Friday, June 17, 2016

What I'm Looking Forward to at the Opening of Smorgasburg LA - 2016

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June 18, 2016

I had a conversation with a friend who asked me which
food event I was going to attend this weekend?

I told him that I was going to be busy most of the weekend,
but I was going to the opening of Smorgasburg LA
on Sunday (Father's Day).

I had been to the original Smorgasburg in Brooklyn
and the food was fantastic!

Mario Batali called Smorgasburg "The single greatest
thing I've seen gastronomically in New York City."

It's now in Los Angeles!

The famous Ramen Burger got it's start
at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn.

See some of my Smorgasburg pics from Brooklyn

Not being too familiar with the food vendors at
Smorgasburg, my friend asked what am I looking forward
to on Opening Day?

Besides my friends and LA favorites:

Guerrilla Tacos
Mama Musubi
Ramen Burger
TJ's Tacos

Here's what I'm looking forward to at Smorg LA:

There's nothing like fried mozzarella cheese
and marinara sauce.

This was one of my favorites at Smorgasburg
in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) and making their
L.A. debut at Smorg.

 Photo by Rucker's Pie

I've been waiting for Nicole's pies for awhile,
ever since I got to taste her Strawberry - Rhubarb pie
at an event in Hollywood earlier this year.

You may know her from the donuts at Cofax.
IMHO, I think her pies are even better.

 Photo by Raindrop Cake

Although I've had a Raindrop Cake before,
I think it's one of those desserts that
you need to try.

It does taste like a raindrop,
whatever a raindrop tastes like...

My suggestion is to eat the cake with the
condiments together (sweet and bitter)

The S'mores Version
with chocolate, marshmallow fluff, and
toasted marshmallows on top.

They also have a green tea version.

All Raindrop Cakes $8

Photo by Smorgasburg

Mexican Posole

Chef Ted Montoya brings a customizable
posole to Smorg LA.  I met Ted and his wife
Melissa and look forward to my customizable
bowl on Sunday.

He'll be doing tamales too.

Here's his menu
I really enjoyed it and will be back!

 Photo by Smoke Loaf & Saucer

Avocado Toast with Smoked Brisket

Got to meet a couple of the chefs,
they blew me away with their smokey
chocolate chip cookie...

Photo by Porridge and Puffs

I've been a fan of Chef Minh Phan,
and have been looking forward to her porridge.
Especially since I work during her farmers market
appearances in Hollywood.
Now I can enjoy at Smorg LA.

BTW, Jonathan Gold is a Porridge and Puff fan too...

 Maury's Bagels

A variety of bagels and toppings.

Had a whitefish with cucumbers and red onions
on a sesame bagel.

It was sooo good!

The avocado one was pretty good too.

The "CuBaoNo"
from Ichicoro

A take on a Cuban sandwich with a pressed steamed bun
with roast pork, ham, cheese, pickles, and with a Zuzu
jalapeno mayo mustard.

The Amorcito
from Todo Verde

An agua fresca with strawberry, rose, chia seeds,
and maple syrup.  Since it will be a hot one on Sunday,
time to cool down with a nice agua fresca.

If you follow me, you know I can eat tacos
all day long.  Knowing this is Smorg LA,
I knew this vendor would be really good.

I got to attend the Vendor Welcome Party
and got to sample their carnitas.
Let me tell you, it was one of the best I've had
in awhile, it was that good!

They'll be seeing a lot of me...

These are just a few of the food vendors I'm looking
forward to visiting.  There are a lot of other vendors that
I'm looking forward in trying on the Sundays I attend.

Let me know your favorites!

Besides food, there'll be shopping too,
sorry occupational hazard...

Alameda Produce Market in Downtown LA
746 Market Court
Los Angeles, CA 90021

10 am - 6 pm

Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless otherwise noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Truffle Splash - Jinya Ramen Bar Studio City

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 I've been to Jinya Ramen Bar in Studio City
a few times and recently visited their
Hollywood and Highland location.

See my Hollywood Food Tour HERE

When my food friend, Kristie Hang, invites
you to a special ramen lunch at Jinya Ramen Bar
in Studio City, you don't just go, you run!

 Reason being,
this special ramen lunch,
involves black truffles.

Yup, you heard it correct,
Black Truffles!!!

 After arriving and getting set up on the patio,
we headed over to the kitchen to watch
our special truffle ramen being put together.

