Beer bread + bacon + gruyere cheese = An amazing grilled cheese sandwich.

I love beer bread. It’s so easy to make. And the end result is a crusty bread, with a chewy interior similar to artisan breads but without all the work. A faint taste of beer aroma remains in the bread that is pleasant for beer lovers and for beer haters.

It’s almost Easter, and I’ve been seeing  a lot of decorated eggs. I never was much into decorating eggs, even as a kid. But last year I thought of this idea for decorating and luckily was reminded of it again when I saw a post on chinese tea eggs.


A lot of people in my family like sushi. So when it’s time for the birthday person to choose where they want to eat, unlimited sushi seems to be a constant choice. In the last year or so, we’ve exhausted most of the unlimited sushi options in San Diego.

While trying to think of new options for the fiance’s birthday dinner, I thought of Onami. Onami was a restaurant we used to frequent a lot when I was in college. It offered a sushi buffet, along with some hot cooked foods, and desserts. I remember really loving the chocolate covered strawberries and green tea ice cream. We stopped going to Onami a few years ago.  I couldn’t remember exactly why but I think we just thought it was a little too pricey (around $25 per person for dinner), especially with the emergence of chinese buffets (around $12 for dinner).

Since we pay between $20-25 per person at the unlimited sushi places, Onami suddenly didn’t sound like a bad deal. We could get unlimited sushi and other foods as well. When I found out that Onami had recently moved to a new, bigger location (still within Mission Valley mall), and renamed themselves Tora, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to try it out.