Thursday, October 14, 2010

Red, White + Bluezz

If you enjoy Jazz music, Red, White + Bluezz in Pasadena, CA is a place to be at as you get to listen to live Jazz music. This place is expensive, but if you feel like splurging, you won't be disappointed.

 Western Kobe Short Ribs Dip
 Blueberry Pancakes with Bacon
 I forgot what this was called. They were some kind of breakfast sausage.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


After dinner at Din Tai Fung, my friends and I went to Phoenix for desserts which was located in the same block as the restaurant. Here were some of the items that were ordered, however, we ordered more than what was photographed.
Mochi Rolls with Mango
Black Jello, Taro & Red Bean / Taro & Red Bean / Black Jello & Red Bean / Red Bean & Milk

Din Tai Fung

I went to dinner yesterday evening with some friends at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House  in Arcadia, CA. I actually forgot that I had gone here before with my family...earlier this year! However, I wasn't interested in food photography at the time.

Din Tai Fung is a dumpling house that serves Chinese Cuisine. In Arcadia, there are two stores within the same block. The main store gets very busy and crowded with a one (or more) hour wait which is why there is a second one in the same block. Both stores have modern decor and you can eat well for a good price when you go with friends and family as you can order several items to share.


 Scallops with spinach

 Chicken Fried Rice

 Shrimp Fried Rice

 Vegetable Dumplings

 Shrimp Dumplings

 Fish Dumplings

 Wonton Soup

Friday, October 08, 2010

Chef Takashi Yagihashi

This is Chef Takashi Yagihashi who was born in Mito, Japan (one hour north of Tokyo), but now lives in Chicago, Illinois and he started cooking when he was 16 years old. He is a James Beard Award winning chef, restaurateur, and author of "Takashi's Noodles". He received many awards, but the James Beard Award was the highest award that a chef could receive. His restaurant is "Takashi Restaurant" located in Chicago, Illinois where he creates French-Japanese fusion cuisine.

He hosted a cooking demonstration and book signing yesterday evening at the Macy's store in Pasadena, CA. While he is quite well-known to many people, I personally have never heard of this chef before, and I was interested in seeing his demonstration. He was entertaining and the demonstration was definitely very interesting. He cooked two dishes ("Pork Spareribs" and "Sweet and Chili Shrimp") for the audience, and the guests were able to sample each dish to all of which were very delicious. Each guest in attendance received two recipe cards; one for the Pork Spareribs and one for the Sweet and Chili Shrimp.

Pork Spareribs; click here for recipe

Sweet and Chili Shrimp; click here for recipe