Showing posts from May, 2016

Hollywood Food Tour - May 2016

"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... We met up at Demitasse Roastery and Kitchen 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. Next, the chef at Demitasse Roastery and Kitchen created a Medley Plate for us (L)  Vegetarian Lumpia  with green beans, snap peas, peanuts, and black garlic (C)  Crudo Yell

Sushi of Gari - Hollywood

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 waaaa

OC Night Market - May 2016

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,   OC Night Market (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  shr