Jul 30, 2014

Tatsu Ramen on Melrose

I was lucky enough to get on the list during soft-opening and try everything for free! This is their second location. Just around the corner from Pink's hot dog, right next to All about the bread.

Tatsu ramen is tonkotsu base, thin noodles. If you don't want your ramen too greasy, ask for easy oil after you placed your order. Currently, dessert is not available. Hopefully they'll have ice cream or something in the future.

I also took short clip on tastemade. CLICK HERE to watch it.


I wish there is option for easy oil.

ramune $2.50

Bold ramen $10
Served with seasoned soft-boiled egg & pork

Soul ramen $12
Signature ramen. Homemade Tonkotsu broth, black garlic oil and sweet umami sauce. Served with ground beef and a choice of pork, chicken or tofu. I got with pork.

Me and my friend, we both liked this soul ramen better.

extra eggs, corns, chashu

Chashu rice $4
I liked chashu rice bowl. It had sweet flavor. It wasn't cubed, more liked shredded.

Fried rice $4
was little mushy

Juicy pork bun $3.50

Tatsu ramen
7111 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Sun-Wed:11:00 am - 2:00 am



Jul 29, 2014

Baking coffee chocolate cake with Pure raw cacao powder

Cacao Powder Raw Organic - Best Pure, Dark, Natural, Unsweetened, Cold Pressed and Non Dutched/ Non Alkalized - Derived from Non-Fermented Beans - Ideal for all your Dark Chocolate Recipes - Pure Natural Cacao is an Antioxidant Superfood Rich in Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Copper & other Nutrients that can Help Keep you Healthy, Happy, Energized & Relaxed

- Great taste and blends well, just one tablespoon brings a delicious dark chocolate flavor.
- Perfect for raw treats! Or even baked treats. The secret to a really good homemade chocolate or mocha.
- Being rich in nutrients, minerals & flavonoids our cacao powder is highly alkalizing. As a result many customers report excellent sleep and energy. Marvel as your chocolate cravings disappear.
- Delivered in a heavy-duty, re-sealable stand-up pouch. This makes it easy to store and doesn't take up much space. Also helps your cacao stay fresh.

I made coffee chocolate cake with this cacao powder. I posted original recipe, but I cut off sugar and oil to make it lower fat and calories. So of course my version was not sweet and not so moist but I like it that way.

Coffee Chocolate Cake
makes 1 9-inch cake
Recipe from: Joy the baker
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar  *I cut off sugar and only used 1/4 cup.
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm coffee
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil *I also cut off oil, can't remember how much I used.
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
small handful of chocolate chunks and/or cocoa nibs (optional)

Place rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9-inch pan and dust with cocoa powder.  Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cacao powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  In a medium bowl, whisk together coffee, oil, and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chunks and cocoa nibs, if using.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  The batter will be relatively thick.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

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Three Layer Bamboo Cutting Board Set

I recently received this beautiful bamboo cutting board set. This set includes: 14"x10",12"x8.5", and10"x6.8". It's dry fast. So far, I like it.

Premium Bamboo set out to design and manufacture a new durable design, a cutting board set that will solve all the issues customers have with cheap and traditional cutting boards that break and warp easily. The top and bottom layer are vertical while the added middle layer is horizontal which creates a very strong cutting board. You will not be disappointed with this cutting board set.

What Sets Premium Bamboo Cross-Layer Cutting Board Apart From The Rest?
- This bamboo cutting board is eco-friendly and biodegradable
- Very light yet extremely durable thanks to bamboo's natural benefits
- Made of 3 over lapped layers - makes for a strong cutting board that does not warp
- Bamboo cutting boards that will not dull your knifes
- Less porous, there are fewer spaces for the bacteria to get trapped unlike regular wooden cutting boards
- Cleans easily, just wash by hand with soap and water, and let them air dry
- Cutting boards has rounded corners and edges which looks great and makes for easy safe carrying
- Stores easily anywhere in your kitchen due to their great size
- FSC and FDA Approved
- Antimicrobial

You can purchase it on Amazon:

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Pure Premium Raw Organic YACON ROOT SYRUP

Yacon Syrup is sourced from naturally grown organic Yacon fields in the country of Peru.
Yacon syrup has shown to remains low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale. This is due to the fact that the sugar contains high levels of oligofructose (inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized readily by the human body. For this reason, Yacon is ideal for diabetics and acts as a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners.

-100% pure Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function.
-Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). -Restores renal activity. Is a powerful Antioxidant. -High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS(fructooligosacharides). It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your bodies metabolism.
-Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Organic certified by our manufacturing specialists.
-100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added preservatives. Bottled and tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.

Taste: It's really sweet. Taste like kuromitsu.


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Hyperbiotics PRO-15 The Perfect Probiotic

GET 15 TIMES MORE RESULTS THAN WITH CAPSULES++. With superior patented technology, our living organisms reach deep into your intestinal tract where they are needed most. Our formula will even reach your large intestine.

IMPROVE YOUR MOOD AND ENERGY LEVELS. Fatigue and irritability are often a result of poor vitamin and nutrient absorption. These probiotics help create a microenvironment inside your digestive system that promotes full mineral absorption so you can finally feel like your happy, energetic and vibrant self.

RELIEVE YOUR SENSITIVE STOMACH. This formula is released at consistent levels throughout the day and throughout your Gl tract; whereas other capsules more closely resemble a bomb being dropped in your upper stomach - releasing all organisms at one time, often causing upset such as bloating, gas or diarrhea.

GET & STAY WELL. 80% of your immune system is in your gut, and when probiotics (the good guys) are abundant in your body, it’s harder for the disease causing bacteria (the bad guys) to settle in. This formula restores beneficial bacteria for optimal digestive and immune health, helps control yeast and candida overgrowth and promotes daily relief from allergies, gas, bloating and constipation. Life should be easy.

LOSE WEIGHT. New studies show that gut microflora may improve your metabolism and accelerate fat loss. Let’s get your gut back into equilibrium so your waistline will follow.

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Barefaced Dead Sea Mud Mask

I received this face mask. It smelled like nice spa smell when I opened it. But when I actually put on my face, I didn't like the smell, it smelled like dirt. But after a while, I get used to it, and I could feel my skin is healing.

Dead Sea mud is full of natural minerals, salts and nutrients, proven to have repairing and healing properties for our skin.

Filtered down from the surrounding mountains, layers of fine salt, sand and clay deposits have developed over centuries to form the black mud of the Dead Sea. Our mud has been harvested straight from its bed.

Proven to Naturally Improve the Appearance & Feel of our Skin
- Tone, tighten and improve skin texture.
- Exfoliate, unclog and purify pores. Help rid your skin of blackheads and imperfections.
- Draw out unseen excess oils and impurities.
- Moisturize and stimulate skin collagen to help fight wrinkles.
- All natural and organic ingredients. Paraben free.

Banish those bad skin days and reveal a Barefaced more confident you. Skin will feel beautifully bare, purified and rejuvenated. This good skin feeling with brighten up your complexion and your day.


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Jul 24, 2014

8th Annual White Light White Night

I went to the 8th Annual White Light White Night event last week. I had such a great time there. Great food and drinks. They had a booth where you can make your drink by yourself. I hope I'll be there next year, too!  I just posted 62 photos on facebook page. Check it out!



HealthyNow Colon Cleanse Detox Plus

A Unique, All Natural & Extra Strength formulation of herbs, seeds, fruits and fibers that help enhance digestive system functioning and cleanse the bowel.

-  Cleanses, Stimulates & Nourishes the Colon - 90 Caps per Bottle.
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Extra Strength Colon Cleanse Detox Plus Helps*:

- Regulate Digestion
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- Increase Energy
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Since each person’s diet and elimination are unique, watch your body’s response to the number of capsules you’re taking. If taking 2 capsules in the morning is having too strong of an effect effect to carry out normal activities during the day or if you don’t have easy access to a bathroom during the day, then taking 1 capsule in the morning and 2 at night might be the best combination. Or you can even skip the morning and only take the 2 before bed, letting them work overnight. Some may experience light cramping, like a gassy feeling, particularly as a cue that it’s time to go. That’s a normal sign that the ingredients are working, but if it gets too uncomfortable, reduce the number of capsules you take the next time or skip a day and start with one capsule the next day.

Certain foods like meat and cheese can slow down the elimination process in our systems. That means these foods will be making it harder for your body to get rid of the old stuff you want to clean out of your colon during this process. Eat fresh and raw foods as much as you can during the cleanse!

So does this work? Yes, it works for me.


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Jul 21, 2014

Azure Naturals ULTIMATE VITAMIN C Skin Repair Serum Review + Giveaway

Do you remember how I blogged about Azure Naturals ULTIMATE HYALURONIC ACID Serum before? Well, let me introduce their another product, "Ultimate C skin repair serum".

