Friday, September 30, 2011

Hawaii Food Adventure: Day 2

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Hawaii Food Adventure
Day 2

Of course I'm still on Pacific time and woke up at 4:30 am... Had a couple of meetings to start the day, so I wasn't too disappointed in not getting any sleep.

It's a Beautiful Day!

And to think, I left 100 degree weather to be here.

One of the benefits of having meetings in Hawaii is
getting to run into old friends and colleagues.

At one of my meetings,
I was invited behind the scenes at
Hawaiian Host, the originator of the chocolate
covered macadamia nut candies.

Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nut candies being made

Mahalo Hawaiian Host!

Kim Chee Fried Rice
Big City Diner
Ward Center

Lunch with @BCDlane

After lunch I head to Ala Moana Center to walk around and to checkout
the new food court at Shirokiya.

I happend to hear my name being called...

Friends from Los Angeles!

Didn't know that they would be in Honolulu...
What a surprise!


They've never been to Leonard's for malasadas...

Leonard's Malasadas

Still the same!

It was now off to meet up with some HNL foodies... Met up at Sushi ii, small place that had a great price fixe menu and opted to share the 5 course and order sushi.

Beet Salad


I don't remember exactly what it was, too interested in
the good conversation.

Sushi of course...

Seared Wagyu Beef and vegetables

Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup
Served with a candied kumquat

3 flavor Pana Cotta
Green Tea, Kumquat, and Lilikoi

Very Good!
A nice way to complete the meal

Sushi ii
Samsung Plaza
655 Keeaumoku Street, Suite 109
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 942-5350

With @duckie065 and @wedgelee
Missing from photo, @Melissa808 and @jlieu

It was a fun evening!

Tomorrow, meeting Icarus Hilton
Stay tuned...

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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Hawaii Food Adventure: Day 1

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Hawaii Food Adventure
Day 1


After a crazy day, boarded a Hawaiian Air flight to Honolulu aboard the New A330. I haven't been on an Airbus 330 before and it was pretty comfortable, fell asleep so didn't get to use much of the inflight entertainment system.

Boarding flight to HNL

As I was waiting in baggage claim, decided to check-in on Facebook. While I was on the rental car shuttle, received a text from an old friend inviting me to hangout with them at a nearby restaurant, he saw that I arrived at the Honolulu airport. But before I did, needed to stop off at Palace Saimin and meet up with a foodie friend @onokinegrindz.

Wonton Min

Tasted just like it always has...

Beef Stick

Can't have saimin without a beef stick or two

Palace Saimin is one of those places that only serves one thing
and does it well,
just like when I was a kid...

Now it's off to meet up with my old friends!
Just have to remember what the rental car looks like...

Wearing a chicken hat with my friend Ward*
The hat is from the server who went to Octoberfest
Not sure why I was wearing it...

It was good seeing Fongie and Ward. It was 10 years ago this week
that my sister and brother-in-law got married. Fongie helped out my
sister get in touch with the right people for her wedding in Ko Olina.

Will see more of these guys later in the trip.

Until tomorrow...

Photos by Jay Terauchi
* photo by Fongie
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Still da Best!

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Bernie's Teriyaki
Downtown LA area

One of my all time favorites...

You can't find too many places anymore that has good food at a great price. These days, we're all looking for value AND something good to eat.

On the Northwest side of Downtown LA, Bernie's is still the best bargain in town! They've been doing the same food since the 1970's and is pretty good.

Chicken & Beef Combo
(tax included)

One piece teriyaki chicken and two beef sticks served over
fried rice with lettuce, tomato, and Thousand Island dressing

If you come at lunch, be prepared to wait, they get crazy busy...

Bernie's Teriyaki
318 North Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-8413
Closed Sundays

Still da Best Bargain in Town!

Photo by Jay Terauchi
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Tater Tot Fryday!

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Today is FryDay!
September 16th

Fab Hot Dogs in Reseda

I've been going to Fab Hot Dogs when they first opened, they only had about 10 seats inside and were next door to a pizza place. Since those early days, it's been maybe 4 years, they've grown to a larger space and menu. But the food is still good...

My first visit, I had a ripper and their slaw dog with tater tots. They do a great slaw dog there and is one of my favorites and highly recommended.

But today I opted for the Monte Christo Dog...

Monte Christo Dog

Grilled turkey dog with grilled Taylor ham melted Swiss cheese
and strawberry jam

Opted for "The Meal Deal"
and a 20 oz fountain drink or iced tea
for $2.75

I liked the Monte Christo Dog, but had just too much jam in it.
It was on the sweet side and overpowered the ham and cheese.
The bun was toasted just right tho...

But the tots were great as always!

19417 1/2 Victory Blvd
at Tampa
Reseda, CA 91335


Photo by Jay Terauchi

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Soda Pop's on La Cienega

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Soda Pop's
Where Homestyle is Your Style

Went to lunch at a fairly new sandwich place, one block North of the Beverly Center on La Cienega. This place specializes in a wide variety of soda pops and "East Coast Subs and Unique Sandwich Specials." Also salads and Sicilian pizza slices too. With a name like "Soda Pop" you can imagine the variety of pops...

Cold Sandwich

Mortadella, Salami, Spicy Capicola, Sopressata, and Provolone.
Shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, hots, olive oil, and
red wine vinegar

I love Italian sandwiches and this one uses a good French roll
and comes with a choice of homemade chips

Sea Salt
Bacon Cheddar
Salt and Pepper

Cobb Salad

Smoked Turkey, Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, Gorgonzola, Avocado,
Cherry Tomatoes, Hard Boiled Egg, and Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

"Pure Louisiana Cane Sugar"

My favorite Root Beer!

They have a good selection of soda pops available

Cold and hot sandwiches, salads, Sicilian pizza slices, and sweets... Don't forget the homemade chips (flavors subject to change).

My Italian sandwich was good, will have to try a Hot Sandwich next time and the salads looked good too...

349 La Cienega Blvd
(Just North of the Beverly Center)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 967-0119

Free Parking in the Back...

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ramen Monday - September 12

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Sorry, no ramen today...
This week was 103 degrees and I'm NOT thinking ramen...

Otafuku Japanese Cuisine

It's been a few years since I've been to Otafuku, not you typical noodle house. But they do make the best soba (buckwheat) noodles this side of Japan that I've had. Most people know that buckwheat noodles are brownish in color and have a nutty flavor to them. A few restaurants in LA make their own noodles. But only Otafuku uses imported gozen-ko, flour milled from the white-buckwheat kernel.

Seiro Soba
(sarashina soba)
with dipping sauce, wasabi, and green onions

Lunch Special
Seiro Soba
Shrimp Tempura Bowl

Seiji Akutsu, Otafuku owner, imports the white soba flour and uses bottled spring water and makes his dough. Rolls it out and makes thin cuts to make this delicate noodle. I tried to cut soba noodles once at a restaurant, it came out more like linguine noodles than soba.

I love fresh soba noodles with the slightly chewy texture, served with the very cold dipping sauce. Actually, I really love fresh pasta and noodles! My only trip to Japan, I was fortunate to have some freshly made soba noodles. Otafuku is very close to my experience in Japan.

16525 South Western Avenue
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 532-9348

Monday - Saturday: 11:30 - 2 pm
Monday - Friday: 5:30 - 10 pm
Saturday: 5:30 - 9 pm

Not your typical soba noodles...

Photos by Jay Terauchi

Friday, September 9, 2011

Chocolate Crunch!

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Did someone say CHOCOLATE?

Spent the afternoon at

Gardena, CA

Chocolate Covered Brown Rice Crackers
Milk Chocolate, Spicy Dark Chocolate, and Savory Brown Rice

Great tasting and not your typical rice cracker

Chocolate Mochi Krunch (Brown Rice Crackers) covered in
Milk Chocolate is my favorite

K-G Krunch

A buttery tasting snack item that is a Must-Have for the upcoming
football season

Granola with Aloha

New Product!

Granola with shaved coconut and pure maple syrup

Chocolate Mochi Krunch Cookies

These happen to be one of my favorite cookies...
Chocolate cookies with the crunchy texture from the rice crackers

Karen Shintaku
"Krunch Visionary"

Karen enlisted the CIA for help with creating the secret formula for Mochi Krunch. Well, OK she recruited her daughter Kori, a Culinary Institute of America certified pastry chef to work on developing the different products. Together they've created a tasty line of snacks, treats, and gifts.

Impressions Fine Food products are available at Marukai Markets, Wally's Wine and Spirts on the Westside, and KarenGinger Gifts. For more locations, Click Here

You can visit the KarenGinger Gifts showroom in Gardena, they have many other gourmet items and can even put together a gift basket for you. Call before you visit (310) 808-9988.

You’re Invited
There’s no place like…
Karen-Ginger’s Fall Warehouse Show
together with
Jazzmin Trunk Show
Join us on September 17th 10am-4pm
September 18th 10am-2pm
For All of Your Gift Giving Needs
from the pantry of Karen-Ginger Gifts
and our wide selection of specially selected gift items
Gifts to Go-starting from $10
Holiday Gift Preview
Free Personalized Ribbon on all orders $250+
Let the magic begin...

Free Parking

17209 South Figueroa Street, Gardena, CA 90248
TEL (310) 808-9988 FAX (310) 808-0988

Join the Fan Pages:

See Doreen Fang's post

Thank You!
Karen Shintaku, Joyce Akashi, and Kori Brown

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sweet Wednesday!

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How do you start a Wednesday morning?
With some cotton candy
from Tasty Clouds of course...

Growing up, I remember cotton candy being pink or blue. Don't remember them having any flavor. But, this isn't your carnival cotton candy, this is Gourmet Cotton Candy!

Gourmet Flavors

Such as Pina Colada, Berry Caliente (Strawberry Jalapeno),
Wild Watermelon and 24 more flavors...

Nina has created unique flavors and let us sample some new ones. Sorry, can't reveal the new flavors just yet, but they were really good.

Watch the

Tasty Tubs

This is the fluffiest cotton candy that I've ever had
YES, even packed in a container...

Can last up to 8 weeks if kept in it's container

Flavored Sugars too
For the do-it-at-homers...

They also do catering!
Have their attendant make Gourmet Cotton Candy
for your guests.

Got to meet Nina Rodecker
Founder and Mompreneur
Tasty Clouds Candy Company

My favorite is the Cherry Lemonade!

Doreen Fang met Nina too...

Follow Them:

Thanks Nina!

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