Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recap - August 2014 626 Night Market

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It's August 626 Night Market Time
at Santa Anita Park.

If you've followed me, you know I love
going to one place and getting to try lots
and lots of food.  626 Night Market is like
a food Disneyland, over 130 food vendors!

Crazy, Right?


See What Jay Eats...

Roasted Corn, Pork Skewers, and Filet Mignon Skewers
on the grill from Oh Thit!


They make one of the most flavorful
thit nuong (grilled pork) I've had,
you can taste the lemongrass.  So good!

Not sure if I can talk about it,
but Oh Thit! is working on a new menu item for September.
Stay Tuned!

With 626 Night Market founder, Jonny Hwang.

We're talking food, the 626, and Maui.


The Tasting Menu

Sauce creator, Lincoln Lee, put together a sampler
to show the versatility of his sauce.

Top row from the left:  Diablo eggs and toast, triple-fried chicken 
and gravy with waffle crumble, and infused watermelon 
seared with LSM.

Bottom row from the left:  A Korean sweet and fiery sesame 
filet mignon tartare and oyster on the half shell. 


It was a great plate of food!



Photo Courtesy of Ramen Burger
The main reason why I like La Sriracha Macha (LSM)
is it's not just a Hot Sauce.  It has flavors that
enhance what you put on it.

Currently available online HERE 


Speaking of La Sriracha Macha...
Photo Courtesy of Mama Musubi
Mama Musubi did a collaboration with La Sriracha Macha
and created a special sweet La Sriracha Macha SPAM Musubi.

I love combinations of flavors and this
one was sweet and spicy
with SPAM, the luncheon meat
and not flooding your inbox. 

A twist on a classic SPAM musubi and I enjoyed it!


A chocolate mochi puff,
only available from Mama Musubi 

This one has some chocolate chips inside
and since it's coconut cream,
it's dairy free and very good.



The other Mochi Puff flavors are (from the top)
Mango, Yuzu (Japanese citrus), Green Tea, Chocolate, and Strawberry.
available from Mama Musubi.



Yellowfin Tuna Poke Tacos

Tuna, sweet onions, scallions, sesame seeds,
in a special wasabi soy sauce and topped
with a dash of Hawaiian salt.

NOTE:  This was a collaboration with Mama Musubi


If you haven't been following 626 Night Market veteran
Kristie Hangyou've been missing out on the new
stuff.  Yes, the media followers her too...

See Kristie's LA Weekly article:
"5 Tasty Reasons to hit Up the Next 626 Night Market"



The Churro Dream
"Home of the Sugar Crunch Waffle"

Can't resist a good waffle with ice cream!



It was a warm weekend,
but if you had sunscreen on and kept hydrated, 
it was a great food weekend!



Fried Egg Tofu

It was the first time I had fried EGG tofu, was really good.


Did you get to sample the Soy Pudding for FREE




For September's 626 Night Market,
be sure to sign up and printout your coupon
for a FREE soy pudding sample


With over 130 food vendors,
too many good choices...



Following Kristie Hang's lead, we were directed to Puffect 


 Horchata Macaroons
from Puffect.

Who doesn't like macaroons?


The Banzai Jerky Bacon Egg Puff
from Puffect.

A collaboration between Banzai Jerky and Puffect.
Bacon jerky in a Hong Kong style waffle.

I Loved the Bacon and ate the whole thing...



The NegiMiso Dog 
from JapaDog.

A Turkey sausage and Miso sauce topped
with shredded cabbage and green onions.

The bun was toasted (which I like) but by the
time I was able to eat it, the sauce was soaked up
by the bun and a bit soggy.
It's not their fault, I was busy with orders
and didn't have a chance to eat it right away.

I'll have to try it again, but I do like their TeriMayo dog.



McDonald's McCafe
had Mango Pineapple Smoothie samples

Either that straw is really big or...



The Asahi Beer Garden



As usual, the original Ramen Burger had the
longest line of the event.

This weekend's special menu item
was a Chicken Ramen Burger
with Keizo's special chicken sauce.

We got one with everything and 
they had a hard time wrapping it,
cause it was so big...

Another Hit!

It's been about a year since Keizo Shimamoto created
the Ramen Burger.  People have lined up in Brooklyn,
Southern California, and even in Hawaii for this Original.
It's unfortunate that others have copied it.  Based on 
the comments I've seen, consumers are unimpressed 
with these copies and are the real losers, thinking they're 
having the original Ramen Burger.


