Monday, December 28, 2009

Strawberry Cones pizza (San Gabriel Valley)

Strawberry Cones in Los Angeles

Japan's lesser-known pizza chain Strawberry Cones just opened a couple weeks ago in a San Gabriel Valley strip mall and I'm super excited. Unlike most things Japanese chefs make, pizza is less artisanal than it is kitchy and artificial, yet devoid of rules. Anything goes: corn, asparagus, mayonnaise, white sauce, teriyaki chicken - you name it, they bake it.

Though still in their soft-opening, Strawberry Cones' menu is fairly slim. I started off with the teriyaki mochi chicken pizza ((S) $11) and finished with California walnut and raisin pizza ((S) $9.80) for dessert:

Strawberry Cones in Los Angeles

Speaking of weird, they sell a line of 'Ninja pizzas' with a gray-darkened crust made from bamboo charcoal (chikutan). It tastes great and stays out of your lungs. The other key ingredient in their pizza is rice flour, aka, mochi-ko, making for a chewier, sweeter crust.

On my next visit, I'm trying the Mochi Mentai Ninja, Avocado & Salmon, and Meat Paradise.

Strawberry Cones
227 W Valley Blvd. #118-B
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 293-1852

Strawberry Cones in Los Angeles
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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Chantilly (Lomita; South Bay)

Chantilly in Lomita, CA

2383 Lomita Blvd. #104
Lomita, CA 90717
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Saturday, September 05, 2009

In the News: Ajisen Ramen Comes to Century City Mall

I just spotted this 'Under Construction' wall at Century City's Westfield mall this past week. Hit or fail? We shall see.
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Japanese Candy

(Double-click the photo for a description of all the snacks.)

One of the best things about having family in Japan is that when I send them a gift, they'll send something in return.

In this case, I sent them a pack of Trader Joe's lime and chili mixed nuts. Look at all the stuff I got! Now I feel bad so I'll probably send them something else in return. =P
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Marked 5 (Abbot Kinney)

Marked 5 @ Venice

Food trucks are swarming along Abbot Kinney like paparazzi at The Ivy. (Okay, so there were only 3 of them, but that's 3 more than last year.) For me, this sudden explosion of portable eateries had me blushing tonight at the realization that vehicles outnumbered customers. Though I was only here to check out one of them, Marked 5, a truck that serves rice-bun burgers nearly identical to those at MOS Burger, a popular Japanese fast-food joint. (Mountain Ocean Sun; not the green stuff)

My perpetual nostalgia for Japan has a tendency to send me on fact-finding missions like these, so I absolutely needed to know whether or not Marked 5's product not only looked the same but tasted the same.

Marked 5 menu

Okay, so it didn't match up -- the biggest difference being these local burgers are large and cumbersome (great for most Americans!), whereas MOS rice burgers are dainty and bite-size (great for most Japanese!). Both are very saucy, though only one will take the time to grill the rice the way you like it (soft or extra crispy) especially on a slow Thursday evening.

candy on the shelf

I can only imagine this being the awkward pubescent years in the life of the food truck craze. Some will remain gawky, while others will blossom into something beautiful. Though for our sake, let's just hope they don't all turn into Korean-taco wannabes.
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Sunday, July 05, 2009

A Load of Vegetables

A Load of Veggies

Here's a way to support local farmers and get a box full of vegetables for only $15. Just go to this site to pay, then select a location close to you to pick up your box. Depending on what's coming out from the ground there's different items each week. My box included:
  • Zucchini
  • Long Neck Yellow Squash
  • Nice (Round) Squash
  • Scallop Squash
  • Blue Kale
  • Carrots
  • Red Beets
  • Green Cucumber
  • Armenian Cucumber
  • Red Potatoes
  • Okra
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Romain Lettuce
My personal challenge for this week is to cook each vegetable however it tastes best. Though if I get lazy I'll probably just make vegetable soup. =P
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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Flying Hotteok! (Koreatown)

Flying Hotteok!

Congratulate me. I just stumbled upon the least talked about Korean roach-coach in Los Angeles. I've seen this yellow truck in Koreatown before and have heard whispers about "that stand that sells really good Korean pancakes" for years, but I only put two and two together after trying a hotteok in South Korea just recently. The crispy/fluffy bread combined with a gooey, black sugar filling got me dreaming about hiring my own hotteok peddler to follow me around all day.

Flying Hotteok!

I found the truck in front of a shopping center (of sorts), on Western Ave, just north of Wilshire. There was no Kogi-line to deal with -- which was fine to me --but it also meant that the pan-fried hotteoks were probably sitting around for a bit.

These are a lot flatter than the ones I had in Pusan (see pic below) which were over an inch thick, but they were just as flavorful. The ones in the motherland were also only 50 cents each, whereas these were $1.50. Still, I'm not going to complain. I'm just happy I can get hotteoks, period. Otherwise I'd have to fly back again real soon just to get my fix.

Flying Hotteok

808 S Western Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90005
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