freaking hounds, why don't you alert me to stuff like this? Had to find out about this in eater!!
Starting today and ending Sunday, Mitsuwa Market locations in Torrance, Costa Mesa, and San Diego are hosting the chain's 7th annual "Umaimono Gourmet" food fair, featuring four specialists in specific Japanese dishes. Participating masters in Torrance right now include two of Men-ya Ichimonji Ramen's chefs, visiting from Hakodate, Hokkaido, to make miso ramen, as well as two chefs from Tottori to prepare inari sushi stuffed with Red Queen crab, a chef named Abe Shoten with his squid-and-rice-stuffed ika meshi croquettes, plus seafood bentos like those found at Hokkaido's Otaru Station, and pastries, including cream puffs and matcha custard, from Kobe's Fugetsudo, in addition to other edibles. Meanwhile, renowned ramen makers Nidaime Tsujita will spend these same four days at Mitsuwa's Costa Mesa digs. A full schedule is online.