Weekend Food Choices Week 31: Im Back Exhausted but Successfully Happy
It has been a long time since i’ve opened this page, too long perhaps.
Thank you to the readers of Our Daily Blog and my on line buddies for putting up with my absence. We’re back, and im happy to have a smile on my face as i restart our Weekend Food Choices.
Last weekend was a stressful one for me and my friends as we were embarking on our last step to gain that additional four letters in our title. Nerve wracked and exhausted, i came home to a happy surprise from hubby. He said, “i know you’ve been so stressed so ive taken cared of your first weekend food choices after your challenge, would you like a Japanese, Italian, or Mexican cuisine?”.
My jaw almost dropped to the floor…
You see, hubby is a lot of wonderful things, but he is definitely not a planner. He hates planning and thrives on spur of the moment events. His idea of a great vacation is to get up and go, just enjoy whatever comes along your way. This is the exact opposite of my personality, as i like to plan even the littlest details of a so called “relaxing” vacation. So you could imagine my surprise when i found out he had my post-challenge-dinner planned (and with choices too!).
I needed comfort food so i chose to eat Japanese that evening.
Jozu Kin is one of the restaurants that that line Rizal Drive in Forbes Town Center at the Fort.
I was happy with the subdued ambiance of the mezzanine because right about that time, i needed some peace and quiet. The interiors of Jozu was also a nice deviation from the usual Japanese restaurants we go to. A lot of unique details that kept my mind busy and away from the challenge (you see, at that time the results have not been released yet)
One of my favorite sashimi dishes! Although some may find the texture a little disconcerting, i love uni and could eat this whole dish by myself *drool*
Another favorite Japanese dish of mine. Although, i must say ive tasted better unagi than this. The eel just didn’t have that melt in your mouth texture and the sauce lacked the sweetness i like. But hey, we did finish it anyway…
Hubby said that in his research (jaw dropped again… research?! -i was beginning to get suspicious he had done something wrong and was going to confess after dinner), he learned that the tempura in this place was commendable. Truly it was. The tiger prawns were large and not shrimp covered in batter, pretending to be prawns. Their Japanese rice was very good as well, sticky and with nice whole grains.
I had wanted soup but hubby didn’t feel like ordering our usual sukiyaki. Instead, he was drawn to the braised beef stew which turned out to be more of a saucy dish than a soup dish.
It was very tasty though and we actually liked it a lot as a topping to our perfectly cooked Japanese rice. The spices and flavors and the tender gyuniku were pretty delicious.
Hubby was not used to us ordering so little so he decided he would cap his dinner off with his staple spicy tuna temaki
Im guessing it was good because i didn’t have a chance at it! hehehe! Hubby gobbled the temaki before you could say spicy tuna temaki! *snicker* He said the flavors were good but he preferred his spicy tuna to be wrapped in nori that was a little more crunchy.
I was choosing between the foie gras temaki and dessert but the menu’s description of the pan fried foie gras with apple mango and strawberry in a balsalmic vinaigrette, didn’t really appeal to me that night so i went straight to dessert.
I was a bit disappointed as this wasn’t what we expected. The coating was too bready and the ice cream almost all the way melted. I was thinking i would have been better off with the foie gras…
But overall, Jozu Kin‘s ambiance was great for a nice and quiet dinner and their staple Japanese dishes were satisfying. I definitely wouldn’t mind going back for more of those uni sashimi or tiger prawn tempura…
…oh, and yes, we all successfully overcame our challenge and gained our four lettered titles. It was truly a miracle! I think it had a lot to do with our shared faith. Thank heavens for the saints who answered our prayers, St. Claire, St. Jude and Padre Pio, and of course for the powerful being that tirelessly watches over us…THANK YOU!
Im definitely back, happy and grateful!
Hubby didn’t confess to anything after dinner…i guess he’s really just a wonderful guy!
…and they lived happily ever after.