The Kim parents went off to Mexico over the long weekend to bring back some delicious eats for us! I headed down on a Monday night to indulge in some freshly farmed oysters. These bad boys were huge! I feel so spoiled because they just don’t taste the same at restaurants…
I learned that oysters can stay alive for about a week after you bring them home. After they die, they open. After they open, you can’t eat them anymore, even if you cook them. Good to know! 👍
One of the best go-to places when we’re hungry and want fish! I’m trying to branch out more so I opted for swordfish today just to see what it would taste like since I had such an awesome plate at Bluewater. Well, it wasn’t exactly the most stellar dish here. It was a bit tough, but still tasty. The fries were well seasoned and I took my extras home.
Ok, but back to my clam chowder next time.
So we ran around town a little bit trying to find the duo pot with a burner! At the end it was all worth it and we had delicious hot pot with turkey soup base hot pot and 麻辣火鍋 or ma la spicy hot pot – pork & beef meat. :: drool :: One of my all time favorites.
So the appetizers did not disappoint but I’m going to sadly report that beef noodle soup (牛肉麵) did! Sure, it was not Bull Demon Cafe caliber soup but it didn’t even bring back any nostalgic flavors for me from anywhere… It was sort of bland even… But I will say the quality of the beef and noodles were great, it was just the soup that lacked for me this time. I’ll still be back!!
So we tried twice in two months to get Shabu Shabu, and well, both places nearby were kinda rude, so second time we settled next door, here at Umaya Ramen. We paired our dinner with Orion beers from Japan. Well, let me say firstly I was ecstatic that Tonkotsu was on the menu. I ordered a Tonkotsu Black… But somehow it got mixed up in the order so an Umaya ramen came out instead! I was too hungry to make note of it and just gobbled this down, so although I’m disappointed I didn’t get to try it (they took it off our bill so nice) my review is going to be on a ramen I’ve never really had.
Karaage came out first, and the flavor was definitely on point. The spicy mayo was a light kick in the mouth for already fried food. Our only complaint here was that it seemed to be really well breaded and the chicken was actually much smaller than what it looks like.
Topping selection on this Umaya ramen bowl were delightful. Plenty of yummy extras to eat along with the noodles. Noodles were expertly prepared, but I wouldn’t say it’s my usual taste of ramen chewiness. The broth was also much lighter than I expected (well, I was expecting Tonkotsu lol) but delicious also. Not too salty, a welcome change to the delicious but salty Kopan ramen family. A Yelp check-in rendered an extra topping, to which I hungrily chose extra chashu or pork. I did feel though, that the broth seemed to be missing something… But again, I don’t eat this type all the time so I can’t be sure.
After we set up about to pay, we realized they brought me the wrong ramen, and we happened to be sitting close to the register, so the gentleman there immediately snatched up our bill to rectify the situation. He took it off even though we both insisted that I had already eaten it and we would pay for it anyway. (I first thought he was just going to knock down the price since Tonkotsu Ramen was a bit cheaper, but he just took the whole thing off!) Just wonderful service here, just blows my mind compared to the horrible service we have been receiving at other locations recently. Really great. We went ahead and tipped more than the bowl, but you know, it’s just great that they were going to fix the issue so generously. Mad kudos.
Sure the ramen was about 3-3.5 stars, but just for that awesome service (and having Orion) we’ll probably be back if we’re ever in the area. Great show of customer service, very happy.
Product For Menstruating People Only.
Someone wrote a very sad blog post about using one of these, so I have to counter and post about my experiences. (Which are mostly good!) You can learn about how to use one on the corporate website here, or just jump in and purchase one on Amazon here.
I first heard about this about a year ago, and it peaked my interest, but not enough to try it. With the new developments of pads, though, I quickly found out that my aging (haha!) body was starting to become allergic to all the rubbing. Chaffing heaven, suddenly, without any notice, any time of day. (Worse while running.) I used tampons earlier in my teenage years, but quickly found it tiresome to change it every time I had to pee. I mean, my bladder is the size of a peanut, and sometimes the tampon wasn’t even used. What a waste. I know it doesn’t say you need to change it that often, but I always found that I accidentally peed on the string, and I was just afraid of getting a UTI…
So I decided to take the plunge and nab one of these earlier this year. It seemed a little bit pricey, but it replaces all the disposable stuff for a year+, you can actually save some money here. Just gotta remember to take good care of the device.
Reasons why I love it:
- Reusable. Less waste in the environment.
- Relatively comfortable.
- No chaffing!
- No need to change every time you go to the bathroom.
- Go a much longer time without worrying – up to 12 hours.
A few cons…
I read on several blogs that the sizes weren’t quite right, so just FYI, there are other menstrual cups out there like Moon Cup so don’t just give up right away if you like the idea of it. If you have used tampons before, it is actually pretty similar, but you just have to fold the top before insertion, and then twist it around so it can open. After you get the hang of it, it’s really not that bad. Then when you pull it out to empty it, there’s little measurement lines so you can keep track of yourself! …Kinda cool after the eck factor.
Apparently the “concentrated” stuff sticks to everything, so I like emptying it in a tissue then flushing instead of just dumping the contents into the toilet directly.
The package says you can do all sorts of things with this cup inserted, but my experiences with that are not as amazing. Physical activity is a little bit taxing on my body, gravity just kind of tugs at it so running can be a bit unnerving. It’s not going to fall out because of the light suction, you’ll just need to get used to it. I don’t think I can, personally. Doing exercises with my abs involved are also a bit uncomfortable, as I can sort of feel it moving around… Anyway, you might have to take a rest day or week like I do.
The negative blog review I read had trouble with her cup “getting lost”. Well, I’m fairly sure you can’t really lose it, and by my experience, gravity will pull it down for you eventually. Just don’t panic, it makes everything bunch up down there. Relax, learn to do some kegels. I know this is a little weird to hear it on here, but try to poop. Depending on how your body is shaped, that might work for you.
That being said, since it pushes on my “lines”, I find it hard to number 2 or fully empty number 1 at any time with it. I kinda have to lean forward (touch my toes) to pee easiest. Sometimes I just remove it. Not sure if that will help anyone else out. But hey, it that means definitely no leaking, then I can deal.
Some other notes/tips…
Make sure to keep everything extra clean. Make sure to clean it with mild soap or the Diva cleaner when you’re all done and store it in the bag it comes with. Definitely wash your hands with soap (don’t forget your fingernails). Also, warming it up under warm water helps it insert smoother. I prefer paper towels to dry it because there isn’t any lint.
Good luck! Send me questions if you have any!
Thank you Yelp & Bluewater Grill for another amazing dinner and evening shared with other Gold and Black badge holders. This was such a great meal! I will say though, I was not a fan of the 5 tastings of Tolosa. The presentation was great, but the actual wine wasn’t bold enough for my liking. Unfortunately I did not win any raffles this time (darn!) but it was still a great goodie bag from Yelp to take home. Why yes, that is a rescue recharger! I’ll definitely be back, this sampling was so divine. Go for the King Salmon and the Blood Orange Sorbet or Pineapple Cake. Hands down.
Ate a quick lunch at Tanakaya in the plaza with Cream Pan. This was a super lucky find! I pretty rarely get to eat Japanese food that isn’t ramen or sushi. Today, I tried their Kamo Nanban (鴨南蛮) or duck meat soba. I was so pleasantly surprised at the flavors and texture of fresh soba!
The only soba I really eat is the dried version you make at home. Let me tell you, freshly made soba is totally not even close to the same! This was a great experience and it tasted so well made, with all the flavors moving together nicely. The duck meat was just enough for the dish and just fatty enough to add a bit of light flavors to the depth of the soup. The soup base was nothing like I’ve tasted before, this is definitely not the cheap stuff. I mean, I don’t know, I’m just pretty sure this is the authentic stuff but never had this in Japan, so can’t be 100% sure. I did end up drinking a lot of water and tea while eating this, and another Yelper said there was a lot of MSG, so it’s possible that’s why it was so good… Eh.
The service was really great. I came early so there were tables for us. The buckwheat hot tea was one the best teas I’ve had in so long. The bathrooms — one for each gender, and I loved how they warmed tea instead of oils in there. Smelled so good. I just had such a great experience here and I’ll definitely be back again soon. Even though we didn’t have to wait, I can honestly say I would wait about 30-40 minutes for this.
It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted about Zoya! Zoya is my favorite nail polish company, and I’m just sorry there aren’t many sales or discounts… But alas, as is with premium products. They’re throwing a deal on their latest craze though, until the 22nd of November to Customize Your Naked Manicure Kit and receive the Glossy Seal Top Coat & Zoya Fast Dry Drops as our gift ($26 retail value) + Free shipping! So don’t forget to order yours!
I ordered the Lavender and Pink Perfectors as part of the kit, then threw in the Tip Perfector ($10USD) after. This is just such an amazing deal, they are full sizes!
While you’re there don’t forget about a remover:
I can’t rave enough about this remover. It does such a great job and it’s a great formula for your nails. I especially love the style pump (which was so new in 2012 lol but now seen everywhere).
ZOYA is formulated without formaldehyde and other harsh chemicals. They were actually the first of their kind, and I believe when they first came out they were also vegan, but I can’t find anything on the website that confirms this anymore… Kudos to one of the best products out there!