Unrivaledkitch Culinary Services

So many things have happened since I last blogged and I am so happy to be back up and running just in time for the holidays. My yoga businesses have been truly paving the way for me to make a culinary come back the last few months and it feels really great to be able to combine my passions into a successful career!

Unrivaledkitch is a offering of love and passion through food and food adventures. I am happy to be working with my partner in life and culinary adventures, Brandon Worrell on this next phase of this blog and business. Brandon is currently working as a private chef, culinary school instructor and has agreed to work with me on some more awesome culinary adventures as the co-owner of Unrivaledkitch. When I created Unrivaledkitch over 7 years ago I started blogging because I wanted a way to connect with others through food and food adventures. To share, be seen and heard through my journeys of culinary delight. I spent a lot of time this last 5 years working on my yoga businesses KimberlyFujitakiyoga.com and Littleheroesyoga.com , which are my passion, pride and joy and I am grateful to be able to combine the two services to help more families in need.

Unrivaledkitch has expanded to offer private in home chef services, meal delivery and catering for small and large events. We are currently serving the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas with these offerings. If you are interested in private dining or chef services please email us at unrivaledkitch@gmail.com

Below is a list of our services and we can be contacted to create a specialized menu for your event. Please email us to be on our mailing list and we are currently accepting inquiries for holiday parties and private events.

In home private chef services: 
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Choosing a designated time and date, one chef will come to your home and prepare unique and healthy meals for you with desired items and foods your family enjoys. 
 
You are welcome to purchase the ingredients yourself for us to prepare or we can shop for you for an additional fee of $30 for one store and $15 per store/ farmers market after the first. We find this is especially helpful for new families if shopping yourself is not possible. We can also pick up household items while we are there if you need anything email us and we’ll add it to our list.
 
In home Chef services start at $175 for 3 hours of cooking, cleaning and organizing not including the cost of food. $50 per hour after 3 hours. 
 
In three hours we usually can prepare between 2-4 meals for a couple and prepare snacks and store fresh fruits and vegetables for easy access snacking between meals. 
 
Meals can be prepared organic, local, omnivore, vegetarian, vegan or a combination of all. 

Prepared Meal Delivery:

We also have prepared meal delivery. If you are short on time or can’t be home, we can prepare delicious home cooked food and deliver it ready to reheat to your door.  We would send you menu choices and you can choose what you would like from a variety of dishes from all over the world. You would confirm your order and delivery date and time. 
 
Please email unrivaledkitch@gmail.com for price information

Menus like the one below will be sent out on Friday morning and you have till Saturday at 9pm to make your selections for Monday afternoon or evening delivery. 
Catering and Special Events
Our chefs will create a one-of-a-kind menu for your special party or event. With the holidays coming up there is no better time then now to book your party with Unrivaledkitch. Email us at unrivaledkitch@gmail.com or call  818-231-1293  and we will connect you with one of our chef to create the perfect party for your special occasion. Unrivaledkitch specializes in holiday favorites, children’s birthday parties, corporate events, baby showers, reunions, weddings and everything in between. Our expert chefs have over 15 years of experience cooking for all occasions.
Personal Grocery Shopper
Grocery shopping takes lots of time, money and effort with our already extremely busy lives. Sometimes just getting to the grocery store is our biggest obstacle to eating healthy.  Unrivaledkitch can help aid in the tedious grocery shopping task by making weekly or bi-weekly shopping trips for you and/or your family. With a great variety of markets in our local area and our constant pursuit to find new interesting food resources, Unrivaledkitch has access to the world’s various ingredients, local farmers’ markets, fresh fish and quality meats and cheeses that your local store may not be able to offer. As your home is ready for the week, you’ll have quality ingredients, which are the most important part of a fantastic healthy meal. Your groceries are picked with the highest quality in mind and you and/or your family’s preferences all included in your pre-made shopping list.
Fees include delivery, mileage and shopping time
Fees do not include the cost of groceries
Payment must be received upon delivery

Personal grocery shopping fees are as follows:

$55 plus the cost of groceries for one Grocery Store/ Farmers Market and an additional $30 per grocery store/ farmers market if necessary.
Please contact us for shopping lists and delivery dates. we looks forward to acquainting you with your own Unrivaledkitch!
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Culinary Classes

Kimberly and Brandon are teachers as well as chefs, and have taught so many amazing chefs in their culinary careers. Brandon currently is on staff at Oxnard Community College Culinary Program.  This is a wonderful advantage for willing and eager student to learn to cook in the comforts of your own home or office. We will bring everything you need to learn to make your favorite dishes in the comfort of your own space. Each meal will come with a detailed recipe book and the step by step and hands on instructions for you to create fabulous meals and learn something along the way.

Cooking classes start at $250 for a three course meal plus the cost of ingredients, additional students and menu choices. Share the gift of culinary arts! Email us today to book your cooking class.

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YogaDinner

This combination wellness package brings together the best of both of Kimberly Fujitaki’s talents: Cooking and Yoga. With the dinner and yoga combo, we’ll stretch, breathe, connect deeply and have a delectable dinner on the table in the comforts of your own home.  Kimberly will arrive at your home at the scheduled time for your yoga session and after she will use your kitchen to create a deliciously healthy and hearty meal for you to consume. Yoga and dinner is a perfect way to nourish your whole body. A ladies’ night out or date night can be transformed into a magical evening of union and fare—nourishing from the inside out.

Please contact Kimberly to reserve your YogaDinner date
YogaDinner Date Night
1 hour restorative yin yoga practice
2-course meal: appetizer and entrée

$300 for two people*

YogaDinner for three or more

1 hour restorative yin yoga practice

2-course meal: appetizer and entrée

$150 per person after 2*

*Price may vary upon menu customization

Yoga Retreat and Retreat Chef Services

Looking for a wonderful chef for your traveling or local retreat? We have the right person for the job. We create healthy, creative meals for you and your guests to feel inspired and replenished by the delicious foods of the season. Please email us to inquire about retreat chef services for your next get away! Email unrivaledkitch@gmail.com 

For additional information on any Unrivaledkitch Wellness Services, Catering, Private Dining, or Cooking Classes please contact Kimberly by phone 818-231-1293 or by e-mail at Unrivaledkitch@gmail.com.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!

Thanks for coming along on this culinary adventure.

Cheers

-Kimberly Fujitaki & Brandon Worrell

Owners and Executive Chefs Unrivaledkitch

Nobu LA

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Brandon and I have been to Nobu Malibu, Matsuhisa and just recently Nobu LA. Needless to say, we are big fans of these amazing restaurants and since our first trip, back in 2007, Brandon’s mom, Lyz, has wanted to go to one of Nobu’s restaurants. Well, seven years later and we finally took her. Better late than never! Hopefully the next time she has something on her list we won’t have to wait so long, but I’d definitely say Nobu is a special occasion restaurant for us and you need about seven years to save up for the kind of meal we enjoyed, but it was well worth every penny.

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Nobu LA is on North La Cienga Blvd in the heart of Hollywood and many amazing restaurants, so what makes it stand out? A very reputable and proven menu as well as detailed and sophisticated service keeps us coming back. We had an extremely rich, luxurious and multifaceted meal that proved to be one of the best meals we’ve had in a very long time. There are always the traditional Nobu dishes that we order, but we tried a good sampling of new items as well, and everything was masterfully executed.

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Nobu LA is modern and elegant with an interesting  flow of seating in two separate areas. The Sushi Bar is brightly lit with gold light fixtures hanging above the traditional bar-style seating. The side room has dimly lit ambiance with a mixtures of booths and tables for small groups and medium-sized parties. A sea of servers, busboys and other assisting staff pace the room, waiting for a glass to fall to half and picking up the slightest dirty plate. We had two servers during the evening. Both gave personal details as to which dishes they liked best, had a really great grasp of the menu, and explained everything very well.

 

The food was presented in a very traditional Nobu-style with gorgeous Japanese plates and extreme attention to detail. Each dish was described as it was dropped off and if there were directions on how to best eat the dish, they were thoroughly explained.

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We started off with edamame and drinks. I had Peruvian Caipirinha Pisco, Fresh Lime, Shiso & Ginger Beer. I really like Caipirinha’s and this one was exceptional. They used an ample amount of fresh lime, which was refreshing and the ginger beer was spicy, but not overpowering. Lyz had the Champagne 95, which was really light and refreshing as well.

 

Here’s the list

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We started with Oysters with Nobu Salsa. Kumamoto oysters are on the smaller side, but they were extremely clean and really fresh.

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Toro Tartar, which we’ve had every time we’ve been to Nobu. It’s delicious and extremely decadent. Fresh Yuzu and caviar round out the flavor.

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Truffle Albacore with crispy artichokes and dry miso

One of my favorite dishes of the evening. The artichokes is a little deceiving, but the dish is still really delicious. Truffle sauce is luxurious and deeply flavorful.

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Live Scallop (Hotate) Tiradito

Thinly sliced scallop served in the tiradito-style with peruvian flavors of cilantro, spice and Japanese fusion elements. The abductor is also thinly sliced on the plate, giving contrasting flavor and texture.

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Tuna Tempura Roll

This is a bit of a strange dish. It was explained well, so when we got it, we weren’t completely surprised. The tuna is rolled with nori and inside is asparagus and micro cilantro, then the tuna is lightly fried “tempura”-style with no real tempura on it at all.  Then it’s plated in a deep, rich miso yuzu with tomato. Interesting, in a way that is not really what anyone envisioned, but still, the fish and sauce were a unique balance.

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Wagyu Tacos

These are misleading, unfortunately. Our server said that he really enjoyed them and maybe as a server, getting free mini Wagyu tacos, they are good, but for $7 for a tiny taco, we would pass next time. They weren’t bad at all, it’s just that we could have spent that money on another, more impacting and wowful dish. Skip the wagyu tacos.

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Kurobuta Pork Belly

This was one of my favorite things the whole night. Amazing Kurobuta Pork Belly that was braised to absolutely melt-in-your-mouth perfection, topped with crispy leeks and Shiitake mushrooms. The sauce was really rich in flavor, almost to the point of salty, extremely deep soy flavor.

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Tempura Sweet Potato

I know it’s just tempura, but I just love this sweet potato. It’s so crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside and the Tempura sauce is just the right balance of saltiness. So simple, but so perfect.

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Mushrooms with Wasabi Salsa

This is a huge plate of assorted Japanese mushrooms, really well roasted and topped with Wasabi salsa that was very mild, almost reminiscent of celery with Ponzu. Varying textures and flavor from the mushrooms was a good compliment to the pork.

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King Crab Amasu

King Crab tempura with Japanese sweet and sour sauce. We’ve had this before and for good reason, it’s really good. The crab is crunchy and sweet, while the sauce is spicy, but still mild with the herbaceousness of cilantro and freshness of slivered red onion. Perfect every time.

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Kinme Tiradito

Golden Eye Snapper Tiradito Japanese Snapper is delicate and extremely fresh. Clean, traditional and elegant preparation.

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Rock Shrimp Tempura

Another classic dish that we wanted to share with Lyz. The spring mix on the bottom is dressed in a yuzu dressing and the rock shrimp are super tender inside and really crispy on the outside. The dish is addicting.

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Seabass Jalapeno Salsa

Another extremely delicious preparation. The Seabass was perfectly cooked, flaky and moist, with just the right crust and sauce. Roasted mushrooms and mild jalapeno salsa completed an incredible meal.

