Friday, 28 November 2014

Chocolate Ganache Tart

I made this decadent tart for Thanksgiving this year, and everyone raved about it. It's rich, so a little goes a long way.

Chocolate Ganache Tart
Makes on 9" tart, serving 10 people

Sunday, 9 November 2014

A Day Off

A day off from work calls for brunch. We went to Blu Jam Cafe in Hollywood. I had the chilaquiles, while my friend had the corn flake crusted French toast with berries, and plate of bacon. I washed it all down with iced tea, and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

A Neighborhood Gem

What a find in Torrance! There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in the city, and my friend & I decided on Torihei not too far from my house. Three of us shared grilled squid, pickled eggplant with bonito flakes, grilled smelt fish, skewered meatball & chicken breast with cheese, grilled clams, sashimi (tuna, hamachi, octopus, cuttlefish, salmon roe), fried Jidori chicken, grilled yellowtail, salmon rice (oyako kama-meshi), ginkgo nuts, & apple shochu. Literally every dish was delicious. My favorites had to be the grilled smelt fish, grilled clams, yellowtail, and the oyako kama-meshi. The sashimi was also very fresh and smooth.

Friday, 7 November 2014

MB Post

My best friend was in town with her brother and we had brunch at Manhattan Beach Post. The three of us shared bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits, truffle honey laced fried chicken, corned beef cheek hash, and rosemary potatoes. It had been a while since I've been here, but it was just as delicious as I remembered.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Rainy breakfast

It was a rainy morning the day we left Vancouver. We sat down at Nero Belgian Waffle Bar for some breakfast before we hit the road. My friend had the mixed berry Liege waffle with vanilla ice cream & creme anglaise and an Americano coffee, and I had three mini Liege waffles: coconut, chocolate chip & original.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Dinner with the Roomie

My friend took me out to dinner one night at Dominique's Kitchen in Redondo Beach. We had a glass of wine each, and then shared the flambé camembert with honey, apple and cognac. It was so divine! It was both creamy & crunchy, and both sweet & savory. I loved every bite of it. For our entrees, we shared the portobello mushroom ravioli and lamb chops with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Suit & Tie

I've been to Scarpetta for happy hour a few times, but this was my first time having dinner. It was a warm Wednesday night so we sat outside with views of the gardens in the middle of Beverly Hills. We started with creamy polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms. It was smooth, creamy, rich, and full of tender mushrooms. The spaghetti sounds pretty basic, but the fresh made pasta was al dente, and Scott Conant's signature tomato & basil sauce was slightly thick with lots of flavor. The tagliatelle with duck sugo, black trumpet mushrooms & fiore sardo was just amazing. Everything was extremely good, but I think this tagliatelle was my favorite.

Monday, 3 November 2014

BBQ in Vancouver

Although Peckinpah was our second choice restaurant after our first choice was packed, we had a great dinner. It was an Caroline-style BBQ joint located in Vancouver's Gastown. We shared pulled pork, pork ribs, beef brisket with beef chili, hush puppies, and corn bread. There was plenty of juicy meat, with the pulled pork being my favorite.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Girls' Night Out

I visited the Bay area last month, and we had a girls night in San Francisco. We started with dinner at 1601 Bar & Kitchen in SoMa. They are a Sri Lankan-American small plates restaurant. We ordered a lot of plates and shared. There was halibut ceviche, traditional egg hopper, roasted cauliflower with carrot puree, Portuguese octopus, Hokkaido scallops, soft shell crab with corn anglaise, house-smoked salmon, lamb & pork meatballs, Riesling poached apricot, and Valrhona chocolate custard.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Catch Up Session

The first time at Paiche was when one best friend was in town. The second time at Paiche was when another best friend was in town. We chatted over some wine and shared six dishes. There was seabass & albacore ceviche, tortilla de arroz (rice pancakes with spring onion & yuzu aioli), chaufa de camarones (shrimp fried rice), sea urchin & shrimp toast with rocoto honey, spicy crunchy tuna tacu tacu with rocoto aioli, and lecuma stuffed churros with chocolate.

The ceviche was freshly and a little acidic. The shrimp fried rice was cooked perfectly and had influences from both Peruvian & Chinese cuisine. My favorite was the sea urchin & shrimp toast. Chunks of shrimp were topped with silky sea urchin and a chili honey sauce sitting atop toast. The tacu tacu were just as delicious as the first time!