7 Food Review – Fish Dish

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I have been very busy lately with school schedule for my son and some activities with our friends during weekends and weekdays that is why after doing all these things, I have decided to treat myself with some healthy food. Who loves fish? I admit that I am not a fan of seafoods (although I love Japanese food) but still it didn’t hinder me on trying this restaurant(that serves fresh, healthy cooked seafoods) called Fish Dish.

 

 

 

They have a few locations here in Los Angeles and we went to the Burbank location since we were at the vicinity at that time last week. The location was actually good, lots of parking spaces and the area was clean too. Upon entering the store, we were greeted by the crew behind the counter and no problem looking for the menu as it’s already written in a big black board beside the counter when you entered the door.

 

Wall Menu

 

Normally, if I am eating at a seafood restaurant, I would  order Grilled Salmon but this time I want it to be different, I want to try something new.I ordered the Charbroiled Mahi-mahi which was a food prepared as you order(served fresh!). It comes with a side dish of Coleslaw and Garlic Bread, Brown Rice(choose between Brown Rice,White Rice or Fries) and Garlic Butter Sauce(choose between Cajun Sauce or Garlic Butter). I can say that it’s not bad and it’s also not a “wow” popper for me. I love the Garlic Butter Sauce, it was actually flavorful and the coleslaw was great, crispy veggies meaning it’s fresh and not soggy. The Mahi-mahi’s texture was good, it was firm and not flaky like the Salmon. It was also a bit bland(good thing the sauce was rich in flavor), I was actually expecting a little sweetness from it but I guess it’s probably normal for this kind of fish(I need to try out this fish more from other restaurants). I can say that I am satisfied with my meal but if I am going to eat here again, I would probably try a different meal.

 

Charbroiled Mahi-Mahi

 

My wife ordered their Calamari Plate as she has been craving for this food for quite a few days now. She gave me a couple of pieces for me to try and I can say that it was ok. For me, it’s nothing like it will be a “talk of the town” food for being great, I should say that it is fine if you are not that very picky when it comes to Calamari.

 

Calamari Plate

At the end of the room you will also find their condiments section, which was actually nice because you get to choose different sauces that soothes your taste.

Condiments

All in all, I can say that my experience with Fish Dish was good. If you would ask me if I will recommend it to my friends, I will say “yes” for the reason of great service, good ambiance, affordable price and good food. It may not be the best Seafood Restaurant in town but it is definitely not the worst. I would definitely comeback and try some of the other dishes to really give a better judgement of the place when pertaining to their food.

 

Fish Dish (Burbank Location) is located at 2575 North Hollywood Way Unit 106, Burbank, CA 91505 opens Mon-Sat 11 AM – 9:30 PM, Sun 11 AM – 8:30 PM. They also accept Credit Cards as mode of Payment.

 

4 Sweet Review – Confexion Cupcakes

It’s been a busy week, in fact a stressful one and if you’re experiencing the same, what do you do to somewhat lessen the tension in your body? Well for me I sometimes eat desserts whenever I am stressed because it somewhat soothes me and if you would look at the word stressed, it is actually desserts written backwards, so basically they’re connected to each other.

This week, I’ve visited one of the known gourmet cupcakes baker here in Pasadena, CA, the “Confexion”. This pastry shop was actually a winner of the famous Food Network TV Show Cupcake Wars.

Box Winner Food Network

This is also my second time to visit this place, my first visit’s experience (which was last month) was great and this time I have decided to give it a second try.

Confexion Front Porch It’s just a small shop, wherein most of the customers tends to buy and take home what they bought. If you want to eat here, there are a few tables outside of the shop along the sidewalk since there are no indoor tables for you to use . Upon entering, you will see at once the reception table beside the display of cupcakes they are selling. You will be greeted by a smiling woman (Which I think is the owner) that will also take your orders.

Panoramic View of Front DeskSince I have already been here, so I am somewhat familiar already with the cupcakes that they have on display. It didn’t take a while for me to decide which cupcakes to order, although there are two new ones added since my last visit.

Cupcakes
So I’ve decided to order the two new cupcakes and my favorites:

 

  • Chocolate + Chocolate

Chocolate + Chocolate

 

Who doesn’t love chocolates? The good thing about this cupcake is that even though it’s rich in chocolate it doesn’t tastes too sweet. It consists of Valrhona chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. I can say that they are consistent in making these because my second visit has met my expectation since I last tried it. I love the flavor and texture of the cake underneath, it’s moist and not dry. I even ordered two of this 🙂

 

 

 

 

  • Royal Red Velvet

Royal Red Velvet

 

This cupcake consists of classic southern light chocolate cake with hints of cinnamon and cocoa, topped with cream cheese frosting. I am actually not a fan (but my son is) of this cupcake as it tastes to sweet for me. Probably because the frosting has red candy sprinkles on it to make it look good. There is actually a another version of this which has no sprinkles and that might have less sweetness in it (although I haven’t tried it yet) As with the cake underneath the frosting, I can say that it is great. It is not dry and somewhat moist and soft in texture which balances the overall quality of this cupcake.

 

 

  • Black + White

Black + White

 

 

If you don’t like it to be chocolatey, this is your choice. It has the same ingredient with the Chocolate + Chocolate the only difference is the frosting as it uses Vanilla Bean instead of Chocolate. I actually liked this one too as it is also not too sweet and there is an added pinch mixture of vanilla and chocolate that blends in your mouth as you eat.

 

 

 

 

  • Cosmo

Cosmo

 

This is one of the new flavors I’ve seen from my last visit. The cupcake has fresh key lime zest cake filled with cosmo cranberry compote and topped with lime-vodka frosting. In my taste bud’s opinion, I actually don’t like it. Upon taking a bite, you will be fronted by a burst of sweetness from the frosting and the cake. Good thing there was a lime added to the flavor, just imagine if there is none, but I guess the lime didn’t do much of a help to balance the sweetness and flavor of this cupcake.

 

 

 

  • Chocolate Bacon Caramel

Chocolate Bacon Caramel

 

 

I was fascinated at this one that is why I ordered it. It has dark Valrhona chocolate cake topped with chocolate frosting, caramel and bits of bacon. Yup, you read it correctly, it has bacon on it. I was actually curious what it would taste like and to tell you the truth, I liked it. The saltiness of bacon mixed with the sweetness of the frosting made it unique. It was so balanced that if I would be visiting this place, I would order it again if they have it on their menu that day.

 

 

I should say that you need to visit this place a couple of times to actually figure out what you like as they have different flavors everyday for the whole month.

Open Box

The prices of their cupcakes are reasonable, for the regular size it’s $3.50 each $21 for half a dozen, $39 for a dozen. The petite size is $2.00 each and $22 for a dozen.

Front Desk

Overall, I can say that this place has met my expectation since my first visit. The cupcakes were great for all my choices, I like them to be moist and soft not dry and brittle. Although the sweet factor was too much for me with one of my choices, it does not mean that it will make me avoid this place. Some people like it too sweet and some like it to be balanced (like me), so I guess it is up to the customers to choose which of the flavors do they want.

 

Flavors

 

 

 

Confexion is located at 11 West Dayton Street, Pasadena, CA 91105 and opens Tues to Wed 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Thurs to Fri 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sat 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sun 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and closed during Mondays. They accept cash or credit card as mode of payment.

 

 

 

0 Food Review – Sushi Ichi (Authentic Japanese Restaurant)

My wife and I are fond of trying different cuisines for we do like to eat outside oftentimes during weekends (because it is our day of relaxation after a week-long stress). After coming from an exhibit we visited, we thought to try this Japanese Restaurant called “Sushi Ichi” about a couple of miles from our place. We’ve heard that this restaurant serves authentic Japanese food and since we haven’t eaten any Japanese food for a while, we have decided to give it a try.

We arrive at the vicinity around 5:20 PM and luckily was able to find a parking spot near the restaurant. The parking lot is is a private lot which is average in size and shared by a few establishments. I’m guessing that during at night this is full as most of the establishments here were restaurants.

