8 Week Weight Loss + Travel Diary – 3rd Week (Part 2)

It’s about time I share more pictures from my Miami trip and weight loss journey. Breakfast that 2nd morning in Miami was boring, just another scramble egg but the real fun had just began!

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After breakfast we headed off to Biscayne Bay! We took the bus there. I am finally back to Sailboard Miami! I came here last year and it was fun. Highly recommend this place! The people here are extremely friendly and helpful.

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Last year my instructor was Jerry but he’s only there, Mondays. Donald was our instructor this time and I like him more because he made us go out to practice on our own after teaching us the basic skills.

That was extremely fun! I did get a knee scrape and one of my feet got scratched and bleed but it was worth it! I want to see if I can try in the spring here in NYC. Next year if I were to go back, I need to bring water shoes! There were alot of rocks by the shore.

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After playing such a strenuous sport, we were starving. We went back to my favorite restaurant, Niu Kitchen.

We order oysters for our starter. It was fresh but could use a spicy kick. The Wahoo Tartare was a little too light and flavorless in my opinion. Could use a tad of sesame oil to give it a richer taste. Personally I wouldn’t order it again.

Then I mistaken order another tapas dish, Cured Marlin and I was sooo glad I did. It was amazing! The smokiness of it mix with the texture was TO DIE FOR!! Yum! I hope they will have that special again when I go next year! I got the Branzino filet with jamon iberico (cured ham) and it was devine. The jamon iberico had a nice aroma and gives a meaty flavor paired with the nicely grilled fish. Perfection! *Small cheat* friend’s ribeye steak with rosemary vinaigrette was nicely done too, very juicy but I forgot to take a picture of it.

In the middle of our meal, a very nice couple sitting next to us asked if we were doing anything after dinner. We didn’t have any plans so we said, no and they offered us their extra tickets to see Motown! Their daughter and son in law can’t make it so they have extra tickets and didn’t want it to go to waste! Lucky us!

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The musical was good and the performers has excellent voices. The musical is base on the story of how Berry Gordy found and ran Motown Records label. It is also about his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and even Michael Jackson! It was definitely interesting.

After such a exhausting but good day, I was ready to go back to my room and sleep! The next day was another fulling and exciting day! Kiteboarding!

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I Know The Chef – Sen Restaurant

247464v2-max-250x250 untitled Recently through Daily Candy and Urban Daddy, I was introduced to a new type of restaurant reservation service called I Know The Chef. I Know The Chef is an online concierge service that gives their members the ability to make reservations at exclusive restaurants at prime times with VIP treatments. I haven’t made an actual reservation from them as of yet but I have attended an event hosted by their founder, Joshua Stern.

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(Photo credit to DailyCandy)

This was I Know The Chef’s second ‘Members Dinner’ and it took place at Sen Restaurant on November 13 at 7:30pm. The owner, Toranosuke J. Matsuoka created a delicious and exclusive 5 course menu with sake pairings. It is priced at $70 per person. I think its a very reasonable price for a 5 course with sake pairing but many people will think its too expensive.

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When we entered the restaurant I was greeted by a friendly host who led me to the front of the bar where Joshua and the rest of the attendees are. I was immediately offered a cocktail. It was delicious, however I had already forgotten what it was. Rate: 5/5

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Bluefin Tuna Festival 2013

Food is a huge part of who I am. I just love to eat, eat and eat! Just as much as my so call Food Partner in Crime, Donald. (Who haven’t been updating his blog.) He eats a lot more and without me most of the time. lol. As all my friend’s know, I love Japanese food. I can eat Japanese food all week and still enjoy it to its fullest. Today I had the chance to see a 500lbs Bluefin Tuna cut in front of my eyes. What an eye feast?!

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Look at the size of the head! They were selling it for $20. I think it will be really good for soup or congee.

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This gentleman explains in English how the fishermen catches the bluefin tuna in the ocean and it’s diet. He also answered a lot of questions the onlookers had.

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Jewel in a Hole

Tasty. Not too strong.

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Yummy Lunch – Homemade Japanese Food

Thanks to a very nice friend, I got homemade japanese food for lunch!

Rice, tamagoyaki and takoyaki without octopus.

I don’t like eating a lot of rice so this amount was just perfect. Tamagoyaki (also known as tamago) as you can see is a japanese style omelette. It is made by rolling several thin layers of cooked egg. They were perfect. Not to sweet at all. Takoyaki is really “suppose” to be grilled octopus. This is a improvised version of it made without the takoyaki pan and octopus. My friend used all the same ingredients (tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion, topped with okonomiyaki sauce, ponzu, mayonnaise) and made it into a square shaped takoyaki. It tasted exactly like the ones made in restaurants. The okonomiyaki sauce was slightly too salty for me but none-the-less very tasty.

