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Shirin – Repeat visit was a mixed bag

April 8, 2010 Gourmet, Iran No Comments

Tried the Ghormeh Sabzi, and herb stew, which kind of looked like a swamp. It was basically sauteed green herbs, some veal, red beans, and dried lime. It came with a side of basmati rice. It was ok. I’m sure it was authentic and anyone growing up with this stuff would’ve approved. Unfortunately, it didn’t really do much for me. Oh, well.

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Pho 999: Another pretty good Vietnamese joint in the valley

April 8, 2010 Gourmet, Vietnam No Comments

They have a pretty big menu, having items that lesser places fail to provide. Since it was my first time, I stuck to what I know.

Che Ba Mau. mMMMmmm. shaved ice, red beans, mung beans, green strips of jello, coconut milk.

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Spring Mishima Bento Box Fair at Mitsuwa

April 4, 2010 Gourmet, Japan 1 Comment

Stopped by to pick up some food. Part of the Spring Picnic Fair.

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Kyushu Ramen: Shoyu Ramen + Fried Rice Special

April 2, 2010 Gourmet, Japan No Comments

For Good Friday, stopped by Kyushu Ramen and ordered the “Special Combination,” which comprised of Shoyu Ramen and a half-portion of Fried Rice. Overall, it was just okay. Next time, I think I’ll stick to their namesake, which is made with a more robust broth.

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Sandwich Express – Vietnamese Bánh mì Deliciousness

March 30, 2010 Gourmet, Vietnam No Comments

What a Find! I recently discovered a Vietnamese sandwich shop in the valley that does Bánh mì right. I love that it looks like a hole in the wall kind of joint, and family-own/run. The lady at the counter seems a bit sassy (maybe because I paid in quarters), but I suppose that’s part of the charm.

In any case, the ingredients in these sorts of sandwiches are pretty standard. What makes one standout then is the bread. This place must make the French baguettes fresh everyday, as they’re consistently crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside. mMmMm.

Grilled Pork #6. My Favorite.

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I-naba – Tried their Chirashizushi

March 28, 2010 Gourmet, Japan No Comments

It was okay. Quality ingredients. Variety. Portion size, however, was a bit lacking.

I also had small salad, gindara saikyo yaki (miso-marinated black cod), chawanmushi (egg custard), hiyayakko (cold tofu), and miso soup. They were delicious.

Link: I-naba

Gaja Moc – Okonomiyaki!

March 28, 2010 Gourmet, Japan 1 Comment

The last time I had okonomiyaki was on a rainy night almost 2 years ago, in the Tsukishima Town of Tokyo. I’ve been craving it ever since. IMHO, Gaja Moc is the best place in Southern California to recreate the experience…

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Shirin – Persian Deliciousness

March 27, 2010 Gourmet, Iran 2 Comments

Found another pretty good Persian Restaurant out in the valley.

Baghali Polo. Baked Lamb Shank in Tomato Sauce served with Basmati Rice Mixed with Fresh Dill and Baby Lima Beans and Saffron.
I really liked the rice here, so much so that I ate the entire serving! The massive amounts of dill made it fragrant and provided a very appetizing texture. The lamb was pretty good; it fell off the bone. The sauce was a bit thin, but that’s okay. I’m definitely coming back for more. 

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Sushi Ichiban Kan – Unagi Don

March 23, 2010 Gourmet, Japan 1 Comment

Lunch. Had to satisfy a craving.

Ramen Nippon – Mabo Don

March 22, 2010 Gourmet, Japan No Comments

Lunch. Nothing fancy, but pretty satisfying.

Ramen Nippon, 6900 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

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