I frequent Little Tokyo of Los Angeles for Japanese food. I love Hama Sushi but they are closed for lunch so I decided to go to Shabu Shabu House Restaurant. It always has a long wait though so I walk around to pass the time. Luckily there is a Sanrio store along with multiple other cutesy Japanese stores and two Japanese supermarkets! There’s also three museums in the vicinity!
I just bought this blazer from H&M and this shift dress from Zara Kids. When I saw this jacket and I wasn’t sure if the elbow patch trend would last. What won me over was the low price tag of $29.95 and its composition of 32% wool. I saw similar styles made of cotton for $80! With shoulder pads, this jacket is sturdy and definitely looks and feels more than $29! The shoulder also fits me well, and while it’s not the perfect fit, I think it is definitely good enough. The equestrian trend is also peaking now!
After trying on multiple dresses from Zara, I was so frustrated that I didn’t fit into any of them that I just ventured off to my trusty kids section. This was the first time I’ve ever bought a dress from Zara kids, and even though it is shapeless, it fits better than Zara and it would probably cost a little less without the need to hem. Shift dresses are also less shapely, so I concluded it was a safe buy.
It was $39.90, a little pricey for kids, but it lined and is made of 30% wool! Hence the tweed-like material. Unlike the stock picture, it is a pretty subdued orange, and while it flares out a little more than it should on me, I can get it altered for less. The button is a little cheap but that is an easy fix too. The armholes fit me perfectly! I washed it inside out with in a washing machine and it held up very well.
They put up multiple branches to change these into wishing trees! It was fun to read other people’s hopes and dreams. Of course I made my own too!
Finally got a table! This place is the cheapest place to get Japanese Shabu Shabu in Los Angeles, without sacrificing for quality! Their ponzu sauce is homemade and you can control the amount of garlic, green onion and daikon you put inside. They offer 2 comobos. During lunch 15 pieces of beef is only $13.98($17.98 for dinner) and 10 pieces is $11.25 (15.98 for dinner)! They ONLY offer beef and require each person to order a combo.
Their meat is fresh and not frozen. They also cut it right in front of you. The pieces are BIG. I am actually biased, being Chinese, I prefer Chinese hot pot, however, I definitely appreciate the simplicity of the ponzu sauce, and lack of flavour in their broth.
One of the reasons why I prefer Chinese hot pot is they give you a LOT MORE vegetables. I mean what is this? The green sprigs are called Tong Ho in Chinese, and it’s SO good but they only give you ONE strand?
Good quality beef. MMM! The main difference with Chinese hotpot is the broth and the sauce. Chinese hotpot (it also has a lot of subsections) mainly has spicy and non-spicy broth. Their broths range from herbal to very herbal. The sauce also comprises of shacha sauce 沙茶. Chinese hotpot also has more variety and many Chinese people prefer ordering a variety of seafood along with meat and vegetables. I hope you get to try both!