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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 foo…

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...

WAIT! 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? $5

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

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) $3.95 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  $5.00 Tsurumaru Udon Honpo
Not bad for a regular bowl of noodles that are made fre…

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 happen…

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? 

KERNAL of the LEGION
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