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I feel like chicken tonight!

Michelle and I put ourselves on a diet challenge for the last month before our wedding. No white flour. We’re not going to be overly picky about the rules. No white rice, noodles, or bread. Whole wheat is fine. For our first dinner on our diet, we went to check out Torimatsu in Gardena for some yakitori.

Beer is never off the “okay” list for any diet.

One of the things I love about Japanese food is that everything is so precise.

Salt shaker? Not on my watch!

We ordered a set of ten items that the chef picks chooses, so if you can identify or correct the names of any of the stuff we ate, please go ahead and leave a comment. I’ve seen places use electric grills to get more even heat, but there’s something really cool about doing it the original way with wood charcoal.

Chicken meatballs.

On the right, chicken wing. I’m not positive about what’s on the right. It has the consistency of steak, but tasted like chicken. Although this is supposedly authentic yakitori, I did see they have duck on the menu.

Gizzards. Tough, chewy, flavorful.

Quail eggs.

Stuffed lotus and stuffed bell pepper. I really like the stuffed lotus. It’s got a great crunch, and the chicken flavor comes through much more than expected.

Tofu on a stick, the non stinky variety.

Chicken skin.

Guess what? Chicken butt! I think that’s what this is anyway.

Feeling a little adventurous. Rare chicken breast. You know how they say everything tastes like chicken? Rare chicken doesn’t taste like much. It’s got a great consistency though.

I know what some of you are thinking. Rare poultry?! We tried this under the assumption that they had  good source for chicken that was hopefully free range, rather than the standard 1,000 chicken crammed into a single coop. We figured the worst case scenario would be able to cut our diet short after speedy weight loss through food poisoning. None so far.

Since we had some friends with us that drove quite a ways, one food spot wouldn’t cut it. We stopped by Flossie’s for some soul food. Since we’re on a diet, we only ordered some fried chicken. No need for all the extra calories.

The chicken here is delicious, light and crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside. Only a leg and a thigh each. Remember, we’re on a diet.

Hudson House

Lately I’ve been having a craving for tacos. Thanks to e*star’s gentle push, I set out for Taco Tuesday at Hudson House in Redondo Beach. You wouldn’t imagine that a place named Hudson House would serve tacos, and by the looks of the inside of the place you still would be cautious about what kind of tacos they would serve.

Sorry about the crappy pictures. I’m always self conscious taking pictures in public places like bars/restaurants so I rush them. Maybe next time when I’m with a larger group I’ll feel more confident to snap pictures.

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This place seems more like a brew house than a taco joint.

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The entire menu looks pretty good. I might stop in here even if it wasn’t Taco Tuesday or happy hour.

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The Hudson Ale, not quite a pint. Blueberry Cava Cocktail.

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Street Tacos. You have the choice between chicken or carnitas. These are the chicken. Both are delicious and heavy on the meat.

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Street Tacos, $1 each. Pail of Fries, $2.

Don’t expect the tacos to blow your mind. I’ve definitely had better tacos, but these are good and cheap. The meat is cooked tender and juicy and packed generously in the tortillas. Definitely worth it.

I’ve been living in the South Bay for a long time now and this gem went hidden from me for so long. I’m not going to let that happen to other people. There is a clear mission now. I will be making this spot known to friends and family, starting with this blog post. Taco Tuesday was something I thought only existed in my days in LA. No more.

Who’s up for Taco Tuesday in the South Bay? Just a happy hour would be fine too.