Valentine's Day Archives - The Chef In Pearls

For the Love of Fudo…..

For the Love of Fudo…..

You’re a guy. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. You finally mustered up the courage to ask the girl of your dreams out. You don’t want to do a place that’s too pretentious. Or a place where you could scare her off with too much . Well, I have the perfect place for you!

Name: Fudo

Food: Asian small plates

I recently had the opportunity to experience Fudo on a date. I can tell you first hand this is an excellent place for date night. From the moment you arrive, the hipster vibe envelopes you at the entrance. The view of the bar area’s back wall, lit in blue glowing light, draws you in just on curiosity if nothing else. Then you walk through the doors and are met by a modern take on an industrial setting. Wood and metal meet gracefully in the mix of the low lights. Everyone seems earnestly happy, from the host to the sushi chefs and even our waitress. How could you not feel comfortable? We were seated and that’s when all the action began …

My date wasn’t very big on the idea of raw fish, so our server was very helpful with making alternative suggestions. We started  with a couple of drinks, I had the “Dancing with Stars” and he the “Mandarin Oriental”, and we were told they are the most popular drinks on the menu. We all know you can’t have drinks without appetizers, so we ordered a couple of small plates. Pan Seared Dumplings (with it’s very own lacy covering) and Tori Karaage or Japanese Fried Chicken (served with a Spicy Asian Ketchup that I am sure would make shoe leather taste good). Note: Japanese Fried Chicken tastes like regular fried chicken except it is not heavily coated. Did I mention that it came with a kick ass spicy ketchup? Yea, I really liked that ketchup. With a suggestion from Rey, our server, we tried Rock Paper Shrimp. There was no way I was going to a restaurant that served sushi and not try something from their sushi menu. This shrimp dish has easily become one of my favorites. It has a crispy rice base, topped with a crab salad, which is then finished with a seared shrimp and micro greens. It satisfied us both: I got some sushi and he didn’t have to eat anything raw.  Win-win! For our main entree we each got a Donburi or Rice Bowl. I had the Katsu-don … crispy pork with balsamic teriyaki, butter corn, pickled vegetables. He had the Gyu-don … marinated short ribs, fried kimchi, arugula. We enjoyed our rice bowls while drinking a little warm sake, a suggestion made by my date.  Apparently it’s one of his favorite drinks, Who knew? Well now I know.

It turned out to be a really good date. We talked about food likes and dislikes. I ate with chopsticks, he with a folk. We were able to be comfortable and talk without trying to yell over too loud music. All the while the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The only thing they didn’t have that we wanted was dessert. However, I was told by a little birdie that they dessert would be available soon, just in time for Valentine’s Day! So if you are looking for a really great spot to enjoy for lunch or dinner or Valentine’s Day, then Fudo’s is it. If you don’t believe me then check out the pictures. Exactly! Now wipe the drool from your mouth. Check out their website here and call to see if they are doing reservations that night. Once you’ve had your date night at Fudo hit me up and tell what your favorite experience was.

Now go forward and make new memories. Until next time …

~The Chef In Pearls


Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

With the New Year comes new thoughts, needs and demands. I was pretty quiet for the month of January because I was busy getting things in order for my return to the kitchen. That’s right The Chef In Pearls will be available for private cooking events. You can now have me in your personal kitchen whipping up your every heart’s desires. I’ve got another announcement that is sure to make your Valentine’s Day even better.

To help spread the word of my return to the kitchen I have joined forces with a few good people I have come to know  to do a Valentine’s Day Giveaway. Miss Loren Browne, of Dating with Passports , has the Valentine’s Day low down on dating in the states and abroad. Then there is Miss Kym Edwards, of Naughty Goddess, that brings out that alter ego in all of us with her lingerie and adult novelties. Finally we have Miss KaSundra Anderson, of Nail Spa Haven, providing all your nail pampering needs. The prizes for the giveaway includes an E-Gift card from Naughty Goddess, a manicure from Nail Spa Haven and Chef services in your kitchen for you and your special some one from The Chef In Pearls. My services to the winner will include a phone consultation to create a menu,  a grocery list of items to create menu and then come over to cook for you and your special someone. Can it get any better than this? I don’t think so. All you have to do is enter  thru the below Rafflecopter. A winner will be chosen randomly and notified at the end of the contest. So hurry up and enter and don’t forget to tell a friend.

Now you can have me be a part of your memory making. Until next time.

~The Chef In Pearls


a Rafflecopter giveaway

What’s Love?

What’s Love?


Newsflash…Today is Valentine’s Day. You know heart shaped everything, stuffed animals, perfectly wrapped gifts and bouquets of flowers…Le Sigh. Technically this is my second Valentine’s Day without a valentine of my own. Yes, I am still legally married but we no longer do those kind of things. To be totally honest this will be the first one that we aren’t living together and it’s got me wondering if I even know what love is. I know it’s an immense feeling of want and desire but…. there has got to be more to it than that. So I have decided to make a list of things that I love and find out what the common denominator is between them.


I love a steak cooked medium-well with a beurre noir sauce

I love a good sale that becomes even better when I can still use my coupon

I love a pair of shoes or a purse that are so unique some may think them ugly

I love a chef knife with a nice weight to it and a really sharp edge


When I stop and look at the makings of this list I notice something immediately. So far all of these things are just that…things. If it came right down to it I could live without them. They are great to have but I wouldn’t lose any sleep if they weren’t in my life. So now I have to dig a little deeper. I was with a man I love, yes I still have love for him, for over 20 years of my life. It has not been easy walking away from our marriage so I know love is more than things that I can easily dispose of. Love has got to be more than objects we collect. The roses that you hope pray you get today with the card from that special someone. Is it really about the roses? Or is it something more? My list continues…


I love brunch with my friends.

I love when my oldest child calls me so we can catch up as he drives home from work.

I love Mother/daughter time with my Mom

I love Mother/daughter time with my daughter.

I love when my middle child texts me about the crazy things his college roommate has done for the week

I love being able to express myself to others through my food and writing.


These are more than things. This list consists of people and connections. These occasions I reference are what memories are made of. And yes there may come a time when I may not be able to partake in some of these activities with the aforementioned people. But until that time I will still have the memories and the connections we made. People and situations change daily but the memories never change. The connections you make with people for that time is what I feel LOVE is all about. Without them it would just be things we do with no real meaning. I believe that as humans we all want to be able to connect with others on some level…ultimately leading to love. We all just want to be loved. So yes I can truly say that it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. Having had a connection you can reminisce over and maybe even shed a tear about is way better than never having had one to recall.


So today go do something you LOVE with someone you LOVE and make wonderful memories. It’s Valentine’s Day and LOVE is in the air afterall. I know some of you may have been looking for a post about what to cook today or what you could wear but this was what was on my heart. Please leave me a comment if this rings a bell with you.

~The Chef In Pearls


Photo by

A Romantic Dinner for….4

No you read that right…and NO it wasn’t me & my hubby with another couple. It was me, my hubby, daughter and son. Now don’t get me wrong I did enjoy being with my family but one tends to think Valentine’s Day was made for lovers. Since business kept my hubby from being able to do the usual Valentiney ( yes I created a word) things I thought it would be nice to prepare a wonderful dinner at home for the family.

We started off with an appetizer of Spicy Garlic-Lemon Shrimp and a loaf of Sweet Italian Bread. IMAG0902

For our entree I prepared my signature dish….Pan-Seared Salmon with Sauteed Spinach & Mushrooms in an Herb Cream Sauce served atop Sour Cream & Chives Mashed Potatoes


The grown-ups at the table had Tequila Sunrises and the youngsters sipped on sparkling Cider.


All in all it turned out to be a rather lovely dinner for 4….Oh yeah my daughter even made dessert a Butter Cream Pound Cake served a la mode.  Who could have wanted a better meal? Hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with LOVE because mine was : )

The Chef In Pearls

Cassandra Sinclair is a Lifestyle Chef and Gourmet Cooking Instructor who enjoys demystifying the art of cooking for One. You can catch her live demonstrations across major social media as @TheChefInPearls.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.