Shishinori & Dining for One

I know many people don’t enjoy dining alone because it might seem awkward or maybe there’s some stigma attached to it. For myself, it really depends on the place, but I’ve gotten to a point where I’ve become comfortable dining alone. The only downside is that when I’m alone and taking pictures, I often get people staring at me and probably also judging me haha.

Last week I was running some errands and needed some food, so I decided to go to Shishinori for some healthy eats. I love Shishinori because they include brown rice and a delicious salad with their most of their dishes. Great for people who are trying to eat healthier!

I get what I usually order, the Hawaii ahi poke bowl in spicy sauce. I decided to make it a meal by adding an iced green tea and dessert, which was matcha pudding that day. This also comes in shoyo or wasabi, but I’ve never tried those options before. This dish is good, not very spicy though, but for $12 I found the portion to be a bit small. The total for this meal was around $15 ($12 + $3 to make it a meal).

I sat outside and enjoyed the bustling streets of Cambie as people watched me take pictures of my food.

What are your thoughts/opinions on dining alone? Do you do it?

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Shizenya: Healthy Japanese Lunch

After consuming a hefty amount of unhealthy foods during midterms, I decided to get something healthier for lunch last week after class. I was in the mood for Japanese, so I settled upon Shizenya. I’ve been to their downtown location before, but this time I visited the Fairview location. I really like their offerings; there aren’t many Japanese restaurants that offer a full menu of healthier Japanese options. Check our their menu here. What intrigued me the most is their whole wheat tempura because I’ve never seen any other place offer that.

I decided to get takeout as I was not in the mood to dine alone…

I ordered off their lunch special combo menu and got the beef teriyaki combojuicy and tender sukiyaki beef with teriyaki sauce, organic brown rice, spinach gomaae and organic salad ($8.95).

Even though I got takeout and waited at least 20 minutes to eat it, the beef was surprisingly still very tender. The sauce wasn’t overly sweet or salty and went well with the perfectly cooked brown rice. I thought this was a good portion for lunch and for just under $10, the price isn’t too bad either, considering healthier meal optionsĀ  (look at Whole Foods) generally cost more.

Overall, Shinzenya is a good place to grab some healthier Japanese food. Some of the menu offerings are pricier than the average Japanese restaurant, but given that many of their dishes use organic ingredients and brown rice, it’s expected.

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Instagram Lately

I should really cut back my time on the computer and focus more on important things, like working out or working on my essay. I haven’t been up to much, mostly school, but I did watchThe Amazing SpidermanM and we both enjoyed it.

Here is what I’ve been up to via Instagram (@jessicayet):

{Yuki got a new hair cut and collar}

{Es S’ birthday cake}

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