Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Roast Beef, Pastrami and Cheese

Tucked away in a random hidden corner near the 110 freeway we have this hidden gem, the #7. A ginormous serving of hot roast beef, pastrami, cheese, and marinara sauce on a Italian roll.
Found at Eastside Market Italian Deli in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 3200)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dim Sum Sugar Cane Shrimp

Dim Sum. With so many choices of items to eat, it is always good to go in a group so that you can sample more items. Here we have a sugar cane shrimp ball with mayo.
Found at Top Island Dim Sum in Alhambra, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 24mm, f2.0, 1/30, iso 100)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Korean Beef Short Rib BBQ

Steaming hot off the grill Korean beef short rib barbecue with a spicy rub. Sometimes a fully cooked plate has more flavor than cooking the food at your table.
Found at Korean Kitchen Hibachi BBQ in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 3200)

We also have an order of the teriyaki salmon.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pan Dulce

Today we have a couple variations of Pan Dulce. This is a Mexican type of pastry. I really like the bonus jam that holds the two pieces of pastries together on the coconut version. The ear like pastry has a wonderful crispness to it.
Found at La Adelita Bakery in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f11.0, 1/80, iso 2200)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Chicken Katsu Curry

Nested inside the Mitsuwa Marketplace, our friends introduced us to a gem of a food court. Today we have chicken katsu curry. I believe this delicious dish is their specialty, and with it we have heaping amounts food for a very reasonable amount of money.
Found at Miyabi-Tei in Costa Mesa, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 1000)

Friday, September 25, 2009

FuRaiBo Tebasaki

Have you ever been to a restaurant and the next day, you want to go back and have seconds and thirds? For me, Furaibo is one of these places. There is just something about the flavor of the wings that keeps bringing me back. It just seems to hit my taste buds perfectly. Today we have the double Teba course. Even though this is a double order of the wings, it still leaves me craving for more. All the wings are freshly cooked when you order. The wings also do not require any dipping sauce!
Found at Furaibo in City of Industry, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 2000)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pastrami on a Roll

Today we have a plain hot pastrami on a toasted roll. Simple but still very delicious.
Found at Sandbags in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 24mm, f2.0, 1/30, iso 80)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Garlic Bread with Mozzarella

How do you make a wonderful baguette taste even better? You top it with a rich buttery garlic spread and kick it to the next level with mozzarella cheese and toast it to perfection.
Found at Rocco's in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 24mm, f2.o, 1/100, iso 80)

We also have the Chicken House Salad.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Village Idiot Steak and Potato Pie

Today is round 2 at the English Pub on Melrose Ave. For today's random meal, we have a Steak and Potato Pie. It is a savory dish that is quite unique for me. I saw a picture of it beforehand and made it my personal random meal of the day assignment. I wonder if this is another typical English pub type of meal?
Found at the Village Idiot in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 44mm, f2.8, 1/50, iso 200)

We also have the Spiced Lamb Meatballs.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Golden State Bratwurst

For today's meal, we have a super long bratwurst with a garlic aioli sauce and caramelized onions along with a side of fries.
Found at The Golden State in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f5.6, 1/100, iso 200)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Random Chocolate Brownie

Your random meal today will be a random chocolate brownie.
Found at Corner Bakery Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 44mm, f2.8, 1/60, iso 125)

Lobsterfest Lobster

Lobsterfest! Today we have the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival. What we have here is a whole Maine lobster meal. The lobster is freshly steamed and comes with a delicious buttery dippin' sauce, coleslaw, potatoes, and a roll.
Found at Lobsterfest in San Pedro, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/160, iso 200)

Here's another angle of the lobster.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Little Dom's Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza. That's a genius concept. Today we have another random meal from The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The breakfast pizza consists of a razor thin pizza crust topped with an egg sunny side up, an interesting cured ham call Speck, mozzarella, and tomato sauce.
Found at Little Dom's in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 250)

Friday, September 18, 2009

McDonalds Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Today's random snack of the day is a McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. It is actually delicious and healthy.
Found at McDonald's in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 44mm, f2.8, 1/15, iso 200)

Carne Asada Sandwich

Today we have a Wahoo's carne asada sandwich with a side of their incredibly delicious crunchy beer battered Maui onion rings.
Found at Wahoo's Fish Taco in Los Angeles, CA

(Canon 40D, 20mm, f4.5, 1/250, iso 100)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bacon Swiss Crispy Chicken Sandwich

The Bacon Swiss Crispy Chicken Sandwich. At 750 calories, it becomes a meal all by itself. Can you really say no to bacon?
Found at Carl's Jr in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 24mm, f2.0, 1/20, iso 200)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Crush Strawberry Soda

A refreshing Crush Strawberry soda.

