My Blurry New Years


It started off by having drinks all afternoon at Femme Nu, where 3 of my girlfriends, and 2 other guys met me at Ichiriki for dinner.  We got bombed on beer, sake, guavatinis and shiso mojitos.  After that we all parked our cars at Pearl and consolidated.  Stacy and I walked in Pearl to use the bathroom before we head out to Yard House.  On the way to Yard House, she discovers she left her iPhone at Pearl and continued to call it until the bathroom attendant answered it.  They dropped us off and went back to get their phone.  The 4 of us walked over to Rum Fire where I lost my friends and watched the fireworks from the beach alone.  My other 2 friends, now back at Yard House, and my other friend who just met up txt me to come back to Yard House.  My phone is about to die, so I jump in a cab and head back to Yard House in the middle of the fireworks.  My phone is blowing up with about 10 people that I am suppose to meet at Kelly Oneil’s down the street. 

It’s 5 after midnight, and my girlfriend is wasted and wants to go downtown to see her Dad by Bar 35.  I have a lot of friend’s waiting for me, and I tell her that we should go to down the street to Kelly’s for 30 minutes, then we can go downtown for the rest of the night.  She didn’t listen and just left.  I figured she was wasted, but I was pretty pissed, and I told her to just go home, and not come meet up with us later.  Regardless, my other 3 friends came back from Rumfire, and we all walked over to Kelly Oneil’s. 

As we walked out of Yard House, 15 minutes after midnight, I got a hysterical call from some guy’s girlfriend.  I guess the night before I had met somebody, read my previous blog about the guy who I met at Femme Nu who tried to seduce me, then told me we can’t go back to his place because he had a girlfriend.  His girlfriend stalked my Facebook page, found my number, apparently follows my blogs now.  Because she calls me screaming that she read my blog.  Frustrated, because she had called me earlier as well, and just finishing a jack and water and a little buzzed, I screamed at her to stop fucking call me, and to come down to Kelly Oneil’s and talk to my face, but stop calling me.  She threatened me a bit, then refused to come down, because “she was hanging with her family.”

1st of all… Don’t believe everything you read.  Not everything you read on the internet is reliable.  These are stories, and sometimes entertainment, inspired from real events.

2nd of all… You need to be trippin on your man, not me, because if you believe everything you read, I DON”T WANT YOUR  FUCKING MAN! 

So we all walk back to my friends place nearby where I’m irritated by my phone blowing up by this girl.  So I think in my drunken stupor, I slam my iPhone on my friends granite counter.  It is no longer working.  So my 2 friends end up hooking up in the bedroom, where there is no door.  Trying to ignore them, we start our own party in the living room.  They are all drinking Four Loco, the malt beverage that has been illegalized because too many teenagers are dying off of it.  It is 13% alcohol.  I sipped on Seagrams Sweet Tea.  Great drink by the way!   After a while, I started crying about my ex, who my friend brought up, who everybody know’s I’ve always loved for 3 years.  And I play a drunk stupid ass for 5 minutes.  Then me and my girlfriend start fooling around and film everything. LOL!  It was a fun night! 

Then in the morning, my gf who left calls me because I have her car keys, and we all left our cars at Alamoana.  So we meet at Original Pancake house over on Kapiolani.  There’s a 30 minute wait, so we head over to Mai Tai to have breakfast and drinks.  All I eat is a couple pieces of sashimi, and 2 bloody marys.  Me and my girlfriend (the sober one) drive to northshore to pick up her son in La’ie.  We head to my place to get ready, and back to my other friends, where they drove my car to.  Shaking from lack of sleep, lack of food, and alcohol withdrawals, I drink to glasses of wine, and try some of my friends great greek salad, and bbq.  My stomach was jacked up so I didn’t get to eat too much.  We crash out here.

In the morning, I take 3 IB Profen.  After 10 minutes I start to feel super warm and fuzzy and drowsy.  I thought maybe I was still hanging.  But then my friend realized that they are actually Flexural.  I think they looked like Percocet.  But Anyhow.  We go back to the beach house and La’ie where I am trashed all day, but get to relax and try to rest.  After that, we drive to DnBs to take the kids to play, where I have 2 Corona’s.  At this point, I’m finally feeling better, but I know it’s time to sleep. 

It may be all confusing, but I drove responsibly this weekend. LOL! I left my car, and even had it towed at one point.

Ichiriki- (Nabe) and my personal recipe


Have you had nabe before?  Not to be confused with shabu shabu or hot pot.  Shabu Shabu is the same meat and vegetable ingredients except you cook it in water with a little bit of konbu (seaweed).  It is plain and light.  However, nabe is the same ingredients except with flavorful broth’s.  If you haven’t eaten at Ichiriki before, it’s most likely you haven’t had nabe, unless you’re from Japan or something.  I’ve looked all over Vegas and LA for nabe and I can’t find it ANYWHERE.  I miss Ichirki, and every time I go to Hawaii, I will make sure to stop there for a pot of shio nabe.

With dim lighting and a calm atmosphere, the traditional decor includes bamboo partitions, shoji screens and private curtained tables.  One area of the restaurant you are required to take off your shoes, a Japanese tradition, where you are seated on a sunken floor on pillow seats.  It reminds me of eating with my grandma.  They have an array of mouth watering unique pupu’s (appetizers), shabu shabu, sukiyaki, a variety of nabe, and other izakaya (bar food).   Check them out on google, there’s a reason they mostly have 5 star reviews.

My favorite appetizer couldn’t be more traditional: cucumbers, with onions, with ume paste (sour pickled plum) and katsuo flakes (dried bonito fish flakes)

Karaage chicken is my daughters favorite, with mayo and Sriracha sauce.

For lunch they have smaller portions with choice of meat, (beef) shrimp and scallops for about $12

Regular nabe is about $20.  Seafood nabe contains large tiger shrimps, scallops, and king crab legs and runs about $30.  Nabe is served with a bowl of rice on the side, and I like to order a side of udon noodles as well. The ground meat in the bamboo scoop is ground chicken and pork “tsukene”.  It’s scooped into the soup and cooked with the array of meat and veggies.

You can choose from a variety of flavors such as miso, shoyu, shio (my favorite), kim chee, pirikara (spicy), and even a new flavor, I am yet to try, light ginger broth.
They have GREAT poke too!

They also have a lounge upstairs with daily drink specials, “Ichiriki LOFT.”  Try the Shiso Mojito, a shochu-based mojito with muddled fresh shiso.

The sake selection is also good and served in bamboo boxes which enhance the flavor.

Ichiriki LOFT is conveniently located at 510 Pi‘ikoi Street, just across from Ala Moana Center, with parking available in an attended lot behind the building. For more information please call (808) 591-5638.

Hours: Mon-Thu 5-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12am, Sun 5-10pm
Price Range: Entrees $15.95-$45.95
Recommended: Shio Ichiriki Nabe (w/ side of udon), Ume Cucumber, Karaage
Payment: AmEx, Disc, JCB, V, MC

NABE RECIPE

I’ve learned how to make my own nabe broth because there is no nabe anywhere in Vegas.  First you cut the steams off the shiitake mushrooms and cut the caps in half and soak them in warm water for 15 minutes.  I bake a piece of ginger in olive oil until it is brown.   Add it to simmering water.  Drain the mushrooms, then boil shiitake mushrooms and ginger for 8 hours until the broth is golden.  I drain the mushrooms  and ginger then add shoyu, mirin (rice wine), MSG Makes everything taste better.  Some recipes use meat but mushrooms won’t spoil as fast as fish or meat.  Using so lessens the shelf life of the soup.  I like to refrigerate the soup and eat it over the next few days or use it in cooking of other recipes.    I asked them what the broth is made from Ichiriki and they said shiitake mushrooms because of peoples allergies.  If you want to cheat and don’t have time to lett it simmer all day, I like to use katsuo dashi powder.  It’s a little expensive.  probably $15 for a box of seasoning, but it is flavorful and can be ready in a few minutes.   And the box will last you years. I add ribeye, shrimp, scallops, crab legs, aburage, tofu, green onions, shiitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, enoki mushrooms, udon noodles, carrots, mung bean clear noodles (long rice), fresh gobo (burdock), arabiki (berkshire pork sausages), kamaboko (fish cake) and make my own ground chicken and pork tsukene (meat balls) to put in it.  I never measure anything and always cook to taste, so  I can’t tell you the measurements.  That’s the best way to cook!  Then once you get it down perfect, write it down.

xoxo

Kristie Manning