Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fun with Monkfish Liver

(Pic from another blog)

Monkfish Liver, aka ankimo is a Japanese delicacy that is typically served with chili-tinted grated daikon radish, thinly sliced green onions and ponzu sauce. (Wikipedia) I first tried it with Eli at OkiDoki in Tustin, CA and it was missing the sauce I think. The flavor was brought out at Honda Ya, but I forgot how they prepared it :( I don't remember the scallions though. However, last night I ate the monkfish liver & ponzu sauce combo with Phil and it was HEAVEN. I savored every mouthful, cutting the pieces in half in order to have more portions. AND we ordered ANOTHER plate of it, with Takashi commenting that he had never had anyone order 2 portions.

I'm now in love with a monkfish. Even though they are freaking ugly:

(Pic from a science blog)

Apparently, they aren't being overfished "However, this does not mean you can eat monkfish. As MCS warns this is a removal from the Fish To Avoid list does not place it on the Fish To Eat list. Apparently monkfish resides in a sort of fish limbo. The other reason to avoid is the potential for bycatch and habitat damage by the trawling for monkfish."

Liver worth more than the meat now, apparently! I saw monkfish for the first time at the Pike's Place fish market. I don't know if I have a picture, but I'll try to upload it if I see it!

Yaaay pate.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Confession of a Recovering Shopaholic

I just wanted to put in why Nordstrom is still yet the greatest department store ever.

I saw a pair of Frye wedges, the Gabrielle T-Strap in May. And yes, they were way above my normal price range for shoes. So on August 31st, they went down to 40% off! Whoo hoo! I bought them from, in 2 sizes to make sure that they fit right (because they were sold out in all the stores I had gone to) and returned the one that didn't work out with no problems. Here is an abnormally large picture of these wedges:

BUT, today, I saw that they went down even further to 50%. Boo! So, I found out that has this cool feature called the "Live Chat", and I inquired if I could apply the 50% to my purchase. Lo and behold this response:

Sarah Ka: Thank you so much for waiting, Karen. A credit for $XX.00 plus any applicable sales tax will be reflected on your Visa on your next monthly billing statement according to your billing cycle.

Hurray! So easy! Wonderful! Yay!

I love you Nordies.

Aaaand... I sorta went shopping today too, not to sound like a shopaholic. Check this out:

Hurray! Designer clothes at a semi-reasonable cost? You're getting closer to dreams coming true.

I love you Target and Anna Sui.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Why Kanye West Still Sucks



and heen showed me the inspirational video for beyonce:

Why Serena Williams Sucks

"You don't know me. You better be f*ing right. I could shove this f*ing ball down your throat." - Serena Williams to the lineswoman.

And of course Kanye defends her. He defends the right to make a scene when things don't go your way and then go out of your way to make other people feel bad. Good job.

So sad... NOT