Saturday, April 27, 2013

Earl of Sandwich - Anaheim

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The Earl has Arrived!

I used to do a lot of traveling, one of the places that I was fortunate to visit was Orlando for both business and pleasure.  One of the places I enjoyed visiting in Orlando was Earl of Sandwich.  The night before my first visit to the Earl, I had a really nice Caprese salad, made with sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil.  

When I arrived at the Orlando Earl, all I thought of was last night's Caprese salad and I ordered their Caprese sandwich.  With a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and pressed like a panini sandwich, I really enjoyed it.  

I was excited to find out that Earl of Sandwich had opened at Downtown Disney® in Anaheim.  While I surprised my nieces with a holiday trip to Disneyland in December, I got to have another Earl sandwich.

Downtown Disney® Anaheim

 Not too far from the Main Entrance
of Disneyland

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The Earl of Sandwich has a selection of both
hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, and salads.


Mozzarella, tomato, basil, and balsamic vinaigrette


(Not a bad price for a sandwich at Downtown Disney®)

Triple Chocolate Brownie
w/Ghiradelli® Chocolate

I was bummed that they were out of the
Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites

BUT, the brownie was satisfying
on the drive home.

Downtown Disney® Anaheim
1565 S Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 817-7476

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

When You See the Rainbow...

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Isn't the saying:
"There's a Pot of Gold at the 
end of the Rainbow Drive In"

At this Hawaiian Rainbow,
you'll find some of the island's best local food.

You've probably seen Rainbow Drive In
on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, Unique Eats,
or one of the many food shows on TV.

Yes, they're popular...

Rainbow Drive In photo*
To me, it's been an institution since spending
 summers on Oahu with my grandparents,
their house is just up the street.

Rainbow Drive In
has been a GO TO plate lunch
place on Kapahulu Avenue
for 50 years.

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I love how they still serve the old skool way,
no styrofoam containers here.

 Mix Plate
BBQ Beef, Mahi Mahi (fried fish), Boneless Chicken,
2 scoops rice, and 1 scoop macaroni salad.

Except for including their chili, I love the Mix Plate
and enjoying a variety of what they do.

In addition to plate lunches, they're known for their chili,
 hamburgers with their special yellow sauce,
 Loco Moco plates.

But for me, one of the hidden secrets is the
Slush Float

So simple and really good
on a Hawaiian afternoon.
Really anytime...

It still tastes the same as when I was growing up
and one of those places I visit when on Oahu.
The food reminds me of my grandparents,
they ran a lunch counter in Honolulu
and the taste is what I remember from
those days...

3308 Kanaina Avenue
(at Kapahulu Avenue)
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 737-0177

Open Every Day
7 am - 9 pm
Except for 
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, and New Years Day

Photos by Jay Terauchi
*unless noted otherwise

Sunday, April 14, 2013

April is National Food Month 2013

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April is National Food Month
I thought I'd share some of my food favorites from
the last year...

I only picked a few,
otherwise this list would 
take months to complete.

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Fried Salad
Lahaina, Maui

Brussels Sprout leaves, burnt orange vinaigrette, celery leaves,
mixed hydroponic greens, radish, and local mint.

Created by Chef Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle
Top Chef Seattle
He also oversees the menu for Leoda's

Bacon SPAM Musubi
Honolulu, Hawaii

SPAM Musubi can be found all over the place
in Hawaii.  There are a few that include eggs,
but when I found one with bacon too, 
I knew it was a winner!

 Tuna Sashimi
Studio City, California

Tuna and green onions
with Chef Nozawa's ponzu sauce

Chef Kazunori Nozawa might have retired,
but I still can have his famous sushi menu.

 Applewood Smoked Double-Cut Bacon
Honolulu, Hawaii

Served with spicy fresh corn salsa

Who can pass up smoked double-cut bacon
and a fresh corn salsa?
It was sooo good...

Sea Asparagus Wasabi Ahi Poke
Honolulu, Hawaii

Tuna poke with onions, sea asparagus,
soy sauce and wasabi.

All of the components of a great tuna poke
with a crunchy sea asparagus,
which has a salty taste to it.
My new favorite one...

Oxtail Pho
Pho 2000
Los Angeles, California

Two things I love put together,
oxtails and pho...

Great, now I'm hungry again...

 Juicy Pork Dumplings
Arcadia, California

Xiao Long Bao
(soup dumplings)

Pork dumplings with a
flavorful broth inside.

Din Tai Fung is a famous Xiao Long Bao
restaurant company in Taiwan.

It saves me a trip to Taiwan for these,
but still have to wait in line tho... 

Shutome - Kabosu
Honolulu, Hawaii

Filet of island swordfish crusted with mochi,
citrus-sansho sauce, jumbo asparagus, and velouté.

This was a pleasant surprise to have it at
and then a few days later at Chef Mavro's restaurant.
I hope I can have it again one day, it was that good.

Tonkatsu Sampler Platter
Honolulu, Hawaii

5 out of the 6 different tonkatsu (fried pork)
menu options.

Kimukatsu is famous for their 25 layers of thinly
sliced pork breaded and fried.
One of my favorites, fried pork!  lol

Short Stack Cupcake
Glendale, California

The Famous Blueberry Pancake Cupcake,
A Buttermilk cake and fresh blueberry filling
with a maple french butter cream frosting.

This is one of the winning cupcake from
Cupcake Wars
"The Derby"

It really does taste like a blueberry pancake...

 Custard Desserts
Los Angeles, California

Great custard and bread pudding flavors.
I don't have a favorite, since they always
have new and seasonal flavors.
Be sure to checkout their bread puddings too.
A Must Try...

Haupia Ice Cream
Roselani Ice Cream
Wailuku, Maui

A family-owned and operated ice cream company
with one of the best ice cream flavors I've had.
Haupia is traditional coconut milk based dessert 
and Roselani has nailed the ice cream flavor.
Can be found at selected restaurants
and found in supermarkets in Hawaii.

Wonton Min Saimin
Palace Saimin
Honolulu, Hawaii

Wontons and saimin noodles in a shrimp/pork based broth.
Saimin noodles are somewhat similar to ramen noodles, 
but a bit different.

Order a couple of teriyaki beef sticks with it and you're set.

A favorite of mine from the summers spent in Hawaii growing up.

Carne Asada Tacos
I forgot where I got these,
but remembered that they were really good.
Southern California

These are some of my food favorites,
what are some of yours?


Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Yakitori - Torihei in Torrance

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Pau Hana!
(Work is Done)

I met up with a friend of a friend from Hawaii for Pau Hana, a Hawaiian Happy Hour.  We're both food marketers and enjoyed a couple of beers and some meat dishes.  Met up at a place I had never been, Torihei in Torrance for some yakitori and small plates.  "Yaki" is fire in Japanese and "tori" meaning chicken, so grilled chicken.

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 Chicken Thighs

Has a lot of flavor, the only
seasoning is salt,
and grilled over a charcoal grill.

Chicken Wings

The wings are cut in a way that
they are flat and skewered,
again just seasoned with salt.

This is my favorite yakitori item!

Beef Short Ribs
AND the green onions made the dish.

This was our favorite item of the evening!

Beef Tongue

If prepare correctly, it's very tender
and a nice way to finish Pau Hana.

I did like this place and will be back,
maybe for more Pau Hana in the future.
It really makes a difference when the 
chef knows how to season the skewers
and cooks them to perfection.  Torihei
was a good experience...

Yakitori Robata Dining
1757 W Carson Street
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 781-9407

Open Daily
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

Reservations are Recommended
They do get busy...

Photos by Jay Terauchi
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