Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Udon Noodles In Soup at Shin



We have for our official first random meal in Tokyo, Japan an order of Udon Noodles In Soup. After the long flight, we still wanted an adventure so off we went and we got lost. What we did not anticipate is that there was a lag in my gps due to the tall buildings around me in Shinjuku. So we would walk a block and did not make a turn and a minute later, we are somewhere random. Good thing I did look up the restaurant and knew it was in a little alley beforehand. So about 30 minutes later, we hit a long line. There seems to be a queue everywhere in Tokyo. It was already past 9PM and we had to wait about 45 minutes to eat. My master plan of not hitting Shin's massive line by coming late at night did not seem to work out. We basically ordered by pointing at pictures on the menu. All this for freshly hand made udon. Fresh is defined as minutes old Udon. The only disappointment was the the photo was not like in the picture on the menu. I seems like they only curl the fresh udon noodles in a bundle when you order without soup. It was still delicious and hit the spot. One random meal down and many more to come!

Found at Shin in Tokyo, Japan.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/80, iso 500, +0.3ev

Monday, December 12, 2016

Totoro Cream Puff at Shiro-Hige's Cream Puff Factory



Hello Tokyo! I could not have been more excited to have this random meal of the day treat. It has been many years of dreaming about traveling to Tokyo, Japan and I have finally made it! This trip was back in early October of this year. While this was not my first random meal in Tokyo, Japan, it was actually my most anticipated random meal.

We have for our random meal of the day treat an order of a Totoro Cream Puff. This version with the green leaf is the original flavor and translates into Custard and Fresh Cream. It was really just too cute to eat...

Found at Shiro-Hige's Cream Puff Factory in Tokyo, Japan.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/80, iso 200, +1.3ev

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hello Kitty Sugar Cookie at Hello Kitty Cafe



We have for our random meal of the day treat an order of the Hello Kitty Sugar Cookie! This was really too cute to eat. The takeout box was even cuter as we brought this cookie home to photograph. The pop up cafe is only for a limited time so hurry if you want some cute Hello Kitty themed random meal treats.

Found at Hello Kitty Cafe in Irvine, California.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 1600, +1.3ev

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Chocolate Baklava Cheesecake for National Cheesecake Day at Rodini Park Greek Kitchen



Happy National Cheesecake Day! We have for our random meal of the day dessert treat an order of Chocolate Baklava Cheesecake! Yum!

Found at Rodini Park Greek Kitchen in North Hollywood, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 320, +0.33ev

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Buttermilk Fried Chicken + Waffle for National Fried Chicken Day at Poppy + Rose



Happy National Fried Chicken Day random mealers! We have for our random meal an order of the Buttermilk Fried Chicken + Waffle!

Found at Poppy + Rose in Los Angeles, California.

Nikon Df, 35mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 450

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Llano Poblano Burger for Random Meal of the Day 7 Year Anniversary at Hopdoddy Burger Bar



We have for Random Meal of the Day's 7 year anniversary, the Llano Poblano Burger. We start the layers of flavors with a base of chipotle mayo that is blanketed with some red leaf lettuce. We continue by placing a slice of beefsteak tomato along with a white onion slice. The next layer starts with a seasoned Angus beef patty that is topped with a slice of melted pepper jack cheese. The final layers of some crispy apple-smoked bacon slices and seared poblanos completes our random meal of the day.

Found at Hopdoddy Burger Bar in El Segundo, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 1000

Monday, July 4, 2016

Fried Chicken Dinner at Bar Americain



Happy July 4th Independence Day random mealers! Today we have from the random meal of the day archive the Fried Chicken Dinner. This has to be the most expensive fried chicken that I have ever ordered. After years of watching the Food Network, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to eat at Bobby Flay restaurant. The lighting was difficult as it was dimly lit as this was an ISO 10,000 shot.

Found at Bar Americain in New York, New York.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 10000

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich at Friedman's



We have for our random meal of the day archive an order of the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich. This was actually plan B as they were not serving the chicken and waffles for lunch during the weekday at this point in time.

Found at Friedman's in New York, New York.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 4000

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Grilled Breast of Chicken Sandwich at Il Tramezzino



We have for the archive edition of random meal of the day an order of the Grilled Breast of Chicken Sandwich. The sandwich is loaded with "sun dried tomato, avocado, provolone cheese and basil garlic sauce". This is really one of the best sandwiches that I have ever had. The location I went to has closed but the sandwich still exists at there other locations!

Found at Il Tramezzino in Tarzana, California.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/80, iso 320, +0.7ev

Friday, July 1, 2016

Fried Chicken at M & M Soul Food



We have for our random meal of the day archive an order of Fried Chicken with a Sweet Tea. This random meal is a vintage 2013 meal.

Found at M & M Soul Food in Inglewood, California.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.0, 1/80, iso 100, +0.7ev

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Garlic Butter Tilapia at Malibu Fish Grill



Our random meal of the day archive brings us an order of the Garlic Butter Tilapia.

Found at Malibu Fish Grill in El Segundo, California.

Nikon Df, 50mm, f2.8, 1/1600, iso 100

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Buttermilk Baked Chicken Sandwich at Lemonade



We have for our random meal of the day archive an order of the Buttermilk Baked Chicken Sandwich. The funny thing is the "stunt" chicken sandwich was so photogenic compared to the real random meal.

Found at Lemonade in Manhattan Beach, California.

Nikon Df, 85mm, f2.0, 1/1000, iso 100

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Chimmy Steak Sandwich at The Stand



We have a takeout order of the Chimmy Steak Sandwich for today's random meal of the day. The fantastic sandwich starts with a ciabatta bun that is loaded with "twice marinated steak" and topped with a layer of pickled peppers and onions, roasted tomato and arugula. A chimichurri spread finishes this random meal.

Found at The Stand in Encino, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 2800, +0.33ev

Monday, June 27, 2016

Chicken Basil Pesto Pizza at Ugly Pie Co



For our random meal of the day we have the Chicken Basil Pesto Pizza. This has quite the pesto pop!

Found at Ugly Pie Co in El Segundo, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/125, iso 100, +0.67ev

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Strawberry Croissant at Cream Pan



We have the Strawberry Croissant as our random meal of the day archive treat. The biggest regret is that I only ordered one!

Found at Cream Pan in Tustin, California.

Nikon Df, 50mm, f4.0, 1/80, iso 180

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Butter Lobster Roll at Lobsta Shack



We have a Butter Lobster Roll for our random meal of the day. I am a fan of the butter version of the lobster roll. It is really special when it is warm and melts in your mouth.

Found at Lobsta Shack in Los Angeles, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 640, +0.33ev

Friday, June 24, 2016

Jalapeno Hot Dog Bun at Yamazaki Bakery



Today's random meal of the day archive post brings us a Jalapeno Hot Dog Bun. This is really a fantastic treat!

Found at Yamazaki Bakery in Los Angeles, California.

Nikon Df, 60mm, f4.0, 1/60, iso 800

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chicken Souvlaki at Petros Kafe



We have the Chicken Souvlaki for our random meal of the day. The grilled veggies are fantastic.

Found at Petros Kafe in El Segundo, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 560, +0.67ev

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Smoked Meat Plate at Leadbelly's Barbecue



We have a fantastic order of the Smoked Meat Plate for our random meal of the day. I choose the three item plate. We start with a generous serving of Tri Tip. We then added a spicy pork sausage. Finally some fantastic Brisket which was my favorite of the three completes the meat portion of the meal. I finished the random meal with a side of Hush Puppies and Fries.

Found at Leadbelly's Barbecue in Fullerton, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 560, +0.67ev

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Philly Buffalo Chicken Sub at Big Mike's



For today's random meal of the day we revisit the delicious Philly Buffalo Chicken Sub. This hits the spot.

Found at Big Mike's in El Segundo, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/125, iso 100, +0.67ev

Monday, June 20, 2016

Chicken Tenderloins at Farmer Boys



Today's random meal brings us some classic comfort food. We have a order of the Chicken Tenderloins and French Fries. Yum!

Found at Farmer Boys in El Segundo, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 160, +0.67ev

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Ice Cream Cloud at Snow Monster



When it is hot outside, the perfect random meal of the day treat is ice cream. Today we have ice cream with a twist as our random meal. We have an order of the Ice Cream Cloud. We start with a scoop of dutch chocolate. Then the "ice cream is surrounded by a cloud of cotton candy" that is "spun per order". This is a nice random meal twist to just ice cream!

Found at Snow Monster in Irvine, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 250, +0.67ev

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beef Kabob Bowl at Rodini Park Greek Kitchen



We have for our random meal of the day an order of the Beef Kabob Bowl. You have a choice of rice or french fries as the base. I choose the french fries and it is a mix of sweet potato fries and regular fries. A layer of beef kabob is placed on top of the fries and you choose an assortment of toppings. A side of their signature Mount Olympus aoli sauce completes this random meal.

