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May 2, 2017

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I’m in Atlanta this week for my work’s annual training conference. The flight was too long for my liking but I adjusted to the time zone during the first night. I’m looking forward to learning a lot and meeting my coworkers across the nation.


Some of my coworkers and I had a company dinner at Sugarfish last week. Sugarfish is a sushi restaurant that focuses on high-quality fish and rice (at a higher price). All of us ordered The Nozawa (trust me), which is basically omakase. The order included:

  • Organic Edamame (1 plate)
  • Tuna Sashimi (2 pieces)
  • Albacore Nigiri (2 pieces)
  • Salmon Nigiri (2 pieces)
  • Yellowtail Nigiri (2 pieces)
  • Hirame Nigiri (2 pieces)
  • Snapper Nigiri (2 pieces)
  • Toro Hand Roll (1 piece)
  • Blue Crab Hand Roll (1 piece)
  • Daily Special (Hirame Sashimi) (1 plate)

The citrus from the ponzu sauce was a bit too strong for my taste but the overall meal was delicious. Their rice was cooked to perfection and the quality of the fish was top notch. My favorite part of the meal was the salmon nigiri. The blue crab roll was my second favorite as it used real crab. For some reason, my brain keeps thinking that the “crab roll” in a lot of sushi restaurants contain real crab and it comes out as imitation crab instead #RookieMistake.

The Nozawa was $42 for 10 dishes. There are other levels of omakase for those with a smaller appetite.


I’m currently working on a long-term anti-money laundering project. Lots of SQL magic going on and I enjoy diving into the logic of each query. The most challenging part was probably trying to install the SQL program :’). The database class I took in college is finally paying off! When will calculus pay off?

Last week, I assisted a team with a project where I had to go to a client’s location to see if I could trick them into letting me enter their facility (social engineering ploy). The ultimate goal was to find an unlocked workstation to plug a malicious USB drive. Needless to say, the client had a solid procedure and heavily inquired due to the ploy I used. Good on them! If people fall for the social engineering ploys, they can potentially get fired!

Matcha Magic

I’ve been living under a rock and it took me this long to try out matcha. For a while, I’ve been drinking kombucha on a daily basis and it costs around $3.50 (or less) per bottle. I’m still in the “research” phase where I’m trying out iced matcha lattes from different places. It’s definitely cheaper in the long run if I make it at home. There’s no way I’m touching the mother mushroom (SCOBY) from the kombucha tea due to its nature. However, I can handle matcha 😂.

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19 Responses

  1. Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's ☆ May 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Matchaaaa <3 I'm always curious to try out matcha lattes at new cafes! I did buy a box of matcha latte powder from HMart though, so I can make matcha lattes at home instead of going out to buy from coffee shops all the time! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Nancy ☆ May 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      I bought matcha from H Mart as well!! 😁😁😁

  2. Alyse ☆ May 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Um… $42 for 10 dishes at a Japanese restaurant sounds like a steal! Looks delicious. The social engineering ploy sounds so interesting. I didn’t even know that was something you could role play or get fired over that!

  3. Eena ☆ May 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    $42 for 10 dishes? That sounds so good! Also, I love matcha. Sometimes though, it can be a little too much or too strong for me so it’s a hit or miss at some places. HOWEVER, it is very very very rare for me to not enjoy matcha, hahaha. I keep saying matcha and I swear, it’s becoming a tongue twister.

    I know you’re in Atlanta for work but I hope you still have fun, nonetheless! And you get some time to explore the place 🙂

    cabin twenty-four

    • Nancy ☆ May 3, 2017 at 7:45 am

      Thanks for the warm wishes, Eena! ^__^~

  4. Claudine ☆ May 3, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Wow, $42 for 10 dishes is a great deal! Sounds like my kind of place!

    It’s so cool that you were assigned to do the social engineering experiment, and it’s great that they never fell for it! When I was still working with my previous company, we encountered a few social engineering ploys attempting to get client information and processing unauthorized trades. We had to be really careful about those types of requests since we were working for the financial industry. Everyone really should be aware of these kinds of practices because anyone can be caught off-guard anytime!

  5. Liz ☆ May 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I have matcha powder! I use it in smoothies right now, but really want to figure out how to make Starbucks’ Mint Chocolate Chip frappuccino (secret menu) @ home so I can make a free-from version. 😊😌

    Your work experiments always amuse me. 😂 Do the clients know where you work, or are you a complete stranger for these ones?

    • Nancy ☆ May 7, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      I always watch the barista do their magic whenever I order something to learn and to make sure they don’t use the wrong type of milk *_*.

      I always disclose where I work at the end (give them a signed letter by one of their employees who hired us) because we don’t want the authorities to be called for the wrong reasons :).

  6. Linda ☆ May 5, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I love the Blue Crab & Lobster rolls from Sugarfish!! They’re so good and are definitely a treat.

    And for matcha, my favorite tea shop to purchase from is American Tea Room! They mix it really well so it doesn’t have the powder residue left behind and add the perfect amount of sweetness (they also offer almond milk).

