dineLA Birthday sushi at Sugarfish

What’s that number one Birthday month? January! Go Roshell, it’s your Birthday! I exhale song lyrics, occasionally at inappropriate moments. Such is life.

January ended but I am still celebrating my birthday. It is not everyday that a girl crosses the border to thirty.

My foodie friends treated me to dinner at Sugarfish. The Universe knows that I’m a foodie, so it makes sure that dineLA Restaurant Week falls in my birth month.

“Thirty is delicious,” that’s my slogan for the year. I chose to conquer the ambitious dineLA menu (see below) option at Sugarfish. My love of sushi increased as each mouth-watering piece melted in my mouth. Sugarfish serves one dish at time, which builds the anticipation.

Cue the AT&T commercial. We want more! I impatiently awaited each piece of deliciousness. My top 3 plates were:

  • albacore and salmon sushi
  • yellowtail, halibut and scallop sushi
  • crab handroll

I tumbled out the door filled to the brim. Next time I’ll order a slightly smaller portion and not be such a glutton.

Dinner Menu (dineLA Restaurant Week)

Edamame starter

Salmon sashimi

2 pieces of albacore sushi

2 pieces of salmon sushi

2 pieces of yellowtail sushi

2 pieces of halibut sushi

2 pieces of large scallop sushi

1 toro handroll

1 crab handroll

1 lobster handroll

Travel: Epic Vegas Trip at 30

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Two handfuls of visits and twenty-nine years of living as neighbors, can you believe I never “experienced” Vegas?

Strolling the Vegas Strip sober with family, trotting through the club to wrangle talent for red carpet photos, and professionally greeting guests at a registration table does not qualify as experiencing Vegas.

Indulging in crazy Vegas trip(s) is done in your twenties, right? Not for me. I’m extraordinary. My first Vegas experience happened five days after crossing the border to thirty.

Cue Beyonce’s 7/11. Vegas at thirty included: accidental kidnapping by valet, bath tubs posing as refrigerated alcohol storage centers, lost luggage, discovering hotel-rented scooter chairs, over-intoxicated and undernourished friends spazzing out, burning balls (feet) trudging through the club, recorded videos singing chants from the college days, seducing mannequins, seemingly choreographed routines (grand entrances) to Jay Z music, endless jokes, laughs for days, and “spinning while my hands up.”

Below see photos from my crazy, entertaining and epic Vegas trip. Click images to enlarge.

Thanks for reading.

Hugs,

Roshell

Cooking On A Budget: Lazy Chicken w/ Rachel Ray

One year while perusing in Target, I decided to grab cookbooks. I’m pretty sure cookbooks were not the purpose for the visit, but you know how that goes. Twenty-fifteen looks like the year that I will actually use said cookbooks. On Sunday, I flipped open Classic Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals: The All-Occasion Cookbook and tried ‘My Sister Ria’s Lazy Chicken, or My Lazy Sister Ria’s Chicken’ recipe. Yum-O! I’m pretty sure the 30-minutes does not include prep time, start to finish took about an hour. Check out my photos and get the recipe below. To purchase the cookbook from Target, click the link above.

Ingredients
Balsamic vinegar
1 & 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets – thinly sliced or pounded breast meat (I used 2 chicken breasts, I sliced into pieces.)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)
2 medium white potatoes, thinly sliced (I did not skin the potatoes)
1 medium white onion, halved and thinly sliced (I used a brown onion)
Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick, to taste
1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth (I used white wine from Trader Joe’s)
1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes ( I did not use the full 28oz)
10 leaves fresh basil, torn or coarsely chopped
2 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves stripped from the stem chopped

1/2 to 2/3 cup shredded Italian cheese of your choice (I used a packaged mixture of 6 Italian cheeses)

Ria’s (Rachael’s sister) Recipe (with a few changes)

Lightly coat chicken with balsamic vinegar. Heat 1 tbsp evoo (once around the pan) in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken for two minutes on each side  (Next time I will add time and cook it about 90 percent through)
Remove chicken and set aside (Next time I will add seasoning to chicken for more flavor).

Add 1tbsp evoo to pan and add a layer of potatoes and onions. Sprinkle potatoes and onion with Montreal seasoning. Continue cooking and turning occasionally until potatoes begin to brown. Add wine to the pan. Layer zucchini on top of potatoes and onion. Add more Montreal seasoning. Top with layer of chicken breasts. Pour crushed tomatoes on top (I used about 3/4 can), then sprinkle chopped basil and oregano. Cover pan and cook until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes (I cooked for 25 minutes).

Sprinkle shredded cheeses on top. Place pan under broiler for a few minutes until cheese melts and begins to brown. Serve directly from the hot pan at the table, with a green salad on the side (I added a baby arugula blend as the side. I used a balsamic and basil vinegrette dressing).

I look forward to trying this recipe again. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading.

Hugs,

Roshell

San Francisco for the BIG three-oh

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On Sunday, I turned 30. Happy Birthday to me! In celebration of the three-oh milestone I traveled. Saturday through Monday I explored San Francisco with one of my best friends.

The city is filled with delicious food. Like a glutton, I stuffed my belly with layer upon layer of food. We stayed in Nob Hill, so we basically hiked through San Francisco, this warranted overeating .

Via LinkedIn, I connected with a sales manager at the Fairmont San Francisco. She emails me rate promotions periodically. I reached out and asked for a promo rate for my travels dates. Boom! Ask and thou shalt receive.

The sales manager and her assistant were super sweet. A welcome package (card, fruit bowl, and Evian) greeted me in the room.

