Monday, October 24, 2016
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, 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, 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
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.
After 90 min in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, we were intensely stressed out. The impact of the footage, displays and information is so special and raw. Tom Clancey and I walked across the street to an Italian place to eat and perhaps drink. Ristorante Mario is located at 4-11 Nakajimacho, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0811, Japan. The building is very cool looking, with a faux vintage look. The pasta was very good but we really needed that alcohol. We did go back an hour later for a talk by a Hiroshima Bomb survivor. What an incredible experience. Humans are an odd animal.
This was the bakery closest to our apartment in Hiroshima two weeks ago. Roti Bakery is a neighborhood bakery located at 1 Chome-7-2 Sakaimachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture 730-0853, Japan. Again, fine flour so the bread has that soft bite. I tried the bagel and it is odd to bite into a bagel with no give. Having been in NY weeks before, it was disappointing but of course they make it to the Japanese palette and not the Y palette. Ha ha. The coffee comes out of coin machines, which is odd since there are a number of high end coffee places around now.
I went to visit my friends Glenn and Sharon Bach who moved to Montrose, just above Pasadena. The brought me to this local Mediterranean place with an odd name but it was delicious. Located at 2332 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020. It first gives an odd impressions because it has that mini-mall feel inside but the food is wonderful. I got a chicken kabob dish plate that I devoured.
Side Street Coffee, 4-4, Fukuromachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, is located in a motorcycled-theme clothing store. This is the ritzier part of Hiroshima were the restaurants are slightly pricey and the night life is very active. Tom Clancey and I ventured forth with recommendations and found it, semi-miraculously. it was night and not easy to navigate but good ole GPS saved the moment. Inside, we were treated by two cool young dudes and I decided to order their blend, which was delicious and faint. In walked in a very charming woman who had just went to go see the Kabuki, which happened to be in town. She went by the name Ah-san and was a local talent who MC'd official functions. She brightened the entire experience. Ah-san has the type of personality that could improve any moment of slight despair.
Spoke Cafe, 3050 N Coolidge Ave, Los Angeles, CA, is right off the LA River Bike Path between the east entrance and Fletcher Avenue. Lea and i went and was pleasantly surprised with a vibrant environment. There's a great bike shop where she bought a new bike helmet, the cafe was DYI and colorful and they had a great record section.
Stone Grill BBQ in K Town was introduced to me by Lea. It's located at 703 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005. The story behind this place is they are the same owners of the butcher next door so the meat is above average. I really enjoyed it. The portions are decent and food kept coming. It's nice to go to a restaurant with someone who speaks the language. It's a major plus!