Raisu, A Japanese Fine Dining

Summer is all about taking advantage of the nice warm weather for adventures. This summer, I went bold and tasted the newly open Japanese restaurant at Irving Park neighborhood in Chicago. For a non raw fish fan, this restaurant just blew me away by the presentation and the freshness of the fish. Other places that I had tried in the past, the texture and quality of the fish had turned me away from eating raw piece of fish. The quality, the cut and the ingredients placed on the fish just melts in the mouth. They have signature sushi and sashimi that topped with different ingredients for different fishes. For fish lovers, this is a great place to stop by.





Party with our house specialty- Sushi

Sushi has gain its popularity in Chicago over the past decade. It is so popular that a lot of youngsters start to learn this form of artwork; some went on to become chefs and some start their own sushi business. In some parts of town, there are new sushi places open a few block from each other every year. Some places even offer sushi buffet at an affordable price so everyone can try.

I took the tenancy to learn a few tricks myself while watching the sushi chefs make sushi. When I was confident enough, I made the first batch of sushi for our family gathering. Since then, it has fast became a favorite must have food whenever we host parties. Usually the sushi will be all gone by the time the last person shows up. You know what they said: you snooze you lose. DSC_0407



Taste of Aloha!

Over the recent years, there’s a few fast food chain on the rise includes Chipotle that serves American style Mexican burrito and tacos. Last year, I was introduced to another fast food place that hid in the loop and Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Aloha serves sashimi (raw fishes) over a bowl of rice with condiments. At first when I heard about Aloha, I thought it was a restaurant that serves Hawaiian cuisine. I was super excited as I never had Hawaiian cuisine before. Much to my surprise, it was a fast food place. It is a sashimi version of Chipotle. I believe it got its name from the colorfulness of  the bowl. Their menu style is so much similar to Chipotle, where you choose the size of bowl, select the base (white rice, brown rice or greens), pick the poke (tuna, salmon or tofu) and finished it off with condiments to go on top of the bowl. The food was quite refreshing, tasted nothing like sushi (raw fish over rice) nor rolls (raw fish with condiments rolled with rice). It does give you that Hawaiian feeling (although I never been there). Most restaurant are beginning to incorporated recycling ideas. This one in particular uses empty cans to grow small house plants for their decoration. I believe it supply people with idea on how to recycle their empty cans as well.