The Bomb at Ton-Chan (San Gabriel, CA)—CLOSED

Before the crush of food preparation for osechi ryori, five of us headed over to Ton-Chan for lunch. A previous review of it is here. Instead of the usual Sapporo miso tonkotsu ramen that others ordered, I went for one appropriately called The Bomb, basically a miso tonkotsu ramen with spicy ground pork. As noted before,... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Ten Ten (West Covina, CA)

Recently, after completing our shopping at Marukai Market for osechi ryori ingredients, we'd typically have lunch at Rutt's, a restaurant inside the market near the southern entrance. This was the branch of Rutt's doing business in Culver City. For some reason, it shut down operation since I was here last December and has been replaced by... Continue Reading →

Osechi-Shopping at Marukai (West Covina, CA)

Every year, our family celebrates the New Year by preparing osechi-ryori, the traditional holiday food served in Japan and continued here in America by Japanese immigrants. My mother used to spend two whole days before the new year to make all the goodies, as did my wife's family. There are certain dishes that have come... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Monsoon East (Bellevue, WA)

I've reviewed Monsoon East in a previous post. Located in Old Bellevue on the Eastside, it (along with the original Monsoon) is the best Asian fusion restaurant in the Seattle area. If there is any single reason why we don't come here often, it is that the restaurant seems more appropriate for a special occasion or... Continue Reading →

Dinner at MokSHA Indian Cuisine (Bellevue, WA)

After an enjoyable afternoon at the movies (we saw "Silver Linings Playbook"), we were trying to think of a place to eat around Bellevue Square. The thing is, there hardly are any appealing restaurants in what is arguably the hippest shopping complex in all of western Washington. I know people who live in Seattle who... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Shanghai Café (Bellevue, WA)

We'd been going to Shanghai Café for a long time, shortly after it first opened in (I believe) 1998. So that's almost fifteen years that we've patronized what has become our go-to Chinese restaurant. Over the years, we've brought friends here. Almost without exception, they too have enjoyed the food. My daughter and son-in-law, both... Continue Reading →

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