Seafood

Brown Rice Paella

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This paella has every right kind of wrong imaginable. Hmm okay I sound like I’m doing a Vegas Cosmopolitan Hotel commercial since “the right kind of wrong” actually is their tagline. I meant this in the nicest way possible though. Today, paella…

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Salmon

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In our household, we all agree that my mother-in-law makes the best spring rolls. In fact, she is one of the best cooks I’ve ever met, especially when it comes to Southeast Asian cuisine. Whenever we visit my in-laws, I eagerly…

Risotto Bake with Shrimp and Kale Pesto

kale pesto risotto

I was doubtful in making an oven baked risotto dish because the risotto does most of the cooking in the oven and not on stovetop, but I was pleasantly surprised by the consistency. I couldn’t tell the difference at all and the rice had…

White Wine Fettuccine with Mussels

mussels wine pasta

I just love seafood dishes with that light wine and garlic flavor infused in the sauce. It is so refreshing and fresh tasting. Mussels and clams are also surprisingly easy to cook, though I find it slightly weird as the…

Mexican Salmon in Corn Husks

baked salmon

When people think corn husks, most think tamales. But corn husks are actually great in baking and grilling because of the naturally infused roasted corn flavor. When I saw Marcela Valladolid cooking one of her mom’s favorites, Salmon in Corn Husks,…

Fresh Heirloom Tomato Salsa & Mahi Mahi

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I spotted a box of beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes when I was shopping this weekend and couldn’t resist bringing them home with me. Just when I thought I couldn’t find anything more gorgeous than regular heirloom tomatoes… Having a mason…

Night out @ n/naka, and a Crab Salad

Shrimp, pickled beet chip, monkfish liver, tuna, halibut ceviche and nori tempura

I’ve heard good things about n/naka, a restaurant started by Chef Niki Nakayama, who trained in Japan at a Ryokan (Japanese inn). Her parents are also fish distributors, so she grew up understanding seafood. The cuisine emphasizes on kaiseki style,…

A West LA Find: Paichẽ (Peruvian Izakaya)

Salmon and Yellowtail Ceviche

One of my new favorite spots in LA is Paichẽ by Chef Ricardo Zarate, the owner and chef of Mo-chica and Picca. Paichẽ was named after the prehistoric Amazonian fish and was created to showcase Peruvian Japanese cuisine (Peruvian Izakaya). The…