Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Delicious Dumpling Tour

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All I heard was dumplings
and I was in...

Met up with Six Taste Food Tours for their "Delicious Dumpling" tour in Arcadia, just East of Pasadena. This tour was to experience Taiwanese cuisine, culture, and a chance to meet other foodies. Our group was 8 people and with large appetites, we headed out to sample the best and most popular dishes in this Taiwanese neighborhood.

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Our first stop, the world famous Din Tai Fung.

Our guide Michael Lin
giving us Din Tai Fung information
before attacking the dumplings.

Appetizer Course

Blanched cucumbers
in a sesame chili oil

Michael pointed out that in Chinese cooking,
vegetables are not served raw,
they're either stir-fried, steamed, or blanched.

Shanghai Rice Cake

Michael gave us a quick lesson on tea etiquette
and the correct way to flag down a server in a busy restaurant.

Pork Chop Fried Rice

This is one of my favorite Din Tai Fung
dishes, the pork chop isn't greasy
and well cooked.

Xiao Long Bao
Juicy Pork Dumplings
(soup dumplings)

The Specialty of the House!

Michael taught us how to properly eat
xiao long bao
without getting burned...

Shrimp & Pork Shao Mai

We also enjoyed
Juicy Pork and Crab Dumplings

Sweet Taro Dumplings

A nice way to end our dumpling stop

The Next Stop...

Explaining Taiwanese night market street food
and what to expect on the menu

Chicken Nuggets

Very similar to Japanese style karaage chicken,
marinated chicken dusted in starch and deep fried.

The Sinbala Sausage,
this one served with mango

They have one type of sausage
with 20 different condiments combinations.

Spicy Wonton (Dry)

with Szechuan peppercorns,
chili, garlic, peanuts, and green onions

Spicy Wonton (Dry)

One of my favorite introductions of the day,
loved the wonton with a bit of heat.

Cold Celery

Blanched with carrots
Goes great with the spicy dishes and different sausages

Michael explaining
the different regions of China

What I didn't expect to learn on the tour
was the cultural tie-in
and Taiwanese history.

It all makes sense now...
You'll just have to take the tour to find out

The Next Stop...

#17 Grapefruit Juice Green Tea
with Aloe Vera

Thick Toast

Peanut Butter Condensed Milk Toast
A Crowd Pleaser

The Next Stop...

Michael explaining the different baked goods
and what to look for in a good Taiwanese breads

I could tell you, but you have to take the tour...

Last Stop...


Shave ice with mango, clear jellies, and
topped off with mango ice cream.

This was a great way to end a food-filled tour
and meeting some really nice people.

All tours include at least 5 food stops
and we had more than enough food.

Besides the food stops that we made, Michael
stopped at other restaurants and pointed
out their specialities.
As someone in the food industry and in the
neighborhood, it was very much appreciated.

This is only 1/20th of the information presented,
you'll have to take the tour for more...

Michael being interviewed for

Michael has a lot of great food information,
follow his Stories of Food and Travel

I've been on food tours in other cities and they don't compare
with Six Taste. Not only do you learn about the specialties,
but also culture and how it relates to the big picture.
This tour is Highly Recommended!

Gift Certificates
make great holiday gifts!

Other food tours include:

Downtown Los Angeles
Little Tokyo
Santa Monica
Thai Town
New Chinatown

For tour information or to book a tour:


Thank You!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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Jay Eats

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gourmet Menu in the Sky?

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if you're flying ANA to Japan!


"Inspiration of Japan"

Announcing new products and services.
at the

ANA's Business Class

A section of the Business Class was mocked up
with the latest cabin products and services.

Service will be introduced on January 21, 2012
on the Los Angeles to Narita (Tokyo) route,
aboard the

In addition to greatly enhanced seating, entertainment, and comfort;

Some of the many selections to choose from on
ANA's Business Class menu.

Entrees can be selected on an
Ala Carte basis

Who else does this at 39,000 feet?

Lunch is Served!

Not your typical airplane meal.
But when you fly to Japan on ANA,
the meal is inspired by modern Japanese cuisine...

Congratulations to the Chefs
on a wonderful gourmet menu
in the sky!

Grilled Scallops
excellently garnished

Hard to believe this is served at 39,000 feet

Dessert Parfaits

With all of this great food,
now it's time to relax.

Business Class

Full flat seats, allowing passengers to rest in
complete bed-style seating,
especially after a great meal.

My view from a Business Class seat

17 inch widescreen LCD touch panel, the largest in its class.
Flyers can enjoy their own video, photos and music by connecting
their iPod* into the entertainment system and viewing their own
data on the 17" screen.

Access to the aisle from every seat

I can't wait for my next trip to Japan!

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Displaying the latest addition to their fleet,
the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

You can view the new cabin seats yourself at
Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance

Saturday and Sunday
November 19 and 20, 2011
9 am to 8 pm

Mitsuwa Marketplace
21515 S. Western Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501

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Jay Eats
* - iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Honolulu Food Truck: Ono To Go

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Voted 2011 Best New Food Truck

This is not your typical plate lunch truck (now place)
AND they have my favorite Kiawe grilled meats...

You can taste the quality of their food too
as they use a quality white rice,
Kokuho Rose
Gen Ji Mai for brown rice.

Pulehu Salt Rub Short Ribs Bowl
cooked on a Kiawe grill
with their famous macaroni salad

This was my favorite,
the meat was well seasoned and
very tasty.

Will have to try the "Sampler"
with all four Kiawe grilled items next time

Besides the Kiawe grilled items, look for these Ono to Go Specialties:

Poke Bowl Combo*
with Kalua Pork

They make poke to order,
so be patient.

Oven Roasted Turkey
"Tuesday's Special"

They run out, so get there early...

Other specialties to look for:

Grilled Pork Medallions
Teri Steak
Teri Citrus Furikake Salmon

Follow Them on Facebook
for upcoming pop ups

2011 Best New Food Truck
by Nonstop Honolulu

They also made my Gogobot
"Guide to the Best Restaurants in
Oahu and Maui"

Photos by Jay Terauchi
*Photos by Melissa Chang (@Melissa808)
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