Showing posts from 2014

Limited Edition Ramen at Animal

I had heard chef / owners of Animal Restaurant, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, were working on ramen.  I remember thinking that the proteins would be amazing and wouldn't be surprised if they created a new style of ramen.  
It's good to have foodie friends that share info from around town. @BackyardBite informed us that Animal's Limited Edition Ramen was at available on Mondays and Tuesdays (from 9 pm to close) at the bar only.  We arrived at about 8:15 or so and got our names on the waiting list, the bar only seats about 7-8 people.  I forgot to mention, there are only 20 bowls each night...

Chopped Chili and Garlic  on the bar for ramen
We were seated around 9:30 and after our drink order was taken, the ramen seemed to arrive right away.
It was suggested to us that we have the ramen first and then order any additions after.

See What Jay Eats...
The Limited Edition Animal Tonkotsu Ramen $18
with pork belly cha siu, ham hocks, and topped  with bean sprouts, kale, and Swiss chard.
The bowl…

Exotic Meats...A Walk on the Wild Side

Photo Courtesy of Val of Trippy Food "A Walk on the Wild Side" begins...
Before we get to the exotic stuff, just some background on how all of this came about.
I've been fortunate to meet some really interesting and passionate food people along my food journey.
While attending a restaurant tasting with food  adventurer, @KristieHang, we happened to sit next to @trippyfood and @cuethecritic.  A conversation began,  funny thing, we've been following each other on  social media and a true pleasure meeting both of them IRL.
Next thing I know, exotic meats are mentioned and weeks later @trippyfood sets up a tasting at Exotic Meat Market in Perris.
I love Extreme Cuisine, so I was thumbs-up for joining in.
Now you're caught up...
Our host, Anshu, of Exotic Meat Market.

No one mentioned Thanksgiv..., I mean, the "T" word.

Of course this ranch had some lambs.

A llama.
A llama? Oh, that's right, this is the Exotic Meat Market Ranch.

There's ALWAYS someone trying to meet Kristi…

Ramen Burger and Mama Musubi Creates Something Delicious!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if two of the most popular night market vendors got together and created something really good?  


It Happened!!!

 The Original Ramen Burger by Keizo Shimamoto
One of the most popular vendors  and longest line at this year's 626 Night Markets.
Mama Musubi
One of the original 626 Night Market vendors and IMO the second longest lines at this year's 626 Night Markets (behind Ramen Burger).

What happens when Mama Musubi's popular pork belly is paired with the Original Ramen Burger noodle buns?
If you like Mama Musubi's pork belly musubi, you'll like this burger...

Introducing the Mama Musubi 24 Hour Pork Belly  Specialty Ramen Burger! (Limited Time Only)

Mama Musubi's 24 Hour Pork Belly (Berkshire pork belly)  served with cucumber pickles, arugula, onion marmalade,  and a hoisin karashi mustard sauce on the famous Ramen Burger noodle buns.

The pork belly is tender (cooked for 24 hrs) with a sweet mustard sauce that goes well with the pork, oni…

Blocks of Food at KTown Night Market - October 2014

The Last Night Market of the Season!
The KTown Night Market organizers presents the Halloween Food Fest
October 25 & 26, 2014

My post of the first KTown Night Market in April 2014 HERE
6th Street was closed to traffic in KTown.
 Over 70 vendors lined the street between Mariposa Ave and Berendo St.
 The Ultra-Popular Original Ramen Burger was in attendance. They're so popular, they even had a line before the event opened!

OK, so it was the Original Ramen Burger crew in their new red shirts...

See What Jay Eats... Just a few things I had
 I stopped by the Chilly Ribbons' ski chalet to try their latest flavor, Red Bean.
You can see the red bean pieces...
Now ready to go with red beans, mochi, and almonds.
It was sweet without being sweet and had a nice flavor. 
Now that the night market season is over, I guess I'll have to get out to their store in Westwood.
I tried the Sweet Mixed Grain Smoothie from Chilly Ribbons.
It's made from different grains, tasted like barley tea.  It then hit me, barley i…

A Delicious Experiment at Ice Cream Lab Pasadena

What's a Delicious Experiment? You've heard of an experiment gone wrong, this one went delicious!
Ice Cream Lab, which opened it's Beverly Hills location  in 2013, uses liquid nitrogen with natural ingredients  to make ice cream.
Yes, the kind of ice cream we grew up on, except just a bit different. (I'll explain more later)
 It's Opening Day!
At the Grand Opening of Ice Cream Lab's Pasadena store on Fair Oaks (just South of Colorado Blvd.)
a line was out the door for ice cream.

Not Just Any Ice Cream! 
Photo Courtesy of Ice Cream Lab Co-founders cutting the ribbon with  Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.
It's Officially Open!

You won't find ice cream tubs in freezers like most places. They have mixing stations, since it only takes a few moments to make your selection.
Ice cream ingredients are placed in a mixer
Liquid Nitrogen is added
The Magic Happening
And ice cream is made!
The liquid nitrogen ice cream is creamier and has a very smooth texture and takes a few moments to make.
I don&…