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We couldn’t finish without dessert, so we decided on Kamameshi Halo Halo and Claudis Carrot Cake. The halo halo was a really interesting and unique dessert of vanilla rice pudding, mochi pearls, puffed soba, sweet red beans, jack fruit, nata de coco, macapuno and purple yam, mango and coconut gelato. All the elements were really tasty, but it has to be eaten quickly or else the fire under will heat everything too much.  We really enjoyed the carrot cake. Caramelized pecans, mascarpone mousse, ginger malaga ice cream, and salted caramel–really delicious and wonderful.

 

Overall, it was a meal of a lifetime. Some definite highs and a couple of lows, but nothing at all that wasn’t delicious. We had a really incredible time and the service and food were simply fantastic. Happy Birthday, Lyz! We hope you had a stupendous birthday and we are so glad we were able to celebrate with you at Nobu!

 

Thank you, to the brilliant staff and wonderful chefs at Nobu LA. We truly enjoyed every bite.

Nobu LA

www.noburestaurants.com

903 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069

 

Cheers!

Unrivaledkitch

Torung Restaurant Hollywood,CA

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On an evening after a great Core Strength Vinyasa Class with my good friend Thea, we decided to venture out to have a delicious dinner after all that core-tastic action and catch up before her adventures in New York City, where she’s attending the yoga journal conference and her advanced teacher training. If you’re looking for an awesome, body positive, strong and compassionate yoga practice, I highly recommend checking Thea out at her yoga studio: Hazel Blue Studios. I’ll be teaching Curvy yoga today at Hazel Blue Studios while Thea is away. Join us for the body positive yoga revolution!

Back to the food, I haven’t food blogged in a while and I realized something delicious was missing from my life. With my new and improved cellular upgrade, I’m now with a camera more often, so I can capture my culinary adventures and hopefully have some more.
 
Baby Corn and mushrromOn this occasion we went to Torung in Hollywood. A cash only and very cheap, yet delicious, establishment that serves Thai and other Asian-inspired dishes. Thea has been coming to Torung for a very long time and we decided on a plethora of dishes to try. After looking over the menu and getting the rundown of everything, we decided on mushroom and baby corn with jasmine rice, veggie spring rolls, and vegetable rice noodles. Everything was extremely tasty and came out very quickly. The spring rolls were refreshing and the sauce was sweet and sticky. Noodles were seasoned well and the corn and mushroom sauce was salty and luscious. The restaurant is cozy, but not overly dramatic. It doesn’t have very fancy anything, which is why and how they can keep costs down. Thea mentioned that they also feed the local homeless, which I think is amazing. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend Torung. 

5657 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Spring Rolls and Baby corn and mushroom Cheers,
unrivaledkitch

El Patron Reseda, CA

 

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We had multiple Father’s Day celebrations for my dad this year. I’ve been working quite a bit, so we braved the restaurant scene that weekend so we would have more time to be with family instead of cooking and cleaning. My dad is such a special person that we can’t help but celebrate him often. So amongst our other Father’s Day celebrations, I got to spend a little time with my parents and grandma at El Patron restaurant in Reseda, CA.  Being in the valley, I’d say we have a great selection of Mexican food choices and El Patron is one of them.

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Our service was very good from beginning to end; our waiter was engaged and very friendly.  As we looked over the extensive menu, I was impressed to see new and different items on the menu that aren’t traditionally on Mexican menus. They have many vegetarian options for people with dietary restrictions and a kids’ menu as well. The atmosphere is family-friendly, but they have a large patio and bar for the adults.

