Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kaiseki Bento Box (New) at Necco Restaurant

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I was invited to a sneak peek of the new
Kaiseki Bento Box at Necco Japanese Tapas Restaurant in West LA.

Kaiseki Bento Box

The traditional Japanese set was created by Chef Kenji Koyama and this 3 Tier set
debuts on September 1, 2017.

I know what a Bento Box is,
what's Kaiseki?

Without going into a lot of details,
it's a traditional Japanese multi-course meal, featuring a simmered item, a fried item, a grilled item, etc.

See What Jay Eats...

Vegetable Tier

Yaki Nasu:  Grilled Eggplant
(Top Left)
House-made Pickles
(Top Right)
Lotus Root & Gobo Root 
with Sesame Dressing
(Bottom Left)
Okra Nori Goma Ae:  Okra with
sesame sauce and topped with gogi berry.
(Bottom Right)

The okra with the sesame sauce was amazing and cooked just right, great flavor too.
The eggplant was very traditional 
with a dash of grated ginger.

Fish/Meat Tier

Albacore Nanban:  Lightly fried with a sweet sour sauce.
(Top Right)
Yuan Yaki Style Cod:  A miso glazed cod 
(Bottom - under Lotus Root)
Wagyu Beef with Balsamic Soy
(Top Left)

Who doesn't like Wagyu beef?  So tender and flavorful.  My favorite was the albacore, it wasn't over cooked and great with sweet and sour sauce.  Miso Cod, you can't go wrong with that too.

Zuke Don Tier

Soy marinated salmon 
with marinated ikura 
over steamed rice.

Topped with Ikura,
need I say more?

Goes great with s glass of Soto Sake,
very smooth and easy to drink.

Enjoy with a friend, it's double the food,
I mean, Fun!!!

Not only is the food beautiful to look at, it tastes as good as it looks.
This Kaiseki Bento Box 2017 is $40.  
IMO, it's a good amount of food.

Having studied Kaiseki cooking,
I know all of the work the chef and kitchen staff put in to make this 3 tier box possible.  I told the FOH staff that I could not do this, I'm so out of practice.

Beginning September 1st,
this Kaiseki Bento Box 2017
will be available during lunch
and dinner until Sept.14th.
After 9/14, the bentos will only
be available at lunch.
Limited quantities each day,
I would call ahead to reserve.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that they have a wide range of vegan menu items.
A friend told me that the vegan items were pretty good.  So, I'll have to come back for a vegan Japanese dinner.

1929 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Tomoko Imade Dyen
Ross Shibata

NOTE:  I was an invited guest at Necco.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
(C) Jay Terauchi

Monday, August 7, 2017

Touchdown at Trejo's Donuts!

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You've probably seen this 
badass on the side of the
building in Hollywood.

Yup, Trejo's Donuts!

Today, instead of being busy with customers, it was filled with media
folks for a special announcement.

Lots of media was here, lots!

Media from Russia was here too!

Rams' fans in Russia???

It could happen!

Danny Trejo (Right) and Los Angeles Rams' #76 Rodger Saffold (Left) announce the Los Angeles Rams Donut
at Trejo's Donuts in Hollywood.

Available only on game days.

Perfect for any Rams' fan!

IF you happen to be there
on a non-game day,
they still have some tasty donuts.


with Tequila, lime and salt.

It does taste like a Margarita!


A Raised Donut with dark chocolate 
and chocolate crumbled.

Cafe con Leche

A Raised Donut with Trejo's espresso, vanilla and chocolate crumble. 

Pineapple Fritter

A Raised Donut with Pineapple and

Danny Trejo said it was a favorite of his.

Great tasting drinks and merch too...

The vegan Horchata is actually 
very tasty, it's sweetened with dates.

I wanna get a Trejo's Donut cap...

I opted for the Strawberry Lemonade 
agua fresca.

Even Rodger Saffold enjoys
a Trejo's donut.

Words to live by...

Get some donuts to go!

Thanks Trejo's Donuts
and Let's Go Rams!

6785 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Open Daily 7 am - 3 pm

NOTE:  I was a guest of Trejo's Donuts.
I thank them for their invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide
(c) Jay Terauchi

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hamilton Comes to Hollywood!

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Going to "Hamilton"
at the Pantages?
Wondering where to eat before the show?

Here's a few suggestions,
all within walking distance
to the Pantages.

(Modern Middle Eastern Cuisine)

I knew by the sign on the wall

I would enjoy this...

See What Jay Eats...

Hummus di Tahini 
with Charred Shishito Peppers

Harissa Fries
with Garlic Aioli
(Very Spicy)

Cucumber Salad
with parsley, red onion, mint,
lemon and Aleppo 

Beet Salad
with baby beets, lebneh, French feta,
hazelnuts, grape molasses, beet chips,
preserved lemon and mint.

Mountain Prep Lamb Awarma
with Hummus di Tahini,
30 day cured eggplant makdous,
nut & fig, sumac, soft egg, pickled 
turnip, feta, watermelon radish 
and beet chips.
Forgot to mention,
they have a bar with cocktails...

6266 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood 90028

Closed Sundays

If you like looking over the city,
you'll like this place.

(Rooftop Lounge)
Atop the Hollywood Proper building.

Inside bar and seating 
or you can enjoy the view outside.

Passion Fruit Fizz
(this size was for a tasting)

Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Passion Fruit Aqua Faba, Lemon, Pastis and topped with Wild Fennel Flower.                   Served Up                                               $14

It's beautiful at sunset

Hibiscus Gin & Tonic

Beefeater Gin,Tonic Water, Hibiscus flowers and served à la España Over Ice $13

They have a few snack items with more food coming soon.

Come for the cocktails, stay for the sunset!

Filifera is open to non-residents after        5 pm, reservations are a must.

1550 N El Centro Ave
Hollywood 90028

Valet parking available and take the elevator to the roof.

I've already been twice!

Just Northwest of the Pantages,
is the Good Greek Grill for authentic Greek food.

What a selection!

Chicken Kabobs
and Lamb

Spanakopita Bites

With spinach & feta cheese wrapped in a fried puff pastry.
3 for $5.99

Lots of great Greek food at a great price!

Save room for these...

Baklava Bites

A fried puff pastry filled with walnuts, honey & cinnamon.
3 for $5.99

This is a MUST order!!!

6363 Yucca St
Hollywood 90028

Gluten-Free and Vegan options available at Good Greek Grill

For a Latin-inspired menu,

There's Viva Hollywood.
About 2 blocks away from
the Pantages Theater.

Viva Margarita 
with 4Copas Tequila Blanco, Lime,
Cucumber, Mint and Agava.

Viva Guacamole 
with California avocados, jalapeño, cilantro, red onions and toasted 
sunflower seeds, 
served with fried plantains.

Ensaladas too...

Chicken Mole
with chicken breast, mole negro, crema 
and toasted sunflower seeds.

Skirt Steak
with chipotle rub, smoked chimichurri, cilantro and butter.

Corn Cotija
with cheese and chili powder

If you're just coming in for a cocktail and quick bite, I suggest

La La Land
with Belvedere Citrus, lemon, Giffard 
Pampelmousse, aged whisky bitters 
and champagne.

Rajas Flatbread
with manchego, Raja peppers
and marinated tomatoes.

Save room for dessert!

Churros con Chocolate

A Spanish donut made to order,
with sugar, cinnamon and 
chocolate sauce.

Did I mention they have salsa dancing
and live music on Fridays?

Salsa Lessons begin at 9:30 pm!

I'll be there for Taco Tuesday!

6350 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood 90028

Looking for something...

(Next door to Viva Hollywood)

It's a Tim Burton fan bar,
every night is Halloween!

You enter the main showroom

The Beetle's Juice

Muddled blackberries and lime, tequila,
blackberry schnapps, Angostura Bitters, a splash of cranberry juice and garnished with a blackberry and lime.

You might think it's strange to meet
Willy Wonka and Edward Scissorhands,
BUT not at Beetle House LA!

Big Fish Bowl
(for 2)

With Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Coconut Rum, Blue Curaçao, sour mix, Pineapple juice, Sprite and garnished with Nerds candy and Swedish fish candy. 


They have live entertainment too!

They have a prix fixe dinner menu 
and reservations are to guarantee 
Dinner service only.  

You do not need a reservation to go have a drink at Beetle House LA.

6356 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood 90028
(Make Reservations Online)

For Italian, I suggest 
Fabiolus Cucina on Sunset Blvd.

Famous for their house-made

Prosciutto Crudo Pizza

With house-made tomato sauce, chunks
of mozzarella, arugula, cured ham and 
Parmesan shavings.

Ravioli Funghi

Mushroom filled ravioli tossed in a specialty creamy black truffle sauce.

One of my favorite dishes here!

Don't forget dessert...

Panna Cotta 
with imported cherries.

Say hello to the Corbia brothers!

6270 W Sunset Blvd
Hollywood 90028

Right across the street from
the Pantages Theater...
for New American (small plates)

Known for their cocktails

Watermelon Salad

Chicken & Waffle
(special event tasting size)

A rosemary-infused waffle,
butternut squash and
maple syrup.

The Grilled Cheese Sandwich 
with Tomato Bisque is a
favorite too...

The Taft Building
6280 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood 90028

I hope this gives you some suggestions 
on places to visit before or after
"Hamilton" at the Pantages Theatre.

Don't forget your Hamilton
tickets and have a great evening,
Only in Hollywood!

Thank You!
Genevieve Haines
Hollywood Entertainment District
Joe Mariani 
Nerissa Silao 
Devin Strecker

NOTE:  I was a guest of the participating restaurants, I thank them for their 
invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

Photos by Jay Terauchi
Jay Eats Worldwide 
(c) Jay Terauchi