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Birthday Feast / Alexander’s Steakhouse Pasadena

Close up of Miyazaki Wagyu-2 I recently discovered my favorite steakhouse had opened its first location in Southern California: Alexander's Steakhouse, in Pasadena! They are known for their Japanese fusion. Yes, you heard right - a Japanese fusion steakhouse. I ended up checking it out one night with a friend, and then a week later, I found myself back there again for my birthday because it was just THAT good.

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The Factory Kitchen / Buon Appetito, Downtown LA!

The Factory Kitchen Traditional Italian Food in Los Angeles @ HeySesame.com I love fresh, handmade pasta. The difference is amazing. So I was very much looking forward to my meal at The Factory Kitchen in the Arts District of Downtown LA. The architecture inside is quite impressive, with reclaimed wood tables and an open kitchen meant to make guests feel like they're in a "factory" in direct contact with the food production. We kicked off the meal with the (...)

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Halloween Pumpkins / Drake, Donuts, Etc.

IMG_0009 For Halloween this year, I decided to ditch the knives and try something new.  So instead of a pumpkin carving party, I invited everyone over for a pumpkin decorating party!  It allows for more creativity and less potential for injury (I've had a few close calls with those carving knives)!  First, I gathered supplies from Michael's and Daiso and set everything up on the dining table. Once everyone arrived, we got to work.

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Nozawa Bar with Chef Fuji / Beverly Hills

Nozawa Bar Beverly Hills Omakase @ HeySesame.com - LA Sushi with Chef FujiI must have done something deserving, for I had the good fortune of landing a reservation at the famous Nozawa Bar in Beverly Hills.  Nozawa Bar is a small sushi bar that seats only a lucky 10, tucked away in the back of Sugarfish.  With only 2 seatings a night, and only open on certain days, I had to make a (...)

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Boiling Point / Hottest of Hot Pots

Boiling Point Hot Pot in Pasadena @ HeySesame.com - Taiwanese Hot Pot I never really knew hot pot until I experienced Boiling Point.  This Taiwanese hot pot chain is mind-blowingly delicious and lives up to all the hype.  While I like sharing, let's not kid around - having the choice of my very own personal hot pot customized to my liking is pretty amazing.  As such, I was pretty excited to check out their newest (...)

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K-ZO / Japanese + French

K-ZO Japanese in Culver City @ HeySesame.com K-ZO was the special spot for my latest celebratory dinner with friends.  It's a Japanese and French fusion restaurant in downtown Culver City.  The name stands for the chef-owner "Keizo Ishiba," who brought together his classical training in both French and Japanese cuisine to create a unique and exciting menu.  It was so extensive that it took us a while to figure out what to get, but we ended (...)

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The Buzz About Honeymee

Honeymee Ice Cream in LA @ HeySesame.com "Honey-mee, Honey-you."  Lately, it's all I've been hearing from my foodie friends, so I had some high-flying expectations when I decided to scope out Honeymee this week.  And I have to say, it lives up to the hype!  I went to their new store on Sawtelle and felt instantly welcomed by the simple cuteness of the decor.  Not sure why I had been imagining a ginormous life-size bumble bee (...)

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Hakata Ramen / Shin-Sen-Gumi LA

Shinsengumi4-2 I consider myself an avid ramen eater.  I'm not the least bit embarrassed that I listed it as my addiction in the About Us section of our blog.  And I continually strive to be as knowledgeable as I can about the ramen culture here in Los Angeles where I live.  By popular demand amongst my close friends who are all too familiar with my love affair with ramen, I will be (...)

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