Oden Studio

以前太鼓判關東煮還只是一家開在小發財車上的小店,類似像是行動咖啡那樣,車子停在人行道上,旁邊是山坡,四周荒涼,隔壁只有一家海產店。第一次注意到這一家店是因為開車經過的時候,發現路旁這家富有濃濃日本居酒屋台的小發財車。吧台前只有三、四個座位。
後來經過就常發現有好多人排隊等著買關東煮,我和老公都很質疑,有這麼好吃嗎?
因為坐在餐車內的工作人員常穿小可愛,我老公看到說:「賣關東煮需要這樣子嗎?根本就是在賣肉。」我覺得他根本就是大驚小怪,穿背心算什麼賣肉啊,那個湯一直在煮,很熱吔!後來我們都稱這家店為「辣妹關東煮」。
有時候看到餐車沒開店,只看到外面貼了一張公告,說出國考察不營業。我和老公吃了一驚,好講究!賣關東煮也要來個國外考察吔。
大概四年前的某一天下雨,我看沒人排隊,吧台前有空位,我就和老公去吃一次,實在是看不太懂煮鍋裡有什麼口味的關東煮,就挑了我最愛的白蘿蔔和一些其他的。因為下雨天沒什麼客人,老闆娘跟我們小聊了一下。冷冷的下雨天坐在路旁吃熱騰騰的關東煮,感覺超棒的!
後來,有次看到正巧看到電視上報導這家「辣妹關東煮」,這才知道原來這家關東煮大有來頭,那個跟我們聊天的老闆娘其實之前是個電視製作人,因為厭倦電視製作的工作,才改行賣關東煮。他的白蘿蔔很講究,就像日本的作法一樣,需要在邊角稍微削掉一圈,這樣高湯才能入味。我可是有看黃金傳說才知道日本的正統作法唷,其實日本的正統作法還包括,需要將白蘿蔔外皮削掉厚厚的一層,至少1公分,少了那層粗厚的纖維,才能讓高湯真正的入味。
知道這「辣妹關東煮」這麼有名,也就對那每天都有長長的排隊人潮不覺得奇怪了。只是排隊的人多,我就不想吃。
去年,關東煮另租了兩間店面,重新開張。(那輛發財車就停在路邊任由籐蔓遍佈)排隊的人更多了!
直到前幾天,我看排隊的人沒很多,想說來去吃吃看,也四年沒吃了。不料這一等,卻讓我等了半小時!都快要餓扁了!
改成店面就更有日本居酒屋的氛圍,擺了好多清酒酒瓶、酒桶,播放日本歌,有各種日式飲料、含酒精飲料,還有串燒、烏龍麵。今天和朋友約一約,又去吃了一次。
Tue-Sat: 6-12PM
Sun: 5:30 – 11 PM
(Mon off)
Phone: (02)2634-5476
Address: 台北市內湖區金湖路377號 (可訂位)

Mariposa of Neiman Marcus

Excellent view. Creative plating. This is a perfect ladies’ lunch spot. Complimentary consumme and fresh baked popovers to whet your appetite. I sent back the day’s “special,” because they overcooked the sea bass (what a shame). I ended up loving the catch of the day over a bed of al dente pasta. The chocolate dome (not pictured) dessert is rich and fluffy all at the same time. The macadamia nut ice cream (not pictured) is simple and sweet. The macadamia nut cream pie is a great way to end the lunch. Located on the second floor of the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu, HI.

Four Seasons Hotel Kona, Hawaii

The appetizer was a lobster ravioli with red pepper sauce. Great concept, but missing a kick. The asparagus salad was blanched perfectly, but needed a bit more dressing drizzled. Main course consisted of mahi mahi, braised short ribs (wow!!!), and wasabi mashed potato (can’t go wrong). Good job plating. Worth it if you want to dine at a fabulous resort with excellent service and beautiful views, otherwise ask the locals where to get good grub.

Cocktail of the Week – Godmother

A Godmother is a derivative of the Godfather cocktail – which is Amaretto and Scotch. The Godmother – which is Vodka and Amaretto, is a sweet drink that goes well with Cigars. Basically any sweet cocktail will go well with cigars.

Personally, I just discovered the drink a couple of years ago. I usually have this drink about once a month. Its a simple drink that is heavy in alcohol – with both Vodka and Amaretto.

One story I’d like to share, was when I was at a cafe in Ningbo, China – waiting at the airport. I noticed on the menu that they served alcohol. I promptly asked if they knew how to make a godmother. My friend and I expected them to not know how to make it. So, I asked them if I could go back to their bar and make the drink. After getting clean glasses and some fresh ice, I proceeded to make us a couple of Godmothers. Quite satisfying till we boarded our plane.

Godmother
*1.5 oz. Vodka
*1.5 oz. Amaretto

ArtBites


ArtBites is a unique concept in which food & cooking is taught together with Art history. I first heard about ArtBits on KCRW’s Good Food radio show.

ArtBites features kids classes as well as adult classes with food and history. Ranging from courses featuring Italian history and Chinese history with food accompanied. Courses are taught at Museums, as well.

In addition, they have special courses in which they go to Paris, France to learn more about photography, art, and food.
http://www.photographiccommerce.com/artbites.htm

http://www.artbites.net/

L’Amour Cafe

Located in the back of a mini mall in Monterey Park, L’Amour Cafe is a hidden gem that specializes in traditional Cantonese cuisine. Monterey Park has always been known for cantonese faire – especially with the late night cafes and dim sum palaces. But L’Amour Cafe goes away from that tradition to offer a non-cafe style ambience. They strive to offer higher quality selection without the expanse of a large banquet style dim sum restaurant.

My friend and I ordered the shark fin soup, the chicken soup, and ginger chicken. In addition, we also ordered the abalone. The shark fin soup is similar to that of the soup served in large banquet restaurants. Not exactly one of my favorites soups, I tend to favor clear soups/consumes that aren’t too thick. They serve the shark fin soup with a side of rice and vinegar. You’re suppose to add rice to the soup to thicken it. Not exactly to my liking. The ginger chicken – steamed to somewhat resemble the Hai Nan chicken rice – was quite good. I like the flavor of this chicken more than anything. In addition, it also has good texture. The white meat wasn’t too dry either. I would fully order this again and recommend it to other people. The Chicken soup, which is more like chicken in chicken broth was also good. Comparable to the chicken soup from Din Tai Fung – I would argue that this soup is right up there. The abalone, which is a rarity in restaurants this small size, was a nice surprise. Abalone is typically expensive. Not exactly what I would order the abalone was good.

All in all, I would recommend L’Amour Cafe – for some quality Cantonese dishes. Parking is free. Expect to spend about $15+ per person.



L’Amour Cafe
230 N. Garfield Avenue., #D12
Monterey Park, CA 91754
626 927 9188
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