Monday, May 30, 2016

Hollywood Food Tour - May 2016

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"Overture, curtains, lights
This is it, you'll hit the heights
And oh what heights we'll hit
On with the show this is it"

~ The Bugs Bunny Show

That Famous Sign...

Only In Hollywood!

I was fortunate to again be invited to join
a walking food tour through Hollywood.

This tour includes some places I haven't
been yet and a couple of new restaurants 
that have opened recently.

See the Hollywood Foodie Tour 2015 HERE

See What Jay Eats...

for some Strawberry Ginger Lattes as other
food writers, bloggers, and influencers arrive.

A Kombucha Dog Raspberry
and the Strawberry Gazpacho.

The Strawberry Gazpacho
with a crispy Jamon Serrano,
a quail egg, and croutons.

created a Medley Plate for us

(L)  Vegetarian Lumpia 
with green beans, snap peas, peanuts, and black garlic
(C)  Crudo
Yellowtail, Ogo Seaweed, Candlenut, Rice Pellets, Avocado
(R) Hanger Steak
Tamago (Japanese Egg Omelet) , Morel Mushrooms,
Cipollini Mushrooms

If this is any indication of the rest of the menu,
I'll be back!

Our 2nd stop was at Mama Shelter
Founded by the Trigano family,
most known for Club Med,
opened this hip 6 story hotel last year.

The name comes from mama taking care of her guests, 
staying at mama's house, mama's cooking, etc.

We headed up to the rooftop
for a tour and cocktails.

Photo by Kristie Hang
Could it get any better?

While taking in the view
with one of Mama Shelter's cocktails.

Thanks Mama!

The view of the Cinerama Dome,
CNN Building, and Downtown Los Angeles.
Looking North, a great view of
the Hollywood Sign.

There are mini foosball tables on this side
and will also have yoga classes on Sundays,
price includes a cocktail at the bar.
(Now that's what I call Yoga!)

Only In Hollywood!

From Selma Avenue,
we headed to Hollywood Blvd.
Our 3rd Stop was at CRE8 Crepes
for their hand-held custom crepes.

I found out that CRE8 Crepes
is from Australia and just opened
a couple of months ago.

I opted for one with
strawberries, blueberries, Nutella,
Vanilla Ice Cream, and topped with
whipped cream and Fruity Pebbles.

They have lots of fresh fruit and many
favorite toppings to choose from
to create your own crepe.

It was made just the way I like it
and I was happy.

The Best thing about CRE8 Crepes,
they're open LATE!

After crepes,
we headed West down Hollywood Blvd
to Hollywood and Highland
and up to the 3rd Floor
 Our 4th Stop was at Jinya Ramen Express.
Create your own ramen bowl.

You can create your own bowl or order
one of their signature bowls.

Order with the cashier,
pick your soup base,
noodle type (I like thin noodles)
and the toppings.

Once your order is complete,
your bowl, broth, and noodles 
come from the back kitchen.

 The next step is for your 
toppings being added.

There are a lot of toppings to choose from

 The Final Step,
it's time to eat!

I love their tonkotsu and ordered
their Signature Bowl #1
with thin noodles.

Eating at Jinya Ramen Express and PokiNometry,
there's a patio overlooking
Hollywood Blvd and a nice
place to eat outside.

BTW, they know how to cook an egg,
it was just right.

Only In Hollywood!

From build your own ramen bowl,
 to build your own Poke bowl
(and it's right next to Jinya Ramen Express).
Our 5th Stop was at PokiNomentry.

Poke is a Hawaiian appetizer,
usually a raw tuna base with
a soy sauce dressing and condiments.

 You move down the PokiNometry line 
selecting your base (greens or rice),
fish, sauce, and toppings.

If you follow me, you know I grew up on poke.
It's always fun to create your own poke,
they way you like it.

Photo By Kristie Hang
A Salmon Poke Bowl

Thanks PokiNometry!

On our way to our 6th Stop of the evening,
we headed downstairs to the
Hollywood & Highland Metro Station.

We boarded the Metro Red Line
to the Vine Station
(1 stop)

Notice the actual film reels lining the Vine Station ceiling,
very cool.  I've been to this Metro station before,
I guess I never looked up...

Only In Hollywood!

We arrived at our 6th stop of the evening
Photo by Sushi of Gari
The recently opened Sushi of Gari

Originating from NYC, this is the first
West Coast outpost of owner / chef Masatoshi
"Gari" Sugio's omakase focused restaurant.

This is where all the magic happens...

It's not a large restaurant, an 11 seat sushi bar
and only 16 seat dining room.

We were invited to sample some of their
signature sushi.

Chef Gari creates original sauces and toppings
for his omakase (chef's choice) sushi menu.

See more of my visit to Sushi of Gari HERE

Only In Hollywood!

There's always something new happening
in Hollywood.  Whether it's a new restaurant
or entertainment venue, there's a lot of good
things to see and do in Hollywood.

Thank You!
Devin Strecker
Genevieve Haines
Joe Mariani
Kerry Morrison
Nerissa Silao

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of Only In Hollywood.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality
by the various Hollywood venues we visited.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sushi of Gari - Hollywood

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Photo by Sushi of Gari
 Now Open in Hollywood!

I was first introduced to Sushi of Gari years ago in NYC.
A friend invited me for omakase at a Japanese restaurant.
Omakase is "chef's choice" in Japanese,
meaning, the chef will serve the very best of the day.

Owner Chef Masatoshi "Gari" Sugio became a sushi chef in
Japan at the age of 19.  He was drawn to the artistic and
culinary world of sushi.  Years later, he opened his own
restaurant in NYC.

 I was invited to a media preview of their new
Hollywood location.  

It's not a very large space,
maybe 11-12 seats at the sushi bar,
and 6 tables (accommodating 2-4 people).
There's also a private room.

 Besides great fish,
the beverages are top notch too.

How about an $800 bottle of 
Dassai Junmai Daiginjo "Beyond"?

Photo by True Sake
In case you were wondering, 
here's what an $800 bottle of sake looks like.

It's waaaay Beyond me...

Gari san's logo
on the band around the chopsticks

The first time I had sushi at Sushi of Gari in NYC,
I wasn't expecting sauces or elaborate toppings, 
other than soy sauce, ponzu, or green onions.

When the first piece arrived in front of me,
my first thought was, why is there a tomato
on top of the fish?

It worked and it was all very good.
Although I've had numerous omakase
experiences, I knew this would truly be different.

We were invited to sample
six of chef Gari's Signature Sushi.
 (L)  BF Tuna w/creamy tofu puree
(C)  Japanese Red Snapper w/baby greens, pine nuts,
crispy lotus root and a wasabi-olive oil
(R)  Salmon with sautéed tomato and a sweet onion sauce

Not your typical nigiri sushi

(Back Row, Left)  Chu-Toro BF Tuna with grated Daikon and Ponzu
(Back Row, Right)  Seared Black Cod with miso garlic 
(Front)  Blow-torched Fluke w/poached quail egg, sweet onion sauce,
and White Truffle oil

All were Amazing!

As you can see, these pieces probably don't look like
the sushi at your favorite sushi bar.
Gari san takes pride in creating original sauces
and topping to enhance the individual fish served
to his customers.  But, it doesn't overpower
the flavor of the fish.  Good job
and I'm glad you're here!

"Welcome to Hollywood!
What's your dream?  Everybody comes here;
this is Hollywood, land of dreams.
Some dreams come true, some don't;
but keep on dreamin' - this is Hollywood.
Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin' "

~ Pretty Woman

Click HERE to view the a la carte sushi menu/prices

Kouske Ueyama

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of Sushi of Gari.
I 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 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

OC Night Market - May 2016

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April Showers brings May Flowers,
do you know what May Flowers bring?

Baseball and the start of the Night Market Season,
my two favorite Spring activities.

First one of the season,
(May 13 - 15, 2016)
the weather was a bit on the cool side.

But it was a good kick-off to the 
Night Market season
and to see NM friends...

Here's some of what I enjoyed at
the May 2016 OC Night Market

 Checking out Square Ice Cream
with their Square Donuts.

Can't decide?

Tried them all...

Of course I was waiting for this one...

The Rainbow Tacos from Oh Thit!
A grilled lemongrass pork with cabbage
and Oh Thit! sauce.

One of my all time night market favorites.

Oh Thit! also make a great filet mignon skewer
and grilled corn with scallion oil.

Speaking of tacos...
The Okamoto Kitchen truck
introduced their Pork Chashu Tacos

A slow-cooked Japanese style pork belly with 
shredded cabbage, ginger, green onions, sesame seeds,
and a special glaze served on soft corn tortillas.

 I'm a fan of Pop'd Up,
they have such great drinks.

I finally get to try their 
Blood Orange Elderflower soda!

They always sell out of this and today's
my special day!  I got there early enough
to finally (after 4 night markets) get to try it.

Their other flavors are good too.  

The Cha-Cha Matcha

A liquid nitrogen Matcha green tea ice cream
with classic oreo cookies.  
A twist on Singaporean ice cream bread.

They had an ice cream eating contest too...

Look for Crescendo Ice Cream at the Santa Anita Park
626 Night Market.

Look for the Chilly Ribbons Chalet

The Chilly Ribbons' Menu

My favorite, the Watermelon Bomb.

2 flavors of Chilly Ribbons 
and watermelon pieces
with condensed milk.

What's a Night Market without a spiral cut potato?
Had to get the Famous Swirls Potato 
with Ketchup seasoning from

Who would've thought a fried potato would
go great with Ketchup?

It was a great start to the night market season
and look forward to the next
June 17 -19, 2016

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi