Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dedicated - Sato: Modern Japanese Cuisine

My son Masaya enjoying miso soup, edamame and a traditional bowl of Japanese rice.

Sato's signature ramen
Hello, hello, hello friends! Hope all is well and you are staying warm in these freezing temperatures. WNY, do I have a treat for you. As most of you know, I live for finding authentic Japanese food here in Buffalo, NY and the surrounding areas. And one of the things I miss the most about Japan is food. I'm a firm believer that you truly learn about a culture through its food. The smells, the colors, the tastes are just a physical manifestation of the people and culture itself. So when I heard we were actually going to have a real ramen go-to here in Buffalo, I jumped at the chance to be first in line. Even more so when I had heard that they took home not 1 but 3 awards at the annual Buffalo Soupfest, held this past weekend for Best Ethnic, Best Stew and Best in the City. Not bad for a place that hadn't even opened yet!

Spicy ramen
Sato, located in Elmwood Village, is a perfect example of modern meets traditional. The sleek and minimalist venue sets the tone for this eatery. With a stylish bar area on the lower level and the dining area in the upper level, the atmosphere screams Tokyo through and though. The staff were very friendly and informative and the menu has an abundance of choices which is not limited to just ramen. The prices range from very inexpensive to moderate and I know we all are looking for a good deal when it comes to eating out. I choose the Sato signature ramen dish, which was a comfort and a vessel for my own personal memories of Japan. Not over powering but simple, it was everything I had hoped for in a bowl. It was just what I needed. Though there were a few little hiccups that occurred during our visit, I can say that I will be returning to Sato very soon. It has the making of become a city staple in one of the hippest areas in all of WNY. Enjoy!!!
Lunch, dinner and a late night menu available until 2am.

 Love Malinda xoxo

*For more information on Sato, you can visit their website at or you can find them on Facebook and Twitter

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Please Put the Phone DOWN!

Hello friends! Here we are again, blessed with another beautiful week. I am feeling good and the morning sickness appears to be going away. But I don't want to speak too soon because I thought it was gone three weeks ago and to my displeasure, to was not. Still have no idea the sex of the baby, but the world seems to be convinced that I am having a girl. I say, lets wait and see :)

So, I'm gonna get on my soapbox just a little here. I try my best not to be preachy, but this is something that has been bothering me for a very long time. Now, as far as I'm concerned when you own a cellar phone, and a smart phone to be exact, there is certain decorum that is required. But going out and seeing a group of people having lunch and none of them are conversing, but all of them are on their phones, it just disturbs me. I hate the fact that I have check Facebook to see how my husband's day went. And I want to scream when I'm driving and I almost hit someone because they are not paying attention to the road, but to the Candy Crush game they are playing on the phone. Can we all just put the damn phones down? Just for a little while at least. I understand answering a text or posting a photo to Instagram, but why are folks on the phone when they should be spending time with family or friends or reading a book or going for a walk or really anything else productive? And hey, I'm not innocent in this, but I do try my best not to constantly be on my phone when I am with my son or in the company of others especially. I understand that time with them is precious, so why would I spend it wasting time on the phone looking at some random beach photo on Facebook or a post on Twitter?

Ok, my rant is over, but let me challenge you all and myself too. Take just two hours, only two. Either during the week or the weekend and do not touch your phone. Do not check your messages, miss a call (but not an important one of course) or two and just be. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish.

Love Malinda xoxox

Thursday, January 9, 2014

2014: The Year of the Baby

Hello friends and Happy 2014!!!! I can say that I have missed this so much and as you can see I have good reason as to why I have been gone for so long. We are adding to our family and in July of this year, we will become a family of 4…well, technically 5 if you count the dog.

I have missed writing so much and wanted to let everyone know what was going on, however, this pregnancy is very different from my first. It is much more challenging and up until yesterday I have had server morning sickness every day since the end of October. So much so, I lost 10 pounds in 5 weeks. Normally I would be raving about this diet, but frankly it is not something I would wish on my worst enemy. Who needs nuclear war! If you could give everyone morning sickness, the world would be yours. But I digress. Yes, that first trimester was pretty much a bummer. Sick all the time, no energy and my house looks like a train wreck. The only thing that kept me going was to keep perspective. Understanding and truly thanking God that not only had I conceived and carried my healthy and beautiful little boy to term, but I was being blessed yet again to conceive naturally and that I am able to once again carry this life inside me. It's all about perspective and that is what got me through the day. That and the support of so many who love me. Kind words, encouraging talks and help without asking for it. My family and friends truly were there for me when I needed them and I am so grateful.

Well my dears, not gonna be too long on this, but just wanted to catch you all up on what's going on and your girl is back, so get ready for this Tokyo Girl and maybe little girl of my own too.

Love Always,
Malinda xoxox