I like to thank my dear friend Lena for deciding to celebrate her birthday with dinner at Ink. The omakase experience was fun, interesting and delicious. Our server explained what was in every dish that was served, we then snapped some pictures and proceeded to figure out on our own what each dish was composed of. Obviously, we were too engrossed with how good the food look to pay attention to our server.  Sorry dude. Luckily, we were smart enough to have requested to keep a few copies of the menu as a guide.

vodka, lime, ginger, soda
vodka house tonic
beef tartare, horseradish, hearts of palm, sea bean chimchurri
kale, burrata, asian pear, pumpkin seeds, yuzu
lamb neck, chickpea poutine, yogurt curds, chive puree
brussels sprouts, pig ears, house-cured lardo, apple
I think this was the spaghetti, giant squid, squash, hazelnut ink pesto, pigment d'espelette. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
veal cheek, red curry, nante carrots, fried and stick rice
I completely forgot what this was but I remember it being really good.
berkshire pork, charcoal crust, macaroni and cheese, leeks
chocolate, coffee, spice???
apple, creme caramel, burnt wood sabayon, walnut

What’s the perfect ending to a great meal? Shaking hands with the chef, Michael Voltaggio, and getting in a group photo.

Happy Birthday Lena!!!

Sharon & Tony’s Wedding – 11/11/11

I woke up early Friday morning and picked up Lena for our mini road trip to Pismo Beach. The occasion? To attend Sharon and Tony’s wedding at the Santa Margarita Ranch.

I love this venue.

On our way to Pismo Beach, Lena and I stopped for a quick breakfast at the Cajun Kitchen Cafe in Santa Barbara. I’m not quite sure what really good jambalaya is suppose to taste like because I don’t eat it very often, but on a gloomy and chilly day, the jambalaya that Lena ordered tasted pretty darn good. I kinda wished I had ordered that instead of my New Orleans omelette.

New Orleans Omelette
Egg Over Jambalaya
Warm Biscuit

When we checked into the Seacrest OceanFront Hotel, I took a quick nap and got ready before the rest of the crew arrived. The wedding invitation said 3pm and well…we left the hotel at 3pm. Luckily for us, the wedding did not start until a little before 4.

The Horiuchis
I-Kids with the bride.
It was a little chilly.

There were some very adorably cute tidbits that I loved about the wedding, such as the bridesmaid’s dresses with their little elephants (sorry, no pics), the flower girls and ring bearers, the names cards and the homemade peach jams.

Ring Bearers
Flower girls.
Place cards.
Lots of homemade peach jam.

The next morning, the happy couple hosted brunch at Seaside Cafe & Bakery. Pancakes, bacon, sausages and scrambled eggs for everyone.


Super cute, super sweet wedding. Congratulations Sharon and Tony!!!