Deep Fried Skewer Madness – L.A.’s New Kushiage Specialist – Horon | Exile Kiss

Ok, this place is definitely going on the list of “places to check out”. Deep fried skewers! The above is deep fried shrimp, head-on.

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Kiss My Bundt needs to sell 5,000 mini bundts to stay in business | Daily Dish | Los Angeles Times

I’ve never been here, but this looks delicious!

The charming 3rd Street bakery Kiss My Bundt, which we have featured a few times in this blog (since its bundts and cupcakes are so tasty) is in a bit of trouble. Due to the recession and the rising cost of ingredients such as milk, butter, sugar and Belgian chocolate, the little bakery is struggling to stay afloat.

Last week, investor Erin Hill sent out an e-mail saying in part:

Chrysta [Wilson], the owner of the bakery, has been fighting valiantly since things got tough in January, but hasn’t been able to build the business fast enough. So it has come down to the next few weeks, in which she has to sell about 5000 mini bundts to raise the money to keep her doors open into the Christmas season, when business will hopefully pick up.

It’s surprising news, since the bakery has become a favorite with a lot of dessert-loving people I know and is often mentioned on popular blogs. Wilson even has a “Kiss My Bundt” cookbook coming out over Thanksgiving.

— Jessica Gelt

*sigh* standards of living going down means less fancy yummy things available to us. it’s almost like we’re heading back to the days where salt and silk were traded as valued commodities. ok, we’re not going to get to THAT point, but it’s heading down that path. :(

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A few destinations to get you started…

You live in Torrance/Gardena/Beach Cities and you need to eat! Where do you go?? Here’s a quicklist of a few of my favorites in the Torrance/South Bay area.

my favorite meal

Shinsengumi Hakata Ramen
Gardena, CA

Ramen cooked to your exact specifications in savory pork-flavored broth. You say you want it hard, thick and strong? Done.

Gardena, CA

A favorite. Izakaya style (Japanese tapas) dining. Favorite menu items: rib eye and stingray fin you grill at the table, cheese risotto served out of a gigantic wedge of cheese, and the sweet tofu/cracker dessert.

ginormous omelette chocolate chip pancakes

Original Pancake House
Redondo Beach, CA

My favorite breakfast place in the South Bay. Best eggs, best bacon, huge and amazing omelettes.

Sue’s Kitchen

Pork Chop Noodle Soup (noodle) Pork Chop Noodle Soup (pork chop)

For an area that has so many Taiwanese/Chinese people, the South Bay has surprisingly few good Taiwanese places. So if you can’t make it out to the SGV (San Gabriel Valley), this place is definitely worth checking out. Tucked into a generic strip mall on Crenshaw, the parking lot for this shopping center is super narrow and almost always packed. The place seats maybe 20.

Menu selections are your standard Taiwanese hole-in-the-wall fare. =)

Noodles include: Spicy Beef Noodle Soup, Pork Chop Noodle Soup (above), Shredded Pork and Preserved Vegetable

Cold dishes include: Pig ears, Pickled cucumber, Seaweed, Tofu strips

Breakfast pastries include: Green onion pancake, Chive pockets, Beef pockets (xian4 bing3)

As a side note, I really like their Shredded Pork and Tofu (yummy!)

Overall, this place is a good in a pinch. Good lunch place if you are close by; I usually come here for weekend brunch.

Sue’s Kitchen
23918 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505-5211
(310) 539-1992

Beef Noodle Soup

Hello world!

Ok, ok, you’re right, I should have started one of these a long time ago. I didn’t know WordPress and all these plugins make all this stuff so much easier nowadays! I don’t have to hardcode anything anymore! *giddy*

Here’s a test post to get things started. Feel free to use this entry to suggest new places to eat!