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This ‘Secret’ Restaurant Unites Italian and Japanese Cuisine

Pop-up restaurants are not new, and neither are speakeasies. However, I recently had a dining experience that was a bit of both mixed with a bit of “Fight Club.”

Pasta Ramen is a Wafu-Italian omakase, revealing an intricate multi-course exploration of the Wafu pasta concept that originated in the 1950s at Tokyo’s Kabenoana (meaning “hole in the wall”). Launched in Montclair, New Jersey and later setting up shop in nearby Jersey City, a chef who asks not to be identified (you remember the first rule of Fight Club) and their team presents in secret, continuously changing settings to create an unforgettable dining experience.

Noodles are the centerpiece of the aforementioned concept that brings together only the best Japanese and Italian ingredients, flavors, textures, and techniques. Cooked in an open kitchen, each course is presented by the chef as they explain the origins of the dishes, highlight, ingredients, and answer questions. The night I attended, the menu included:

  • Chutoro L’Acqua Pazza – prawn head brodo, lemongrass, ginger prawn, tuna belly, tuna “Owan” soup; an essential meal starter in both Italian and Japanese cultures
  • Cacio e Pepe Gyoza – a deep-fried, hand-pinched dumpling filled with a rich cacio e pepe sauce
  • Duo of A5 Dry-Aged Tsukune Yakitori – A5 wagyu, aged tsukune, shiso, dry-aged fat, enoki, aceto balsamico, yakatori; the finest grade cuts in a straightforward wafu blend

Throughout the meal, a sake sommelier pours a selection of pairings chosen specifically for the menu. A ceramic artisan was even commissioned to create a custom set of dishes which are brought to each location. Upcoming locations will include New York, Miami, Philadelphia, and more.

The only rules: do not reveal the location, do not share the chef’s name, and lastly, invite only your most trusted, special friends.

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Check Out This Mega Slice of ‘General Tso Pizza’

We’ve highlighted Joe’s Rotisseria in the past, taking note and tipping our hat to the New Jersey pizzeria’s mad house approach to pizza and other Italian-American favorites. We love the energy they bring into the food world. Their latest creation, a mega slice of General Tso Pizza continues the buzz that keeps the kitchen at Joe’s electrifying.

The science is simple here folks: the Chinese-American classic, General Tso’s chicken, joins broccoli and rice on top of Joe’s mega slice to make for one gargantuan chef’s kiss.

It’s a full meal in one slice, I can’t complain. How much more unbridled brilliance will Joe’s Rotisseria come up with next? I’m pretty sure the hits will keep coming straight outta Jersey.

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Uncle Paulie’s Deli Taps In With Lacoste For Limited Edition Clothing Collection

Los Angeles’ Uncle Paulie’s Deli has grown a devoted local fan base with top notch sandwiches and also some fantastic merch, with rapper Travis Scott popularizing their logo caps.

Continuing their strong drip game, Uncle Paulie’s Deli is collaborating with Lacoste for a limited edition clothing collection. The capsule collection consists of fleece jackets, caps and long sleeve polo shirts, with dual branding to give a nod to the essential sandwich shop as Lacoste’s penultimate brand partner in the ongoing “Ode to LA” program taking place at the Melrose Place store.

The Uncle Paulie’s x Lacoste collection will be available exclusively at the Lacoste Melrose Place location starting this September 16 for two weeks only. This is definitely a cause for celebration, to which an open invite event that evening will go down, with DJ TJ Mizell providing beats. And you best believe that Uncle Paulie’s sandwiches will be on deck to satisfy all cravings.

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The New Resorts World Las Vegas Has Hidden Speakeasies and Secret Menus Throughout

Bars and cocktails in Las Vegas are not a game. At newly opened Resorts World Las Vegas, there are a host of creative cocktail lounges, some of them hiding in plain sight. Throughout the resort are speakeasies, secret menus, and unique cocktails only found there.

Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge, located off of the resort’s casino, has some of the most luxurious cocktails that can be ordered off of a “secret menu.” Just scan the back of the lounge’s matchboxes to access over-the-top delights including the Champagne Bubble Bath (see above) and Sweet Dreams, a take on a Brandy Alexander – filled with cognac, marshmallow vodka and nutmeg sipped through a waffle cone.