(Leica D-LUX4, 44mm, f2.8, 1/20, iso 200)

WonTon Noodle Soup

There's something fantastic about a warm soup on a chilly day. Here we have some Hong Kong cooking style as proclaimed proudly under the restaurant name. This is their version of the classic "Won-Ton" noodle soup.
Found at New Dragon Chinese Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 200)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rad Nar

Rad Nar is flat white noodles stir fried and mixed with a brown bean gravy sauce and beef and then topped with broccoli.
Found at Thai Taste in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 720)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Crispy Steak Tacos

Today we have steak tacos in a crispy shell. The steak is marinated for 12 hours in their special smoky chipotle pepper abobo and then grilled before serving.
Found at Chipotle in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 24mm, f2.0, 1/30, iso 160)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Frosted Cupcakery Cookies & Cream Cupcake

On to the second part of the double dessert day. Here we feature the Chocolate Cookies & Cream Buttercream Cupcake. We ordered some extra cupcakes to go and I decided to give the cupcakes the model treatment.
Found at Frosted Cupcakery in Long Beach, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f16, 1/2s, iso 400, +1.67ev)

Frosted Cupcakery Strawberry Cupcake

I officially declare Sunday as dessert day! As a celebration of dessert day, today will be a double dessert day! We start of today with a strawberry cream cheese cupcake. This is a seasonal flavor and will end at the end of September.
Found at Frosted Cupcakery in Long Beach, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f8.0, 1/80, iso 640)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Starling Diner SF Stuffed French Toast

Nestled in the middle of a residential area in Long Beach, we found this charming diner. After passing time waiting for a table, we were finally greeted with not the specials but what had already sold out! Today we have the "San Francisco Stuffed French Toast". This was voted "Best French Toast" by the OC Weekly and I understand why. This has to be the most delicious version of french toast that I have ever eaten.
This delicious concoction starts with freshly baked baguettes stuffed with a wonderful bend of mascarpone and creme fraiche. It is then dipped in creme anglais and broiled to perfection. Fresh seasonal berries perfectly complements this meal.
Found at Starling Diner in Long Beach, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 800)

We also have the smoked wild salmon scramble.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Lunch Steak

The lunch special. A perfectly sized six ounce steak with a baked potato and a side of cheese toast. You also get one trip to the salad bar.
Found at Sizzler in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 60mm, f2.8, 1/160, iso 80)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Orochon Ramen Hyper Spicy Level 2

The Wall of Bravery holds your challenge. Are you brave enough to conquer the special #2? There are 7 levels of spicy on the normal scale. It starts at level 7 for non-spicy and up to level 1 for extreme. Then there are 2 bonus extreme spicy levels, the special #1 and the special #2. If you can completely eat the entire bowl in 30 minutes of the special #2, you get your picture up on the Wall of Bravery.
For me, today is not the day. For today's random meal of the day, we have the miso flavor ramen with the HYPER Orochon spicy level 2. This is one level below the normal extreme. I also added an order of Cha - Shu Pork Slice to the meal.
There was one brave soul in the restaurant attempting the glory and fame of the Wall of Bravery. Alas, within 5 minutes, he looked brighter than the special #2 flaming red broth as he stared into the ginormous bowl in front of him and ponder the enormity of the battle before him... Maybe next time....
Don't forget to check out one champion's picture, Man V. Food own Adam Richman on the Wall of Bravery.
Found at Orochon Ramen in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 4000)

We also have the OSAE Orochon level 5 spicy. Notice the difference in color between the level 5 and level 2.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Shrimp in Lobster Sauce

For today's random meal of the day assignment we have shrimp in lobster sauce with fried rice, an egg roll, and a crispy wonton.
Found and Chyn King in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 24mm, f2.o, 1/30, iso 200)

We also have Chyn King's Kung Pao Chicken.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Black Forest Ham Sandwich

Black forest ham on a freshly baked baguette with a side of fresh fruit salad and pasta salad.
Found at Aux Delices in Pasadena, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/250, iso 800)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Empanada Argentina

Empanada! This is an incredibly delicious appetizer. We have a chicken, spinach, and beef flavored empanada. My favorite is the chicken version. It is a wonderful explosion of flavor biting into the perfectly crispy shell.
Found at Carlitos Gardel Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.

(Canon 40D, 35mm, f5.6, 1/50, iso 800)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Balboa Bar

Today we have Dad's Original Balboa Bar. It is a large vanilla ice cream bar that is freshly hand dipped in chocolate and then battered with toppings right before your eyes. Since i couldn't decide on what topping I wanted on my Balboa Bar, I choose everything. This is a wonderful treat on a hot summer day.
Found at Dad's in Balboa Island (Newport Beach), CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 60mm, f4.0, 1/1000, iso 80)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Lobster Taco

Lobster Taco from a taco shack! Yummy! This taco shack was recommended to me, so I embraced the majestic scenery of the Pacific Coast Hwy and made the trip to try out these tacos. Today we have a blacken lobster taco, topped with fresh guacamole and salsa on a flour tortilla.
Found at Taco Loco in Laguna Beach, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 200)

We also have a chicken taco and a fish taco.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Cold Cut Combo

"Eat Fresh!" You occasionally have to eat somewhat healthy. We have the six inch Cold Cut Combo today.
Found at Subway in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f8.0, 1/80, iso 720)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sausage Calzone

We have a sausage calzone chopped up into finger sized strips. This makes eating it so much more fun. The crust is crispy and perfect while the dough is soft on the inside.
Found at Rocco's in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 60mm, f2.8, 1/500, iso 80)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


"In-N-Out, In-N-Out. That's what a hamburger's all about." Serving freshly made food since 1948.
Found at In-N-Out in Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 24mm, f2.8, 1/50, iso 80)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Italian Sausage Sandwich

The aroma of this Italian Sausage sandwich is just wonderful. The picture almost did not make it because just smelling the sandwich, made me almost hungry enough to just say the heck with the picture. Biting into this wonderful sandwich is practically like eating pizza. The flavors just burst into your mouth.
Found at Los Angeles Pizza Company in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 1100)