Found at Rodini Park Greek Kitchen in North Hollywood, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 500, +0.33ev

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Bambu Special Drink at Bambu



I had this random meal of the day treat exactly one month ago while on vacation in the bay area, then I found out that they already open a bunch in so cal. I do really like the "quality and direction of light" up north. We have the Bambu Special Drink. I seem to always gravitate towards items that are names after the restaurants. I may prefer other items in the menu. If you give an item the name of the restaurant, then I feel that this item would be the representation of the dining establishment.

The Bambu Special Drink is a Vietnamese drink. This one starts with fresh coconut juice drink as the foundation. The layers start with at the bottom with Longan. We then add the basil seed layer that is mixed with sugarcane and fresh coconut. We then top the concoction with pandas jelly and fresh ice crushed ice.

Found at Bambu in San Jose, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 140, +0.67ev

Monday, May 30, 2016

Cinnamon Creme Brulee French Toast at Claudine Kitchen & Bakeshop



Happy Memorial Day randommealers! This was yesterday's random meal of the day brunch. We have an order of the Cinnamon Creme Brulee French Toast. The creme brûlée french toast was topped with a kumquat marmalade, rose berries and a sprinkle of macadamia nuts.

I enjoy trying new restaurants and sometimes very recently open dining establishments which this one is. Bunch is aways fun except when you stand in line and order at the counter akin to a fast food joint. Well, that is what you do here and to be honest, that is not the brunch experience that I was looking for. You presented a fantastic and beautiful dish with half the experience at the full sit-down and dine in price.

Found at Claudine Kitchen & Bakeshop in Encino, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 125, +0.33ev

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ham Steak and Eggs Breakfast at Foxy's



We have for our random meal of the day a fantastic order of Ham Steak and Eggs. I do believe that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. We start with a gigantic juicy ham steak as the featured item. We then add side of eggs over easy and an hearty side of classic hash browns. We finish this random meal with some sourdough toast.

The funny thing is sometimes you have choices of where to sit and other times you do not. Normally I prefer to sit at the booth at this restaurant so that I can use the table side toaster for hot and fresh toast. The drawback to this seating is the lack of light. For this random meal, we were given the option to wait for a booth to open up or to sit at a table next to a window. For my randommealers I sacrificed toasting my own toast for the pop of light!

Found at Foxy's in Glendale, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/200, iso 360, +2.0ev

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Shiromaru Hakata Classic Ramen at Ippudo



We have from our random meal of the day archive an order of the Shiromaru Hakata Classic Ramen. This random meal photo is actually more than a year old. I was watching a YouTube video featuring the Fung Bros and they were talking about a few of the best ramen spots in the United States. According to Tabelog, Ippudo is ranked 4th on the list. It did not disappoint. Another ramen spot checked off my list!

Found at Ippudo in New York, New York.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 1800

Monday, February 29, 2016

Chicken Cutlet at Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill



Happy leap year day! We have from our random meal of the day archive an order of Chicken Cutlet. The RMOTD Archive post is a departure from my normal shooting angle. You sort of stick out when you have to stand up to take your photo. Depending on the direction of light, you may cast a shadow over your random meal.

Found at Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, California.

Sony RX1, 35mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 100

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shin-Sen-Gumi Combo Plate at Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori



We have from our random meal of the day archive an order of the Shin-Sen-Gumi Combo Plate. I actually ordered the wrong thing of the menu this time around but it ended up being a really good mistake. I was able to sample a few of the delicious yakitori. I am starting these RMOTD Archive posts to clear my backlog of older random meal photos.

Found at Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori in Gardena, California.

Nikon Df, 50mm, f2.8, 1/50, iso 1250

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Euro Slider at Slider Stop



We have for our random meal of the day an order of the combo #2 featuring the Euro Slider. This gourmet slider starts on a toasted Hawaiian bun. We start a mornay sauce and then we place a beef patty on top of the sauce. The beef patty is then topped with smoked bacon. Finally we crown the bacon with a quail egg. For my second slider I choose the Chicken & Waffle. An upgraded order of sweet potato fries completes this random meal.

Found at Slider Stop in Redondo Beach, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/200, iso 100

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Chicken & Waffles at Bouchon Bistro



We have for our random meal of the day an order of Chicken & Waffles. The chicken and waffles is a gourmet twist on what you are normally thinking. Instead of fried chicken, you get this succulent moist piece of roasted chicken. It really defines how roasted chicken should taste. This has to be the best roasted chicken that I have ever eaten. A fantastic bacon & chive waffle rounds out this random meal! A fantastic start to 2016!

Found at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills, California.

Nikon Df, 58mm, f2.8, 1/80, iso 2200