When we finally figured out what we were going to order—after talking and splitting a pitcher of margaritas—we decided on the Molcajete Cielo, Mar y Tierra (sky, sea and land), which is a large mortar with slow simmered sauce with cactus, tomatoes, shrimp, chicken and steak with cheese and fresh tortillas. The dish served two people, but maybe even could have served three. My mom and I really enjoyed the delicious molcajete, which was easily the highlight of our dinner. The portion and ratio of meat and shrimp was impressive, having served a very ample portion of each protein. My dad ordered fish tacos, which had a really nice piece of fried fish in each one, but they weren’t the greatest fish tacos we’d ever had. My grandma had the chile relleno and carne asada taco combination. The chile relleno was better than I’ve had in a long time; the egg was fried perfectly and the pepper wasn’t too spicy. All of the entrees were served with beans and rice as well as a sweet corn cake.

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We had a fantastic meal together celebrating not only my dad for Father’s Day, but also having one last celebration for my grandma’s 80th birthday. I‘m so grateful for my amazing family and all the time I get to spend with them is so precious. I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating their dads. 


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Cheers

-Unrivaledkitch

 

 

 

Lala’s Argentinean Grill

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Lala’s is located in the trendy area of Ventura Blvd in Studio City. A hip little area of sushi, bars, small plates and burgers gives variety to the valley locals. On a very special evening with my sweet friend Bryn, we decided that we would like to dine at Lala’s Argentinean Grill. Both of us had passed it many times throughout the years, but never stopped to try it. On Monday night the outdoor patio of the warm spring evening was packed with people. Families celebrating special occasions, special events, couples out to dinner and large parties all enjoying the modern atmosphere, plates of food and good company.

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Lala’s is modern in its appearance with subtle ambiance and plenty of seating. The menu is very large with many different options for diners. As we sat to share in a bottle of wine, our waiter was pleasant, but absent for water refills and the finer details of excellent customer service. The service wasn’t terrible, but just not something to really write home about.

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As we looked over the menu, Bryn decided on Mahi Mahi and mashed potatoes and I decided that I would try an appetizer sampler of empanadas with one cheese, one spinach and one beef; a tortilla de papa and grilled chorizo; and an arugula salad. As we discussed celebratory events and enjoyed food, wine, and each other’s company, I found the food to be interesting and delicious. The empanadas had a wonderful crust and each of the fillings was piping hot. I liked the addition of deliciously garlicky chimmichuri and tomato salsa. The tortilla de papa was very different. It was a wedge of seasoned potatoes that were cooked till just tender, but still able to hold their shape. The chorizo was a little underwhelming, but the sausage had good texture—I just wish it had a bit more flavor. Bryn’s fish was cooked well and she seemed to enjoy her food. My salad had a light dressing, but was more lettuce than anything else. Overall, the experience was nice. It was good to have a different sample of Argentinian food with great company.

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Congratulations on your new job, Bryn. I’m so proud of you and excited for your new journey!

Cheers

-Unrivaledkitch

 

Carrara Pastries

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Years ago, I had a conversation with Damiano about his vision of bringing his family to the United States to build an Italian pastry business in California. Even then, as we spoke I knew that I would see his idea come to full fruition. Damiano is one of the hardest working and most driven persons that I’ve ever met. His passion for flair bartending, all things Italian, his family, and his business is exemplary. When I first met him, he was a bartender, but he’s put that passion on hold to build a family Italian pastry business called Carrara Pastries located in Moorpark, CA. With the help of his brother, Massimiliano Carrara, who is the Pastry Chef, the success of their business has lent to the expansion of a second location in Agoura, CA.

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On 05.05.13, Carrara Pastries opened its doors to the Agoura community at their location on Roadside, just off the Kanan exit of the 101 freeway. Both new and old customers flocked to the beautiful and elegant modern storefront in Agoura to enjoy friendly company and beautiful Italian pastries and espresso. Large glass cases of freshly-made delicious pastries line the back of the store. Beautiful photographs and mirrored walls offer a modern, but warm atmosphere.  Not only do they have mouthwatering desserts, everything is prepared fresh with the finest imported Italian ingredients and to accompany your sweets, you can choose from a variety of Italian refreshments and espresso drinks. As the community welcomed Carrara Pastries with open arms, I’m delighted that such hard work can and has developed into this beautiful reality for the Carrara family. As they cut the ribbon and served the deliciously large and gorgeous white cake with fresh fruit and white chocolate, everyone lined up for a slice.

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While Brandon and I were there, we couldn’t help but pick up some delicious profiteroles with light pastry cream, a delicious cheesecake and a beautiful hazelnut chocolate cake. Carrara Pastries has something for everyone: large cakes for special occasions, small bites for an after-dinner sweet tooth and everything in between. Massimiliano and Damiano were born and raised in Lucca, Italy. There, Massimiliano studied with top pastry chefs in Italy and trained in the exquisite art of fine Italian pastries. As you take a look at the various pastries, you’ll see things you’ve never seen before and others that you’re very familiar with; this is all part of the charm of this lovely new bakery. The Carrara family is a model for the American dream and with lots of sacrifice, time and effort, they’ve manifested their dreams into reality. Please visit the Carraras at either of their lovely locations and explore the sweetness they’ve created.

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476 West Los Angeles Ave, Unit A-13
Moorpark CA, 93021
Contact: 805.552.4250

28914 Roadside drive, Ste #107
Agoura Hills CA, 91301
Contact: 818.661.9006

Cheers

-Unrivaledkitch

 

Aburiya Toranoko‏

2013-04-08 19.17.58 2013-04-08 19.42.47 2013-04-08 19.42.53 2013-04-08 19.45.012013-04-08 19.49.052013-04-08 19.56.08Pressed under an apartment building high-rise in Little Tokyo is Aburiya Toranoko, a Japanese restaurant scattered amongst countless others in the downtown L.A. region. I hadn’t heard much about this place before my sister gave me a bloomspot certificate for my Christmas present—she saw the menu and thought it might remind me of our trip to Japan. The promotional expiration date on the certificate was quickly approaching,smooth so Brandon and I went on a date, not really knowing what to expect. 


Toranoko has a gorgeous mural on the large wall, where most of their seating is located; it is adorned with paintings of Japanese characters, which gives a light and distinct nature to the dark dining room. The middle of the restaurant is home to a long communal table with small dividers, should smaller groups choose to dine with large chandeliers over the table. A large bar fills the opposing side of the restaurant with many illuminated bottles of liquor. The brightly lit sushi bar plays host to the most intriguing part of Toranoko: as a focal point, three sushi chefs line the bar and about 10 seats are available to witness the preparations of each dish. A large classic Japanese painting with a tiger holding a baby tiger in its mouth sets a tone of fierceness in the air.
Toranoko is much different than the classic timeless sushi restaurants of La Cieniega, like Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills. But Toranoko offers delicious offerings with flavors and techniques that are on par with some of the best in the area. We were a bit adventurous in our selection of hot and cold dishes and to our delight, the aesthetics were very interesting and wonderful.Our waiter was polite, but very busy, seeing as there were only two servers in the whole front of the house for a Monday night. It seemed as if most of the emphasis was on the preparation of the food. We watched with anticipation as we sat at the sushi bar for the next dish and as we waited each dish that came out was, for the most part, better than the last. Executive Sushi Chef Seiji Nakano was preparing many different delicious dishes with beautiful elegance and graceful technique that highly skilled Japanese chefs are so well known for.Dishes

Egg Custard |free range egg | ikura| soy broth

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This egg custard was a delightful little dish. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was because I’m not very familiar with egg custards, but Brandon was very excited about this dish. The texture of the egg was very velvety with such a smooth cool texture. The salty addition of Ikura, salmon roe and soy broth added a level of texture and salt to the tender custard.
Uni Goma Tofu | fresh sea urchin | sesame | wasabi
2013-04-08 20.04.25I love Uni, I know that a lot of people don’t like its overtly seafood flavor, but I love it. Fresh uni was paired with a homemade sesame tofu. The soy sauce over the sesame tofu with the uni was really astoundingly unique. It was like something I’d never tasted before, which is always something I look for in a restaurant. The texture of the tofu was so creamy and smooth, without much of the watery flavor that is associated with tofu. A brilliant dish.
Sunomono | cucumber | seaweed
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The sunamono consisted of pressed cucumbers with a various arrangement of other colorful seaweeds. The seasoning had enough acid to salt ratio and the vinegar was refreshing and light.
Steamed Foil Mushrooms | enoki | shiitake | shimeji
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Steamed in a foil pouch, these mushrooms have a very simple clean flavor. Nothing was remarkable about them, but they were very high quality delicious Japanese mushrooms.
White Fish Carpaccio | Japanese shiso | pesto
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The fish on this carpaccio was cut just a bit too thick, which made it a little bit chewy when consuming. The shiso gave the fish a very fresh quality and the pesto garlic oil added a bit of a different element to the dish.
Buta Kakuni | braised pork | spinach
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This braised pork belly was deeply flavorful. The sweetness and salty balance of flavor in the dish was really well done. I loved the addition of hot dry mustard to mellow the fatty pieces of pork. Chopped green onion and sauteed spinach added brightness and a very fresh element to this intensely flavored dish.
Chicken Leg Confit | wasabi | green onion
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I rarely, if ever, order chicken when I go out for a nice dinner, but Brandon loves chicken and how could we pass up something confit. The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender and extremely succulent, while the skin was crunchy and very flavor forward. A perfectly cooked chicken leg.
Toro Tataki Salad
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Mixed greens with a deep purple toro that was a very rich piece of tuna. The flavor of the dressing was mild to really let the pieces of toro shine in the salad.
Aburi Kanpachi
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This delicious amberjack fish was served sashimi style with ponzu and house soy sauce. The technique for warming the fish with Japanese charcoal and a torch, makes the lightly cooked fish contain a slight smoky aroma and faint flavor. The fish was sliced perfectly with small grooves cut into it to allow the flavoring to melt in. Fantastic.
Japanese Scallop
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Dry packed Japanese scallops were super tender, completely delicate and delicious. The sashimi was paired with lemon and wasabi to add a bit of dimension to the clean simple flavor of the scallop.
Overall, it was a fantastic meal. Everything had an attention to detail that seemed to carry the passionate artistry of fine Japanese food. I’m sure we’ll be back for another delicious meal at Toranoko. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

 cheers 

-Unrivaledkitch

 

Yoga in Santa Monica, Ca. and 17th Street Cafe

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I know I really shouldn’t spend money on lunch. I’m a yoga teacher (Kimberlyfujitakiyoga.com) for the most part and a personal chef here and there with odd jobs, caterings, and a million other ideas brewing away. If anyone is interested in my personal chef, private dining or personal grocery shopping please click on Unrivaledkitch Wellness for more info! It’s working out slowly, but surely because I’m living my dreams and it takes patience to make them happen, and it makes for me being on a pretty tight budget.

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I don’t know about you, but the only thing I really spend money on is food. I was just talking to my sister about this. If my stomach wasn’t so curiously hungry, I would probably have more money in my pocket, but a less happy stomach, which makes for a less happy yogi, so I’ll keep eating. Let’s call it research and development and in this salad, it was just that because I have a feeling I’m going to be making this delicious lunch I had today at 17th Street Café  in Santa Monica, sometime very soon.

It’s the simple things in life. On Thursdays, I teach a mini yogis™ baby and me yoga class at UCLA Family Commons in Santa Monica. It’s an amazing establishment that fosters good social skills for children and family support for all types of situations involving children. They have summer camps and winter camps, as well as yoga and martial arts for children of all ages. My Thursday classes are baby and me yoga sessions, which consists of children ages 0-3.  We have tons of fun in class testing limits, singing songs and being present. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to teach at UCLA Family Commons.  After the baby and me yoga class, I have a couple of hours to kill before I teach a really awesome group of kids in a private home in Santa Monica.

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Between classes I have some time to explore Santa Monica, which is nice because I’m not very familiar with the area, but it’s just buzzing with delicious cuisine and amazing shops to look at.  I made a quick trip down Montana Avenue where there were so many little places trying to make themselves stand out amongst the others.  I walked down the block just viewing all the ambitious eaters in the area looking at menus and pondering if I was honestly hungry or not. Eventually I settled on 17th Street Café. This charming little café is not very prominent amongst the other places, but I indecisively decided, after peeking in, that an afternoon salad wouldn’t hurt my next class and that I better hurry and eat so I could keep up with three, six and seven year-olds. I was seated right away, very warmly by a man standing at a bakery counter. I kept my eyes away from the pastries, though they did offer a second glance. My waitress was pleasant, but very busy and overall, the café was doing a high volume for its small dining room.

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I ordered a passion fruit iced tea that was amply refilled. On the table came fresh hot bread that was delicious with some butter on it. After looking at their extensive menu, I found myself choosing the Oak Smoked Salmon Salad. I ordered a half portion because from the look of everyone else’s plates, the portions were quite abundant. The salad was lightly dressed with a sweet sesame vinaigrette, had chopped button mushrooms, radishes, daikon sprouts, feta cheese and oak smoked salmon. I really liked that the salmon was smashed up finely and mixed in with the feta. It made for a very salty, but refreshing flavor taking out some of the fishiness that is often associated with smoked salmon. I was rather impressed and completely satisfied with this simple and interesting salad, which made for a delicious beautiful lunch in the California sunshine. I’m grateful to 17th Street Café for replenishing my strength for the next adventure in kids’ yoga!

1610 Montana Ave. Santa Monica, Ca 90403

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-Unrivaledkitch

Spencer Makenzies Fish Company in Ventura, CA

DSC04723 DSC04727This little fish shack is a Ventura staple of food. If you pass by at 12, you’ll see the parking lot full and maybe even some people waiting outside to order their food to go. We’d passed by quite a few times and I always like to find a nice fish taco somewhere, so one day Brandon and I decided to stop in to Spencer Makenzies Fish Company.  The atmosphere is very casual, just like most things in Ventura. We were able to order at the counter or there are a few tables in the back where you can sit down and eat. Loud TVs with the Sunday afternoon football game were on and many people were turned to watch what was happening.

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We sat in the corner and decided on a couple of appetizers and a fish and shrimp taco. Brandon really wasn’t feeling good at all that day, but he humored me as I ate. The food was a little heavy, especially the tartar sauce they use, which I would ask for on the side if I went back. They had a variety of different delicious sauces that made the tacos really interesting. The shrimp taco we had was good, but nothing fantastic. We had some tempura fried vegetables, ceviche and a small clam chowder. I think out of everything, I liked the clam chowder the best. They have lots of different items to order. I wouldn’t mind coming back to try something different.

806 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA

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-Unrivaledkitch

Sakura Noodle

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Downtown L.A. has so many places to choose from to eat and I think I need to do a little more exploring, but when I need a quick and delicious bite to eat after doing some Japanese food shopping, I always have noodles at Sakura Noodle inside what used to be a Japanese Market, but now is more Korean oriented. You can still find some of the harder to get Japanese items there, but it’s not the same. Sakura Noodle is still a delicious place to get noodles and at a very cheap price. I got a bowl of shrimp tempura udon because I rarely eat those delicious floury fat noodles and the broth that they come in is very good. Brandon had a bowl of pork ramen, which was extremely large and filling for a winter’s afternoon. We also ordered a kroquett to share. Both of us left feeling completely ready to walk a couple of blocks to settle the soup in our full stomachs.

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Sakura Noodle in Woori Market

333 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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-Unrivaledkitch