We have been pretty busy lately with Little League, community band, work, and other stuff that monopolizes our time. I haven't really tried anything new, or really anything old lately. I did make that chicken & sausage again from a few posts back - still awesome though should have used 2 sheet pans instead of a roasting pan for the doubled recipe. We actually went out to eat on Saturday to the Yard House at the Irvine Spectrum. Yes, I know... but we went early (like 5pm) so as not to have the typical Irvine Spectrum "experience". Had some tasty beers, wings & burgers (though the crab cake sandwich was kind of so-so).
I was sifting through some food pictures and found this one for Shabu-Shabu night. Before you think about going and spending $50/pp at Koji's or another type place, consider this: A plate of kobe grade beef is about $25-30 at Mitsuwa or any other Japanese market. Regular prime beef is even cheaper. One plate easily feeds the 3 of us (2 adults and a 9 year old). Add dipping sauces (ponzu & sesame), rice, tofu, bok choy, and noodles. Buy a $10 cooking pot and a $5 hot plate (though we will probably upgrade to the $20 butane cooker from the Japanese market soon - more BTUs). Don't forget the beer and/or sake!