Friday, August 21, 2015

Chef Brian Huskey's New Beachside Shack

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One thing that I love (but not always have time) 
is going to the beach,
even if it's to sit and watch the waves.

But now I have another reason...

Top Chef fans probably remember Chef Brian Huskey
from Season 11 (New Orleans).
Los Angeles diners may know him from restaurants
such as Picca, Mochica, and Paiche.
Regardless, I got a sneak peak tasting of
his latest venture, Tackle Box (at the beach).

See What Jay Eats...

 Shrimp Sandwich
with Romaine on a squid ink roll
(this was a tasting size sandwich)

The shrimp sandwich was fresh
with crunchy lettuce,
a good sandwich for a day at the beach.

The house chips with seasoned salt
were really good too.

Salmon Poke
with avocado, crispy rice and citrus dressing.

Nice twist with the citrus flavoring
and avocado.

 Buffalo Cauliflower
with blue cheese and celery

Made to taste like Buffalo wings,
but cauliflower.

I really enjoyed this one...
a must order!

Roasted corn with spicy cream and Cotija cheese

Nuff said...
(if you follow me, you know I love corn)

Tackle Box has limited seating inside,
which is actually outside.
But we're at the beach, so it's perfect.

Tables in front of the service window
are also available.

What a beautiful view from
Tackle Box!

Chef Brian Huskey and team
ready for the opening.

Best of Luck!

Tackle Box OC is Now Open!

Tackle Box
(on the beach)
3029 E Shore Ave
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Closed Mondays
Tuesday - Friday:  9 am - 7 pm
Saturday - Sunday:  8 am - 7 pm

Thank You!
Tackle Box
Anna E. Park
Daniel Kam

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of Tackle Box OC.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Denver: Osaka Ramen

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 When your best friend opens a restaurant, 
you say congratulations.  
When he opens two restaurants in a short period, 
you say Wow, congratulations!
When you know it's going to be really good, 
you hop on a plane and congratulate him in person!

Chef / Owner Jeff Osaka of Osaka Ramen 
and I have been friends for a long long time. 
I've been looking forward to checking
out his latest restaurant opening.
 Or should I say two restaurant openings? 

Both restaurants located in Denver.  It was good
to see him, his family, and a few friends
to catch up and have some good eats... 

The space at the RiNo location is underground,
just like some of the ramen shops in Japan.
It's a very cool space with seating options;
long table, bar, and smaller tables.

See What Jay Eats...

 Green Beans
chilled green beans, fresh ground sesame seeds, 
and shoyu-sesame dressing.

It had that familiar taste that we grew up with...

 Okonomiyaki Fries
shoestring french fries with yak sauce, kewpie mayo,
furikake, and bonito flakes.

Okonomiyaki is an Osaka-style (as in Osaka, Japan)
pancake filled with shrimp, squid, green onions, etc.
 and grilled.  It's topped with a sweet Worcestershire-type
sauce, Japanese kewpie mayo, and bonito flakes. 

The flavor of this reminded me of Japanese summer
festivals, I could've eaten the whole plate...

panko dusted oysters with a yuzu tartar sauce
and greens in a lettuce cup.

The oyster was juicy and served with dressed greens
in a lettuce cup, which made it easy to eat.

Another must order is the Chicken Kara Age
(Japanese fried chicken), a citrus-shoyu marinated
fried chicken with ginger, garlic, scallion, and served
with a spicy mayo.  This dish has been listed on
many articles and I do agree it should be a must try!
(I just figured to highlight other menu items).

 Osaka Ramen has 5 different ramen on the menu
(shio, shoyu, vegetable, spicy miso, and tonkotsu).
I opted for the "Special" with a chicken and pork broth,
served with pork, a soft egg, local corn, and butter.

Aside from being one of my best friends,
this is one of the best balanced ramen's that
I've had in a long time.  Besides being flavorful,
the addition of local summer corn and butter
made the dish even better.

If ramen isn't your thing...
Osaka Ramen has bento boxes too.
(but I was here for ramen)

 My Wife's Donuts
mochi donuts with kinako sugar and served
with salted butter.

A nice donut twist with mochi
and another must order menu item.

I do agree, it was Oishii.

When in Denver, checkout Osaka Ramen!

Osaka Ramen
(Two Denver Locations)

2611 Walnut Street
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 955-7938

Cherry Creek
2817 East 3rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206 
(303) 524-9229

For a additional info, menu, hours, etc.

Menus may vary per location

Thank You!

NOTE:  I was a guest of Osaka Ramen.
I thank them for the invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bolthouse Farms Summer Cocktail Livestream Series

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 You've probably seen Bolthouse Farms' products in
grocery stores, as they have a wide selection of 
vegetable and fruit juices.

Bolthouse Farms has launched a cocktail series with some of
L.A.'s drink personalities on Periscope and Meerkat on
Thursdays at 3:30 pm PDT.

Last Thursday was with L.A. drink chef,
(from Periscope)
 Matthew Biancaniello (Eat Your Drink).

Using Bolthouse Farms® Daily Greens

which includes:
 1/2 cup of kale, spinach, and romaine
1 3/4 cups of cucumber
1/3 cup of celery
a squeeze of lemon

(from Periscope)
Matthew created a White Fir live

White Fir recipe:

1 oz Bolthouse Farms® Daily Greens
2 oz white fir infused tequila
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz agave syrup
1/2 Blenheim apricot
3-4 lovage leaves
Moldavian balm

Muddle everything except tequila.  Then add tequila and ice
and shake and strain into a rocks glass.  Garnish with flowering 
Moldavian balm.

Here's the cocktail version of the White Fir Lite:

1 oz Bolthouse Farms® Daily Greens
2 oz Pellegrino
3/4 lime juice
3/4 oz agave syrup
1/2 Blenheim apricot
3-4 lovage leaves
Moldavian balm

(same directions, except no tequila)

Join the Bolthouse Farms 
Summer Cocktail Livestream
Thursday, July 30th
3:30 pm PDT
Periscope and Meerkat

Later that evening...

I attended a fried chicken pop up at Maru Restaurant
in Santa Monica and Matthew Biancaniello was
working his magic behind the bar.

With Matthew Binacaniello and food writer
Kristie Hang at Maru Restaurant.

Mulberry Vanilla Sazerac, topped with chicken fat
created by Matthew Biancaniello.

A perfect way to begin a fried chicken pop up.

The Cap Rock Bitter
With tomatoes, lovage, Cuban oregano, and
Ghost pepper salt.

The lovage and Cuban oregano were picked
from his own garden.

Heat from the ghost pepper, not too spicy,
but had a ghostly kick to it.

My first taste of a Matthew Biancaniello cocktail
from a couple years ago HERE

My favorite Bolthouse Farms juice.
As it says on the bottle, SUPERBLEND.
Maybe because I love berries of all kinds.

bilberry, blueberry, pomegranate, goji berry, yum berry, Acai berry,
raspberry, noni berry, black currant, seabuckthorn, and mangosteen.

Don't forget to join the last 
'Summer Cocktail Livestream Series'
on #ThirstyThursday 
at 3:30 pm PDT on July 30th
on Periscope and Meerkat

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Favorite Burger - Plan Check Kitchen on Sawtelle

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Living in Los Angeles, there are a lot of good burger places, such
as Umami Burger, Apple Pan, Father's Office, In n Out, etc.

One of my favorites places for a burger is Plan Check Kitchen + Bar,
headed by chef Ernesto Uchimura.  Chef Ernesto is the former 
corporate executive chef at Umami Burger.

One of my favorites...
(Plan Check Burger)

with Americanized dashi cheese, ketchup leather, schmaltz onions,
and mixed pickles on a crunch bun.

Just one of the genius things of this burger is Chef Uchimura's
creation of the ketchup leather.  It's housemade ketchup
which has been dehydrated (similar to a fruit roll-up).
It's placed at the bottom of the burger, preventing the
burger juices from getting the bottom bun soggy AND you
still get the ketchup flavor, brilliant! 

It was a beautiful Los Angeles day,
so sitting out on the patio was an easy decision.  

See What Jay Eats...

 Housemade Yuzu Soda

It couldn't get any better...

cooked in beef tallow with smoked salt and 
served with fresh housemade ketchup

OK, it could get better...

What's a burger without fries, right?

 Smoked Fried Chicken
Jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, 
and spicy pickled okra.
(served under the 3 pieces of chicken)

The chicken was cooked perfectly and
with a nice surprise of the yam preserves
and the okra.

For those who want more than a burger,
I suggest checking the daily special board too.

One more thing...
Cruller Donuts
(cooked to order)
served with cream and fruit

Can't leave without having dessert...

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-1411

Other Plan Check Kitchen locations,
Fairfax District and Downtown Los Angeles.

Checkout their Market Milkshake Mondays.
The chef goes out to the local farmer's market 
and a special milkshake is created for Mondays.
Read my post HERE

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dodger Stadium: New Food and Promo Items for 2015

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 If you follow me, you know I love baseball
and food.  Last season, I was invited to a 
behind-the-scenes tour of the new restaurants 
at Dodger Stadium, 
I was looking forward to see what's new for 2015.

See my 2014 behind-the-scenes tour HERE

 Growing up on the next hill over from Dodger Stadium,
I was here a lot, a LOT.  

Dodger Stadium is the third oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues
(opened in 1962) and is the largest baseball stadium
by capacity at 56,000.  
I call it home... 

It's really nice to see that the ownership group
has updated this classic ballpark into the modern
times with new technology, more restrooms,
activities for the kids, and of course new FOOD!

The Dodgers were kind enough to invite me again
for another behind-the-scenes food adventure for this season.

As usual, I got here early to watch batting practice.

Just some of the Dodger Hall of Famers
just hanging around...

The chef gave us an introduction to
the new menu items for the 2015 season.

See What Jay Eats...

Extreme Loaded Dogs

Of the 3 "loaded" dogs presented to us,
I had to favor the L.A. classic street dog, a
Dodger dog wrapped in bacon with peppers, onions, 
mustard, and mayo.

A classic L.A. street dog with BACON!

Another "loaded" dog, a St. Louis Dog with fried onions and 
short rib.  

Celebrating the Dodger Cy Young winners,
Clayton Kershaw's pin giveaway
on September 20th.

 Upcoming promotional items:

Maury Wills Bobblehead - July 6th
Hello Kitty Plush - July 8th
Father's Day BBQ set - June 21st

After a close up examination of these items,
they're not the premium items I remember
getting as a kid from attending games.

*Promotional items are available to the first 40,000 fans.

 From Tommy Lasorda's Trattoria
in the Right Field Plaza...

Pepperoni Pizza

One of the best pizza's I've had a game...anywhere.
And I've been to baseball, basketball, hockey,
soccer, and football games across the country.

Pizza is sold by the slice, not the personal pan version
that you'd find at other venues.

Corn Porn Alert!

Last season, Elote (Mexican corn) was added to the menu.
Grilled corn covered in mayo, lime, cheese, chili powder, etc.

I had to get one for myself  from the Think Blue BBQ in 
the Left Field Plaza

Street Corn Nachos

This season executive chef Jason Tingley upped
the elote to another stadium favorite, nachos.

With roasted corn, this sweet and spicy nacho offering
is available at La Taqueria on the field and reserve levels.

This is a seasonal item, depending on summer corn availability.
Dodger Stadium using locally grown products when available.


A beer with clamato (clam and tomato juice), chili powder, 
assorted sauces and peppers, etc.

Goes great with the street corn nachos...

Sandy Koufax Bobblehead (Hall of Famer) - August 13th
Dodger Headphone Night - August 30th
(The headphones are styled similar to the Beats ones)

*Promotional items are available to the first 40,000 fans.

They don't have Helmet giveaways anymore,
but you can score a helmet at every game
with the Helmet Nachos.

It really should be called the 7th Inning Stretch,
cause you'll need one to finish them.
Ballpark nachos upgraded to Major League proportions.

The tasting ended with this upgraded ice cream cookie sandwich.
It was good, need I say more? 

The original Cool-A-Coo was my favorite 
(did I just show my age?),
and what I always wanted during the 7th inning stretch.

It was either a Cool-A-Coo or a frozen chocolate malt...

 It was now game time,
we headed to our seats to watch the Dodgers
battle the Diamondbacks.

It's time for Dodger baseball...

 Growing up, I couldn't come to a Dodger game
without having one or two or three or...nevermind.

The famous Dodger Dog with deli mustard
and onions.  NOW I'm at a Dodger game!

BTW, the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks in the 
bottom of the 9th, 7-6.

There's a lot of great family events happening at Dodger Stadium:

Friday Night Fireworks 
After each game, fans are permitted onto the field 
to watch the fireworks.

Viva Los Dodgers
Two hours prior to all Sunday home games
 in the parking lot.
Fans can enjoy live music, player autographs,
 and various activities.

Kids Run the Bases
After every Sunday Day game.

Movie Night
6/20 - The LEGO Movie
8/15 - Back to the Future
Fans are permitted onto the field after the game to watch the movie.

Just some of the fun stuff happening in 2015!

See my Dodger Stadium 2014 behind-the-scenes HERE

Thank You!
Los Angeles Dodgers
Steve Brener 
Yvonne Carrasco
David Siegel
Jason Tingley

NOTE:  I was a guest of the Los Angeles Dodgers and 
thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi