucks.

Nice Cream
1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-7161

Mon-Sun.11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Border Grill:

Marked 5:

FishLips Sushi: