never go hungry

Monday, January 16, 2006

fatty student.

wow, i've been eating out a lot since my last post. i haven't tried anywhere new, but i just want to quickly jot down the places i've been in the last week.

- wabi-sabi: everything i try there is AMAZING. their ribs are my favorite, my fiance still dreams about their popcorn shrimp, and their eggplant dish is the best variation of eggplant i've ever had. their sushi ain't too shabby, either... and did i mention that everything (except the eggplant) is on their happy hour menu ($3-4). niiiiice.

- abbot's pizza: possibly the best pizza in the southland. stepping into abbot's is like stepping into a piece of berkeley. tastes good on a rainy day.

- al gelato: pasta, pizza, bread, tiramisu, and passion fruit gelato. as much as i love this place (top 10 for sure), their tiramisu was TERRIBLE- it was almost frozen! the horror. but props to al gelato for accomodating our last minute party of 13 on a saturday night! al gelato is my food gospel.

- TOT: my favorite japanese restaurant in little tokyo! i always get their tuna tuna bowl- kinda like hwedopbap (sushi rice) except with seared ahi tuna and spicy tuna.

-the bakery in the little tokyo square thingie- i picked up a couple of their green tea desserts (cupcake and mochi cookie) and they were DISGUSTING, tasted medicinal. ugh.

- blue marlin- i usually order the miso salmon, but since my friend ordered it, i opted for their sausage/chicken spaghetti. it's a little too al dente for me; i've had better japanese spaghetti. but their tempura green tea ice cream totally redeemed the night.

wow, i need to cut back on the eating out thing. i think i went to all these places in a span of 3 days.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

filipino fare at asian noodles

i went to my first filipino restaurant tonight- asian noodles in chinatown. it seems like somewhat of a chinese-filipino fusion restaurant and its yuppie look sticks out like a sore thumb amongst desolate chinatown. i went with a friend who frequently patrons the place, and she says that the food is consistently good and reliable. we ordered rice noodles with calamari on top (best with squeezed lemon), green beans and shrimp, and a steamed bun filled with sweetened chicken. overall it was quite good, but the soy sauce taste of the beans started to overpower everything. i gave the leftovers to my fiance, who spent last summer in the philippines, and he said the food was excellent. the restaurant was mostly filled with filipinos, which is always a good sign, and they have tons of awards and reviews on their walls. i guess i'm not a big filipino food fan but i will definitely go back there to try some of their desserts and drinks.

asian noodles
643 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2836
(213) 617-1083

oh, and earlier in the evening i went to some boba shop in chinatown (on broadway). it used to be a lollicup but they changed it to something like jc cafe. i haven't had boba in ages; i can't believe i used to drink the stuff nearly everyday in college. ugh. and then i went to china where it became a source american comfort food- how ironic is that? anyway, i ordered the standard milk tea and a meatball kebob- both were solid and brang back good memories.


so i recently became a dedicated poster on the chowhound boards. i used to avoid the boards do to its chaotic interface, but there are too many kindred spirits there for me to ignore. i'm currently using my normal handle "greengelato" (due to my love for gelato in all its green forms) but i'm thinking i should change it to starving student as i delve deeper into this thing. hm, we'll see.

here's a post i'm copying and pasting from one of the recent threads. my favorite LA eats:

- juicy pork and shrimp dumplings, din tai fung

- executive steak lunch, cafe brazil

- chinese chicken salad, feast from the east

- dongchimi gooksu, the corner place (ktown)

- green tea shaved ice, mr. coffee (ktown)

- tuna and tuna bowl, TOT (little tokyo)

- chicken pasta, hurry curry

- kinta roll, crazy fish

- herb and parmesan encrushed fish, duke's malibu

- burrito and tostadas, el taurino

- green corn tamale, el cholo

- anything with tomato sauce, al gelato

- cheese balls, that brazillian place at the farmer's market

- taco sampler plate, loteria grill, farmer's market

- paninis, alove cafe

- all you can eat duk bo ssam, manna (ktown)

- all you can eat sushi, chomp (fullerton)

- crispy shrimp tacos, california fish grille

- BLTs, the counter

- burgers, father's office

- pho, pho 79 near chinatown (i think it's 79)

- chicken plate, zankou chicken

- grape brushetta, cliff's edge

- potato balls, porto's bakery

- sizzling beef, saladang song

- green tea cream puffs, beard papa's

- berry blossom cake, susina bakery

- fresh salads, axe

- happy hour ribs, wabi-sabi

- hodduk, california market (ktown)

- roasted red pepper wrap, bread and porridge

- anything at urth cafe


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

i can't believe i'm doing this

am i really going to make a food blog? we'll see how things transpire. hmmm...

but this blog will be different. it will not be a showcase of my latest visit to LA's trendiest hotspot, but it will be a chronicle of restaurants and recipes conducive to the starving grad student. and i whole heartedly and stomachly believe that my being poor doesn't necessitate a diet of ramen noodles and kraft mac and cheese. au contraire. it's more about asahi ramen noodles and joan's on 3rd mac and cheese!

so, why don't i start off with tonight's starving student, yet delish dinner?
(note, i usually just create meals on the fly, never to be created again. i realize this blog is also a good way to record these random dishes)

creamy corn and roasted pepper soup with tomatoes and shrimp.

yup, that's basically the recipe. some soup (boxed from trader joe's), thrown in a chopped tomato and some frozen shrimp, eat with sliced french bread- and viola! dinner made in minutes with minimal utensils and brain cells. eat your heart out rachel ray!