As for my flight, I paid $141 round-trip. Virgin America offers flight sales frequently. In October, I booked my flight for January with a promo.

See San Francisco in pictures. Click images to enlarge.

Thanks for reading.

Hugs,

Roshell

EMC Seafood+Raw Bar

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Crispy Dungeness Crab (Whole)

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” -Julia Child

Yes, Julia! My friendships are sealed and celebrated with food. I’m convinced that my friends workout to eat. Birthdays, job promotions, breakups, life chats, or new shoes… food is front and center for the celebration. Eating is a hobby.

I don’t subscribe to the “no new friends” motto, so my circle has a door. My friends are diverse, which makes for colorful foodie adventures.

One adventure landed us in Korea Town at EMC Seafood & Raw Bar (EMC). It happened to be the hot spot that Saturday night. The space is modern and ideal for groups, it’s pretty noisy and open late-nights.

We were seated at a long bar table. We opt for family-style group feasting. Our tasty spread included the items pictures, they are highlighted purple on the menu pages. Five of us dined that night and left happily stuffed. I predicted that the brussels sprouts and Uni pasta would be the weakest links. Wrong. They were delish and two of my fave dishes.

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Uni Pasta

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Oysters

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 EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

3500 West 6th Street #101, Los Angeles, CA 90010

213.351.9988

Miracle Mile Starfish Sushi

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Mango Madness, Fiesta and Sapporo roll, please! For four visits in a row this is exactly what our order looked like. My friend Vee and I are stuck on these rolls, they’re so friggin yummy.

Starfish Sushi is a cute little Japanese spot located in Miracle Mile, Los Angeles. The sushi is fresh and yummy. The service is good as well.

Starfish Sushi

5600 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

323.933.5600

Grab ‘n Go Lunch: Salad in a Jar

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Balance is where my focus is these days. Time and money are major pieces of that puzzle, so a healthy grab n’ go lunch sounded like the best thing since sliced bread. During my Toastmasters meeting, I learned how to make a mason jar salad and decided to pack six salads for the upcoming week.

After collecting recipe ideas from Pinterest, I went a little overboard buying ingredients (see below) for this salad party of one. Only three of the six salads were eaten because work provided lunch on two days. Packing multiple salads for one person is tricky. Next time, I will buy half the ingredients and get a more creative with the left over ingredients.

The cost of ingredients totaled less than $30 and the reusable mason jars are about $10 at Target. Thirty bucks for a week worth of lunch is a steal. Buying a good salad near my office costs $10.

Interested in making your own grab n’ go lunch? Here’s  “How to Pack a Perfect Mason Jar Salad” via PopSugar.

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STK Steak Soiree

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Can you hear that boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass? I asked myself that when pulling up to STK. It really has mastered the chic restaurant + lounge hybrid, but the music could stand to be turned down a notch or two.

My seester and I celebrated her birthday (part deux) with yummy food, delicious drinks and good vibes. Below is the list of food pictured above. Sides are served in large portions so we shared them family style.



Host

Tuna Tartare $17

Guest of Honor

60z Petite Filet Steak $27

Attendees

Asparagus $9

Mac & Cheese $9

Life of the Party

Cucumber Stiletto $15



STK Los Angeles

755 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

310.659.3535

Embrace The “Milky Bun” Mouth Wide Open

IMG_0144My stomach and I have a food problem. We drove 50 miles (100 round trip) to indulge in a warm donut stuffed with milk & cereal flavored ice cream. Sounds and looks amazing, right?

IMG_0145Two to three years ago, Ryan Seacrest mentioned Afters Ice Cream (home of the Milky Bun) during his morning show. As soon as I arrived at work I googled “milky bun” and found it in Fountain Valley, a city in Orange County, CA. It took a while, but I proudly made stomach space and embraced the Milky Bun mouth wide open.

IMG_0121Unfortunately, my eyes are bigger than my belly. Churro and cookie butter flavored ice cream made it in my mouth before deciding on milk & cereal. Those are only a few of the crazy flavors offered. Half of the Milky Bun fit in my food storage space before it became full. Apple has not figured out how to transport food to the cloud. Next time, I need a Milky Bun partner to do halfsies.

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Afters Ice Cream

18030 Brookhurst St.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

Chaya is Life, Literally! #Mouthgasm

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Mushroom soup (Soup of the Day)

Before Chaya, mouthgasms over sushi puzzled me. At the extremely mature age of twelve there were many things I vowed to NEVER EVER eat, on that scroll you could find sushi somewhere near the top.

A few years back, a friend kidnapped me and decided that I would eat sushi that night. We went to a little spot in Los Angeles. Tempura roll, please! I carried on determined not to eat anything raw. Somehow a spicy tuna roll crept into my mouth and made it down my throat, not too bad. Boom! I ate sushi.

After that night I ate sushi over a handful of times at multiple eateries, but it never induced a mouthgasm until Chaya. Nom nom (freakin) NOM! Sooo yummy and melted in my mouth. Talking about it is making me hungry.

Aside from good eats, including the delicious mushroom soup, Chaya provided superb service. Nothing compliments a great meal more than awesome service. The relaxed and upscale ambiance added a nice touch.

One more thing… a fun fact.  Chaya means life in Hebrew. Go, figure! That night Chaya gave birth to a sushi lover. I am corny, sue me.

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Chaya (Downtown LA)

525 S. Flower Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

213.236.9577

 
 A special thanks to my friend, Reese, for kidnapping and introducing me to Sushi. xoxo