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One Tastebud at a Time

Yesterday’s “epic” izakaya experience. At least for The Cat’s consultant’s new “friend”. Our favorite izakaya here in SPAMland.

Menu Cover

Menu Cover

Sushi Izakaya Gaku. The Cat said the kanji means “joyful”. And eating here has been. Very.

The consultant’s friend is new to Japanese food, so we had to “go easy on her”. No super exotic dishes.

Sake

Sake

 

Deep Fried Fish Bones

Deep Fried Fish Bones

 

Tamagoyaki

Tamagoyaki

 

California Roll

California Roll

Because … California roll is “safe”. 😉

Ikura Zushi

Ikura Zushi

One “regular” (on the left), and one using salmon for the wrap. Because the consultant’s favorite sushi ingredient is ikura. He was impressed.

Hamachi Kama

Hamachi Kama

The Cat likes.

Hamachi Nigiri

Hamachi Nigiri

The Cat also likes.

Gyūtan (牛タン)

Gyūtan (牛タン)

The Mouse likes.

Yamaimo, Ume, and Shiso Makizushi

Yamaimo, Ume, and Shiso Makizushi

Try try … very refreshing, cleans the palate. The Mouse loves.

Kurobuta Sausage with Cheese

Kurobuta Sausage with Cheese

Just in case the friend needed something “familiar”. To give her credit, she was a real trooper and was willing to try almost anything.

Spider Roll

Spider Roll

For dessert …

Japanese Custard

Japanese Custard

 

Yuzu Sorbet

Yuzu Sorbet

And

Match Ice Cream

Match Ice Cream

Both consultant and friend were impressed.

The Mouse’s job is done.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

Eatin’ Light-ish

Dinner at an izakaya! Can’t wait. Takes a bit of planning, eating-wise.

Breakfast.

Microwave Rice

Microwave Rice

With seaweed and shiso furikake, see the pattern? Looks like one of those color-blind tests. Hee hee.

Lunch.

Fruit

Fruit

Cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes. Because.

Anticipation!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

Oh yeah, happy Friday!

Prepping for Tomorrow

The Cat has an old mentor coming into town. The mentor loves Japanese food, especially ikura. Reservations for Sushi Izakaya Gaku tomorrow night. Yippee! The Cat talks and eats, The Mouse orders food and eats, the mentor eats.

Since izakaya menu not necessarily a lot of vegetables, I thought I’d bank today.

Salad(s)

Salad(s)

Mushrooms, marinated Asian salad (beansprouts, asparagus, carrots), tossed salad with chicken and charsiu.

Okay, The Mouse is ready for izakaya!

Hee hee! Clap clap!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

No Recipe

Is it faux caviar? Don’t think so.

Tapenade? Nah.

Just super simple.

Toast

Toast

 

Butter

Butter

 

Tin of Chopped Olives

Tin of Chopped Olives

Throw together.

Black Olive Toast

Black Olive Toast

Nom.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

A “Convert”

Up until now, The Cat was not a fan of Zippy’s (The Mouse is kinda).

But, thanks to some Christmas gift cards …

Gift Cards

Gift Cards

Stopped in for breakfast/brunch over the weekend.

The Cat ordered sweetbread French toast combo.

Sweetbread French Toast

Sweetbread French Toast

 

One Egg, Corned Beef Hash

One Egg, Corned Beef Hash

The Cat liked the French toast, and the hash was a little “crispy”, like how The Cat likes it. Her critique was the hash could’ve been a little crispier and a little too much onions in the mix. The Cat would order again. Wow! didn’t think The Cat could be converted that fast.

The Mouse ordered.

Zippy's Chili Loco Moco

Zippy’s Chili Loco Moco

Now, don’t go calling the pork police on me but, my order was brown rice, vegetarian chili, tofu patty (in lieu of hamburger). The Mouse likes the vegetarian chili from Zippy’s above all other choices (mushrooms and corn). My one critique, not enough chili. Have to ask for another scoop next time. Would order again. Indulgence and “healthy” Hee hee.

And because The Mouse ordered the complete meal, dessert was

Dobash Cake

Dobash Cake

Yum. We can now go to Zippy’s together. Yay!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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