Monday, September 15, 2014

Ramen Monday - Little Tokyo Hakata Ramen - September 15th

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It's Ramen Monday!

Last week was the celebration of Shin Sen Gumi's 3rd Anniversary
of their Little Tokyo location and had their Hakata Ramen for $3 a bowl!!!
(9/8 to 9/11)

I usually don't go to Shin-Sen-Gumi's promotions
because a lot of people show up.

But this was a bit different, I was in the area
AND could have a late lunch / early dinner today.

Met up with a couple of friends and didn't
have to wait long (about 20 mins at 2 pm)

We didn't get a table, but did sit at the counter
overlooking the kitchen.

Not really a line to get in this afternoon,
but at least they were prepared
(1:50 pm Tuesday)

See What Jay Eats...

Hakata Ramen
$3 a bowl

AND they offered Extra Noodle too.

Photo Courtesy of Conan O'Brien
Keizo Shimamoto explains the proper
way to eat ramen on
Conan O'Brien

Watch it HERE

Happy 3rd Anniversary
Little Tokyo!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Upcoming September 626 Night Market - 2014

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This is the 3rd and Final 626 Night Market
at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia for 2014.

Celebrating the End of Summer!

Here's what I'm looking forward to this weekend...

Photo Courtesy of Oh Thit!
Rainbow Tacos
from Oh Thit! 

A lemongrass pork grilled to perfection with fresh cabbage,
onions, cilantro, topped with the special Oh Thit! sauce
on a warm corn tortilla.

I did get to sample the work-in-progress version
and THAT was good OR should I say "Thit!" was good!

I love tacos, this one had a nice kick with the flavorful pork.

20" Satay
(The longest satay at a Night Market)
from Aunty Merry 

Chicken, Angus Beef, and Chicken Curry satay available.

I've had their satay and Indonesian corn at a previous 626
and was very good.  

This week has been quite warm and just thought to check
the weather for this weekend in the San Gabriel Valley.

It's Gonna be a Hot One!

Here's some items to cool down 
with at this weekend's 626...

Our friends at Pop'D Up (E37)
have some great drinks and popsicles
to cool down on a warm evening.

You must checkout their Thai popsicle maker,
it's amazing how it works and yet such a simple concept.

A "Must Try" is the Thai tea with boba.  Also, fresh watermelon,
young coconut, and green tea popsicles.

Another product to cool down with this weekend is

Sample this pudding for FREE
just for my followers

Print the above coupon for a FREE Soy Pudding
and sign up for AFC Soy Foods' newsletter HERE

Bring the coupon to the AFC Soy Foods' Booth
at 626 Night Market and redeem for a FREE Soy Pudding
(see coupon for complete details)

Tell them that Chef Jay says Hello!

My favorite flavor is the Lychee.
It reminds me of the lychee tree in 
my grandparents backyard in Hawaii.
Now you know the background story... 

Photo Courtesy of Chilly Ribbons
Their Watermelon (non-dairy) shaved snow
was really good and nice on a hot day
from Chilly Ribbons

Look for their booth, you might even get snowed on...

100% Real Lemonade
with pure cane sugar


At night, you get a blinking ice cube too!

Photo Courtesy of Fluff Ice
My friends at Fluff Ice always
have something cool and refreshing
and are a 626 favorite.

My favorite is the peach fluff ice...

(This week was the Apple announcement
and the 3rd year of Steve Jobs' passing.
In his memory)

One more thing...

Ahi Tuna Poke Tacos
with Uni
at Mama Musubi 

We added some sea urchin
on the last day of the August 626.
With such a large demand and direct messages,
we decided to do ahi poke tacos again
and offer them with UNI this time!
(See the dream sequence on Instagram HERE)

It's great on a hot day...

I guess dreams do come true at 626!

NOTE:  This is my collaboration with Mama Musubi

See you at 626!

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Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007

Friday, Sept 12:  4pm - 1 am
Saturday, Sept 13:  4pm - 1 am
Sunday, Sept 14:  4pm - 10 pm
(some vendors will not be there on Sunday)

See the 626 Night Market vendor map HERE

Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Ramen Monday - The Original Ramen Burger L.A. Grand Opening - September 8th

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This is a special edition of Ramen Monday, 
the Grand Opening of The Original Ramen Burger L.A.
Friday, September 5, 2014
The Grand Opening!

