Before heading up to our friend's place we stopped and paid $22 to park at Universal Citywalk so we could try Voodoo Doughnuts. There wasn't a line and there also weren't any good vegan donuts. Apparently, morning isn't a busy time for them so they have limited flavors. As the day goes on they bring out more.
We ordered regular donuts for Greg and our friends and I chose the vanilla sprinkle vegan donut, chocolate glazed donut, and the plain donut. When I mentioned coming back later on the staff member wrote a note down on our receipt so we could skip the line. At the time I didn't think much of this.
Later on, we visited again (it's free to park after 6 pm) and there was definitely a line this time. I showed the person at the door our note and we were able to bypass all of the lines. We ordered one of all of their vegan donuts. Their plain donuts are good but nothing to write home about. In Boston we love Union Square Donuts, they are soft, melt in your mouth, and have great flavors. Voodoo donuts excel at their vegan flavored donuts. My absolute favorite was the Portland cream. It had been so long since I had a filled donut! Delicious! I also enjoyed their maple cake.
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We met up with my friend at her place and spent a fun morning checking out the grounds of her place, playing pool, and joking around.
For lunch, the 3 of us went to Saint Anejo. We were seated right away, ordered some skinny margarita's and ate a bunch of chips with salsa. For entrees Greg chose the al pastor tacos, my friend ordered the carnita's tacos, and I opted for the chicken mole. My mole was very flavorful but the sauce was thin and my chicken was very tough. If the mole continued cooking for dinner service I bet it would be terrific! Greg's tacos were very good but the absolute winner was my friends carnita's. The carnita's are outstandingly tender, savory, and delicious.
Our server was so nice and took my meal off of the bill which wasn't necessary but definitely appreciated.
In the afternoon, my friends parents and boyfriend joined us for drinks at her place and then on to dinner. We walked nearby to The General Public House. We were seated right away even without a reservation. We ordered our drinks and decided to pass on starters. Greg ordered the Odd Bird and I chose the Rock Shrimp Po Boy. Both sandwiches were plentiful, cooked perfectly, and very tasty thanks to different accompaniments. I also always appreciate good truffle fries (sans cheese).
We parted ways after dinner and made plans to see each other again in a couple of months. Earlier I told you we stopped by Universal CityWalk again. After that we went back to our hotel enjoyed a donut each while watching the fireworks again.
The cabana was relaxing and I loved being able to get some shade since it was a hot and sunny day. There were a few things that I feel could be improved upon. The first thing is that the fridge comes with complimentary soda and 2 bottles of water. Once you drink those waters the staff bring you tap water. For the price of the cabana, I feel like bottled waters should be given throughout the day. A staff member asked us when we would like to receive our fruit plate. I don't know if he didn't tell anyone or what happened but 11:30 a.m. came and went and we ended up having to ask someone else about it after 12:00 p.m.
The poolside restaurant staff are wonderful. The server was always coming by the cabana area for drink and food orders. For lunch, we enjoyed a couple of different cocktails, the Asian salad with shrimp, the edamame, and the peel and eat shrimp. The drinks and food are pricey but we couldn't complain.
We made it inside the hotel to relax before dinner right before a pretty strong rain shower.
To end my celebration we made a reservation for the Omakase dinner at Morimoto Asia. We have enjoyed Omakase dinners at 7 different restaurants and this is hands down our favorite. Last year we did the Omakase with Chef Alex at Morimoto Asia and had a truly memorable experience.
Tonight's dinner was with the restaurants Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga. Our server Jesus welcomed us to the sushi counter, offered us a drink menu, filled our water glasses, and gave us towels to wipe our hands. To accompany our meal we both opted for the drink pairing. We were definitely pampered with 10 courses for dinner. Chef Yuhi welcomed us, talked a bit about his background, and how the restaurant offers their Omakase (Kaiseki style).
Our amuse bouche offered a poke, a ceviche, and a shrimp cocktail but not in the typical sense. The poke was of octopus that still had a chew for texture, the ceviche was a marinated anchovy with pickled okra, and the shrimp cocktail was with a tomato sofrito.
The 1st course was lightly torched Wagyu steak. What I loved about this dish, besides that it was Wagyu, was that the vinaigrette and pickled ingredients made this rich beef taste almost refreshing.
The 2nd course was the sushi course with Chef David. I can't remember each item we ate but there were 5 delicious and fresh pieces.
Our 3rd course was the Otsukuri (Sashimi) course. Any other day and the Kusshi Oyster would have been my favorite but I loved the O-toro. The O-toro came over a container that was lightly smoking it and topped with black lava salt. The dish was beautifully presented and was an incredible bite.
The 4th course is hands down my favorite of the evening. Foie Gras Chawanmushi (custard), topped with a duck consomme, and crispy Peking duck. This dish had everything. Silky, crunchy, and and so much depth in duck flavor.
Shark skin flounder was our 5th course. This was a solid dish. The flounder was cooked beautifully and came with the most surprisingly sweet beans I've ever eaten. I love a happy surprise.
I was pleasantly surprised by the 6th course. I have tried miso glazed cod at a variety of Omakase dinners but the Miso glazed salmon Chef Yuhi prepared was delicious. The sweetness was well balanced which I appreciated.
Definitely getting full at this point but it's so hard to stop when all of these incredible dishes are in front of us. I'll admit I didn't eat much of the 7th course because I knew it would be filling. We were given a large portion of mochi rice stuffed chicken topped with Peking drippings.
Over the last couple of years, I became a fan of lamb dishes. Our 8th course was one of the best lamb dishes I've ever eaten. The Hunan Lamb Shank with Japanese curry jus was coated with a delicious rub, crispy on the outside, and, incredibly tender inside.
The 9th course was unique and special. Tuna-kotsu ramen, tuna collar, and tuna prosciutto (that the chef cured himself). I'm not a fan of fish based soups personally but I did try this dish and could appreciate the efforts involved.
Dessert was up next and it was delightful. Greg was given a creme caramel with caramel sauce and black sesame air cake. My dairy-free dessert was an almond milk custard topped with fruit, boba, and a mango sauce. It was all delicious and I wish I could buy that mango sauce!