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"Animal-Style" Burger, Juniper & Ivy, San Diego

A new secret menu that’s an ode to a classic secret menu…

At his recently-opened JUNIPER & IVY here in San Diego, Chef Richard Blais offers a special off-menu item, an animal-style burger with animal style fries!! Here’s a quick look…

He’s taken inspiration from the original and kicked everything up a notch!

For people IN the know, this burger is OUT of this world!

JUNIPER & IVY

2228 Kettner Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92101

619-269-9036

http://www.juniperandivy.com

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Sakamai’s New Late Night Menu, NYC

Special “late night only” menus at popular restaurants and bars are nothing new. However, Chef Takanori Akiyama at Sakamai on Manhattan’s Lower East Side has taken things to a whole new level with his new after-midnight offerings! Here’s a look…

Wagyu beef and uni (sea urchin) rolls…

House cured duck speck with sansho pepper…

Torched uni and Parmesano Reggiano crostini…

A killer teriyaki burger with a four cheese “tartar sauce”…

While it may not look like much as my picture here sucks, this quickly became one of my favorite new burgers in the city after only a few bites!

Eighteen Spice Curry Rice, blending Thai curry paste and a Japanese curry roux with beef brisket…

And the pièce de résistance… Uni and Bone Marrow Mazemen!

Akiyama-san takes a bowl of ramen noodles topped with sea urchin, bottarga and anchovy miso…

He adds roasted bone marrow…

And there you go…

Mix it all up and savor this incredible eating experience!!

In addition to what you see above, there are still a few old Sakamai favorites like “Egg on Egg on Egg” and “Skate Wings” also available after hours.

The Sakamai Late Night Menu is available Friday and Saturday nights ONLY, from 11pm to 1:30am. Chef Akiyama’s insane edible inventions are definitely worth waiting up for!!

SAKAMAI

157 Ludlow St.

New York, NY 10002

646-590-0684

http://www.sakamai.com

Filed under NYC Manhattan LES uni bone marrow ramen curry rice wagyu beef sushi duck spec prosciutto

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Sears Fine Food, San Francisco

We had a big group dinner tonight, so decided to go to a classic San Francisco establishment, Sears Fine Food on Powell St…

Opened in 1938 as a restaurant specializing is Swedish pancakes, Sears has been through a number of owners and changes over the decades, but their pancakes are still on the menu. However, we didn’t order the them as they famously comes with 18 to an order! However, I did get a few of Sears’ other classic dishes…

Their Blue Cheese “Fondue”, now made with Point Reyes blue, served with local sourdough, apricot-cherry chutney and roasted garlic…

Grilled lamb T-Bone chops with sauteed spinach and roasted potatoes…

A piece of San Francisco’s culinary history I can now say I have tried.

SEARS FINE FOOD

439 Powell St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-986-0700

http://searsfinefood.com

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Kimpton’s Palomar Hotel was offering a complimentary cocktail to guests so they could check out the new bar, Dirty Habit, that just opened on the 5th floor of the property here.
I went with a “Say My Name, Say My Name”, which was No. 3 gin, Averna amaro, blueberry & tarragon gomme  and lemon juice.
I really enjoyed it!

Kimpton’s Palomar Hotel was offering a complimentary cocktail to guests so they could check out the new bar, Dirty Habit, that just opened on the 5th floor of the property here.

I went with a “Say My Name, Say My Name”, which was No. 3 gin, Averna amaro, blueberry & tarragon gomme  and lemon juice.

I really enjoyed it!

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Trou Normand, San Francisco

I’d heard good things about the breakfast sandwich at Trou Normand here in San Francisco so decided to go check it out for myself…

The place was a little fancier than I expected. Felt more like an art gallery than a coffee shop at first…

But TN turned out to be very unpretentious and down to earth, fortunately.

Started with a cup of the excellent, local Four Barrel coffee…

Then moved right into the main event…

Thin-sliced layers of ham that’s made in-house, perfectly runny fried eggs, Tillamook cheddar and a tangy aioli, all on an absolutely wonderful roll what enhanced this sandwich experience…

As good as it gets!

TROU NORMAND

140 New Montgomery St.

San Francisco, CA 94105

415-975-0876

http://trounormandsf.com

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Remember the McDLT? They kept the hot side hot and the cool side cool? Well, McDonald’s Japan recently started their own Hot & Cool summer campaign, lunching two new menu items last week.
On Hot side, you have the Habanero Tomato Quarter Pounder… a Quarter Pounder topped with cheese, tomato, lettuce and a double dose of a fiery habanero pepper sauce, smeared on the top and bottom of the bun! There is also a chicken option available.
On the Cold Side, you have the BLT Mozzarella & Basil… slices of thick cut bacon, lettuce, tomato, basil pesto and fresh mozzarella, all on a long whole grain bun. Modeled after a Caprese salad, they say.
On sale now nationwide.

Remember the McDLT? They kept the hot side hot and the cool side cool? Well, McDonald’s Japan recently started their own Hot & Cool summer campaign, lunching two new menu items last week.

On Hot side, you have the Habanero Tomato Quarter Pounder… a Quarter Pounder topped with cheese, tomato, lettuce and a double dose of a fiery habanero pepper sauce, smeared on the top and bottom of the bun! There is also a chicken option available.

On the Cold Side, you have the BLT Mozzarella & Basil… slices of thick cut bacon, lettuce, tomato, basil pesto and fresh mozzarella, all on a long whole grain bun. Modeled after a Caprese salad, they say.

On sale now nationwide.

Filed under Japan McDonald's McDonald's Japan burger cheeseburger Quarter Pounder habanero bacon mozzarella Caprese salad