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Parsnip - Romanian in Highland Park

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If you follow me, you know I love dumplings.
Almost every country has some sort of dumpling and I want to try as many different ones as possible.
Today is Romanian!
A coworker told me about this small cafe  that serves Romanian comfort food  on York Blvd in Highland Park.
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Gomboți Dumpling
Served with sour cream.

Inside a Gomboți
A potato dumpling with cheese, parsley and green onions.
Bulz Dumplings 


Inside a Bulz Dumpling 

Polenta dumplings filled with cheese, red peppers and sauerkraut.Gluten-Free

Beef Goulash 
You have the option to have it with Polenta or Veggie Barley Pilaf


Beef Goulash  with Veggie Barley Pilaf
Slow braised beef in a spiced paprika  broth with root vegetables and served  with Veggie Barley Pilaf (my option)
It’s Great with the Sour Cream.

Chicken Paprikash Bowl with Polenta (or Veggie Barley Pilaf)
Chicken in a creamy tomato red pepper sauce served over creamy polenta.



This is a small neighborhood cafe that serves Romanian comfort food. They have a couple of tables inside, wit…

Mh Zh - Contemporary Israeli in Silver Lake

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Mh Zh (Opened in 2017)
Pronounced “mah zeh”which is loosely translated to “what is it?” in Hebrew.
This is a very casual place, a contemporary Israeli restaurant, most of the tables are outside  on the sidewalk (a few inside).
Before Mh Zh opened in this space on Sunset Blvd., it was a tiny pizza place that I went to a couple of times.  I had a friend making pizzas and he said the vegan one wasn’t bad.  Guess it wasn’t good enough to stay open...


Their menu is on brown paper bags, Love It!
I’ve been here twice and haven’t had a bad dish.

If you go with a group and want everything, “Fire Menu” for $125.


Bling Bling Hummus with rustic bread.
Each time I go, I get two orders...

Pickled Vegetables 

Tahini 

Frisée Salad with Duqqa and aged English Cheddar 

Grilled Beets with Hazelnuts
This was one of my favorites

Roasted Potatoes 
Served on a brown paper bag.

Braised Red Cabbage with watermelon radish.
Usually I don’t like red cabbage dishes, but this was good.

Roasted Sweet Potato 
My mom would love this dish!

Branzino 

Bavel (New) - Middle Eastern in DTLA

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I’ve been waiting for Bavel to open in DTLA.
Bavel opened in the Artist District  in April 2018.
A Middle Eastern restaurant, from the team at Bestia.

Lemonade Time!
Sparkling lemonades to start:
SAFFRONpink lemonade with pomegranate & cinnamon
BISMARKclassic lemonade with date syrup


Duck ‘Nduja Hummus
with creamy garbanzo beans, jerusalem mix spice, herbs
It’s as good as it looks!
Don’t forget to mix in the cilantro...

Fried Pita

Purple Butter Lettuce Salad 
with rose water buttermilk vinaigrette,  turnips and za'atar


Middle Eastern Aged Meats
Loved the prosciutto with pistachio.

Chicken Liver Flatbread 
with merguez spice, caramelized onions, sour sumac onions and fresh dill.
I would’ve never thought to putchicken livers on a flatbread,but it was really good!

Grilled Octopus 
With herbed yogurt, fried squid ink pita, capers, smoked paprika oil and turmeric pickled onions.

Wagyu Beef Cheek Tajine
with braised cheeks, chiles, preserved lemon, turnips, green garbanzo and a side of couscous.
The beef was …

Lunch at DreamWorks Animation Studio - Glendale

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Coming from the entertainment industry, I've been to DreamWorks Animation Studio in Glendale a few times. 
I've actually worked for a few of their executives in another life at a different entertainment company.

Once you enter the main gate and park,  you pass the fountain near the Campanile Theater and you’re at the commissary.
BUT, before lunch...  With Po from Kung Fu Panda

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Today's Lunch:  Tandoori Turkey with Basmati Rice and Roasted Cauliflower.
I guess no one in the kitchen noticed that there's no color on the plate. I would've opted for a different vegetable.
It was tasty tho...


Thanks DreamWorks Animation!



Photos by Jay Terauchi Jay Eats Worldwide  (c) Jay Terauchi

Kaiseki Bento Box (New) at Necco Restaurant

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I was invited to a sneak peek of the new Kaiseki Bento Box at Necco Japanese Tapas Restaurant in West LA.

Kaiseki Bento Box
The traditional Japanese set was created by Chef Kenji Koyama and this 3 Tier set debuts on September 1, 2017.
I know what a Bento Box is, what's Kaiseki?
Without going into a lot of details, it's a traditional Japanese multi-course meal, featuring a simmered item, a fried item, a grilled item, etc.
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Vegetable Tier
Yaki Nasu:  Grilled Eggplant (Top Left) House-made Pickles (Top Right) Lotus Root & Gobo Root  with Sesame Dressing (Bottom Left) Okra Nori Goma Ae:  Okra with sesame sauce and topped with gogi berry. (Bottom Right)
The okra with the sesame sauce was amazing and cooked just right, great flavor too. The eggplant was very traditional  with a dash of grated ginger.

Fish/Meat Tier
Albacore Nanban:  Lightly fried with a sweet sour sauce. (Top Right) Yuan Yaki Style Cod:  A miso glazed cod  (Bottom - under Lotus Root) Wagyu Beef with Balsamic Soy (Top Left…

Touchdown at Trejo's Donuts!

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You've probably seen this  badass on the side of the building in Hollywood.

Yup, Trejo's Donuts!

Today, instead of being busy with customers, it was filled with media folks for a special announcement.

Lots of media was here, lots!

Media from Russia was here too!
Rams' fans in Russia???
It could happen!

Danny Trejo (Right) and Los Angeles Rams' #76 Rodger Saffold (Left) announce the Los Angeles Rams Donut at Trejo's Donuts in Hollywood.

Available only on game days.

Perfect for any Rams' fan!

IF you happen to be there on a non-game day, they still have some tasty donuts.

Margarita 
with Tequila, lime and salt.
It does taste like a Margarita!

Abuelita
A Raised Donut with dark chocolate  and chocolate crumbled.

Cafe con Leche
A Raised Donut with Trejo's espresso, vanilla and chocolate crumble. 

Pineapple Fritter
A Raised Donut with Pineapple and cinnamon.
Danny Trejo said it was a favorite of his.

Great tasting drinks and merch too...
The vegan Horchata is actually  very tasty, it's swee…