Haru Ichiban

Not Bad, Not Great

Over multiple visits,  the quality was more than a little bit inconsistent.  This was most easily noticeable with the uni and the unagi.  On one visit, the unagi was ice cold.  And, if we’re being picky, we might say the prep and plating was a bit sloppy.

Haru Ichiban
3646 Satellite Blvd.
Duluth, GA 30096
770 622 4060


Peanut Butter Chip Cupcakes

Cupcakes Are Ridiculous

But, these are ridiculously delicious.

Depending on the mood of the day, we go for Peanut Butter Chip or Triple Cinnamon.  We just can’t help loving them.  They’re too good to resist.

Flavor of the Month:

(August 18-31, 2014)

3393 Peachtree Road
(Lenox Square Mall)
Atlanta, GA 30326
404 846 1599

El Taco Veloz

Chiles Rellenos + Scrambled Eggs

Still piping hot with crispy fried edges, we made the right choice.  Our decision to take a break and eat them on the spot started our very early morning off the right way.  Each burrito had two chiles generously stuffed with cheese.   The scent and taste of sweet corn was present in every bite.

Follow that up with a (giant-sized) super sweet, cinnamon-y horchata.  That’s a sure way to guarantee that someone will be bouncing off the walls for the immediate future.  We sure did brighten up our cloudy day.

El Taco Veloz

Huacatay Salsa

Huacatay Salsa
(Black Mint Sauce)

Rewarded by lingering, we found two varieties of huacatay salsa.

Hong Kong Supermarket
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30093
770 582 6800

Kan Pai Cafe

Fried Oyster Mushrooms

With Fried Basil Leaves To Garnish

Fried Oysters

Generously Dusted With Black Pepper

Salmon Collar

Kan Pai Cafe
3466 Holcomb Bridge Road
Norcross, GA 30092
770 840 8999

Thai Star

Salmon With Green Curry

Fresh green beans, eggplant, basil, red and green peppers swim in a sea rich with coconut milk and spices.

Pad Char

Crisp-edged catfish pieces are moist and tender on the inside.  With each new bite, we’re tempted to nibble more and more of those brightly spicy green peppercorns.  For those sensitive to spice, it’s nice to nibble one with a piece of sweet red pepper to introduce yourself to the level of heat that they deliver.

This was another lovely and delicious meal.  Three visits to the same restaurant in just over a month, it must be crave-ably good.

Thai Star
5370 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Norcross, GA 30071
770 326 9991

Black Sesame Spread — Foreway

Foreway Black Sesame Spread

Imagine that you’ve takes a bar of black sesame brittle and you’ve ground it into a deliciously rich thick sesame paste.  That’s the exact flavor of this black sesame spread.  It’s loaded with dark roasted sesame flavor, a touch of bitterness and just enough sweetness to make this a decadent treat.  Now, this is what we were expecting in a black sesame spread.  It would be a serious understatement to say that we love this stuff.

If you love black sesame brittle, you’re gonna love this.

One teaspoon on a wedge of shortbread makes a seriously hearty snack.

Foreway Black Sesame Spread
(Product of Taiwan)

We found our jars (Yes, we bought more than one.) at the Hong Kong Market.

Hong Kong Supermarket
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30093
770 582 6800

Sushi Mito

Prepared with generosity and great care from start to finish, this was another divine meal.

Sushi Mito
6470 Spalding Drive
Suite P
Norcross, GA 30092
770 734 0398

Where Am I?

Sunflower On A Brick Wall

Kurogama Cream (Sweet Black Sesame Spread)

Sonton Kurogoma Cream
(Sweet Black Sesame Spread or Black Sesame Jam)

Creamy smooth and sweet…

…very sweet

We’d go so far as to say it was startlingly sweet.  We weren’t expecting that.  We were expecting a barely sweet, creamy black sesame paste that was deep, dark and full of roasted sesame flavor.  Instead, the sweetness reminds us of the super sweetness that is nutella.  But, here, they substitute black sesame paste for chocolate and hazelnut butter.

We still love it.  It just took a moment to readjust our expectations.

Spread it on toast, a buttery ritz crisp, a pretzel, or a cookie.  It all works.

Love it!

(No, really, we’re serious.  We might love it even more than we love nutella.  And, that’s not faint praise.  We really (REALLY!) love nutella.  It’s a certain someone’s  kryponite.  Ok, so, we probably don’t love it more than nutella.  But, it’s in the same ballpark.)

Tomato Japanese Grocery
(In the same building as Sushi Yoko)
7124 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Norcross,  GA 30071
770 263 7838