Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Movie review.

For fathers day, wife bought me the ticket to see edge of tomorrow starting tom cruise.  This is a remake of a japanese comic called all you need is kill.  The same author that authored the comic for playing a chess type of game. The movie is set up as tom cruise is stuck in a vortex when day is repeated when he die. In the movie, earth was invaded by alien force and tom is the final person on earth who can prevent this. Overrall, the movie was good and it is always interested to see tom go through the motion from a rookie to skilled fighter.  However the ending seems a bit questionable. The comic has a more logic ending, but may not be what Hollywood like.   Anyway, I still think is a good movie and would recommend anyone to see.  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Maruhide Uni Club Address: 2130 W Redondo Beach Blvd Torrance, CA 90504 Phone number (310) 323-2864 Business websitemaruhide.us/?lang=en Review: 4 out 5 Seat Urchin, Uni, ...etc no matter how you say it in whatever language it is TASTY!!! when it is done right. When my co-worker was showing me this restaurant on Friday, I knew immediately where to head to for lunch on Saturday. The place opens at 11:30, and by the time we arrived at 11:50, it was almost packed already. As most of the yelper had noted already, this place specialized in Uni, so order UNI. I ordered the combination which was great, but in comparison, the fish and rice is just not up to par with the Uni. We ordered the combination along with the uni croquette and uni pasta. Pasta was greatly cooked. You can't really taste the uni in the pasta, but that doesn't really affect the taste of the dish. Croquette was good too. My kids love those. When the soup came for the combination uni bowl, I was very impressed by the seaweed soup with uni. The uni in the soup is SOOOO good. with high hope, I was waiting for my main dish. When it came, the plating was very appealing. However, the amount of fish and the freshness of fish are just average. I definitely think this is a place now I will come constantly when taking anyone to LAX for international flight. It is close by the airport. http://www.yelp.com/user_details_reviews_self?userid=e4-Bh67MYKBUoaQN5ZYxEA

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Address: 800 E 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90013 Arts District, Downtown Get Directions Phone number (213) 687-4444 Business websitewurstkuche.com 4 out of 5 stars. This is one of my favorite hot dog place in Los Angeles. We stumbled to this place by accident. Initially was just stopping by pie hole for some dessert, but the kids are crying for food. Ever since then, we have been a regular here anytime we are heading toward the LA. This is probably the closest we found to hot dogs in Germany. Still not comparable, the curry Ketchup is not the same, but again, we are in the States, so I can not ask to much. The location is also great, it is right across from the Pie Hole. So after dinner, dessert across the street is always great.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sushi Murasaki at Santa Ana, CA

Sushi Murasaki

 3 out of 5 stars

Haven't been to this place for about 3 years.  We selected this place for mother's day.  Since the place does not open on Sunday anymore, we had to celebrate the day on Saturday instead.

The quality is still good, but the service is extremely slow.  The Omakase is 10 pieces of sushi for $31 (with 30% discount already).  the Omakase was tasty but won't fill you up.

Sushi is tasty and fresh, but I was not overwhelm.  not sure is it because of the crowd, quality is just not as expected.  Looking in the past review, I was raving about the "real" wasabi, but they changed that too.  Will I come back? probably.... will this be place that I got to for sushi craving?  probably not. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Takhrai Thai

12265 Scripps Poway Pkwy, Poway, CA 92064

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

I saw so many 4 stars review, it makes me wonder if this is the same place that I went to.  For starter, the service was EXTREMELY SLOW,  The server walked to us even apologize for the slowness of the food delivery.  My wife ordered a salad and I have a pad won something .... her salad is way too salty and my pad won something is with medium heat but I can barely taste the heat.  I have to say this place has definitely been converted more toward westerner's liking.  The satay chicken is okay, but I definitely had better. Portion is small for the price it charged.  rarely i said this, but this is a place i won't go for sure in the future.

Why did the Caribbean place close down on Sunday.... (that was my original restaurant selection) WHY or WHY.... now i end up paying 40 for some food that I did not enjoy and am still hungry.

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Escondido Children's Museum

380 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

Prior to visiting a friend of mine who lives close to Powell, I took my 3 year old and 9 month old kids to this place for some fun.  Perhaps is the time I visited, (sunday at 12:00), the place is empty.  The first impression my wife and I had for this place was ..... WOW .. this is SMALL!!!.  But for $5 admission per person and under 12 month is free, we thought the price was okay, so we headed in anyway.  

Inside the museum, there is a section sealed off for 0-3 year old kids.  Lots of toy and things to play with.  There are also some art craft center and a puppet show stage.  I wonder if there are typically teacher there hosting classes?  Outside the museum there are some outdoor activities.  There is a bubble tower which looks some what funny.  My wife felt the bubble tower smelled funny too.

I would have to say for $5 per person, I am not expecting too much of the place and we end up spending about 3 hours so it is worth the entry charge.

