Foodie Find: Little Izaka-Ya Plate

IMG_4783.JPG
Tinder profile picture where I look so casual drinking rose by the water…

Being a single woman in the year 2016, I am currently Tinder. Believe me, if I knew of a better way to “put myself out there” I would be actively doing it. But sadly the late night swiping video game is one of my many attempts to meet someone.

Being a foodie, my kryptonite is a man in a chef coat. Without thought I will always swipe right. Most recently I matched with a guy that not only was chef, but recognized me from social media.  “I know you!! You are a foodie! My restaurant follows you on Instagram.”

Done! A man in a chef coat who is recognizing ME! Sold! He told me that it was sushi night and that he was going to take me to a place “that would change my life.” This place being Sushi Zo!

IMG_6008.JPG
A few highlights from Sushi Zo

For those of you who don’t know this restaurant, Sushi Zo is an Omakase ONLY spot, which means you put full trust in the sushi chef and never order. You will never receive a roll covered in mayo, but you’ll be handed piece by piece of the finest slices of fish from all over the world. It is a beautiful experience, and one that is lots of $$$

I admit, the Omakase experience at Sushi Zo DID change my life. I have never dined like this before, and was completely happy in my sushi dream moment consuming perfect fish. Sadly, the main thing that changed my life was my outlook on men and dates as my Tinder Chef unexpectedly had me pay the hefty fee when the bill came.

Why do I share this with you? Because later that week, still humiliated at the amount of money I spent on a TINDER DATE that will go nowhere when I can’t afford to pay less than that for my health insurance, I found myself in a different sushi happiness with a $20 lunch!

If you are from Los Angeles, you would be out of the know if you didn’t know Katsu-Ya, whether it be the original mini mall Ventura Blvd spot, or the new clubs all over. Their spicy tuna on crispy rice, baked hand rolls, and albacore with crispy onion are staples when ordering, and for me it has always been a spot for a special night out.

IMG_6009.JPG
Little Izaka-Ya Plate for lunch

Imagine my delight when I went to THE LITTLE IZAKA-YA (part of the Katsu-Ya family located in Sherman Oaks) for lunch and realized all of my favorite things and more were in a $20 “LITTLE IZAKA-YA PLATE” lunch special. Done and done! (Which makes this my newest “Foodie Find” to share with you!) I got to enjoy Yellowtail Sashimi with Ponzu & Jalapeno, Albacore Sashimi with Crispy Onion, Whitefish with Granny Apple Carpaccio, the famous Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna & a Baked Crab Hand Roll, allowing me to leave fulfilled and not broke!

I don’t need a man to show me a great dining experience, I can create my own!

(But I mean, is it so hard to find a nice, sarcastic, good looking guy, with a passion for food and wine, central AC, & an HBO Go account?)

Disclaimer: Sushi Zo really is an amazing spot, I will just go back the next time for my one year wedding anniversary with FILL IN THE BLANK TBD MAN.

Foodie Find:Sushi Tsujita

IMG_5645As a lifelong resident of the valley, I never purposely go out of my way to travel to the west side. It’s just too far! This has become an issue since more and more places near Santa Monica have been stacking up on my restaurant wish list. But when a job takes me that way, I take advantage!

I was in West LA by Sawtelle Blvd and intended to grab Tsukemen (a dipping ramen) at TSUJITA LA ARTISAN NOODLE ANNEX, but of course the line was already an hour wait! (I point this out to secretly also recommend going to the Annex to grab this ramen dish, which is so good!) Luckily I remembered TSUJITA has a sister restaurant with a fun lunch special just down the street. Thank you late night yelp/menu obsessions!

SUSHI TSUJITA is mostly known as an Omakase place with dinners ranging from $140-$180. This is important to point out since you know that means the quality of the fish they prepare is going to be amazing!

My Foodie Find is the Bari Chirashi Bowl (a sushi box costing only $18).IMG_5644

This sushi box is filled with seasoned sushi rice, diced cucumbers, and assorted pieces of salmon, shrimp, and other marinated fish all collaged together, and sprinkled with Ikura (salmon roe). The lunch also comes with miso soup, making it the best $18 I’ve spent in a while!

Even though my chopstick technique is on point, my server advised me to use the spoon to scoop everything up, resulting in perfect bite after perfect bite!

(It also doesn’t hurt to report the clean bathroom with a heated toilet added the extra touch haha!).