El Chato Taco Truck | Los Angeles, CA

man i love tacos and sadly taco places in boston are jus really underwhelming (although there is one exception), so whenever im in cali, i def go ham on the tacos. i talked about my new fave taco joint in a previous post; el chato is another taco truck we visited.

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everyone was full since we came from dinner. i had to have some, so i got some to go.

lengua, cabeza, asada, pollo
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paired with that mexican coke
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probably the best dollar you could spend.

5300 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Mid-Wilshire
Phone number (323) 947-3651

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“Chef’s Whim” Tasting Menu | Craigie On Main | Boston, MA

ive been to craigie on main many times. this time we went to check out their “Chef’s Whim” Tasting Menu, which supposed to be an inventive and spontaneous meal by Chef Carl Dooley.

but it turned out to be… not so inventive. we opted the five course tasting, which turned out to be… four course.

Civilian – sombra mezcal, lime, date, sour orange, thai chili – my fave drink @ craigie
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goat pate
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halibut w/oyster and mushrooms
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pasta made from beets
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pork three ways – i loved this dish and the crispy pork skin and the melt in your mouth tenderness blew my mind; however, the pork belly didnt come with crispy skin this time. very very disappointed.
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we ordered Hardwood-Roasted Bone Marrow as an extra dish because my friend was craving it.
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palate cleanser – sorbet
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although these dishes are craigie’s signature dishes, i was expecting a more inventive and spontaneous or even adventurous meal as described for the chef’s whim tasting menu. the 5-course meal was indeed a 4 course meal. (unless they are counting the palate cleanser as one course now. they used to be complimentary with the 3 course meal.) i was also disappointed by the pork 3 ways which i used to worship. although the food was still delicious for the most part, i dont recommend the chef’s whim tasting menu.
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Craigie On Main
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone number (617) 497-5511
craigieonmain.com

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Terramia Ristorante | North End Boston, MA

this was my 2nd time here. i thought the food was decent last time so i wanted to come here again, but food was rather disappointing this time.

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birra moretti beer
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Antipasto Tradizionale
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Raviolone Aperto
Open-face ravioli, scallops & shrimp, zucchini segments, lobster mascarpone reduction.

i had this last time and remembered it was good. this time the seafood didnt taste too fresh and a lot less scallops and shrimps than last time. the ravioli was stuck at the bottom of the plate.
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Cavatelli
Cavatelli pasta, broccoli rabe pesto, chili flakes, pork sausage, torn burrata, confit panko.
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Gnocchi con Agnello
House made potato dumplings, lamb roast tomato & pepper ragù, aromatic vegetables and herbs.

the gnocchi was rather mushy and the whole dish tasted like canned pasta.
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not sure what happened, food was pretty disappointing. i dont think i’d be back again.

Terramia Ristorante
98 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
Phone number (617) 523-3112
terramiaristorante.com

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Manna House | Arlington, MA Boston

went to check out manna house in arlington last weekend.

very cozy, super super warm inside.
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banchans were noticeably fresh
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i really like the tofu
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Soondubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew) – it was bland for me, so i had to ask for salt. not as spicy and well flavor as i wished.
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yuk gae jang – better flavored than the soondubu, no major complains except the beef was a little too tough.
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food wasnt the tastiest but felt very homemade with quality ingredients. i would come here again if i were in mood for korean food.
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Manna House
9 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02476
Arlington Center
Phone number (781) 648-8878
mannahouse-cuisine.com

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The Salty Pig | Back Bay Boston, MA

finally got to try the salty pig after 2 attempts. the 1st time, the wait was an hour during lunch time. the 2nd time, they were fixing something in the kitchen so no food was served.

anyways, the salty pig serves pizzas, charcuterie, cheese, and craft beers.

Prosciutto Crudo 11
Mozzarella, Fig Jam, Arugula, Vin Cotto
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charcuterie board
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Soppressata, Berkeley, CA
Dry Cured Salame from Fra’ Mani
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Prosciutto di Parma, ITA
Aged 1 year
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Eggplant Sott’Aceto
Sicilian Style Marinated Eggplant
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Grana Padano DOP, Emilia Romagna, ITA
Cow, Aged 1 Year, Sweet & Nutty – i loved the cheese
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we did enjoy the food, but the $16 charcuterie board for lunch was not satisfying and left me super hungry that i had to get a second lunch.
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The Salty Pig
130 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA 02116
b/t Columbus Ave & Chandler St in Back Bay
Phone number (617) 536-6200
thesaltypig.com

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Ken’s Ramen | Providence, RI

you guys sick of me posting about ramen yet? so many exciting ramen news recently if you follow my facebook page. im really not that crazy about ramen as it seems. its jus all the sudden everyone wants to a ramen shop.

anyways, last weekend i wanted to drive to burlington to get some popcorns due to my addiction, somehow pork belly drove me all the way to providence rhode island to try ken’s ramen which recently opened up (2/3 weeks?).
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place was packed, we had to wait for about 30 mins. cash only! make sure you have cash
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yamazaki 12yr whiskey
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they were still in their soft opening period and it was a set menu with a choice of appetizer + choice of ramen.

yaki-buta bun – soy braised pork belly with ken’s spread sauce.
the flavor of the pork belly was on point although i wish the lean meat was more tender.
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shio tori don – pulled chicken, micro sprouts, ken’s unagi sauce, rice
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ken’s paitan ramen – ken’s whole chicken broth paired with custom thin white ramen noodles, pulled chicken kikurage mushrooms, menma, nori, scallions
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the broth tasted thick, i believe it’s from the flour of the ramen. flavor wise it tasted decent, but didnt wow.
i have to give some credits to their noodles which were al dente, just how i like it.
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ken’s chili oil
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ken’s tan tan mazemen with cha shu pork, micro sprouts, menma, nori scallions. i ordered an egg, kikurage mushrooms, and ken’s chili oil as extras.
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the noodles were, once again, al dente
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the sesame sauce was given to me and meant to go with the mazemen.
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i truly regret mixing the sesame sauce in. if you ever had chinese cold sesame noodles, thats what exactly it tasted like, and sweeter. the sauce was just too overpowering and i didnt appreciate the sweetness and a bit of sourness hiding behind it.
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food aside, i felt ken’s ramen was lacking originality and the room full of supreme stickers didnt help either. i noticed they have some similarity with totto ramen in new york: logo fonts are similar, the way they cut the scallions are similar, and the appetizers had the same concept, and the chicken broth that totto is famous for.

they will also serve TSUKEMEN after the soft opening period and it looks very similar to tsujita‘s famous tsukemen from their website.

i did some research after i got back home and this article by eater confirmed my observations. they are indeed “a fusion of Totto ramen NYC x Tsujita LA x Ivan Ramen Tokyo x Ken’s Ramen” as it’s written in the article.

and im not a hypebeast, so probably wont come back til they find something that defines themselves.

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Ken’s Ramen
51 Washington St
Providence, RI 02903
DownCity
Phone number (401) 859-1998
kenramenpvd.com

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