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The best conveyor belt sushi!

April 13, 2011

Sushi Maru in Bellevue is hands down the best conveyor belt sushi!  It’s located in Bellevue and I heard they were opening one in the Northgate area which is both exciting and convenient because then I don’t have to go to the Eastside or pay a toll to cross the 520 bridge for some delicious “on the boat” sushi!  Their plates range from $1.50-$3.50 which is are awesome prices  for the variety and quality of sushi they have!   They also have other menu items other than sushi.   If you like Sushiland or Blue C Sushi, you HAVE to try this place out and tell me what you think!

Check out the menu: Sushi Maru Bellevue

I can’t remember which rolls were which! One had eel over a spicy tuna roll, another had seared salmon over a Cali crunch roll, etc.  I will have to ask and edit this in the future!  At the end, we had cheesecake!  It was good, reminded me of Costco cheesecake!  If you want quick and good sushi at a good price at a great venue then Sushi Maru is your go to joint!

Eat it up!



Other than food, we <3 technology

March 19, 2011

The dynamic duo… splits! Please take a moment to leave a comment and congratulate fellow foodie/co-blogger/friend/roomie of mine Alana Garcia (@Alanita_Bonita) for getting an internship at an advertising agency in NYC!  I am so proud of her and I know she is getting closer and closer to her dream but I miss her oh so much!!  She left for the Big Apple on March 1 and I need to visit ASAP!  Our friend Bill said “I would move to New York just for the food.”  I’m pretty sure there is something mouthwatering around every corner of the concrete jungle.  I want to splurge when I go since I’ve never been!  Thank goodness for technology, specifically MacBook Pros and iPhones for making communication 10x better than just a text or phone call! FaceTime FTW!

She hates this pic but I don't care! LOL ❤

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February 7, 2011

Yes we know our site has been neglected for 6 months now.  We’ve been starving ourselves and have nothing cool to post about it.  Ok, now you can call us liars and slackers, but please believe we are coming back… SOON.  I know, I know, you’ll believe it when it happens. We’re going to make it happen just you wait and see!

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What’s cookin’ good lookin?

July 21, 2010

Hello Seattle food heads!  We apologize for the lack of posts within the past month.  We are working on a new look for our site and are planning on buying a domain.  As always, please feed us back!  We’d love to hear everyone’s two cents about what we can do to improve the site.  We have plenty of ideas in mind but wouldn’t mind for more creative ideas to help us launch an improved blog!  Thank you!

Eat it up,

Melissa & Alana

Homemade Filipino Lunch

May 29, 2010

What did you have a for lunch?  I thought I’d let emeraldbites readers have a taste and a look of lunch away from restaurants and into my home away from Seattle!   I live in Roy which is a small city south of Tacoma and right next to Ft. Lewis.  My cousin was getting married at the Lakewood Municipal Court yesterday afternoon and my aunt decided to have lunch at her house before the wedding.  I wish I had lunch like this more often!  I am definitely going to ask my mom and dad to teach me how to cook some of these Filipino dishes.  I apologize that I wasn’t able to take a picture of each dish individually but I wanted to share it with you guys anyway!

Filipino desserts and dishes!

Some of the dishes are:

Menudo which has a sort of Mexican flavor to it consists of potato, raisins, red pepper, pork, liver, and chick peas.

Pansit:  Famous Filipino noodle dish.  The ingredients can vary but the one we had has green beans, carrots, and chicken.  It tastes amazing when you add lemon juice for more flavor!

Lumpia:  Famous Filipino eggroll.  My aunt’s lumpia has a distinct taste to it unlike any others that I’ve tried.  Her lumpia has mushroom, pork, carrots, and another ingredient that my taste buds can’t figure out.  I’ll have to ask her!


Bilog-bilog: This dessert translates to “circle circle.”  It’s bascially rice flour rolled into little balls with other little jello cubes, bananas, and coconut to accommodate it.

Bibingka: A Filipino version of a casava cake.

Luckily a big lunch means lunch is also provided for the next day too so I had pansit again! (I listed the ingredients above and I know you can see bits of scrambled eggs in this picture but that was because I ate some before I dug into the pansit)

Leftovers: A Bowl of Pansit

Remember to feed us back and you can send us pics of your lunches too!  We all love taking pictures of food!

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Emerald Bites Stickers!

May 26, 2010

Check-ch-check-check-check-ch-check it out, Emerald Bites has some new dope stickers! Thanks to Bryce Dulay, our graphic designer, he designed the perfect stickers that portray the meaning of our blog.  Melissa and I are in the processes of finding a company that can create customized stickers (at a descent price), so if you know anyone  or a place feel free to leave a comment and any additional information. BUT be the first to have one and order yours at!

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Eating While Tweeting: Social Media Lessons from Seattle’s Fooderati

May 25, 2010

Find us here tonight!  (straight from: )

Join us for a lively evening of food, drinks, networking and twitterific conversation at TASTE Restaurant at the Seattle Art Museum.


For AAJA Seattle’s inaugural Innovation Salon series, we bring together a group of the city’s hungriest tweeters: PR-pro Hsiao-Ching Chou, food writer Matthew Amster-Burton and chef Becky Selengut.

Journalists, businesses owners and just about anyone else with a message is scrambling to carve a presence in emerging social media markets. This panel represents a micro-community that adopted social media and pushed its boundaries since before it was cool.

Moderated by Karen Johnson, Seattle magazine online managing editor, this intimate salon will focus less on the Twitter basics and more on the broad lessons, stories and musings from a foodie community that has embraced, and in turn, been transformed through social media

Event: “Eating while tweeting: Social media lessons from Seattle’s fooderati”
When: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Where: TASTE Restaurant at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 FIrst Ave., Downtown
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $25/$20 for AAJA Seattle members (includes appetizers provided by TASTE)
Buy tickets:

• Matthew Amster-Burton Food writer and author of Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father’s Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
• Hsiao-Ching Chou Partner and social media director at Suzuki+Chou Communimedia, writer and former food editor at the Seattle P-I
• Becky Selengut Chef and co-author of The Washington Local and Seasonal Cookbook

AAJA Seattle
Taste Restaurant at Seattle Art Museum
Seattle magazine

The Asian American Journalists Association-Seattle chapter is a local, non-profit professional and organization. Since 1985, the chapter has provided scholarships for students, professional development for journalists and service to the community in the Pacific Northwest. For more info on AAJA Seattle visit:

(Images courtesy of, Flickr Creative Commons: photos by The Mooncake Box, smcgee, highway.skylines. Graphic by Hot Chai Media)


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