Wednesday, March 28, 2012

umami burger

if there is a burger place i love just as much as my favorite father's office,
it has to be the umami burger
which one do i love more? it's really a tough question because i love them both dearly!

so what does "umami" mean?
umami is a japanese word describing the pleasant and savory taste imparted by glutamate, a type of amino acid and ribonucleotides that occur naturally in foods
umami as a taste is subtle but it blends with other tastes well to expand your experience while eating

so here it goes with mouthwatering gourmet burger!

so far i only checked out three of their locations & noticed that each has their own unique decor-
since each location not only has unique decors but unique menus & only some have full bars, you might want to do your research before checking out a place-
also,  if it helps, la brea location has the tablet pc which you can play with if you get bored with..well, your 'date' ;)

do you love the old-fashioned soda bottles? 
if so, you will love umami burger even more! 
true. this means no 'refills' but you will get drinks that are extra fresh! 

salted caramel shake

please note that the menu might vary depending on the location
but you will be able to find the main yummers wherever you go :) 

tempura onion rings & sweet potato fries
with a side of roasted garlic aioli
tempura onion rings & homemade ketchup
hmm! they look different at a different location! 
cheesy tater tots
truffled beet salad
truffled ricotta, smoked almonds, wild baby arugula, truffle dressing
thin fries, tempura onion rings
& 2 umami burgers! 
umami burger
shiitake mushroom, carmelized onions, roasted tomato,
 parmesan crisp, umami ketchup
look at the parmesan crisp! droooooooool!
truffle burger
house-made truffle cheese, truffle glaze
manly burger
beer-cheddar cheese, smoked-salt onion strings, bacon lardons
truffle poutine 

umami burger now has couple other sister restaurants they opened up in los angeles, which i am excited to check out in the near future ;)

i am now happilyfull ♥ 
see you on my next adventure! 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

korean sashimi

yes, you will be thinking of of your usual japanese raw fish when you hear the word: sashimi

however, recently i've been loving "korean-sashimi"

looks the same?
it does...
for now...

sashimi platter

but in actuality, in addition to some sort of sashimi platter, you get all of this!!! 
(although it does differs from each restaurants & fresh fish of the day & what kind of "special package" you decide to get)

*please note that i never got to take photos of ALL the food because i get overwhelmed with everything they bring you, so did have to combine photos from few different visits and picked only the 'impressive' looking food to post*

abalone porridge
seafood salad
fresh oysters
salmon skin, sea squirt, and unknown dish
sea cucumber & sea squirt
turban shell
trumpet shell
live octopus
fresh abalones
lobster sashimi
lobster sashimi
steamed lobster
uni rice
creamy potatoes, sweet potato tempura, steamed fish
spicy seafood stew

usually after going through all these 'courses' of food, they give you a hand-roll to 'cleanse' your palette.
pretty impressive, no?

if you are easily grossed out,  i recommend that you do not click on the play button for below videos-

how you usually eat "chopped" live octopus

famous scene from the movie old boy

overall, korean sashimi may seem expensive because you purchase "packages" you share with your table which usually goes up easily to $100+
however, if you were to eat all these seafood at a japanese sahimi place, it will be a lot more expensive as i usually spend $70+ just for myself when i eat nice 'sushi'

so next time you are craving some fresh raw fish, try going to a good korean sashimi place because you really can 'fill your stomach' with raw fish without really killing your wallet-

i am now happilyfull ♥ 

see you on my next adventure! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

catalina kitchen

continuing on the "feel-good-whenever-restaurant"
today's post is on catalina kitchen at terranea resort

for those who don't know about terranea resort, it is located at the edge of the pacific ocean on the palos verdes peninsula. as written on their website, "terranea's 102acres are infused with the elegance of a classic mediterranean estate, the casual energy of coastal southern california, and coutless ways to spend your days -- all tied together with authentic, genuine hospitality and a deep respect for this irreplaceable oceanfront setting. terranea resort, located just south of los angeles, includes guest rooms, suites, bungalows, casitas and villas and a host o world-class amenities, including spectacular dining venues, a world-class spa, a stunning 9-hole golf course and family-friendly activities"
in my own words, it is just a beautiful resort by the ocean where you feel like you are on a vacation, away from home, when it's not too far from your house if you are an los angeleano!

i've been here for brunch, lunch and dinner and had pleasant experience whenever i visited 

their saturday special california breakfast buffet for $32 is highly recommended as i thoroughly enjoyed the fresh buffet
they also offer sunday brunch for $52 which looks even more amazing! but i haven't had a chance to try it yet because sundays are my church days...
if not, they also offer american breakfast package for $24 daily on weekdays

california brreakfast buffet
california brreakfast buffet 
after a meal, you should enjoy the weather with a nice walk by the resort-
or you can opt for a hike by their hiking trail before your meal ;) 

on a beautiful day, make sure to drive over to see the beautiful ocean & grab lunch outside while getting some sun! 

catalina burger
-bacon, cheddar, pickled onions, tomatoes, pepper aioli, brioche bun
basil monte cristo
-deep fried turkey, ham, swiss cheese, fig jam, tomatoes, basil pesto
love the measuring cup condiments!
the farm
-bacon, salame, pancetta, tomatoes, cabot farms white cheddar
seafood linguini
-mussels, clams, shrimps, chorizo, fennel, chicken saffron broth

pappardelle bolognese
ricotta salata, mushrooms, garlic brea

last but not least . . . for dinner, the restaurant atmosphere changes completely into a dark & somewhat fancy place! 

di mare
mussels, clams, shrimp, bilbao chorizo, light saffron tomato sauce 
mac & cheese, pancetta, truffle oil
seafood linguini
-mussels, clams, shrimps, chorizo, fennel, chicken saffron broth 
special sea bass of the day
pappardelle bolognese
ricotta salata, mushrooms, garlic brea
chianti volcano lamb shank
three cheese polenta
ny steak
with house made steak sauce, peppercorn sauce, and bearnaise sauce

below food photos were from dinela a little while back-

pinot grigio
citrus butter essence
crispy paella
clams, mussels, calmari, tomato soffritto
pan roasted pacific sea bass
with soft polenta, vegetable ratatouille, ligurian capers, cipollini onions
veal ossobuco
with saffron risotto mantecato, gremolata
catalina cheese cakewild berry compote
chocolate cakewith vanilla anglaise

even if you are not eating, you can go & enjoy some wine + cheese by the bar while enjoying the view & enjoy jazz night! 


i am now happilyfull ♥ 
see you on my next adventure!