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Food Recipe: Pan-seared Salmon

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Boyfriend and I was craving salmon a couple of days ago so I woke up early, went to the supermarket, and started on the recipe at 10:00 AM! I wanted the salmon to marinate for as long as possible…we actually didn’t cook it until about 6:30PM! The recipe turned out SO delicious. The marinate really seeped through the salmon and gave it great flavor. I wanted to share this recipe with you guys. It really is amazing and easy, easy to make. Salmon is a great source of protein and little fat. So healthy for you and so delicious!

Servings: 8
– 2 pounds of salmon.
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 1/3 cup water
– 1/4 cup soy sauce
– 1/3 cup brown sugar
– Pepper to taste
– Salt to taste

1. Clean the salmon and pat it DRY.
2. Divide and cut salmon fillet into 8 pieces, as equal as possible.
3. Salt both sides of the salmon fillets.
4. Place salmon into a plastic bag.
5. Stir lemon juice, vegetable oil, water, soy sauce, brown sugar, and pepper into a bowl.
6. Pour the marinade into the bag and throw in 3 cloves of crushed garlic (not chopped).
7. Seal the bag and marinate for at least 1-2 hours. The longer the better.
8. Bring your pan to a medium high heat and put in about 2 tbsp of vegetable oil.
9. When oil is hot, put in the salmon fillet skin side down.
10. Cook for about 5-6 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon. Skin of salmon should be CRISPY.
11. Flip it and cook on the other side for 4-5 minutes until brown glaze appears.
12. Serve immediately and enjoy! =)

This recipe is also great for grilling or baking.

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe! BTW, I forgot to ask, what are you resolutions for the new year??



FOOD REVIEW: Bruxie Waffle Sandwiches – Anaheim, CA

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As many of you know, my family and I were fortunate enough to visit Disneyland this past weekend. Before we went back home to the Bay Area, we decided to stop by at Bruxie. Bruxie is well-known eatery in Los Angeles/Orange County area. They specialize in gourmet waffles — savory and sweet! Some savory waffles included burgers, turkey club, pastrami, roast beef, cheese, and egg (breakfast) sandwiches. The sweet ones were with maple syrup, fruits, whipped cream, nutella, and more.I have never tried it before so I was really excited since I love my waffles! Boyfriend and I decided to split two kinds of sandwiches and waffle fries. The first was their cream and cheese and smoked salmon sandwich (lox). This sandwich included smoked salmon, dill cream cheese, and cucumbers. The second sandwich was roasted mushroom. This sandwich consisted of roasted mushrooms, arugula, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar.

Both sandwiches were delicious. If I were to go back, I would definitely get the roasted mushroom sandwich. The mushroom sandwich had great flavors and blended wonderfully together. The smoked salmon was a little two salty for me and I got tired of the creaminess in the cheese quick. I wish that the waffles were warmer and crispier. The waffles were soft and room temperature by the time we got our food. It’s understandable because the place was crowded and they would have to make the waffles ahead of time. The price was right! The mushroom cost about 7$ and the lox cost about $9. They gave a bunch of smoked salmon though. I know most places when you get lox, they tend to skimp on the salmon. The waffle fries were PERFECT. Crispy, hot, and tasty!

I give this place a 8/10. I would definitely be back to try some more, especially those sweet ones! I would highly recommend you guys try this place out if you’re around the Los Angeles area. =)


Homemade Sushi — CA Rolls & Salmon Rolls

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Happy afternoon everyone!

Today for lunch, boyfriend and I decided to go to Japantown in San Jose, CA to visit the grocery store. We were able to get all the ingredients to make our own homemade sushi! Sushi is definitely my favorite food in the whole wide world and us sushi lovers know that it can be EXPENSIVE. Sushi rolls cost anywhere from 7-15 dollars a roll and I know I can’t stop at one! I’m going to post the recipe for the sushi I made today, also the cost of everything. I hope you guys try it out!

– Sushi nori (seaweed sheets)
– Bamboo roll
– Imitation crab
– Japanese mayonnaise (I used earth balance)
– Brown rice
– Rice vinegar
– Sriracha hot sauce
– Toasted sesame seeds
– Japanese cucumbers
– Sushi shoga (pickled ginger)
– Sesame sauce
– Soy sauce (I used Kikkoman’s low sodium)
– Avocado
– Salmon sashimi

1. Cook your brown rice and wait for it to cool. After it has cooled, put 1 tsp of rice vinegar and fluff to incorporate it into the rice. Set aside. The rice vinegar gives the rice its sweet and sour component.
2. Get your food processor and put imitation crab sticks in there along with 1 tsp of mayonnaise. Process it until its incorporated. Transfer it into a bowl.
3. Slice the cucumber, avocado, and salmon sashimi into slices. Leave all the ingredients out in front of you so it is easy to access when make your sushi rolls.
4. Lay down your bamboo mat.
5. Lay down your nori on top of the mat, spread the rice on it with a spoon or your fingers. If the rice is too sticky, take a bowl of water and wet your fingers. You can either flip it over and put the ingredients on the nori side or just place it directly onto the rice. This is the difference between having the rice on the outside or the nori. Having the nori on the outside is much easier, trust me.
5. Lay the ingredients towards one end. CA roll has cucumbers, avocado, and imitation crab. I sometimes will add Sriracha, sesame seeds, or sesame sauce. Add whatever sauces or spices you like. Salmon roll has cucumber, avocado, and salmon sashimi. Sometimes I will make a bigger roll and add the imitation crab in there as well.
6. Use the bamboo mat to help roll up the sushi roll. The bamboo mat help you roll tightly so the roll doesn’t fall apart. Squeeze the bamboo mat at the end to secure its shape. Use a knife to cut the roll into pieces. To make cutting easier, either wet the knife or take a piece of saran wrap, place it on top of the roll, squeeze it onto the roll, and then cut the roll through the sarah wrap.
7. Enjoy with your ginger and soy sauce.

Hope the pictures below will help. Let me know if you have any questions =)


Sliced salmon sashimi, avocado, and cucumber. Ready for assembling!

Yumm. Ready to eat!

All the ingredient I bought (aside from brown rice, sriracha, sesame seeds) cost $20.17.
I was able to make 6 rolls with all the ingredients and I still have 5 nori sheets, 2 cucumbers, 1/2 a jar of pickled ginger, almost all the soy sauce and sesame sauce! The next time I decide to make sushi rolls, it would definitely cost less since I have these ingredients already so I think $2-3/roll are a good deal!

The sushi rolls were so delicious. My boyfriend kept raving about them. They tasted fresh, clean, and light. I like these a lot better than the American sushi rolls with cream cheese and creamy sauce. Give them a try everyone!


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