Los Angeles Auto Show & Nissan Media & Influencer Dinner

The Los Angeles Auto Show is wonderland and early Christmas for kid and adult auto enthusiasts alike. And auto friends it’s that time of year again. The auto show opens tomorrow (11/18) at the Los Angeles Convention center.

Nissan invited me to a pre-party to kick off this auto extravaganza. The party was hosted for Nissan fans at the Chaya DTLA, a fusion between traditional Japanese and exquisite French cuisines. This is an unsurprising choice given Nissan’s deep Japanese roots and Japanese-French inspired cars through it’s joint venture with Renault. Just like the Nissan and Infinity cars, Japanese-French cuisine is synonymous with detail, elegance, quality, and taste.

We started the evening with sashimi and sushi. I don’t have sashimi too often because I find it very hard to find quality, fresh sashimi in LA. But they looked fish market fresh and tasted even fresher without the off-putting fishy aftertaste (the hallmark sign of not fresh sashimi).

CHAYA DTLA sushi and sashimi
CHAYA DTLA sushi and sashimi

Sashimi on ice to retain the freshness.

CHAYA DTLA sashimi
CHAYA DTLA sashimi

Alongside the ocean fresh sashimi and sushi we had grilled mackeral.

CHAYA DTLA Yaki Sanma
CHAYA DTLA Yaki Sanma

The chef teased us with the catch of the day prior to preparing it.

CHAYA DTLA chef
CHAYA DTLA chef

The chef cutting the cooked fish.

CHAYA DTLA chef cutting fish
CHAYA DTLA chef cutting fish

The fish above fully prepared and cooked. Incredible.

CHAYA DTLA fish cutting
CHAYA DTLA fish cutting

Here’s a more upclose shot of the awesome fish.

CHAYA DTLA fish
CHAYA DTLA fish

For dessert we had a trio of delights.

CHAYA DTLA Chocolate covered banana
CHAYA DTLA Chocolate covered banana sundae
CHAYA DTLA dessert
CHAYA DTLA dessert

 

CHAYA DTLA dessert
CHAYA DTLA dessert

That concluded dinner. After dinner we walked over to a nearby Speakeasy in DTLA called The Edison. Nissan had a few photo op goodies in store. Check out me next to Storm Troopers and a Nissan~esque Rebel Assault X-Wing!

Calvin Lee and Star Wars
Calvin Lee with a Nissan designed X-Wing SUV!
Calvin Lee with Storm Troopers
Calvin Lee with Storm Troopers

 

CHAYA DTLA
525 S Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
http://www.thechaya.com/
213.236.9577

The Edison
108 W. 2nd Street #101
LA, CA 90012
https://www.edisondowntown.com/
213.613.0000

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