Saturday, 18 October 2014


My best friend and I went to brunch at 26 Beach in Venice Beach. I had the lemon ricotta French toast, while my best friend had the breakfast sandwich French toast. Mine was tart, and a little sweet. It came with a raspberry coulis. My friend's sandwich toast was amazing. It was two French toasts stuffed with cheese, breakfast sausage, and eggs. It was slightly sweet, and slightly savory.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Homemade Dinner

One of my best friends came to visit, and we decided to cook the first night. We started with red sangria filled with oranges, lemons, and nectarines. We had baked brie as a starter. We bought a wheel of double cream brie and wrapped it inside a puff pastry sheet with garlic, butter, and parsley. We made meat lasagna for our entree, and finished off with peanut butter cookies for dessert.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Phil's BBQ

I visited San Diego this past weekend, and I finally got the chance to dine at Phil's BBQ twice. First time, three of us came for lunch on a Friday, sat at the bar and ordered too much food. There was a pitcher of orange wit beer, Beefy Rib Tickler (included 1 beef rib, 2 Onion Rings, Slaw and Fresh Cut Fries), one baby back pork rib sampler, baby back rib & chicken dinner with baked potato side, baby back rib & chicken dinner with large French fries side, and small order of colossal onion rings.

The pork ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender. The beef ribs, as all beef ribs, required a little more work, but was still very tender. The bbq chicken was good, but nothing to write about. The barbecue sauce was deliciously tangy, sweet, and a little spicy. The onion rings were huge, and the coleslaw was a great complement to the barbecue sauce.

My second time here, my best friend & I had lunch again two days later on a football Sunday. We sat at the bar and ordered beers & sangria. We learned from the first visit that we didn't want to order too much. This time, we shared a full rack of baby back pork ribs, with a large side of baked potato with sour cream & cheese. The food was just as good as the first day. I can now see what the hype is all about at Phil's BBQ. I'm glad I finally got to check it off my list, and that I didn't have to wait at all for a table!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Heirloom Tomato Tart
Makes 1 9" square tart

Friday, 10 October 2014

World Cup Viewing

My sister & I went to San Diego a few months back to visit a friend. We went to Coin-Op Room in North Park to watch a little soccer and enjoy some beverages & bites. We had the corn dog bites & green bean fries, and I washed it down with one of their own cocktails.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

A Night Out in Seattle

In Seattle, my best friend and I dined at Metropolitan Grill in downtown. We ordered a lot of food and just shared everything. The Dungeness & Alaskan King crab cakes were large and full of sweet crab meat. It was served with a pear-jicama slaw, & sweet chili beurre blanc. The Maine lobster bisque had a rich lobster stock, with a touch of heavy cream & Cognac. The main course was our prime porterhouse. Thhe 25 ounce steak was tender, well seasoned and grilled to perfection. On the side we added Alaskan King crab legs, and let me tell you, this was the best part of my meal. I have never tasted crab legs so succulent & sweet as the ones from Metropolitan Grill. As side dishes, we had asparagus with béarnaise sauce, Yukon Gold potato cakes with crème fraîche, and lobster macaroni & cheese.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Late Night Dining

After a night of drinking in Whistler, my friend & I went to Stonesedge Kitchen as suggested by a bartender. We ordered the poutine with cheese curds & braised beef gravy. I now understand the hype of Canadian poutine! The fries were crispy and soggy at the same time. They were soaked with the delicious & savory gravy. Immediately after finishing this dish, I wanted more!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Olympic Park

When my best friend & I first arrived in Whistler, we were both starving. We went to Elements Urban Tapas to grab a light lunch. We shared the porcini gnocchi, and confit lamb sliders. The gnocchi was tossed with wild mushrooms, truffle butter sauce, & shaved parmesan. It was rich, but flavorful. The lamb sliders had a minted goat yogurt on top with tomatoes & onions.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Road Trip to Whistler

One of my best friends & I road tripped up to Whistler in Canada. At Araxi Restaurant + Bar, we started off with cocktails, and lobster cocktail & oysters. The lobster tail & claw from Nova Scotia were meaty and juicy. As I bit down, I could taste how sweet and succulent they were. I asked the server for oyster suggestions, specifically local British Columbian oysters. She gave me Beach Angels from Cortes Island, and Black Pearl from Desolation Sound. They were the freshest oyster I have ever eaten. The Beachmill was briny & tangy. The Black Pearl was savory.

Next we had a selection of charcuterie. The meat board included peppercorn salami, speck, proscuitto & house-made Quebec foie gras parfait, all served with crostini, red wine poached pear & caper berries. My favorite meat on this by far was the foie gras. It was actually my favorite dish of the night. Lastly, we ordered an artisanal cheese plate served with fig compote, sourdough crostini & raspberries. We had five cheeses: camembert, La Pyramide goat cheese, oka cheese, bleu cheese, cheddar. The camembert was double creamed with a mild texture. The La Pyramide was my favorite. It had the taste of blue cheese & goat cheese combined. The oka cheese had a nutty flavor. The bleu cheese was creamy, and strong in flavor. The cheddar was mildly sharp.

This was one of the most memorable meals I have had. More than a month later, I can still imagine the first time that foie gras parfait hit my tongue, and it started melting in my mouth. The two oysters were the best oysters I have ever had.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Chazelmeal Cookies

Cherry Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies with Oatmeal
Makes 30 cookies