Sunday, January 27, 2008

My Korean BBQ Adventures

Well I've decided to try some more at home. I desperately need some banchan recipes. I want to have a ton of little dishes. Looking online now. This time I also plan to marinate our meat myself. I hope it goes well.

All of this rain makes me want to definitely eat something hot. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Another Pocky conquered

We opened it up yesterday but I forgot to blog about it so Pocky #10 is FUYO NO KUCHIDOKE POCKY (Winter Seasonal)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Guess what?

I have two new flavors of Pocky! Can't wait to try them out. I'm trying to wait since I went Smores crazy this weekend

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Let this Marinate in your Mind

Friday, January 18, 2008

R.I.P. - Carl Karcher founder of Carl's Jr.

Carl Karcher passed away on Jan. 11, 2008. Today was his memorial. More news about it can be found here.

Here is a bit:

The happy face star symbol of the Carl's Jr. empire, fashioned from yellow and red roses, graced the altar Friday at St. Boniface Catholic Church, where Carl's Jr. founder Carl Karcher was remembered as a loving father, mentor and man of deep faith. Some 2,200 mourners filled the sanctuary of the church and parish hall and spilled out into the parking lot, where many watched the nearly two-hour service on a large screen. The founder of the CKE Enterprises died a week ago -- five days shy of his 91st birthday -- of Parkinson's disease-related pneumonia at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton

Carl's Junior has always been one of the better fast food burger places. I respect the devotion he had towards his wife and family a lot. She preceded him in death. I like to think that they are together again, smiling. I believe LOVE is ETERNAL.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Time to think about what's for lunch

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Pocky Quest - Current Status

1. Tahitian Vanilla
2. Strawberry (w/ flavor crystals)
3. Strawberry
4. Coconut
5. Dessert - Chocolate
6. Chocolate Crush (Almond)
7. Chocolate Crush (Rangdosh)
8. TsubuTsubu Marron
9. Milk

I'm aiming to have at least 10 by the end of January, then it will get hard hunting for flavors

Need more Pocky flavors

Well today I opened up my last box to try and the final flavor (for a while) is...


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

What is Pocky?

Pocky (noun)
a crunchy and popular Japanese snack made by the Glico company. essentially a stick cookie dipped in any sort of a variety of flavored creams. the most popular flavors are strawberry and chocolate, though more esoteric flavors like yogurt, milk, and honey also exist. there is also "men's pocky," which features a darker bittersweet chocolate

Cooking at Home

Well I love eating out but I also like trying things at home. This week has been a good week for creativity for us. We actually did homemade Korean BBQ w/ Panchan on Monday night and last night we actually had Shabu Shabu for the first time ever. I think it came out pretty well. We bought the meat & sauce from Marukai but I hope to go homemade for the sauce next time. It was also fun to sit around and eat as a family.

Food is great. Family is better.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

JJ's Bakery

What is worst than a kid in a candy store? AN ADULT IN A BAKERY. Made the trip to JJ's Bakery on Sunday and the person I was with truly tried to clear them out.

What did we buy? Well luckily I have my receipts - all 3 of them. She kept making return trips. Can you see a week of working out in our future?

Bacon sticks
Danish Blueberry
Danish Onion
Vanilla Cookie
Bacon Sticks (yep we got two)
Danish RB
Danish Tuna
Danish Raisin
Grill Sandwich
Triangle Cake
CK Pie

The thing is I could actually see me buying everything we tried - again. It was really good. It didn't help that they kept bring out warm items while we were there because the willpower was low. I do think I will try one of their cakes the next time I go. They have a few locations but here is the one we went to:

J.J. Bakery
2370 Crenshaw Blvd - KL
Torrance, CA 90501

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Another day another flavor. So far I like them all. Of course some more than others but there are quite a few that I would buy again. Anyway, today I chose one that I had actually not even seen in stores before (which isn't saying nothing since I'm still fairly new to the Pocky world)

1. Tahitian Vanilla
2. Strawberry (w/ flavor crystals)
3. Strawberry
4. Coconut
5. Dessert - Chocolate
6. Chocolate Crush (Almond)
7. Chocolate Crush (Rangdosh)
8. TsubuTsubu Marron

Friday, January 4, 2008

A Peek at our other blog

Pocky Quest - Conquered 7 varieties

Mmmmmmm, I'm loving this quest. Well today I opened up another pack

#7 Chocolate Crush (Rangdosh)

I have no idea what Rangdosh is. Can anyone help me? May have to do a google search or something for it later. The picture on the box looks like a broken cookie. Anyway, I like it.

Luckily these things have a shelf life. I've been pacing myself. After I open the box it is fair game for the entire family.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Pocky Quest

I won't lie I was thinking what flavor to today since yesterday. I really liked the dessert chocolate from yesterday. It was pretty rich tasting. So I've picked the one I will be trying today which means I'm 6 flavors into my quest. Does anyone know how many flavors or variations of pocky there is?

1. Tahitian Vanilla
2. Strawberry (w/ flavor crystals)
3. Strawberry
4. Coconut
5. Dessert - Chocolate
6. Chocolate Crush (Almond)

Most of my pocky purchases were bought at Marukai Market in Little Tokyo (California). I seem to have a weakness for Japanese snacks. They tend to give me the right amount of sweetness without being overly sweet. I'm contemplating a Kit Kat quest too since I found out that they too have different flavors.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Pocky Quest - 5th Flavor

Well as I mentioned yesterday I bought some Pocky from Marukai Market. I look forward to trying them this month. I actually showed some restraint by not devouring them yesterday but today they may not have much mercy.

Actually, I do plan to try one a day. Today's flavor is Pocky Chocolate Dessert so here are our current standings:

1. Tahitian Vanilla
2. Strawberry (w/ flavor crystals)
3. Strawberry
4. Coconut
5. Pocky Dessert - Chocolate

New Years Day - A day of Good Food

One thing I keep saying about Little Tokyo, I always eat something great when I go there. I think we sampled almost everything. Here's what I can recall

Yakisoba (w/Mayo, Seaweed and a little chili sauce)
Yakisoba (w/Ginger, Seaweed, Mayo, chili sauce and bonito flakes)
4 chocolate covered strawberries
6 mochi ice creams - 2 mango, strawberry, chocolate, coffee
Coconut Gelato
Curry Pan (From Curry House To Go)
Croquette (From Curry House To Go)
Tofu Noodles in Fish Soup Stock
Spicy Tuna Rolls
Edomae Nigiri Sushi combo from Nijiya Market
Spinach & Cheese Crepe
Spinach & Cheese Crepe w/ a little salsa
Banana & chocolate sauce crepe w/ powdered sugar & whip cream
Mike & Ikes
Maple Pan (Bread) from Marukai Market
2 other Breads that were gone so fast I can't think of their name (just looked at my Marukai receipt the 3 breads were a) Pan Tokachi Cream, b) Kashi Pan, c) Pan Twist Melon)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

I'm full

Had such a good time today. There was so much good stuff to eat. I'm just to full to blog about it now. I did get to pick up a few more varieties of Pocky for my Pocky Quest. - yum.

Little Tokyo has to be one of my favorite food destinations

Happy New Years!

Happy 2008 everyone. About to head down to Little Tokyo for their New Year's event. I look forward to eating the food and watching the entertainment. I definitely want some Yakisoba and some Mochi and I love the sound of the Taiko drums. Last Year was our first year attending and we had a great time. January is going to be a busy time for our family and I actually look forward to being fully present in every event, activity that I go to.

Let this year be the year we make a difference.