Showing posts from June, 2018

Parsnip - Romanian in Highland Park

If you follow me, you know I love dumplings. Almost every country has some sort of dumpling and I want to try as many different ones as possible. Today is Romanian! A coworker told me about this small cafe  that serves Romanian comfort food  on York Blvd in Highland Park. See What Jay Eats... Gomboți Dumpling Served with sour cream. Inside a  Gomboți A potato dumpling with cheese,  parsley and green onions. Bulz Dumplings  Inside a Bulz Dumpling  Polenta dumplings filled with cheese,  red peppers and sauerkraut. Gluten-Free Beef Goulash  You have the option to have it with Polenta or Veggie Barley Pilaf Beef Goulash  with Veggie Barley Pilaf Slow braised beef in a spiced paprika  broth with root vegetables and served  with Veggie Barley Pilaf (my option) It’s Great with the Sour Cream. Chicken Paprikash Bowl with Polenta (or Veggie Barley Pilaf) Chicken in a creamy tomato red pepper sauce served over creamy polenta. This is a small neighborhood cafe that serves Romanian comfort food. T

Pearl’s BBQ - Texas BBQ in DTLA

Who knew there was Texas-style BBQ in Downtown Los Angeles? Pearl’s BBQ Opened in December 2017 in the Artist District. “Snow White” A  FatStack Smoker  in the house... Live Music too It’s time to eat Head over to the Airstream  What should I order??? See What Jay Eats... Angus Certified Beef Brisket Angus Certified Beef Rib My favorite of the evening! Tonight’s Event Sampler  Brisket Tray (special for the event) with sides, a pickle and red onions. Can’t eat Texas BBQ without White Bread! Here’s a closer look at the sides: Cowboy Caviar Potato Salad Cole Slaw Yams Very similar to the yams I cook at work. Don’t forget to tip your... Waitress??? Ending the night with... Pearl’s Pecan Pie Grandma Pearl's recipe, handed down for 5 generations, served with whipped cream It reminds me of something you’d see in Texas. If you’ve never been to Texas for BBQ, you should go and  get a  taste, music and atmosphere of the Lone Star State. Hard to believe it’s in Downtown LA... Pearl’s BBQ 2143

Mh Zh - Contemporary Israeli in Silver Lake

Mh Zh (Opened in 2017) Pronounced “mah zeh” which is loosely translated to  “what is it?” in Hebrew. This is a very casual place, a contemporary Israeli restaurant, most of the tables are outside  on the sidewalk (a few inside). Before Mh Zh opened in this space on Sunset Blvd., it was a tiny pizza place that I went to a couple of times.  I had a friend making pizzas and he said the vegan one wasn’t bad.  Guess it wasn’t good enough to stay open... Their menu is on brown paper bags, Love It! I’ve been here twice and haven’t had a bad dish. If you go with a group and want everything, “Fire Menu” for $125. Bling Bling Hummus with rustic bread. Each time I go, I get two orders... Pickled Vegetables  Tahini  Frisée Salad with Duqqa  and aged English Cheddar  Grilled Beets with Hazelnuts This was one of my favorites Roasted Potatoes  Served on a brown paper bag. Braised Red Cabbage with watermelon radish. Usually I don’t like red cabbage dishes, but this was good. Roasted Sweet Potato  My

Bavel (New) - Middle Eastern in DTLA

I’ve been waiting for Bavel to open in DTLA. Bavel opened in the Artist District  in April 2018. A Middle Eastern restaurant, from the team at Bestia. Lemonade Time! Sparkling lemonades to start: SAFFRON pink lemonade with pomegranate  & cinnamon BISMARK classic lemonade with date syrup Duck ‘Nduja Hummus with creamy garbanzo beans, jerusalem mix spice, herbs It’s as good as it looks! Don’t forget to mix in the cilantro... Fried Pita Purple Butter Lettuce Salad  with rose water buttermilk vinaigrette,  turnips and za'atar Middle Eastern Aged Meats Loved the prosciutto with pistachio. Chicken Liver Flatbread  with merguez spice, caramelized onions, sour sumac onions and fresh dill. I would’ve never thought to put chicken livers on a flatbread, but it was really good! Grilled Octopus  With herbed yogurt, fried squid ink pita, capers, smoked paprika oil and turmeric pickled onions. Wagyu Beef Cheek Tajine with braised cheeks, chiles, preserved lemon, turnips, green garbanzo a

Lunch at DreamWorks Animation Studio - Glendale

 Coming from the entertainment industry, I've been to DreamWorks Animation Studio in Glendale  a few times.    I've actually worked for a few of their executives in another life at a different entertainment company. Once you enter the main gate and park,  you pass the fountain near the Campanile Theater and you’re at the commissary. BUT, before lunch...  With Po from Kung Fu Panda See What Jay Eats... Today's Lunch:  Tandoori Turkey with Basmati Rice and Roasted Cauliflower. I guess no one in the kitchen noticed that there's no color on the plate. I would've opted for a different vegetable. It was tasty tho... Thanks DreamWorks Animation! Photos by Jay Terauchi Jay Eats Worldwide  (c) Jay Terauchi