Sleeping in?  No, thanks…    For us, Saturday starts early with a run, while most people are asleep and the empty streets are ours.  Next, it’s a well-deserved and needed double cappuccino,  to get some caffeine  flowing.   Maybe we’ll find a reasonable croissant or pain au chocolat (it’s not easy, even in LA).  Most of our meals are home-cooked, but on the weekend we kick back with some shortcuts.  Here in LA take-out sushi  is a fine option!  We found a Japanese market a few miles from home that sells absolutely perfect sushi.   No one speaks any English in there, as the staff and customers are Japanese, and usually the only exceptions are  us!  ;-).      We love their spicy salmon roll, it’s fresh and delicious!

I’m reasonably daring as far as cooking goes, but I’ve never tried to make sushi at home.  Perhaps while we’re living here,  surrounded by  excellent fish, I’ll give it a try…

If you live in the area and want to visit Granada Market, it is located at 1820 Sawtelle Blvd in West LA.  They carry every imaginable ingredient for Japanese cooking, including fresh produce (Kobe beef included).  It’s a great, reasonably priced store.



Have I made those?  No, I’ve never made sushi myself, and I doubt that I’ll ever attempt it. But, we love sushi, and it would  be crazy not to enjoy it here, in this Hawaiian paradise. Yes, we are in Hawaii,  the North Shore of Oahu… We love this place so much! With all due respect to Honolulu and Waikiki, nothing beats the aura of the North Shore. No shopping centers, no fancy restaurants, no  movie theaters, just the ocean, the white sandy beaches, the waves that can catch you by surprise and throw you around like a puppet… And the seafood, as fresh as you can dream it!

We had dinner at a small sushi place in  Hale’iwa, called Banzai Sushi Bar. Clockwise from top left you see a Bowl’s Roll (a California roll topped with shrimp and avocado), a Hawaiian roll (coconut shrimp in the center, macadamia nuts, mango and eel sauce on top), Bowls roll revisited, and the ahi tuna sashimi.

We are lucky enough to be very close to what we are told is “one of the best kept secrets in the North Shore”: a beach with no obvious entrance from the road. Apparently only folks living here know about it. From a bike path, you can see a small dirt path, that seems to lead nowhere…. But as you approach the end, big surprise…. a beach, almost deserted, particularly considering these pictures were taken on a Saturday morning!


I share with you a few photos, they can all be enlarged by clicking on them.

(clique e amplie!)

Look to your left….


Look to your right….


Look ahead into the ocean….



Some shots around a nice running route…