What Sound Do They Make?? Wooooof...Wooooof! Ahh, Just a Typical Night at Sushi in the LBC!

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Silvina and I with our "girly" pink Sake!

Awwww, the original plan was to go dancing tonight but our planner in charge seemed to disappear (TIFFY!!!) LOL.  Since I had been sick the past few days, perhaps we could opt for something a little more low key like dinner and drinks somewhere.  Silvina (silverv) and Jose were down to join!  I get a TB message from Alice (Alicegourmet) that her and Tracy (Tre69) may meet up for a drink.  I ask her about coming to Long Beach and since Silvina had been wanting to try sushi...we were off and running!  Tracy ended up staying home but Alice said she'd meet us for a drink after sushi. 

Silvina was stuck working late so Jose and I went ahead to go get a table since I know how packed they are on a Friday night.

Al and I with Jeff and his son Aaron in the back
  Eeeek...we got there and the place was more packed than usual!  As soon as we walked in the door...I was spotted by an old friend that I used to hang out there with pretty regularly!  Turns out it was Al's 40th birthday and they were having quite a celebration. He asked what we were doing after dinner and said we were going to go meet for drinks and he said "NO! We are staying here."  Uuuuuh, ok! I texted Alice to let her know to come here as there was no way we'd be done by 10:30pm anyways. 

We finally got seated at Aki's side of the bar and next to some other people I knew (I pretty much knew or had met 80% of the restaurant patrons that night).  This was my once, sometimes twice a week hang out for my entire time in Long Beach.  It's like time stood still walking in.

Alice, Silvina, and Jose....so cute!
...the same group of people there, looking exactly the same as I remember them!  I got in a little trouble from my friend Al for being a stranger...I had not been in since moving to Sacramento (seems like every time I am in LA is for a TB meet up....bad TBs taking me away from my sushi!! HA HA). 

Jose decided to not be as brave as last weekend and stuck with his California Roll and some type of Crunch Roll.  Silvina is more adventurous and tried some raw stuff, including a sushi and sashimi platter.  I ordered some of my usual standbys....Aki makes me this incredible Tako (octopus) and Ahi (Tuna) sashimi salad...OMG.  Heaven!  Fresh Bonito was to die for and the oysters were killer.

Al after his friends shoved his face in the boob bday cake!! HA HA
  He also had fresh octopus...completely uncooked and it was amazing!  Jose and I did a quail egg and Aki passed me a piece of Al's spam roll that he always makes on special occasions.  Yes, spam sushi! LOL. 

Al had special ordered a whole lobster for his own Bday and was kind enough to share some with me!!!  OMG was that lobster good!  Silvina kept wanting to get a picture of him feeding me the lobster with chopsticks but he was always too fast.  He came behind me once and I didn't realize he was there and I shrieked, ending up with lobster down my boobs!! Oooops! That lobster was incredible though....WOW!  Aki did a fantastic job with it. 

The restaurant closed and we were still eating for quite some time after.  Once everyone pretty much left except us old time regulars and Silvina, Alice, and Jose of course.

Me, Alice, and Silvina
..it was time for desserts.  Silvina had asked what we were having for dessert and my friend Jeff next to me said for us to not leave....two types of cake AND Cinnabons! OMG - sugar overload!!!  We all moved to the back and let Aki and them clean up while we chatted and watched Al do things to the lobster that were indescribable!  His stories and comments had us laughing and it was obvious at that point...we weren't going anywhere else that night! LOL. 

Finally....the cinnabons start coming out and can you believe it....our resident gourmet Alice can't eat them as they are toooo sweet!!!! HA HA HA.  We scarfed the cinnabons and then the BEST was yet to come. I saw Aki's wife with the bag...was it?! OMG! It is...KINGS HAWAIIAN BAKERY!! One of my favorite places in Torrance.

Al feeding me lobster....how sweet!
.....they had the passion guava cake that is truly heaven in a box.  Again, it was too sweet for Alice so I had to "take one for the team" and finish hers off.  YIKES was that a mistake...I literally felt like I was dying! LOL. 

Hard to believe but it was already after midnight and we were all tired so we decided to call it a night and head home.  We all said our goodbyes and Jose and I headed back to my parent's so he could pick up his car.  By the time we got there, I was literally in agony from too many desserts!  Since I have been trying to watch carbs....I have not eaten that much sugar in a long time and I felt like death! It was off to roll around and moan for awhile before bed and Jose went home to visit with his Mom. 

Fun night and glad I got to introduce my friends to my old hangout in Long Beach and amazing to see the old crew...still there every Friday night - just like before I moved to Vegas in 2004.  Miss those guys!!! 

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Silvina and I with our girly pin…
Silvina and I with our "girly" pi…
Al and I with Jeff and his son Aar…
Al and I with Jeff and his son Aa…
Alice, Silvina, and Jose....so cut…
Alice, Silvina, and Jose....so cu…
Al after his friends shoved his fa…
Al after his friends shoved his f…
Me, Alice, and Silvina
Me, Alice, and Silvina
Al feeding me lobster....how sweet!
Al feeding me lobster....how sweet!
Al making a weird face!!! LOL
Al making a weird face!!! LOL
Mmmmm,oysters!
Mmmmm,oysters!
My Tako and Ahi sashimi salad
My Tako and Ahi sashimi salad
Eating my tenticle of octopus! LOL
Eating my tenticle of octopus! LOL
BONITO...YUMMMM!!!
BONITO...YUMMMM!!!
Silvina with her sushi and sashimi
Silvina with her sushi and sashimi
More sushi for me! :D
More sushi for me! :D
Another pic of our cute pink Sake …
Another pic of our cute pink Sake…
Hey Craig!  Pssss, Aki..turn aroun…
Hey Craig! Pssss, Aki..turn arou…
Silvina and Jose..both looking els…
Silvina and Jose..both looking el…
Quail egg shooter! :D
Quail egg shooter! :D
Jose and I about to do our quail e…
Jose and I about to do our quail …
Bottoms up!
Bottoms up!
Aki working away on Als lobster
Aki working away on Al's lobster
Al molesting his lobster!
Al molesting his lobster!
Al looking for the green guacamole…
Al looking for the green guacamol…
Uhhh, I think the cinnabon is stuc…
Uhhh, I think the cinnabon is stu…
Well, just pick up the whole thing…
Well, just pick up the whole thin…
Caught you again!! HA HA
Caught you again!! HA HA
The Kings Hawaiian Bakery cake...m…
The Kings Hawaiian Bakery cake...…
Craig eating the first of probably…
Craig eating the first of probabl…
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