Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Preview: Sunset & Dine in Hollywood - 2014

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I was invited to the preview of the 3rd Annual Sunset & Dine, a celebration of the area's culinary concepts and the community in Hollywood.  Organized by the Central Hollywood Coalition and presented by The Los Angeles Film School, I was able to get a taste of what Sunset & Dine is all about.

I grew up not too far from Hollywood, we'd go to the Chinese Theater for movies, Tower Records for music, and various venues to see bands.  I guess in those days, I never really thought of Hollywood as a place for food.  Over the years, I've noticed that new places were opening up, but they weren't just 'new' places, they were creative concepts.    

See What Jay Eats...
at Sunset and Vine

I've been wanting to come to Field Trip,
but they're only open until 3 pm.

Being invited to a special evening tasting
is a special treat! 

From the cold brew bar,
the 10oz Mint Honey Cream.

Something refreshing on a warm summer evening...

I really enjoyed this!

The restaurant is very casual atmosphere
and it's contemporary feel made
me feel like something good is about to happen.

Chef Betty Fraser
from Grub and Top Chef (Season 2)
gave us an insight to the food happenings
in Hollywood and intro into Sunset & Dine.

Chef Betty Fraser
was kind enough to share some Grub's 
"Fosse Cookies"

Chef Betty shared the cookie story with me,
"our GM Libby is the niece of Bob Fosse
and the recipe has been in their artistic family 
for decades!  We are so happy she shared it with us
and we serve dozens fresh daily."

It was a very good cookie and
I'll have to go to Grub for more Fosse cookies.

Chef Minh Phan 
(Gaji and Beachwood Cafe)
explains tonight's dishes
and shares how this casual, farm to table
restaurant works.

I was surprised to find out that
Chef Minh follows me on Instagram.

Crispy Rice + Egg Meurette
Kendor Farms eggs soft poached in red wine with mushrooms,
Chinese sausage, with crispy heirloom Kohuko rice, served
with pickles and veg.

This makes a great brunch menu item.

Short Rib Sandwich

A short rib with good flavor, sauce, and house made pickles.

Chef Minh Phan
announces they will be open for dinner in October
and offers us a flourless double-chocolate and
peanut butter cookie.

I'll be back to Field Trip
for dinner, beginning in October.

1555 Vine Street #119
(corner of Selma and Morningside)
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-7600

This is only a sample of what to look forward to

Get your tickets HERE

Our next stop is a place I've been before,
Shophouse Kitchen

is a Southeast Asian concept 

The operation looks the same,
but the pans in the steam table
are filled with different ingredients.

Shophouse is strictly bowls,
with choice of white or brown rice,
rice noodles or salad.

Add a meat or tofu,
a vegetable, a sauce,
and a garnish.

Time to Eat!

If you like ginger ale,
you must try the Bruce Cost Ginger Ale.

I've tried the original on my first visit
and the Pomegranate with Hibiscus tonight.

Both were very good!

I started with salad as the base,
the Pork & Chicken Meatballs (with 1/2 steak),
1/2 charred corn and 1/2 green beans,
with a Tamarind Vinaigrette,
herb salad, and topped with crushed peanuts.

The menu has changed a bit since I first visited,
just after opening last summer.

Everyone raved about the Pork & Chicken meatballs,
I was fortunate to have had a chance to get 
half meatballs and half steak.

The meatballs were light and flavorful,
not solid like most meatballs.
I'm glad I listened to the 'regulars'

Coconut Rice & Mango Parfait
Sweet coconut rice topped with mango.

A nice dessert to cool down 
some of the spices from the
flavors of Southeast Asia. 

If you've never been, I do suggest checking out
the menu first and looking for the heat index on the menu.
Some of the items are spicy.

Thanks to Claire,
we got a behind-the-scenes look
into the kitchen and some of the ingredients

It was good to hear that they
use seasonal vegetables,
so the menu will have a variety.

like sibling Chipotle Mexican Grill,
sources organically grown produce whenever practical.

Their food offerings are entirely gluten-free, wheat-, and dairy-free, 
and a selection of Responsibly Raised® meats.

Besides, it was a good Asian inspired bowl.
Look for more Shophouse Kitchens opening.

6333 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 462-28856
Open daily 11 am-10pm

Don't forget, Sunset & Dine is October 2nd
and tickets are available HERE

Our 3rd stop of the evening was Fabiolus Cucina,
on the SE corner of Sunset & Vine.

Fabiolus Cucina owner, Fabio Conti,
invited us to enjoy the evening and
introduced his dishes from Verona.

As we were seated,
a caprese salad was on the table.

My favorite! 

Piatto Agricolo

How can you not like grilled seasonal vegetables?

Bruschetta di Pomodoro
with fresh mozzarella, tomato, oregano, on a toasted ciabatta bread.

Everything was so good,
it was like Fabio knew what I like...
Do other people like these dishes too???

A pizza is not a pizza
at Fabiolus Cucina.

They use an organic Kamut flour, very low in yeast and
needs 3 days to slowly rise.  It's a crispy and light
crust that doesn't ferment inside of your stomach.

I was satisfied with the dishes on the table, but Fabio was finished...

Gnocchi Radicchio e Salsiccia
Potato gnocchi, radicchio, Italian sausage, and sliced garlic.


Polenta e Spezzatino
Slow braised beef stewed with red wine,
onion, celery, and carrot over soft polenta.

As much as I love gnocchi,
I think I'll have to order this dish in the future.

One more thing...
OK, 3 more things,
remember Fabio is bringing out dishes.

Blueberry Cheesecake 

Apple Pie

Chocolate Cake

All of the desserts were delicious
and a nice ending to an incredible food evening.

6270 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 467-2882

If Sunset & Dine is any indication
from the food tonight, 
you must get your tickets NOW for this food event!

The restaurants and exhibitors at Sunset & Dine:

Amoeba Music
Broadway LA / Pantages Theatre
Doomie's Home Cookin'
Fabiolus Cucina
Field Trip / Hollywood Farmer's market
The Los Angeles Film School
Los Balcones
McDonald's on Vine
Shophouse Southeast Asian Kitchen
Village Pizzeria

I attend many food events a year, 
most are in the $50 - $200 range.
Sunset & Dine is a chance to sample
food from the area, with beer and wine,
AND a live concert,
ALL for $25!

Get your Sunset & Dine tickets HERE

For more information on Sunset & Dine,

October 2, 2014
Taglyan Complex

Proceeds benefit The Center at Blessed Sacrament

Thank You!
Central Hollywood Coalition
Fabio Conti
Claire Curtis
Genevieve Haines
The Los Angeles Film School
Chef Minh Phan
Nerissa Silao
Devin Strecker

Follow #SunsetandDine

NOTE:  I was a guest of Sunset & Dine, Field Trip, Shophouse Kitchen,
and Fabiolus Cucina.  I thank them for the invitation and hospitality.
All opinions and comments are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ramen Monday - Little Tokyo Hakata Ramen - September 15th

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It's Ramen Monday!

Last week was the celebration of Shin Sen Gumi's 3rd Anniversary
of their Little Tokyo location and had their Hakata Ramen for $3 a bowl!!!
(9/8 to 9/11)

I usually don't go to Shin-Sen-Gumi's promotions
because a lot of people show up.

But this was a bit different, I was in the area
AND could have a late lunch / early dinner today.

Met up with a couple of friends and didn't
have to wait long (about 20 mins at 2 pm)

We didn't get a table, but did sit at the counter
overlooking the kitchen.

Not really a line to get in this afternoon,
but at least they were prepared
(1:50 pm Tuesday)

See What Jay Eats...

Hakata Ramen
$3 a bowl

AND they offered Extra Noodle too.

Photo Courtesy of Conan O'Brien
Keizo Shimamoto explains the proper
way to eat ramen on
Conan O'Brien

Watch it HERE

Happy 3rd Anniversary
Little Tokyo!

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Upcoming September 626 Night Market - 2014

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This is the 3rd and Final 626 Night Market
at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia for 2014.

Celebrating the End of Summer!

Here's what I'm looking forward to this weekend...

Photo Courtesy of Oh Thit!
Rainbow Tacos
from Oh Thit! 

A lemongrass pork grilled to perfection with fresh cabbage,
onions, cilantro, topped with the special Oh Thit! sauce
on a warm corn tortilla.

I did get to sample the work-in-progress version
and THAT was good OR should I say "Thit!" was good!

I love tacos, this one had a nice kick with the flavorful pork.

20" Satay
(The longest satay at a Night Market)
from Aunty Merry 

Chicken, Angus Beef, and Chicken Curry satay available.

