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Wurstküche

Yesterday I finally got to try the grilled sausages at Wurstküche in Little Tokyo with some friends. A friend and I shared the Filipino Marharlika (sweet pork), the duck and bacon and an order of Belgian fries with white truffle oil. The sausages were great, lots of flavor and the truffle oil added a little bit of a kick to the fries. Oh I love fries! The only thing that I didn't care for were the hot dog buns. I don't count my carbs or anything and I love bread so much that I can't imagine living a happy life without it, but their hot dog buns were a waste of calories and they were way too big for the sausages. The unproportional bread to sausage ratio was something that really annoyed me, not like anybody cares, but it did. Aside from the bread, the food at this place was great. I'm definitely going back again very soon.

Wurstküche

800 E. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 687 - 4444

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Learn KICK ASS Chinese

I came across this video on Facebook today.  Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsEcKxYJclU

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Flying Pig Truck

I love when any of the food trucks venture east. Last Friday night, theFlying Pigtruck came cooking and oinking in to Pasadena. Since I was shopping in the area anyways, I had to give their food a try. Grace was with me so we were able to order a little more food to share. We ordered the sliders, pork belly bun and taco, and the roast duck taco. Oh  my god! They were all delicious. I really really like their death sauce. I don't know if they call it the death sauce because it's suppose to be really spicy, which was not the case, but I definitely loved it to death. The only complaint that I have was that the bun from my pork belly bun was hard. It's kind of like that hard texture you bite into when you don't microwave a frozen饅頭 (man tou)enough. Perhaps they should consider steaming the bun? Anyways, I hope they come back to Pasadena again real soon. Ooh or better yet, I hope they stop by my office in Westwood for lunch.  The picture is not all that great, but it was really really good. Flying Pig Twitter

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Starry Kitchen

My cousin's friend had suggested I try Starry Kitchen in downtown when it first opened. Since I worked in Westwood and basically ate my lunch in front of my computer everyday and the restaurant was located in downtown LA, it made it impossible for me to eat there. Last Wednesday I took the day off because it was my birthday and decided to have lunch at Starry Kitchen with Grace. I honestly had high hopes and expectations for this place because of the amazing Yelp reviews and their frequent posting of delicious food pictures on their Facebook and Twitter. Sadly, my meal their was a bust. I picked the Taiwanese pork chop which came on top of their supposedly amazing spam fried rice and dan dan mian (擔擔麵). The three came on the same dish. Now the pork chop and spam fried rice mingling on the same plate is fine and all, but the dan dan mian should have been served in a separate bowl. Seriously? I mean seriously? Another reason my meal was bust was the strand of hair that was hiding within the spam fried rice. Luckily I have a strange habit of looking at my food up close and personal before I stick it in my mouth otherwise I wouldn't have noticed it. For some odd reason, I didn't say anything about the hair. I just picked it out of the fried rice and left that side of the plate alone. Now I'm sitting here complaining about it in my blog. Well maybe someone from the restaurant would come across this entry and make sure they are more careful about their food next time. Now as for the quality of the food itself, it was okay. I'm sure for someone that didn't grow up in the San Gabriel Valley and spent a year of her life as an exchange student in Asia eating Asian food three times a day, this would've been amazing. Maybe I picked the wrong thing to order, but if anyone wants good Taiwanese pork chop I suggest SinBala in Arcadia. I guess if you're craving the pork chop when you're in downtown, than Starry Kitchen wouldn't be too bad of a place to satisfy your craving.  Starry Kitchen350 S. Grand Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90071(213) 617 - 3474

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The Finishing Touches

This weekend I started to read Hester Browne's new book "The Finishing Touches." Well at least I think it's a new release. When did I buy that book? Whatever. Anyways, the book is about a woman who is trying save one of England's last finishing schools. Well I guess either the book was really good or I was thinking way too hard about why anyone would send their daughters to learn how to start a conversation or to eat with the proper fork because last night I had the weirdest dream about being sent to some finishing school on some random island in the middle of nowhere. The only way to get to the school was by submarine. The funny thing was that in order to get to the submarine, I had to put on an astronaut suit and then swim for a mile to get to it. When I got to the island I was assigned to a tree house that I had to share with six other girls. You would think that I would at least have six beds in my dream. No such luck, there were two king size bunk beds. I hate sharing a bed. After the whole dilemma with my tree house, I went to to the counselor's office to pick up my class schedule. Guess what classes I had assigned? Ballroom dancing and how to fry a fish. I understand the ballroom dancing class, but how to fry a fish? How random is that? I don't even like fried fish and I have no intention of ever attempting to fry a fish.  This had to be one of those dreams that have some type of hidden meaning. What the hell is my subconscious trying to tell me? Anyways, now that I think about it. The book is not half bad. It won't make you smarter after you read it, but it won't make you depress either. Although, you might end up having some random dream about being sent to a finishing school like me. yawn So sleepy now. Good night. 

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars With Streusel Topping

All last week I wanted to bake, so when I finally found the time to do it on Friday, I decided to take a shot atPaula Deen's caramel apple cheesecake bars. I had the cheesecake and crust part down solid, but I was a little worried about the caramel apple streusel topping. Luckily for me, the end result was pretty yummy. I <3 Paula Deen's recipes,  butter on everything and everything turns out delicious.  I also made s'mores brownies, but that was kind of a disaster. I hate marshmallows and I'm never baking anything with marshmallows again. It does look cute though, no? 

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Home Made Toffee

Dan brought in a box of chocolate covered toffee that his wife Marla made. OMG! It was so good. It always amazes me when someone is able to make any kind of candy like sweets from their own private kitchen. My culinary skills are basically limited to baking, steaming, and stir fry. I make some fine pancakes and waffles too, but I can't seem to think of the proper cooking term associated with those two breakfast food right. Anyhoo, my first attempt to make candy was back in high school. Marshmallow count as candy right? Well that was what I was trying to make. It didn't turn out well at all and I was left with a bowl of sweet white mess that took hours of soaking to clean. I have improved a little since then though.

Sorry my Droid doesn't take good photos. 

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Canter's Truck

At about 11:00 am today there was an announcement made on my side of the office that there was a food truck parked across the street on Midvale. I thought "no way." Most of the food trucks that come to Westwood usually park closer to UCLA which is way too far to walk, considering my schedule lunch break is on 30 minutes long. Oh how I missed those days when I had an hour long lunch break. I was actually able to leave the office and sit down to have lunch at a restaurant. Well the food truck that was nice enough to make their food available to those of us that are located on Wilshire (we are on the South side of Wilshire right?) and Midvale was the Canter's Truck. I had their reuben sandwich. I love pastrami and I love sauerkraut, it was my perfect lunch. I suppose I could've ordered one from the other fine dining establishments around our builidng, but Canter's is just better. I hope they come back again. I hope some of the other food trucks would stop by too.

If I ruled the world, there would be a different food truck parked in front of our building every day of the week.

Canter's Truck on Twitter

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Honey Pig

Alex and Jeff are visiting LA from Vancouver and I decided that it would be a good idea to take them to a Korean BBQ restaurant in K-Town called Honey Pig. I've always wanted to try this place and I remember Grace mentioning it when we were in Vancouver last month. Each table is set up with a huge circular grill in the center. We started off with chunks of bean sprouts (which I don't particularly like) and kimchi around the outside of the grill. Then the servers brought out the meat to be grilled in the center. After all the meat were consumed, the servers made kimchi fried rice on the grill. Well they actually just dropped off the rice and vegetables on the grill and we stir fried it ourselves. Overall, the restaurant is a fun place to eat and chill with some friends. The pork that we ordered was good, I think it was the specialty pork (or did we order the black pork?). I didn't care too much for the fried rice at the end though. I definitely had better at other Korean restaurants.  Honey Pig3400 W 8th StLos Angeles, CA 90005

(213) 380 - 0256

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O' My Buns

I spotted O' My Buns when I was dropping off my dvd rentals and decided to give it try. I'm usually a little skeptical about the bakeries in this part of town, but the boxes looked too cute from the outside to not give the buns here a chance. I'm pretty glad I did. I picked out the original and the cinnamon sugar coffee buns. It was like biting into a really good pineapple bun (菠蘿包)but coffee flavored. The buns smell really good too. I can't wait to have one for breakfast tomorrow.  cutest box ever :)original coffee buncinnamon sugar coffee bunThey are suppose to start making the jalapeno and cheese buns soon too. I'm so excited. O' My Buns2215 S. Atlantic Blvd.Monterey Park, CA 91754(323) 583 - 4333

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