Inside the Restaurant Reserved Upon entering the store, I was somewhat surprised because I was not expecting it to be small (approximately 7 tables and a Bar) yet I find it very clean and well organized. The waiter greeted us and I have noticed that all the tables were “Reserved” except for one, which is a good thing because we were seated at that last table that wasn’t reserved. I later realized that before coming here, you have to call first for reservation because if you are unlucky you don’t have a chance to sit and eat (which in our case, we were lucky to have the last spot). It seems that this place is frequented by patrons as the waiter asked us if this was our first time here and I also noticed that they already knew some of the guests.

 

 

Upon seating, he gave us the menu and while deciding on what to order, he asked us what drinks do we want and we just ordered 2 Sodas. On the menu, you will find the typical Japanese foods that you normally would see on other restaurants, so in this case we were somewhat familiar (although not an expert) with some of the foods they offer.

 

 

Miso Soup

 

 

We first ordered a Miso Soup, this is a must for me, it is as if my meal won’t be complete without this. Their Miso Soup is ok, I am actually not expecting more since (as far as I know) this serves only as an appetizer before eating the main dish.

 

 

 

 

 

Yellowtail and Salmon Sushi For our main dish, we ordered the Yellowtail Sushi ($6.50) and Salmon Sushi ($6.00)which comes in pairs, perfect for couples. We waited probably around 5 mins. for it to be prepared by their Sushi Chef at the bar. When I ate my piece of the Yellowtail Sushi, I should say, I was really satisfied. Unlike other Japanese restaurants, the Yellowtail Sushi here tastes really good and fresh. It doesn’t tastes too fishy but instead there was a pinch of sweetness on the fishmeat and you will notice the texture to be firm and not saggy nor slimy. This goes along with the Salmon Sushi, both having the same quality.

 

Spicy Tuna and California Roll

 

Next we ordered the Spicy Tuna Roll ($5.50) and the California Roll ($5.00). This are the traditional rolls that you can find in any Japanese restaurants and to my surprise when I ate them, I don’t know if I am just hungry or it really tastes different. It is tasty and flavorful not a typical bland roll that I am used to.

 

 

 

Fresh Salmon Roe We were already full but we have decided to try a one last sushi flavor and we ordered the Salmon Roe Sushi. The waiter asked us if we would like to try the chef recommended or the normal one. We asked what is the difference and he said the Chef recommended is a fresh Roe while the normal is not(probably came from a bottle). Since the difference is only two dollars, we decided to get the Fresh Salmon Roe ($8.00). As expected, it was not disappointing, it was fresh indeed.

 

 

All in all, my experience here is great. Customer service is great as they were all accommodating and courteous (they even said goodbye in Japanese – all of them). Food was really fresh and served at a normal pace. The only thing that might hurt you is the price because it was somewhat expensive, although they reciprocate it with the quality of food and service. I recommend this place to anyone who would want to try an authentic Japanese food.

 

Sushi Ichi is located at 633 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105. Reservation is a must and their Tel. Number is 1-626-395-9977. Their operating hours are Mon-Fri 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM / 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM and Saturday only 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM. They accept credit cards for payments. If you have a toddler with you, you might not try this place since I don’t see any hi-chairs around.

2 Food Review – O Dae San

My wife and I obviously love food and we see to it that every weekend, we go out and try some of the well-known restaurants here in Los Angeles. So let me ask you, are you fond of grilled, fresh foods that will be cooked in front of you? If yes, let me share with you our experiences and review in this Korean BBQ restaurant near Central LA called O Dae San. You can find many restaurants here with the same format but we chose this due to the fact that most of our friends recommend that we try it.

 Outdoor Menu

We arrived at around noon, so we were expecting a lot of people here since it is already lunchtime and it is also a Saturday but I guess we were wrong. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by a valet attendant and were instructed to leave the keys and just proceed to the entrance of the restaurant which we immediately comply. Upon entering the door we were greeted by one of their waiters and asked us how many persons, we told him two but we requested if we can sit by the couch-like bench since our son is still asleep. He was somewhat hesitant because the tables with couches were assigned for group guests which I totally understand but the owner was kind enough to say that it was ok and instructed his crew to place us on our desired table (which I am really grateful off).

