My buddy Adam, of Orochon Ramen fame, makes his triumphant return to EatMeCalifornia in this first post in a series on Asian cuisine. As many of you know, I am not asian. I’m not even smart like asian people tend to be. I grew up eating meat and pototo based meals, and as a result, was morbidly obese at the age of 12. Okay, not really, but I was husky.
Anyway, Adam is my new Asian food guru. He promised to show me the ropes and keep me out of trouble. To get a good baseline for Thai food he took me to one of his favorite Thai restaurants called Sanam Luang Cafe. The real credit for this find goes to one of my former fraternity bros, Tam. His parents grow the fabled Ghost Pepper, which is the hottest chili in the world. Because of this, he knows everything about pretty much everything. So thanks, Tam, for lookin’ out.
Sanam Luang Cafe – West of the 170 on Sherman Way in North Hollywood
It looks different at night... i'm told.
First off I apologize to everyone for not getting this up yesterday. The Angels and some computer issues were to blame. If it helps, I will have Brian write you an essay on why “Hella” is his favorite word. On to the review….
I always wonder where Sushi places get their name. It’s easy when it’s “I Love Sushi”, “Sushi Planet”, or when they use the name of the chef or owner. Me, I would call mine Mikey’s House O’ Fishies.
Kyoto is a place in Japan and one of its largest cities. It is also a huge cultural and spiritual center in Japan. Who said you never learn anything on this site? Naturally, you figure any place named after such a wonderful city should have a great spice rack and a good mix of traditional and modern flavors. Hop on my magic school bus and we’ll check it out.
Can you see me I'm the one waving with the hat on?
I’ve eaten in Cabo San Lucas before I’m not sure I’d use them as a reference for a restaurant. Most of the food there is ok, but not great. I ate at some local joints, as well as some touristy spots like Sammy Hagar’s joint. I was curious if this place actually had that touristy, beach-type food or if it was just a name. I always like seeing the word fresh. I enjoy testing it out.
By the way, as far as eating in Mexico, stay away from the touristy stuff. They over-charge you and give you the El Torito type stuff. Venture out and find the good spots. I hit up this little taco stand in Puerto Vallarta that had shrimp tacos for a buck a piece, plus Coronas for the same. They not only gave you platters of shrimp tacos, but they set you up a table with an umbrella right on the beach. If you ever go on one of those vacation cruises and you get to the port of Puerto, find the nearest cab and have them take you down to the left a few miles, to the beach at the base of the hotel. It sounds odd now, but it will become clear when your there. You’ll be away from most of the people and snacking on great shrimp tacos and coronas. Plus, you can enjoy it more when the old people try and sell you silver, bottles with your name on rice and hemp chairs. Anyway, on to the review… Continue reading
This last Thursday on Hells Kitchen we finally get to see another weak ass chef get booted off in the middle of the service. J apparently not only serves the ass of the lettuce in his salads, but he also can’t seem to cook rice. Which kinda makes us wonder why he’s on the show? You have to figure one of the qualifications for a semi-credible chef would be cooking pasta and rice these things are essentially just boiling absorbent materials in water.
- Get ready cause in 5 seconds my ass is getting kicked out.
J messed up the rice for everyone and then goes on to put his own special spin on fish by burning it consistently. Maybe burnt fish is the special dish in his town. On a bed of overcooked rice. Ramsey forehead vein explodes as he sends J out of Hells Kitchen. J vows to take all he has learned to his own restaurant where he will rein victorious serving us all the burnt fish and lettuce ass we can eat. Continue reading
So yesterday I had the great honor of having dinner with my new buddy, Jack. He tipped me off about Chili My Soul in Encino, and since nobody else was brave enough to go with me, he offered.
My first thoughts of the place were pretty random. Like, why the hell is this place in a strip mall next to Smart and Final? We were the only customers in the place at the time (7pm on a Thursday) but I was comforted by the fact that Issues of Bon Appetit magazine were flipped open to the positive reviews of the place. Continue reading
Hey everyone, this was supposed to have gone up yesterday. However, due to the fact that I spent more time in the bathroom than in front of the computer, it simply wasn’t meant to be. Anyway, for those of you tracking my facebook page, you probably already know that I went to Orochon Ramen. What you don’t know, is how I liked it. I’ve been curled in the fetal position for a little more than a day now, and I’m ready to tell my story. Continue reading