Christmas Morning Bagels

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“Bagel Brunch” Torrance, 2019

Christmas morning means opening gifts, but in our family, it also means eating bagels, rye bread, cream cheese, salmon, pastrami, corned beef, roast beef, pesto, and cheese. And this year we also has some roast lamb, which was awesome!

The Xmas bagel tradition started when my aunt and uncle from the Bay Area brought down bagels and fixings from their friend’s deli back in the 80s, and we’ve done it every year since. This year, my aunt joined us for the celebration which made 2019 extra-special! ❤️

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“Group Photo” Torrance, 2019

I hope you had a nice holiday!

Katsu at Kagura

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“Katsu Lunch” Gardena, 2019

Mariko and I tried Kagura, a katsu restaurant, for lunch today, and it was delicious! The pork cutlet, chicken, and croquette had a crunchy panko breading and were cooked to perfection… the meat was tender and juicy. Kagura has a couple of locations in Southern California, but we went to the small food-court location inside Tokyo Central market in Gardena. A good lunch option, and should be quicker than the other locations. Give it a try!

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“Katsu Lunch” Gardena, 2019

CoCo Curry

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“Curry Lunch” Torrance, 2019

Hello! So, we were planning on getting curry at CoCo Ichibanya the night we arrived in California, but when we went, they said they weren’t taking any more customers because something in the kitchen had broken down and they couldn’t keep up with the orders. So… today we went for lunchtime curry. It was yummy!

You might know that at CoCo you specify the level of spiciness, and I always get the maximum (10). It was honestly not as spicy as usual, but still great. The rest of the family got levels 2, 2, and 5… maybe someday they’ll up their game. 😆

I love our curry tradition when we visit my folks for the holidays. It’s something we look forward to every year.

Time for Tamales

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“Tamales” Cedar Park, 2019

Mariko bought a few dozen (did she say six-dozen?) tamales the other day so we had quite a big feast. Along with the barbacoa and puerco tamales, Mariko made a huge salad which made for a wonderful dinner. And the margaritas weren’t bad either. 😄

I hope you had a great day!

Sukiyaki Dinner

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“Sukiyaki” Cedar Park, 2019

Sukiyaki is another great meal for a chilly evening. Cooking at the dinner table is really fun too!