Learn how to make (and drink) an O’Shito cocktail from Wolf & Crane at Delicious Little Tokyo.
One of my favorite areas of Los Angeles is Little Tokyo – mainly for the outstanding variety of delicacies that can be had within short walking distance of each establishment. Go Little Tokyo presents an upcoming weekend full of culinary experiences during Delicious Little Tokyo.
From Friday, July 29, through Sunday, July 31, you can experience all of the food and drink you desire from the diverse restaurants of Downtown’s Little Tokyo. The fun begins as the Little Tokyo Service Center hosts its 10th annual sake and food tasting event, Starry Night in Little Tokyo. More than 50 sakes and small plates from over 15 restaurants are to be served at the benefit for LTSC.
The Little Tokyo Historical Society takes you on a journey through the district’s culinary past with a guided walking tour of historical food landmarks on Saturday at 10 a.m. You can visit the first fortune cookie manufacturers and first ramen noodle restaurant in the entire country on the tour, which is $15. Continue on to the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple for the annual Obon Festival (happening both Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.) where you can nibble tasty treats, play games, watch tea ceremony demos and cultural performances and take part in traditional Bon Dori dancing. Chad Tea Room stays open late for a free tea tasting and 20 percent off pastries and accessories at 6:30 p.m.
The experiences continue on Sunday, July 31, as the Japanese American National Museum presents a cultural and culinary walking tour ($35 includes museum admission and six food samplings). Visual Communications and JANM are screening the award-winning film There is a New World Somewhere at 2:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker afterwards. Also at 2:30 p.m. is a mixology lesson at Wolf & Crane where you can learn how to make the perfect O’Shito, Tokyo Express or Old Fashioned from Japanese whisky experts.
For more information, visit golittletokyo.com/delicious.