Thursday, October 20, 2016

Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake

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I'm always a sucker for new dessert places.
I remember hearing of a Japanese cheesecake
place opening up at Westfield Santa Anita,
but didn't really think much of it.

Wasn't able to attend the media preview,
so now's my chance to get to

Ever since they had their Grand Opening,
the lines have been long.

I heard from a couple of friends
that the wait was about 50 minutes.

I happened to be at the mall and
decided to check out the line.

But first, I had to get over there.

As Steve Jobs' said,
"The Journey is the Reward"

(the back way to the Asian food hallway)

The line didn't seem too long the first day
I stopped by.

Why the line?
They come out of the oven and 
straight to the customer.

But I had an appointment in the area,
so I will have to wait another time.

Today is the Day!

I arrived at Westfield after 4 pm on a Thursday.

 The line wasn't long at all,
compared to my other visit.

My guess was 28 minutes
and I started my stopwatch.

They bake 12 cheesecakes
at a time and seem to have
the process down.  But there's still
a wait due to the volume of people in line.

The line seemed to move,
especially when cakes came out of
the oven.  Due to the demand,
it was one cake per person in line.

I actually only waited 16 minutes,

I got my Original Japanese Cheesecake!
($8.75 + tax = $9.54)

Each one is boxed to go.
If you're going to eat it there,
you can get a fork or two.

See What Jay Eats...

It's about the size of a personal pan pizza.

 The consistency is more of a soufflĂ© / sponge cake
than a cheesecake.  It's not really sweet,
but has a nice airy texture, esp right out of the oven.  

Remember, it's a Japanese dessert,
so it's not super sweet.

Each one is branded with the Uncle Tetsu logo.

Right now, they are just making their
Original cheesecake,
other flavors to come. 

It was good, but I wouldn't wait more
than 20 minutes for one.

Is it enough to serve a family of 4?
It will be small pieces.
If you need more than one cake,
take some friends with you.

They do have other items,
Cheesecake Biscotti

Epilogue:  After sitting in the refrigerator all night,
I think I liked it better the next day.
It wasn't as light and fluffy, but more dense.
I think I liked it better this way.

Westfield Santa Anita
400 S Baldwin Ave, #M15
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 254-9007


Royal Hawaiian Center
2nd Level Food Court
2233 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

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Jay Eats Worldwide
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Recess Room - Fountain Valley

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It's Time For Recess!

Grand Opening was on September 29th.

I was invited to the opening of
in Fountain Valley.

As I walk into the restaurant,
I'm reminded that it was designed by
designer of such restaurants as,

The District by Hannah An
Crustaceans in San Francisco
The Drum Room at Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa

is best known for creating spaces where every
wall has a story.

When you check in at the hostess table,
it was formerly a 1900 European newspaper shear.

On a nice evening, I would opt to sit out
on the patio.

In the restaurant's main room, the focused on the bar.
so let's begin there.

Cocktail Time

The cocktails feature locally sourced and homegrown
ingredients from the on-site herb garden.

Roses Are Razz (L)
Raspberry, rose water cordial, elderflower,
hibiscus tea, and lemon

Mauna Loa Mule (R)
Hand-crafted ginger beer, grilled pineapple, and lime

The Recess Room is waiting for their liquor license
and will have crafted cocktails available.
(remember, today is the first day)

It was decision time!

So many good choices...

The menu is modern American tapas-style cuisine,
 with locally focused craft beers, and hand-crafted cocktails.

The table tops are from 100-year old wood 
from a Kentucky tobacco farm

Blue Crab Beignet

with Maryland blue crab, mascarpone, and guajillo aioli.

I was so looking forward to this appetizer.
Our server, Matt, agreed and said it was a good one!
It was delicious, creamy, without being greasy.
Matt was right, so we continued to listen to his

Wagyu Tartar

with ribeye, roast chili flake, tamarind,
cilantro, shallots, and lime,
served with taro chips.

When I think of tartar, I think of
smaller cuts, but it had a nice flavor.

Bone Marrow Mac & Cheese

with cali-cal cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, bacon,
orecchiette pasta, and bechamel.

Two of my favorites,
bone marrow and mac & cheese!
Nuff said.

 Octopus Salad

with frisbee, roasted potato, watermelon radish, chorizo,
chimichurri, and kalamata aioli.

This Spanish octopus was really tender.
Another recommendation from our server, Matt.

Veal Dumplings

with tomato, garlic, shallot, marsala wine, 
creme fraiche, and parmesan.

I thought this was more of a ravioli,
but a solid dish.

Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
Kurobuta Pig Head

a 15 hour sous vide with green onion roti, 
garlic paste, salsa roja, and nuoc cham.

This is A LOT of food!
Maybe enough for 5-6 people

As Steve Jobs would say,
"There's one more thing"


Fluffed Nutter
with chunky peanut butter, marshmallow fluff,
banana, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Elvis would love this...

They didn't have their coffee and donuts,
we were told this is the one to try.
Next Time!

They have a Whiskey Shack!!!

another reason to go,
and I'll be back to try
more of the menu and cocktails.

18380 Brookhurst Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 377-0398

Thank You!
Manager David
Server Matt
Nerissa Silao

NOTE:  I was a guest of The Recess Room.
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

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Jones Birthday Cake Soda - Review

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Happy Birthday
Jones Soda Company!!!

Yes, Birthday Cake Soda Pop!

When I saw it on the shelf at Galco's,
I knew I had to try one.

Especially since it's a limited edition!

Just hit the big two-oh.
20 years of fun flavors,
the 2005 Thanksgiving Holiday Pack 
was my favorite!

If I remember correctly,
the 5 flavors in the pack were
(a vegetable one I can't remember)
and Pumpkin Pie

I took the pack to my family's
Thanksgiving dinner and shared with 
my cousins.  If I remember correctly,
I think I was the only one who
enjoyed it.  lol

Back to the Jones Soda
Limited Edition Birthday Cake Soda Pop,
it does have a hint of birthday cake,
the frosting.

I kinda like it...

If you want to try,
get it before it goes away.

in Los Angeles

Happy 20th Birthday!!!

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Jay Eats Worldwide
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hollywood's Original Shirley Temple Soda Pop - Review

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The other day, I tried Hollywood's Original Shirley Temple
Soda Pop.  This drink was made famous at the 
Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood back in 1937.

Although the restaurant no longer exists, but one famous
menu item still continues today.

Do you know what famous signature dish was created
at the Brown Derby???
(answer can be found by reading this post)

The recipe for a Shirley Temple is ginger ale (or lemon lime) 
and grenadine (or maraschino syrup), 
that's what I remember growing up.

For this bottled soda pop, I guess I'm used to a stronger
cherry flavor when compared.  Otherwise, this soda is
made in the old skool way with pure cane sugar
and has small carbonated bubbles.

It's a good soda pop and available in Los Angeles

The famous signature dish created at the Brown Derby
is the Cobb Salad.  It was created by restaurant owner,
Robert Cobb, or by his chef, Chuck Wilson back
in 1930's.

Did you know???  

Here's the original Cobb Salad recipe

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Lao Tao Street Food - Chinatown

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I became aware of Lao Tao Taiwanese Street Food at this year's
Lucky Rice, the L.A. Feast in July 2016.

In early September 2016, I was invited to the
media preview prior to the soft opening on September 14th.

Lao Tao Street Food is located on the 2nd floor of the Far East Plaza
in Chinatown.  Next door to Ramen Champ and above
Roy Choi's Chego, Endorffeine, Howlin' Ray's Hot Chicken,
and Pok Pok LA, just to name a few.

See What Jay Eats...

Since this is a street food place, it's very casual
and all of the food is served on disposable plates,
which gives the street food feel.

Our first course is the 
Century Egg Tofu Salad

with house-made Hong You sauce, rousong (pork floss),
and green scallions.

Sea Land Tofu Skin Roll

with pork and fish paste filled tofu roll,
minced vegetables, water chestnuts, and Haitian sauce.

This is where I met them
and became a fan...

Loved their Chao Shou

a pork filled wonton in a red hot numbing chili oil,
with house-made Hong You sauce, peanut powder,
and green scallions.

Chao Shou at the restaurant

Who doesn't love spicy wontons?

 Beef Ban Mian

a hot dry flat noodle coats in an 8 hour marrow sauce,
topped with tender five-spice beef shank.
Served with Taiwanese napa cabbage, pickled vegetables,
and scallions.

Love the wide noodles...

Restaurant owner and chef, David, asked me
if we were still hungry and wanted to try the
Oh An Jian (baby oyster pancake)?
Served with an egg, Asian basil, Chinese leeks,
Taiwanese napa cabbage, and Haitian sauce.

My friend and I enjoyed this dish,
she ate all of the oysters and I ate the rest.  lol

Here's the complete menu
(as of pre-opening)

Photo by Lao Tao
As seen on their Instagram,
I made a cameo appearance
when my friend Jackie and I attended
the media preview.
Except for the server,
I knew everyone in the pic.  lol

Join them now as they're
opening regular hours.

Tell them that Chef Jay
sent you!

Far East Plaza
727 N Broadway, Unit 207
Los Angeles, CA 90012

NOTE:  I was a guest of Lao Tao Street Food.
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