Come nosh with us, early evening on Saturday!

That’s right–it’s LA Metblogs’ first “Classic Eats” evening this Saturday. We’re doing it a little early because (1) we figure you might have plans for later that night and (2) Clifton’s Cafeteria closes early.

I’m attempting to make some silly bingo games in time for the get-together and I’m planning on raffling off a day of guest blogging on LA Metblogs (raffle tix are free for all attendees, I ain’t tryin’ to raise money).

We’ll meet up at Clifton’s at 5:30pm for “slightly depressing kitsch” (as stated on Chowhound), because there’s no kitsch like slightly depressing kitsch. Really, I just want to eat cubed jello out of those thick bakelite cafeteria bowls under the watchful gaze of fake deer. I can’t believe I’ve never been to Clifton’s, so I’m really looking forward to this.

Around 6:30 or 7 we’ll wander, stuffed with meatloaf and lemon meringue pie, over to the Bonaventure Hotel to enjoy after-dinner cocktails at their 360-degree rotating rooftop lounge, the BonaVista.

While we plan to create some sort of prepaid meal package for these events in the future, we’re goin’ lo-fi for our first event and you enjoy the privelege of purchasing your very own food (we ain’t gettin’ rich offa blogging)! So exciting!

Here’s our upcoming.com invite and Julia’s original post on the whole shebang.

9th Annual Japanese Food Festival

Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens

The 9th Annual Japanese Food Festival is drawing near.  October 25th, is the day to celebrate the best in local Japanese cuisine.  The all-you-can-eat experience is one of the best ways to be introduced to Japanese cuisine that you may have missed out on if you only eat at sushi restaurants.

Attendees will see a tremendous array of Japanese foods and beverages including sushi, sashimi, yakitori, tempura, curry, noodles, beer, sake, shochu, tea, and much more! Please be sure to bring your picture ID with you for alcohol tasting. Exhibitors will be presenting their finest products and assisting you enjoy Japanese foods and cultures more than your have ever experienced before. You may discover a new taste of genuine Japanese foods or adventure something new during this event.

There is also entertainment. In the previous years we watched various dancers, sumo exhibitions and taiko drummers. It’s a great way to spend a fall afternoon, drinking sake and eating fresh-made yakitori in the gardens of the Kyoto Grand Hotel.

The Japanese Food Festival is Oct. 25th, 11am – 3pm.  You can order your tickets online (deadline Oct.22), or purchase them at the hotel.

Ray Ray’s Eat to the Beat

Ray Rays Eat to the Beat
Ray Ray's Eat to the Beat

Looking for a DJ gig?  Ray Ray’s Eat to the Beat needs an in-house DJ to spin while patrons sup.  We stumbled upon Ray Ray’s a Japanese restaurant in Alhambra and quickly fell in love.  Affordable prices and good food are always appreciated, but the music was key.

The walls are adornd with record sleeves in frames and tucked into a corner is a DJ set up, including records.  There’s no chance that of not finding something everyone can groove to.  When we walked in, Sergio Mendez was spinning.  I played a Bossa Nova record and my husband followed me with The Clash.  Funk, punk, pop, disco, hip-hop, and country were available in the bins next to the table.

I spoke with Ray Ray briefly and learned the restaurant has been opened for about 9 months now and they are looking for an in-house DJ.  Didn’t get the details, but I’m sure if you call and ask you’ll learn more.  Other patrons I spoke to that day, all said the same thing, “Ray Ray’s is the best Japanese fast food in Alhambra.”  We’re definitely going back.  Hey we may even put our DJ skills to use and spin a few.

Ray Ray’s Eat to the Beat
1900 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA

I think that I shall never see / a pie as tasty as olallieberry

sideview.JPGI like pie. I only hang with people who like pie. It’s always time for pie.

Except for some pies, which can only be had once a year, when their fruit is in season.

Enter the olallieberry, “a cross between the loganberry and the youngberry, each of which is itself a cross between blackberry and another berry (raspberry and dewberry, respectively).” Upon seeing Jiyeon Yoo’s post over at metromix heralding the start of olallieberry season, I knew I had to haul it to Pasadena Pie ‘n’ Burger (o holy Pie ‘n’ Burger! how softly I dare breathe your exalted name!) before their stock sold out.

P’n’B’s pies are to die for, and olallie was no exception. I suggest you, too, haul thine ass over to P’n’B in the ‘Dena for your own sample, before the earth moves away from the sun just a scooch and wipes this year’s crop of sunshiney-filled jewels of yum from the surface of the earth for yet another year. More pie goodness behind the jump; click to embiggen.

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Yummy Westside Food

fooddoor.jpgThere is nothing more straightforward than a place called FOOD. And the food at FOOD is fabulous. The main menu consists of a variety of sandwiches and salads with many vegetarian options. They always have two soups on the menus–“today’s soup” and “yesterday’s soup”–that change daily. The deli case displays various salads made fresh and you can order a two or three item salad plate that comes with greens. They also serve breakfast all day and I highly recommend their granola. Oh and the desserts. Gorgeous brownies (the one I got the other day was still warm), mini palmiers, rice crispy treats, apple tartin, cookies, whatever strikes the pastry chef’s fancy.

FOOD is also a gourmet market selling wine, teas and coffees, chocolates and other handmade candies. They also sell recycled aluminum foil and other green products. If you happen to be down the block at Lazer Blazer and realize you forgot a carton of milk, you can get pick one up here too.

FOOD
10571 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: 310-441-7770

More info and photos after the jump.
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My First Time: Philippe’s

phillipes1.jpgYesterday, in my further adventures downtown, I went to Philippe’s (100 years old!) for the first time in my 22 years of living in Los Angeles. And after all I heard and read, it did not disappoint! I went with the same friend who accompanied me to Clifton’s Cafeteria not too long ago. For lunch we shared a beef sandwich and a turkey sandwich. She had potato salad, I opted for mac salad and we shared peach pie. My bill came to $7.70 (with iced tea and the 9¢ coffee) — what a deal! (I did also leave a $2 tip.) It’s a phenomenal deal all the way around as they even have free parking.

More photos and stories on my downtown Philippe’s adventure after the jump.

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Lunch In The Raw

Leaf CuisineAfter a roller coaster morning touring assisted living facilities with my husband (for his mom), we treated ourselves to a beautiful lunch at Leaf. Leaf serves organic, vegan, raw and beautifully prepared food.

We are not vegetarians or vegans or raw foodies by any means. On any other Saturday we might have just as easily had a Double Double with fries at the LAX In-N-Out. But last Saturday we drove by the lovely green building and said, “let’s try.” We didn’t even know it was raw food until we ordered — though how often do you eat raw foods without thinking about it? Big salads, cold soups, etc., all very refreshing on a warm afternoon.

More details and another photo after the jump.

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