Puppychao: July 2008

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tama Sushi - Studio City

My second visit to the Studio City Sushi Corridor. My culinary school teacher recommended Tama Sushi to me several years ago. I finally made the trip to try it out. We got there at about 5:15 on a Saturday, we were the only people in the restaurant. I was looking forward to a Omakase meal with a couple of friends.

As we sat down we were presented with a Sake menu and on the wall behind the sushi bar, the different Omakase prices were listed. We ordered a large bottle of Hakkaisan sake, it was so good. We also went with the mid level sushi Omakase, which was 12 pieces of sushi and a roll for $45.

Our meal started of with Toro and Maguro, both delicious. We asked for ponzu sauce and they also gave us a thick dark soy that was really good. The next set came, it was Japanese Red Snapper with shiso leaf and sea salt, one of my favorites of the evening. The sea salt is such a nice addition to a light fish. Next came Kampachi, Spanish Mackerel and Halibut, all very good.

The second half of our meal included, live sweet shrimp, uni, live abalone, albacore, and a vegetable hand roll. Everything was delicious and fresh. I definitely could have eaten more, but it was a good time to end. I'm looking forward to my next visit to Tama, I promise pictures next time.

Monday, July 21, 2008

GLOW - Santa Monica

I attended The First Annual GLOW art event in Santa Monica this past Saturday night. The concept was interesting, the execution left a lot to be desired. The first problem, traffic and parking. I drove around with my sister for almost two hours looking for parking. In an area that is already difficult to find parking on a weekend. It didn't seem like the event promoters expected the turn out to be as big as it was. Once we found parking, I was expecting the art installations to be much more intriguing. But many of the exhibits had lines that were so long, it was difficult to even see what was happening.

Of the installations I did see, Ex-SE-08 by Shih Chieh Huang, Primal Source by Usman Haque and Camera Projecta by Shive Mandell were interesting and definitely got my attention. I was surprised by how many people attended this event. I think 60% of the people there had no idea what the actual event was for. But since it was free and there were some KCRW DJ's spinning, the event attracted a very diverse crowd.

I hope they do make this an annual event, my only request is for better parking management and more art installations.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Thomas Keller to open Bouchon bistro in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles Times

Thomas Keller to open Bouchon bistro in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles Times

Exciting times in the food world for Los Angeles. The countdown starts...

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Leave it to the Austrailians

Who knows if it really works, but it's a great commercial.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Fireworks, Food and The Black Dahlia?

July 4th 2008, fell on a Friday...Can we make it a law? From now on it should be Independence Day Weekend. The party was at Aimee's house, aka The Ranch. It was perfect, the weather was beautiful, the pool was refreshing, the grill was cookin, the margarita machine was working overtime and The Black Dahlia was taking names.

The following pictures show victims of the so-called Black Dahlia. Pictures!

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