June 12, 2013
50s diner, country fried steak, desert, las vegas, milkshakes, nostalgia, peggy sues, road trip, rootbeer float, yermo
I could not even begin to imagine how many cars cruise along the desert highway between Southern California and Las Vegas, see the “50′s Diner” billboards and signs, and continue on their way. We have been guilty of that ourselves on multiple occasions. But thanks to one fateful drive home from a weekend getaway (and a gnarly craving for milkshakes), we finally stopped in and I’m so glad we did.
Cute signs welcome us into the restaurant
The walls were completely covered with paraphernalia of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and The Beatles. Album covers, concert posters, autographed portraits, all neatly arranged in a nostalgic mosaic. The entire left side of the diner is actually a gift shop dedicated to 50′s memorabilia, an impressive collection indeed!
June 10, 2013
champagne, cheese, food event, hollywood, la winefest, lobster roll, los angeles, truffle fries, wine tasting
We were super excited to find out that we had won Gourmet Pigs‘ giveaway of a pair of tickets to this past weekend’s LA WineFest at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. We love food events and this was an awesome opportunity; we otherwise would have had to dole out $60+ a head for admission, although with the wine and beer freely flowing and part of the proceeds going to benefit a good cause, we could see how it could still be very worth it.
Including a souvenir wine glass!
With an impressive exhibitors list of over 500 local and international wineries, breweries, spirit-makers, and food vendors, this 8th annual event drew visitors from all over LA to partake in the festivities while also supporting the 2013 official charity Food Forward. Now that’s a pretty good way to spend a weekend in LA, if you ask me!
June 5, 2013
Main Noms, Side Noms, Small Noms
arborio rice, comfort food, cremini, italian, mushroom risotto, risotto, risotto ai funghi
Risotto ai Funghi, Italian for mushroom risotto, is traditionally made with porcini mushrooms. However, with porcini mushrooms hard to come by aside from the foragers at local farmer’s markets, I whipped up this risotto with good ol’ cremini (baby portabello) mushrooms and it’s still a comforting, hearty meal for a cold night. You really could use any mushrooms or blend of mushrooms of your choosing, although I would not recommend using only white button mushrooms – those little guys are a bit plain in flavor.
Risotto ai Funghi
June 3, 2013
comfort food, gottsui, japanese, little osaka, okonomiyaki, osaka, sawtelle, wasabi mayo, west los angeles
Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き) is often translated as a Japanese “pancake” or “pizza” with a cabbage & batter base, assorted toppings that range from octopus legs (たこ, tako) to cheese (チーズ, chiizu) to bacon, and typically drizzled with the sweet and viscous Worcestershire-based okonomi sauce. And for such delicious comfort food, okonomiyaki is pretty hard to find in LA (though there is no shortage of sushi, ramen, and izakaya joints if you know where to look!). So when we found Gottsui in one of the busiest plazas on Sawtelle, we were super excited. It’s appropriate that this Kansai-based dish had found its LA home in Little Osaka.
Yosh – ready for okonomiyaki!
I was so thrilled that I went twice in one week, bringing along different friends each time. Without further ado…
May 30, 2013
beef, beverly hills, family, mortons, sauteed mushrooms, souffle, steak, steakhouse, truffle fries
My dad loves steak, and my parents love to visit us here in LA and check out the awesome restaurant scene that Martin and I often take for granted. So it was with much excitement and enthusiasm that Martin and I decided to treat them to dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Beverly Hills for my dad’s birthday last month.
The service was stellar, the ambiance enchanting, the food phenomenal, and the company simply the best. (Sorry, no alliteration for that last one. How about fantastic familia? Now I’m just trying too hard…)