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Finally, a great restaurant right in the neighborhood.  O Bento Japanese Restaurant, located at the corner of El Camino Ave and Maryal Dr, is just a hop, skip and a jump from my house and it has quickly become a neighborhood hotspot. Sushi rolls are 50 percent off, which is music to my ears!  Tonight I ordered the Pacific Roll and substituted the tuna with spicy tuna. I love that extra kick. I also ordered seaweed salad and a bowl of miso.

O Bento Japanese Restaurant

Everything was delicious.  The seaweed salad was fresh and filling and the Pacific Roll was plain, no sauce, just how I like it.  A lot of their rolls do have tobiko, special sauce, and spicy sauce, which is typical of American style sushi.  If you prefer that, get the Howe Roll (spicy tuna, deep fried shrimp, avocado, lemon and tabiko sauce).  It is fantastic as well.

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I am so glad they started a Japanese restaurant in Arden-Arcade.  Let’s make sure they are here to stay by giving them business. Once you try their food, write an O Bento review on yelp. They have seven reviews so far; let’s make it 10.


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Swiss Cheese and Mushrooms

Apparently I’m a hamburger fan.  This is at least the fourth review I’ve done for burgers.  I think it’s just such a summer treat- a staple at 4th of July block parties and backyard barbecues.  Today I had Ettore’s Award Winning Hamburger on a Cheddar Scallion Bun with all natural Niman Ranch Hamburger, Sauteed Mushrooms, Swiss Cheese, Tomato, Red Leaf Lettuce, and Herb Mayonnaise.  It was delicious, but very filling.  It was served with the most wonderfully flavorful sweet potato fries that were a bit greasy for my taste, but overall a great meal for $10.95.  The outdoor seating was relaxing and quiet, however there were quite a few flies so I might suggest seating yourself indoors.

Ettore's Hamburger with Sweet Potato Fries

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Basil Pesto Salad

Basil Pesto Salad

12 kale leaves, chopped
1 cup bow tie pasta
1 italian sausage link
1 beet, chopped in 1″ cubes
For Pesto:
1 heaping cup basil
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup walnuts
2 or 3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water (about 13 min) and cook the beets in a small pot (about 8 min).  Rip the sausage into bite size pieces and drop into a frying pan on medium heat, stirring and flipping so it cooks evenly.  Periodically check the beets.  When they are tender and easy to piece with a fork, drain water.  Check the pasta. When it is tender, drain the water and pour pasta into a large serving bowl and add beets.  When the meat is cooked (no pink) add to pasta.  Then, in a cuisinart or blender, puree the garlic and walnuts.  Add basil, cheese and oil and continue to puree until desired consistency.  Add to pasta and mix well.  Serve over a bed of chopped kale and garnish with parmesan cheese.

*I forgot to add parmesan cheese, but it still tasted great.
Kale, beets, and garlic from Soil Born Farms CSA
sweet basil from Rudolf Steiner Biodynamic Farm and our garden

Basil Pesto Salad

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