Elote in a cup
from Got Corn?

Mexican style corn with mayo and butter,
with a dash of cheese AND I put in
some lemon juice too.

I forgot to bring my La Sriracha Macha...

Corn with a C!
#cornporn


Clam Chowder
from Lobsta Truck

It hit the spot on a late Sunday night!



Churros

Comes with two dipping sauces,
I opted for chocolate and raspberry.

Something sweet to end the night
and the August 626 Night Market.


One More Thing...


Dream Sequence...

Mama Musubi's Poke Taco 
topped with sea urchin.

It could happen, right?

Well, it does appears that dreams do come
true at the 626 Night Market.

The last 5 orders of poke tacos on Sunday night
were topped with sea urchin,
BONUS!

Follow Mama Musubi on Facebook
for the September 626 menu HERE.

NOTE:  This was a collaboration with Mama Musubi



It's nice see old friends, meet new ones,
and have some good food.


See You in September!





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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Recap - Nisei Week Ramen Yokocho - 2014

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During the Nisei Week celebration in Little Tokyo,
there was a Ramen Yokocho Festival
("Yokocho" is Japanese for "Alley Way").

In Japan, there are alley ways packed with ramen shops
right next to each other.

This weekend was busy for me,
I'm also working the 626 Night Market
in Arcadia.  But didn't want to miss the 
The Nisei Week Ramen Yokocho.


We got here early on Saturday
to find short lines.

It was a hot day and probably had more people
in the evening when it cooled down.


 Our first stop was Shoki Ramen House
from Sacramento.


They served a soy milk broth with tomato noodles,
which I heard are gluten-free, with mushrooms,
tomatoes, and greens.

I loved the use of vegetables and liked the noodles.
The broth was good, but without any protein
fat, not a lot of rich flavor.  It was light and
I get it.  If I lived in Sacramento, I would order
this on a regular basis.


Enjoying Shoki Ramen
with the tomato noodles.

I wore the wrong shirt to the wrong food event,
there are just too many food events going on...


Next up was Tsujita...

They served a special pork and fish broth,
which is not served in their Los Angeles restaurants.

A bit too much fish for me.


From Iroha, a Toyama Black Shoyu Ramen.

It was a cool sounding name, thought to give it a try...


Iroha's Toyama Black Shoyu Ramen

You know I was loving the green onions!
I really enjoyed this one.


Planning for the heat, lots of tents,
tables and chairs were set up.

They filled up pretty quick...


Our last bowl was from Shin Sen Gumi.
It was a special Satsuma Ramen
from Kyushu, Kagoshima.

A chicken, pork, and vegetable broth
with thick noodles.

I'm not a thick noodle fan, so this wasn't
a favorite of mine.


Someone awhile ago asked me if Shin Sen Gumi
has a food truck?  I don't think this is what she had
in mind when she asked me.


If ramen isn't your thing, try takoyaki or kushikatsu perhaps...

I haven't had a good kushikatsu since my last
trip to Japan.



 Kushikatsu is skewered items
dipped in batter and rolled in panko
before deep frying.

This was a very good kushikatsu.



Asparagus, chicken wing, zucchini, and
forgot what the 4th piece is.

Visit them in West Los Angeles


Kushikatsu Tanaka
2004 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 575-1555


I wished I had more time to try more
ramen and some of the other food.
I also missed the gyoza eating contest too.
Unfortunately, I was cooking at the 626 Night Market
and couldn't stay too long.


Follow Ramen Yokocho HERE

The next Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho
is October 18 & 19, 2014
at the Pomona Fairgrounds.


Arigato!
Tomoko Imade Dyen
Ramen Yokocho


Heading back over to 
626 Night Market...
See more HERE 



NOTE:  I was a guest of Ramen Yokocho and 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, August 12, 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey and Film Inspired Dishes

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In April, I was invited to Dodger Stadium to sample the new menu items at the ballpark for the 2014 season.  As much as I love baseball and food, movies are a very close second.  Before my involvement in the food industry, I began my marketing career at The Walt Disney Studios. After 10 years in the entertainment industry, I went to cooking school and the rest is history.



I was invited to see a special screening of "The Hundred-Foot Journey." After seeing the one sheet (industry jargon for movie poster), it's executive produced by Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, and distributed by my old company, The Walt Disney Studios.  


Photo Courtesy of ArcLight Cinemas
We arrived at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood
and were directed into a private area.


