Saturday, May 9, 2015

Shrimp Scampi at Giacomo's Ristorante



We have for our random meal of the day an order of Shrimp Scampi. This random meal was definitely worth the extended wait in line. It was actually our pit stop after walking the historic Freedom Trail in the opposite direction. This included the countless steps up to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument!

Found at Giacomo's Ristorante in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/80, iso 2000, +0.3ev

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Twin Lobster Special at New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant



Our random meal of the day brings us an order of the Twin Lobster Special Ginger and Scallion style. I found eating lobster this way is much easier as you do not have to crack open the whole lobsters yourself.

Found at New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/80, iso 800, +0.3ev

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Twin Lobster Special at Mount Vernon



We have for our random meal of the day an order of the Twin Lobster Special. It was a bit of a trek for the special but well worth it for some fresh lobsters that was friendly on the wallet.

Found at Flour Bakery + Cafe in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/80, iso 640

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sticky Buns at Flour Bakery + Cafe



The magic of this Boston trip came in the form of the infamous Sticky Buns by Pastry Chef Joanne Chang. I remember watching an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay where he challenged her magical Sticky Buns and lost. I made a mental note way back then that if I ever make it to Boston, then I will eat this magical Sticky Buns. Well I managed to eat THREE of these in span of less than a week. So many random meal choices and I kept gravitating back here. It would have been FOUR but one night tragedy struck when they had SOLD OUT for the day. It was a good thing my morning random meal of the day treat was a Sticky Bun....

Found at Flour Bakery + Cafe in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/60, iso 200, +0.7ev

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cannoli at Mike's Pastry



Our random meal of the day treat brings us a wonderful Chocolate Chip Cannoli!

Found at Mike's Pastry in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f4.0, 1/60, iso 6400, +1.0ev

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lobster Roll at Boston Chowda Co



Our random meal of the day brings us the first Lobster Roll that I had in Boston. When you are a tourist, you eat at a tourist destination in the Quincy Market. The combo that I order also came with a small bowl of clam chowder. This hit the spot!

Found at Boston Chowda Co. in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 125, +0.7ev

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lobster Sandwich at Alive & Kicking Lobsters



Our random meal of the day brings us Boston Magazine's 2014 best lobster roll. The funny thing is that it is actually a Lobster Sandwich. I ate the random meal way back in September 2014 on a trip to Boston. It was an adventure to get to this restaurant that is situated in the middle of a residential area. It was a bit of a walk but so well worth it. The toasted bread actually complemented the lobster and gave a nice crunch that is different from the typical softer roll. The lobster sandwich starts with a sesame-crusted scali bread that is buttered and toasted. A healthy portion of lobster meat covered with mayo and black pepper fills the bread. This sandwich actually beats the hype!

Found at Alive & Kicking Lobsters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/160, iso 100, +2.0ev

Thursday, April 16, 2015

1/2 Pollo Chicken Special at Rod's Char Burger



There are times when you are just in the mood for some classic comfort food. This is what this random meal of the day brings. We have the half Pollo Chicken Special. It is really funny that I actually ate this particular random meal so many times that when I come in, they know exactly what I want. It is actually contradictory to the premise of random meal of the day. But there are just those days when your mood for adventure is just not there and you want the familiar to give yourself a smile. I actually laughed today when I googled the restaurant and you have the opportunity to have a 360 degrees inside street view of the inside of the restaurant. All you need is a camera, and sometimes the magic just happens. Can you guess where I sat? Our random meal is a half chicken that is marinated and charbroiled. We have a side of fries and your choice of hot corn or flour tortillas. A side of salsa completes this random meal of the day.

Found at Rod's Char Burger in Redondo Beach, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 560

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Lobster Hash at Bottega Louie



We have for our random meal of the day a fantastic order of the Lobster Hash. We start with a Maine lobster tail and that is diced and seasoned. We then add some finely cubed Yukon Gold potatoes. Two perfectly poached eggs are then placed upon the lobster hash and a smoke paprika hollandaise sauce is layered over the eggs to complete this random meal of the day.

Found at Bottega Louie in Los Angeles, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 900

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bacon N' Egg Pizza at Ugly Pie Co.



We have for our random meal of the day an order of the Bacon N' Egg Pizza. This pizza is off the specialty pizza menu as I feel that sometimes it is better to let someone choose the toppings for you rather than choosing to create your own random meal. The pizza starts with a fresh regular dough that is hand shaped. We then add the garlic butter sauce as the base for this pizza. Next a layer of mozzarella is layered over the garlic butter sauce. We then sprinkle on a generous lay of bacon! A layer of chopped green onion adds some color along with a handful of corn. A fresh egg is then placed in the middle and seasoned with a dash of sea salt and shake of pepper to round out the flavors. Finally an olive oil ring coats the outer crust to ensure that it gives you a satisfying golden crispy crunch. I passed on the final sprinkling of arugula for this random meal of the day.

Found at Ugly Pie Co. in El Segundo, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/400, iso 400, +0.67ev

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Original Hawaiian Royale at Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe



We have for our random meal of the day an order of The Original Hawaiian Royale. The Hawaiian Royale is an open scrambled omelette over white rice. The original version comes mixed in with Portuguese sausage and char sui (a Chinese BBQ Pork). The magic with this random meal is when you add the side of the magical teriyaki sauce. This savory sweet blend, binds to the Royale and gives it a marvelous POP!

Found at Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe in Culver City, California.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/160, iso 100, +0.7ev

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Donuts at Cafe Dulce



We have for our random meal of the day, the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt Donuts. Yes, there was actually a scavenger food hunt all around Los Angeles for food and the Hello Kitty Pins. Today is actually the official last day of the Hungry Hunt. I have to admit that I have been to more than one event and it was pure MADNESS but fun all the same. These donuts are actually the longest wait of them all.

Found at Cafe Dulce in Los Angeles, California.

Nikon D700, 85mm, f2.8, 1/60, iso 200, +1.7ev, 2 speedlight flashes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hapa Burger at The Standing Room



We have for our random meal of the day an order of the Hapa Burger. This restaurant is quite unique as the original location started unassumingly in shared space within a liquor store. It had considerable following on yelp. The funny thing about this is that even though the food that they served was fantastic, I just wonder how photogenic the random meal will be. It was one of the places that if I was out to photograph the random meal specifically, I would bring my own plate. Fast forward a couple of years later, they actually opened a full sit down restaurant. Finally I had the opportunity to dine at the restaurant.

The Hapa burger starts with a half pound burger patties. We then top it with onions, scallion, sesame leaf and a spring mix. We then top the burger with a fried egg and finish it with Gouchu-Q & Korean Aioli. The funny thing is that I actually still did not get a plate for this random meal.

Found at The Standing Room in Hermosa Beach, California.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/125, iso 100, +0.7ev

Friday, September 5, 2014

Smoked Fried Chicken at Britt's BBQ



Our random meal of the day brings us an order of the Smoked Fried Chicken. This is a unique take on chicken. The chicken starts off BBQ style by slow smoking the chicken to infuse the typical BBQ flavor. Then it is battered and then fried! This is one of those truly unique random meal flavor. We finish off this random meal with a side of tots and cornbread. This item was originally only served on Fridays but is it has actually become popular and is now a random meal that you can get everyday.

Found at Britt's BBQ in El Segundo, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.8, 1/100, iso 1400