Thanks for the great lunch! You know who you are.

Pop-Up Gourmet NYC #2: The Last Meal

Many thanks to Karen for inviting me to enjoy this wonderful meal created by Chef Akiyama and his staff! She notice my love for Lan Restuarant through Yelp’s review and invited me. Chef Akiyama was the executive chef of Lan Restaurant and they had closed down last year. I had loved Lan A LOT and was very sad to see it close. I was hoping it was only being renovated but apparently it was not.

Karen and a few others hosted dinners at their “Pop-Up Restaurant.” This dinner’s theme was “If you have one LAST MEAL… what will it be?” My answer was a 5 course meal with lots of seafood and green tea dessert.

credit to Pop-Gourmet NYC Facebook

The event was hosted at B Flat Bar and Lounge. It was a very small and intimate place.

First Course – Thien’s last meal – Seared live scallop and roasted beet with foie gras mayonnaise and carrot puree

All I tasted was freshness of the scallop and beet. The crunchy fried fish skin on top adds a interesting finish flavor to it. Everything about it was very simple and light in flavor. I also liked how it was arranged. Rate: 4/5

Second Course – Betty’s last meal – Squid ink taglionini uni ankake

This was surprisingly amazing. I was NEVER was a fan of uni till I had this. The squid ink taglionini was good and tender. The taglionini hold itself together wonderfully and was very filling. I could eat another serving of this. Tasted almost exactly like the ones served at their sister restaurant, Dieci. The only difference was, it was without uni. Rate: 5/5

Third Course – Meghan’s last meal – Yuzu flavored sinigang na baboy with lobster sweet miso bisque foam

This course was a totally disappointment to me. I was expecting something more flavorful and interesting, instead I get boiled pork and vegetable. The so call lobster sweet miso did not have any scent or taste of lobster. I felt like it was all oil. You can see the oil and grease very clearly in my photo. Rate: 0/5

Fourth Course – Karen’s last meal – Bluefin tuna yamakake with truffle rice (This is before the truffle was added.)

Appearance wise, it looked very interested with a raw egg yolk on top. I love the bluefin tuna. It was very good fatty tuna with a lot of sweetness and was very fresh. The rice itself tasted good with the right amount of stickiness. The good part of this course ends their.

(This is how it looks after the truffle was shaved on top.)

The raw egg yolk makes it a yamakake dish and it gives the dish a weird taste and texture (slimy). It could really do without the raw egg yolk. It would have been great without it. It would have been great in a bowl of ramen or soup. Rate: 2/5

Fifth Course – Joanne’s last meal – Caramelized banana custard french toast with salted peanut butter and spicy blue berry jam

This would have to be the BEST COURSE out of the entire meal. Dessert is always my favorite course. I’m also a huge fan of banana. The caramelized banana on top of the custard french toast was TO DIE FOR. It was so soft it practically melted in my mouth. The salted peanut butter was perfect, not to salty. The spicy blue berry jam was actually not spicy at all. It would have been nice if it was actually spicy. If it wasn’t so fattening (banana and caramel have tons of calories), I would eat this all day and night. Rate: 6/5

Everyone sat together with strangers or friends. I went alone and met new friends: Brian, Julie and Andrew. It was a lot of fun and the foods were pretty amazing especially the dessert! ^,^

Dinner On A Very Snowy Day…

Throughout the whole day at work on Saturday, the 19th I thought it won’t really snow that much. Even though the weather forecast say it will snow a lot. I didn’t believe it. They were always wrong. It was barely snowing the whole day. In the end, I was SO wrong. After I get off work at 5pm to meet up with Donald for dinner (sushi) at 86th St, it was snowing like HELL! I had no hat, hood or umbrella and no ear muffs. I was wet and cold from head to toe. I wanted to call Donald to cancel it since it was snowing so bad but I felt bad if I cancel it at the last minute so I went anyway and this was what we order!

Donald’s Order:

  • 5 Tamago (Egg)
  • 2 Spider Rolls
  • 1 California Roll?

  • 1 Philadelphia Roll
  • 1 Salmon Roll

My Order:

  • 2 Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe)
  • 1 Dinosaur Roll
  • 1 Unagi Tempura Roll

It was a very yummy dinner. We had a great time hanging out and catching up. But it was a very cold and wet walk home though. =/

Chikurin Japanese Restaurant
2274 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11214
Tel: 718-333-0811
or 718-333-0288