Jinya's founder Tomonori Takahashi
is testing brothless menu items.

One of them being the Truffle Splash.
This limited edition, only 10 bowls per day,
is only available in Studio City
for a limited time.

 Besides the shaved black truffle,
the Truffle Splash includes pork chashu,
Brussels sprouts, onion, cheese, and half a raw egg
with thick noodles.

 Right away, the thick noodles
told me that the soup will be a thicker broth
and with the raw egg, sounds more like a carbonara.

See What Jay Eats...

 The Truffle Splash
with shaved black truffles

After it was mixed,
it had a very earthy taste,
hence the fresh truffles.

I loved the Brussels sprouts with it,
for me, it made the dish.

As I mentioned, the soup is a thick like a gravy.
(just look at that shaved truffle)

I took the rest of the broth home,
thought it would be great with some rice in it.
It was!

The "Truffle Splash" was amazing,
it should be, it has black truffles.
It also comes at a cost too,
$24 a bowl.

But, fresh truffles aren't cheap,
and you only live once
and this was definitely a treat!

Overall, this was a great dish,
although it's a riff on carbonara,
it was really good.

Management told me that the specials will
change every 2 months, so something
to look forward to...

If you want to watch Kristie's Nom Truffle Splash video,
click HERE

Thank You!

NOTE:  I was a guest of Jinya Ramen Bar,
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

Friday, June 3, 2016

UNIBOIL - Hotpot in Monterey Park

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I drive by this place all the time,
how many times have you heard that?

Well, it's true, I do.

Located at the Atlantic Times Square
in Monterey Park, right off the 10 Freeway.

This is my first visit to UNIBOIL
and I get to preview their Summer Menu.

See What Jay Eats...

 Appetizer Course

(L)  Pickled Cabbage
(C)  Black Fungus Salad with Szechuan Spicy
(R)  Lotus Root Salad with Szechuan Spicy

The Lotus Root Salad had the numbing spice
in it and was truly numbing experience...
It does go away after a minute or two.

 Pork Feet

It's similar to eating chicken feet,
but the bones are larger.

 It's Hotpot Time!
with beef, fish cakes, noodles, and corn.

Got to share this experience
with fellow food enthusiasts,
@kimlaiyingling and @eatbearded 

You may have noticed the merchandise
on the shelves behind them,
you can shop while you dine.

 Ground Pork with Mushroom Rice

served with vegetables and a boiled egg.

 Korean Army Rice

comes with chopped hot dogs and served
with an egg yolk, kim chee, and vegetables.

Nice flavor with the kim chee.

 The UNIBOIL Super Bowl XXXL

This bowl is HUGE!!!
Maybe enough for 3-4 people,
with noodles at the bottom too.

 I can't believe I ate the whole thing...

Actually, it's so big, I'm not sure how one person
can eat the whole thing.  

And NO, I didn't eat it by myself.

Co-owner Alan mentioned
 if one person was to try this XXXL bowl
and one person finishes it within an hour,
 it's FREE! 
And your picture will go on the wall for finishing it.

If not, you'll have to pay for it
and leave feeling really full.

I ended the tasting with a
Pineapple Smoothie.

It was a nice way to finish off
a really good menu tasting
on a sweet note.

On another note,
I loved their Hibiscus Tea,
great flavor and something
I'll be ordering on my next visit.

UNIBOIL isn't just a hotpot place,
they're expanding their menu,
as you can see from the above Summer menu.
Don't forget about the merchandise you 
can buy while you dine.

Stay tuned for more UNIBOIL locations opening.

500 N Atlantic Blvd, #127
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 782-7189

18406 Colima Rd #C
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(909) 378-0638

Thank You!
Alan Pun

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of UNIBOIL,
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

Monday, May 30, 2016

Hollywood Food Tour - May 2016

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"Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, you'll hit the heights
And oh what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it"

~ The Bugs Bunny Show

That Famous Sign...

Only In Hollywood!

I was fortunate to again be invited to join
a walking food tour through Hollywood.

This tour includes some places I haven't
been yet and a couple of new restaurants 
that have opened recently.

See the Hollywood Foodie Tour 2015 HERE

See What Jay Eats...

for some Strawberry Ginger Lattes as other
food writers, bloggers, and influencers arrive.

A Kombucha Dog Raspberry
and the Strawberry Gazpacho.

The Strawberry Gazpacho
with a crispy Jamon Serrano,
a quail egg, and croutons.

created a Medley Plate for us

(L)  Vegetarian Lumpia 
with green beans, snap peas, peanuts, and black garlic
(C)  Crudo
Yellowtail, Ogo Seaweed, Candlenut, Rice Pellets, Avocado
(R) Hanger Steak
Tamago (Japanese Egg Omelet) , Morel Mushrooms,
Cipollini Mushrooms

If this is any indication of the rest of the menu,
I'll be back!

Our 2nd stop was at Mama Shelter
Founded by the Trigano family,
most known for Club Med,
opened this hip 6 story hotel last year.

The name comes from mama taking care of her guests, 
staying at mama's house, mama's cooking, etc.

We headed up to the rooftop
for a tour and cocktails.

Photo by Kristie Hang
Could it get any better?

While taking in the view
with one of Mama Shelter's cocktails.

Thanks Mama!

The view of the Cinerama Dome,
CNN Building, and Downtown Los Angeles.
Looking North, a great view of
the Hollywood Sign.

There are mini foosball tables on this side
and will also have yoga classes on Sundays,
price includes a cocktail at the bar.
(Now that's what I call Yoga!)

Only In Hollywood!

From Selma Avenue,
we headed to Hollywood Blvd.
Our 3rd Stop was at CRE8 Crepes
for their hand-held custom crepes.

I found out that CRE8 Crepes
is from Australia and just opened
a couple of months ago.

I opted for one with
strawberries, blueberries, Nutella,
Vanilla Ice Cream, and topped with
whipped cream and Fruity Pebbles.

They have lots of fresh fruit and many
favorite toppings to choose from
to create your own crepe.

It was made just the way I like it
and I was happy.

The Best thing about CRE8 Crepes,
they're open LATE!

After crepes,
we headed West down Hollywood Blvd
to Hollywood and Highland
and up to the 3rd Floor
 Our 4th Stop was at Jinya Ramen Express.
Create your own ramen bowl.

You can create your own bowl or order
one of their signature bowls.

Order with the cashier,
pick your soup base,
noodle type (I like thin noodles)
and the toppings.

Once your order is complete,
your bowl, broth, and noodles 
come from the back kitchen.

 The next step is for your 
toppings being added.

There are a lot of toppings to choose from

 The Final Step,
it's time to eat!

I love their tonkotsu and ordered
their Signature Bowl #1
with thin noodles.

Eating at Jinya Ramen Express and PokiNometry,
there's a patio overlooking
Hollywood Blvd and a nice
place to eat outside.

BTW, they know how to cook an egg,
it was just right.

Only In Hollywood!

From build your own ramen bowl,
 to build your own Poke bowl
(and it's right next to Jinya Ramen Express).
Our 5th Stop was at PokiNomentry.

Poke is a Hawaiian appetizer,
usually a raw tuna base with
a soy sauce dressing and condiments.

 You move down the PokiNometry line 
selecting your base (greens or rice),
fish, sauce, and toppings.

If you follow me, you know I grew up on poke.
It's always fun to create your own poke,
they way you like it.

Photo By Kristie Hang
A Salmon Poke Bowl

Thanks PokiNometry!

On our way to our 6th Stop of the evening,
we headed downstairs to the
Hollywood & Highland Metro Station.

We boarded the Metro Red Line
to the Vine Station
(1 stop)

Notice the actual film reels lining the Vine Station ceiling,
very cool.  I've been to this Metro station before,
I guess I never looked up...

Only In Hollywood!

We arrived at our 6th stop of the evening
Photo by Sushi of Gari
The recently opened Sushi of Gari

Originating from NYC, this is the first
West Coast outpost of owner / chef Masatoshi
"Gari" Sugio's omakase focused restaurant.

This is where all the magic happens...

It's not a large restaurant, an 11 seat sushi bar
and only 16 seat dining room.

We were invited to sample some of their
signature sushi.

Chef Gari creates original sauces and toppings
for his omakase (chef's choice) sushi menu.

See more of my visit to Sushi of Gari HERE

Only In Hollywood!

There's always something new happening
in Hollywood.  Whether it's a new restaurant
or entertainment venue, there's a lot of good
things to see and do in Hollywood.

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

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of Only In Hollywood.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality
by the various Hollywood venues we visited.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

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