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302 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

On the way to visit my friend's new born baby, I decided to look up places to eat before arriving his house in SD.  With the help of the fellow yelpers, I located this sub store.  What interest me the most are fellow's comment on the comparison of this store with the East Coast Subs.  I have been searching for eons for a good sub store.  Once we reached the store, you see the flat grill in the back of the counter, you know you are in the right place already.

I ordered the ruben sandwich with pastrami and my wife ordered the cheesesteak.  When you see the sandwich, you know that you are eating the typical subway.  The portion is HUGE.  The bread is a bit dry, but the sauce on the sandwich makes the dryness of the bread bearable.  Each bite of the food is full of MEAT and condiments.  The waitress are very friendly, this seems like a family owned local business.

The only down side I can say is that this place is too DARN FAR from my house.  I guess I will have to visit my friend in SD more often to stop by this place in the future.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

French 75

French 75

1464 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

With a customer coming to visit and wishing for some sea food, we took the customer to French 75, which is a restaurant that my wife had wanted to go so badly.

When we arrived, I have to say the waitress service is comparable to the one you get in France, they take their times before serving you. The whole meal took 2 and half hour. It took close to 30 minutes before we order our meal.

For appetizers, we ordered the escargot. The escargots is already de-shelled. When you eat it, all you taste is the creamy buttery sauce and the chewy texture of escargot. Not sure if that's how it should taste. It is okay, but just seem a bit too buttery for me.

For dinner, I had the sea food trio. The fish was okay. The lobster is decent. I like the flat noddle which comes along with the dish. The scallops is also okay. Portion is not huge, which is something I was expecting anyway with French Cuisine, so it is nothing special.

For dessert, we had the chocolate souffle, cheesecake dome, and creme brulee. Souffle was good. The outside cover is very crispy and the inside is very soft. I would highly recommend for people who love dessert.

For couple dating, I think this place definitely worth 4 star. But for me, I am in it for the food, so I am only giving it about a 3.

One more thing to add, there is also live band music


Sushi Murasaki

Sushi Murasaki

2901 W MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

After the recommendation by the coworker and the fellow yelper, I took the family to this restaurant to celebrate my wife's winning of the biggest loser among her friends.

When we walked in the restaurant around 1 on Saturday, the restaurant is almost empty. We were in fear of the quality of the food. After we were seated, we were greeted by a very friendly service. After scanning the menu, we ordered the lunch special, which is a fish cheek, small udon, tempura, and small salad (11.95), and special chirashi (26.95). The special chirashi contains ikura, uni and toro.

The lunch special is not too bad. Udon is decent, not as good as Fukada, but it is decent. The tempura are okay too. Not the best, but I certainly had a lot worse one. The cheek is crispy outside and soft inside, which is good. Still nothing that yet wow me

Then when the chirashi came, I tried the mackerel. The fish is prepared excellently. Typically if the fish is not fresh enough, there will be a strong sense of fishy odor. The lunch special was a 3, but the chirashi is pushing the review to a 4. Ikura is also very well prepared. Even my 3 year old loved the Ikura.

What made this restaurant a 5 are the fresh wasabi, toro, and uni. The fresh wasabi gives you the taste of the wasabi, but does not over power the taste. Trust me, once you have the fresh one, it is hard to go back to the machine paste type.

The toro was good. The fat of the fish creates a great balance and sensation taste in your mouth. Last is the Uni. Typically, uni I ate is about 5cm, longest. a piece of uni in the bowl is at least 10cm. When you eat it, it is not dry at all and there is a great sea taste. Once you had that in your mouth, nothing else will be able to compare against it. I would strongly suggest you eat that last.

Oh, almost forgot to mention the sweet shrimp and scallop in the charishi. both are extremely fresh and has the nature sweet to the taste. The head of the sweet shrimp is extra crispy but not burnt.

Overall decor of the restaurant is very relaxing with a very soothing jazz type of music.



Monday, June 7, 2010

California Fish Grill

California Fish Grill

3988 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

Great Fish, I had the white rufffy in both butter and Cajun style and both are tasty. I perfer Cajun just because of the stronger taste. My relative tried the swordfish and actually prefer my ruffy better. For a grill fish dish, anything under 10 in US is a bargain and California Fish Grill offers the deal.
As many had noted, the seating is a bit limited and there is always a line to order even passes the normal lunch hours. However, that is a sign of a good restaurant.
the sweet potato fries is crispy and well make. The french fries that goes along with the dish is not too bad either. The cole slaw is similar to the one you get at east coast, I think. Not too saucy. My wife had the seafood salad which she highly rave about. This is definitely a place that I will come back again.
Typical Bill for a family of 3 is about 30. I ordered Fried Calmari, white Ruffy and a seafood salad with an upgrade to sweet potato fries. The total bill is about 25 without tips but including tax.

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