Monday, January 30, 2017

Psst. Do You Want to Know a Secret Supper Club? (New)

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Just outside of the gates of Universal Studios,
lies a brand new secret supper club.

Located next door to the famous Larrabee Studios
home of the world's top artists, producers and mixers,
such as Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Madonna, 
RollingStones, Lady Gaga, and Bruno Mars, just to name a few.


Behind this nondescript door, lies 

What's INTRO you ask?


The space is part dining room and part art gallery.

The room opened in December 2016 
and features different artists
on a rotating basis.


Who's behind this hot new supper club and art gallery?

Photo by INTRO
Rob C (Left) is one of the three masterminds of INTRO
and was our host for the evening, along with 
Executive Chef Paul Shoemaker (Right),
a Michelin-starred chef.

Along with Manny Marroquin, owner and multi Grammy Award
winning mixer/engineer of famed Larrabee Studios.



Our multi-course culinary adventure
is about to begin.

Here's some of the highlights,
dishes and menus will change
due to season and/or availability.



Edible Cocktails

(L) Oyster, Champagne, Beet Juice Caviar, and Passion Fruit Fizz
(C) Bourbon Cider Liquid Ravioli
(R) Cold Fever, a Gin & Tonic with silver and gold fizz

Cheers!

See What Jay Eats...


Pre-Amuse

 Foie Gras, Truffle Mac-Daddy
Foie Gras Dime Bag

This was amazing!
You'll just have to experience it yourself.


Photo by INTRO
Not only did this Dime Bag
taste good, it also is a work of art 



A Salmon Cone &
Salmon Skin Chicharron with Smoked Salmon Roe
and Crème Fraiche



Photo by INTRO
Executive Chef Paul Shoemaker
introduced each course
and mentioned what the
inspiration was for each dish.

It's always interesting what
inspired chefs (or artists)
to create what is put on a plate,
there's usually a story.



Bone Marrow / Truffle Ravioli
with Parmesan Reggiano

Interesting combination,
who doesn't love truffles?



Scallop

with Baked Avocado, Yuzu Ponzu, Caviar, Smoked Sesame.

This was one of my favorites of the night.



Butter Poached Maine Lobster
with Coral Name, Basil Soil

Perfectly cooked lobster!



Variation of Red Beets

with Goat Cheese Crumbles, Mello, Candy Walnuts,
Whipped Goat Cheese, Beet Macaron, and Passion Fruit.

Lots of great textures



Pate A Choux Gnocchi

Smoked Maple Gel Pork Belly, Honey Poached Cranberries, 
Pine Nut Soil, Pig Skin



Pasta with Truffles

Truffle Fondue, Espuma, and Fresh Truffle


Nuff said...


Monkfish

with Persimmons, Bottarga, and 
a Cocoa & Ginger Reduction



Prime Hanger

Époisses, Potato Fondue, Potato Chip, Pistu, Sauce Bordelaise



Gold Mine

Passion Fruit, Macadamia, Strawberry Saffron Fluid Gel.




Dead Tree

with Gianduja Ganache, Brown Butter, and Chocolate Trees.


There was a great story that went along
with this dish.  All I'll say is this,
with the dead tree, there is life poking it's head out...



Thanks to Chef Paul Shoemaker
and staff for a wonderful dining experience.

It was a great evening,
something fun,
and very very delicious.


Photo by INTRO
I've been to a lot of dinner parties and
supper clubs, but I have to say that
INTRO Art Gallery & Chef's Table
was one of the best.

The food was great, service attentive, 
and a chance to meet others who share
an interest in art/food in a relaxed ambience.
Where in Los Angeles can you have all of this
with a multi-course dinner prepared by a 
Michelin-starred chef???

INTRO

Chef's Tables are offered every Friday and Saturday night,
starting at 7:30 pm to about 10 pm.

Chef's Tables are great for special celebrations,
birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Make your reservations online at


And Yes, Experience Intro!



4200 Lankershim Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91602
ExperienceIntro.com




Thank You!
Rob Ciancimino
Manny Marroquin
Chef Paul Shoemaker
Lawrence Moore




NOTE:  I was an invited guest of INTRO Art Gallery & Chef's Table
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

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Okinawa Raw Sugar Sea Salt Nitro Latte (New) - SpireWorks®

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If you follow me, you know I like the new
SpireWorks® first store in Westwood.

Read my Westwood SpireWorks® post HERE


Now that their Eagle Rock location has opened,
(Grand Opening on January 24, 2017)
this one is a lot closer to me.

Which means, 
I can come in just for one of my favorites,
Nitro Brew Coffee.


What's Nitro Brewed Coffee?

It's coffee that has been infused with nitrogen gas.
Nitro brewed coffee is creamier and a richer taste.  
IMO, the acidity is lower and no need to add cream
(if you like it that way).


Yup, SpireWorks® has Nitro Brewed Coffee,
BUT, they've taken it up a notch.


See What Jay Eats...
and drinks

Photo by SpireWorks®
I'd like to introduce you to the

Okinawa Raw Sugar Sea Salt Nitro Latte
Exclusively at SpireWorks®
in Westwood and Eagle Rock.


Photo by Lawrence Moore
With SpireWorks® Founder and CEO Bob Kaufman,
who told me that he wanted to serve something really special.

Yes Bob,
you sure did...


Photo by SpireWorks®
What's Okinawa Raw Sugar?

Okinawa is an island,
South of the main island of Japan,
and has a more tropical climate
where sugarcane is a major crop.

They say that Japan holds the longest life expectancy 
title in the world and Okinawa for many years
touted as the area of Japan with the longest life expectancy.
Some say, it may be due to the consumption of 
their pure black sugar in their diet.

We don't see much of this prized black sugar in the U.S.,
most are juiced for locals, tourists,
made into Kokuto black rock sugar,
and other products.

NOTE:  I'm not saying that you'll live longer
if you consume Okinawa Raw Sugar.


With consulting chef, Kuniko Yagi,
who created this exclusive latte.

You might recognize her from Top Chef Seattle
(Season 10)


in addition to one of their destinations,
a sandwich or a bowl,
add this amazing nitro brew coffee
and up it with the Okinawa Raw Sugar Sea Salt Latte.

Remember, it's only available at SpireWorks®.




4945 B Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Open 11 am - 10 pm
Daily





Photos by Jay Terauchi
unless noted
Jay Eats Worldwide
©Jay Terauchi