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Food Tours in Tokyo and Beyond...

I can tell you that the Shin Yokohama Ramen museum was well worth it. I had probably 3 of the best bowls of ramen I've ever had there. The gyoza stadium place was terrible. It was in the middle of a strange amusement park-like building and the place was empty, The gyoza so-so.

Oct 30, 2007
meamhungry in Japan

Funnel Cakes

I was driving down Sherman Way over the weekend, and pulled over to the side of the road was a Funnel Cake truck, kinda like an Ice Cream truck or Taco Truck. It seemed kinda weird. There were a few people around it and the lady working it was doling them out. I was tempted to pull over and get one, but had second thoughts when I thought about how clean the cooking oil might be.

Mar 26, 2007
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area


I'm going to eat my words regarding Yummy Cupcakes. We just went to Auntie Em's over the weekend and got a Red Velvet, Coconut, and a Chocolate variety. Didn't like them so much. The coconut was good, but the chocolate one was way too thick and dark chocolatey. The red velvet was just so-so. I actually preferred the cupcakes at Yummy. We've been back there a few times since I savaged them, and I've actually grown quite fond of their Happy Day and their Red Velvet cupcakes. I prefer their thicker, sugar-loaded frosting to Em's creamier, whipped type.

Feb 12, 2007
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

Fake Japanese Food

We just went to Kappabashi about 2 months ago. It really is something to be experienced. The entire street is filled with shops catering exclusively to restaurants. There's a handful of stores that carry only the plastic food models. The models are pretty expensive, but some stores have bargain bins and we found a really good ramen replica for $30, a donburi bowl for $15 and a sushi plate for only $10. They now sit on my fireplace mantle, waiting to be used for some juvenile trick.

Jan 24, 2007
meamhungry in Not About Food

Unfortunate foreign food names or brands

And then there's the bakery I used to drive by when I lived in Japan, the "Flesh Bakery". They obviously intended Fresh, but ahhh those wacky Japanese.

Jan 13, 2007
meamhungry in Not About Food

Santouka - West LA

Had a superb bowl of Shio with the toroniku side (#9) over the weekend. Best ramen I've had in SoCal. And I love that the eating area is communal- my wife doesn't eat beef/pork, so she goes into Mitsuwa and gets some sushi or mochi. I'll get a big bottle of beer.

Jan 09, 2007
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

Good butcher Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena?

What is it that they barbecue outside? They had the grills smoking outside and there was a line of at least 20 people there. Gotta try it.

Jan 02, 2007
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

Boiling Point shabu shabu - Glendale

We went over the weekend, and I just wanted to agree with a few of your points. Oddly, they still only served beef, though the server told us it was because they were temporarily out of the chicken and seafood. The raised heaters did indeed create more heat than usual, but luckily it was a cold weekend and we didn't mind. And the ponzu sauce was lacking citrus and tasted a little too salty at first until we began dipping. The second sauce, a peanut sauce, wasn't that good. Strongly peanuty and not much else. I liked the little pot of fresh crushed garlic they give you. At other shabu's I'm pretty sure we've always gotten pre-packaged crushed or ground garlic. They said on the menu that our meal came with two different types of noodles, but they only gave us the fatter type and not the glass noodles. Also they really skimped on the noodles- only a few strands. Meat cuts were noticeably tougher than Yoshi's, Koji's and others we've been to. Spent $13 for each beef combo plate, got a beer and with tax/tip spent $40- seemed a little high for lunch for 2 with only 1 drink, but I guess most Shabu's cost this much.
Overall, not too bad, but we like Koji's at the Highland better.

Dec 18, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

Japanese in Burbank?

Or you could drive maybe 15 minutes down Olive, hop on the 101, get off at Gower and eat at Sushi Ike, which is generally regarded as one of the better overall sushi places.

Dec 14, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

Burgers in Burbank or Hollywood?

Slap me in the face if you will, but Burbank has In-n-Out and Fuddruckers, both decent burgers in my humble, unsophisticated opinion. Gordon Biersch's is pretty good too.

Dec 13, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

ramen nippon is simply arrrgh (ramen review!)

We ate at Takeshi Ramen and Ramen Nippon within a week of each other and I'd have to completely disagree. I thought Nippon was leagues better than Takeshi. At least Nippon had more of a homemade feel to it, with better cuts of chashu and better soup. The Takeshi Ramen was only a step above the better packaged ramens you can buy at the store.
If you're looking for Ramen in the area, I'd recommend Kyushu Ramen in Van Nuys on Sherman Way. I also thought they had good gyoza.

Dec 11, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

Do you have a favorite non-chain ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT place?

Picanha in Burbank. Brazilian buffet, really good cuts of meat, spectacular all-you-can-eat baskets of cheese balls.

Dec 05, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

Moving to Northridge ... need recommendations

Is Fair Price Thai still there on Tampa? We used to go there a lot when I was in college and they had good Tom Yung Kai and Beef Salad. But a friend told me there was some kind of robbery there where the owner was shot and I'm not sure if the restaurant is still there.

Dec 05, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

Embracing Burbank

Tried the new dessert place Creme de la Creme on San Fernando, in the new strip mall next door to Zankou, next to the Vons and across the street from Ralphs. It was truly awful. I think they just opened, but their brownie was dry and inedible. They advertised Frozen Custard, but I know frozen custard- frozen custard is a friend of mine. Creme de la Creme, sir, you are no frozen custard. It was softserve. Blaaah.

Dec 01, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area


Another thumbs down for Yummy Cupcakes in Burbank. Decent cake, but the frosting was just plain and tasted rather Crisco-ish. Plus, when we went in there, they really seemed to be more of a catering place. There were 4 employees, and all seemed stressed/ unpleasant/ not used to dealing with customers.

Dec 01, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

ramen in the mid or east sf valley???

I'll throw in a recommendation for Kyushu Ramen. We went there last night and I had a really good bowl of Chashu Ramen. My wife got the veggie one and it was good too. The meat was very good, nice and tender, little fat.
But what surprised me was the gyoza. They had chicken and pork types, which is rare (wife eats chicken, not pork), and the gyoza was tasty. Not the usual stinky vegetables and knuckles meat filling frozen variety they usually have at the ramen shops here.
We ate at Nippon Ramen last week and actually like Kyushu better.
Also tried Takeshi Ramen in Glendale, which was ehh.

Nov 28, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area

Embracing Burbank

NYPD Pizza- on San Fernando is pretty subpar. We liked the pizza right down the street at North End Pizzeria much better, and it's cheaper. Tony's Bellavista also has a pretty good pizza.

Joy Feast- We just ate at there over the weekend, seeing if it was worth catering a party with. We got the Sesame Chicken and Kung Pao Chicken- both were pretty bad. I had bone slivers in the Kung Pao and the Sesame was very fatty. Also, the flavors were nothing better than you'd get from any generic mall Chinese $5 combo plate. It's sad to say that the best Chinese I've had in Burbank is PF CHangs (have tried Joy Luck, Gourmet 88, Mandarin Deli, Lotus Garden, Frontier Wok, former Noodle Cafe, and a bunch of places on San Fernando on both sides of the mall)
We had a pretty good breakfast at Granville's, but no dinner yet- it has a great interior.
Also, ate sushi over the weekend at Wokcano- better than Kabuki, Sushizawa, Niko Niko, Octopus, Zono. But still not sushi-snob worthy.

Nov 27, 2006
meamhungry in Los Angeles Area