The Original Ramen Burger team set up shop
in the kitchen at Lock and Key on Vermont Ave in KTown.

You can order from the takeout window,
or go inside Lock and Key
and can order at a table or the bar.

If you follow me, you saw some behind-the-scenes
of the pre-opening tasting HERE

If not, follow me on Twitter and Instagram

The Ramen Burger creator, Keizo Shimamoto,
was in town for an appearance on Conan O'Brien 
on Thursday, September 4th.

After the taping on Thursday,
about 30 studio audience members
showed up to buy a Ramen Burger.

I have a feeling there'll be a lot people
from out-of-town in line...

If you missed the show,
watch it HERE

See What Jay Eats...

The Grand Opening Party
was at Lock and Key,
beer provided by Asahi Beer.

I love Super Dry!

It's been a year since I've seen my friend.
Got to congratulate him in person
for all of his successes and looking forward
to what's next.

Ramen Burgers at the party
and Keizo didn't have to cook tonight...

Jeffrey Shimamoto
introducing his younger brother and
Ramen Burger creator, Keizo.

Keizo Shimamoto introducing the Conan clip

Watching the Conan clip from Thursday's appearance.

Video Courtesy of Kristie Hang,
if you couldn't figure it out by now...
Keizo officially opens 
"The Original Ramen Burger L.A."

Although you can order a Ramen Burger outside at the window,
you can also order one inside at Lock and Key.
(Ramen Burger with an egg and La Sriracha Macha)

239 S. Vermont Ave (at 3rd St)
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 380-2399

Check website for hours,
Closed Mondays

Go Ramen! Go Life!

Thank You!
Jeffrey Shimamoto
Keizo Shimamoto
Miho Shimamoto
Ramen Burger LA Team

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Video Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

The NEW Monchie Bar by Onch Movement

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I got to sample the New chocolate bar from celeb designer and artist, Onch of Onch Movement.  Some of you may know him from designing wearable art and working with clients such as Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian, and Nicki Minaj.

Introducing Onch Movement's Monchie Bar

A white chocolate bar with gummy bears, sour patch kids,
and some fruity pepples.

Onch designed the blinged out wrapper too.

The Monchie Bar
(Front and back of the box)

Overall, it had texture, color, and chewy pieces.
I'm not a white chocolate fan,
but it was colorful and whimsical.
IMO, I think it needed more crunchies 
to balance it out all of the chewy pieces.
My suggestion is to add in some rice krispies.

You can order the Monchie Bar online HERE
On the shelf 
at Sweet! Candy Shop
(Hollywood and Highland)

Hollywood and Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(213) 663-0486

Thank You
for allowing me to sample the new product

NOTE:  I was provided with the Monchie Bar and thank them
for allowing me to sample the product.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.   

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sushi Akatora in Manhattan Beach

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If you're a fan of Katsu Manhattan Beach,
you know the restaurant has closed and
reopened under a new name.

Photo Courtesy of Sushi Akatora
The space was taken over by
restauranteur Michael Cardenas
of Sushi Roku and Lazy Ox. 
Sushi Akatora has a new rustic look
and the menu has an izakaya focus.

Don't worry, you can still get sushi.

See What Jay Eats...

Arrived for dinner and sat at the sushi bar.

Halibut Carpaccio

Thinly sliced halibut sashimi with yuzu pepper
and pink peppercorns.

I love a good Halibut with a simple preparation.

 Brussels Sprouts

Quick sautéed with Akatora original
Asian rya-yu

A bit crunchy

 Kobe Beef Corn Dogs
Kobe beef corn dog with
dijon mustard and ketchup

Not exactly fair food, but an upscale
version of this American favorite.
I really liked the house made Kobe beef corn dog.

It was good seeing my friend Chef Katsu 
and having him serve really good sushi.  

If you stop in, say hello to him for me.

Black Sea Breem sushi
served two ways.

It was the first time I've had
a Black Sea Breem
(that I can remember)
and was very good.

 Santa Barbara Uni

Nuff said...

 Finishing up with two of my favorites,
Sea Urchin and Spanish Mackerel sushi.

The end to a beautiful day
and meal at Sushi Akatora

I'll be back again!

302 Rosecrans Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 802-1131

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Unless noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
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