28/05/2014

Okonomi Sushi


Do you ever get excited looking at pretty sushi rolls? I do. I have made my own rolls before and nothing even compares to some of these rolls at Okonomi Sushi. They photographed so well and they tasted great too. I'm waiting for the day to go back and try some more rolls.

This is coming from a person who rarely ever goes to New Westminster to eat. It was only after we saw an ice cream tempura photo on facebook did we decide to hunt some down for ourselves. It was confusing to find the location because there were two restaurants of the same name relatively close together. We decided to go to the 6th street location after reading not-so good reviews from the 4th street restaurant.

Actually, the reviews for both places seemed inconsistent but the the craving for ice cream tempura was too strong to make rational choices. We just picked the most convenient location. Nevertheless, my expectations were low entering Okonomi Sushi. The waitress serving us was shy and obviously new to the job. I felt sorry for her as other tables were complaining about missing water, waiting exceptionally long for any service and etc. Our table just waved our hands to get her attention. She was new so we tried to be patient.

When our orders came I was pleased! The rolls had a lot of filling, the flavor was awesome and gee, did they look good. The special pink rice they have was unique and I was excited to try it. It didn't taste anything different about the rice though. I have a hard time picking a favorite roll because all were so good.

Seeing that icecream tempura was why we were there in the first place, I was slightly disappointed by this dessert. I have never tried deep fried ice-cream before but I did not expect the batter to be so soggy. I may have to make a trip to the Richmond Night Market in search for another deep fried ice-cream experience.

That would be for another day. :)
Okonomi Sushi Restaurant on Urbanspoon

16/05/2014

Practice with Portraits


And to finish off...a portrait of a Canada Goose.


Despite having multiple photos of myself in this photo set, I really am trying to take more portraits of other people. This new lens is helping me get there. I am loving the clarity, the shallow depth of field and the colors of my photos lately. Lovely weather has finally hit Vancouver (it may have been here for a while now but I was too busy studying to notice) and I have been outside a lot. Either I am outdoor working on home projects or having adventures around the lower mainland. This year might be the year I finally get tanned! *fingers crossed*

Happy Weekend!

15/05/2014

Han Ju Hot Pot


V has requested I start reviewing restaurants again so here is a quick attempt. I get so self-conscious about sticking my camera in food in busy restaurants. If I had it my way, no one would be around to stare so I could grab a chair and stand on it to get the right angle. That's right, I am that type.

So...Han Ju Hot Pot. This little restaurant is located at Crystal Mall but there is no entry from the mall itself. You must walk around the perimeter to find this corner restaurant. Despite this inconvenience, it is still a popular choice and seats can get filled quickly during lunch time. I often go during the weekdays for a guaranteed spot. Groups larger than 4 may have some trouble due to the small space available.

This is the type of restaurant V and I go for a quick, decent, cheap meal. Actually, most meals at the Crystal Mall food court could fit all these qualities but we pick this location for the seating and to avoid the chaotic environment of the food court. On this trip, we ordered the Kimchi & BBQ Pork with Rice (first picture) and Crispy Chicken with Noodle Soup (I can't recall the exact name). The Kimchi & BBQ Pork with Rice comes with miso soup and is a big hit with many customers. We like it for the flavorful meat, generous portions and because it looks like a somewhat balanced meal. I often see other tables get the exact same dish. As for the noodle soup, it had a strong garlic flavor to it which I did not expect. I generally like garlic but it may be a deterrent for others ordering it. I am a sucker for Taiwanese-style deep fried chicken and Han Ju's version is good overall.

It is definitely not a place to visit for service but I will continue to come back for the convenient comfort food.

Han Ju Tofu Hot Pot 韓州豆腐鍋專門店 on Urbanspoon

10/05/2014

Checkpoint!


As a full time student, school ideally comes first and hobbies come second. I am back though! The final stretch felt especially long but I am happy that I made it through intact. To treat myself for finishing the term strong, I bought a new-to-me lens. It was spontaneous. It was random. But I am so happy I did it. I had saved up for the past few years for a new lens but never committed to anything. During one of my "study breaks" I stumbled upon a few craigslist ads with lenses below my budget and I could not pass up the opportunity. Several big dollar bills later I am the new owner of a Sigma 30mm f/1.4. For my crop-frame camera, it's perfect. I'm so excited!

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The name "sojoo" roots from "this is so Joany". Somehow in my convoluted thoughts, the name makes sense. On this blog you will find a collection of photos from my every day life. Hope you enjoy and stay for a little while.