 

 

Dining Area

 

So we were seated at the first bench on the left side and we were given our menus. I will say that I like the ambiance of the place, everything was clean and shiny even the grill in front of us looks very clean and I will definitely not hesitate to cook my food here. There is a TV set in front although too bad the show was Korean and I can’t understand but it’s ok because I came here to eat anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

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We ordered the lunch special which consists of 2 slices of pork bellies, lots of pork briskets and lots of side dishes and white rice. It didn’t take too long for the waiter to serve our food and he was even kind to assist us in placing our raw food at the grill.

 

 

 

 

KimchiWhile waiting for the briskets and pork bellies to be cooked, I already started eating some of the side dish appetizers. I should say these are authentic Korean recipes because of the taste, flavors and manner they were prepared.  I started with the Kimchi which is one of my favorites, although not all like this because of the texture and the smell but for me, you are not in a Korean restaurant if there is no Kimchi. I should say it was rightfully seasoned and prepared, not to spicey and definitely not tangey. Vegetables are somewhat crispy, which I was actually surprised, because I know they have to be fermented for a couple of days before serving. My say to this is, it was ok, nothing special, it tastes as what I have expected.

 

 

 

side dishes1

I didn’t try all of them and just tried those that I am not familiar with. Next is the white Jelly thing with chili sauce, I asked our server (which was really kind) about this side dish and he was grateful enough to tell me the name and where it was made of. He said it is called “Mung Bean Jelly” made of fat-free and sugar-free starch. To tell you the truth, I actually liked it. The chili sauce, which only has a pinch of spiciness’ in it, added a distinctive flavor to it which made it special. I shall say it was really good. Another side dish that they have was the steamed broccoli that has sesame oil flavor in it. I am actually familiar with broccoli and butter but this one was actually great.

 

 

 

 

Omelette soup

 

They also have this Omelet Soup that was cooked nice, although it became dry in the end probably because the egg and heat has sucked up all the liquid in it. I should say, it was ok, but nothing out of the ordinary.

 

 

 

main dish

 

So immediately, when we noticed that the meats were already cooked, we started eating the main dish. It was ok, not too salty nor bland but I can say that it was good. It might not be the best but I am satisfied.

 

 

Overall, food was fine and suits its price for $9.99 per person. If you will ask me, if I will come back and eat here again, I will say yes, since I had a fun and good experience. It might not be the best but with the price, I shall say it is worth it.

For more info on O Dae San, you can click here for their website.

2 Product Review – Alesis DM6 Electronic Drumset

Being a music lover, I have a passion for playing musical instruments ever since I was a kid. For this week, I am going to write a first hand, personal review on a product I bought last February of this year over amazon.com and have been using it since then. This product is the Alesis DM6 Session Electronic Drumset. Whether you are a newbie or even a professional drummer that is looking for an affordable drumset that you want to practice on without disturbing your neighbors, then this is the product for you.

alesis boxThe Alesis DM6 Session Kit is consist of:
1.   DMPad dual-zone pad which serves as a Snare Drum.
2.   3 ProPad drum pads which serves as the three Tom Drums.
3.   3 ProPad cymbal pads ( 1 serves as Crash cymbal, 1 for Ride cymbal, 1 for the Hi-hat).
4.   On my drumset I have 2 DMHat pedals( 1 for the Hihat control and 1 for the Kickdrum control)
– Later, as you read on, I will explain the pros and con for this configuration.
5.   ProRack II Assembly with arms and clamps
6.   DM6 Module
7.   Cable Snake
8.   Drum Key
9.   Drums Sticks
10. Power  Supply

Let me describe to you every detail that each component has and also my experiences on using these components individually.

Snare Drum

1.   The DMPad dual-zone pad which serves as a Snare Drum.

This functions well as a snare drum, in which the dual zone enables you to trigger and produce the snare head and rimshot sounds. The good thing about this pad is the rubber texture which allows your drumsticks to bounce for accurate triggering and sound output. Although the only negative thing I can say as for my experience is, you have to hit it really hard to make the audio distinct even in a full volume. So if you’re used to the traditional acoustic drumsets, you might want to adjust your strength on hitting those pads.

 

 

Propad

 

2.  ProPad drum pads which serves as the 3 Tom Drums.*

These pads works as expected, although they are smaller than the snare drum, hitting them are not that big of a hassle. Same rubbery feeling as the snare drum, the only difference is that it is a plain pad without any side zones. This structure doesn’t affect the sound output and you don’t need to hit them hard like the snare drum because their sensitivity were adequate enough to produce the desired sound volume.

 

 

 

Cymbals

cymbal wedge

 

 

3.  The 3 ProPad cymbal pads (1 serves as Crash cymbal, 1 for Ride cymbal, 1 for the Hi-hat).

These pads are interchangeable to any of the three functions that you need.  The material for this cymbal pads is consist of hard plastic and rubber padding.  You will notice that the upper half portion is hard plastic and the lower half portion is rubber. The reason for this is that you only get to hit and trigger the lower portion as the pads remains stationary. When you attach them at their respective poles you will notice that there is a ball-joint with a small wedge in its design. I am satisfied with the durability of its material because I often hit them with abuse especially whenever I am “feeling” the music and up to now it is still intact. My only negative comment is on the Hi-hat pad as it sometimes double trigger even though I hit it only once. Upon observation, this is due to the fact that the stick bounces as it hits the pad so making it hit the pad twice unintentionally. I still prefer the clapper style of the traditional acoustic hi-hats. One thing to add to the Crash cymbal, it has no choke feature on the DM6.

 

DMHat Pedal4.  The DMHat pedals (Hi-hat control and Kickdrum).

With regard to the function of the pedal for the Hi-hat control, I only have a minor concern although I can tolerate it and not that big of a deal for me. When you step on the pedal,  it works perfectly fine giving you an accurate sound output but when you release the pedal it is sometimes having a mistrigger and thus, not giving you a sound output as you hit the hi-hat while releasing the pedal. Although I think this depends on the release timing of your foot from the pedal, just needs a little “getting used to” it.

As for the DMHat pedal used as a Kickdrum, it is ok – I have no regret with the sound as it is 99% accurate. The only thing I regret at this configuration is that the durability of the pedal can’t stand the abuse and pressure for the function of being a Kickdrum. My Kickdrum DMHat pedal gave in or let’s just say “stopped working” after 2 months of use. Good thing I still have warranty so I just called customer support and after verifying some info they sent me a replacement. As for me, the DMHat pedal is not advisable to function as a Kickdrum (although it is possible), for the trigger switch inside the pedal is made of plastic so great pressure will tend to break it. My advise is to use the Stealthkick which is really designed for this function.

 

5.  ProRack II Assembly with arms and clamps.

I have nothing much to say to this except for it is really lightweight and not hard to assemble because all you need to do is just unfold it and set it up to whichever comfortable position you want.

 

DM6 Module

6.  DM6 Module

This is the brain of your electronic drumset as all of the functions comes from this small module. It has over 100 drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds, play-along tracks, mix-in jack for playing along with your iPod or other music device. It also has a USB output jack to connect to your computer for recording using compatible music software. As for me, I don’t actually use this feature as I just play along with some of my favorite music doing the drum accompaniment.

 

 

 

cable snake

 

7.  Cable Snake

This is a special cable specifically manufactured and configured by Alesis for their products. I suggest that you take good care of it as their drum modules only works for their cables.

 

 

 

8.  Drum Key, Power Cable and Drumsticks

These are all part of the package.