At Famous Foods, an Asian hawker-inspired food hall, you might find the entrance to Here Kitty Kitty, hidden behind a secret door within a shop. The “elegantly grunge” speakeasy is tucked away, offering guests a laidback hangout and a crafted mixology program.

Japanese food lovers can head to Fuhu where they can enjoy all of the sake with their Sake Fountain.

Lastly, if you’re looking to take things up a notch, Starlight, the cocktail lounge on the hotel’s 66th floor, offers drinks with sweeping views of the city to help the Sin City vibes sink in.

It all sounds like quite the adventure to explore and imbibe, which always sounds like the proper way to do Vegas.

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For Los Angeles’ Best Filipino BBQ, Look No Further Than Tony’s BBQ

“The sauce is the secret,” divulged Tony with a sparkle in his eye, followed by a hearty laugh. You could just tell right off the bat that this man loved to serve his food to people. I don’t blame him. If I made Filipino-style barbecue as good as Tony does, then I’d have my own popular joint like him.

He’s right, though. The sauce really is the hook. The all at once deep, flavorful, and sweet glaze is a major feature on most of its grilled items like pork and chicken skewers and grilled liempo (pork belly). And though pretty much every item at Tony’s West Covina restaurant is worth a try, you really must start at his grilled tuna collar.

Foodbeast Costa Spyrou describes its uniqueness with accurate eloquence, as Filipino chef Ralph Degala took him for a visit to Tony’s Barbecue and Bibingkinitan, to put him on to this delicious wonder. And while you’re watching the latest Foodbeast adventure above, take note to make room for all the other goods that Costa and Ralph ordered, trust.

Cravings Restaurants

There’s A Brick of Mac and Cheese Inside This Burger

Spotted by @unlokt out in Las Vegas, Nevada is this Mac N Cheese Patty Burger from Truffles N Bacon Cafe that has my eyes as wide as my stomach after seeing the amount of Mac N Cheese it boasts.

Stuffed inside this burger is a whole brick of mac n cheese and I for one am not mad at the insane portion of it. This cheesy behemoth features baked mac n cheese, a 1/2 lb Angus patty, bacon jam, and Sriracha mayo. Truly I typed all that out with my eyes closed while imagining myself swan diving face first into this beastly burger.

The Mac N Cheese Patty Burger is one of the original burgers at Truffles N Bacon Cafe, so trust it’ll be on the menu the next time you’re in Sin City and feel like treating yourself.

Fast Food Restaurants What's New

The Honey Baked Ham Company Now Has Pumpkin Spice Glazed Turkey Breast

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The new Pumpkin Spice Glazed Turkey Breast from The Honey Baked Ham Company may very well be the ultimate conversion of fall season flavors out there. Tis the season to Pumpkin Spice and Honey Baked is cannonballing into the already crowded pool with the debut of Pumpkin Spice Glazed Turkey Breast. Whether it’ll make a huge splash remains to be seen, but for sure they’ve leaned into the seasonal flavors heavy here.

The new limited-time Pumpkin Spice Glazed Turkey Breast is a roasted or smoked turkey breast covered in a combination of the brand’s proprietary glaze and pumpkin spice flavor that results in a sweet and crunchy topping.

You can find the new Pumpkin Spice Glazed Turkey Breast at The Honey Baked Ham Company stores nationwide (excluding California), until October 31, 2021.


Nashville Hot Chicken Dumplings Are Fiery Fusion We All Need

The Nashville Hot Chicken movement has been adding a juicy kick to the food scene outside of its origin city for the past five years now, with it peaking in some cities like Los Angeles already. However, Mimi Cheng’s, a dumpling shop in New York City, has found a new iteration that sounds too good to pass up with their new Hot Fried Chicken Dumplings.

Spotted by @mikejchau, proud papa of @foodbabyny fame, the dumplings look to be a fusion force to be reckoned with. The Hot Fried Chicken Dumplings are said to be inspired by a food tour of Nashville, with the restaurant describing it further as “fiery, juicy, and crunchy, coated in a buttermilk hot sauce batter and finished with a cayenne pepper butter glaze. The homemade buttermilk ranch dipping sauce cools things off a tiny bit. Spice level is a 10/10.”

If you’re down to turn the flame on for your next meal, the Hot Fried Chicken Dumplings are available only for the month of September at Mimi Cheng’s dumplings in New York City.