Toshi Sushi – Omakase

November 20, 2009

The beauty of Toshi Sushi lies in its simplicity. The sushi counter seats 6 (maybe 8 if you take up the waiting area) and there are maybe 20 more seats in the main dining room.


But the simplicity of the restaurant belies chef Toshi-san’s artistry.
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Exiting Toshi Sushi COMPLETELY stuffed, I spied this thing across the street on the corner of 1st/Central:

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Bottega Louie – The Look

November 3, 2009

Bottega Louie, on the corner 7th and Grand, in the old, and currently under bankruptcy protection, Brockman Building, elicits a lot of reactions.

“I love the design.”

“I hate the design.”

“It’s too bare.”

“It’s beautiful.”

“All the hosts/hostesses/managers are good looking!”

“It’s loud!”

“What? I can’t hear you!?”

Bottega Louie is loud. Bottega Louie stands out. Bottega Louie screams to be noticed. And why shouldn’t it?

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I can’t decide what direction I want this blog to go in. I have friends like Boundforbliss, whose blog is primarily focused on her recent engagement and her wedding plans. There are niche blogs like Eating Valley Blvd., which as the title aptly states, is Sinosoul’s eating adventures on, you guessed it, Valley Blvd in San Gabriel Valley. Blogs such as Caroline on Crack and E*star LA covers all things LA. Then there is the verse and prose of The Delicious Life and Infinite Fress,  both offering diction that is captive and insightful.

Then there is my blog. I don’t have a clue what I want to do with this blog. There are so many directions that it can go (as evidenced above) that I can’t really find my focus. And that really shouldn’t be a problem because this blog will eventually find its own voice, especially since it is my blabber, or my thoughts, or…well, you get the point. Too bad that process doesn’t cut it for me. I’m not good at letting things ride and seeing what develops. Where my friends see spontaneity, I don’t. I rarely do or say something without knowing where I want to end up.  As one of the finest lyricists of my generation, Nas, articulates in his track Can’t Forget About You, my blog’s mantra will be his “Never on schedule, but always on time.” On time to where though, I’ll just have to be patient and see.

My posts will continue to evolve at their own pace. Whether or not there will be more writing is to be seen. Truth be told, I just like pictures. There are enough reviews and words on the internet that I don’t need to interject more noise into all that static. And really, what is my opinion worth to you? But pictures, who doesn’t love pictures?

With that brain dump out of the way, here is my afternoon at Wurstküche. This place is like my Cheers. When it’s not packed to the gills with hipsters and families letting their palates explore rattlesnake, rabbit, and alligator sausages, it is the perfect bar for me to relax at, grab a meal, have a few beers, and enjoy a good conversation.

Having already worked my way through their beer list multiple times, I usually just pick whatever is new and on tap when I’m here. This afternoon, a Duvel Green: lighter than the rest, fermented once, an easy way to start the afternoon.

My current favorite: duck & bacon sausage topped with onions and sweet peppers with a side of belgian fries. It’s duck, it’s bacon, need I say more?

Wurstküche’s seasonal beer. I don’t think it is a actually a St. Bernardus Watou, but whatever…had a nuttier flavor and well with the sausage.

Hollywood types and doctors, the usual LA crowd for a 3p on a Thursday.

I tried the ice cream sandwich after watching a guy pick up two from the counter for dessert. The apple cinnamon ice cream was refreshing and it was in Diddy Reese portions, but unfortunately, not Diddy Reese prices.

Where everybody (or at least the bartender) knows your name.

Wurstküche – Purveyor of Exotic Grilled Sausages

800 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Quick Pics: Daikokuya

October 28, 2009

One of the perks of working in downtown LA is that I get to eat at Daikokuya all the time. So much so that I’ve apparently become the mayor of Daikokuya on Four Square. There really isn’t much that needs to be said since Daikokuya’s been reviewed to death, but I will say that ramen is the perfect prescription for these windy LA days. I also think Daikokuya is better than Ippudo in NYC. So there, that’s my opinion on this whole ramen thing.

You get used to staring at this sign while waiting for your name to be called.

This is where the magic happens. Just a tip, you don’t want to sit here on a hot day. You’ll be getting sweaty with all the heat dissipating from the fryer. No fun.

Gyozas with a generous helping of green onions. Note in the background that I can levitate things while I take pictures (+15 art of levitation skill).

What came first, the chicken or the egg? I don’t care, they’re both in the oyakodon.

The main reason why we come to Daikokuya: ramen, nuff said.

The garlic explains why my colleagues aren’t talking to me right now. I should use more garlic, more often.

And while you’re at it, why wouldn’t you go to Yogurtland just down the street to grab some dessert, especially since Tokidoki’s in the house.

And two random pictures of of Little Tokyo:

Along with 95,000 Angelenos, my friends and I enjoyed a great night with U2 and the Black Eyed Peas at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

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more about “U2 360“, posted with vodpod

More of the same over on my U2 360 Flickr Set.

The Black Eyed Peas did a good job opening and getting the crowd excited, but you could definitely discern the generational gap between the BEP crowd and the U2 crowd, regardless of how mainstream BEP has become. Does anyone remember their first album “Behind the Front?” I use to spin tracks off of “Behind The Front” in the late 90s and have seen BEP’s evolution over the last decade and it’s been nothing short of incredible. BEP also tossed in a nice surprise by covering GnR’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine” featuring none other than Slash. That was pretty epic (Slash, not the cover).

With the stage change complete, U2 came on and covered most of their classics while playing a few tracks off their new album “No Line on the Horizon.” The stage production for U2’s set was jaw dropping. The accordion style screen that hovered over the center of the stage was visually stunning. I want to figure out how I can install one of those in my house, on a smaller scale of course. CNet actually has a great article detailing all the technology around the tour and this specific performance at the Rose Bowl.

And all that noise about traffic into and out of the Rose Bowl? I left Downtown LA at 6:10p (IN MY CAR), sat down to watch BEP open at 7:15p and was back in downtown eating ramen by 11:30p. It helped to

1. Have a preferred parking pass

2. Know your way around this beautiful city.

In summary, an amazing night. Now, I can cross U2, BEP, and Slash off of my bucket list. I can’t wait to get the Blu-Ray.

Update: Now with YouTube Broadcast!

A simple lunch today: oi kimchi and kimbap

and from many kimbap

was left the chosen one.

Epicurious’ oi kimchi recipe

Serious Eats makes kimbap