Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Short Order {Los Angeles Restaurant Guide}

Let's talk about breakfast... it rocks. {end of story} 
Breakfast is the best meal of any day aside from being the most important it can often times be the most delicious. My friend Allison (below) and I like to go to breakfast sometimes... actually we like to drink Bloody Marys preferably close to shopping centers where we can make bad decisions post eating and drinking. So we headed to Short Order in The Grove and stopped off for a Mary/Brunch fix. Only Short Order doesn't have Bloody Marys - however, they do have a full bar and other yummy drinks. So we ordered some coffee, breakfast and other yummy drinks. 

The Order
Breakfast Herb Tots - Tots are so good, so nostalgic, I should really learn how to make tots
Rob's Breakfast Sando - See my feelings on breakfast sandwiches here
Short Stack - You didn't think we would go to a place called Short Order and not order a Short Stack! I love thin pancakes, so freaking good. How do you make them so thin?!? They melt in my mouth, they are light, fluffy and buttery. 

From my foodie co-worker {Food Musings}

"I've decided that I don't like people who don't like food" - (Foodie Co-Worker)

{Truer words}

Friday, April 6, 2012

Chile Rellano {Weekday Dinner}

This {Sunday Suppers} turned out to be the gift that kept on giving I was able to make Chile Rellanos with the leftovers and also bomb nachos for a clutch movie night snack in the microwave.

Whole Green Chiles (I had put some in the crock pot with the tenderloin)
Sour cream (for garnish and for the egg mix)
1 egg beaten with sour cream
Leftover pork tenderloin
Shredded cheese

Stuff the chiles with pork, cheese, and dip in egg batter. Fry in pan over medium heat until egg is cooked and cheese is melted, serve with side of your choice (mine was black beans)!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Plan Check {Los Angeles Restaurant Guide}

Plan Check opened last month on Sawtelle and after a visit this week I am happy to report the Westside has a new bar hangout with substantial bites. My friend ordered the Chef's Favorite Burger (cheese two ways, bacon two ways, ketchup leather, fried egg, hot sauce), I ordered the special Pork Belly Grilled Cheese (crispy bun, spicy mayo, pork belly bits), we split the fries. I would skip the fries, they were underwhelming. the burger was fantastic - cooked perfectly medium and the akaushi red wagyu beef patty that comes with all their burgers has this epic smokey flavor to it. My grilled cheese was good but next time I will likely get another burger or something on the regular menu. The drinks packed a punch and the service was great. It is interesting location for an "American Restaurant" amid the Sawtelle Japanese noodle houses but it fits and West LA was in dire need of a space like this.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pulled Pork Tacos & Ultimate Guac. {Sunday Suppers}

Home away from home LA has become my city which can really only happen when you have friends who feel like family and a group of people around you to enjoy life with. So our makeshift family started a new tradition, Sunday Suppers and this is the first installment of many Sundays to come.

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Tacos
2 1-1.5 lbs Pork Tenderloins
2 Large Cans of Salsa Verde
4 Cloves of Garlic
Put tenderloins in crock pot cover with salsa, smashed garlic cloves and cook on high for 6-8 hours. Shred with a fork, serve covered with the salsa.

White Onions
Mexican Shredded Cheese
Iceberg Lettuce
Black Beans

Ultimate Guac.:
4 ripe avocados
3 limes (juiced)
1 clove of garlic
2 tomatoes
1/2 white onion
Salt & Pepper
Serrano Peppers 
Chop all ingredients put inside bowl and mix together, season to taste.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tasting Kitchen {Los Angeles Restaurant Guide}

Tasting Kitchen located on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA is living up to the hype. I was able to get in on a weeknight at the communal table and experience what all the fuss is about.

It turns out the food is not fussy. It is sophisticated and warm. The environment is down to earth and focuses on experience. The shared plates movement in the last few years has made dining more communal. The few restaurants in Venice embracing that notion of sitting with a family, whether it's actually family or just friends gives dining out a whole new feeling, its not about seeing and be seen anymore in LA its more about what you are eating and what to eat next. This is what food and dining should be... "what is going to come out next that we can talk about, enjoy and experience together?" 

The Order: 
Bread/Butter & Maldon/Olio Nuovo
Marrow/Celery Salad/Roasted Garlic
Tagliatelle/Braised Pork & Apple
Salt-roasted Branzino/campari tomatoes/pea tendrils/salsa verde
Caramel Tart