Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hassho Nagarekawa Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima Japan

Almost on the other side of Hiroshima City from the Atomic Dome, is a area that feels less tourist-driven and has a more long lived retail feel. At night, it's a gathering for afterwork partying and I'm sure, more business talk. It's here that we found Hassho Nagarekawa. it must have taken us almost an hour to find the place. No one wanted to help us, the "foreigners". There were even some guys who looked to my untrained eye to be gangster or Yakuza-like but that might be a stereotype. Has Nagarekawa is on the second floor, off a corner high-rise. This was absolutely delicious, tender, savory, hot and bursting with flavors OKONOMIYAKI, Hiroshima style! Here's their Yelp page ; https://www.yelp.com/biz/八昌-流川店-広島市

Nagataya Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima adjacent to the Hiroshima Dome

We kept passing by this Okonomiyaki place very close to where we were doing our project, the Hiroshima atomic Dome. They seemed to always be busy so we ventured in. WHOOPS! It's a fairly tourist destination and the okonomiyaki was not that good, which is devastating since we love okonomiyaki and we were in one of the meccas for okonomiyaki. I did appreciate the Hiroshima Carp baseball cap on the bottle of mayo, though. Very cool.

Pie n Burger in Pasadena

Pie N Burger is a Pasadena institution, a cultural heritage site in the book of OG eateries. I have posted this place in the past but when i ordered the chicken pot pie. I finally ordered the customary menu item and thought I should share that with you. Well, it's such a wonderful burger. I don't know what else to say about it. it's legendary. There's a counter. There's pie. It's perfect. 913 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

SAAP Thai Coffeeshop on Hollywood Blvd near Vermont.

SAAP is located @ 5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Had a overdue dinner with writer Jian Huang. There have been so many changes in both of our lives since we last shared bread, it took us the entire dinner to catch up. The Boat Noodle Soup was so delicious and flavorful. At first, i thought it wasn't much full but once I finished it and the Thai coffee I ordered, I was a culinary zombie. Very happy and content. The folks there are also very nice. It has a family vibe. There's small parking lot in front.

Shibayu Korean BBQ and Shabu Shabu on Wilshire Blvd

Shibayu is located on 3986 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90010. It was an explosion of shabby shabby and Korean BBQ. Incredible !!!

Gelateria ULI in DTLA

ULI is located in that historic mall that bridges Spring and Broadway. I've seen experimental music events there at night. There's a Guisado's on the Spring Street side. The address is 541 S Spring St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90013. There are a number of other places inside now. I don't know if there's anything upstairs, though but in no time, I'm sure the place will be fully FULL. What's better than hanging with comrades, LA artists Stephen Van Dyke, Maryam Hosseinzadeh and Carol Cheh? Hanging and eating gelato with comrades, LA artists Stephen Van Dyke, Maryam Hosseinzadeh and Carol Cheh!!!!

Verve Coffee Roasters in DTLA

I was prepping for the LA Road Concerts/ World Day of Remembrance this weekend with artist Stephen Van Dyke. Walking down Spring, making the rounds to Main, we took a break at Verve for a delicious coffee and juice. These guys are part of a chain but the staff is really great. They are located at 833 South Spring Street LA CA 90014.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Obscura Coffee Roasters in Hiroshima Japan

Obscura Coffee Roasters, 3-28 Fukuromachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima Japan. So, I've been back in LA for two weeks now. Finally our of jet lag mode, I've started to post the delicious places Tom Clancey and I got to partake in. Well, this was the crown jewel of our one week trip/project. We went three times in 6 days. Tom said that the Columbian was one of or the best cup of coffee he'd ever tasted and Tom is a coffee SNOB, brews a mean cup in his coffee laboratory and home and has had coffee all over the world. It's a magical place. I am not sure if the others Obscura's around Japan are as good. This place was absolutely un-expected and brilliant and perhaps genius.

Pappy and Harriets in Joshua Tree / Pioneer Town

Pappy and Harriets, 53688 Pioneertown Rd, Pioneertown, CA 92268, is a classic. Recently, due to the massive Classic Rock concert at Coachella, Paul McCartney showed up with his band and played. It's that kind of place. The day Lea and I showed up there, it was less fanfare but I suspect equally as magical. JT is quite a wonderland, a kind of Shangri-La that re-entries you into life or resets your time and space. Pappy and Harriets sits in pioneer Town, originally built as a set for a Western film. So, the "authenticity" is Hollywood authenticity, which in part, is my authenticity, having been born and raised in Hollywood. Put all that in the mix and the food is always awesome. Steak, burger, fries and drinks. Happiness abound, it looks like Lea's intro to Joshua Tree was wrapped in a bow of carnivorous brilliance.

Pick A Bagel in New York

Pick A Bagel, 225 W 35th St A, New York, NY 10001. It was the 12th hour. I was still sad that Essa Bagel was gone. With an upset stomach, I had a recommendation but I was staying in Hell's Kitchen and that place was near Columbia U so I wasn't into that commute. I asked my friend Mallory Catlett if there was a local she would recommend. My plan was to buy breakfast, get some for my Hell's Kitchen tribe and bring a dozen back to LA and drop by the office to hand them the goods. Mallory recommended Pick A Bagel. Always a good sign when the PD is congregating inside for their breakfast too. Bagel's were wonderful. It's a chain but it's a NY bagel so what is there to complain about?!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Quarter Sake? Fukuyama Japan

I do not know the name of this place. It's next for to my Aunts Sake Shop in Fukuyama City Hiroshima Ken Japan. Well, it'd been 27 years since I'd been there and attest 10 years since I had seen her so she treated us to an extravagant seafood and sake dinner. We must had sampled 4-5 sakes, all representing different prefectures in Japan. My goodness, that was extremely memorable and over the top.