Tuesday, 22 July 2014

dineLA: Faith & Flower


A superb dineLA dinner at Faith & Flower: oysters, squash & fennel salad, shrimp & grits toast, Dungeness crab toast, BLTA pizza, handmade spaghetti with miso butter, mesquite grilled skirt steak, oxtail agnolotti in bone marrow butter, chocolate caramel cake, peaches & cream, and hazelnut chocolate cookie with toasted meringue

Monday, 21 July 2014

dineLA: Cleo


dineLA started last week, and the first place I tried was Cleo in Hollywood. The four of us shared an assortment of mezzo: spicy cigars, borek (cheese pastries), spanakopita, pickled vegetables, hummus, baba ganoush, and laffa. As my entree, I had the chicken tagine served over saffron rice with almonds & golden raisins. The chicken was moist, and flavorful. As full as I was, I still had the dessert of Greek yogurt sorbet. It was tangy, a little sweet, and just refreshing for a hot summer right. I was able to try the sticky toffee pudding, which was rich, and indulgent.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Ironside


After the firework on Fourth of July, three of us walked to Ironside Fish & Oyster in San Diego's Little Italy. We shared the seafood platter (Mexican white shrimp, oysters, mussels), nectarine & apricot salad with Marcona almonds & goat cheese, lobster roll, salmon, clam chowder fries, and grilled Spanish octopus.

The shrimp was served with a tomato garnish, almost like pico de gallo. The oysters were fresh and the mussels went well with the aioli. The clam chowder fries were amazing and very similar to poutine. It is basically a large bowl of French fries, topped with ladles & ladles of clam chowder. The stone fruit salad was very refreshing. It was pretty simple, but I would've never thought to make that combination. The lobster roll had more lobster tail meat than anything. The roll it was sandwiched in was perfectly buttered & toasted. The salmon was grilled with sweet corn. Unfortunately, this one was just okay. The edges of the salmon was a little dry/overcooked, but the center was fine. This was not a bad dish, but it was nothing unique. The Spanish octopus was grilled until tender and served with a roasted tomato sauce.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Día de Campo


From left to right, top to bottom: Sol azul oysters, Brussels sprouts nachos, roasted beet salad, duck mole quesadilla, burrata with shishito purée, grilled cucumbers & nectarines, hazelnut tres leches, churros with sliced chocolate, Meyer lemon bar with blackberry compote, and coconut cake with guava jam & toasted coconut

Friday, 4 July 2014

Doses & Mimosas


A group of girls & I went to Public Kitchen & Bar inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. We had never-ending rounds of mimosas, with a brunch buffet. My first plate consisted of kale salad, yogurt parfait, salmon blini, cure meats, cheeses, roasted Brussels sprouts, burrata, and Rainier cherries. After resting a bit, I went for dessert: chocolate dipped strawberry, tiramisu, amaretto cupcake, chocolate mousse cone, coconut pudding, chocolate bombe, and cherry tart.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Balls to the Walls


Turkey & Zucchini Meatballs
Makes 35 meatballs

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

You Can't Handel's the Truth!


This time at Handel's Ice Cream in Redondo Beach, I ordered a scoop of the vanilla malt ice cream with peanut butter swirl, and chocolate covered peanut butter nuggets. It was delicious!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Nacho Lunch


My friend was staying at my place and we walked over to Taco Sinaloa for lunch. We shared carne asada nachos & tostada de ceviche. It was my first time having both of these dish, and boy were they delicious! The fish was fresh, and the marinade penetrated through the meat. The nachos were loaded with a lot of carne asada and a generous helping of guacamole.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Eat More Kale


Kale Salad with Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette
Serves 15

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Dinner + Movie


I don't know why, but this was never posted. My friend and I went to Katsuya in Hollywood before watching The Grand Budapest Hotel. We started with a bottle of hot sake, then shared the sushi sampler, and chicken teriyaki plate. The sampler included eel, egg, octopus, hamachi, tuna, yellowtail, shrimp, salmon, and mackerel. The dinner was great, and the movie was hilarious!