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What I Ate: March 31, 2010 (Mighty Fine Burgers)

Posted 31 March, 2010 at 11:48pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: I cooked ten frozen fish sticks in the convection toaster oven after brushing them lightly with olive oil. I also whipped up a tartar sauce with mayonnaise, capers, paprika, and garlic powder.
Fish sticks with homemade tartar sauce

Dinner: We went to Mighty Fine Burgers for dinner to get ourselves a free Mango "Champagne" Shake to celebrate K&N Management (Mighty Fine's parent company) winning this year's Texas Award for Performance Excellent (TAPE). This award is given each year to a couple companies that have demonstrated excellence in customer service, business practices, leadership, and strategic vision. This is the first time a restaurant group has won the award. Mighty Fine will continue to give out these shakes between 5pm and 8pm through Friday, April 2, 2010.
Mighty Fine -

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What I Ate: March 30, 2010

Posted 30 March, 2010 at 10:21pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We had some venison burger patties that we purchased from HEB, so we cooked them and served them on Pepperidge Farms Deli Flats with mayonnaise and ketchup. The burger had a really bad texture (grainy and mushy) and the flavor was pretty bad. I don't know how to describe the flavor but on top of the bad taste there was also the taste of a lot of iron - like it was part liver.
Venison Burger with Potato Chips and Pickle

Dinner: I prepared some pork that I found in the freezer (I think it was pork shoulder) sous vide with rosemary and thyme at 55°C for 18 hours. The texture was good, but not as tender/juicy as when I brine pork before cooking. In addition, the seasoning I prepared wasn't strong enough, so I made a sauce for it and added some roasted poblano chile. I served it with grilled broccolini. Later we had some sweet potato as well.
Sous Vide Pork Shoulder, Poblano Chile, Broccolini

What I Ate: March 29, 2010

Posted 29 March, 2010 at 9:56pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: After we got home and picked up Hairy from the dog boarding facility, we had a quick lunch of instant Nong Shim Ramyun with napa cabbage and egg.
Nong Shim Seafood Ramyun with cabbage

Dinner: Tina's parents gave us some freshly made won tons when they picked us up from the airport in the morning. We boiled these for dinner.
Won Tons

What I Ate: March 28, 2010 (Santouka Ramen)

Posted 29 March, 2010 at 2:46pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We ate at Santouka Ramen in the Mitsuwa in Culver City (3760 South Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA‎ - (310) 391-1101‎). I've eaten at the Santouka Ramen in San Jose and thought it was excellent, so I wanted Tina to taste it. The Los Angeles location is just as good and with four people we got to try several different types.

Salt Ramen - pork soup seasoned with salt. This was the least salty of all the soups - best for people who prefer their food on the milder side.
Santouka Ramen - Salt Ramen

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What I Ate: March 27, 2010 (The Bazaar By Jose Andres at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills)

Posted 28 March, 2010 at 4:22pm by Michael Chu
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There is a distinctly young and hip buzz that came at us when we walked into the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to dine at The Bazaar by José Andrés (465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048‎ - (310) 246-5567‎). The air is filled with chatter and excitement as twenty and thirty somethings mingle with both the trendy and the trendsetters in the lobby which is filled with art for sale - both beautiful and shocking. Seemingly randomly placed leather chairs and lounge sofas and odd shaped tables scatter this open space with LCD displays portraying paintings of centruries old European nobility slowing metamorphosing into macaques help to complete this fantasy that can only be reality in Beverly Hills or Las Vegas - but it's not Las Vegas since it's not overdone and gaudy. To the right of this receiving lobby that serves as a cocktail bar, coffee shop, patisserie, and art gallery, is The Bazaar - a restaurant not afraid to try to push the envelope while staying rooted in the traditional (sometimes technique and sometimes flavors).
The Bazaar by Jose Andres - Patisserie

Simple black wood tables and cushion chairs or wood benches dominate the dining room at The Bazaar, but there are a few glass tables with neon lights that add to the postmodern decor. Artwork ranges from Spanish photography to energetic chalk designs covering chalkboards mounted to all manner of vertical surfaces. There are no linen table clothes here, nor are there candles or full sets of tableware (most of the time you simply have a fork) to distract from the focus - tapas placed on your table and unapologetically illuminated by an overhead spot light clearly showcasing each dish for what it is - art. And, like art, there were courses that resonated with me and ones that I just didn't enjoy, but it was an adventure to try everything placed before us. It's hard for us to recall when the last time we had a dinner that was this - fun.
The Bazaar by Jose Andres - Dining Room

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What I Ate: March 27, 2010 (The Bazaar By Jose Andres at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills)

What I Ate: March 27, 2010

Posted 28 March, 2010 at 1:00am by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We ate stir-fried rice noodles, asparagus, pork ribs and seaweed (konbu) soup, bean curd with carrots, pickled cucumbers, and vinegared potatoes.
stir-fried rice noodles, asparagus, pork ribs and seaweed (konbu) soup, bean curd with carrots, pickled cucumbers, and vinegared potatoes

Dinner: Tina and I ate at The Bazaar by Jose Andres in the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The meal was incredibly interesting and proved to be one of the most exciting and fun dinners we've ever had. Did we like all of it? No, but we were definitely challenged and the chef took enough risks when devising interesting and complex dishes that although not all were favorable to us, the ones that did work were simply amazing. I don't think we've had as many dishes that blew us away in one meal (three) than tonight at The Bazaar. The full review will be the next post - but it's late and I am too exhausted to write tonight.
The Bazaar by Jose Andres - The Kitchen Winding Down After a Busy Evening

What I Ate: March 26, 2010 (Providence Restaurant, Los Angeles)

Posted 27 March, 2010 at 2:11am by Michael Chu
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After lunch at Din Tai Fung (see previous post), we had dinner at Providence (5955 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA‎ - (323) 460-4170‎). Providence serves seafood in what I would call New American or Modern California cuisine and they do it quite well. We ordered the providence market menu which is a nine course (including cheese and intermezzo) for $110 per person.
Providence - Exterior

We were brought an amuse bouche of three cocktails - greyhound (grapefruit with vodka), gin & tonic, and margarita. All three were served in a solid form with the greyhound and margarita both in the form of gelatinous bubbles filled with delicious versions of the cocktail. The greyhound was my favorite with excellent grapefruit flavor and just enough vodka taste to tease the palate. My mother's favorite was the margarita.
Providence - Amuse Bouche (Greyhound)
Providence - Amuse Bouche (Gin & Tonic)
Providence - Amuse Bouche (Margarita)

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What I Ate: March 26, 2010 (Providence Restaurant, Los Angeles)

What I Ate: March 26, 2010 (Din Tai Fung)

Posted 26 March, 2010 at 11:14pm by Michael Chu
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Big food day today starting with the world famous Din Tai Fung dumpling restaurant and followed by one of the highest rated restaurants in Los Angeles - Providence. I'll cover them in separate posts - first is lunch at Din Tai Fung.

Lunch: We've long wanted to taste the xiaolong bao (literally "small steamer dumpling" but often translated as Shanghai soup dumplings) from Din Tai Fung (1088 South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA‎ - (626) 446-8588‎) because a lot of people say they are the best. Their original location(s) in Taipei, Taiwan are supposed to be the best, but the Los Angeles location (in Arcadia, CA) is supposed to be quite good. Several people have claimed they make the best in the United States, so we definitely wanted to check it out. They actually have two locations in Arcadia next to each other. They serve the same food. The original location is in a strip mall and seems more like your typical Chinese restaurant in appearance.
Din Tai Fung - Arcadia Store #1

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What I Ate: March 25, 2010 (El Pescador)

Posted 25 March, 2010 at 11:18pm by Michael Chu
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Dinner: We were in Fresno during the day, so I had us go to El Pescador Seafood Taqueria (4610 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA‎ - (559) 230-1299‎) for some seafood tacos.

We started off with their shrimp and fish soup which was a simple broth enhanced with flaked fish and a few tender shrimp.
El Pescador - Soup

Pescado (Fish tacos) - fried fish in corn taco with a cabbage slaw. Very tender fish with a delicious lightly fried batter and refreshing slaw. The fish had a slight muddiness to its flavor that made me think it was tilapia, but I forgot to ask what type of fish it was.
El Pescador - Fish Tacos
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What I Ate: March 25, 2010 (El Pescador)

What I Ate: March 24, 2010 (In-N-Out Burger, Yang Chow)

Posted 24 March, 2010 at 10:28pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We flew to Los Angeles today to visit my parents. Immediately, after getting off the plane, I had my parents drive us to an In-N-Out Burger where I got a Double-Double with Fries.
In-N-Out - Double Double with Fries

Dinner: For our first dinner in Los Angeles, I decided to try Yang Chow (6443 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Canoga Park, CA‎ - (818) 347-2610‎) because it was one of the few Michelin listed Chinese restaurants with a location in the San Fernando Valley. After reading online reviews, I knew I had to try their Slippery Shrimp (which they claim on their website is world famous) and the hot and sour soup (which many report to be sinus clearing). The restaurant describes itself as Mandarin and Szechwan Cuisine, but none of the spicy dishes we ordered tasted like they were intended to authentically replicate Sichuan cooking. In fact, the whole experience was a little bit of a disappointment (we had high hopes) and it certainly is NOT one of the better Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles (at least not their Canoga Park location).

While we were waiting for our food, they brought out some pickled cabbage which was flavorful, but much too sweet. There was a pleasant mild spiciness attached to the flavor, but the sweetness was overwhelming.
Yang Chow - Pickled Vegetables

The Hot & Sour Soup ($6.50) (this was an order for 2 that we split between 4) is the best thing we had at the restaurant. The soup was sour, but not overwhelmingly so. The spice (from peppercorns) was well balanced and left a pleasing tickle in the mouth after swallowing. We felt that there were a lot of pleasant flavors and yet everything was kept in balance. Was it peppery enough to clear sinuses? Not even close. If I were to try to develop a hot & sour soup recipe, I'd try to achieve this mix of flavors. I would highly recommend this dish.
Yang Chow - Hot & Sour Soup
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What I Ate: March 24, 2010 (In-N-Out Burger, Yang Chow)

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