Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Oinkster Hollywood

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I've been to The Oinkster in Eagle Rock, just North of Downtown.  I've had a couple of burgers and also their Royale, a 1/3 lb hamburger patty with bacon, chili, and pastrami, served with dill pickles, onions, tomato, lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing.  It was a great burger!

I was fortunate to be invited to the opening of their 2nd location in Hollywood.  When I saw the invitation, I thought this address seem so familiar.  I knew exactly where it's located on Vine, just North of Melrose.  Oh that's right, I had worked at this restaurant before.  I was brought in to help the prior tenant get the restaurant open many years ago.

As I walked into the remodeled restaurant, it was very open with a lot of light and an expanded outdoor patio.  It's funny to see this former dark sit down restaurant that now has lots of light and fitted with TV monitors.  This space turned out to be a really nice fast casual place with a very large parking lot.  

But I was here for the food... 

See What Jay Eats...

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Brined with soy and honey then slowly roasted and
smoked.  Served with red cabbage coleslaw,
carmelized onions and choice of bbq sauce.

I ordered with the Carolina sauce,
love the Carolina style vinegar sauce.

It was a very good pulled pork sandwich
and maybe my new favorite here.

Chili Fries

Belgian fries topped with house made chili,
shredded Cheddar cheese and green onions.

Nuff said...

Oinkster Pastrami

The house cured pastrami served with red cabbage coleslaw,
caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese.

Great smokey flavor and would be
a sandwich that I would order again.

The Pre-Opening Dinner
ended with a chocolate cupcake
with chocolate frosting and bacon.

How could this not be good?
It was a nice ending to a good meal.

I was told by a friend at the pre-opening event that I need to try the beet salad, something I'll have to remember for my next visit.  I'm also looking forward to trying the Reuben sandwich with their house cured pastrami.

The Oinkster Hollywood is a great addition to this neighborhood and does come with a very large parking lot.  The food is just as good as their Eagle Rock sibling and I do look forward in visiting this location in the future, esp when I'm near Paramount Studios.

Wishing Chef Andre Guerrero and The Oinkster team best wishes with this new location.  If they can keep the food consistent as Eagle Rock, this location will be around for many many years.

776 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Sunday - Thursday:  11 am - 11 pm
Friday - Saturday:  11 am - 12 pm

The Oinkster Eagle Rock
2005 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Sunday - Thursday:  11 am - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday:  11 am - 11 pm

Thank You!
Chef Andre Guerrero
The Oinkster

NOTE:  I was a guest of The Oinkster Hollywood at their pre-opening.  
I thank them for the invitation and their hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own. 

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Saturday, May 10, 2014

OC Night Market 2014

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It's time for 626 Night Market
at the OC Fair and Event Center

I'm looking forward to seeing friends,
good food, entertainment, and...

We're in Orange County?

OK, I feel better now...

We got here early and had a chance
to walk around.  

This is a huge area with lots and lots of food

It answers that typical food questions heard at this type of event:
What do you want to eat?
Well, what do YOU want?
OK, what do they have?

There's something here for everyone.

See What Jay Eats...

What's a Night Market without
Fermented Tofu?

aka...stinky tofu

Just follow your nose,
you'll find the booth...

It doesn't taste like it smells

 Thought this was interesting...

Deep Fried Squid
seasoned with different flavors

It was a large squid
for $8

The long line was an eye catcher too.
Who knew a fried squid with flavor seasonings
would be such a big seller?

Speaking of different flavors
We stopped for a spiral potato at 
Swirl Potato and Lemonade 

Fresh pressed lemonade too

Order In!

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
While we got our Swirl potato,
@KristieHang and I met up with
626 Night Market's @siushi

BTW, the Cheddar Ranch flavor was good.
I can see why it's a popular flavor

Read Kristie Hang's post HERE

 Visited our friends at the Ramen Burger

We got here early and no line so far...
(They had one of the longest lines of the day)

A must stop and always good to see them!

 I wanted to try the NEW Shredded Beef Ramen Burger
I've heard so much about this new one from their Brooklyn pop up.

OC is a lot closer than heading to NYC,
but not sure if the pizza measures up tho...

Shredded Beef Ramen Burger 

I enjoyed it!

Ramen Burger Keychains

May the Ramen Burger be with you, always...
Sorry, still stuck in Star Wars Day mode.

Maine Lobsters
from RAQ Lobster

Split and grilled.
Whole lobster for $18
or half for $10

More "sweet" items here in OC (Night Market)

Saw a lot of macaroons here.

Always good to see the Fluff Ice truck

Checkout their new Costa Mesa location

Saw Ariel and Mario
by Superinflated
in the merchandise area

There are merchandise vendors too,
but most of the vendors here are food related.

Lots of food, too little time.

Grilled Lamb Skewers

And a stop at one of 626 Night Market's
most popular vendors

Just look for the line...

A 24-Hour Pork Belly and Miso Chicken

See my Mama Musubi post HERE

Got my Toyama Black Mapo Ramen from Mattou Seimen

I remember them from the Ramen Yokocho

I wished the bowl was smaller,
but I did like the bit of spice
and I'm a sucker for bean sprouts.
I still had a lot of food to try.

Read my post from the 2014 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho HERE

It was good seeing Simpang Asia (from Los Angeles)
at the Night Market, they have great Indonesian food.

OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

May 9 - 11, 2014

Friday:  4 pm to Midnight
Saturday:  4 pm to Midnight
Sunday:  4 pm to 10 pm

Parking:  $7
Admission:  $5

It's Good to know that the 626 Night Market
season has begun!

See the 626 Night Market Schedule for
the 2014 Season HERE

See you at the Next
626 Night Market!

Thank You!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Unless noted
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hidden Little Tokyo: Cheap Eats

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I usually take the Metro Gold Line to Downtown Los Angeles.  Traffic is usually bad and then I have no idea where to park.  Although some of my friends who know I'm downtown a lot, think I know where all the places to park, this is why I take the Metro.  As I was heading into town on this trip, overheard 2 guys talking about only having $5 and wanting to get something to eat.

I know there are places in Little Tokyo where you can get something to eat in the $5 range, here's what I've found:

See What Jay Eats...

Half California Roll and Half Spicy Tuna Roll
(includes miso soup)
Little Tokyo Sushi

This is a grab and go kiosk inside the Little Tokyo
Market Place.  They have a variety of sushi combinations
ranging in price from a $2.50 hand roll to $12+.

Little Tokyo Sushi
at the Little Tokyo Market Place
(former Mitsuwa Marketplace)
333 S. Alameda St #100
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-0343

Niku (Beef) Udon 
Tsurumaru Udon Honpo

Not bad for a regular bowl of noodles that are made
fresh as you walk into the place.  It's a bit like cafeteria 
style, you order the type of bowl you want, they
put it together and you have a selection of tempura items,
ranging in price from $1 - $2.50 each.

Read my Tsurumaru Udon post HERE

Tsurumaru Udon Honpo
333 S. Alameda St, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Kula Sushi
$2 per plate

What is a revolving sushi bar?
Checkout this video

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar
333 E 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 290-9631

The Real Bargain I've found is this 
Hidden Gem Lunch Special
in Little Tokyo...

Ginger Beef
with rice and miso soup
(Friday's Lunch Special)

It's Not on the regular menu,
it's on the menu cards on the table.

Lunch Specials
Monday to Friday
11 am to 3 pm

Read my Suehiro Cafe post HERE

Suehiro Cafe
337 E First Street
(between San Pedro and Central Av)
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-9132

Where do you go for Cheap Eats
in Downtown Los Angeles?

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Knott's Berry Farm: Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken Dinner

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When family visited, we would spend the entire day at Knott's Berry Farm.  Before heading home, we would have dinner at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant.  This was before Camp Snoopy, Fiesta Village, and the Boardwalk.  I guess I just showed my age...

