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

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