Monday, June 22, 2015

A Favorite Burger - Plan Check Kitchen on Sawtelle

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Living in Los Angeles, there are a lot of good burger places, such
as Umami Burger, Apple Pan, Father's Office, In n Out, etc.

One of my favorites places for a burger is Plan Check Kitchen + Bar,
headed by chef Ernesto Uchimura.  Chef Ernesto is the former 
corporate executive chef at Umami Burger.

One of my favorites...
PCB 
(Plan Check Burger)

with Americanized dashi cheese, ketchup leather, schmaltz onions,
and mixed pickles on a crunch bun.

Just one of the genius things of this burger is Chef Uchimura's
creation of the ketchup leather.  It's housemade ketchup
which has been dehydrated (similar to a fruit roll-up).
It's placed at the bottom of the burger, preventing the
burger juices from getting the bottom bun soggy AND you
still get the ketchup flavor, brilliant! 



It was a beautiful Los Angeles day,
so sitting out on the patio was an easy decision.  


See What Jay Eats...


 Housemade Yuzu Soda

It couldn't get any better...


 Fries
cooked in beef tallow with smoked salt and 
served with fresh housemade ketchup

OK, it could get better...

What's a burger without fries, right?


 Smoked Fried Chicken
Jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, 
and spicy pickled okra.
(served under the 3 pieces of chicken)

The chicken was cooked perfectly and
with a nice surprise of the yam preserves
and the okra.

For those who want more than a burger,
I suggest checking the daily special board too.


One more thing...
Cruller Donuts
(cooked to order)
served with cream and fruit

Can't leave without having dessert...


Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-1411

Other Plan Check Kitchen locations,
Fairfax District and Downtown Los Angeles.


Checkout their Market Milkshake Mondays.
The chef goes out to the local farmer's market 
and a special milkshake is created for Mondays.
Read my post HERE




Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Dodger Stadium: New Food and Promo Items for 2015

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 If you follow me, you know I love baseball
and food.  Last season, I was invited to a 
behind-the-scenes tour of the new restaurants 
at Dodger Stadium, 
I was looking forward to see what's new for 2015.

See my 2014 behind-the-scenes tour HERE



 Growing up on the next hill over from Dodger Stadium,
I was here a lot, a LOT.  

Dodger Stadium is the third oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues
(opened in 1962) and is the largest baseball stadium
by capacity at 56,000.  
I call it home... 

It's really nice to see that the ownership group
has updated this classic ballpark into the modern
times with new technology, more restrooms,
activities for the kids, and of course new FOOD!



The Dodgers were kind enough to invite me again
for another behind-the-scenes food adventure for this season.

As usual, I got here early to watch batting practice.



Just some of the Dodger Hall of Famers
just hanging around...


The chef gave us an introduction to
the new menu items for the 2015 season.



See What Jay Eats...


Extreme Loaded Dogs

Of the 3 "loaded" dogs presented to us,
I had to favor the L.A. classic street dog, a
Dodger dog wrapped in bacon with peppers, onions, 
mustard, and mayo.

A classic L.A. street dog with BACON!

Another "loaded" dog, a St. Louis Dog with fried onions and 
short rib.  


Celebrating the Dodger Cy Young winners,
Clayton Kershaw's pin giveaway
on September 20th.


 Upcoming promotional items:

Maury Wills Bobblehead - July 6th
Hello Kitty Plush - July 8th
Father's Day BBQ set - June 21st

After a close up examination of these items,
they're not the premium items I remember
getting as a kid from attending games.

*Promotional items are available to the first 40,000 fans.


 From Tommy Lasorda's Trattoria
in the Right Field Plaza...


Pepperoni Pizza

One of the best pizza's I've had a game...anywhere.
And I've been to baseball, basketball, hockey,
soccer, and football games across the country.

Pizza is sold by the slice, not the personal pan version
that you'd find at other venues.


Corn Porn Alert!

Last season, Elote (Mexican corn) was added to the menu.
Grilled corn covered in mayo, lime, cheese, chili powder, etc.

I had to get one for myself  from the Think Blue BBQ in 
the Left Field Plaza


Street Corn Nachos

This season executive chef Jason Tingley upped
the elote to another stadium favorite, nachos.

With roasted corn, this sweet and spicy nacho offering
is available at La Taqueria on the field and reserve levels.

This is a seasonal item, depending on summer corn availability.
Dodger Stadium using locally grown products when available.


