Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Church Key in West Hollywood

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Photo Courtesy of The Church Key
When my food partner in crime, Kristie Hang, asked me
if I'd be interested in sampling The Church Key's
Summer menu, I didn't have to think twice.  

Photo Courtesy of The Church Key
 It's a very comfortable atmosphere,
loved the telephone booth in the hallway
with the rotary phone.
(when was the last time you saw a rotary phone?)

A very unique place with lots of cool
items to look at while having a great meal.

Pan Am beverage cart

Loving the old skool airline carts!

A frozen 'otter pop' style Purple Rain cocktail
made with liquid nitrogen.

On this night, Cosmopolitan and Sex on the Beach
were the other options.

A fun way to enjoy a cocktail

Photo Courtesy of The Church Key
Cocktails prepared table side, just look for the airline beverage cart
and nitrogen attendant dressed as a flight attendant.

Too bad they couldn't make these cocktails at 30k feet...

See What Jay Eats...

Speaking of carts, The Church Key is known
for their American-style dim sum carts
that move through the restaurant
with small plates in the $5-$10 range.
The signature Pig's Ear Cheetos
with avocado mousse
available from one of the carts.

These were REALLY good, Cheetos will never be the same again.
Maybe I should have used AMAZING!

Photo Courtesy of The Church Key
At dinner, we were saying these were so good,
they need to bag them for sale.
There will be a line out the door...

Just like dim sum,
you get a card where they can place
stamps on your card.

If you'd like to stop with food from the carts,
 turn the card over to the blue side.

Heirloom Tomato Melon and Peach Salad
with Sheep's Milk Gouda and a Pickled Peach Vinaigrette  

I love this kind of salad, esp when ingredients are in season.

 Rigatoni Pasta
with Fennel Sausage 'Red Sauce'
and a Parmesan Espuma

For some reason, I wanted pasta.
For me, this was the surprise of the evening,
each component worked well together.
I would order this again.

Chicken Liver Parfait
with Blackberry Parfait 'jell-o', Toasted Brioche,
Smoked Sea Salt, and Chives.

Never had chicken livers and blackberries,
but it was a good combination.

Half Dozen Chilled Kushi Oysters
with pickled cherry mignonette  

Served very cold and delicious.

Would you like to see the Dessert menu?
Stonefruit "Cobbler"
Champagne Sabayon, Poached Nectarines, 
Peachy Plum Sherbet, and Brown Butter Streusel.

A peach cobbler turned up a few notches
and very good.

Brioche Donuts
with a Brown Butter Glaze and Cinnamon Caramel

This was a nice ending to an enjoyable
dining experience.

Photo Courtesy of @val_trippyfood
(From the Left) @KristieHang, @cuethecritic
@Chef_Jay, GM Joseph Sabato.
(Missing from photo @val_trippyfood)

It was a pleasure meeting other fellow
food aficionados @cuethecritic and @val_trippyfood

8730 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 249-3700

Thank You!
Chef Steven Fretz
Joseph Sabato
The Church Key

NOTE:  We were guests of The Church Key and thank them
for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sake, Shochu, and Beer at Nisei Week 2014

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It's Nisei Week!

"Nisei" in Japanese means 2nd Generation.
A Japanese American Celebration.

I was invited to the "Sake, Shochu, and Beer Tasting"
and one of the Nisei Week events.

Entering the room on the rooftop level

The room was filled with over 105 sake, shochu, 
and Japanese beers.

One of the highlights of the evening
was seeing Chef Katsu Michite

I used to go to his restaurant on Hillcrest in Los Feliz
many years ago.  The restaurant had no sign, I had
to look for the pile of salt to find the correct door. 
The waiting room was an art gallery and you'd then
enter the dining room and there was the sushi bar.
The plates and tea cups were hand-made by his brother.
It was almost like going to a private club
without having to be a member.

Salmon and Tuna Sushi
was part of tonight's menu.

Chef Katsu Michite

It was good seeing Katsu san again
and tasting his sushi once again.

Time to checkout the food outside
in the gardens


from Ajinomoto

Was a bit surprised they
didn't serve with their sauce.

from Yakitori Koshiji

Who doesn't like grilled meats?


Yes, there was a line for ramen

from Man Ichi 

It's a beautiful night
with lots to sample


Meaning "what you like" and grilled.
Ingredients added to a pancake-like batter

If you haven't been to the rooftop gardens at the
it's a beautiful spot Downtown.

Now back to the sake...

Sat in on the sake seminar

Miso Soup
is pretty good after sake
or should I say sakes?

Spicy Tuna Roll

I was wondering why roll was so thin...

A California Roll
inside a Sushi Poppers tube 

It reminds me of a Push Up.
Do you remember the push up ice cream
OR did I just show my age? lol

The Sushi Poppers Gang

With a 105 different sake, shochu, and beer,
there were a lot of samples.

A good variety and something for everyone.

My Favorite Sake Label
of the event.

If you'd like to attend next year,
follow Nisei Week HERE
Over 100 different sake, shochu, and Japanese beers...

David Kudo
Nisei Week

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Luminasia and the LA County Fair 2014

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Growing up, my family would visit the LA County Fair just as the 
new school year would begin each September.  
Photo Courtesy of LACF
Besides the rides, entertainment, and of course food, 
we would see the new exhibits the fair would have each year.

This year, Luminasia is a new nighttime attraction.
It's a larger-than-life Chinese lantern display,
which is an ancient art form of lantern making.

At the LA County Fair Media Preview to see
Luminasia and sample the new fair food for 2014.

Heading up the Luminasia hill,
the gateway is impressive.

See What Jay Eats...

Funnel Cake Sausage Dog
with syrup
from Juicy's

It reminded me of breakfast,
tasty sausage.

 One of my favorites were the Giant Pandas
and they were GIANT!

Photo Courtesy of LACF
 A beautiful pagoda lantern.

Photo Courtesy of LACF
Just a few of the famous landmarks
at Luminasia.

These lanterns were handmade by 50 artisans who
traveled more than 7,000 miles from Zigong, China.

As we're admiring the craftsmanship,
it was time to sample some of the new food items
The Krispy Kreme Doughnut Triple Cheeseburger
from Chicken Charlie's 

 Zucchini with Bacon wrapped around,
served with Ranch dressing,
from Chicken Charlie's.

I loved the crunchy bacon!

Photo Courtesy of LACF
Fried Chicken Skin with Ranch
from Chicken Charlie's.

Deep Fried Oreos
from Chicken Charlie's

One of my favorites of the evening

We've travelled around the world and now
Back to Los Angeles
and LAX. 

 The Capitol Records' Building
in Hollywood.

Speaking of Hollywood,
the film industry and the Academy Award. 

The Griffith Park Observatory

Santa Monica Pier

The Original Ramen Burger
will be at the LA County Fair this year.

This is the ORIGINAL!

Coconut Shrimp
from Mrs. C's Famous Eggrolls

Met some new friends...

The Chili Relleno Pretzel Cheeseburger
with Parmesan Garlic Tasti Chips®
and Bacon Cheese.
from Lori's Concessions.

The famous scoreboard in the outfield pavilion
at Dodger Stadium

Stanley Cup Champions!

Chocolate Dessert!

Chocolate-covered strawberry, bacon, rice krispy,
and mini cinnamon roll.

Photo Courtesy of LACF
I Think I Just Found NEMO! 

Year of the Dragon
at the top of the hill

Every year is Year of the Dragon for me...

What's a fair without BIG Food?

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Big Turkey Leg!

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Big Chicken!

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Big Rib!

That's some BIG Food!

This was just a small sampling
of the Luminasia lanterns on display.

It's an awesome exhibit
and hard to believe that it's all made by hand.
Worth seeing during the LA County Fair!
New eats for 2014 too...

Until September 28th

Thank You!
Los Angeles County Fair
Jennifer Ju

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of the LA County Fair
and thank them for the invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Unless noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi