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  • Strawberry Cones pizza (San Gabriel Valley)
    on Dec 28, 2009 in San Gabriel Valley Japanese pizza
    Japan's lesser-known pizza chain Strawberry Cones just opened a couple weeks ago in a San Gabriel Valley strip mall and I'm super excited. Unlike most things Japanese chefs make, pizza is less artisanal than it is kitchy and artificial, yet devoid of...
  • Chantilly (Lomita; South Bay)
    on Oct 9, 2009 in strawberry cake
    Chantilly2383 Lomita Blvd. #104Lomita, CA 90717...
  • In the News: Ajisen Ramen Comes to Century City Mall
    on Sep 6, 2009 in mall ramen century city
    I just spotted this 'Under Construction' wall at Century City's Westfield mall this past week. Hit or fail? We shall see.
  • Japanese Candy
    on Jul 25, 2009 in japanese candy
    (Double-click the photo for a description of all the snacks.)One of the best things about having family in Japan is that when I send them a gift, they'll send something in return.In this case, I sent them a pack of Trader Joe's lime and chili mixed n...
  • Marked 5 (Abbot Kinney)
    on Jul 24, 2009 in truck MOS burger Abbot Kinney
    Food trucks are swarming along Abbot Kinney like paparazzi at The Ivy. (Okay, so there were only 3 of them, but that's 3 more than last year.) For me, this sudden explosion of portable eateries had me blushing tonight at the realization that vehicles...
  • A Load of Vegetables
    on Jul 5, 2009
    Here's a way to support local farmers and get a box full of vegetables for only $15. Just go to this site to pay, then select a location close to you to pick up your box. Depending on what's coming out from the ground there's different items each wee...
  • Flying Hotteok! (Koreatown)Congratulate me. I just stumbled upon the least talked about Korean roach-coach in Los Angeles. I've seen this yellow truck in Koreatown before and have heard whispers about "that stand that sells really good Korean pancakes" for years, but I only pu...
  • Asia's Sweet and Savory
    on May 21, 2009 in Korea Japan
    I just got back from a quick trip to Japan and Korea. I had a lingering cold and I was coming from North America which meant I was stopped, questioned and had a thermometer stuck into me at every port of entry.But once that was over I got to see my f...
  • VIDEO: Fun with Eggs
    on Apr 8, 2009 in Japanese gizmo egg
    Click here, if you use Internet Explorer.Yes, it's been awhile since I last posted. Truth is, I just started a new job. In the TV business. It's all new territory for me, so I've been busy, studying up on the industry and showing my colleagues what a...
  • Umami Burger (Miracle Mile)
    on Mar 20, 2009 in umami Miracle Mile fries hamburger
    Triple Pork Burger with Hand-Cut Fries"Umami." The word is like a mythical creature -- a unicorn -- that came about after some guy with bad eyesight saw a horse being chucked from a two-story building. Was that for real? Does it truly exist?!The word...
  • Shin Okinawa Izakaya (Torrance)
    on Feb 25, 2009 in Torrance ramen japanese Okinawa sausages
    Considering the number of Okinawans living among the Japanese American population, you'd think a platter of sauted bitter-melon (aka, goya) would be served alongside teriyaki bowls here in Southern California. Yet only recently has Shin-Okinawa Izaka...
  • VIDEO: Adventures with Takoyaki
    on Feb 11, 2009 in octopus weird takoyaki Japan candy
    I found this candy pack at Mitsuwa market the other day. It's really weird.It's made to look like a tray of takoyaki (panfried octopus balls), but is actually a gummy candy you make yourself. There's one glitch in this video. Can you find i
  • Casa de Tree (Palms/Culver City)
    on Feb 7, 2009 in vegan japanese Culver City
    Finally! You can have you vegan and enjoy it too.I'm one of those types who detest vegan joints that make a livelihood out of plopping wakame onto an uninspiring bed of lettuce and sprouts. Unbeknownst to their customers, wakame -- a seaweed high in.
  • Bento: My Second Attempt
    on Feb 3, 2009 in totoro bento eggs rice chicken
    My friend built me a new computer so in gratitude I made him a bento. AnnatheRed inspired my modest creations. Her blog goes into detail on how to make each component, though instead of cheese I stuck with white kamaboko. I learned how to make the ch...
  • And now a word from Evan Kleiman...
    on Feb 1, 2009 in KCRW Good Food Evan Kleiman
    Subscribe: KCRW.com/joinOr Call: 1-800-600-KCRW...
  • Phoenix (San Gabriel Valley)
    on Jan 27, 2009 in Phoenix soupy desserts taro
    (taro, warm coconut milk, and black rice)It's getting chilly again in Los Angeles. The last time it felt like winter, I began frequenting a lil dessert shop called Phoenix where they sell hot, soupy desserts with bits of soft taro, red bean and an in
  • Final Sale @ Mitsuwa Little Tokyo
    on Jan 15, 2009 in sale Mitsuwa closing
    It's been a buying frenzy this week at Little Tokyo's Mitsuwa market with modest markdowns on selected items like candy, fruits and instant ramen. They're closing for good on Jan. 25 -- or maybe not?? One thing for sure, the three-floor sh
  • Happy New Year!
    on Jan 3, 2009 in 2009 fish new year
    Japanese people aren't religious folks but come New Years we put our faith in the auspicious snapper fish, also known as tai. Reason being, "O-me-de-tai" means "happy occasion," and since the tai is in there you're supposed c
  • Merry Christmas Cake!
    on Dec 26, 2008 in cake christmas
    I bought this one at Nijiya for $21. Even though they take pre-orders, there's always a bunch still sitting in the fridge come Christmas day. It wasn't bad, but I know I can bake a cake far more moist. So I removed the decorations and stashed th
  • Harry's Cafe (Gardena)
    on Dec 18, 2008 in Gardena hawaiian chicken
    All this can be yours for $7.50. It's the whopping Jr.-size version of Harry's Mixed Plate: fried chicken, char siu pork, tender spare ribs and fried wonton over a bed of white rice and accompanied by a scoop of macaroni salad; flavorful, juicy