Cafe & Macadamia (Costa Rica)

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries I ever stepped foot in. The people are so nice, and the food is just amazing. One of the most beautiful restaurants I stepped into during our stay was called, “Cafe & Macadamia.” It is on the way before you hit Arenal, where the rain forest/volcano is at. The restaurant serves all types of food, stone oven pizza, and some pretty amazing smoothies. You overlook the man make lake, and you experience the beauty within the country. The prices in Costa Rica for food is as much as America. It’s not that much cheaper. Here are some photos of my experience at this restaurant. Let me know if you ever stop by!

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Galbi Jim

IMG_1082One of my favorite Korean Dish is called, “Galbi Jim!” It’s a pretty old school plate that has been noted as a high class dish. When your in LA, and you try to look for a great restaurant that has this dish, it’s going to cost you a lot of money, with small portions. So I’m here to help you save money, and be able to eat this amazing dish for days.

I usually make this in a pot but, I really wanted to use my crockpot that I won during Christmas, and let me tell you. This braised beef came out so perfect, I could cry. When I look for recipes I really do look at google. I looked at Roy Choi, Maang Chi, and some other blogs. I study each ingredient, and really make my own recipe in the end.

 

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For this dish here’s what you need:

  • 1 Crockpot (duh)
  • 3lbs of beef short ribs
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 cup of radish (daikon)
  • 7-8 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 apple
  • 6 dates (take the seed out)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 cup of soy (korean soy)
  • 1/4 cup Korean cooking wine (mirin)
  • 5 tablespoons of Korean Sweetner (Corn syrup – mulyeot)
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 quarter pieces of ginger (optional)
  • 5 shiitake mushroom
  • Pinch of sea saltIMG_1078
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 green onions
  • 8 pieces of rice cakes (hard)
  • 1 cup of water.

What you do first:

Have two separate bowls of cold water. Soak your mushrooms in one, and beef on the other, for 2 hrs. Make sure you put the pinch of sea salt on the beef so the blood separates from the meat.

After the 2 hours, clean out the meat, cut the fatty part of the meat out, cut the meat into pieces like the right hand photo, and throw into the crockpot.

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Make sure you cut the carrots 1 inch. Radish (daikon) you can cut it how you like, I cut mine into squares/triangular shapes. Slice the apple thinly. Take the seed out of the dates. Chop the onions. Cut the mushrooms into slices. Throw everything in the crockpot like the first photo up top.

Lastly, it’s time to make the sauce. In a bowl, pour 1/2 cup of soy, 1/4 cup of mirin (cooking wine), 5 tablespoons of corn syrup (korean sweetner), and 1 teaspoon of sugar. You can add 2 cubes of ginger if you like and blend it in a mixer all together. Once mixed, you can pour the sauce into the crockpot. Add 1 cup of water. Make sure you close the lid, and heat the crockpot at high for 7 hours.

When you hit your 3.5 hrs mark, make sure you go back into your crockpot and flip everything upside down. Throw in your 8 rice cakes (optional). Once you hit your 7 hours, you can tell that the meat is falling off the bone, which means it’s done! Put your high heat into warm on your crockpot. When you are done you can throw sesame seeds, and green onion in a separate serving bowl.

Let me know if you made this dish, and tell me how it goes!

Cravings…

1909709_10101833855710557_1856034942394322246_nLast week, my all time favorite model Chrissy Teigen came out with her own cook book! I got to meet her, and got my book signed! One of my main reasons why I follow Chrissy is that’s she witty, and has no filter. Plus, her instagram and snaps always have something to do with Pizza! Who doesn’t love pizza!!!

The book it actually really thought out on all the recipes. She has ton of stuff, and if you love Thai Food. Bingo! Your going to get the recipe for Pai Ga Pow! My favorite Thai Dish. She says, that she didn’t want to be a celebrity just writing a book, she really wanted to be hands on, and you can totally tell by all her funny stories that go along with every recipe.

Another person I follow is Ayesha Curry (Steph Curry’s wifey), she’s coming out with her book too! I’m totally excited, and I just love celebs who actually cook instead of just take selfies……

I’m currently traveling but, I’ll definitely let you guys know how some of the dishes come out! Buy Chrissy’s book, “Cravings,” at any book store near you!

Till next time! xoxo

Shabuya!!!

12642702_10101819452544617_4273096899929031364_nOne of my favorite things to do in LA is to find the best deals for lunch. Recently, there is a new shabu shabu restaurant that opened up in my neighborhood. They opened in January 2016! This restaurant has it’s up and down of Korean BBQ ownership. They change the name of the restaurant so much that all 3 of the signs are still on the venue. I know, pretty confusing!

Recently, a new Shabu restaurant took over! It’s owned by the same company as OOK KOOK Korean BBQ. It’s #AYCE, they have a variety of meats, and a buffet of seafood. I think lunch has the best deal, it’s $16.99! Dinner is $25.99, which I think it’s pricy for shabu. I do love the seafood section, they have my favorite scallops, shrimp, octopus, squid, you name it! They have different types of noodles you can choose from, tons of veggies, and a whole section of fish balls, tofu, and all the good stuff you like to put in your hot pot! I also like that you can divide, and pick 2 types of soup. I picked the original, and spicy. Also, if your not full by the end of the meal, they make you porridge! Lastly, I’m so excited that there is a great shabu place because, I hate driving so far to 626 to get good quality shabu. If your in the neighborhood, esp., friends don’t you dare eat at Shabuya with out me!!!

Shabuya

3986 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Chicken and Waffles!

One of my favorite things to do in Vegas is try to eat all my favorIMG_9624 (1)ite restaurants in 24hrs. My top picks of all times are 1. Joe’s Stone Crab 2. Pan Roast at the Oyster Bar 3. Steak House at the Circus Circus … But, my favorite brunch spot has to be “Hash House A Go-Go!” All the meals are super huge, and you can share each meal with 3-4 of your friends. There famous dish is the, “Chicken and Waffle.” It’s really worth it, for only $17.99. Look at the presentation on this piece! On the weekend, the wait can be up to 2hrs. There are 3 locations in Vegas, and 1 in SD. So make sure while you gamble, you gamble to pick the least crowded restaurant. Also, what makes this place so amazing is that it’s open 24hrs in Vegas. Since, a lot of the “Steak and Egg” specials are now nowhere to be found in Vegas. I always turn to Hash house to get a good meal even at 4am.

What’s your favorite brunch spot in Vegas?! Have you ever finished this plate? Let me know!