Sushi on Oracle

Sushi on Oracle is, well, a sushi restaurant. On Oracle road. Creative name, non? Though the name is quite generic, the restaurant is anything but. From the service to the food, it is a welcoming and fun experience.

The servers are always prompt to seat you and friendly while serving you. I have never wanted for any of their delicious green (with brown rice) tea, they are always quick to refill your cup. And they are equally quick on checking on you for your order.

My friends and I always order sushi, so I can’t say how their cooked plates are, but the sushi is fresh tasting and excellently prepared. As soon as you are sat and your drink orders taken, a hot bowl of miso soup and a dish of edamame are placed before you to enjoy for appetizers. This more than makes up for the splurge that is a dinner on raw fish. Then, whether you sit at the sushi bar or at a table, you are quickly presented with your sushi orders (excellently prepared by the jolly Japanese sushi chefs.)

Pictured above are the Las Vegas Roll (in front and center), the Caterpillar Roll (top right and green), and the Spicy Yellowtail Roll (top left). Each roll was delicious and distinct in flavour and texture. The Yellowtail was a delightful texture of minced fish and the Las Vegas Roll was perfectly fried without being greasy. The Caterpillar Roll, though, is always my favorite – consisting of fresh water eel, cucumber, and avocado and eel sauce – it has a lovely combination of flavours and feels on the tongue.

MBA — Blueberry Buckle

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So there is a pretty background to make up for the awful excuse of a plate. But I was crunched for time having baked this 6 hours before leaving on a road trip. Yay hotels!

Well, this is a blueberry buckle. Never heard of a “buckle”? Neither have I. In fact, I’m still not sure what it is! I would initially describe it as a cobbler and a muffin’s love child.

A quick google search confirms this. According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia: “ A buckle is made with yellow batter (like cake batter), with the filling mixed in with the batter.”

If you are still confused, the closest thing I can adequately compare it to is a bread pudding  It is very dense and VERY moist. It’s almost squishy (which I find very intriguing since it wasn’t a very liquid batter, at all.)

But most importantly it’s very DELICIOUS. The recipe I used (from the ever scientific Alton Brown) called for a streusal type topping – I know not if that is the norm or unique to this recipe.

The recipe was quite simple, quick and seemingly fool proof. The only thing I did different from the recipe (and only due to the late hour of the night and my early start) was to leave the buckle in the oven (turned off, of course!) over night till I woke up in the morning.

And it came out perfectly.

Local and Thirsty Crow Bar

Doesn’t that just look mouth-watering?

The Thirsty Crow is an old timey bar on West Sunset Blvd. The inside is dark lights and aged wood with barrels and character in ever corner. Their mascot is a cartoony crow that you can find here and there in nooks and crannies.

The most unique part of the setup is the food service. Right next door is a small crêpe restaurant called “Local.” There isn’t much to it, but the menu offers delectable options besides crêpes. There are also wraps and salads and burgers. Once you have ordered and paid, you get a number and head back over to the bar. Then you get to sip at your drink while waiting for your food to be delivered.

I ordered the Albóndigas Burger with spicy fries. This was exactly what I’d been craving in a burger for ages. It was moist, bursting with delicate flavors, and a delightful texture. The fries were crisp and had the slightest hint of heat. It was such a delightful meal.

To accompany the meal, I ordered a Sloe Gin and Tonic. I had no idea what Sloe Gin was, but cherry flavoured gin was not what I was expecting at all. The drink was quite nice though! Almost too sweet, but refreshing all the same. And at the bottom? Two black cherries!

Overall, I found this place quite fun and charming. If I were living in LA it would be one of my go-to places.

JiST Café

In Downtown Little Korea there is a brand new and very trendy café. The menu is very simple and Japanese inspired, and you can tell the ingredients are local and caringly picked. JiST is the name of the game.

The menu ranged from Oatmeal with quinoa to the fluffiest pancakes ever to Chashu with 6 minute eggs.

I ordered the The Hangover Cure – an omelet with tender and easily shredded beef short ribs, a rich gravy-like sauce, and a cheddar cheese, with a side of breakfast potatoes perfectly seasoned and cooked with sautéed peppers and onions and a coffee cake.

You can sit inside or outside on the patio and enjoy the view. And they have a self-serve water service right next to the register. The inside was really neat – one wall red brick, the facing wall a geometrical puzzle design of wood pieces, and plants everywhere. On the ceiling are those jointed desk lamps attached to the posts

Korea Town food times! Bento Man is an awesome little quick…

Korea Town food times!

Bento Man is an awesome little quick serve place right around her corner. I had the Chashu (pork belly) Miso Ramen and it was some of the best ramen I’ve had! T. and L. tried the Shrimp Tempura Udon and the Chicken Teriyaki. Everybody was really thrilled with their food!

The dumplings are from a Korean Mall a few blocks away from T.’s place. We were the only non-Asians in the entire shopping center, but the Korean servers were so nice. The lady who manned the booth we ate at was super sweet and utterly excited to know we white girls liked kimchi. And for 6 bucks we got 12 sizeable dumplings, slices of some sweet yellow vegetable or fruit, what we determined was probably a cauliflower and veggie purée and a side of dipping sauce.

Anybody know what the sides were called and made of? Let me know please!

Guisados – The Best Tacos in LA

T. is very lucky because her roommate is a foodie and knows many other foodies who give epic restaurant recs.

First, I need to tell you that the every restaurant we’ve been to has been set up the same way – there is a counter for ordering your food and then a separate dining area. Sometimes the food is delivered to you and sometimes you pick it up from a second counter. But we have yet to eat at a traditional restaurant with servers taking our orders.

Which I actually don’t miss that much at all.

This was the first place we experienced the new set up. Guisados has a variety of very tender and delicious fillings for their soft corn tacos. Anything from pollo con mole to chicharrones to queso to pescado. EVERYTHING. So, presented with so many options, I picked the sampler plate and then we all sat in the porch seating behind the kitchen.

Pictured above, it comes with 6 2in tacos in the flavors of your choice. I chose Calabacitas, Pollo con Mole, Tinga de Pollo, Chuleta en Salsa Verde, Cochinita Pibil, and Chorizo. And they brought out a side of spicy cream sauce, as well.

Everything was very succulent and bursting with flavor. Each bite carried a spicy warmth and every filling was unique and different. My favorites were the Tinga, the Pibil and the Calabacitas, but none of them disappointed.