Sunday, December 27, 2015

Pasadena - Tatsunoya Ramen

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Welcome to Pasadena!

 If you love ramen and are in the San Gabriel Valley,
you need to checkout Tatsunoya Ramen
on Fair Oaks in Pasadena.

 Just one block North of Colorado Blvd
in Old Pasadena.

 Tatsunoya Ramen is from Japan
and this is their first U.S. location.

I'm glad that this Japanese company didn't
open in an area with other ramen restaurants,
such as West Los Angeles (Sawtelle Blvd) or
the South Bay (Torrance/Gardena).
Those areas are over-staurated with ramen places.

I became aware of Tatsunoya Ramen
 I was able to sample their tonkotsu ramen
and remembered that I really enjoyed this one
from the Ramen Yokocho Festival.

Want to see more of the Ramen Yokocho Festival,
click HERE for March 2014 at Santa Anita Park

September 2013 Ramen Yokocho Festival
in Torrance, click HERE

See What Jay Eats...

 Tatsunoya Roll
with pork chashu

We skipped the gyoza to sample a sushi roll.
This roll had pink rice and pork chashu inside,
the pork was a bit overcooked tho.
Since this was the first day, I'm sure it will get
adjusted in the future.

 Koku Ramen

Tonkotsu broth
with my favorite thin noodles.

It was a good broth and welcome
addition to Pasadena.

Macha Custard with Hazel nuts
for dessert.

I'm glad that there's now a decent ramen
restaurant in Pasadena and a place
I'll come back to.

16 N Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 432-1768

Lunch Hours:  11 am - 3 pm
Dinner Hours:  11 am - 11 pm

Holiday hours will vary, call restaurant.

Tomoko Imade Dyen
Mikitaka Nagamatsu
Tatsunoya Ramen

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of Tatsunoya Ramen.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Pasadena - Afters Ice Cream

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When I asked co-workers if they've heard of
Afters Ice Cream, they gave me a blank stare.

I mentioned that maybe some of their friends had
posted pictures of the milky bun from Orange County,
still nothing.

Another person overheard my description
and said "ice cream donut!"
and then heads started nodding and smiles emerged.

Well, the 'ice cream donut' has arrived
in Pasadena!

 Afters Ice Cream owners (from L)
David Ly, Scott Nghiem, and Andy Nguyen
opening their 5th location in Pasadena.

I've visited the original Afters' location in
Fountain Valley and had their ice cream
on a few occasions.

A wide range of flavors and toppings,
a very popular late night sweet snack.

A couple of blocks East of Pasadena City College
on Green Street
and just North of Cal Tech,
it doesn't get any sweeter...

Located at the old 'Motordogs' location.
I mentioned to the owners, although I miss
Motordogs' fries, I'm glad that the milky bun
is closer to home...

See What Jay Eats...

What do I order?
Their signature Milky Bun,
glazed or un-glazed,
that IS the question...

If you can't decide on which ice cream flavor,
you can order it "half and half" with two
different flavors for an additional 50 cents.

Cookie Monster ice cream
is vanilla, chocolate chip cookies, and fudge.
Oh and bright blue.
This one is topped with fruity pebbles.

If the Milky Bun isn't your thing,
don't worry, they also serve
scoops of ice cream too.

Read Kristie Hang's Grand Opening 
LAist article HERE

1265 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91106

Hours:  12 noon - 12 midnight

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Friday, December 18, 2015

Long Beach - The Halal Guys Opening!

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Another Southern California opening
of The Halal Guys from New York!

If you've been following me, 
you know that I'm a fan
and at their opening in October.

With the opening of the 2nd location
in Southern California in Long Beach,
I was invited to get a sneak peak at this location. 

Grand Opening on January 2, 2016!

Besides staff training,
the media was invited
to sample why their lines
are so long in NYC.

On past trips to NYC,
The Halal Guys' cart
was always a late night stop.
Now, I don't need to travel 2,500 miles.

 A platter with everything,
including a falafel.

Gotta love the famous White Sauce

 Choice of gyro (beef), chicken, and falafel.
You can choose 1 or 2 items

Each platter comes with rice, pita, lettuce & tomatoes
and served with their famous white sauce 
and red sauce (hot).

Fresh-Cut Fries 

Get it with sauce!

 Tabbouleh Salad

Only available at the Long Beach location
for the time being.

 If the platter seems like too much food,
you can get the sandwich version.

The sandwich version is
served in a pita with lettuce & tomatoes
and one of the above proteins,
along with the sauces.

 Although tonight was a test run,
the staff did a great job 
and ready for the Grand Opening
on January 2, 2016.

One more thing...

Can't leave without dessert!

If you're in the Long Beach area,
checkout The Halal Guys,
near CSULB.

This location will be open until 2 am

More White Sauce Please...

1804 Ximeno Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

Grand Opening January 2, 2016!

Read my post on their Costa Mesa location HERE

Thank You!
Thomas Phan
Jennifer Morris

NOTE:  I was a guest of The Halal Guys
and thank them for the invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Friday, December 11, 2015

Picnic L.A. in Culver City

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December in Los Angeles
is Picnic time!

Let me explain...

A new casual concept just opened in Culver City,
just steps from Sony Studios,
called Picnic LA.

This concept offers a menu
with an emphasis on seasonal vegetables,
composed salads, and well prepared proteins
in a casual 'picnic' manner.

Photo by Picnic LA
You move down the line and select 
your components, they're either
plated or packed for a picnic.

See What Jay Eats...

On this day, I chose the following:

Farro & Roasted Brussels Sprouts
with pickled shallots, peanuts, thai basil,
and mint.

Prosciutto & Fuyu Persimmons
with jalape├▒os 

Chef Alex Resnick mentioned that
the menu depends on the availability
of fresh products.  Something that you
can taste in the food.

Photo by Picnic LA
Toasted Barley & Butternut Squash
with sunflower seeds, harissa, and cilantro.
(vegan and slightly spicy)

Lots of vegan options here

Oil-Poached Salmon

Co-Founder, Eliot Silver, says
the proteins will change regularly
and the daily menu is available
on their website.

"Picnics on Demand" is available
for take-out and they have
a dedicated register in the back,
avoid the line at the door...

My Picnic LA lunch with
(cold pressed apple, lemon,
ginger, and cayenne)

Co-Founder, Eliot Silver, informed
us of their "Prix Fixe" Picnic Lunch.
You pick the components within
the sets.  See their website
for Prix Fixe combinations HERE

Other goodies I sampled

 Farmers' Market Crudite
with seasonal vegetables and served
with a buttermilk dip

Loved how this crudite
was displayed and served.

Photo by Picnic LA
Roasted Beets

Always a favorite
and a good one here.


They have a variety of desserts too.
Check their online menu
for the daily selection.

Everything served here can be packed
for a picnic.  Also, checkout their
'retail' picnic items.

This is a new concept that is an
upscale market-driven menu,
there's something for everyone.

I really liked how the
food is displayed
and served.

9900 Culver Blvd, Unit 1B
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-3388

Thank You!
Alex Resnick
Eliot Silver
Brad Zions

NOTE:  I was a guest of Picnic LA.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless otherwise noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Brooklyn - two8two Bar + Burger

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Before leaving NYC, I was told I needed to get a burger
at two8two in Brooklyn.  

On my last night before heading home, it was
a stop at two8two to try one of their burgers.

See What Jay Eats...  

After ordering a draft, we started with
with beef, bean and cheese on
house-made tortilla chips with pico de gallo.

The shredded cheese nachos are my favorite...

Burgers Up!
two8two burger
with roasted poblano chiles,
cheddar cheese, and two8two sauce
on a toasted bun.

It was a really good burger,
the poblano chiles made the difference.

As we were at the bar,
there were two first-time customers
who said they wanted burgers.
Each ordered one and after finishing,
one of them ordered another one,
said "it was that good."
(I agree) 

It's a nice neighborhood place.
It's not in a huge space, but one of those 
places where everyone knows your name.
Sorry, wrong city...

I'll be back!

282 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 596-2282

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Pub at Chino Hills - New Gastropub Menu

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There's nothing better than starting the weekend
with cocktails and a gastropub menu, right?

Thanks to Tanaya's Table for the invitation 
to sample the new gastropub menu

After ordering my Firestone 805 (blonde ale),
the first course arrived at the table.

See What Jay Eats...

Cauliflower Ceviche, Laotian Style Beef Jerky, 
and Fried Pork Belly Bites.

The Cauliflower Ceviche served with
tortilla chips and diced tomatoes, serrano peppers,
garlic, onions, and cilantro,
marined in lime juice.

This was a nice alternative to fish
and something I would have again.

The Laotian Style Beef Jerky goes
great with a beer (or two).

Fried Pork Belly Bites
fried and served with herbed creme fraiche.

Not your typical bar food and
a nice way to start the evening...

 A variety of sandwiches
put together by the kitchen
for us to try.

One stood out was the Pub Melt (center)
with ground beef, onions, two types of cheese,
and bone marrow butter on toasted rye.

From what we sampled, there really
weren't any misses on this plate.

 If you're not a meat eater,
there's the Soyrizo Burger.

A house made patty with black beans, farrow,
soy, Portobello mushrooms, and roasted peppers.
Served with arugula and Portobello mushrooms.

 White Lasagna
with layers of fresh pasta sheets, wild mushrooms,
duck confit, herbed mascarpone cheese, and parmesan
b├ęchamel sauce.  Topped with truffle oil.

I love duck confit, I enjoyed this dish.

 Chicken Pappardelle
Tossed with mushrooms and spinach in
a spicy cream sauce and 
topped with fried prosciutto.

It wasn't really super spicy, but had a spicy finish.

Thyme Pork Tenderloin
A thyme basted pork tenderloin served with 
roasted carrot puree, wild mushrooms, mustard
greens, and candied walnuts.

I loved the mushrooms with this dish.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Flourless Chocolate Cake,
and a Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
to end the tasting. 

5771 Pine Avenue
Chino Hills, CA 91709
(909) 597-2224

The Pub at Chino Hills has just taken it up
a notch with their new gastropub menu.  
While we were there on a Saturday night,
they had live music to a almost full bar area.
There are tables in the back and TVs to
watch the game. 

Thank You!

NOTE:  I was a guest of The Pub at Chino Hills.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi