Monday, January 18, 2016

Buccumi Pizzeria & Raw Bar in Rowland Heights

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The second week in January is National Pizza Week,
thought it was fitting to celebrate at the new
Buccumi Pizzeria & Raw Bar in Rowland Heights.

Buccumi Pizzeria is from the same people
as Mokkoji (hot pot) in Arcadia.

Happy National Pizza Week!

Pork Belly & Guanciale Pizza
with chili dressing, romaine, mozzarella, 
Calabrian pepper, and roasted garlic.

One of the many speciality pizzas
at Buccumi

I was invited to sample their new menu,
so let the tasting begin!

See What Jay Eats...

Photo by Kristie Hang
 You'll see the Raw Bar as you walk in.

A fried 'Fanny Bay' oyster
served with a remoulade

 Bresaola Carpaccio
with arugula, truffle oil, parmesan,
and balsamic reduction.

I could have eaten two orders of these...

 One of the many craft sodas
and mocktails.

Check the Red Board
for specials, it's a must order.

 Corn-Clam Chowder
with bacon, popcorn, and seaweed powder

Great flavor

 Farro & Apple Salad
with candied walnut, ricotta, romaine, and arugula
with a honey vinaigrette.

Buccumi Caprese
with burrata, roast garlic, heirloom cherry tomato,
basil pesto, balsamic, and shaved Parmigiano.

This was a table pleaser,
we were all fighting for the burrata

Photo by Kristie Hang 
All of the pasta is made in house.

Fresh pasta makes a difference,
even in simple dishes.

 Buccumi Special
with squid ink bucatini, guanciale, clams,
shrimp, calamari, mussels, tobiko, and basil,
in a tomato sauce.

If you love seafood, you'd really like this dish,
cause I did!

Photo by Kristie Hang
Out of the wood-burning pizza oven comes...

 The Soy-Braised Short Rib Pizza
with melted leek, roasted garlic, and mozzarella

Happy National Pizza Week!

A pizza I enjoyed and would order again.

 This pizza is served with a beef jus
and was a nice touch with the short rib.

Wasn't sure if you were supposed to
dip the slice or pour over.
I think I did both, either way it was good.

We finished off the tasting with
green tea truffles

Photo by Kristie Hang
Thank You Buccumi Pizzeria for having us!

One of the things I look for at a new restaurant
is something that's a standout dish or
speciality menu item.  Buccumi has a few items
that I would come back for again and again.

They have a wood-burning oven and make
pasta in-house.  Everything is pretty much
made on-site, except for the seafood.

If you like seafood, I recommend the Buccumi Special,
the Buccumi Caprese (I love burrata), and the Soy-Braised
Short Rib pizza.  These were some of my favorites
of the evening. 

With a lot of Asian cuisine at the YES Plaza,
this is one of those hidden gems, if you love seafood, 
pizza, and pasta.

18162 Colima Avenue
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 810-6060

Thank You!
Buccumi Pizzeria & Raw Bar
Kristie Hang

NOTE:  I was a guest of Buccumi Pizzeria & Raw Bar.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

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

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Pasadena - Tatsunoya Ramen

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Welcome to Pasadena!

 If you love ramen and are in the San Gabriel Valley,
you need to checkout Tatsunoya Ramen
on Fair Oaks in Pasadena.

 Just one block North of Colorado Blvd
in Old Pasadena.

 Tatsunoya Ramen is from Japan
and this is their first U.S. location.

I'm glad that this Japanese company didn't
open in an area with other ramen restaurants,
such as West Los Angeles (Sawtelle Blvd) or
the South Bay (Torrance/Gardena).
Those areas are over-staurated with ramen places.

I became aware of Tatsunoya Ramen
 I was able to sample their tonkotsu ramen
and remembered that I really enjoyed this one
from the Ramen Yokocho Festival.

Want to see more of the Ramen Yokocho Festival,
click HERE for March 2014 at Santa Anita Park

September 2013 Ramen Yokocho Festival
in Torrance, click HERE

See What Jay Eats...

 Tatsunoya Roll
with pork chashu

We skipped the gyoza to sample a sushi roll.
This roll had pink rice and pork chashu inside,
the pork was a bit overcooked tho.
Since this was the first day, I'm sure it will get
adjusted in the future.

 Koku Ramen

Tonkotsu broth
with my favorite thin noodles.

It was a good broth and welcome
addition to Pasadena.

Macha Custard with Hazel nuts
for dessert.

I'm glad that there's now a decent ramen
restaurant in Pasadena and a place
I'll come back to.

16 N Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 432-1768

Lunch Hours:  11 am - 3 pm
Dinner Hours:  11 am - 11 pm

Holiday hours will vary, call restaurant.

Tomoko Imade Dyen
Mikitaka Nagamatsu
Tatsunoya Ramen

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of Tatsunoya Ramen.
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

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Pasadena - Afters Ice Cream

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When I asked co-workers if they've heard of
Afters Ice Cream, they gave me a blank stare.

I mentioned that maybe some of their friends had
posted pictures of the milky bun from Orange County,
still nothing.

