Lemon Salmon @ Amakara
Meet its cousin Lime Scallop in a previous post. Such a beautifully presented piece of food! Didn't pack as big of a citrus punch as the Lime Scallop, but this was quite tasty. This place is one of my East Bay faves (though I did have "meh" amaebi once) - the veggies in particular are always insanely fresh and give such nice dimensionality to their rolls.
Chili Spider Salmon @ Amakara
More beauty on a plate
Top: "Hot Dog" (I've forgotten what this is, but there's no actual hot dog, there was something fried in the middle and yummy though, lol), Negi Hama (scallion + yellowtail), "Chili Dog" (spicy tuna)
Bottom: Baby Lobster, Butter Fish, Amaebi (sweet shrimp)
@ Sushi Sam's w/ the lovely Ping & Karen
(will need to take people pics next time! I blame the giant pimple in the middle of my forehead)
Very fresh fish and interesting combinations (loved the Baby Lobster nigiri with the creamy sauce plus almond slivers), wish they had also provided the shrimp heads though. Those are my husband's favorite.
Amaebi + fried heads @ Nama Sushi
No offense to SS above, but this is the proper way to do Amaebi - heads and all.
Asparagus Beef Wrap @ Amakara
Wonderful grilled flavor & savory sauce with the perfect amount of zing. The salad atop is a nice touch.
Hamachi Carpaccio @ Amakara
Cilantro + tomato + jalapeño + olive oil = wonderfully vibrant bite of food
Deep Fried Chicken Ramen @ Katana-ya
I loved this concept, but the chicken was a little soggy and I felt like the broth needed some more oomph. Maybe a bad day?
Ramen in Spicy Garlic Pork Broth @ Ramen Dojo
I had a cold on this particular day which wiped out my taste buds (boo), but my husband loved it. Has 4 stars and 1687 reviews on Yelp. Will come back to try again!
Green Tea Tiramisu @ Sushi Sam's
SO tasty and creamy! I originally saw Jess IG this and had to try it myself. If you are a green tea fan, you'd like this :)
Green Tea Creme Brûlée @ Gochi Fusion Tapas
Delightfully crisp caramelized sugar layer with with yummy green tea goodness underneath
Gotta sneak in kiddo pics from time to time :)
Is it sad that I really love food displays? So appetizing! Will need to come back on a day when our bellies aren't stuffed full.
$1.50 Oil Blotting Paper (200 in pack) @ Daiso
By midday, I desperately need something to fix my oily forehead. I used to use the $5 for 50 Clean & Clear sheets, but I am switching to these - great deal!
Daiso is a little like a Japanese version of Dollar Tree except that most everything is $1.50. They have oodles and oodles of "stuff" - hair accessories / household items / stationary / snacks / etc. Each store (we've been to 4 so far) seems to have a slightly different selection. I think Daly City's is the largest in the area. A great place to find some good bargains for cute items.
$14 Shiseido Shining Shampoo (pack of 2) @ Ichiban Kan
I had previously only heard of Shiseido cosmetics so was intrigued by their haircare line. This shampoo seems to magically leave my hair soft & manageable without the use of conditioner. Also smells great and leaves a little more shine.
Our "Japan" finds in SF are far from over as there's so much more to explore. If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them! :)