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The Hundred-Foot Journey

I had the pleasure of previewing an upcoming comedy-drama film, The Hundred-Foot Journey, which will be released on August 8, 2014.  This movie is about the Haji family who moves to a little town in France from India to start a new chapter in their lives by opening up a restaurant right across a Michelin-starred French restaurant owned by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).  Even before the family opens up their restaurant, their rival, Madame Mallory, stirs up the competition.

The way food was brought up throughout the film was sentimental. Some of the characters in this film cook food with such passion due to the influences and memories of loved ones who were a big part of their lives.  It made me think about the fond memories I've shared with people over delicious meals. Hopefully if you watch this film it will conjure up similar feelings.  Other than feeling sentimental, you will learn a bit about Indian and French cuisine!
The official trailer:

Moko Tapas Bar

I was in the mood for eating at a new restaurant and came across Moko Tapas Bar, which specializes in Asian fusion tapas inspired by Korean cuisine:



The owner, Ryan, was very hospitable and was nice to talk to.  Ryan told us that he used to work in a restaurant at Chinatown and wanted to open up his own restaurant.  He later on partnered up with Chef Hong and they eventually opened up Moko Tapas Bar a few weeks ago.  Ryan also said Chef Hong makes everything from scratch, he will only use fresh meat (none frozen), and refuses to use a microwave!



We started off with the Chilled Cucumber Noodle - cucumber noodle, cherub tomato, cold vegetable soup.  The cucumber noodles were fantastic with it's clear broth.  The broth was a bit sour, yet soothing.  If you like sour foods, this is for you:

Eggplant Salad- grilled eggplant, cherry tomato, grilled shishito pepper, and moko dressing.  A nice, light combination of vegetables:

Chicken Pottage- poached chicken with ginseng, boiled rice, and…

Island Flavor

If you're originally from Hawaii now living in Las Vegas aka da 9th island, you must be every now and then get homesick.  Since I've met many people from Hawaii over the past 10 years, they talk about missing the ocean, going to the beach, loved ones they've left behind, and eating local Hawaiian food on a daily basis.  Being that said, I always ask my friends from Hawaii what are good restaurants to eat at since they are more of the experts!

My friends have recommended Island Flavor, a Hawaiian restaurant located along Durango Rd near Windmill Ln.  They serve huge portions of Hawaiian comfort food and just dining there makes you feel like you're in Hawaii.

My husband ordered the Chicken Katsu Loco Moco-  two eggs any style and fried katsu on top of rice, and smothered in brown gravy.This was my first time seeing this dish.  Usually at other Hawaiian restaurants I see Loco Mocos which have hamburger patties instead of the chicken katsu:

I ordered the Mixed Plate, you…

SOHO Japanese Restaurant

In Las Vegas there are amazing restaurants outside of the Strip and SOHO Japanese Restaurant is one of them.  Expect to be waiting in line no matter what time you come, it is worth the wait!

When my husband and I arrived, we were told there would be a 15 minute wait and that our waitress to be had to clean up the bar of where we were going to sit at.  We waited more than 15 minutes, but I saw that the waitress was multi-tasking a lot of things in a short period of time.  By the time she sat us she apologized for the longer than expected wait.

The specials:



Started off with Edamame.  It was the first time I had it with a dipping sauce:



Yellowtail Yuzu Soy- Topped with micro cilantro, garlic oil, ponzu, and garlic dust:



I love Salmon Sashimi:



Behold, the SOHO tadas!  This is a Mexican and Japanese fusion dish.  At the front is Hamachi - Salsa Verde, middle is Tuna - Hawaiian Poke Sauce, and at the back is Salmon - Pico De Gallo.



The second batch.  At the front is the White Fish - Shiso…

OM Restaurant

OM Restaurant is a small Indian restaurant that impressed me to the point that they shouldn't consider themselves a fast food place!  Compared to other Indian restaurants, their delicious plates have more reasonable prices.  A young fellow who worked there was kind enough to give us ideas on how we should order our foods - if we wanted to sample more of each other's foods, he suggested us three to get combo plates instead of a platter which are bigger.

The traditional dishes we had were Chicken Tikka Masala- chicken marinated in a blend of spices, grilled, and cooked in a creamy sauce; Aloo Gobi- cauliflower and‍ potatoes cooked in a blend of aromatic spices; Veggie Korma- mixed vegetables cooked in a creamy onion sauce with coconut milk:


Their Chicken Tandoori is a must-have!  Its a chicken quarter in a blend of yogurt, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, marinated in spices overnight and cooked in a tandoor oven served with sauteed bell peppers and onions:

Chicken Malai Tikka- chic…