Saturday, September 10, 2016

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

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About 5 years ago, I went to the True Food Kitchen
in Santa Monica for dinner.

Had a great time, the menu had a lot of options,
and the food was good.

But I don't live (or have projects)
on that side of town now...

Since my first visit, the menu has changed a bit
(for the better)
See my first visit HERE

Hearing of a healthy restaurant opening in Pasadena,
I wasn't thinking it would be True Food Kitchen,
but am glad it's them.

It's been years and I was invited to the 
Pasadena preview.

The Preview for invited guests
was held the weekend before
the opening.

 See What Jay Eats...

Started with the Health-Ade Kombucha
and added cranberry.

Other refreshers I would suggest is the
Medicine Man
a triple-brewed black tea, cranberry, pomegranate,
honey, and sea buckthorn.

Charred Cauliflower
with harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, and pistachio 
(vegan and gluten-free)

This was our server's, Tony,
recommendation and we enjoyed it!

Edamame Dumplings
in a dashi, with white truffle oil, and asian herbs.

I thought of it more as a ravioli
than a dumpling.
Maybe that's the Asian in me...

Smoked Turkey Wrap
with avocado, tomato, cucumber, provolone,
and hummus.
I opted for the side of kale salad with it.

If you follow me, you know I LOVE hummus,
wouldn't have thought to put it in a wrap.
But I enjoyed it!

 Scottish Steelhead "Salmon"
with smoked onion faro, arugula, roasted beet, and
a cilantro pumpkin seed pesto.

A private room with a TV,
can it get any better???

Trying to think up a reason
to use this room.

A massive kitchen with the prep stations in the 
front.  Patrons can see food materials being
prepped for their favorite dishes.

While I'm taking a courtyard shot,
I see a familiar face in the crowd,
can you spot her?

Yup, this time she's
making a cameo in my post!

You've seen her on her LIVE cooking shows,
read her articles on LA Wonders, and of course,
at food events in and around Los Angeles...

Kimlai Yingling with her Butternut Squash pizza
with smoked onion, organic kale, vegan almond ricotta,
and dried cranberry.

Grass-Fed Burger
with umami mushroom, caramelized onion, arugula,
parmesan, and mayonnaise,
on a flax seed bun.
(with option of sweet potatoes)

Thanks Kimlai and Randy for allowing
photos of your dishes before having
a chance to taste them.

WAIT, there's one more thing...
(as Steve Jobs would say)


Flourless Chocolate Cake
with caramel, vanilla ice cream and cocoa nibs.
(vegetarian and gluten-free)

I usually don't order cake, but I do love
a good flourless chocolate cake.

This one was a good one!

Apple Goji Crisp
with almond, crumble,and vanilla ice cream
(vegan and gluten-free)

Yup, there were Goji berries too...

One thing I like about True Food Kitchen,
there's something for everyone.
Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free,
beef eater, etc., there's something on the menu for YOU.

The menu items are well conceived
and makes sense with the selection
and variety for vegan, vegetarian, and
gluten-free customers.

The food ingredients are top notch,
grass-fed beef for one thing.
A variety of grains and other ingredients
that most restaurants in the area do not use.
Makes for a nice change.

The service was attentive
and our server, Tony,
not only made great suggestions,
but took care of us.
Thanks Tony!

This Pasadena restaurant has a nice large outdoor
patio, indoor dining, and a large private room.

It's a nice addition to Colorado Blvd and
 a prime location for the Rose Parade.

Welcome to Pasadena!

See you on September 13th!

Thank You!
Karsha Chang
Nerissa Silao

NOTE:  I was a guest of True Food Kitchen.
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

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Kings of Fish at the San Pedro Fish Market

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It's been years since I've been here,
so when Tanaya's Table invited me to a 
seafood tasting here,
I knew it would be some good stuff!

You may have seen San Pedro Fish Market in the

First stop, the fish market...

Red Snapper looking good.

Now THAT's Yellowtail!

They have all kinds of seafood, ALL KINDS of Seafood!
Lobsters, crab, varieties of shrimp, clams, mussels,
and then there's a large selection of fish too...

Before leaving the seafood counter,
don't forget to buy some of their hot sauce
(if you like spicy)
for your seafood tray.

Just for the Halibut

When you've picked out all of your seafood
and your transaction is complete,
you can take your seafood to have it
cooked anyway you want.

They'll cook it for you
at no charge.

Have it grilled or fried too.

While you wait for your order,
grab one of their cocktails, a beer, or soft drink

Shrimp Cocktail

Grab a seat at one of their
2,000 seats.

And they're California's largest restaurant,
serving over 1.1 million customers annually.


The seafood tray is done
and looks awesome!

We had lobster, crab, shrimp, halibut, swordfish,
octopus, squid, mussels, clams, shark, potatoes,
peppers, and tomatoes.
(I may have forgot something, lol)

Our hosts for today's tasting
(from the Left)

  Michael Ungaro - San Pedro Fish Market
 Tanaya Ghosh - Tanaya's Table 
Alexandra Lourdes - The Refined Agency
Lin Jerome - The Refined Agency

Let the feast begin!

Yup, truly the Kings of Fish!

See What Jay Eats...

Whole fish grilled

Or you can have it fried.

Don't forget the garlic bread

It's good to use it to soak up the goodness
from the seafood tray...

They also have fried fish and calamari too.

What's a seafood feast without oysters?

I mean, look at this...

did it up for us!

Truly a food-filled Tanaya's Table Event!

The seafood here is exceptional, esp having the choice
of the way you want it cooked.  Talk about the selection

Sampling several different pieces of seafood, 

each one was cooked to perfection.
I've been to other places where fish, clams,
shrimp, and lobster were cooked together and a couple
of them would be overcooked.  

Not here, I was amazed that each one was well

cooked well, fish juicy (not dry) and lobster tender.

It's been many many years since I've been here,

will be bringing people here for a casual seafood feast!

Thank You!

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of San Pedro Fish Market.
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 25, 2016

Smorgasburg Los Angeles - Week 8

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Just off of Alameda Ave (at Bay St)
in Downtown Los Angeles
is the entrance,
 to what the NY Times
calls Smorgasburg (in Brooklyn) as
"The Woodstock of Eating"

But, in Los Angeles, we do it
LA style...

 Parking is FREE for the first 2 hours
and admission is FREE.

So there's no reason not to come
each Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm.

See What Jay Eats...
Week 8
Sunday, August 7th

 My first stop is usually at Todo Verde
for one of their aqua frescas.

Today I had the Amorcito,
with strawberry, rose, chia seeds, and maple syrup.

 Todo Verde also has smoothies too.

 Lots of choices

Almost too many...

Next stop, Burritos La Palma

It may not look like much,
but these burritos
are fantastic!

Flour tortillas made each morning.

 Stopped at Summer Crab Co for 
their Singaporean Chili Crab Sandwich.

 Of course I had to see my friends at

I can't come to SmorgLA without
leaving without a Rucker's Pie.

Today, I had a slice of White Nectarine

Yup, Week 8 was another good
food-filled Sunday Funday!

Alameda Produce Market
(Alameda Ave and Bay St)
FREE Parking for the first 2 hours
and FREE Admission always.
Every Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Preview - Sunset & Dine 2016

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At the iconic corner of Hollywood and Vine
 lies the famous Capitol Records building.

This time, I'm not in Hollywood to see the famous sights
 but to get a preview of this year's Sunset and Dine 2016!

This is the 5th annual Sunset & Dine,
on September 1st in Hollywood.
It's a food festival with sample food,
beer and wine, and desserts from more
than 20 Hollywood restaurants.

There will be concert
featuring Gabriel Garzon-Montano too.

See What Jay Eats...
at this year's preview to Sunset & Dine

Our first stop was Wood & Vine,
at the corner of Hollywood and Vine

The Mez-Mel
with mescal, watermelon, lemon, lime, honey, 
and a Serrano pepper.

A nice summer cocktail
with a kick!

Wood & Vine is known for their 
small plates, perfect for sharing.

 Watermelon & Tomato Salad
with watercress, cucumber, pickled watermelon rind,
and blue cheese.

One of the dishes to be served
at Sunset & Dine.

 Chicken and Sage Waffle

A mainstay menu item

 Braised Shortrib
served with cabbage, cherries, Fresno chili,
corn pudding, and jus.

We finished the Wood & Vine
tasting on a high note.

The great thing about Wood & Vine,
it's right across the street from The Pantages.

A great place to grab a bite before a show.

on Vine Street
Photo by Chocolate Bar Pastry Cafe
Chocolate Bar Pastry Cafe
has been open for about a month.

Yes, they have desserts and drinks,
but also gelato and empanadas too.

 We sampled their pear tart
and lemon tart.

All I heard was lemon tart.
Yup, I enjoyed it!

Chocolate Opera Cake

 I was told I needed to try the
Roasted Chicken Sandwich on a Baguette.

The chicken was moist 
and I'll have to be back to try the
Steak Sandwich next.

 Yes, an Espresso Bar too...

 But, they had me at Chocolate Croissant!

Thank You
see you at Sunset & Dine!

Our third stop was
for poutines.

 What's a poutine?

Alan giving us the 411 on the history of
Smoke's Poutinerie AND
what is a poutine.

Having had them in Toronto,
I was familiar, but haven't
had a good one since Canada!

 A poutine is
cheese curds and gravy over
French fries.

They have great cheese curds here too!

 Building poutines

 The Triple Pork
with pork belly, bacon, and sausage
over a poutine.

Thanks Alan and Smoke!

on September 1st!

Our last stop of the Sunset & Dine preview
at one of my favorite pie shops,
at their new location on Hollywood Blvd.

I visit the DTLA location frequently
for nitro coffee and a breakfast hand pie.
So I know The Pie Hole well.

 We sampled savory pies,
the Mac 'n' Cheese and Chicken 'n' Cornbread.

But my favorite is their Earl Grey Pie.

I didn't know this, but with advanced notice,
The Pie Hole can make mini pies
of most of their favorite flavors
for special events.

We sampled the Mexican Chocolate,
Pecan, and the Earl Grey Pies.

The night cap ended
with lots of smiles
from the food writers and influencers.

Thank You
and we'll see you at Sunset & Dine!

All of these restaurants will be at
this year's Sunset & Dine,
along with 20 other Hollywood restaurants.

This is one of the best tastings in Los Angeles,
tickets are $35
AND one of the best deals in town!

Lots of food, drink, and entertainment!

Get tickets at Sunset & Dine Today
and we'll see you on September 1st
at Blessed Sacrament, 6636 Selma Ave., Hollywood.

Thank You!
Genevieve Haines
Joe Mariani
Kerry Morrison
Nerissa Silao
Devin Strecker

NOTE:  I was a guest at the Sunset & Dine preview,
I thank the restaurants for their hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Unless otherwise noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi