Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Trick or Treat

Welcome Trick or Treaters! If you happen to randomly ring our doorbell, you will be in for a random treat. We have a mountain of random candy to pass out tonight! Happy Halloween everyone.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f4.0, 1/100, iso 1000)

Halloween Cupcake

Another Halloween treat for today! We have a Halloween orange themed chocolate cupcake.
Found at Meagan's Bakery Halloween Cupcake in Santa Clarita, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/400, iso 200)

Winchell's Halloween Donut Holes

Happy Halloween. For today's random meal, we have a special Halloween themed treat. We have some limited edition donut holes that are decorated with the Halloween orange and black sprinkles. You can start your trick or treats on a sugar rush.
Found at Whinchell's in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.0, 1/200, iso 400)

The Halloween themed donut holes are sold in a themed bag.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Cornish Hen with Red Rice

Today we have a whole Cornish Hen on a bed of red tomato rice. The hen is perfectly cooked and the red tomato rice is like the frosting on the cake. This is large enough to share between two people.
Found at Victory French Restaurant in Monterey Park, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f4.0, 1/100, iso 200)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Julio's Mexican Grill Steak Burrito

For today's random meal, we have a steak burrito. The burrito comes packed with delicious steak, mild salsa, guacamole, and cheese. You then choose how spicy you want your side of salsa as they have a scorching hot bright toxic orange habanero sauce.
Found at Julio's Mexican Grill in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/160, iso 200)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thai Taste Pepper Garlic Chicken

Yummy. Today we have Pepper Garlic Chicken. This meal has a nice blend of pepper and garlic without overpowering you with its flavor. The extra sauce on the bottom of the chicken perfectly coats the fried rice to give the meal that extra delicious zing.
Found at Thai Taste in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/60, iso 1600)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rocco's Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Today we have a random twist to one of my favorite chicken sandwich. We have here the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. It starts with a fresh baguette that is perfectly toasted and topped with grilled chicken breast , fresh tomatoes, lettuce, freshly sliced onions, and a nice blend of buffalo sauce. Definitely yummy!
Found at Rocco's Italian Kitchen in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/100, iso 560)

Monday, October 26, 2009

G.O.E. Turkey Melt

Today we have a Turkey Melt with Swiss cheese on a roll and a side of french fries. This is a perfect grab it and go takeout meal.
Found at the Garden of Eating in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/100, iso 280)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt

I remember watching a funny Seinfeld episode about a delicious and healthy frozen yogurt that turned out to be not so healthy. Well, years later, Pinkberry finally succeeded in making a delicious healthy frozen yogurt. A plain small cup is only 150 calories. What we have today is the medium cup with a mixture of fruits. I really like the tart and tangy flavor of the frozen yogurt. Yummy!
Found at Pinkberry in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/320, iso 200)

You can always just get the small cup plain and it is just as delicious!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Stinking Rose Garlic Braised Boneless Short Rib

Welcome garlic lovers! For today's random meal, we have garlic garlic garlic and more garlic! We have here the Garlic Braised Boneless Short Rib with a side of garlic Yukon gold mashed potatoes and cream spinach. The boneless short ribs are extremely tender and it melts in your mouth. I'm in a garlic food coma but it was worth it. Yummy!
Found at The Stinking Rose in Beverly Hills, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 6400)

You should start you meal with the Bagna Calda. This is "Garlic soaking in a hot tub" that is so soft it spreads like butter.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Marked5 Chicken Curry

Today is round 4 of the "designer lunch trucks". We have a very different and unique meal from a lunch truck for today's random meal. What we have here is the Chicken Curry. It is almost like a Katsu style chicken cutlet that is topped with their "Marked5 special curry sauce" and sandwiched between their "signature hand-made rice buns". The rice buns are definitely really unique as I never had a sandwich made with a rice bun like this before. The only funny thing is that all the pictures on the lunch truck depicts the buns as being round and the bun I received is distinctly square.
Found at Marked5 in random parts of Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/1000, iso 200)

Fishlips Sushi Spicy Set

Sushi from a lunch truck. Not just any lunch truck, it is another "designer lunch truck" that only sells sushi that is freshly made as you can watch the chef prepare it. We have here the Sushi Spicy Set Large. It contains 6 pieces of the Spicy Tuna Roll and 5 pieces of "Temari". According to my friend who ate this random meal, he liked it and he also received two bonus pieces of the Temari.
Found at Fishlips Sushi in random parts of Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/640, iso 200)

Disclaimer: I was only the photographer and did not eat any part of this meal.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mario's Peruvian & Seafood Lomo Saltado

For today's random meal we have some delicious Peruvian food. We have the Lomo Saltado. This is delicious strips of beef that is perfectly sauteed and mixed with onions, tomatoes, and french fries. It also comes with a side of lightly seasoned rice. The Lomo Saltado has a wonderful flavor that bursts into your mouth.
Found at Mario's Peruvian & Seafood in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f5.6, 1/50, iso 1600)

We also have a delicious order of the Saltado de Pollo.

And for a unique random drink, we have the Chicha Morada.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oki's-Dog Oki's Dog

Whenever lunchtime rolls around, I would suggest Oki's Dog for lunch, and everyone around me laughs. It seems like everyone is on a diet since I started Random Meal Of The Day. For today's random meal, we have the "World Famous Oki's-Dog" Oki's Dog with Cheese. What is an Oki Dog? An Oki Dog starts with a large flour tortilla, you then you add 2 grilled hot dogs, delicious pastrami, chili and cheese and you wrap the whole concoction into a burrito. This is an wonderfully awesome combination that is packed full of flavor. After you take a bite, you become hooked for life. Yummy!
Found at Oki's-Dog in Los Angeles, CA on Pico Blvd.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/1000, iso 200, +0.67ev)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Farmer Boys French Toast Breakfast

It is wonderful when you can have breakfast anytime you want. Today we have a delicious French Toast breakfast. It comes with 4 triangles of French Toast along with 2 strips of crispy bacon and 2 eggs anyway you want it. Yummy.
Found at Farmer Boys in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/200, iso 200)

You can also get a traditional breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast, and hash browns.

We also have an order of some gigantic crispy zucchini sticks and a turkey melt as a side.

Monday, October 19, 2009

El Guapo Cantina Guapo Deluxe

Today we have the Guapo Deluxe. This is a half pound hamburger topped with American Cheese, Bacon, and Avocado. This is definitely a burger that lives up to the name of the restaurant.
Found at El Guapo Cantina on Melrose Ave, in Hollywood, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 1600)

I actually had this, an order of the every bite is full of steak, Steak Quesadilla.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Orochon Ramen Special #2

Welcome random mealers. Six brave warriors set out to conquer the Wall of Bravery for the toughest random meal of the day assignment yet. Yesterday we faced the Orochon special #2. This "bowl of death" knocked out our first warrior before the battle even commenced as he only choose the spicy #2. This leaves us five warriors to charge into the battle. I was the first to taste the special #2. This nearly knocked me out and I knew that for me the battle was nearly over as I stared into the ginormous bowl of Orochon ramen consisting of 6 scoops of a diabolical spice blend and freshly chopped jalapenos for a full 5 minutes. As the battle raged on for the four remaining warriors, two were knocked out after drinking 5 large glasses of water each. This left two remaining warriors, but it quickly dwindled down to one as this warrior decided to drink the jalapenos whole with the soup and was swiftly knocked out. The final lone warrior put up a gallant fight and presented to the Orochon Wall of Bravery Gatekeeper with his empty bowl...but tragedy stuck as the gatekeeper uttered "3 minutes over". With those 3 little words our party failed in our epic battle to become immortalized on the wall of bravery. So close to victory but yet so far away. As we departed heartbroken we vowed to come back and fight another day as we may have lost today's battle but we did not yet lose the war. We will train and with perseverance we will defeat the Orochon special number 2 and gain immortality on the Wall of Bravery.
Found at Orochon Ramen in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/400, iso 200)

I believe I ate almost a half inch of the soup before I surrendered. Tragic! Yes, this is what I left behind in the battlefield before they had to cart it away. This was the after picture.

Alright, it was actually eating the noodles that made the bowl go down about half an inch....

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cajun Scrambled

Breakfast time. Today we have a Cajun Scrambled. We have 2 scrambled eggs mixed with diced hot sausage and melted cheddar cheese along with tasty home fries and a toasted English muffin. This is one of my very favorite breakfast spots.
Found at Cajun Kitchen Cafe in Carpinteria, CA.

(Canon 40D, 19mm, f8.0, 1/100, iso 800)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Jersey Mike's Subs The Original Italian

For today's random meal, we are taking my new Nikon D5000 with the 35mm 1.8 DX lens for a spin. This will most likely be my everyday carry for my Random Meal of The Day blog pictures. Today we have the Original Italian. The meat is freshly sliced thin right in front of you upon your order. So you are getting fresh deli meats. The Original Italian consists of "provolone, ham, proscuittini, cappacuolo, salami and pepperoni." Yummy!
Found at Jersey Mike's Subs in Hawthorne, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/160, iso 200)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pad Se Ew

For today's random meal of the day assignment, we have Pad Se Ew. This is a delicious dish made of flat rice noodles that is stir fried with eggs and broccoli in special soy sauce with beef.
Found at Tawanna Thai in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 35mm, f2.8, 1/40, iso 400)

We also have an order of the very spicy Tom Yum Soup.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Angry Tendercrisp

Today's random meal is quite a mouthful. We have a Angry Tendercrisp and it contains a breaded chicken filet and then loaded with angry unions, bacon, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, and finally drizzled with angry sauce. This wild concoction is a whopping 1030 calories.
Found at Burger King in Los Angeles, CA.

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

We also have a small order of the onion rings.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Panda Express Bowl

Today we have the Panda Express Bowl with fried rice and Mandarin chicken. The size of the bowl is just right.
Found at Panda Express in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 2000)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Snapper Jack's Steak Crispy Flour Taco

Today we have a steak crispy flour taco. This is a very unique taco as the flour tortilla is made just crispy enough to give a nice crunch but not too hard to crack the taco. There is also a wonderful salsa bar to choose from. Delicious.
Found at Snapper Jack's Taco Shack in Camarillo, CA.

(Nikon D700, 35mm, f4.0, 1/50, iso 200)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Danish Blueberry Pancake

Today we have a Danish Blueberry Pancake. This is a ginormous extra thin pancake that is so large that it has to be folded in half on the plate. It is then topped with a blueberry mix, loads of whipped cream, and snowed on with white powder sugar. This is like having dessert for breakfast. Yummy!
Found at Paula's Pancake House in Solvang, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/1600, iso 200)

We also have an order of the pancake special with a Danish sausage.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Palace Grill Crawfish Etouffee

Today we have some delicious Cajun food! For today's random meal, we have Crawfish Etouffee. It starts with tender Louisiana crawfish tails that is smothered with onions and bell peppers in a shrimp stock on a bed of rice and topped with fresh green onions. Yummy!
Found at The Palace Grill in Santa Barbara, CA.

(Nikon D700, 35mm, f2.8, 1/40, iso 4000)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nick's Taste of Texas Fajita Taco - Reader Submitted!

(Photographed by Mr. Matt)

Today's bonus random meal of the day assignment is reader submitted! This photo was taken by my buddy Mr. Matt. Today we have a Fajita Taco plate. This is a delicious "Texas Style Flour Tortilla" loaded with "Charbroiled marinated steak strips with sauteed onions and guacamole." The flour tortillas are really special as I have actually eaten here before quite a few time.
Found at Nick's Taste of Texas in Covina, CA.

(Canon Powershot SD1100 IS, f8.0, 1/60, iso 200, flash fired)

Chyn King Steamed Fish

The menu states that this is "good for the dieter". We have steamed fish in a ginger sauce and topped with fresh scallions.
Found at Chyn King in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/125, iso 400)

We also have an order of the Tangerine Chicken lunch plate with some spicy peppers.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

LA Fuxion Xocy Spicy Pork Burrito

Today is round 3 of the "designer lunch trucks". I was actually trying to find bool bbq, but after walking exactly one mile, the LA Fuxion truck was right in front of me so it became today's random meal of the day. Today we have the Xocy spicy pork burrito. It is a delicious blend of spicy pork, flavored rice, salsa, and KimChi. I actually really appreciated that fact that someone was actively taking your order outside of the lunch truck. It just made the experience so much more enjoyable.
Found at LA Fuxion in random places around Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 1000)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Kokekokko Yakitori

Today's random meal of the day assignment is Yakitori! Yakitori is grilled chicken speared on sticks. Today the photograph above is of a partially eaten meal as the Yakitori comes out freshly cooked one piece at a time by the master chefs. What we have here starting from the left is half of the vegetable rolled in meat, then a complete thigh stick, and finally the one remaining quail eggs out of three. This is a great place for a nice relaxing and delicious meal.
Found at Kokekokko in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 560)

We also have a delicious Soboro Rice with a raw Quail egg on top.

The meal ended perfectly with the Wings Karayaki (Spicy).

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pioneer Chicken

Pioneer chicken, a chain of the past, but still delicious today. The chicken has such a wonderful color to it. It is really different from the current fast food chains.
Found at Pioneer Chicken in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f8.0, 1/80, iso 1250)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Vietnamese Grilled Pork Sandwich

Today's random meal will be Bahn Mi. I randomly choose the #5 today and it is the grilled pork Vietnamese sandwich. The sandwich has a great flavor to it. It is really different from the typical Vietnamese sandwiches that I normally eat and I look forward to trying it again.
Found at Bahn Mi Che Cali in Alhambra, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 900)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Shaved Ice

This is an absolutely delicious Hawaiian style shaved ice that you have to go on an adventure to find. This is the Rockin' Rainbow which consists of a layer of cherry, blue raspberry, and pineapple shaved ice over vanilla ice cream. Every bite is jammed packed full of flavor. The only regret is that I only bought a small.
Found at Get Shaved in random parts of Los Angeles, CA.

(Leica D-LUX4, 24mm, f4.0, 1/640, iso 80)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pat's Philly Cheesesteak

This is a quintessential Philly Cheesesteak. Founded in 1930. Order correctly or be sent to the back of the line.
Found at Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia, PA.

(Canon 40D, 21mm, f4.5, 1/400, iso 400)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mongolian BBQ

The allure of making your own Mongolian BBQ dish drives you here. You start with your choice of beef, chicken, pork, turkey or a mixture of your choosing and pile that into your bowl. Then you add or don't add some veggie. Next up you can add some random concoction of sauces, then pile up your bowl with noodles. The chef then stir fry up your random mix together into a delicious meal. While you enjoy your meal, you dream up your plan of attack for the next meal.
Found at Great Khan's Mongolian in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f8.0, 1/80, iso 1600)

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Khachapouri! For today's random meal of the day assignment we have Khachapouri. What is Khachapouri you ask, well it "is a Georgian delight with its oval shape dough topped with mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, butter & eggs." This is really a delicious meal. I had an order of the ham and bacon Khachapouri with eggs. The eggs looks like they were baked over easy. This is like a breakfast pizza but distinctly rich in flavor without the tomato sauce. Yummy.
Found at Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria in West Hollywood, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f3.0, 1/400, iso 200)