Lobster on brioche toast
Rustic Canyon burger
I am so thrilled to have my old college roommate, Amina, living here in Los Angeles! She just made the move from Vancouver, and so far, SoCal is treating her well. It’s been years since we bunked as undergrad freshman, setting off dorm room smoke alarms by stuffing our janky, little toaster with whatever we had lying around to make awesome late night snacks. Whenever the food mood struck us (which was quite often), we had no problem ditching lectures to hit up our favorite eateries in and around Berkeley. Ah, memories!
On Monday, we caught up over a Burger Night dinner at Rustic Canyon. A bottle of rosé, a lobster on brioche appetizer and then b-b-burgers! RC’s still got it. I forgot how good the burger was. Juicy and savory. Hooray to old favorites that are still just as good as you remembered them!
Oh, I’m not done yet! I still have a ton of pics from summer travels, so I’m going to keep posting as I go through my files (slowly but surely, I know). One of the “must see” attractions at the top of my list while in Tokyo was to visit the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market, so a few days into our stay in Tokyo, we headed over to the Tsukiji Fish Market at 4am and queued up to observe the tuna auction. Once inside, we watched a lot of dudes bidding for some choice fish. After the auction, we queued up once more for breakfast at Sushi Dai, which is located in the market halls, which sell produce and other retail goods. As the sun rose, the market got progressively busier with transporters whizzing about, loading and unloading boxes of fresh seafood while expertly maneuvering around each other. It was quite the bustling scene. I’m glad I got to see it.
Roast chicken sandwich at The NoMad Restaurant
After a super fun (and super late!) night out with T, Mia and my favorite east coast cousins, Christine, Ed & Tony, all I wanted to do was stay in my PJs all day, but I managed to roll outta bed and book it to The NoMad for Christina’s bday brunch with my school buds, Shishido, Jane & Nancy. I was still full from the 4am round of Ktown jjajangmyeon and tangsooyuk, yet I couldn’t resist ordering the most decadent item on the menu, a roast chicken sando on brioche with black truffle and foie gras, which I washed down with a restorative “Caesar” Bloody Mary (tomato, shellfish, lemon, horseradish). A haute hoagie and hang time with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while… it was a good brunch.
Three-slice BLT sando stack
Bean & okra curry rice
A pre-temple tour lunch at efish, a cool cafe located right on the Kamo River in Kyoto.
One Sunday afternoon in Tokyo, I stumbled upon Ueno Park in Taito-ku and ended up having the most amusingly delightful day, frolicking about and playing spectator to all the characters and sights sprinkled throughout the spacious public park. There was a lot to see, including museums, a zoo, a pond with swan pedal boats, lotus bed gardens, pagodas, gingko & cherry trees, food vendors and people, lots of people. Major photo snap sesh in Ueno… here are a few of my pics.
Cruised through the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market this drizzly morning with Shiri to pick up some fresh goodies, including young ginger with stalk, chili peppers (jalapeño, habanero, Thai), Fuji apples, and a couple of big, bodacious, softball-sized Reed avocados, which are super buttery and creamy with a more golden-toned flesh that’s less mushy and less prone to browning than the more commercially available Hass variety. We also stopped by Fat Uncle Farms to say hello to Higa’s sis, Emiko, where we scooped up some tasty blistered almonds. There, we discovered the most ambrosial vanilla-honey almond milk that we have ever tasted. It was divine. If you see it, get it. It’s so good!
Lunch today with Shiri at Langer’s. I love this place. #19 (hot pastrami) for me, #88 (corned beef) for Shiri, with cabbage soup and potato pancakes on the side. After we ate, we both passed out in the booth and fell into deep food comas. Just kidding. Afterwards, we moseyed over to Proof Bakery for some much needed caffeine & sweets. OK but now the coffee’s worn off, and I can feel it. I really need a nap.