Saturday, July 31, 2010

Paul Martin's American Bistro Wild Pacific White Prawns & Fresh Linguini

Today we have wild Pacific white prawns with fresh linguni for our random meal of the day. The menu states "prawns, tomatoes, spinach, garlic lemon butter". Simple ingredients well executed together to create a fabulous random meal.
Found at Paul Martin's American Bistro in El Segundo, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.2, 1/60, iso 1600)

Friday, July 30, 2010

King Taco Carne Asada Nachos

Our random meal of the day bring us an order of Carne Asada Nachos. This is soaked with layers and layers of nacho cheese. A hearty portion of carne asada is then top on the nacho cheese and a special jalapeno blend completes this random meal.
Found at King Taco in Pasadena, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 360)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cafe Rio Coconut Shrimp Tacos

Our random meal of the day is Coconut Shrimp Tacos. We start with 2 fresh handmade flour tortillas and and then topped with some delicious succulent coconut battered shrimp. You get a side of mango salsa to top off your coconut shrimp tacos. An order of green Chile rice and pinto beans completes the random meal.
Found at Cafe Rio in Manhattan Beach, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/250, iso 200, +0.30ev)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chicken Maison Chicken Kabob

Today our random meal of the day brings us grilled a Chicken Kabob and a veggie kabob hiding in the background. This was actually not my random meal but my friend's random meal. I'm going to tag these posts as "RMOTD Photographer". The thing about presenting only my meal as the feature item is that it becomes less and less random after more than a year of eating. This way I can showcase more food without the consequences of more weight gain. ;) These are typically the second picture shown on the post.

These "RMOTD Photographer" post are a bit harder because it is not my actually plate of food so I typically only get a couple of shots in before the person wants to chow down. Also because it is not my plate of food, I don't touch it so the way it comes is the way it is photographed. I thank my friends in advanced for contributing to my blog by eating with me and allowing me to photograph their random meal.
Found at Chicken Maison in Redondo Beach, CA.

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

**RMOTD Photographer**

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Del Taco Tacos and Nachos

Today is Taco Tuesday. For our random meal of the day we have a trio a tacos plus a bonus order of nachos. With start with one chicken soft taco and then add two classic beef tacos. An order of nachos off the value menu completes today's random meal.
Found at Del Taco in Pasadena, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 3200)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Whole Foods Clam Chowder

Our random meal of the day is clam chowder. This is a delicious cup of soup.
Found at Whole Foods in El Segundo, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/500, iso 200)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fonda Don Chon Lunch Buffet Tres Leches Dessert

Our random meal continues to with the dessert portion of our Mexican lunch buffet from yesterday. Our featured item is the Tres Leches cake. This is the cake at the far right. It is actually dipped in some sweet milk while retaining the cake form. We also have a mixture of fresh fruits and jello. Yummy!
Found at Fonda Don Chon in Covina, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 6400)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fonda Don Chon Lunch Buffet Sope

There comes a time when a single item redefines your perception of food. Today's random meal Mexican lunch buffet changed my perception of beans. I've have never really been a fan of beans in general. I would eat it by it was always just blah... Most of the time, I would actually just hold the beans. Well, today there was no holding the beans on the Sope. My buddy recommended that I try out the Sope as he said it was really good. Since we were at a lunch buffet, I was like why not. I turned out to be the star of the meal. Every item that I tried was actually full of flavor. This was amazing for a $6.99 lunch buffet, let alone a buffet in general. I was well worth the 20 mile drive.
Found at Fonda Do Chon in Covina, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/60, iso 6400)

Here's my first plate full of carnitas, chicken fajitas and a cheese enchilada.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pho Super Bowl Bun Tom Thit Nuong Cha Gio

Our random meal of the day brings us Bun Tom Thit Nuong Cha Gio. No, I don't read Vietnamese, but the menu has wonderful pictures to help you choose your dish. This random meal translates to "Charbroiled Shrimp, Eggrolls & Choice of Pork/Beef/Chicken with Vermicelli." I choose the beef part. This is quite a tasty meal. Normally I have the Pho, but to be random, I choose this instead.
Found at Pho Super Bowl in Alhambra, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 1400)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Philippe Beef Dip Sandwich

Our random meal of the day brings us a classic, the Beef Dip. You just cannot go wrong here as they been serving the same sandwich for over 100 years.
Found at Philippe The Original Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 2200)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Counter Burger with Bacon and Grilled Onions

Our random meal of the day is a build your own burger. When you arrive at the restaurant you are presented with a clipboard to fill out. You choose the type of meat you want along with how much meat you would like. You then choose your toppings and sauces. I choose for today a third pound beef burger with cheddar cheese, bacon and grilled onions. The sauce that I received on the side is a roasted garlic aioli. I did add some organic mixed green for a touch of color.
Found at The Counter Burger in El Segundo, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 320, +0.30ev)

We also have an "Fifty-Fifty" order of the sweet potato fries and regular fries.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Houston's Restaurant Hickory Burger

Our random meal of the day is the Hickory Burger. This burger is "house-ground each morning for today's service only." It is topped with Canadian bacon and mountain of chopped Cheddar cheese. There is a dollop of hickory sauce on the burger with more on the side.
Found at Houston's Restaurant in Manhattan Beach, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 2800)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wendy's Spicy Chicken Nuggets

We have some spicy chicken nuggets for our random meal today. It is a light meal if you only eat the nuggets.
Found at Wendy's in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 3600)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Winchell's Lemon Bar

Our random meal of the day treat brings us a Lemon Bar Donut. The tart and the sweet bends together nicely.
Found at Winchell's in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f4.0, 1/100, iso 220, +0.67ev)

Eat at Joe's John Wayne Special

Our random meal of the day is the John Wayne Special. This looks more intimidating than it really is. This breakfast was actually my lunch. The John Wayne Special starts with a single corn tortilla as the base. You then add home fries on top of the tortilla. Two eggs over medium with cheese completes the mountain. Sausage is then added to the side as a garnish. Finally this whole concoction is smothered in a Spanish sauce. You have an option to choose either more corn tortillas or some toast to complete the John Wayne Special. I devoured the entire thing.
Found at Eat at Joe's in Redondo Beach, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 640, +0.30ev)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mayflower Beef Porridge

Our random meal of the day is Beef Porridge. This is simple classic. Perfect for when you feel under the weather.
Found at Mayflower in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 5600)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Express Chinese Food Kung Pao Chicken & Shrimp

Today our random meal of the day brings us some Kung Pao Chicken and Shrimp. This dish came out blazing fast and the express in the restaurant name sums it up.
Found at Express Chinese Food in El Segundo, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/60, iso 320, +0.30ev)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dino's Burgers Asada Plate

We have an Asada Plate for our random meal of the day. This is a gigantic serving of carne asada with some awesome fresh salsa, rice and beans. Add some flour tortilla, and you have a hearty meal.
Found at Dino's Burgers in Torrance, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 400)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Saigon Dish Mi Trieu Chau

Our random meal of the day brings us some Chin Chow Style soup and noodles. We have the Mi Trieu Chau. The soup starts with yellow egg noodle then the following is added; BBQ pork slices, shrimp, wontons, and finally fish and shrimp meatballs. This is a colorful treat.
Found at Saigon Dish in Lawndale, CA.

(Nikon D5000, 35mm, f2.8, 1/100, iso 900, +0.67ev)

We also have an order of the Goi Cuon.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mako Bowl Japanese Chicken Nuggets

Japanese Chicken Nuggets highlights our random meal of the day. We have some succulent deep fried pieces of chicken in a unique batter. Yummy!
Found at Mako Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 800)

You can always complement your random meal with some California rolls.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hamada-ya Bakery Chocolate Croissant

Our random meal of the day treat is a rich indulgence of a Chocolate Croissant. The croissant is topped with an intense dark chocolate. We can either enjoy this for breakfast or have it for dessert.
Found at Hamada-ya Bakery in Torrance, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 800)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Seafood Village House Special Crab

Today our random meal of the day brings us the House Special Crab. We actually have two orders of the House Special Crab. This is quite an indulgence. We start with garlic, then you add garlic, and finally garlic is added. Yummy!
Found at Seafood Village Restaurant in Temple City, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 800)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Jersey Mike's Jersey Shore's Favorite Sandwich

Today we have the Jersey Shore's Favorite mini sandwich. This sandwich has ham, cappacuolo and provolone and is made Mike's Way.
Found at Jersey Mike's in Hawthorne, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/800, iso 200, +0.30ev)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Jack in the Box Deli Trio Grilled Sandwich

Our random meal of the day brings us a Deli Trio Grilled Sandwich consisting of "Genoa salami, sliced ham, roasted turkey and Provolone cheese".
Found at Jack in the Box in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 320)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich

We have for today my new favorite chicken sandwich for our random meal of the day.
Found at Chick-fil-A in Torrance, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 1400)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Burger King Original Chicken Sandwich

Today we have a simple random meal consisting of the Original Chicken Sandwich with no mayo.
Found at Burger King in Los Angeles, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/25, iso 1600, +0.30ev)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Random Meal Of The Day one year later

Today is the one year anniversary of my Random Meal Of The Day photo blog. I successfully posted at least one food photo per day for an entire year. The blog started of simple enough.

"Your random meal of the day assignment is:

Smoke House burger, fries, and a Cherry Coke.
Found at Johnny Rockets in Los Angeles, CA."

It was a lazy Sunday after the July 4Th holiday that I decided to start a photo blog about food. Yes, noticed that I said photo blog and not food blog. I was nowhere close to being a foodie. I just wanted to improve my photography and needed a subject that would enable me to shoot more. Well I eat everyday so let me shoot what I eat. Simple enough is what thought.

Well, when you try to shoot at the restaurant location, it gets a bit harder. The first thing to consider is always the lighting. Before, I would just sit down. Now I want to sit with my back or side to a window for better lighting. If I choose the wrong seat, then it makes it that much harder. Lunch is always better than dinner at most restaurants. You get some form of natural light the majority of the time. But there are always exceptions to the rule. There was a funny episode about a pink light bulb or a tinted restaurant windows. A manual white balance is your friend but not always. I started using manual white balance with either a paper napkin or cloth napkin at the restaurants. Then there are always the nothing white on the table. I ended up carry a grey white balance card with me. It is always a struggle with the lighting. I prefer to get it right on location rather than fix it later. That's the Photographer side in me.

Then there is the foodie part. When you shoot food as your main subject, you start to get interested in food. Fast food is fine but if you step it up a notch, the meal presented before you becomes a more interesting photo opp. Presentation is key as I try not to adjust the plate presented before me when I am eating at a restaurant. I am photographing the wonderful artwork of the Chefs before me. Thank you Chef for creating a meal for me. They are the true artists, I am just there to capture the random point in time. As time progress, people started asking me where to eat and calling me a foodie. LOL Just because I photography food and make it my background picture on a 24 inch monitor, it doesn't make me a foodie. But alas, after a year of eating, I became a foodie. I even have a Yelp account now. You can friend request me there and find out my true secret identity. Yelp filled in the gaps to make me a foodie. Funny how I can sometimes describe a dish and the restaurant well enough that people think that I've already been to the restaurant when in fact it is my first time there because I am trying to have yet another random meal to photograph. Thank you Yelp.

Ahh, back to the food. I can't believe how hard it is to try something new almost every day. It will be ohh, this restaurant is good, and then not come back for 4 months. Prior to the random meal blog, I would eat the same place almost every week and only venture out of the norm on Fridays. It was safe and consistent. Now a year later, it feels weird to have the same item twice in one month. Another hard part is that you have to eat the food. Sometimes I just order items off the menu because I know that it will make a good picture. I try to be random but all within my limits. Almost all the main feature pictures are of my meal. Another thing that became interesting is the revolution of my lunch buddies. Now, almost everyone is on a diet. Also they can't handle yet another random restaurant every day. I am now left to fend my next random meal all by myself. All for the glory of the blog.

And yes, I do get looks when I shoot my photos. One time, a couple next to me jaws dropped when I shot my food. My coworker actually explained to them that I had a food blog. Then the offered to let me take pictures of their food. Another time a waiter asked me if I was going to open up a restaurant because I was shooting their food. Yes, I do get lots of stares and the simple "I have a food blog" alleviates the; what the heck is he doing?

Thank you for visiting random meal of the day. I hope I can continue to keep on posting everyday but I really miss some of my favorite spots. I may actually have to go eat somewhere twice in the same week. So random meal of the day may turn into Random Meal at Random Days in the future. I think it will be nice to just eat...

Last year I posted a picture of the Smoke House burger and fries but not the Cherry Coke. Today one year later, the Cherry Coke gets featured.
Found at Johnny Rockets in Los Angeles, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/1600, iso 200)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Euro Pane Bakery Macaroons

Our July 4th holiday random meal treat today brings us Macaroons. We have a trio of macaroons today. The flavors starting from the top are Espresso, Blackberry and Chocolate. All the macaroons have intense flavors to them.
Found at Euro Pane Bakery in Pasadena, CA.

(Nikon D700, 60mm, f5.6, 1/60, iso 6400)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sunday Bistro Singapore Style Fried Rice Noodle

Our random meal brings us some spicy Singapore Style Fired Rice Noodle. You have to tread carefully if you don't want too spicy of a bite.
Found at Sunday Bistro in Alhambra, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 6400)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Little Gourmet Pepperoni Pizza Bread

We have a pepperoni Pizza Bread for today's random meal. This is pizza made on a french roll instead of dough.
Found at Little Gourmet in El Segundo, CA.

(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/60, iso 320, +0.30ev)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kyochon Chicken Bulgogi

We have some awesome chicken bulgogi for our random meal today. Funny thing is that I still haven't physically stepped inside a Kyochon yet. I've been dying to go but never seem to make it there. Maybe this is a good thing as I heard fabulous things about their wings. This random meal was actually a takeout meal that was brought to me. This chicken bulgogi is really an excellent meal. It starts off mild enough and then the slow spicy after burn kicks in and "BAMM", the chicken went from 4 stars to 5 stars. Yes, it lives up to its legend. I still remember my friend sending me a picture of this. I wonder if he saw my Yelp bookmark and wanted to hurry me along to try this random meal.
Found at Kyochon in Glendale, CA.

(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 2000)