I’ve often blogged about the “interesting” dining choices at fast food chains in Asia and how it sucks that we don’t get such daring options here in the States. One of these examples was Burger King’s Black Burger, which has been available in Japan for some time now. Well, finally someone has heard my laments because a black Whopper is now available at Burger Kings here for a limited time as part of a Halloween promotion. This is it and I was excited curious to try it:
Until word came out that eating the burgers turned your shit green. Not just a normal and acceptable green tint that might be prone to naturally occur on your shit, but really green shit. Like Irish countryside green:
Food is so weird. I wonder who first thought of eating it.
Take honey. Someone, say 10,000 years ago, must’ve thought, “Damn, it really hurts when those fuzzy flying things stab me with their tiny swords, but it’s odd, their amber diarrhea smells kind of good. Maybe I’ll just stick my finger in their strange geometric toilet structure and taste some.”
How many ancient people died so that you and I know which mushrooms dress up a salad, and which lead to a slow, agonizing death?
Labor Day weekend seems like the appropriate time to write about the Roots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project and my recent visit to the Growing Experience Farm, a 7 acre urban farm located in Long Beach run by the LA County Housing Authority under the direction of Jimmy Ng.
The Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) is one of the organizations behind Roots CSA. Their goal is to support local Asian American farmers and provide fresh produce to the L.A./Orange County community through a subscriber program where folks can sign up for a season (three months at $60) and receive fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables every two weeks (info here, the new season starts in October). The Growing Experience Farm is one of those local farms and I joined APIOPA’s Scott Chan and Kyle Tsukahira for a tour of the farm last week. Following are some of the pics from the visit: Read more...
Okinawan croquette from Pioneer Saloon. The sweet potato is a wonderful purple hue.
Hawaii is famous for food. Every plane leaves heavier than it arrived. Here’s yet another low down of what I thought was the best on the island of Oahu. This time, I cheated. I had a food tour guide unlike most others and his name is Lofa! He knows the backroads and the main spots and he’s responsible for most of this list, sans a few improvised items.
1) The myth of Pioneer Saloon is growing. It’s my favorite restaurant in Hawaii. On a given trip if I don’t make it three times, then something went wrong. In one week on this trip I did make it three times. Tell owner Nori (who could be sporting a GR cap) that I sent you. Pioneer Saloon 3046 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808) 732-4001Read more...
One night, my friend and I were downtown in the historic Little Tokyo Marketplace that is now Korean owned. We were going to an Izakaya there but the wait was simply too long… so we decided to try Shojin instead, a Japanese vegan haut cuisine restaurant.
I’ve often enjoyed vegan cuisine even though I’m an omnivore. The atmosphere was decidedly pleasant and tranquil as we entered the dining area… and there was a nice crowd on a Friday evening.
First we ordered a bottle of Dassai sake to wind down our week paired with our appetizers: Read more...
Tragedy struck back in 1992 when McDonalds made the unfortunate decision to no longer serve their fried pies and switch to the baked version, which, let’s face it, sucks ass. So imagine my surprise when a couple of weeks ago, I found this staring back at me:
Yes, sometimes miracles do happen and that wish you wished upon a shooting star does come true. McDonalds has brought back their fried pies in all their flaky, crunchy, tongue burning/piping hot (yes, the filling is indeed hot as the warning on the box says unlike in the bland baked versions) goodness. Read more...
Asia has its fair share of cool but bizarre fast food items and fast food chain Lotteria is no exception. But this might be the most bizarre creation so far. It’s the Ebi Nashi Baagaa or “the Shirmp-less Burger”. In short, it’s a shrimp burger minus the shrimp being served in Japan.