Saturday, September 10, 2016

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

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About 5 years ago, I went to the True Food Kitchen
in Santa Monica for dinner.

Had a great time, the menu had a lot of options,
and the food was good.

But I don't live (or have projects)
on that side of town now...

Since my first visit, the menu has changed a bit
(for the better)
See my first visit HERE

Hearing of a healthy restaurant opening in Pasadena,
I wasn't thinking it would be True Food Kitchen,
but am glad it's them.

It's been years and I was invited to the 
Pasadena preview.

The Preview for invited guests
was held the weekend before
the opening.

 See What Jay Eats...

Started with the Health-Ade Kombucha
and added cranberry.

Other refreshers I would suggest is the
Medicine Man
a triple-brewed black tea, cranberry, pomegranate,
honey, and sea buckthorn.

Charred Cauliflower
with harissa tahini, medjool date, dill, mint, and pistachio 
(vegan and gluten-free)

This was our server's, Tony,
recommendation and we enjoyed it!

Edamame Dumplings
in a dashi, with white truffle oil, and asian herbs.

I thought of it more as a ravioli
than a dumpling.
Maybe that's the Asian in me...

Smoked Turkey Wrap
with avocado, tomato, cucumber, provolone,
and hummus.
I opted for the side of kale salad with it.

If you follow me, you know I LOVE hummus,
wouldn't have thought to put it in a wrap.
But I enjoyed it!

 Scottish Steelhead "Salmon"
with smoked onion faro, arugula, roasted beet, and
a cilantro pumpkin seed pesto.

A private room with a TV,
can it get any better???

Trying to think up a reason
to use this room.

A massive kitchen with the prep stations in the 
front.  Patrons can see food materials being
prepped for their favorite dishes.

While I'm taking a courtyard shot,
I see a familiar face in the crowd,
can you spot her?

Yup, this time she's
making a cameo in my post!

You've seen her on her LIVE cooking shows,
read her articles on LA Wonders, and of course,
at food events in and around Los Angeles...

Kimlai Yingling with her Butternut Squash pizza
with smoked onion, organic kale, vegan almond ricotta,
and dried cranberry.

Grass-Fed Burger
with umami mushroom, caramelized onion, arugula,
parmesan, and mayonnaise,
on a flax seed bun.
(with option of sweet potatoes)

Thanks Kimlai and Randy for allowing
photos of your dishes before having
a chance to taste them.

WAIT, there's one more thing...
(as Steve Jobs would say)


Flourless Chocolate Cake
with caramel, vanilla ice cream and cocoa nibs.
(vegetarian and gluten-free)

I usually don't order cake, but I do love
a good flourless chocolate cake.

This one was a good one!

Apple Goji Crisp
with almond, crumble,and vanilla ice cream
(vegan and gluten-free)

Yup, there were Goji berries too...

One thing I like about True Food Kitchen,
there's something for everyone.
Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free,
beef eater, etc., there's something on the menu for YOU.

The menu items are well conceived
and makes sense with the selection
and variety for vegan, vegetarian, and
gluten-free customers.

The food ingredients are top notch,
grass-fed beef for one thing.
A variety of grains and other ingredients
that most restaurants in the area do not use.
Makes for a nice change.

The service was attentive
and our server, Tony,
not only made great suggestions,
but took care of us.
Thanks Tony!

This Pasadena restaurant has a nice large outdoor
patio, indoor dining, and a large private room.

It's a nice addition to Colorado Blvd and
 a prime location for the Rose Parade.

Welcome to Pasadena!

See you on September 13th!

Thank You!
Karsha Chang
Nerissa Silao

NOTE:  I was a guest of True Food Kitchen.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Kings of Fish at the San Pedro Fish Market

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It's been years since I've been here,
so when Tanaya's Table invited me to a 
seafood tasting here,
I knew it would be some good stuff!

You may have seen San Pedro Fish Market in the

First stop, the fish market...

Red Snapper looking good.

Now THAT's Yellowtail!

They have all kinds of seafood, ALL KINDS of Seafood!
Lobsters, crab, varieties of shrimp, clams, mussels,
and then there's a large selection of fish too...

Before leaving the seafood counter,
don't forget to buy some of their hot sauce
(if you like spicy)
for your seafood tray.

Just for the Halibut

When you've picked out all of your seafood
and your transaction is complete,
you can take your seafood to have it
cooked anyway you want.

They'll cook it for you
at no charge.

Have it grilled or fried too.

While you wait for your order,
grab one of their cocktails, a beer, or soft drink

Shrimp Cocktail

Grab a seat at one of their
2,000 seats.

And they're California's largest restaurant,
serving over 1.1 million customers annually.


The seafood tray is done
and looks awesome!

We had lobster, crab, shrimp, halibut, swordfish,
octopus, squid, mussels, clams, shark, potatoes,
peppers, and tomatoes.
(I may have forgot something, lol)

Our hosts for today's tasting
(from the Left)

  Michael Ungaro - San Pedro Fish Market
 Tanaya Ghosh - Tanaya's Table 
Alexandra Lourdes - The Refined Agency
Lin Jerome - The Refined Agency

Let the feast begin!

Yup, truly the Kings of Fish!

See What Jay Eats...

Whole fish grilled

Or you can have it fried.

Don't forget the garlic bread

It's good to use it to soak up the goodness
from the seafood tray...

They also have fried fish and calamari too.

What's a seafood feast without oysters?

I mean, look at this...

did it up for us!

Truly a food-filled Tanaya's Table Event!

The seafood here is exceptional, esp having the choice
of the way you want it cooked.  Talk about the selection

Sampling several different pieces of seafood, 

each one was cooked to perfection.
I've been to other places where fish, clams,
shrimp, and lobster were cooked together and a couple
of them would be overcooked.  

Not here, I was amazed that each one was well

cooked well, fish juicy (not dry) and lobster tender.

It's been many many years since I've been here,

will be bringing people here for a casual seafood feast!

Thank You!

NOTE:  I was an invited guest of San Pedro Fish Market.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi