Saturday, September 26, 2015

Revamp of Ramen Champ with stops for Dessert and Coffee

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 I attended Ramen Champ's Grand Opening back in January 2015
and now back again for another opening?  
OK, a couple other times too, 
but who's counting, right?

Let me explain why another opening.

Chef / owner Alvin Cailan of Eggslut opened this ramen outlet
in January.  Although he'll still be a part of Ramen Champ, the
new team is lead by Yoshimasa Kasai.  You may have heard of
him as the former director of Ramen Yokocho

Revamp Ramen Champ opens on October 2nd!

Read my first visit to Ramen Champ HERE

 The restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of the Far East Plaza,
home to Roy Choi's Chego and Andy Ricker's Pok Pok Phat Thai.  
The space reminds me of ramen shops in Japan,
small spaces with open kitchens and all counter seating.

 Since this was the first day of a media preview,
the menu was limited with 3 different kinds of ramen offered.

 I was a bit more interested in the sides,
since I was a fan of Ramen Champ's
mushrooms, which was not on this menu.

OK, so we ordered one of each of the evenings offerings, 
since there was 3 of us.

See What Jay Eats...

 Tonkotsu Tan Tan

A spicy twist on the original Ramen Champ's
tonkotsu broth and served with Komasuna greens,
roasted sesame, chili and hot-meat sauce seasoned with 
Sichuan peppercorns and garlic.  The noodles were
thicker than the original broth.

At first I didn't think it was that spicy, but once
mixed, it had some heat.  It wasn't a kick you off 
your seat, but there was enough heat to be a tan tan.

 Vegan Ramen

An aromatic consomme made with kelp,
shiitake mushrooms, onions, carrots, cabbage,
green onions, garlic and ginger.  Served with a spinach
ramen noodle.

This was the surprise of the evening.
When I usually hear vegan or vegetarian,
it usually means not good.  This was also
our favorite of the evening.

Original Tonkotsu

Topped with slow cooked chat, mushrooms, green onions,
and black sesame oil.  The noodles are thin,
my favorite, but do work well with the tonkotsu broth.

This time, it had more flavor than my 1st visit.

With food writer, Kristie Hang and Jeff Shimamoto,

"Please, sir, may I have some more"
~Oliver Twist

Thank you Ramen Champ for the preview
and look forward to coming back again.

Once ramen was done, it was time to go downstairs
and checkout the other food vendors,
such as Chego and Pok Pok Phat Thai.

 It was time for dessert, we headed to Scoops Ice Cream.

I got the Strawberry Mint,
nice flavor.

While we were enjoying our cones,
we were informed that we liked coffee,
we needed to go next door.

We're game!

 We entered the door to see a U shaped counter
at Endorffeine.

Jack creating one of their signature beverages.

 I opted for the Palm Sugar - Whiskey iced latte.

A really good latte!

Vanilla - Pandan iced latte

Lots happening in Chinatown these days,
checkout the revamped Ramen Champ,
ice cream at Scoops, and coffee at
Endorffeine.  Stay tuned for more...

It was a good night with good friends...

Far East Plaza
727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(underground parking available)

NOTE:  I was a guest of Ramen Champ
and 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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

GD Bro Burger in Santa Ana - Grand Opening!

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GD Bro Burger finds parking in Santa Ana,
let me explain...

You may have recognized the name from Food Network's
(Season 6) 

They found a place to park the food truck
and opened their first brick and mortar in Santa Ana.

I was lucky to get a sneak peak
before their August 29, 2015, 
Grand Opening.

After walking in the door,
Patty Girth Matters!

Looking forward to a stuffed burger.

See What Jay Eats...

When my order arrived, I first noticed the 
raspberry bun on my burger.

Yes, it got my attention!

This is a Game Changer!

I started out with the Duck Fat Fries,
who wouldn't, right?

They have other sides,
see menu below.

 I went with the "Juan & Only" burger
with jalapeƱo cream cheese, pico de gallo, and
avocado chipotle mayo
on the raspberry bun.

This was a good burger, there was just enough
heat and the avocado was a nice touch.

This is the burger from the Food Network show,
come down and give it a try!

"GD Bro Burger"
is Globally Delicious Stuffed Burgers

On my next visit, I want to try the KBBQ Poutine Burger. 

Sides and Drinks

I suggest one of the lemonades,
but I heard the milkshakes are great too...

The burger was juicy and flavorful.
The sides are creative and there
are a lot of burgers to try. 
I'm afraid that I'll have to sample them all!

Grand Opening August 29th

2321 E 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(at the 55 Freeway)
11 am - 11 pm 


Thank You!
Scott Nghiem
Andy Nguyen
Kevin Nguyen

NOTE:  I was a guest of GD Bro Burger.
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

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