[New Jersey, USA]
Flagrant false advertising. I’m Chinese; should I have expected anything less?

[New Jersey, USA]

Flagrant false advertising. I’m Chinese; should I have expected anything less?

{West Los Angeles, CA}
Sister restaurants within a stone’s throw, Tsujita and Tsujita Annex, are renowned for their ramen, especially their tsukemen.  The broth is thicker, the noodles are served separately and are dunked in that fatty, liquid gold.  
**Don’t think too much about it, but the next day when I took the leftovers out of the fridge (it is definitely too big for any person to finish in one sitting), I scraped off the top half, which was solid fat.  I have to admit, it was superb, but I actually did feel a bit physically ill afterward. 
And while you’re in the area, you might as well stop by Blockheads on Mississippi for snow cream.

{West Los Angeles, CA}

Sister restaurants within a stone’s throw, Tsujita and Tsujita Annex, are renowned for their ramen, especially their tsukemen.  The broth is thicker, the noodles are served separately and are dunked in that fatty, liquid gold.  

**Don’t think too much about it, but the next day when I took the leftovers out of the fridge (it is definitely too big for any person to finish in one sitting), I scraped off the top half, which was solid fat.  I have to admit, it was superb, but I actually did feel a bit physically ill afterward. 

And while you’re in the area, you might as well stop by Blockheads on Mississippi for snow cream.

{Los Angeles, CA}

Griffith Observatory on a mild August night.

{Manhattan Beach, CA}

Family-style brunch.  How novel.  @Manhattan Beach Post

Forgive my verbosity; it is worthy…  

Bacon Cheddar buttermilk biscuits & maple butter, Truffle laced honey fried chicken & kohlrabi slaw, Coughlin’s Law (red eye w/ tito’s, Belgian pilsner, tomato, picante, dill, quail’s egg), Tomato/white bean ragout  & creamy polenta with poached egg & bianco sardo.  

{Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand}

Two more reasons to head down to Yaowarat:

1. There’s really no good way to transliterate this without getting spiritual.  Kway Teow Lord Shanghai (@ Soi 11).  Oh Lord, the noodles and the fried garlic, the pickled squid and braised pork, the savory soy and the scallions and bean sprouts!  Tradition does it right.   

2. Grilled Chinese Donuts (pa tong ko).  They’re fried, then grilled.  That last grilling gets them extra crispy and a wee bit smoky.  Choice of sauce squirts: pandan custard (sangkaya), condensed milk, chocolate, orange marmelade, or strawberry jam.  Hear, hear! For technology and progress.

{Ventura, CA}

I have a friend who complains that no one ever visits him in Ventura.  Yeah, no one’s going to visit you.  

But, it would be worth trekking up to Ventura for the Jolly Oyster: the love child of food trucks, the beach, and picnicking.  I just have to rave about them for a moment.

1. These guys are NICE!  Not only do they teach you how to shuck oysters or help you do whatever you need (as in, we couldn’t get our last oysters opened, so they just did it for us), they also gave us our oysters and clams for free on my friend’s birthday since it feel on the JO’s 2-year anniversary. 

2.  Super fresh.  Their oysters are outstanding.

3. Picnic/barbecue at a state beach, San Buenaventura State Park. If you’re coming for the jolly oyster, your entrance to the park is free.

4. Lazy people are welcome.  You don’t know how to do anything? No problem, they have a whole truck waiting for you with a variety of baked oysters (I recommend Cajun), tacos, pre-shucked oysters, salads, beverages, etc.  

5.  The best Manila clams you’ll have = Combine in a pot: clams, a couple knobs of butter, splash of prosecco or white wine, minced garlic, ground salt & pepper.  Cover and set on BBQ grill until clams open.  If you have some sourdough bread for sopping up juices, even better.  Simple!

{Los Angeles, CA}
I couldn’t care less about baseball, but there’s nothing like being at a game.  Go Dodgers.  

{Los Angeles, CA}

I couldn’t care less about baseball, but there’s nothing like being at a game.  Go Dodgers.  

{Seattle, WA}
Good place.  @The Sitting Room.
Tequila, Creme de Cassis, muddled lime and basil, ginger ale

{Seattle, WA}

Good place.  @The Sitting Room.

Tequila, Creme de Cassis, muddled lime and basil, ginger ale

{East Los Angeles, CA}

Why is the rest of the world deprived of good Mexican food?  Mexicali's purse&fat-friendly menu will have me dreaming of Vampiro quesadillas, chorizo catchetadas with fried egg, blistered peppers soy sauce, and shrimp tacos.  

{Banglumpoo, Bangkok, Thailand}

Three ruminations on Esca burgers and shakes.

1. You would think the narrowness of the space (wingspan of one adult human) would stop you from wanting to chain-consume burgers (with dark cocoa buns), shakes, cocktails, and their ever-changing menu of meats. 

2. That odd-looking meat in the bun at the bottom is a bacon-embraced sausage.  Why make meat look anything like meat?

3. Sauce pairings: black ketchup and homemade mayonnaise.  "It’s like, how much more black can this be?  And the answer is none. None more black.

{Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA}

Damn, they sell out so fast at Ramekin!  Chocolate & Berry bread puddings (berry is better) in time-lapsed melty goodness.

{Monterey Park, CA} 

If we actually knew what we were doing, we would’ve ordered the Beef Roll straight away.  We got started a little too late in the game when we noticed that every table ordered Beef Rolls.  And, of course, dumplings of all sorts at Mama Lu’s

{Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand}
Leave this one to the Chinese.  Kway jap Uan Pochana (ก๋วยจั๊บอ้วนโภชนา) on Yaowarat (just east of Yaowarat Soi 6) serves up al-dente Kway jap (rolled rice noodles) in a pungent, vinegary, white-pepper-spiked clear broth.  Not into the offal, so I ordered just the chicarron-esque fried pork belly.  And throw an extra handful of crunchy, fried mini Chinese dough strips (Pa Tong Ko).  So many good things in one bowl.  I think I might cry.    
Late night only.  Obesity, here I come.

{Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand}


Leave this one to the Chinese.  Kway jap Uan Pochana (ก๋วยจั๊บอ้วนโภชนา) on Yaowarat (just east of Yaowarat Soi 6) serves up al-dente Kway jap (rolled rice noodles) in a pungent, vinegary, white-pepper-spiked clear broth.  Not into the offal, so I ordered just the chicarron-esque fried pork belly.  And throw an extra handful of crunchy, fried mini Chinese dough strips (Pa Tong Ko).  So many good things in one bowl.  I think I might cry.    

Late night only.  Obesity, here I come.

{Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand}

It’s weird, it’s queer…it’s rainbow glutinous rice balls in coconut milk (Bua Loy).  Tucked in the back corner of Khlongsan Pier Plaza, seven colors (pandan, beetroot, butterfly pea flower, carrot, pumpkin, taro, and just plain white) float alongside other Asian-adored bites of taro, corn, and water chestnut.  Oh yeah, don’t forget about the poached egg (I like it better than the salted egg).

I never trust a Bua Loy that wasn’t made in a brass pan.  

{Bangkapi, Bangkok, Thailand}

Finding good Pad Thai is like finding a golden ticket.  Muang Jan Pad Thai @ Lam Sali intersection   has toothy noodles, the flavors are attuned, the egg serves as an apt blanket, and the shrimp are just barely kissed by the wok.      

Oh, and there’s an amazing “Cha Chak” (pulled tea) vendor at the same corner. 

I’m not sure if it’s a good thing that this is close to where I work.

Glut In Charge