Sep 30, 2013

Tsurumaru Udon Honpo - Little Tokyo

I like Tsurumaru Udon. It's fast, cheap and delicious. Also everything is self-service so you don't have to wait to get refill or check. You order, pay, pickup food, pour water yourself, and return your trays.

I like Monzo but Tsurumaru is cheaper and pretty much same quality. Although I like tempura at Monzo better than Tsurumaru. Also portions are kinda small here, at Tsurumaru.

Zaru soba (L) $5.50
Is this really Large size? It's more like small size.

Kama-age udon (R) $4
And this is regular size. After finished eating, I wasn't full at all.

I also added chikuwa $1, sweet potato $1 and shrimp tempura $2.50

Rating: 4.5 / 5
Service: N/A
Repeat: Yes

Tsurumaru Udon Honpo
333 S Alameda St. 3rd Fl
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mon-Sun 11 am - 8:30 pm

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Sep 27, 2013

Whittier Time Bank's first fundraising dinner, hosted by pop-up vegan gastropub Urban Dinner Socials

I was invited to Whittier Time Bank's first fundraising dinner, hosted by pop-up vegan gastropub Urban Dinner Socials. The fundraising dinner also featured a silent auction and the premiere screening of Time as Money, a new documentary on time banking.

All menu items were vegan and gluten-free. Locally-sourced organic produce for this event includes pumpkin, eggplant, kale, tomatoes, pepper, cucumbers, lemons, figs, parsley, cilantro, chives, zucchini, green onions, and mint. Everything was delicious and I really enjoyed the food. I also learned about Time Bank. This event was very interesting.

We had some champagne while we were waiting

Shiitake Escargots on Organic Polenta Squares

Fig Coulis on Seed Crackers with Pomegranate Balsamic Caviar

Leaf-Wrapped Bites with Shallot Galangal Sauce

Besan Garlic Flatbreads with Pizza Toppings

Eggplant Shrimp Rice Wraps with Sweet Lime Dipping Sauce

Coconut Pumpkin Soup Shots with Cilantro and Pepitas

Buttery Spinach Hand Pies with Caramelized Onion Jam

Frozen Chocolate Mousse Cookie Sandwiches

Sep 25, 2013

TASTE OF ITALY L.A. 10.12.2013 with discount code


THE ITALIAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES (IAMLA) TO PRESENT TASTE OF ITALY L.A.’s Premiere Food & Wine Event featuring 50+ Fine Restaurants, 100+ Varietals, Celebrity Chefs and Live Entertainment to Benefit Museum

The fifth-annual Taste of Italy, a cultural-gastronomic event to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), will take place on October 12th in downtown Los Angeles. Taste of Italy showcases over sixty of the region’s best restaurants and Italian and California-Italian wineries, as well as celebrity chefs, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and celebrity appearances.

Participating food purveyors will include: Drago Centro, Cafe Firenze, Toscanova, Locanda Del Lago, Casa Nostra, Trattoria Neapolis, Il Fornaio, GROM, and Dominick’s. Approximately 100 world-class wines will be served by participants such as Casa Torelli, Le Vigne, Cantina Pizzolato, Terravino, Total Wine and More, Nuova Capelletta, and others. For a complete list of participants visit

The critically acclaimed Canzionere Grecanico, will be performing live, as well as chanteuses Maria Elena Infantino and Elisabetta Russo. Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani will be present to conduct a cooking demonstration and sign copies of his new book Fabio’s Italian Kitchen. Actor Louis Lombardi will also be present to introduce his recently launched gourmet food line, Lombardi’s Gourmet.

Los Angeles is home to the nation’s fifth largest Italian population, and one of the country’s oldest. “Taste of Italy is a celebration of authentic Italian culture and the tremendous, yet often overlooked, legacy of Italian Americans in the region,” said Marianna Gatto, Executive Director of the IAMLA and historian. “The IAMLA and Taste of Italy provide an avenue through which people of all origins can come together to learn about the region’s diverse history and experience Italian culture through the universal language of food,” said Paul Pagnone, President of the IAMLA.

To purchase tickets visit or call (213) 485-8432. Contributions are tax-deductible as permitted.

What: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ Taste of Italy
When: October 12, 2013 from 5-10 PM
Where: 424 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Why: Proceeds from the event will support the Italian American Museum’s exhibitions and the preservation of the building in which the Museum is located, which listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest remaining structure from Los Angeles’ little Italy.

Cost: $55 presale, $125 VIP

The discount code for pre-sale tickets is: ITALORG5



Sep 22, 2013

Maruhide Uni Club - Torrance

If you like Sea Urchin, you must try this place. It's amazing how they can make so many different types of food with sea urchin. My friend doesn't like sea urchin so much, but loved this place. Everything was really delicious and fresh. Everything I ate are recommended.

Service needs to be improved. Extremely slow, no water refill until I ask, I asked for extra plates, I didn't have plates after 10 minutes so I stood up and asked them again, they said "can you wait?".
And 30 minutes wait to get pasta and they forgot our salad.


Marinated sea urchin with squid roll $6.50

Boiled vinegard sea cucumber (from Santa Barbara) $5.50

Uni egg omelet $8.50
Japanese style egg omelet with sea urchin inside

One of the best omelet I've ever had. When you cut it, so much melted uni comes out. You must try this.

Uni soup comes with rice bowl. It also comes with salad but they forgot.

Nigiyaka bowl $23.80
Fresh sea urchin, marinated sea urchin with squid, tuna, salmon roe, salmon, boiled sea urchin, sea cucumber, uni egg omlette bowl.

So fresh and delicious. Lots of seafood with different types of sea urchin.

Olive bread comes with pasta

Sea Urchin cream pasta $13.80
So I guess they forgot about our pasta, we waited 30 minutes after we finished eating everything else. We were waiting for a while, wondering if we are getting our pasta or not. When I asked to our server, she said they are making now. 10 minutes later the different server told us, they are start making now.  ..Anyway, pasta was very rich and creamy.

Homemade pudding $5
It was solid. I prefer a bit softer.

Rating: 4.4 / 5
Service: 2.6 / 5
Repeat: Yes

Maruhide Uni Club 
2130 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504
(310) 323-2864

Tue-Sat 11:30 am - 2 pm
Tue-Sat 5:30 pm - 10 pm

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