Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hollywood Foodies Tour - February 2015

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It's February, Roll out the Red Carpet at Hollywood and Highland,
it's Academy Awards time at the Dolby Theater!


Photo Courtesy of Hollywood and Highland
Only thing, I'm not here for Oscar Night,
but I am here to find
the next food hit in Hollywood.


I joined a group of food writers,
bloggers, and food influencers on this
#HollywoodFoodies tour.

See What Jay Eats...


On the way to the Dolby Theater
(no red carpet yet)
there's one stop you need to make...


GROM
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
GROM for Gelato!

(As of February 2, 2015, still under construction)


But, Sophia was kind enough to introduce
us to GROM, one of Torino, Italy's premiere gelato.

GROM uses 100% natural ingredients, only fresh and
seasonal fruit, no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

We sampled the GROM lemon
and crema di from with chocolate chip.
Both were excellent!  Anytime you use
great ingredients, something wonderful happens.

GROM will be opening soon
and I'll be back! 

For more info on GROM,
click HERE


Only in Hollywood!


After a sweet start to our Hollywood food adventure,
we headed East on Hollywood Blvd to our next stop:


Greenleaf Chop Shop
6201 Hollywood Blvd #120, Hollywood, CA 90028
This is the first Greenleaf Chop Shop with a bar.

(waiting for pre-opening inspections/permits)
I know how that is...


The inside / outside bar
(looking in from the patio)

Only in Hollywood!

You might be asking, what's Greenleaf?
It's a fast-casual eatery serving health-focused,
premium gourmet salads and sandwiches.


A tour of the bar, kitchen, private room in the back, 
and patio.  I'll have to come back and customize a
salad or come in for their weekend brunch (including Mondays).

Looking forward to their Grand Opening!

For more info on Greenleaf Hollywood,
click HERE


Next Stop:  Pressed Juciery
6201 Hollywood Blvd #128, Hollywood, CA 90028
Pressed Juicery
its just like their name...

They're California's leading cold-pressed juice chain,
selling thousands of bottles every day in
Los Angeles and San Francisco locations.


The founders one goal is to bring delicious,
premium, and nutritious juice to everyone.

They're doing a good job,
at least the ones I've tasted.


A frozen way to eat your fruits and veggies...
(dairy free)

Only in Hollywood!

For more info on Pressed Juciery
click HERE


I grew up coming to Hollywood to see movies
at the Chinese Theater or the Egyptian.
We would bring our out-of-town relatives to
Hollywood to see the Walk of Fame and look for souvenirs.
These days, there are so many good places to eat
in Hollywood.  I'm glad to have been invited to
see some new food places in this area.
It's awesome to see this area grow in the culinary field too.


Next Stop:  Katsuya Hollywood
6300 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
A Philippe Starck designed restaurant & bar
located at the famous corner at Hollywood and Vine.


Burning Mandarin

Absolut mandarin, hand-crushed serrano chili,
fresh lemon, orange, and cranberry juice.

It had a nice kick to it!


Crispy Rice and Spicy Tuna

One of Katsuya's most popular signature dish.

It's funny how many places have copied this dish,
Katsuya is the originator.


Truffle and Chive Chawanmushi
served in an egg shell.

Three layers of truffle, savory egg, and light soy sauce.

It's hard to do this dish well, 
this was very good. 


Hokkaido Scallop Sashimi
with green ponzu, Fuji apple, ginger oil, and watercress.

Nuff said.


I didn't know that Katsuya Hollywood has a secret menu
You'll have to ask, as it's not on the menu:

*Halibut carpaccio, pineapple salsa, truffle oil, ponzu
*Tuna ponzu, grapefruit ponzu gelee, grapefruit segments, blue fin tuna,
daikon shiso salad, with fresh wasabi
*Scallop sunamono:  scallop crude with cucumber, 
lime, amazu in a spoon
*Cold smoked salmon, spicy seaweed salad, citrus creme fraiche

Insider Tip:  Katsuya Hollywood will put any sashimi on 
spaghetti squash instead of rice, just ask for your 
order "Hollywood Style." 

Now you're a Hollywood insider!
Wink Wink


Photo Courtesy of @cryskay
I guess when you win the Super Bowl the
day before, you can show up at our table and join us for dinner.

Thanks to New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski for stopping by...

Only in Hollywood!


We ended our Katsuya Hollywood tasting on a high note.
A-4 Wagyu Fried Rice

A-4 Wagyu beef with garlic chips over rice.
The au jus from the Wagyu is mixed into the rice.

It tastes like it sounds, tender beef and flavorful!
I'm still thinking about this dish...

For more info on Katsuya Hollywood,
click HERE


On to our next stop:  Cleo
The Redbury @ Hollywood and Vine,
1717 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028
Brussels Sprouts

with capers, parsley, almonds,
and a red wine vinaigrette.

One of their signature dishes and very good.
I love fried brussels sprouts.


Hummus with Tahini

Chef Danny Elmaleh has created a wonderful
contemporary Mediterranean menu. 

I remember him from his restaurant Celedon,
I enjoyed his menu back then and enjoyed what
I had here tonight.

Only in Hollywood!


Artichoke Flatbread

with potato, wilted arugula, and mozzarella.

I love artichokes, so I enjoyed this one.


Falafel

served over Tahini with Tabbouleh in the center.


For more info on Cleo,
click HERE


Next Stop:  Upstairs to "The Library"
The Redbury @ Hollywood and Vine
1717 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028
A great view of Hollywood and Vine
from The Library.

With a private outdoor courtyard and bar,
The Library is a one of a kind hotel bar.

The Redbury is a boutique hotel,
Cleo is the restaurant downstairs and
The Library is the hotel bar upstairs 
(no reservations required)


Outdoor Courtyard
with fire pits.

Now open 7 days a week.

You can even order something to eat 
from Cleo in the courtyard.

Only in Hollywood!


The shelves are filled with books, hence the name...

After a long day, its a nice place to relax with a good book


or enjoy a specialty cocktail at the bar.

Either way, a very cool place that's tucked away
and I wouldn't have known it existed.


For more info on The Library, 
click HERE


Only in Hollywood!

There are some fantastic food places that have opened/opening
in Hollywood.  So the next time you see a show at the Pantages,
a film at the Chinese Theater, shopping at Hollywood and Highland,
or a trip to see the stars homes, checkout one of these eateries.


Thank You!
Genevive Haines
Kerry Morrison
Nerissa Silao
Devin Strecker





NOTE:  I was a guest of GROM, Greenleaf Hollywood, Pressed Juicery,
Katsuya Hollywood, Cleo, and The Library.  I thank them for the
invitation and their hospitality.
All opinions and comments are strictly my own.




Photos by Jay Terauchi
Unless noted
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