Friday, September 30, 2011
We have a Garlic Shrimp Pizza for our random meal of the day. This is a personal sized pizza with a wonderful wood fired baked pizza crust. We top the pizza with garlic shrimp, mushrooms, red onions, bell peppers and a roasted garlic sauce.
Found at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza in El Segundo, California.
(Nikon D700, 85mm, f2.8, 1/500, iso 200, +0.33ev)
Thursday, September 29, 2011
We have a Ham & Cheese Empanada for our random meal of the day. I really like how they stamp their name into the empanada. They also stamp the actual filling so there is no mistake even though each of the different empanadas are folded uniquely.
Found at Nonna's Empanadas in Los Angeles, California.
(Nikon D700, 35mm, f2.8, 1/500, iso 200, +0.33ev)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
We have for our random meal of the day a glorious Hot Link Sandwich. This bad boy is just so awesome that no more words are necessary!
Found at Johnny Memphis Smokehouse Barbeque in Manhattan Beach, California.
(Nikon D700, 60mm, f8.0, 1/80, iso 360, +0.67ev)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
We have the Prime Steak Salad for our random meal of the day. If a salad contain wonderful steak, is it still considered healthy? The salad starts with grilled sliced steak on a bed of spring lettuce mix. Sun-dried tomatoes and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese are sprinkled over the lettuce. The final touch is the salad is topped with a nice helping of buttermilk-battered onion rings and gives the salad the extra kick!
Found at LA Food Show in Manhattan Beach, California.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 2800)
Sunday, September 25, 2011
We have for our random meal of the day treat an order of the M & H Special Shaved Ice. This fantastically awesome shaved ice starts with the special strawberry ice. The center of this wonderful treat contains a tart frozen yogurt. We top the strawberry ice with a wonderful assortment of strawberry, kiwi, mochi, banana and azuki sweet beans. This random meal treat is just over the top!
Found at Milk + Honey in Costa Mesa, California.
(Nikon D700, 60mm, f8.0, 1/80, iso 1600)
Friday, September 23, 2011
Funny thing when one of my coworkers asked me what I was going to do for lunch after finding out about my food blog, random meal of the day, I told him a salad. He said that is just too normal. Well, when you salad contains a heaping serving of bacon, maybe it just hits the spot. We have the Classic Cobb Salad for our random meal.
Found at Quiznos in El Segundo, California.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 640)
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Our random meal of the day brings us back home to Sunny Southern California. We have a thinly sliced Pastrami Dip Sandwich. This is actually so fantastically good. The razor thin pastrami literally just melts into your mouth. It is just a smooth sandwich and this is the best way I can think to describe it. Fantastic!
Found at Gene's Grinders in Monrovia, California.
(Nikon D700, 85mm, f2.8, 1/250, iso 200)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Our random meal of the day brings us a Roast Pork Banh Mi Sandwich. San Francisco has such fantastic bread and I am a big fan of bread so of course another sandwich makes sense of me. This sandwich is actually listed on "San Francisco 7x7, The 2011 Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You D**" list. The list gives you such a diverse sampling of the city. You get some fancy meals and some not so fancy meals but it seems to just work. As long as the food is good, then it makes the list. I actually had this sandwich before on my last trip to the city and it made perfect sense to grab it to go on the long road trip home this time around. This is a fantastic Banh Mi Sandwich.
Found at Saigon Sandwich in San Francisco, California.
(Nikon D700, 60mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 720, +0.33ev)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Our random meal of the day brings us Miso Nabeyaki Udon. This order of udon starts with a rich savory miso broth in a hot pot. We then add a healthy portion fantastic udon. We then add tofu, an assortment of veggies and half a boiled egg. The final touch is a shrimp tempura and some veggie tempura. This random meal was great during a cold San Francisco night.
Found at Suzu Noodle House in San Francisco, California.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 1800)
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Our random meal of the day treat brings us a Palmier. This crispy crunchy sugary sweet treat just meets so many sensations. This is actually one of my favorite childhood treats and still brings a smile to my face. Yummy!
Found at Anderson Bakery in San Francisco, California.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f2.8, 1/125, iso 200)
Friday, September 16, 2011
I had previously featured this random meal the last time I had visited San Francisco but it was so good, I decided to eat the same not so random meal again for this foodcation. We have for our random meal of the day an order of Stuffed Artichoke with Bay Shrimp. We start with a fresh large artichoke and then split it in half. It is then grilled to a smoky perfection. The grilling brings out a rustic smoky richness to the artichoke and each layer is just as awesome as the last. One half of the artichoke is filled with large bay shrimp while the other half is filled with large Dungeness crab. The grilled stuffed artichoke is placed on fresh salad and served with a side of crispy cheesy garlic bread. The funniest part of this photo opp was that it was pouring rain right outside that seemed to catch a bunch of San Francisco folks and we were actually lucky to make it inside the restaurant before it really started to pour. Good thing my camera bag is waterproof-ish I think...
Found at Woodhouse Fish Co in San Francisco, California.
(Nikon D700, 85mm, f4.0, 1/125, iso 560, +0.33ev)
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Our random meal today brings us a random mix of Dim Sum as a takeout. The best thing about this takeout mix was that we were able to order exactly what we wanted one piece at a time. It also was a light breakfast which enabled us to eat more food later in the day during our foodcation. The funniest part of this meal is that we actually went to buy a plate so that we can place the takeout order on during our vacation to enhance the picture ;)
Food at Good Mong Kok Bakery in San Francisco, California.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/500, iso 200, +0.33ev)
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Today is September 14th and it is National Cream Filled Donut Day! For this food holiday, random meal of the day brings us the most decadent Bavarian Cream Donut strobist style. This is one premium cream filled donut and is just fantastic. Once again Random Mealers, go out today and enjoy the food holiday!
Found at the Donut Man in Glendora, California.
(Nikon D700, 105mm, f5.6, 1/125, iso 400, multiple flashes used)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
This is actually the first time that I have ever tried having some grits. Funny thing is these are not just some ordinary grits but a very wonderful cheesy concoction. We have for our random meal of the day an order of Shrimp & Grits. This breakfast plate that starts with some good old grits that are just waiting to be soaked up in flavor. The start of the grits flavoring is a generous serving of cheddar cheese. The cheese melts into the grits to create this delicious sticky and gooey blend that stretches halfway from the plate to your mouth watering mouth. We then add spicy tomato-bacon gravy on to the top layer of cheese to intensify the grits. We finally top the grits with large juicy sautéed shrimp to complete our random meal.
Found at Brenda's French Soul Food in San Francisco, California.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 1250)
Monday, September 12, 2011
Our random meal of the day brings us a Salame Sandwich. I remember the last time I was at the Acme Bread Company this sandwich actually sold out so I ate a whole 3 foot baguette instead. This time around, I was able to score the elusive sandwich. Oh it was so worth the wait. This is an absolutely delicious sandwich.
Found at Acme Bread Company in San Francisco, California.
(Nikon D700, 35mm, f5.6, 1/160, iso 200)
Thursday, September 8, 2011
We have a Roast Pork Sandwich for our random meal of the day as we continue our foodcation. This is no ordinary bahn mi or “Bun Mee” sandwich. The sandwich is more upscale based on the quality of the sandwich and the price. The Roast Pork Sandwich starts with a super special moist and tender wonderfully seasoned sliced roast pork that is placed on a fresh crispy toasted baguette. We now add a spread of garlic aioli to give the sandwich a robust flavor. The sandwich is complete when topped with pickled carrot & daikon, slice cucumber, jalapenos, cilantro and for the extra kick, some finely shaved onions. The sandwich is so good that you may be craving a second serving.
Found at Bun Mee in San Francisco, California.
(Nikon D700, 50mm, f5.6, 1/80, iso 1100, +0.33ev)
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Our foodcation continues with the Katanaya Ramen for our random meal of the day. This order of ramen is so good! It is always intriguing when a dish is the same name as the restaurant. Good thing this bowl of ramen lives up to the hype of the namesake. It was actually way past the lunch hour rush when we went to Katana-Ya at 2PM. I was hoping that we would not have to embrace the long lines. Well, no such luck as a table of two was still a 45 minute wait. Oh, it was so worth the wait. This bowl of ramen would actually make my personal final round of the best ramen that I have ever eaten. I would say my 2nd favorite. The ramen starts with some perfectly cooked ramen noodles. You then add fried chicken, BBQ pork, fried pot stickers, half a boiled egg, seaweed, corn, bamboo shoots and finally garnished with scallion. This whole wonderful concoction is placed in a rich miso broth that just enhances the entire order of Katanaya Ramen. I cannot believe that I've been to San Francisco so many times and all those times that I missed out on this perfect ramen spot kind of makes me sad...
Found at Katana-Ya in San Francisco, California.
(Nikon D700, 35mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 1250)