Squid Guts & Pinkberry

What a wonderful week in Los Angeles I had!

The highlights:

1. Lunch with Rasa Malaysia

We met at Zen Grill restaurant in Beverly Hills. When I first saw her behind the wheel of her HUGE BLACK SUV, I thought, “who in the world would let their 18 year old drive such a beautiful, big car?!” I swear, if there ever was a eternal youth pill, RM should be the national spokesperson. In 40 years, when I’m smackin’ my gums and sneaking viagra in husband’s daily Metamucil, Rasa Malaysia will be prancing around in her mini-skirt and high heels seducing all the rich old men!

While lunch was so-so (how dare they serve us day-old rice and soggy fried tofu!), we did manage to go to Kiwiberry (a Pinkberry knock-off) and have this:

A few days later, I did try Pinkberry. Both tasted good….but my Co-Co Fro-Yo by a Fo-Blo

was SO MUCH BETTER! And I’m not just tootin’ my own horn – my version (well, David Lebovitz’ version) was creamier, richer and cleaner. Pink/Kiwi-Berry version was chemically-tasting. Must be that secret ingredient that they are hiding.

2. Dinner with Wandering Chopsticks and Melting Wok

We met at a Japanese izakaya restaurant called Haru Ulala (bless you!) and ordered a dish called “Squid with Guts.” The name alone should have warned us of what was to come. Raw squid bits swimming in pureed fish guts. I ate it. It was nasty. Tasted like the bottom of the bait bucket.� You’d think that they would come up with a more elegant name than “Squid with Guts.”� After that meal, Wandering Chopsticks urged us to walk around the corner and have a second dinner at a ramen noodle place, which was so totally worth the 40 minute wait! I am still dreaming about the rich, all-day-simmered ramen broth.

>>>>Edit: mmm-yoso just informed me that the squid bits with guts is called Shiokara. According to wikipedia, it is raw squid + salted and month long fermented raw fish intestine pulp that even the Japanese are even squeamish about. Great. Who the hell ordered that dish? I think it was Wandering Chopsticks. I tasted it, it was gross. So I thought, “hmmm…maybe its a dish that you drink with sake.” After 2 large bottles of sake, it still tasted like shit.

If you are REALLY interested in what we had for dinner, Wandering Chopsticks took photos of every single dish – including the famous Squid + Guts.

3. Hanging out with my brother

He took us to an Argentenian restaurant called LaLa on Melrose St., whose waiter was so freakin’ HOT that he could have served us Squid with Guts in Chimichurri Sauce and I would have gleefully eaten it. Brother also took me to Hollywood’s Farmers Market where I bought $5 worth of nectarines so that I could get close enough to this guy in the pic so I could smell his sweaty armpits.

What’s-his-name was on the The Next Food Network Super-Stud last year, and he is now selling at the farmer’s market. I don’t know about you, but I become very suspicious of anyone hawking nectarines with THOSE BEDROOM EYES. Kinda gives me heebie-jeebies!

>>>>Edit: Eliza tells me his name is Nathan Lyon. Despite the bedroom eyes, I totally respect anyone selling such awesome fruit at the farmer’s market.

4. Vote for my friends!

While I am so flattered to have been nominated in Culinate’s Grill Me contest (and I’d LOVE to go back to California), my itty bitty blog is a long shot to win, so instead please vote for some of my favorite blogs in the contest, like: Smitten Kitchen, Homesick Texan, Kalyn’s Kitchen, Oishii Eats, Tastespotting, Rice and Noodles. Maybe I can bribe the winner to CHOOSE ME as their companion to go! You can vote for as many bloggers as you like, you’re not just limited to one.