    I tried making some iced matcha milk tea with almond milk and ceremonial matcha powder and it turned out okay, not as good as American Tea Room’s though! It takes a lot of practice and technique (like how much hot water to melt and blend the matcha, the whisk and frother, and the melted sugar water XD)

    • Nancy ☆ May 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      I seriously need to check out American Tea Room! The place looks really nice. I hate it when there are powder residues left behind (Starbucks is notorious for this). I didn’t realize hot water is the key to a perfect mix. I’ll try that out when I make my latte tomorrow :). Thanks for the tip!

  7. Georgie ☆ May 6, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Matchaaaa!! Yes, Nancy, you are living under a rock. The best matcha is definitely the stuff with no added sugar… the pure stuff. It can be hard to get sometimes but is worth trying. Probably an acquired taste but the bitterness is what makes it. 😄

    That’s cool you’re in Atlanta but I guess I have no clue how far it is from LA unless I look at a map. I was actually thinking of trying to speak at a conference in Atlanta but I think I shied away when I saw that they wanted 40-minute talks (too much for me).

    The food sounds yum, I am going for Japanese tonight so this is highly appropriate pre-dinner reading. LOL. I’m not a fan of the fake/imitation crab that is in sushi; I definitely love when there is real crab. Usually it’s written as “soft shell crab” too. That pink-and-white seafood stuff that gets chopped into slivers does make me disappointed. Because I also don’t like the flavour.

    So good to hear that what you studied in college is paying off. 😆 To this day, very little I learned at university has helped me at work… 😇😇

  8. Pauline ☆ May 6, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Check you out flying everywhere! I still find it really cool that your work lets you do that 🙂

    My knowledge on sushi restaurants is embarrassingly poor, I sort of just say, yeah ok cool I just want sushi = rice and fish. ANY TYPE. My friend Hamdah really is into Asian cuisine so she can probably name all the food you’ve pictured if I showed her 😂 $42 for 10 dishes sounds like an awesome deal!

    I love reading about how much you love work and what you’re doing! SQL Databases sounds awesome, I’ve only used it when setting up my WordPress database – i think – I may be saying something completely different but yeah xD At the hackathon I went to last weekend, there were lots of people throwing in MySQL/SQL(are they the same??) into their hacks. It was pretty cool!

    • Nancy ☆ May 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      I know the basics but have to look up everything else XD. No no, you’re right, Pauline! WordPress does use a SQL database. MySQL is a software that makes SQL (language) work. Still in the same area so it’s all good 😉 ;).

  9. Chynna ☆ May 7, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Your trip to Atlanta looked so lit, omg. I was stalking on Twitter/Insta like, “Ok, so should I book my flight now ooorrrrrr….?”

    There’s always these subjects in school that you take and you’re like, “When will I ever use this IRL?” and I’m glad that you’ve been able to do! I sure as hell ain’t in my industry, kakakaka. Sounds like work has been challenging BUT it sounds like so much fun, and I’m glad you’re enjoying it!

    Beautiful food photos <3

  10. Tara ☆ May 8, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Long flights are not my things X_X That’s why I prefer sticking to travelling to Japan because the flights are so short. Good that you adjusted to the timezone and all the things you’ll learn!

    That’s quite a bit of sushi for the cost! I am no sushi expert, but that sounds like a decent deal 😀 I’m so glad you were able to get some sushi, even if the sauce was a bit off. But woot for the perfectly cooked rice and the good quality fish 🙂

    I laughed out loud when I read your calculus comment. Let me know if it ever does pay off. Yay for your database class paying off, though. It’s good when you can apply your knowledge in real life situations.

    Matcha are sooooo good. I love green tea lattes XD I should make them at home, too, but I’m lazy LOL And I don’t have it that often, so I can justify buying them XD;;; Kombucha are also something I’ve been into lately! I love them so much!

    • Nancy ☆ May 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      First, I need to figure out the business use for calculus XD. Kombucha is so good for you!

  11. Teesh ☆ May 9, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Lucky you for having SQL classes and retaining it! I’m pretty sure I had one too, but when I first started working and had to do it, I was in such a loss I had to spend some time learning it again! Your work sounds so interesting, too.

    And can I just say that I love Japanese cuisine and your food photos are making me crave for it!

  12. Elisa L. ☆ May 13, 2017 at 1:23 am

    i’ve never eaten sushi omakase before but that’s because i don’t think they’re worth it if i wanna eat sushi til i overload. i prefer all you can eat sushi, a budget friendly sushi restaurant (there’s one that costs $1.13 / every plate regardless of the sushi) or the perpackaged set sushi near grocery stores or in food court :))

    matchaaaa <3 where have you been? i'm glad you finally tried matcha though 😛
    matcha latte is *thumbs up* but not a lot of them can nail the matcha flavor. even starbucks' matcha / green tea latte sucks since it's more of a green sugar drink as opposed to matcha. i personally love matcha but everything here is turned into matcha flavor i'm so bored of it hahahaha the other day i found out a hojicha ice cream and i wish more tea flavors are developed instead of just matcha 😛

  13. Thao ☆ May 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    That’s so interesting that you were trying to social engineer your way into an unlocked computer. But that’s good that you couldn’t get in. I feel like my workplace can still improve in this area.

    PL/SQL is my life currently. And if you ever get to choose between IBM DB2 or Oracle, go with Oracle.

    I’ve been mixing matcha with my milk lately, making a lazy “latte” but it’s really to get myself to drink more milk before bed.

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