VITAMIN C WORKS! This serum will increase cellular renewal by boosting the production of collagen and elastin. Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E are all powerful anti-oxidants that when combined can provide up to eight-fold antioxidant protection, 96% reduction of sunburn cells, and prevent the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin. This serum is intentionally designed to be thin, but not greasy or watery. This is the optimal consistency for a Vitamin C serum and allows the potent ingredients to deeply penetrate your skin to repair sun and other environmental damage, while boosting production of new collagen and elastin.

WHY AZURE NATURALS? 100% guaranteed to be the fastest working and most effective Vitamin C Serum on the market today. Compare our ingredients to similar product from Skinceuticals, Obagi, and PerriconeMD. Not only will you find we have superior organic and natural ingredients our Vitamin C serum is $80 to $130 less expensive per bottle! More expensive does not mean it works any better! If you don't care about wasting money, you should still buy our product because it works better! You can donate $100 you save to charity!

HOW DO YOU RECEIVE OPTIMAL RESULTS? Just like exercise, it is very important to use your skin care products consistently. VITAMIN C serum can be applied twice per day in the morning and at night. If you only use the serum once do so in the morning. Vitamin C serum will help protect you against future sun damage and other environmental stressors, but it is definitely not a substitute for sun screen! Your skin’s texture should start to improve with the first application, but give your skin at least 30 days of consistent use to see the optimal results. Follow with our ULTIMATE HYALURONIC Moisturizer, ULTIMATE RETINOL, or another good moisturizer. Our Vitamin C serum is safe for all skin types and conditions including dry or irritated skin, wrinkles, fine lines, dull complexion, acne, and eczema, etc. You should not experience any dryness, but if you do you are most likely applying too much of the serum. If you have dry skin start slowly, especially around any areas that are prone to dryness. You can begin to apply more serum gradually as your skin adjusts.

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! Made in the USA With The Highest Quality Natural and Organic Ingredients Available: 98% Natural, 72% Organic. Contains No Alcohol, No Parabens, Gluten Free, Plant Based, No GMO's, Cruelty Free and Never Tested On Animals! Key Ingredients: 20% Vitamin C + Vitamin E + 11% Hyaluronic Acid + Ferulic Acid. Also contains Organic Aloe + Advanced Amino Complex + Organic Jojoba Oil.

ONE YEAR MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: We are so confident that we have created the best Natural and Organic skin care products available we back all of our products by a 365-day, 100% Hassle-Free, Money Back Guarantee. If you don't absolutely love any of our products we will give you a full refund, including shipping, no matter where you buy the product!



And if you didn't win the last giveaway, here's your chance again! Azure Naturals is giving this product to one lucky winner. The winners of the last giveaway received all 3 of their products! Lucky them!   Enter below for a chance to win serum. The contest ends 7/28.

Congrats, Maryann!

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Advanced Probiotic dietary supplement by Number One Nutrition

I'm into dietary supplement lately. I've been trying many different supplement and this is one of the supplement I didn't know about, until now.

Probiotics are good bacteria who perform a very important role in our digestive, methabolic and immune systems. They produce enzymes that break down the food we eat, regulate vitamins intake and convert sugars to the essential nutrients our bodies need.

This is how the Number One Probiotic may help you:

- Drastically improve your digestive health.
- Balance your intestinal flora.
- Improve your mood.
- Break down allergy causing proteins.
- Accelerate your fat loss.

Two capsules taken daily with a meal as a  dietary supplement.



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Jul 20, 2014

Yelp elite tasting event at Old School Eatery - Pasadena

About a week ago, I had yelp elite tasting event at Old School eatery. This place is brand new, just opened. Since it's "old school eatery", I was expecting to have milkshake and burgers or something, but the menu was completely different from what I expected. Still, I liked deviled eggs and croquettes.

They have nice patio area.

Here's the menu of the night

Homemade ginger ale (left) and fruit punch (right)

We had Old School Lager, Monkish Galaxy, and La ale works. I liked La ale works better of all.

Organic cage free deviled eggs

Whitefish croquettes with rocket sauce and an unagi glaze
You can't tell it's whitefish

Grass fed brisket and papperdelle stroganoff

And dessert

peanut butter inside

Here's the lunch / dinner menu

Old School Eatery
975 N Michillinda Ave
Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 351-0388

Mon-Sat: 11:30am-10pm
Sun: 11:30am-9pm