Katsu Burger

19 Aug

How would you feel like if you found a restaurant, or any place at all, that you really like and then find out several days later that it has closed?  A real bummer, huh.

Katsu Burger Seattle

Katsu Burger has been on our list of “restaurants to try” for a couple of years and we didn’t get around to checking it out until over a weekend ago.  This out-of-the-way (for us) Japanese pop culture themed, eccentric joint, in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, serving Japanese style burgers burrowed its way into my burger lovin’ heart.  Of course, the fried burger does my heart more bad than good, but that’s besides the point.

Katsu Burger Seattle

When I went to Katsu Burger’s site earlier and saw the notice that it’s now closed, I felt a mixture of slight shock and disappointment.  As the notice stated, the restaurant closed its doors because they didn’t have enough staff to cover and they didn’t want to serve below quality foods, and ergo, lower their standards.  If you look at Katsu Burger’s Yelp page, you’ll see high ratings – sure the restaurant has its 1-star and 2-star ratings, but it’s way outnumbered by its 4-star  and 5-star ratings.

Katsu Burger

For our first visit at Katsu Burger, and also the last visit due to its closing, The Hubby chose the Godzilla Attack, while I chose the Wabi Wasabi.  We opted for beef burgers though there’s an option to substitute for chicken, pork, or tofu, at no charge.  We asked for fries and wasabi coleslaw on the side.  I also asked for extra jalapenos which they were more than happy to accommodate.

Katsu Burger - Wabi Wasabi

The Wabi Wasabi consisted of natural beef patty, cheddar, wasabi mayonnaise, and tonkatsu sauce, with lettuce and tomatoes.  It was very simple but very good.  The fried burger had a nice crunch and yet was juicy, and the buns were large enough not to disintegrate from the generosity of the burger, fixin’s, and sauces.

Katsu Burger - Godzilla Attack

The Godzilla Attack was made of natural beef patty, pepper jack, 12 spice blend, jalapenos, spicy mayonnaise, and tonkatsu sauce, with tomatoes and lettuce.  Doubling up on heat or using different sources of it could sometimes lead to off-putting flavors, but the spiciness of the Godzilla Attack didn’t have an overwhelming presence, at least not for us.

A burger’s best sidekick is fries.  Hands down.  So for me, the fries could have some effect on how I’ll judge the burger.  Katsu Burger’s fries were just right.  Our fries disappeared fast and I wish we ordered more.  And when I say “more”, it could make The Hubby a bit nervous because it could mean two or more orders of it.

There are tons of burger places in Seattle and the Greater Seattle area but I still find it unpropitious that one of the gems closed.  And so I make a votive offering to the buger gods that someone worthy resurrects Katsu Burger.  Please.

Hello The Sims 4

7 Aug

Like any loyal Simmers out there, I can’t wait to say “Sul sul” to The Sims 4!  Having been a player of The Sims since the rollickin’ early 2000’s and having experienced the game play improve with each new generation, I’m over-excited about The Sims 4.  I had a blast with The Sims 3 and even made short videos.  Missed seeing them?  Here, click on the links: “Cooking with the Sims“, “Summer Isle with the Sims 3“, and “How to make wine with the Sims“.  I also made a couple of private short videos as gifts for friends… they’re private so no links for you.

Promotion for EA Maxis’ The Sims 4 is ramping up.  The Hubby pointed my attention to The Sims 4 – Weirder Stories Official Trailer opening up with “the least most interesting Sim in the world”.  But hot damn, can he make pancakes.

I don’t know how to say pancakes in Simlish, but chumcha is pizza, and shurb for shake, while being “so hungry” is zo hungwah.  You can now say, “Hello, so hungry. Pizza. Shake.” in Simlish: “Sul sul, zo hungwah. Chumchah! Shurb!”  Okay, dag dag.

Mango-Banana Frozen Yogurt

31 Jul

Anyone else sweating like a pig out there?  Just me?  Right.  Of course not.  Well, to all my fellow sweating pigs, this post is for you.

As hot July rolls over to hot August, I can’t imagine a better way to say goodbye to good ol’ July than with a frozen yogurt or “froyo” for short.  Or… “super-awesome-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-to-have-when-it’s-hot” for long.  We are short on berries but long on bananas in our humble household, and as luck would have it, we’ve got mangoes too.

Mango-Banana Frozen Yogurt

Fruity Frozen Yogurt

1 cup  frozen bananas, sliced
1 cup frozen mangoes, cubed
2 cups vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
Pinch of ground cloves or cinnamon, optional

Using a blender, grind or grate the slices of frozen banana.  If your blender has a pulse feature, use it to give you more control.  Next, grind or grate the frozen mango cubes.  The grated fruits will be along the sides of the pitcher so make sure to push them down before adding the yogurt.  Add 1 cup yogurt.  Blend.  Add the last cup of yogurt.  Blend.  Add 2 tbs honey and any spices you want for flavoring.  Blend.  Place the mixture in a container and freeze for an hour.

Smile and serve.

Disclaimer: I didn’t wait an hour to allow the yogurt mixture to freeze.  After 10 minutes, I cried out, “Yo. Froyo. Ready or not, I’m taking you out.”  That’s how I ended up with a soft frozen yogurt.  Thanks to the heat, it’s also melting fast.

The nice thing about summer is the abundance of fruits especially great for shakes and smoothies.  You can use any fruits you have available.  And if you don’t have any frozen fruits, use them as is and add 1 cup of ice – you’ll end up with a nice lassi instead of a froyo.  However, if you’re feeling lazy (it’s understandable, it’s summer), make your way to Starbucks or your favorite drink bar to get something nice and cold. 

Happy summer!

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