Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Bake Cheese Tart at Century City Westfields Mall




My Daughter and Son-in-law brought a box of these cheesecakes the other week. Bake Cheese Tart is a chain from Japan, I think Tokyo?

These little cheesecakes are small, they fit in the palm of your hand but a deceptively filling although not super sweet. i ate two, the classic and the Matcha. they were amazing with some hot tea. The crust is very Tokyo to me, light, firm. and buttery.

Located at the Century City Westfields Mall.

Johnny's pastrami on Adams






It was a rare meal with these two LA musical greats at Johnny's Pastrami, 20 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Roland Kato and Carl Stone.

Johnny's, this local fav, reopened. I am not sure if it's the same owner but mann has it changed. The menu is similar in form but a little different in spirit; up scale pastrami shack?

Was it good, absolutely. is it more $ ? absolutely. Is it worth it? absolutely.

The questions they consistently ask after you finish your food order is if you would like a cocktail or draft beer. (This is new)

The seating area had quadrupled. They opened up the back and it goes deep. Plenty of social distancing real estate.


Sunday, October 18, 2020

The completion of an era: Beverly Soon Tofu in Koreatown







 

This Pandemic has been an extremely trying time. On the list of horrors are so many of our favorite places closing; cafes, stores, businesses, family shops, etc. How could we expect any of these places to survive under these dire economic hardships?

Case in point, K-Towns beloved Beverly Soon Tofu.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I'd been going to Beverly Soon Tofu when it was actually on Beverly, around 1986-87. My then gf and I loved to explore the culinary regional landscape and someone recommended this place.

I had never had Soon Tofu. I had never heard of Soon Tofu. I ordered spicy. The moment it arrived on the table, I was transported to another world. The sauna-like trance, the heat, the spice, the deep flavor, I may had been silent for 15 or so minutes, devouring, gasping for air, diving back down into that boiling pot, determined to finish, albeit in a state of perspiration and daze. I hadn't yet been told to eat the rice simultaneously to cool the burn. When I finished, it was as if the ceiling pried open and the food gods bathed me in light; I was converted.

In the decades of meals at Beverly Soon Tofu, not once did the quality drop or something was missing or not prepared in the usual manner. This place was completely and utterly consistent.

Maybe it's the loss of something you could count on, is what makes this specific cafe closure uniquely sad.

I would get married, have two kids, a divorce, raise the kids, college, marry one of them off and still this place was still there, a consistent line of Korean magic through time.

Every and any Soon Tofu, I, my Son or Daughter ever ate was measured to Beverly Soon Tofu's. nuff said.

Thank you to Beverly Soon Tofu for an amazing run. We will miss you, deeply.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Little Barn Coffee House in Glassell Park



 Located at 3329 Division St, Los Angeles, CA 90065, Little Barn Coffee House is a clear indication that gentrification has hit deep into Glassell Park. A vegan restaurant next to a very cool gallery (elephant). I finally ordered food there after eyeing it for a long while. (giving in? guilty) also, elephant is pretty awesome....

The people are very nice and the breakfast burrito was absolutely delicious. Damn it!!!! LOL...

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Western Burger on Western South of Beverly

 





Artist Steven M Irvin highly recommended Western BBQ, 147 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004, I ordered from home and then the app said it'll be ready in 10 minutes. I parked in the lot just south of the shop and my bag of goodness was already waiting for me inside. I ordered the pork ribs and chicken. The ribs had a sheet of rub on it so i hardly used the BBQ sauce, which was tomatoey and vinegary, sweet and sour! I had enough for a meal the next day as well. This might become by go to when I don't have the time to smoke em' myself. Thanks Steve!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Way Paper in Chinatown




In the craziness we are all in; the pandemic, politics, economic crisis, Black Lives Matters (Breonna Taylor's accused murderers are still free, no arrest) and at the moment of this post the California forest fires, oh and those immigrants are still caged and separated from their kids on the border in COVID-19 hell; restaurants are falling to the waste side, left and right. How do you support when you don't have any $ . Artist Wayne Perry and I hadn't seen each other for months so we set a rare lunch, take out from Wax Paper, 736 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 and we drove to the Park and caught up on family and work. I picked this sandwich because it's named after Dee Dee Bridgewater. All the sandwiches are named after media people and Dee Dee Bridgewater is not only an award winning vocalists but also has a radio program. I first learned of her music through an ex who played "At Last". Oh my goodness, Bridgewater's rendition of that classic is amazing. The sandwich was excellent and messy. I'd order it again, fresh and delicious take on an egg salad, great roll. I loved it.
 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Tomi Sushi in Mar Vista CA



I was early to an appointment on the west side and was a little hungry so i got a salmon salad at Tomi Sushi, 12740 Culver Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

COVID-19 has dictated outside seating only and a controlled amount inside for orders. It's basically take out that you can take out or eat outside, like most places these days.

 The salad was a perfect snack for me and healthy.

Someday, i'd like to go back for actual sushi but till then, this was fond memory on a rare trip to the westside.