Being a Foodie, one restaurant at a time

Ever crave things in a burger that aren’t on the menu and wish you could just add without being looked at weird? Well, go to the Counter, you can add a kajabillion ingredients and eat it, too!

This is the menu. it was quite difficult to commit to the combination with so many choices
The Counter Menu

At the counter, you can choose the “fifty fifty” – half of something and half of another yummy. here we have onion rings, sweet potato fries (better than boiling crab btw) and it comes with horseradish mayo, buttermilk ranch and oh-so-tangy bbq sauce.
Sweet Potato Fries and Onion Rings

see each of our four creations – each unique, each dripping with flavor. so much that our photog ate the rest of my third! proud of ya, dood
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Gee, I wish I got paid for blogging

The Counter
(310) 399-8383
2901 Ocean Park Boulevard
Santa Monica CA 90405

Shik Do Rak

Shik Do Rak – House of Duk Bo Sam.
(213) 384-4148
2501 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90006

So you take the grilled meat, pile it with some nicely shredded salad, pile some banchan on (oh boy shredded kimchee yummies), dip with some hot chili sauce and/or some salted sesame oil and eat it all in a rice wrap (see picture progression)

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duk bo sam is so delicious to me because in one bite, you can get flavors of meaty, tangy, spicy, garlicky all with textures/senses of crunchy, chewy, hot and cold. You get me?

MORE TO COME… the massive food blog is here… and going

Ever have a craving for light satisfying dessert?

here it is to satisfy that need. after a hot bowl of noodles or fulfilling meal at a japanese restaurant, what better thing to have than a fresh cute little mochi filled with icecream.

These lil’ puppies are freshly made (at least it tastes fresh) – the Mochi is so soft and nicely chewy with the icecream inside being at just the right temperature to leave it creamy.

Mochi Icecream

Mikawaya Mochi
(213) 624-1681
118 Japanese Village Mall
Los Angeles CA

Otafuku – “grandaddy of soba”

Otafuku – NE corner of 166th and Western – look carefully cuz you’ll miss it if you don’t
(310) 532-9348
16525 S. Western Ave
Gardena CA 90247

Here is a restaurant I absolutely love. It’s the quintessential hole in the wall. It is located in the most rundown strip mall ever, next to a run down and shady looking barber shop, and dark looking bar. If you were to drive by, you would think nothing is there but the bar and closed up shops. However, once you walk in, you are in a clean and simple decor and you are standing in a very efficient hustle and bustle of a small restaurant, specializing in one thing and one thing only – SOBA. Soba is made fresh everyday, and looking at the atmosphere of the restaurant, you really get a feel for the dedication to the FOOD and not to the SELLING of the food. This is probably why I shy away from the more hoighty-toity and trendy places. Just turns me off, but that’s a whole another topic. Back to the food.

See? Looks like sh*t on the outside
Otafuku

Fresh SOBA noodles in four (?) different styles, thick or thin and made with some different part of the buckweat. you can choose hot or cold, but it seemed that everybody was ordering cold. try to get there before the lunchtime rush or you’ll be standing in the squishy hallway near the bathrooms with the rest of the japanese business-looking men. + $3 you get a mini side of tempura shrimp or very generous portion of uni rice bowl.

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Want cold soba – go to Otafuku. Want cold udon – go to Sanuki no Sato.

The Boiling Crab

The Boiling Crab
(626) 576-9368
742 W. Valley Blvd
Alhambra CA 91803

ok, so this isn’t that long of a food blog, but it just might make you want some though

behold. seafood and flavor paradise…. a la crawfish, shrimp, or crab. choose between three flavors or just get all three with the “whole sha-bang”

it was yumdelicious, but be ready to get your face and fingers full of grease and sauce. don’t forget to chug that bear in between chewing though. heeeeck yea.

scrumdiddlyumptious cajun fries on the right, and if sweet potato was my cup of tea, they would be pretty good, too
Cajun Fries and Sweet Potato Fries

wouldn’t recommend the oysters. very bland.
Oysters

here’s our lb of crawfish and 1/2 lb of shrimp in a bag!
Crawfish

and here is the after math. shells shells and more shells. mmm mmm!
Aftermath