Knott's Berry Farm actually began as a boysenberry farm.  During the Depression in 1934, Mrs. Cordelia Knott began to serve chicken dinners to make ends meet.  By 1937, they served 1,774 chicken dinners on Thanksgiving Day.  To entertain the thousands of restaurant customers waiting, Mr. Walter Knott introduced "The Covered Wagon Show" and a Ghost Town in 1940.  The rest is history...

Today, Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant serves an average of a 1,000 chickens per day, making it the world's largest, full service, single location chicken restaurant in the world with seating for 1,000 in eight separate dining rooms.  The menu still features the famous chicken, biscuits, and boysenberry pie.

We happened to be in the area and since plans had changed, we headed over to Knott's for something to eat.  I haven't had Mrs. Knott's chicken dinner in maybe 10 years.  While we were in line, found out they're celebrating their 80th year (June 1934).  We weren't there exactly 80 years of the first chicken dinner served, but today it was Sunday Supper at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant.

The Famous Mrs. Knott's Fried Chicken Dinner

The thing I like about this dinner set,
it's a lot of food.

See What Jay Eats...

The Chicken Dinner begins with

Chicken Noodle Soup or Cherry Rhubarb Appetizer

I opted for the Chicken Noodle Soup

Green Salad
(Ranch, Honey Mustard, Thousand Island or Italian)

I was a bit surprised to find that they
no longer serve the Knott's branded preserves
with their fresh baked biscuits,
but I understand.

The entree is served!

4 pieces of Fried Chicken,
with mashed potatoes and chicken gravy,
and a choice of
corn or cabbage.

I selected the corn.

Each Chicken Dinner
comes with dessert,
pie or ice cream.

Of course I had the Boysenberry Pie.

Got it togo, since the dinner was a lot of food.

Before leaving, we checked out the marketplace,
bakery, and the Chicken To Go.

My friend pointed out that the Knott's preserves
are now branded as Berry Market.

It made me think,
are we still at Knott's Berry Farm?

OK, I feel better now...

Or guess we could have just bought the fried chicken seasoning...
But boysenberry pie doesn't come with it.

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5055

Monday - Thursday:  8 am - 8:30 pm
Friday & Saturday:  7 am - 9 pm
Sunday:  7 am - 8:30 pm
(Open every day except for Christmas)

It's a lot of food, but a good deal.
They do have other things on the menu,
such as chicken pot pie, chicken sandwich, etc.

For breakfast, they do have traditional breakfast menu items.
Sorry, I usually don't get up early enough for breakfast.

Is it the very best fried chicken?  
Probably not, but it's something of tradition
and is still a great value.

Happy 80th Anniversary!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Star Wars Day 2014

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Today is Star Wars Day!

May the Fourth
be with you...

I happened to be Downtown this weekend
 and stopped in at the Star Wars Legion
Stormtropper exhibit
at the Robert Vargas Gallery
in Downtown Los Angeles. 

If you don't know what an
Imperial Stormtrooper is,
here's the whole uniform.

This exhibit is mainly decorated 
Stormtrooper helments
from Disney, Pixar, ILM, and LucasFilm artists
and some celebrity fans from around the world.  
Read more about the exhibit HERE

Here are some of my food favorites

Tacos Imperial

Who doesn't like an intergalactic taco truck? 


I'm thinking Jiffy Pop.
Did I just show my age? 

Trooper Trooper with Cheese, Vaders Taters,
and an R2T2 Sweet Tea

Droid Style? 

Could this be trooper side up? 

Hard Boiled

My guess it's from Dark Side Farms

Love the Death Star yolk... 

Now for Dessert

 FANcy Cake

That would make a great cake


Now that's a cupcake!

One trooper scoop, please.

Here's some other favorites

Yellow Submarine 

 Cousteau Trooper


Trooper Terrarium 

Since I worked on The Rocketeer
while I was at Disney...

Spoiler Alert!

The Pink Stormtrooper
is actually
Hello Kitty!

I didn't know either...

Happy Star Wars Day!

This exhibit at the Robert Vargas Gallery
runs through May 4, 2014.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi