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New Year’s Resolution

I normally don’t make resolutions for myself for the new year, because I’m pretty much perfect. Ask Michelle. Well maybe not. I don’t see the new year is any different than any other time to make changes to my life. This year, however, I am resolving to make a change. I’m going to lose weight.

I’m by no means what you would call heavy. I just show weight in my face. More chins than a Chinese phone book. My coworker decided he wanted to lose weight and I decided to jump on the band wagon. We had some other coworkers join us in our venture and we made a wager. Whoever loses the most percentage of weight by the end of March wins a pool of money, twenty bucks each. The weigh in is January 4.

In the mean time I’m bulking up before I have to weigh myself. I had dinner with my brother and sister-in-law at Kumano Sushiya. I had no idea this place existed.

Fish Tacos #1.

It’s quite refreshing. Reminds me of a torta.

Tuna steak. Very flavorful.

Salmon Nigiri. For where this restaurant is located, I’d honestly expect to be chewing on rubbery pieces of fish, but it was fresh.

I didn’t actually get to eat this one, but the display was well executed.

Baked scallop roll. This is one of my favorites to order, but I’ve had better in other places.

You know what they say about oysters, right? They’re delicious!

Uni and salmon roe.

Some of the dishes offered almost put it into the category of a fusion restaurant, but they have some very traditional  dishes too. All of them are delicious, even more so when someone else picks up the bill.

Hudson House

Lately I’ve been having a craving for tacos. Thanks to e*star’s gentle push, I set out for Taco Tuesday at Hudson House in Redondo Beach. You wouldn’t imagine that a place named Hudson House would serve tacos, and by the looks of the inside of the place you still would be cautious about what kind of tacos they would serve.

Sorry about the crappy pictures. I’m always self conscious taking pictures in public places like bars/restaurants so I rush them. Maybe next time when I’m with a larger group I’ll feel more confident to snap pictures.


This place seems more like a brew house than a taco joint.


The entire menu looks pretty good. I might stop in here even if it wasn’t Taco Tuesday or happy hour.


The Hudson Ale, not quite a pint. Blueberry Cava Cocktail.


Street Tacos. You have the choice between chicken or carnitas. These are the chicken. Both are delicious and heavy on the meat.


Street Tacos, $1 each. Pail of Fries, $2.

Don’t expect the tacos to blow your mind. I’ve definitely had better tacos, but these are good and cheap. The meat is cooked tender and juicy and packed generously in the tortillas. Definitely worth it.

I’ve been living in the South Bay for a long time now and this gem went hidden from me for so long. I’m not going to let that happen to other people. There is a clear mission now. I will be making this spot known to friends and family, starting with this blog post. Taco Tuesday was something I thought only existed in my days in LA. No more.

Who’s up for Taco Tuesday in the South Bay? Just a happy hour would be fine too.

Dining Adventures

Michelle and I have decided we want to do more things together, one of them being trying new restaurants. We don’t want to just try new restaurants, but we want to try new restaurants with foods we may not have tried before. This weekend the arrow landed on Gaja Moc. They are famous for their Okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake made from anything and everything. It’s a nice departure from the standard sushi and udon. You also have the choice to cook in front of you if you’d like.

Spam and Cheese Okonomiyaki. We decided to cook this one ourselves.

Michelle, cooking up the goods.

Not looking so great. Spam probably should have gone in the mix by the time.

Spicy Cod Roe, Mochi & Cheese. What it’s supposed to look like.

Okonomiyaki is nothing special, just a mix mash of ingredients fried up together, and the multiple combinations muddle the individual tastes. Although the chef’s presentation was much nicer, the taste was little different. I’m not a fan of Okonomiyaki, and I will not be trying it again for some time. I wouldn’t mind going back to try some other things. Their menu had some interesting items, definitely worth a second look.