 Besides the movie screening, we are getting
a behind-the-scenes preview of the 
new menu items at ArcLight's Cafe.
(New items debut September 2014)

It's been about 2 years since I've last been to the ArcLight Hollywood.
I forgot how progressive they are in having props from
actual films in the lobby, merchandising, and of course...food!
Not the typical concession type food, but real food.


See What Jay Eats...

Pacific Ceviche

Local halibut, citrus (orange, lemon, and lime), watermelon,
tomato, shallot, cilantro, and jalapeño on a crispy tortilla.

I love ceviche and this was a very good one.
  
I do want to try their Ahi Tuna Poke next time.
If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter,
I'm kind of a poke snob, especially spending
summers with family in Hawaii.


 The Classic ArcLight Salad

Organic greens, chopped chicken breast, Applewood smoked bacon,
provolone cheese, corn, grape tomato, green onions, 
with homemade ranch dressing.

This salad couldn't be a more perfect fit for me,
had all of my favorites.


 
Spicy Southwestern Cheeseburger

Certified Angus Beef on a Portuguese bun with
cheddar cheese, crispy Fresno chili, and barbecue sauce.

You might say, OK, so they have a burger...
The incredible thing here is what you can't see,
the burger patty just melts in your mouth.
How can that be?  They use a blend of different
Angus beef cuts that makes this burger a true winner.
This was a real surprise of the evening.

I would come back just for the burger!


Next is Course #4,
 the palate cleanser.
Chocolate Martini

WAIT!
This isn't the palate cleanser...

But very good

Did you know
the director of "The Hundred-Foot Journey",
Lasse Hallstrom, also directed "Chocolat"?

Now you can see why the chocolate martini was mentioned.



Intermezzo - Sorbet
(Raspberry)

OK, THIS is the palate cleanser!


 Time to taste some dishes inspired by the movie
we'll be seeing in just a few...


 Chicken Tandoori

Skewered chicken breast with an Indian spiced yogurt marinade, 
served with a cilantro-shallot vinaigrette.

Inspired by the cuisine from the film.
In the ArcLight Cafe, they will be Tandoori chicken wings. 



Photo by Kristie Hang
Being interviewed by JD Cargill for ArcLight Stories

To see the ArcLight Stories'
"Celebration of Food and Film"
Click HERE

Enough of my shameless self promotion,
let's get back to the food...


Beef Bourguinon a la Hassan

Short rib, pearl onions, and mushrooms in a red wine sauce. 

As I'm watching the film, I could almost taste it.
Oh yeah, I did!


 A Banana Cardamom Creme Brûlée

I really love Cardamom (mentioned in the film) 
and this creme brûlée had the right amount 
and was a great ending to tonight's tasting menu.


The new menu items were an interest to all of us.



Time to get our popcorn and head into the theatre
for tonight's feature. 


You had me a caramel corn! 


The film began when the last person in our group sat down.

It reminded me of my days at The Walt Disney Studios.
Without popcorn tho... 
(No snacks in the screening rooms)


Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang

Look who's still eating...

The cool thing about ArcLight Cinemas, they have a 21+ theater,
you can bring in a glass of wine or cocktail from the bar.

It's not just about soda, popcorn, and candy...


See the Movie Trailer HERE

I don't want to spoil it for anyone who wants to see it.

All I'll say...
I was happy, sad, reminded me of working with
a French chef, and this film got me very hungry.
I enjoyed it!

According to Fandango, the opening weekend
gross for this film was $11.1 million and 
was #4 for the weekend of August 8 - 10, 2014.


If you haven't been to an ArcLight Cinema,
you should check out this Hollywood location.

 A bird's eye view of the cafe, bar area, and main lobby.


Checkout the beverage menu at the bar,
they have film inspired cocktails.

They're also introducing a new wine list too.


Coffee, lattes, and shopping too...


"This place has got everything"
                                                                   
                                                                    Jake Blues
                                                   The Blues Brothers



Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Before leaving the theater, I was cast for a
cameo in @TammyLaLaLand's Tastemade video.
See it HERE

I'm such a geek!


The New menu items will debut 
September 2014


See You at the Movies!


ArcLight Cinema Hollywood
6360 West Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 464-1478



Thank You!
ArcLight Cinemas
Brianna Chavez
JD Cargill
Tait Forman
Gretchen McCourt
Stephanie Mussell
Steven Ramskill




NOTE:  I was a guest of ArcLight Cinemas and 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