I've had their satay and Indonesian corn at a previous 626
and was very good.  

This week has been quite warm and just thought to check
the weather for this weekend in the San Gabriel Valley.

It's Gonna be a Hot One!

Here's some items to cool down 
with at this weekend's 626...

Our friends at Pop'D Up (E37)
have some great drinks and popsicles
to cool down on a warm evening.

You must checkout their Thai popsicle maker,
it's amazing how it works and yet such a simple concept.

A "Must Try" is the Thai tea with boba.  Also, fresh watermelon,
young coconut, and green tea popsicles.

Another product to cool down with this weekend is

Sample this pudding for FREE
just for my followers

Print the above coupon for a FREE Soy Pudding
and sign up for AFC Soy Foods' newsletter HERE

Bring the coupon to the AFC Soy Foods' Booth
at 626 Night Market and redeem for a FREE Soy Pudding
(see coupon for complete details)

Tell them that Chef Jay says Hello!

My favorite flavor is the Lychee.
It reminds me of the lychee tree in 
my grandparents backyard in Hawaii.
Now you know the background story... 

Photo Courtesy of Chilly Ribbons
Their Watermelon (non-dairy) shaved snow
was really good and nice on a hot day
from Chilly Ribbons

Look for their booth, you might even get snowed on...

100% Real Lemonade
with pure cane sugar


At night, you get a blinking ice cube too!

Photo Courtesy of Fluff Ice
My friends at Fluff Ice always
have something cool and refreshing
and are a 626 favorite.

My favorite is the peach fluff ice...

(This week was the Apple announcement
and the 3rd year of Steve Jobs' passing.
In his memory)

One more thing...

Ahi Tuna Poke Tacos
with Uni
at Mama Musubi 

We added some sea urchin
on the last day of the August 626.
With such a large demand and direct messages,
we decided to do ahi poke tacos again
and offer them with UNI this time!
(See the dream sequence on Instagram HERE)

It's great on a hot day...

I guess dreams do come true at 626!

NOTE:  This is my collaboration with Mama Musubi

See you at 626!

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram

Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007

Friday, Sept 12:  4pm - 1 am
Saturday, Sept 13:  4pm - 1 am
Sunday, Sept 14:  4pm - 10 pm
(some vendors will not be there on Sunday)

See the 626 Night Market vendor map HERE

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

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ramen Monday - The Original Ramen Burger L.A. Grand Opening - September 8th

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This is a special edition of Ramen Monday, 
the Grand Opening of The Original Ramen Burger L.A.
Friday, September 5, 2014
The Grand Opening!

The Original Ramen Burger team set up shop
in the kitchen at Lock and Key on Vermont Ave in KTown.

You can order from the takeout window,
or go inside Lock and Key
and can order at a table or the bar.

If you follow me, you saw some behind-the-scenes
of the pre-opening tasting HERE

If not, follow me on Twitter and Instagram

The Ramen Burger creator, Keizo Shimamoto,
was in town for an appearance on Conan O'Brien 
on Thursday, September 4th.

After the taping on Thursday,
about 30 studio audience members
showed up to buy a Ramen Burger.

I have a feeling there'll be a lot people
from out-of-town in line...

If you missed the show,
watch it HERE

See What Jay Eats...

The Grand Opening Party
was at Lock and Key,
beer provided by Asahi Beer.

I love Super Dry!

It's been a year since I've seen my friend.
Got to congratulate him in person
for all of his successes and looking forward
to what's next.

Ramen Burgers at the party
and Keizo didn't have to cook tonight...

Jeffrey Shimamoto
introducing his younger brother and
Ramen Burger creator, Keizo.

Keizo Shimamoto introducing the Conan clip

Watching the Conan clip from Thursday's appearance.

Video Courtesy of Kristie Hang,
if you couldn't figure it out by now...
Keizo officially opens 
"The Original Ramen Burger L.A."

Although you can order a Ramen Burger outside at the window,
you can also order one inside at Lock and Key.
(Ramen Burger with an egg and La Sriracha Macha)

239 S. Vermont Ave (at 3rd St)
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 380-2399

Check website for hours,
Closed Mondays

Go Ramen! Go Life!

Thank You!
Jeffrey Shimamoto
Keizo Shimamoto
Miho Shimamoto
Ramen Burger LA Team

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Video Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi