Monday, June 22, 2015

A Favorite Burger - Plan Check Kitchen on Sawtelle

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Living in Los Angeles, there are a lot of good burger places, such
as Umami Burger, Apple Pan, Father's Office, In n Out, etc.

One of my favorites places for a burger is Plan Check Kitchen + Bar,
headed by chef Ernesto Uchimura.  Chef Ernesto is the former 
corporate executive chef at Umami Burger.

One of my favorites...
(Plan Check Burger)

with Americanized dashi cheese, ketchup leather, schmaltz onions,
and mixed pickles on a crunch bun.

Just one of the genius things of this burger is Chef Uchimura's
creation of the ketchup leather.  It's housemade ketchup
which has been dehydrated (similar to a fruit roll-up).
It's placed at the bottom of the burger, preventing the
burger juices from getting the bottom bun soggy AND you
still get the ketchup flavor, brilliant! 

It was a beautiful Los Angeles day,
so sitting out on the patio was an easy decision.  

See What Jay Eats...

 Housemade Yuzu Soda

It couldn't get any better...

cooked in beef tallow with smoked salt and 
served with fresh housemade ketchup

OK, it could get better...

What's a burger without fries, right?

 Smoked Fried Chicken
Jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, 
and spicy pickled okra.
(served under the 3 pieces of chicken)

The chicken was cooked perfectly and
with a nice surprise of the yam preserves
and the okra.

For those who want more than a burger,
I suggest checking the daily special board too.

One more thing...
Cruller Donuts
(cooked to order)
served with cream and fruit

Can't leave without having dessert...

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-1411

Other Plan Check Kitchen locations,
Fairfax District and Downtown Los Angeles.

Checkout their Market Milkshake Mondays.
The chef goes out to the local farmer's market 
and a special milkshake is created for Mondays.
Read my post HERE

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Monday, June 15, 2015

Dodger Stadium: New Food and Promo Items for 2015

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 If you follow me, you know I love baseball
and food.  Last season, I was invited to a 
behind-the-scenes tour of the new restaurants 
at Dodger Stadium, 
I was looking forward to see what's new for 2015.

See my 2014 behind-the-scenes tour HERE

 Growing up on the next hill over from Dodger Stadium,
I was here a lot, a LOT.  

Dodger Stadium is the third oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues
(opened in 1962) and is the largest baseball stadium
by capacity at 56,000.  
I call it home... 

It's really nice to see that the ownership group
has updated this classic ballpark into the modern
times with new technology, more restrooms,
activities for the kids, and of course new FOOD!

The Dodgers were kind enough to invite me again
for another behind-the-scenes food adventure for this season.

As usual, I got here early to watch batting practice.

Just some of the Dodger Hall of Famers
just hanging around...

The chef gave us an introduction to
the new menu items for the 2015 season.

See What Jay Eats...

Extreme Loaded Dogs

Of the 3 "loaded" dogs presented to us,
I had to favor the L.A. classic street dog, a
Dodger dog wrapped in bacon with peppers, onions, 
mustard, and mayo.

A classic L.A. street dog with BACON!

Another "loaded" dog, a St. Louis Dog with fried onions and 
short rib.  

Celebrating the Dodger Cy Young winners,
Clayton Kershaw's pin giveaway
on September 20th.

 Upcoming promotional items:

Maury Wills Bobblehead - July 6th
Hello Kitty Plush - July 8th
Father's Day BBQ set - June 21st

After a close up examination of these items,
they're not the premium items I remember
getting as a kid from attending games.

*Promotional items are available to the first 40,000 fans.

 From Tommy Lasorda's Trattoria
in the Right Field Plaza...

Pepperoni Pizza

One of the best pizza's I've had a game...anywhere.
And I've been to baseball, basketball, hockey,
soccer, and football games across the country.

Pizza is sold by the slice, not the personal pan version
that you'd find at other venues.

Corn Porn Alert!

Last season, Elote (Mexican corn) was added to the menu.
Grilled corn covered in mayo, lime, cheese, chili powder, etc.

I had to get one for myself  from the Think Blue BBQ in 
the Left Field Plaza

Street Corn Nachos

This season executive chef Jason Tingley upped
the elote to another stadium favorite, nachos.

With roasted corn, this sweet and spicy nacho offering
is available at La Taqueria on the field and reserve levels.

This is a seasonal item, depending on summer corn availability.
Dodger Stadium using locally grown products when available.


A beer with clamato (clam and tomato juice), chili powder, 
assorted sauces and peppers, etc.

Goes great with the street corn nachos...

Sandy Koufax Bobblehead (Hall of Famer) - August 13th
Dodger Headphone Night - August 30th
(The headphones are styled similar to the Beats ones)

*Promotional items are available to the first 40,000 fans.

They don't have Helmet giveaways anymore,
but you can score a helmet at every game
with the Helmet Nachos.

It really should be called the 7th Inning Stretch,
cause you'll need one to finish them.
Ballpark nachos upgraded to Major League proportions.

The tasting ended with this upgraded ice cream cookie sandwich.
It was good, need I say more? 

The original Cool-A-Coo was my favorite 
(did I just show my age?),
and what I always wanted during the 7th inning stretch.

It was either a Cool-A-Coo or a frozen chocolate malt...

 It was now game time,
we headed to our seats to watch the Dodgers
battle the Diamondbacks.

It's time for Dodger baseball...

 Growing up, I couldn't come to a Dodger game
without having one or two or three or...nevermind.

The famous Dodger Dog with deli mustard
and onions.  NOW I'm at a Dodger game!

BTW, the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks in the 
bottom of the 9th, 7-6.

There's a lot of great family events happening at Dodger Stadium:

Friday Night Fireworks 
After each game, fans are permitted onto the field 
to watch the fireworks.

Viva Los Dodgers
Two hours prior to all Sunday home games
 in the parking lot.
Fans can enjoy live music, player autographs,
 and various activities.

Kids Run the Bases
After every Sunday Day game.

Movie Night
6/20 - The LEGO Movie
8/15 - Back to the Future
Fans are permitted onto the field after the game to watch the movie.

Just some of the fun stuff happening in 2015!

See my Dodger Stadium 2014 behind-the-scenes HERE

Thank You!
Los Angeles Dodgers
Steve Brener 
Yvonne Carrasco
David Siegel
Jason Tingley

NOTE:  I was a guest of the Los Angeles Dodgers and 
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, June 3, 2015

Market Milkshake Monday at Plan Check Kitchen

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 When is a milkshake not just a milkshake?

When it's a Monday at Plan Check Kitchen!

Each Sunday, the chef goes out to a local farmer's market
to select a special flavor for Monday's special milkshake.

 Along with other foodies, I got to sample the three
milkshakes for this week's Market Milkshake Monday.

It was the perfect tasting size, without being too much.

See What Jay Eats...

 This week's flavors:

Strawberry & Rose, topped with rose sugar and a rose petal.
Vanilla Bean

My favorite...

Each milkshake had that old skool classic flavor, which I loved,
but one of them stood out just a bit.

 Strawberry & Rose

Maybe it was the rose sugar on the top,
but you could taste the freshness of the local
strawberry with the rose.

 These are the full size milkshakes.

Each Monday, they'll have Vanilla Bean,
Chocolate, and a special flavor selected
at a local farmer's market.

What goes great with a Market Milkshake?

 One of Plan Check's burgers of course!

We had the Downtown location's special,
the K-BBQ Burger.

A grilled pork belly, kimchee, sprouting onions, Gochujang BBQ sauce,
sesame salt, and fried onions.

Being so close to KTown, the burger makes total sense
and works.

Pastrami Gravy Fries

With pastrami bits, pastrami gravy, melted Swiss cheese,
and chopped pickles.
(loved the pickles!) 

A great combo with one of their signature burgers.

You can't come to Plan Check without having dessert

Cruller Donuts

Loved how they're made to order and served
with cream and fruit.

It seems that I'm always ordering these donuts
when I'm at Plan Check.

If you're at Plan Check Kitchen on a Monday,
be sure to checkout the #MarketMilkshakeMonday
special.  I'm sure the taste will be amazing.

Here's my other posts:

First Visit - Sawtelle  HERE
Fairfax:  A Stussy Event  HERE

Plan Check Kitchen
now has 3 locations,
this was my first visit to the Downtown location.

1111 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 403-1616

NOTE:  I was a guest of Plan Check Kitchen for the milkshakes,
the rest of the menu items were paid for by me personally.
I thank Plan Check Kitchen for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi