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Tresors de la Mer (@Addiction Aquatic Development) – Taipei, Taiwan

Our adventure at the Addiction Aquatic Development led us to Tresors de la Mer which is a sit down Japanese restaurant at the Taipei Fish Market. There’s no sit down sushi area inside Addiction Aquatic Development so my mom insisted we try Tresors de la Mer which is located to the right of the charcoal grill restaurant of the market.

Tresors de la Mer offers fresh seafood that they obtain from the market. It’s a sit down restaurant with two different seating levels. You have to walk up a flight of stairs in order to get to the patio/2nd/3rd floors(there are no elevators).

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Kazoku – Hualien, Taiwan

To say that I’m making each moment count here in Taiwan is an understatement. Jet lag can’t even stop the time I’m memorizing with my mom and grandma. I haven’t been sleeping much, not just because of the time change, but mostly because the three of us stay up talking and laughing until well after midnight. Taipei is a fun city but Hualien is where I am most comfortable. We scheduled a trip for about five days and I’m writing this on my last night night here in Hualien. It’s been a whirl wind trip that I wish my fingers could type fast enough to share. But alas, this post will be about a Japanese meal at Kazoku we recently had here in Hualien.

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Sushiya – Del Mar, CA

I have no idea how long Sushiya has been here in Del Mar Highlands but it feels like an eternity for some reason. I’d pass by them many times but never had an urge to try them. This Japanese restaurant seemed almost over shadowed by Searsucker that is just to the left of them. But I’ve come to frequent Sushiya over the last year as I’ve become a fan of their lunch and dinner specials. They are located on the bottom half of the Del Mar Highlands plaza.

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Boto Sushi – Carmel Mountain, CA

Boto Sushi took over Yummy Sushi in Carmel Mountain some time ago. They revamped the entire restaurant and I must say it’s quite beautiful. Boto means “boat” in Japanese so the interior has darker wood tones that I personally like. Plus, they aren’t cheap with their a/c which has been a blessing during this summer’s heat wave.

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Tajima Izakaya

Tajima Izakaya is the restaurant my guy friends (who could care two sh*ts about food) prefer to eat when they’re done partying. These are the same guy friends that think Guy Fieri is a wonderful man and want to be friends with. SO, not sure if that gives Tajima Izakaya cred or no cred if you know what I mean. I had lunch here several years ago with sis and we both found the food to be shrug-alright at best. The restaurant has been remodeled so I thought lunch was worth another try.

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Roboto Tokyo Grill – San Diego, CA

I swear your eyes will read what *you* want your eyes to read versus what is actually written on paper. Case in point, I read Roboto Tokyo Grill as YAKITORI TOKYO GRILL. Smart right. I was in the area meeting someone and we both decided to  have lunch at this newly opened restaurant a few months ago. Roboto Tokyo Grill is a quick & easy Japanese fast food restaurant located close to San Diego State University.  Continue reading Roboto Tokyo Grill – San Diego, CA

Tokyo Shabu Shabu – Pasadena, CA


I had to see someone in LA over the weekend and decided to make it a longer visit so I could see my mom and youngest sis as well. My mom and sis were so excited I was driving up and made the decision that we MUST see a movie and we MUST eat a meal that they’d pick out. Alright, sounds awful to me as their pick of movies and restaurants can be loopy. I knew what movie they wanted to see so I surprised them by buying advance tickets to their favorite Arclight theater. Can you take a guess what movie they both wanted to see so bad. I’ll let you take a moment to think about it.    Continue reading Tokyo Shabu Shabu – Pasadena, CA

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar – San Diego, CA


What is it with sushi conveyor belts that drives a girl like me bonks. I remember a time, when sis and I were little, going to a restaurant where the belt was an actual little river, carrying little miniature boats topped with two pieces of sushi, that floated around the entire restaurant. It was just so stupid Hello-Kitty-cute back in the day because as I got older, we realized just how bad the sushi was at these conveyor belt restaurants. But did that stop me from goin’ bananas when I heard about Kula Revolving Sushi Bar opening in San Diego. Of course not. Because I still love anything Hello-Kitty-cute.

Let me tell you what sucks so incredibly bad about Kula Sushi. I should have known this about Kula after reading about their arrival from mmm-yoso. They are probably in the 2nd worst parking lot in Convoy. The infamous Dumpling Inn has now migrated right next door (who called it man! – j/k) and partnered with Shanghai Saloon (pictures to follow) so their new hugely expanded space has wreaked havoc in this already too-small of a parking lot. Kula Sushi opens at 11:30am. I treated V to lunch and we got there around 11:25am. We didn’t find parking until 11:50am. *THAT* bad people. The parking sucks THAT BAD here.  Continue reading Kula Revolving Sushi Bar – San Diego, CA


Why can’t we have more Japanese skewer restaurants like Yakitori Yakyudori here in San Diego. My family likes this place so much. Even my impatient mom, who RARELY waits on any list for a restaurant, came here first one night to put her name on the wait list. We waited AN HOUR AND 20 MINUTES folks. I couldn’t believe my mom was ok with that (don’t get me wrong she still complained the entire hour and 20 minutes though).

I’ve blogged several times about Yakitori Yakyudori and still think it’s a legit authentic wood charcoal grill place to experience this type of cuisine. My mom was in town and in the Convoy area so she called me and FB to meet her there for dinner. I highly suggest calling ahead for a reservation. Continue reading YAKITORI YAKYUDORI



I haven’t seen old CDJ in what felt like ages. I think it’s always hard seeing a good friend meet someone new and possibly have a friendship change because of that. Too bad CDJ isn’t that lame though. Shabu Shabu house was *our* spot to always visit almost every week at one point. I introduced him to this place many years ago and he’s introduced this place to everyone he knows since then. We recently met up at Shabu Shabu house with FratB to catch up and complain about the dumb Chargers and the even dumber Bears. Continue reading SHABU SHABU HOUSE – SAN DIEGO, CA