Another person overheard my description
and said "ice cream donut!"
and then heads started nodding and smiles emerged.

Well, the 'ice cream donut' has arrived
in Pasadena!

 Afters Ice Cream owners (from L)
David Ly, Scott Nghiem, and Andy Nguyen
opening their 5th location in Pasadena.

I've visited the original Afters' location in
Fountain Valley and had their ice cream
on a few occasions.

A wide range of flavors and toppings,
a very popular late night sweet snack.

A couple of blocks East of Pasadena City College
on Green Street
and just North of Cal Tech,
it doesn't get any sweeter...

Located at the old 'Motordogs' location.
I mentioned to the owners, although I miss
Motordogs' fries, I'm glad that the milky bun
is closer to home...

See What Jay Eats...

What do I order?
Their signature Milky Bun,
glazed or un-glazed,
that IS the question...

If you can't decide on which ice cream flavor,
you can order it "half and half" with two
different flavors for an additional 50 cents.

Cookie Monster ice cream
is vanilla, chocolate chip cookies, and fudge.
Oh and bright blue.
This one is topped with fruity pebbles.

If the Milky Bun isn't your thing,
don't worry, they also serve
scoops of ice cream too.

Read Kristie Hang's Grand Opening 
LAist article HERE

1265 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91106

Hours:  12 noon - 12 midnight

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Friday, December 18, 2015

Long Beach - The Halal Guys Opening!

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Another Southern California opening
of The Halal Guys from New York!

If you've been following me, 
you know that I'm a fan
and at their opening in October.

With the opening of the 2nd location
in Southern California in Long Beach,
I was invited to get a sneak peak at this location. 

Grand Opening on January 2, 2016!

Besides staff training,
the media was invited
to sample why their lines
are so long in NYC.

On past trips to NYC,
The Halal Guys' cart
was always a late night stop.
Now, I don't need to travel 2,500 miles.

 A platter with everything,
including a falafel.

Gotta love the famous White Sauce

 Choice of gyro (beef), chicken, and falafel.
You can choose 1 or 2 items

Each platter comes with rice, pita, lettuce & tomatoes
and served with their famous white sauce 
and red sauce (hot).

Fresh-Cut Fries 

Get it with sauce!

 Tabbouleh Salad

Only available at the Long Beach location
for the time being.

 If the platter seems like too much food,
you can get the sandwich version.

The sandwich version is
served in a pita with lettuce & tomatoes
and one of the above proteins,
along with the sauces.

 Although tonight was a test run,
the staff did a great job 
and ready for the Grand Opening
on January 2, 2016.

One more thing...

Can't leave without dessert!

If you're in the Long Beach area,
checkout The Halal Guys,
near CSULB.

This location will be open until 2 am

More White Sauce Please...

1804 Ximeno Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

Grand Opening January 2, 2016!

Read my post on their Costa Mesa location HERE

Thank You!
Thomas Phan
Jennifer Morris

NOTE:  I was a guest of The Halal Guys
and 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, December 11, 2015

Picnic L.A. in Culver City

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December in Los Angeles
is Picnic time!

Let me explain...

A new casual concept just opened in Culver City,
just steps from Sony Studios,
called Picnic LA.

This concept offers a menu
with an emphasis on seasonal vegetables,
composed salads, and well prepared proteins
in a casual 'picnic' manner.

Photo by Picnic LA
You move down the line and select 
your components, they're either
plated or packed for a picnic.

See What Jay Eats...

On this day, I chose the following:

Farro & Roasted Brussels Sprouts
with pickled shallots, peanuts, thai basil,
and mint.

Prosciutto & Fuyu Persimmons
with jalapeƱos 

Chef Alex Resnick mentioned that
the menu depends on the availability
of fresh products.  Something that you
can taste in the food.

Photo by Picnic LA
Toasted Barley & Butternut Squash
with sunflower seeds, harissa, and cilantro.
(vegan and slightly spicy)

Lots of vegan options here

Oil-Poached Salmon

Co-Founder, Eliot Silver, says
the proteins will change regularly
and the daily menu is available
on their website.

"Picnics on Demand" is available
for take-out and they have
a dedicated register in the back,
avoid the line at the door...

My Picnic LA lunch with
(cold pressed apple, lemon,
ginger, and cayenne)

Co-Founder, Eliot Silver, informed
us of their "Prix Fixe" Picnic Lunch.
You pick the components within
the sets.  See their website
for Prix Fixe combinations HERE

Other goodies I sampled

 Farmers' Market Crudite
with seasonal vegetables and served
with a buttermilk dip

Loved how this crudite
was displayed and served.

Photo by Picnic LA
Roasted Beets

Always a favorite
and a good one here.


They have a variety of desserts too.
Check their online menu
for the daily selection.

Everything served here can be packed
for a picnic.  Also, checkout their
'retail' picnic items.

This is a new concept that is an
upscale market-driven menu,
there's something for everyone.

I really liked how the
food is displayed
and served.

9900 Culver Blvd, Unit 1B
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-3388

Thank You!
Alex Resnick
Eliot Silver
Brad Zions

NOTE:  I was a guest of Picnic LA.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

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