 

The model I have was the Alesis DM6 Session Kit and as far as I know it is not available in the market for now and you might want to check another version of the DM6 module which is the Alesis DM6 USB Kit. They have the same features because they use the same module, the only differences are the design of the cymbal pads and single zone pads for the Tom drums. The Alesis DM6 USB Kit Five-Piece Electronic Drum Set is available on amazon.com if you want to check it out.

0 “The Ryan White Story” – ( Movie Review )

My wife and I love to watch movies at home,sit by the couch, while munching some chips together. It is a weekly routine to relax and remove stress and we normally watch comedy-themed movies but this last time, while browsing through Netflix, we saw this intriguing movie about a boy and we’ve decided to watch this movie. The movie’s title is “The Ryan White Story”. I am not a drama fan but this movie made me watch it without hesitation.

Ryan_White

 

This movie is about a young boy, named Ryan White, who lives in Kokomo, Indiana at that time ( during the 80’s ). He was born with Hemophilia ( a rare bleeding disorder wherein the blood never/seldom clots ) which is usually inherited from parents genetically. Being a hemophiliac, you would have to undergo replacement therapies by injecting clotting factor concentrates made from human blood,although today, there are options wherein clotting factor concentrates aren’t made from human blood and probably in those days there is no option for that. Ryan White acquired AIDS unknowingly through this process by means of using contaminated blood products. Upon discovering this, due to the lack of knowledge and open mindedness of people at that time, he was barred and not allowed to go to school. The parents and principal where all thinking that the other students might acquire AIDS through casual contact, even though the doctors concluded that it is not possible. Ryan and his family went through all hardships, community mocking Ryan and calling him names, some friends avoiding him, neighbors accusing him of contaminating stuff with his blood, schoolmates saying that he is spitting on foods at the canteen and press reporters stalking and camping at their house. Ryan, determined to go back to school, got the services of Charles Vaughan Sr, a respectable lawyer. They went through a lot of process appealing, fighting petitions of parents and teachers and justifying their case until on November 25, 1985, Ryan was allowed to go back to school. We would have thought that the hardships were over but Ryan still experiences the discrimination in school by giving him instructions to use disposable utensils, never share bathrooms with other students and having his own place at the canteen. The worst thing that their family can bear was the death threat that happened to them. It was a time when they got home and they saw a bullet hole on their window. This made them decide to move away from Kokomo and transfer to Cicero, Indiana. I remembered a part on this movie, Ryan saying to his mom that if he dies,never bury him in Kokomo. Ryan attended school at the Hamilton Heights High School when they moved to Cicero. He was very anxious on the 1st day of school, for he doesn’t know what to expect when he and his Mom were on the way to the school. Upon arrival, Ryan was greeted by a group of people wearing beautiful smiles. These were the new school’s principal and students, all willing to shake his hand. At the end of the movie ere a couple of shots of the real Ryan White and his Mom.

The good about this movie was that the actors were consistent and were able to justify their roles.They even bonded and became friends with the real persons involved. This movie also gave chance to the real Ryan White to take a short cameo role on the movie. He is the kid named “Chad” that was also in a hospital due to AIDS, as to what the plot pertains to. The storyline was direct and just showed all the important happenings in Ryan’s life. The only thing I saw that lacked emphasis were the court proceedings. They did not show all the scenes pertaining to this, probably because of the time limit of a certain movie and showing all these would not be necessary.

Overall, I find the movie very precise and detailed in showing the determination and hardship of a boy that wants to fight for his rights even it is against all odds. The movie also defines the character of every community that has a lack of knowledge with certain things and refuses to accept facts being showed to them because of fear. This is a normal behavior for everyone because of the self denial and fear of the unknown attitude. People tend to be judgmental especially if they are the majority and the minority needs to exert more effort by gathering more facts to prove a certain belief.

This is a great movie, I highly recommend that you guys watch it to learn how to fight and accept things as they were and to believe that there is a good thing out of everyone.


Disclaimer:

Images used is not owned by the author and creator of this blog. Image credits goes to the sources provided at the bottom of this post. The contents of this review is provided for the purpose of information only and therefore there is no intention of sensationalizing nor degrading the names of the persons and communities mentioned.