Thursday, September 30, 2010
We have Pad See Ew for our random meal today. Pad See Ew is made with flat rice noodles sauteed in a sweet soy sauce with eggs and broccoli. This is a classic dish that goes well with a bit of hot sauce that you can request.
Found at Bamboo Thai Bistro in Redondo Beach, CA.
(Canon S95, 35mm, f3.2, 1/80, iso 80)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Our random meal brings us a small order of California Roll. This classic roll contains crab meat, avocado and cucumber. This is about as adventurous as I am willing to go with sushi for my random meal.
Found at Hanabi Japanese Grill in El Segundo, CA.
(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f4.0, 1/60, iso 500, +0.70ev)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us Taco Tuesday. We have for today two gigantic burrito sized tacos. I don't think that I have ever had a taco so big, let alone two of them. The front taco is steak and the back taco is chicken. Hidden beneath the leafy greens is more meat than what you get on a typical burger. We went with a group of eight and I was wondering why the majority order only one taco. I guess it was my random meal rookie mistake.
Found at OB's Pub & Grill in Manhattan Beach, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 3200)
Monday, September 27, 2010
We have a Classic Cobb Salad for our random meal today. The Cobb salad contains "chicken, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, bleu cheese crumbles and tomatoes. A side of Toasty Flatbread gives the random meal the extra kick.
Found at Quiznos in El Segundo, CA.
(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/60, iso 200, +0.30ev)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Our random meal of the day treat brings us a Lava Cake. The special thing about this lava cake is that if you microwave it for about thirty seconds, it will melt and flow down like lava. Since this was the first time I have ever had this, I didn't realize this fact until I actually cut the cake in half and then tried nuking it. It melted nicely into a lava like state.
Found at Dink's New York Deli in Santa Clarita, CA.
(Nikon D700, 60mm, f8.0, 1/10, iso 800)
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Our random meal of the day is another edition of breakfast for lunch. We have for today an order of Filet Mignon & Eggs. Yes that is right, Filet Mignon for breakfast or in my case lunch. The eggs are served over medium and home fries rounds up this random meal.
I still recall many lunchtime conversations with my friend in regards to steak and eggs for breakfast. He refuses to even consider eating steak for breakfast. He is perfectly fine eating steak for lunch or dinner but breakfast is off limits. Well, I wonder how he will feel when I send him this random meal?
Found at American Farmhouse Roadside Grill in Manhattan Beach, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 400)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us a Carne Asada Steak Tostada Salad. Yes it is a bit random to get carne asada at a restaurant that specializes in chicken. But it is the randomness of random meal of the day. The salad contains also contains a layer of beans on the bottom.
Found at El Pollo Loco in Hawthorne, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 250)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
There is a special moment when the moon, the sun and the stars all align and you end up getting the most awesome random meal of the day. Today we have the Shack Cheeseburger. This is a classically prepared cheeseburger. You get the old school traditional toasted bun. It has been so long since I actually had the buns really toasted like this. Now the moment of enlightenment comes when you add a whole grilled Louisiana sausage on your burger. Why have I not see this addition before. Normally I can choose to add bacon but never a Louisiana sausage. My outtake on hamburger has forever changed.
Found at The Shack in Playa Del Rey.
(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 1000, +0.30ev)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us Kogi BBQ tacos. We have from the truck that started the revolution, one of each of their tacos. Moving clockwise from the bottom left we have a the Spicy pork, the Tofu, the Short Rib and finally the Chicken taco.
Found at Kogi BBQ random around Los Angeles, CA.
(Leica D-Lux4, 24mm, f3.5, 1/500, iso 80)
Monday, September 20, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us Charbroiled Beef with rice. This is actually one of my favorite meals. The funny thing is that I don't really remember the last time I had this. I do have a post for this exact same item more than one year ago. How is it that that I did not eat something I really enjoy for more that a year? Well, random meal of the day happened. I am aways on the hunt for something new and different. I have a daunting list of bookmarks on my Yelp account. The Charbroiled Beef with rice was actually shot with only ambient light.
