Happy Hour @ John Howie steakhouse!

Sis and I went to John Howie earlier this week for happy hour!  The original plan was just to get some cupcakes and window shop:)  The cupcake shop was 4 stores away from the resto and we always wanted to try John Howie’s happy hour.  We’ve heard before that their  happy hour is a good one, and it didn’t disappoint:)

sis waiting for our cupcakes!
Trophy cupcakes!!
so happy to satisfy her cupcake cravings!
crispy french fried potatoes with cheese,this is my fav!
Prime Tenderloin Bites, navel orange supreme’s, chives, teriyaki.
* American Wagyu Sirloin Steak Sliders, mesquite grilled sweet red onions, roasted garlic-peppercorn aioli, Cornichon, house baked buns


I’m linking up with Lindsey again at the pleated poppy!

Cardi=abercrombie,shirt=juicy couture,jeans=hollister,target boots
casual sunday dinner at my Inlaws house! sweater=juicy couture,jeans=hollister,target boots
coat,jeans=hollister,target boots,LV bag

El Gaucho

We celebrated Valentines day with a dinner at El Gaucho (steakhouse in Seattle).  It was our first time to dine in this restaurant and decided to put the gift card from my in-law’s to use.  It didn’t disappoint!  We really enjoyed our first dining experience here.  The food was amazing (hubby was really happy with his steak), the ambiance was perfection (classy and romantic!), and the service was great.

vday gifts from hubby! my fave starbucks drink and roses!
our view..
they gave me a rose too!
my valentine:)
preparing our steak tartare
steak tartare and tuna tartare
mac and cheese
frenched rib chop
Filet medallions oscar style!
being silly!
creme brulee for dessert!
the girl who played with fire!
what a great night! time to go home:)


This is my favorite meatball recipe, I got this from my Dad In law. So easy to make,simply mix all the ingredients and bake!  Simple and tasty:)

with marinara sauce!


1lb 80-20 Hamburger

1lb Italian Sausage

1C Italian Bread Crumbs

1/2C Parm Cheese

1  Minced Garlic

1 Egg

Handful of Minced Parsley

Half and Half or Tomato Sauce to moisten the fixture

Make into cute little ball and bake @ 350 for 45 minutes


I’m linking up with Lindsey again at the pleated poppy, check her site for fashion inspiration:)

Top and Jeans=hollister, Target Boots,Riley the most adorable puppy!
sweater=Missoni for target,jeans=hollister, Toms wedge/shoes
shirt,sweater,jeans=abercrombie, tory burch flats
sweater=target,top and jeans=hollister, toms wedge/shoes,Lv bag=gift from Hubs
sweater= hollister, coat=juicy couture, red pants= hollister,tory burch shoes
blue top=local shop from PI, brown sweater and wedge=tory burch, jeans=hollister
sweater=target, black dress=Ross,tory burch bag and shoes
shirt=HnM,sweater, jeans =abercrombie, target boots
sweater=target. skirt =Ross,shoes=nine west,coat=juicy couture

weekend fun!

We spent our weekend eating out and going to the movies.But my fave thing that we did was watch the ballet performance of Don Quixote! Friday Night we had dinner at Pogacha (it’s an Italian Resto), I had a coupon that was expiring so I suggested this place. Our food was Ok,nothing special but I like the place coz it’s cozy with lots of nice wall decors!

Fire Warmed Goat Cheese Creamy goat cheese with roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives and Pogacha bread triangles
I ordered Grilled Tenderloin Skewer
closer pic of my food!
Veal Saltimbocca ♦ Seasoned Veal sirloin, sautéed with white wine butter, sage, prosciutto and Fontina cheese
Ballet performance of Don Quixote! I love it...
stage (no pics allowed,that's why I don't have pics of the performance)
with my hubby!
with sis!
dinner after the Ballet!
Maine Lobster Bisque Rich lobster stock, heavy cream, Cognac.
Prime Teriyaki Tenderloin Bites* Seared with orange, soy, ginger and brown sugar.
sis with the calamari!
The Works Burger* American Wagyu sirloin, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, caramelized onions, drive–in sauce, lettuce, tomato, with crisp fries.
Nine Layer Chocolate Cake Layers of rich, moist devil’s food chocolate caked filled with chocolate butter cream. Served with Olympic Mountain Madagascar vanilla ice cream and a special dark chocolate sauce.
the best chocolate cake for me!


Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

I got this recipe online (www.thecleverclipper.com).  I had all of the ingredients so I just decided to make this chicken dish.  This is our first time to make chicken tacos and based on the result of this dish, it will not be our last!

extra sauce
we added chopped green onions,cheese and sour cream
I added tabasco sauce for extra kick!
  • 2 lbs chicken
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn (optional)
  1. Put all ingredients into slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Shred chicken.
  4. Enjoy with rice, in taco form or any way you like!

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

I’ve made this dish a couple of times already, and it was just as delicious this time!  I will never boil shrimp again!  The roasting makes a big difference.  Simple, easy, and flavorful. Thanks so much Ina.



For the shrimp:

  • 2 pounds (12 to 15-count) shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place them on a sheet pan with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread them in 1 layer. Roast for 8 to10 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Set aside to cool.