Sunday, January 31, 2010
Later that night we headed over to another place I wanted to try out.
It was a rather interesting sushi bar experience. Very small place in Torrance, Calif. After being there, I think most of their business is take-out. It seemed like they weren't use to people sitting at the sushi bar and ordering a few pieces at a time. But I will say the food was pretty darn good and fresh and at a reasonable price. First time for trying abalone, different but not something I will probably order again. I love sitting at a sushi bar and watching the chefs work. This place I think it was just the husband while the wife handled taking orders and getting drinks.
So Sunday morning turns out we were pretty darn hungry even though we ate a lot of sushi. Headed out to another place I wanted to try for a few years.
This is King's Hawaiian Restaurant also in Torrance, Calif. Unusual architecture for the building. Many of the "rooms" are round.
Yes, they are the people that make all that bread.
The decor is interesting. This is suppose to be a giant pineapple.
Yes, they have great muffins!
And mine, their French Toast. So good. The eggs were cooked just right with a nice buttery taste. Those are turkey sausages btw. Definitely good food at a decent price. Very filling, don't think I'm going to eat the rest of the week!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Well one suggestion is hot tea and pastries.
Because a cup of hot tea at Chantilly Bakery in Lomita, Calif. is always nice.
Especially with a chocolate cream puff and macarons. I can't believe I've never had a macaron, what have I been missing! Well for starters, raspberry and mint chocolate.
And green tea and chocolate. Delicious!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I get to try Beard Papa's! I didn't even know they were around here. Once I did it took only one day till I got over there.
So, what's in the bag?
Now if this doesn't qualify as food porn I don't know what does. So good, chocolate eclair cream puff.
I have to get over there early one day to try some of the other goodies.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Well, one thing I can do is let people know that Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is donating all proceeds from their January sales of the following Orisha scents to the Red Cross
BPAL Excolo Scents
and of course Port-Au-Prince in the Wanderlust section.
That being said, I am super majorly going to do whatever I can to get to their Will-Call on the 30th. If anyone is interested in anything, leave me a comment. I have been wanting to go and this time, crossing my fingers and all that stuff.
If you are in Los Angeles tomorrow night, TiGeorge's Chicken Restaurant is hosting a fund raiser. Owner George Leguerre has become a central point for people looking for information and trying to contact others in Haiti. Which is extremely difficult right now so he is hosting a fund raiser at his restaurant starting at 5 pm January 14.
Thank you for reading my post.
eta: The International Red Cross website for those trying to contact people in Haiti
www.icrc.org/familylinks Pass this on if you can.
So first you start with this. Or a variation of this. Which is eggs, cabbage, okyonomiyaki mix and various other goodies.
So you cook it up on your grill along with whatever else you want to put in it. Pour on sauces, mayo, have fun.
Sorry not the best photo but on the right, that is what okonomiyaki can look like cooked up with lots of sauce.
Sadly my photos of the final products did not turn out so well, possibly due to attempting to cut the heat from the grill with the pitchers of beer they sell. I do plan on going back and also want to try making my own at home.
All I can say is if you ever get a chance to do this, try it, it's fun.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Now I'm not going to make all that were on that list, since a few included pork which isn't something I normally eat. But what is going to be interesting to me is not just learning more about Japanese ingredients, but really getting to know different types of miso and learning the tastes of it. I can't think of too many things that aren't more basic to Japanese cooking.
So, here is the first one of the year. Yes, I decided to try one which is probably a bit more difficult. Nothing like starting off in the deep end. With Kyoto-style Ozoni, a traditional miso soup for New Years. To begin with, here is pretty much what I put in the soup.
From the top clockwise, saikyo shiro miso, mochi, daikon, carrot and taro root. It was interesting going to the market and trying to figure out what a few things were. Learning as I go.
So these are cut up and the taro root is cooked first in water with a bit of uncooked rice. The mochi is also cooked in water to soften it, but it dissolved a bit so I think I would just soften it in the soup next time. No dashi is used in this dish. The miso is mixed into water and heated, making a very rich and creamy tasting soup. I would definitely use this as a milk substitute in the future. The rest of the vegetables and some spinch were cooked in the miso soup and the mochi and taro are also added.
And here is the end result. While a lot of times miso soup is served as part of a meal, this was pretty filling by itself. I served this with some pickles just to give a contrasting taste. Sometimes chicken is part of this dish but I wanted it to be vegetarian. I guess also in Kyoto some places make this with only white ingredients, thus the name. I found different versions of this on the internet, but the main thing was using a very fine white miso which has less salt and a sweeter taste than other miso. So, there is miso soup number one completed! Will see how far I get with this.
Friday, January 8, 2010
On that note, yesterday I made Tataki Gobi. What's that? The long name is Smashed Burdock tossed in Crushed White Sesame.
I wasn't going to do the Washoku Warrior Challenge for January but decided to try this the other day. A lot of work but turned out decently. Still, I'm not a big burdock fan so this isn't something I will be making again.
Washoku Warriors New Years
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
That is soba noodle soup and it was very tasty! Along with the soba noodles is a few shitake mushrooms, a little spinich, green onion, kamaboka (fish cake) and that egg. Since it was a full moon I went with trying to cook the egg in the soup again. It may not look it but it was well cooked. Definitely something I will make again at the end of the year.
Going to submit this to Presto Pasta Nights since soba is made with buckwheat in a pasta form. Go see what fun dishes everyone came up with this Friday! Presto Pasta Nights
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Hermosa Beach at sunset.
And just before.
(oh the answer to the question is while I may have been born in the year of the rat, per Chinese astrology the day you were born on is about you. And my birthday 12/28/xx just happens to be under white metal tiger.)
Now I'm going to drink a little of this homemade melomal and probably practice a few chords on my guitar.