By PDLCPayday Loan
Culinary Explorations and Experiences around LA and the Foodiverse
This past weekend, I went to Hama Sushi in Little Tokyo with the Hubs and my sister. Thank God this time they reminded me to take pictures before I started eating or I would have to write another "Worst Food Blogger Hits Again" entry.
Hama Sushi is my new favorite restaurant. It’s a tiny sushi joint located in Little Tokyo, right next to Sushi Komasa. I use to frequent Komasa quite a bit. However, sometime last year, I developed an aversion to sashimi. Every time I saw a piece of raw fish, I wanted to gag. It was truly a dark time in my life…..I was horrified at my distaste for one of my favorite foods. But now, my love for sushi came rushing back at me when we visited Hama Sushi and I want to eat sushi any chance I get.
Hama Sushi serves traditional sushi, sashimi type items only. There are no teriyaki chicken, curry udon or mabo tofu ramen etc. There are no dymanite rolls or Aladdin rolls or Jafar rolls and the like. Just good old sushi bar items.
This is my second time there and both times we sat at the bar. There is only about 18-20 seats at the sushi bar and a side room that has 2 tables, seating 4 people and 6 people. So yeah…very cozy. My favorite so far is the spicy tuna hand roll. Just plain rice and delicious spicy tuna. The spiciness doesn’t overpower the roll so you don’t have to make that too-much-wasabi or Sricha sauce face. I love that the chef just hands the roll to us as soon as he is done. No stands, no pretty plates. Just….here ya go!
We also ordered saba (mackerel), uni, and tuna albacore.
My sister ordered the clam miso soup. It was delicious. Not too salty and not too clammy. The soup was written on the whiteboard outside the restaurant so I’m not sure if they have this everyday. We saw a whole bunch of people ordering the soup so we had to jump on the bandwagon.
The Hubs saw yellowtail collar on the whiteboard as well and wanted to try it. This took me completely by surprise because he is a chicken-strips-criss-cut-fries type of lad. But boy am I glad that we ordered it because it was out of this world. There is so much succulent meat in that thing and none of it was fatty. It was just lightly seasoned with ponzu, green onions and daikon.
Next up is the spider roll. I saw our neighbor’s plate and just had to have some. Usually the spider roll that I get from other sushi restaurants have to much batter, making it too crunchy. But this one was just the opposite. The crab shell was just slightly crunchy on the outside and the meat inside was nice and juicy. I saw the chef create it, he just took the crab, put it in the sushi roll while it was flat, added some maguro, cucumber, rolled it up and voila!
By this time the Hubs and my sister was getting full. But the spider roll was so good that I had to order the soft shell crab by itself. I could have eaten another dozen.
We had some sake and Sapporo with our meal and the damage came to around $95 including tax and tip for 3 people. Not bad for some world class sushi. Hama Sushi is currently on my top 5 right now. Try it, you won’t regret it.Hama Sushi 347 E 2nd St Los Angeles, CA 90012 213-680-3454
Over the last couple of days, I had the chance to try 2 new restaurants….but no pictures to show for them.
I had my camera, the Hubs had his camera and we both had our iPhones. But NOPE! It did not cross my mind that I should be snappin’ pictures. Instead I was too busy snappin’ and fillin’ my mouth, I did not even realize the mistake that I’ve made until we are doggy bagging our leftovers. DOH!!! I am furious at myself…FURIOUS!
One of the restaurants I tried was an awesome Chinese vegetarian restaurant in the Focus Plaza at San Gabriel. I’ve been trying to find a replacement for Happy Family for the longest time and now I’ve found it! Sorry Happy Family fans but everything tastes the same there. It reminds me of a “green” Panda Express…blegh.
On a side note, this is my favorite thing to read before bed right now:
There are lots of great recipes in the magazine and I like how it doesn’t take a Food Channel chef to make something from their recipes. I’ve already tried 2 recipes from the magazine. One turn out okay (turkey meatloaf which I will post about later) the other one…not so much. It ended up tasting like a hot dog! I think it was the Dijon mustard and shallots combo. Here is the picture and recipe of Peppercorn Chicken and Lemon Spinach from FoodTV.com for those of you that want to try it. Let me know if it tastes like a hot dog to ya.
This magazine is hard to find though. That’s why I ended up subscribing to it and got the first issue in the mail yesterday…whoopee! Except it was the same issue that I bought already. I HATE it when that happens.
WOOHOO! This is probably one of my most favorite time of the year besides the LA County Fair and Thanksgiving. Funny thing is I will search forever to find me some Girl Scouts then buy some cookies, have 1 Samoa and make other people eat the rest of the cookies. But I have 1 condition for these lucky people, they have to let me watch them eat the cookies.
Yeah…it’s a thing that I have. OK, so this may sound like some kind of strange fetish but saying that it’s a fetish makes it so…deviant. And cookies are NOT deviant. So there. As delicious as these cookies are, I just can’t justify the calories. So I am reduced to live vicariously by watching people eat it. It almost gives me the same satisfaction as eating one myself….almost.
So now I have another outlet for NOT eating these cookies. I can now blog about them and there’s definitely no deviant-ness in that.
Here are my favorite Girl Scout cookies. The rest of the bunch can be found on the Girl Scouts Cookies website. The below pictures and descriptions are taken from the website.
Samoas® or Caramel deLites®: These are round doughnut-shaped cookies about two inches in diameter with a hole in the center, covered in caramel and toasted coconut, and then striped with chocolate. Samoas® are made by Little Brownie Bakers. The ABC version is called Caramel
Tagalongs® or Peanut Butter Patties®: These are round cookies with a layer of peanut butter on top, and covered in chocolate. These cookies come in a red box. Little Brownie Bakers calls them Tagalongs®; ABC Bakers call them Peanut Butter Patties®.
Thin Mints: The most enduring and universally familiar Girl Scout cookie. These round, mint-flavored cookies covered with dark chocolate perennially sell the most boxes of any cookie. Thin Mints have never changed their name. Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers both make Thin Mints.
Trefoils or Shortbread: These shortbread cookies are shaped like the Girl Scout Trefoil design. Scot Teas were a similar, lighter sugar cookie made by the now defunct Burry. These cookies come in a blue box. Little Brownie Bakers calls them Trefoils; ABC Bakers call them Shortbread.
Do-Si-Dos® or Peanut Butter Sandwich: A sandwich cookie. The round, bumpy perforated oatmeal cookie top and bottom surrounds a peanut butter-flavored layer inside. Do-Si-Dos® (formerly Gauchos) are baked by Little Brownie Bakers. ABC Bakers calls them Peanut Butter Sandwiches.
I like Little Brownie Bakers better than this ABC Bakers. I mean Why call a peanut butter cookie “Peanut Butter Sandwiches” when you can call them Do-Si-Dos?
These cookies have been around since I was a Girl Scout back when fluorescent pink wrist bands and crimped hair were cool. The cookies were 2 bucks a pop back then and during Girl Scout cookie season, I would don my Kermit green uniform and peddle cookies door to door. Come to think of it, what the hell was my mom thinking letting me go all by myself? How did she know that I wasn’t going to get lost or get kidnapped or get attacked by a long hair Shi-Tzhu and get the door slammed in my face? Luckily only the latter 2 things happened to me. And it traumatized me so much that I couldn’t even look at a box of Girl Scout cookies let alone eat one until I was in college. Now I find Girl Scouts in front of supermarkets, with a nice display tables and gingham border table cloth with their parents in tow. How come we didn’t think of that in the 80′s?
Oh…you know what would be a great idea?! Girl Scouts cookies in 100 calories packs! I would eat a pack or two all by myself. Oh puh-lease Girl Scouts, please make these 100 calories packs so I can stop my fetish of watching other people eat your delicious cookies.
In the past year, I’ve joined Facebook. In the past 3 months, I fell in love with Rock Band (2!). In the past week, I bought skinny jeans. This week, I will become an owner of a brand new spankin’ iPhone. To continue my transformation to the modern world, what is more fitting than to get my own blog?! I’ve wanted to start a food blog for the longest time but just never gotten around doing it. I have pictures of food from local eateries and from my travel overseas dating all the way back to the early 2000′s. If I ever feel ambitious enough, I will go and dig up those pictures from my ancient Dell desktop and try to recapture those food and dining experiences.
However, now that the blog is finally up and running, I’m not sure if food is all I want to blog about. I’ll have to see where inspiration takes me. (Who wants to bet a red velvet cupcake from Lark Cake Shop that future blog posts will be 78% about food?)
As a resident of Los Angeles and an extensive traveler, Nanciful’s tastebuds have been around the block and then some. This blog will focus on my reviews of local and international dining experiences. These will range from restaurants that break the bank to delectables that can be bought from change found in the couch. The blog will also include my musings of the world, her travels, her wishes and desires and everything else.
I am also trying my hand at cooking. So stay tuned for adventures and experiments from the kitchen.
Some of my interests include spending time with the Hubs, yoga, running, Sweaty Sunday, traveling, eating, reading food blogs while eating, and perusing a menu or cookbook before bedtime.