 Michelada

A beer with clamato (clam and tomato juice), chili powder, 
assorted sauces and peppers, etc.

Goes great with the street corn nachos...


Sandy Koufax Bobblehead (Hall of Famer) - August 13th
Dodger Headphone Night - August 30th
(The headphones are styled similar to the Beats ones)

*Promotional items are available to the first 40,000 fans.


They don't have Helmet giveaways anymore,
but you can score a helmet at every game
with the Helmet Nachos.

It really should be called the 7th Inning Stretch,
cause you'll need one to finish them.
Ballpark nachos upgraded to Major League proportions.



The tasting ended with this upgraded ice cream cookie sandwich.
It was good, need I say more? 

The original Cool-A-Coo was my favorite 
(did I just show my age?),
and what I always wanted during the 7th inning stretch.

It was either a Cool-A-Coo or a frozen chocolate malt...



 It was now game time,
we headed to our seats to watch the Dodgers
battle the Diamondbacks.

It's time for Dodger baseball...


 Growing up, I couldn't come to a Dodger game
without having one or two or three or...nevermind.

The famous Dodger Dog with deli mustard
and onions.  NOW I'm at a Dodger game!


BTW, the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks in the 
bottom of the 9th, 7-6.


There's a lot of great family events happening at Dodger Stadium:

Friday Night Fireworks 
After each game, fans are permitted onto the field 
to watch the fireworks.

Viva Los Dodgers
Two hours prior to all Sunday home games
 in the parking lot.
Fans can enjoy live music, player autographs,
 and various activities.

Kids Run the Bases
After every Sunday Day game.

Movie Night
6/20 - The LEGO Movie
8/15 - Back to the Future
Fans are permitted onto the field after the game to watch the movie.


Just some of the fun stuff happening in 2015!


See my Dodger Stadium 2014 behind-the-scenes HERE



Thank You!
Los Angeles Dodgers
Steve Brener 
Yvonne Carrasco
David Siegel
Jason Tingley




NOTE:  I was a guest of the Los Angeles Dodgers 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

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Market Milkshake Monday at Plan Check Kitchen

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 When is a milkshake not just a milkshake?


When it's a Monday at Plan Check Kitchen!

Each Sunday, the chef goes out to a local farmer's market
to select a special flavor for Monday's special milkshake.


 Along with other foodies, I got to sample the three
milkshakes for this week's Market Milkshake Monday.

It was the perfect tasting size, without being too much.


See What Jay Eats...

 This week's flavors:

Strawberry & Rose, topped with rose sugar and a rose petal.
Vanilla Bean
Chocolate

My favorite...

Each milkshake had that old skool classic flavor, which I loved,
but one of them stood out just a bit.


 Strawberry & Rose

Maybe it was the rose sugar on the top,
but you could taste the freshness of the local
strawberry with the rose.


 These are the full size milkshakes.
$8

Each Monday, they'll have Vanilla Bean,
Chocolate, and a special flavor selected
at a local farmer's market.


What goes great with a Market Milkshake?

 One of Plan Check's burgers of course!


We had the Downtown location's special,
the K-BBQ Burger.

A grilled pork belly, kimchee, sprouting onions, Gochujang BBQ sauce,
sesame salt, and fried onions.

Being so close to KTown, the burger makes total sense
and works.


Pastrami Gravy Fries

With pastrami bits, pastrami gravy, melted Swiss cheese,
and chopped pickles.
(loved the pickles!) 

A great combo with one of their signature burgers.


You can't come to Plan Check without having dessert

Cruller Donuts

Loved how they're made to order and served
with cream and fruit.

It seems that I'm always ordering these donuts
when I'm at Plan Check.


If you're at Plan Check Kitchen on a Monday,
be sure to checkout the #MarketMilkshakeMonday
special.  I'm sure the taste will be amazing.


Here's my other posts:

First Visit - Sawtelle  HERE
Fairfax:  A Stussy Event  HERE


Plan Check Kitchen
now has 3 locations,
this was my first visit to the Downtown location.


1111 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 403-1616




NOTE:  I was a guest of Plan Check Kitchen for the milkshakes,
the rest of the menu items were paid for by me personally.
I thank Plan Check Kitchen for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.




Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Kogi Truck

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It All Began Here...


If you're a follower of gourmet food trucks,
I'm sure you've heard of Chef Roy Choi and
the Kogi Truck.

The gourmet food truck trend and social media phenomenon
began with the Kogi truck.  Not only did they create a new
food category, but also a new menu items not seen before.

Chef Roy Choi said that his food tastes like L.A.
If you think about creating menu items that represent
Los Angeles and it's food culture, Chef Roy hit it right 
on the head.  A taco which has a Korean short-rib filling
and served with a Mexican/Asian sauce.  



They began with one truck and Twitter
back in 2008.

Today, there are 4 Kogi trucks
servicing Los Angeles and Orange Counties.



Check the Kogi Truck website
for days and times


Just look for the line...



Now, what to order?

Kogi Truck Menu
Not your typical taco truck cuisine.


See What Jay Eats...

A chicken taco and short-rib taco (signature taco)

The chicken is marinated in a ginger-soy marinate before
being grilled.  The short-rib is a double caramelized Korean
barbecue short-rib, with a salsa roja (made from Korean
and Mexican chillies).  Both taco are served with their 
cilantro-onion-lime relish and chili soy Kogi slaw,
served over two corn tortillas.


The Short-Rib taco which started it all!



Short-Rib Burrito
with the same short-rib as in their tacos,
shredded cheese, chopped onions, cilantro,
chopped romaine, and cabbage lettuce tossed
in their Korean chili-soy vinaigrette. 

This is a personal favorite of mine.
When I think of food trucks in the morning,
I think of breakfast burritos.
Kogi doesn't make a breakfast burrito,
but they sure make a great short-rib one. 


Kogi Kimchi Quesadilla
with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses
and caramelized, buttered kimchi.
The quesadilla is topped with their classic
salsa roja and sesame seeds.

When I first saw this on the menu,
I thought "what?"
After I tried it, I really enjoyed it.
It does have a kick, so if you're not into spice,
you may want to avoid this one.



Kogi Sliders
(two per order)
with short-rib, sesame mayo, cheese, salsa rona and a
cabbage-ramaine slaw tossed in a chili soy vinaigrette
on toasted buns.

This is just like their tacos
but on a bun.


Blackjack Quesadilla
with caramelized onions and spicy pork
together with melting cheddar and jack cheeses and
topped with a citrus-jalapeno-roasted-garlic salsa verde.

I liked this one over the kimchi quesadilla.
Maybe because of the spicy pork
and onions.  The kimchi one is spicier, 
but I like citrus so maybe the reason why I
liked this one better.  Either way,
you can't go wrong.


My first visit to the Kogi truck was back in 2008.

I waited with 100 other people.  The truck was late,
I checked Twitter and saw that they were just stuck in traffic,
By the time we got our food, we had waited about 2 hours.
But the food was different (in a good way).
Still today the short-rib burrito is my favorite item.

The Kogi Truck, something you need to do at least once.
Just look for the line...







Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Late Night Ramen at Ramen Burger LA!

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Unfortunately Late Night Ramen
has been cancelled.
The demand has been overwhelming
and had to turn away customers.
Stay tuned for updates...

The Original Ramen Burger's
Late-Night Ramen
in KTown!


They've heard you ask for ramen in a bowl
and they're introducing limited late-night ramen.


Updated Post

 The Original Ramen Burger will serve
Late-Night Ramen on
Fridays and Saturdays
from 10 pm until Lock & Key closes.

Limited to 20 bowls of each per night.



Two types of ramen served,
Tonkotsu-Shio (pork based)
and Torigara-Shio (chicken based).

Chef Devin Hight has created two ramen classics with
his spin (in a good way).


Peter and Fernando will get the
bowls out to you.


See What Jay Eats...

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Shimamoto
Tonkotsu-shio Ramen
(Pork)
topped with sous-vide chashu,
egg, kikurage (mushroom), sake-infused 
menma (bamboo shoot), crunchy scallions, and nori.
$12

Chef Devin's tonkotsu is flavorful without it
being too fatty.  The creamy white broth
was very good.


Photo Courtesy of Jeff Shimamoto
Torigara-shio Ramen
(Chicken)
topped with sous-vide chashu, egg, moyashi (bean sprouts),
enoki mushrooms, crunchy scallions,
and nori.
$12

But my favorite of the night was this chicken
ramen.  Not sure if I've had one this good!



Enjoying ramen with owner,
Jeff Shimamoto.


Ramen nights began Friday, April 17, 2015



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



See You at Vermont and 3rd!



Photos by Jay Terauchi
Photos Courtesy of Jeff Shimamoto
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi