Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy National Eggs Benedict Day at Cici's Cafe



We have a fantastic order of Eggs Benedict for National Eggs Benedict Day! Ok randommealers, go out and enjoy your food holiday and eat your random meal of the day.

Found at Cici's Cafe in Tarzana, California.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/800, iso 100, +1.3ev

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tofu Nuggets with Tofu French Fries at Vinh Loi Tofu



We have for our random meal of the day an order of Tofu Nuggets with a side of Tofu French Fries. This random meal was actually recommended to me by my close friend. He told me I had to try some tofu chicken nuggets in The Valley and that it was awesome. I gave him a look and said tofu chicken nuggets and laughed. Well, I finally had this random meal. This was actually completely different that what I had expected. The tofu nuggets are actually battered like real chicken nuggets and the most surprising thing for me was the texture of the tofu inside. It was spot on for a chicken nugget in terms of taste and texture. If someone were to give me a nugget and did not say anything, I would have not noticed. The tofu french fries had more of the typical tofu flavor and was crispy. I picked it up and ate it like a french fry. I never would have thought you could do this with tofu. I was pleasantly surprised by this random meal of the day.

Found at Vinh Loi Tofu in Reseda, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.8, 1/100, iso 900

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Island Style Fried Chicken at The Loft



We have an order of the Island Style Fried Chicken for our random meal of the day. This is actually my favorite version of Hawaiian style fried chicken so far. The batter and the flavor of the chicken stands out without the need for sauce. It comes down to the sweet ginger sauce that the chicken was marinated in. We complete our random meal with two scoops of rice, a scoop of ramen cabbage salad and a scoop of macaroni salad. I look forward to another random meal here.

Found at The Loft in Cerritos, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.8, 1/100, iso 400

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Avocado Club Smashburger at Smashburger



We have for our random meal of the day an order of the Avocado Club Smashburger. We start with a burger patty on an egg bun instead of the multi-grain bun. We then add a layer of applewood-smoked bacon on the burger. A drizzle of ranch dressing completes the first half of the burger. The second half starts with a layer of mayo. We then a lettuce, tomatoes and fresh avocado slices. This completes our Smashburger random meal.

Found at Smashburger in Redondo Beach, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.8, 1/100, iso 400

Friday, March 21, 2014

Golden Mango Mochi Shaved Snow at Class 302



We have for our random meal of the day treat a fantastic order of the Golden Mango Mochi Shaved Snow. It has been some time since I have been back to Class 302. I keep thinking about it but it is so far away from where I live. Well, I was in the area one cold night and I decided to just go for it! Cold night plus cold air conditioner plus frozen cold dessert for a dessert. It was so worth it. Every single bite was finished. The funny thing was there was still an actual wait list and we had to endure a fifteen minute wait. We seem to have a bit of luck at our table as the 302 sign outside the window reflected back into our table but this also caused multiple sources of different lighting temperatures. The Golden Mango Mochi starts with layers and layers of shaved mango snow. When then add mango, milk pudding, mocha and top it off with condensed milk. I am dreaming about my next random meal here. Yum...

Found at Class 302 in Rowland Heights, California.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/80, iso 500

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee and Brown Butter Ice Cream with a Hat at Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream



You can never have enough Ice Cream. We have for our random meal of the day a scoop of a Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee then we add another scoop of Brown Butter Ice Cream. We then top it with a Hat consisting of a sugar cone. This was so smooth and both flavors complimented each other just so well. I should have had a third scoop as they suggested pairing the Vietnamese Coffee ice cream with the Tahitian Vanilla!

Found at Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream in San Francisco, California.

Nikon Df, 50mm, f2.8, 1/100, iso 100, +0.67ev

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy National Potato Chip Day with a side of a Shrimp Po Boy at Fishing With Dynamite



Happy National Potato Chip Day Random Mealers! We have some freshly made Weiser Potato Chips with a side of a Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich. Enjoy your random meal of the day food holiday!

Found at Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.0, 1/250, iso 100

Friday, March 7, 2014

Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes at BLD



We have for our random meal of the day a fantastic order of the Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes. These pancakes just melt in your mouth. I was excited to brings some friends to this fantastic restaurant.

Found at BLD in Los Angeles, California.

Nikon Df, 35mm, f2.8, 1/40, iso 100

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spaghetti Bacon Omelette at Spoon House



We have an order of the Spaghetti Bacon Omelette. The omelette is layered over the spaghetti completely covering it in the initial presentation of the random meal. The spaghetti is full of flavor as it is actually pan fried to infuse the flavor of the sauce into the actual spaghetti noodles. A side of wonderfully fantastic freshly baked bread completes this random meal.

Found at Spoon House in Gardena, California.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/200, iso 100, +1.3ev

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Thai Chickin' Entree Salad at Veggie Grill



When I started my #leafyresolution, this place was the first thing on my mind. I laugh because there was this funny commercial where the wife or girlfriend packed some veggie burgers for a tailgating event and it was made of Quinoa. Quinoa may be the next big thing after chipotle. Everything here is made of veggies including the chicken or Chickin'. The Chickin' is made from soybeans, wheat and peas. Well, I finally went for a very leafy random meal of the day. We have the Thai Chickin' Entrée Salad. This salad starts with the soy based grilled Chickin' and then we toss in the quinoa. We then add romaine lettuce, cabbage, corn salsa and mandarin oranges. We finish by sprinkling on green onions, sesame seeds, cilantro and crispy wonton strips. A side of spicy Thai dressing completes this random meal.

Found at Veggie Grill in El Segundo, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.8, 1/125, iso 100, +0.67ev

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pastrami Sandwich Combo at Steve's CharBurger



We have for our random meal of the day an order of the number five combo, the Pastrami Sandwich Combo. The funny thing about this random meal was that my coworker made us hungry talking about food at 9:30 in the morning. Any plans of my #leafyresolution when out the window by 10. The combo comes with a fantastic portion of a pastrami sandwich, fries and a soda. Yum...

Found at Steve's CharBurger in Torrance, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.0, 1/00, iso 125

Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy National Cream Cheese Brownie Day!



Happy National Cream Cheese Brownie Day! Ok Randommealers, you know what your random meal of the day treat is.

Found at Corner Bakery Cafe in Manhattan Beach, California.

Nikon D700, 85mm, f5.6, 1/125, iso 400, +2.00ev, external flashes

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Capastrami at Capriotti's Sandwich Shop



We have the Capastrami sandwich for our random meal of the day. This sandwich is about the balance between the different ingredients and how they all blend together to become a fantastic combination. The Capastrami starts with hot pastrami and topped with a layer of melted Swiss cheese for the savory portion. We then add Russian dressing and cole slaw to the sandwich. The combination together just makes perfect sense when you take the first bite. You will be hooked.

Found at Capriotti's Sandwich Shop in Torrance, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.8, 1/160, iso 100, +0.67ev

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Beef Roll at 101 Noodle Express



We have for our random meal of the day an order of the Beef Roll. The beef roll was on Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential Restaurants list but that was in the past. The list is now renamed LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants and is more of a collaborative effort. With change the list moves forward but that did not stop me from trying this item that I had my eye on for years now. The beef roll starts with a flaky Chinese pancake stuffed with cilantro, long-braised beef and a special sweet been sauce. The balance of the ingredients was off for my taste buds but not for the packed hungry crowd around me. It seemed like every other table had an order of the beef roll. I believe that I am now at this random point in time, under 1000 yelp bookmarks of restaurants to go...

Found at 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.8, 1/100, iso 560