Found at Pho 87 in Los Angeles, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 2200, +0.33ev)
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Today's random meal of the day treat flew 3000 miles from Boston to Los Angeles. One of my coworker asked another coworker, a Boston native, to bring him back some Torrone. So this interesting looking Pistachio Torrone becomes our random meal treat. The Torrone is basically a brick of harden nougat and this one as pistachio mixed into it. It is great to be able to sample a local Boston treat from afar.
Found at Mike's Pastry in Boston, MA.
(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/60, iso 250)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us some real Tex-Mex in the state of Texas. We have for today the Sundance Fajitas. This is "steak served over rice and grilled onions topped with spicy Sundance sauce." The Sundance sauce is a spicy cheesy mix.
The funny thing about this particular random meal was that we ended up in a really dark portion of the restaurant. We had over our table a bunch of what looks like big baseball sized dim Christmas like lights and a single candle on our table. When I moved the candle closer to plate, it blew out. It was just too dark for a flash less shot. Normally, I would come back some other random time and try a re shoot but since the Dallas/Fort Worth area is some 1400 miles away, I picked up my plate and placed it on an empty table that was more lit, and and quickly took the picture. All for the random meal of the day blog!
Found at La Hacienda Ranch in Colleyville, TX.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/60, iso 6400)
Friday, September 17, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us Cinnamon Roll French Toast. This is a twist on the typical french toast. We have what looks like 2 whole raisin cinnamon rolls diced in half and then battered and cooked like normal french toast. This whole concoction is then topped with powdered sugar. The one thing that would have put the random meal over the top would be some frosting!
Found at Ocean Diner in Hermosa Beach, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 720)
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us a light and refreshing Italian Cold Cut sandwich. This version of the Italian Cold Cut contains "salami, capicollo, mortadella, provolone and pepperoncini." This is a highly enjoyable random meal sandwich.
Found at Vince's Deli in Pasadena, CA
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/160, iso 200)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Our random meal brings us a CrunchWrap Supreme. This is almost like a taco and a burrito combined into one. It starts with a flour tortilla, then you stuff it with a flat taco shell. Beef, cheese and sour cream are all wrapped up and grilled. When you bite into the CrunchWrap, you get a nice soft and crunch at the same time.
Found at Taco Bell in Manhattan Beach, CA.
(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/125, iso 200, +0.70ev)
Monday, September 13, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us a Turkey Pesto Club Sandwich. This sandwich starts on a challah roll and gets loaded with turkey, bacon and Swiss cheese. A pesto mayo completes the sandwich.
Found at Noah's Bagels in El Segundo, CA.
(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f4.0, 1/320, iso 200, +0.30ev)
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Our random meal treat brings us a Coconut Fruit Bar today. This is a smooth and delicious ice cream treat. It brings back wonderful childhood memories.
Found randomly around Los Angeles, CA.
(Nikon D700, 60mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 3600)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Today our random meal brings us Chestnut with Peanut Braised with Shredded Duck. I know it is a weird name for the entree but is the actual name of the dish. I had to double check. This is an another edition of RMOTD Photographer as this was not my actual random meal of the day.
Found at Sunday Bistro in Alhambra, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4/0, 1/40, iso 6400)
Friday, September 10, 2010
Our random meal brings us some Chicken Tikka. This is "smoked boneless chicken marinated in fresh spices and cooked in a clay oven." I like how the spices bake into the chicken to give it a great red color.
Found at Al Watan Halal Restaurant in Hawthorne, CA.
(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 1600)
We also enjoyed an order of the Garlic Naan.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us version 2.0 of the Southern Sliders. The sliders are remarkably improved by switching out the lazy pulled chicken and replacing it with Louisiana Hotlinks as pictured in the middle slider. This actually beats the previous favorite, the Texas brisket slider on the left. We also the the Memphis pulled pork on the right slider to complete the trio.
Found at Joey's Smokin' B-B-Q in Manhattan Beach, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 2000)
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Our random meal brings us a Roasted Turkey & Swiss Carver sandwich. I remember having my first carver sandwich many years ago. It was actually at that time, one of the better sandwiches that I had. Fast forward too many years to count and today's variation of the sandwich is still good. I asked for the sauce on the side and the Swiss cheese took that opportunity and decided to go on an adventure and never arrived in my sandwich.
Found at Boston Market in Pasadena, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 1250)
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us some Carne Asada Tacos. We have here some heavy lime flavored carne asada on top of a couple of corn tortillas. The tacos were sprinkled with chopped onion and cilantro. The hot sauce came on the side.
Found at King Taco in Pasadena, CA.
(Nikon D700, 60mm, f8.0, 1/80, iso 4000)
Monday, September 6, 2010
Our random meal of the day is Swedish Meatballs. Funny thing about shopping during lunchtime is that you can get hungry really quickly. The thing about Ikea is that they strategically place the food right at the end of the 2nd floor tour. When you finish walking around the gigantic store and you see some wonderful photographs of food, you tend to take a pit stop. I ended up adding some extra Swedish Meatballs to my random meal.
Found at Ikea in Burbank, CA.
(Leica D-Lux4, 35mm, f2.3, 1/50, iso 400)
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Our random meal of the day treat brings us some fabulous wild Maine Blueberry Cornbread with blueberry butter. This actually came with our BBQ meal that was posted yesterday but we ordered some extra and it became today's dessert. It is funny how each piece of blueberry cornbread looks so different but yet they all taste amazing the same once you get though the initial crust. This is an amazing treat.
Found at Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill in Pasadena, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 2500)
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Our random meal of the day brings us the Garbage Can Combo. This is barbecue served on top of an old school metal garbage can lid. The lid is about a foot wide. I believe this could actually serve 4 people and everyone will be full. We actually ordered 2 of the Garbage Can Combo!
The combo starts with a half rack of baby back ribs and then 2 spare ribs added for the pork portion. We then get to enjoy 2 humongous beef ribs and enough tri tip steak to make a couple of nice sandwiches. That's the beef potion. We then get a BBQ sausage hot link and a half BBQ chicken. Sometimes your eyes are bigger than your stomach.
Found at Robin's Wood Fire BBQ & Grill in Pasadena, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/60, iso 6400)
Friday, September 3, 2010
Today our random meal brings us Udon. We have the Korohira udon as named after the restaurant. It has a smooth broth with some great texture udon. This hidden gem of restaurant serves one of the better udon that I have tasted. I think it is the texture of the udon that I enjoy. I can actually pick up the udon with my chopsticks without it sliding right off.
Found at Kotohira Restaurant in Gardena, CA.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 4000)
This is the mixed tempura that comes with the udon combo.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Our random meal of the day is a pair of Nathan's Famous Beef Hot Dogs. Yes, I finally get to try this east coast treat in the west coast. A Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs finally opened up near my office. I tried one completely plain just like the hot dog eating contest and loaded the other one.
Found at Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs in Hawthorne, CA.
(Olympus E-PL1, 20mm, f2.8, 1/60, iso 320, +0.70ev)
Here's an order of the the crispy fries.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Today our random meal is the Shack Sandwich. The is a simple sandwich that just seems to work. We start with perfectly prepared shredded chicken and then lettuce and tomatoes are added to a hot roll. The signature Yellow Sauce is then coated on the chicken. The yellow sauce is made with "Aji Amarillo" a Peruvian Yellow Chile Pepper. It really is the sauce that makes the sandwich. This special yellow sauce leaves a lingering burn. The only disappointment is not seeing the "Shackmobile".
Found at The Chicken Shack in Hermosa Beach, CA.
(Nikon D700, 60mm, f8.0, 1/80, iso 280)