Fresh noodles being prepared.
Marugame Monzo, set in the heart of downtown LA’s Little Tokyo, captures the simplicity of traditional udon noodle soup and also explores modern takes on the Japanese cuisine.
This place is small and popular, so get there early or be prepared to wait for over an hour.
Pictured above clockwise from the top left: Braised Pork Belly, Duck Udon Soup, Uni Udon in Cream Sauce, Crispy Chicken Skins and Fried Chicken.
The crispy chicken skin, you need that. You may even need two orders but it is only available at dinner. You can thank me later.
They also do an “Udon Carbonara” which is rich, delicious and creative. I guess I will have to go back to get a picture of that. Life is hard.
Double Double at Umami Burger
I know, the 7 or 8 or you that actually read this thing are wondering, “What happened to my favorite food writer? Did he give it all up and open a tiki bar on a random island in the Maldeves? Did he get arrested in North Korea? Or worse, did he become a raw vegan???” The answer is no to all of these. Although I would like to open a tiki bar some day and I did go on a 3 day juice cleanse, but we will talk about that in due time.
So, that’s it. It’s been a year and a half since my last post and I have done lots of traveling and eating since then. My new years resolution is to try and post something once a week .
Oh and if you like pictures and or stupid attempts at humor follow me on Instagram @TheMansfield and on Twitter @AdamJMansfield.
Potatoes Au Gratin
Oysters And Burrata With Squash
I live on the east side of L.A. So for me a trip to the west side is equivalent to what the Donner Party experienced in 1846.
Occasionally I get suckered into making the epic adventure west of the 405 freeway. But I only oblige if there is good food or great company waiting for me there.
In this case there was both.
City Tavern is one of the many delicious, unpretentious gastropubs in Culver City. Friendly knowledgeable servers will guide you towards the perfect combination of food and drink.
Check out their menu here.
How not to cut an avocado.
I am typing this post with one hand. Why? Because a few nights ago I tried to add a little flavor to a bland veggie burger.
I recently purchased a big boy knife set from Wusthof. It turns out high end chef’s knives are sharp. Believe it or not, I know how to use a knife. However, in my attempt to slice an avocado in half I bounced my brand new, ultra sharp paring knife off of the pit and deep into my index finger. It was a clean cut. I look forward to filleting steak with this knife some day.
“Fuck.” I state with relitive calm.
I drop the avocado and it rolls into the living room. I manage to place the knife carefully on the counter and rush my bleeding hand to the sink. The blood makes a beautiful pattern on my black and white kitchen tile.
“This would make a really cool visual in a murder film.” I briefly think to myself as shock settles in.
“Oh boy, who is sober enough to drive to the ER?” Not a peep from Bapu. Fortunately my buddy Brayton volunteers and we all pile into the Yaris for a trip up to Verdugo Hills Hospital (there are closer hospitals, but I’m spoiled).
It turns out I am the second avocado related laceration for the ER that night. Now I don’t feel special at all.
14 stitchs later and no pain meds, I am writing this post from the couch. I wish there was a moral to this tale, but the only thing I can think of is: be careful with knives.
I’ll be back with more food related posts soon. I’m typing a little slower than usual.
Anybody else craving guacamole? Hmmmm, maybe I’ll make some for lunch.
The Best Fish Taco Ever. El Tesoro, SF
When it comes to Mexican food, there is a simple rule to follow. The sketchier an establishment looks, the better the food is.
This couldn’t be more true for El Tesoro Taqueria and Grill. This tiny little grill is located inside a liquor store on Geary in the Tenderloin of San Francisco. You can get a 40 of old English, tacos, crack and a lotto ticket all in one stop.
What makes it so delicious? Home made tortillas, fresh, spicy salsa, cheap tilapia and a sprinkle of dirty Tenderloin crack head energy.
My advice. Go to Hemlock Tavern on Polk. Enjoy the happy hour ($5 for a PBR and Shot of Jameson) then stumble down to El Tesoro for a fish taco that will blow your freakin’ mind!
Pork Belly Tacos at Soul Gastropub in Charlotte, NC
I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical of Charlotte, NC when I found out we were shooting an episode of Man V. Food Nation there. I wondered what North Carolina had to offer other than BBQ. To be even more honest, I was expecting Charlotte to be a city full of toothless closed-minded hicks. That could not have been further from truth.
Charlotte has, friendly people, lots of live music and a surprisingly wide range of delicious dining options. They also have the best chicken wings I have ever had, but that’s another post.
Working on a food show has its perks. As soon as people find out who we are, they all want to point us in the direction of the best food. They did.
Above is the glazed pork belly and watermelon tacos from Soul Gastrolounge .
Bapu Fists a Turkey
From time to time you will hear stories of my mustache having, whisky drinking roommate. His real life is far more interesting than those of most movie characters. This is a picture from Thanksgiving 2010. Bapu is demonstraiting how to remove the giblets package while looking like a total pervert.
On a serious note, last year at this time there was a lot of very hard stuff going on in my life. I want to say a deep thank you to everyone in my life who was there for me. This life is a good one because of the family and friends I have in it. I love you all.
Happy Thanksgiving. Now go out there and do something weird with a turkey!
There is a tradition that cannot be broken. When in Palm Springs, eat at Arnold Palmers. The restaurant’s namesake not only knows how to perfectly blend ice tea and lemonade, but he is a pretty good golfer too.
Arrive early and hit the putting green out back. Grab a glass of wine and order the lobster mac n’ cheese. Lobsters live their entire lives hoping to some day be a part of this mac n’ cheese.
Arnold Palmers is a steak house. Get the bone in rib eye, thank me later.
Bone In Ribeye
Best mac n' cheese ever
Chocolate Cock Macaroon
There is a place in the Castro District of San Francisco called Hot Cookie. The Man V. Food crew was kind enough to buy me desert from this unique bakery.
I would like to share an excerpt from a recent yelp review. “I like phallic cookies. The balls were the best part.”