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February 17, 2017

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Realistically speaking, love should be celebrated every day. Valentine’s Day is one of those days that became commercialized in the 21st century. It’s fine if you treat this day as any other day or choose to partake in typical Valentine’s festivities. Whichever route you took, power to you and don’t rain on other people’s parade. Be proud of what you did. There is no need to compensate or even compare yourself to others. We’re all living different lives 💖.

I’m blessed to have a wonderful boyfriend who treats me with kindness and care 💕. He brings in a new perspective of happiness into my life and I hope I’m doing the same for him. Things may not always be rainbows and butterflies and that’s fine! We work through our challenges together to become better people at the end.

My boyfriend took me out to dinner at Ootoro on Tuesday night. The last time we went there was for our four year anniversary dinner. We love doing cheesy things~

We would typically order a chirashi bowl but the restaurant decided to block the bowl menu to entice customers to order the omakase. In a way, this was good because we were forced to try out other menu items we haven’t ordered before. At the end, it was totally worth it. Here are the delicious dishes we ordered:

  • Yellowtail Sampler (2x)
  • Freshwater Eel Nigiri
  • Tempura Cod Handroll
  • Amaebi
  • Lobster Dynamite
  • Uni Mango
  • Toro Tartare with Black Truffle
  • Wagyu Fried Rice (not pictured)
  • Miso Soup (not pictured)

Everything was delicious and I love how everything melts in your mouth. Our favorite dish was the toro tartare with black truffle. The dish smelled so good and I finally realized why people rave about truffles. Eating wagyu that evening probably bumped up my meat standards by 500%. I never knew how different marbled meat would taste. I’m not much of a tempura fan and somehow, the tempura cod handroll was perfect. I love how the chef didn’t overload the tempura batter and there is a nice crunch the moment you take a bite. Just remind me to drink a lot of water. Overall, we enjoyed the dinner and can’t wait to go back whenever we find an excuse 😄.

Ootoro Dinner
Ootoro Dinner
Ootoro Dinner
Ootoro Dinner
Ootoro Dinner
Ootoro Dinner
Ootoro Dinner

11 Responses

  1. Kya ☆ February 18, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I completely agree with you about celebrating and sharing love with people all year. I don’t like the way that so many things become commercialised and just seen as a way to make money. 🙁

    Yum. The food looks so delicious. It’s great that you were forced into trying something new! 😁

  2. Laurie ☆ February 18, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    This post is like heaven to me. I LOVE SUSHI!!! Have you tried Sugar fish?
    I really want to go whenever I get to LA again!

    • nancy ☆ February 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      I’ve been to Sugar Fish twice and I love their omakase! I should probably make our next special occasion date there 😉

  3. Pauline ☆ February 19, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I love the start – it’s so true. Valentines Day should be celebrated every day rather than just one day but I think it’s still a good day to be reminded of our partner’s love and care. You and your boyfriend have been such relationship goals throughout the past few years, I’m so glad you’re going on strong and celebrating your love for each other with new awesome food!


  4. Chynna ☆ February 19, 2017 at 6:30 am

    I definitely agree that love should be celebrated everyday, that being said Valentine’s Day is a lovely thing to celebrate. I’ve only ever celebrated it once with my first ever boyfriend, and that was like 7 years ago (man, I’m OLD). Since then I’ve always been, not bitter, but I guess more like, “Ugh, ew. V-Day is so cheesy, blah blah” and moreso because I didn’t have a significant other to celebrate it with. Thankfully, I’ve now come to the realisation that V-Day isn’t just for romantic love; it can be friendship, familial love, admiration, respect. Whatever you want. This year’s V-Day had me so full of love, even though I don’t have a SO 🙂

    I’m so happy that you have such a wonderful boyfriend, and I can definitely see that from the way you talk about him. You guys are so cute. I think the most important thing in an SO is someone who will support you and ~show you the world~ (like Aladdin XD).

    I am so glad that my mum has nearly finished cooking because these photos are making me HUNGRY. I’m really glad you had a wonderful V-Day 💕

  5. Kimmy ☆ February 19, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Yes! It shouldn’t matter how you celebrate…or don’t celebrate. This isn’t something you should force yourself to do.

    It sounds like you and your bf had a wonderful Valentine’s. And all of these food photos are wonderful! They look so yummy. :9

  6. Tara ☆ February 19, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I’m of the mindset that V-day is commercialistic and totally unnecessary . . . but I don’t mind the discounted chocolate the next day XD;;; But like you said, we can all choose to celebrate it however we want as long as we don’t rain on other people’s parades (love that phrase!).

    I think it’s good that you and your boyfriend are happy together. It’s even better that you know not everything’s all sunshine and rainbows in a relationship, that you know what you guys need to work on together to achieve harmony. I think to me a relationship work not only just with passion and the physical aspect, but also the emotional traits like dedication and loyalty.

    All those food looks good! Of course, I don’t do sushi, but it sure does look good! I would do the amaebi at the least XD;; And the fried rice ^^ Glad you and your guy had a good date at this restaurant! Nothing cheesy about doing something there because you went there for your anniversary 😀 I think it’s sweet!

  7. Becca ☆ February 20, 2017 at 6:07 am

    It really irks me when people complain about people celebrating Valentine’s day. I understand it can be cliché and you should show love and support to your significant other every day, however if they want to shower someone with roses and chocolates and whatever, let them! It’s a day to celebrate love, and I can think of a million things a whole lot worse than that. So yes, don’t rain on other people’s parade! 🙂

    It sounds like you had a lovely time! And soo much food! I believe every celebration should have lots of food, so this looks like a good one. ;P I forget that you guys have been together for so long already!

  8. Cat ☆ February 23, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I think Valentine’s Day can be a nice reminder to do something special 🙂 Like I mentioned on Twitter, I think it’s weird when people complain about something they can ignore. Why ruin it for people who actually want to celebrate it, you know?

    Omakase can be fun since you get to try new things and each dish is a surprise! All of the dishes you guys got look sooo good, especially the nigiri. I’m glad you enjoyed the dinner! Celebrating with good food is always great!

  9. Elisa ☆ February 24, 2017 at 2:22 am

    ooOoOoOO~ very fanceeeyyy *winkwink*

    omg these food are delish! makes me wanna get sushi again ugh (which is weird because i recently went on a sushi craze with my boyfriend too but eh, you and i both know that we can never get enough of sushi)

  10. Thao ☆ March 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Totally agree. Everyone is allowed to celebrate or not celebrate how they want. I accidentally bought myself flowers this year for Valentine’s but whatever, I enjoyed them.

    The food looks so good. Sushi is one of the food items that I try to load up on when I’m back in California. And yes to truffle! I also love adding truffle oil to simple dishes to make it even more flavorful. To roasted potatoes. To salads. To cheese pizza. It’s one of my favorite seasoning to make things more savory.

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