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BUN BOY EATS LA - Archives for 2011 April

BLT BITES

  • April 29, 2011 6:13 pm

blt bites

Avocado Cream, Pancetta Bits, Grape Tomatoes, Micro Greens.

My friend Nancy (formerly of Sid and Nancy) made these at a cocktail party last week. Very tasty.

Happy Friday from Bun Boy! Off to the Renaissance Faire tomorrow. Will be sure to share my tasty treats and pictures of Freaks with you, next week.

THE VILLAGE IDIOT

  • April 26, 2011 8:27 pm

Steak and Potato Pie

Steak and Potato Pie

The last time I graced the Village Idiot’s presence, I showed up barefoot, requesting an unnecessary glass of wine (which I was not granted.)

This time I was slightly more in my right mind, with my good friend Jebbediah. We needed bloody marys and some good pub food. Stat.

Thankfully this place wasn’t as balls to the wall crowded as it normally is. We were able to relax, it was a lovely bit of afternoon.

Bloody Mary (should have been called a Horseradish Harry)

Bloody Mary (should have been called a Horseradish Harry)

Chorizo stuffed Date wrapped in Bacon

Chorizo stuffed Date wrapped in Bacon

Butterscotch Blondie with Peanut Butter Gelato and Bacon Caramel Sauce

Butterscotch Blondie with Peanut Butter Gelato and Bacon Caramel Sauce

In other news, I’m proud to report our apartment building’s pool has just been condemned by the City of Los Angeles!

Our building has never been the looker on the block (perhaps, more of a hooker) but there were pleasant attributes and it obviously wasn’t a complete slum if I’ve been here 11 years!

Once we changed pool guys, we noticed a gradual growth of algae until the water became the consistency of a Wheat Grass Smoothie!

One morning I was awoken to see some mysterious character shaking what appeared to be COMET in our pool.

Oh boy.

The morning before this lovely sign was posted on our pool’s gate (aka, Swamp Thing’s home), I found myself gazing into the ominous, murky depths.

A wave of meloncholy began to pour over me as I feared my summer of pool lounging would now be replaced by me being treated for Malaria, caused by the new mosquito family about to move in.

"Bathing Suit Season?! Acckkk!!" (-Kathy Comic Strip)

Grilled Cheese Truck 420

  • April 25, 2011 10:05 am

420 Melt - Bacon, Nacho Cheese, Jalapenos, Tater Tots on Potato Rosemary Bread

420 Melt - Bacon, Nacho Cheese, Jalapenos, Tater Tots on Potato Rosemary Bread

I believe my obsession with the Grilled Cheese sandwich has hit its apex.

I’m now abandoning work in the middle of the afternoon (in Century City) to drive all the way to North

Hollywood to stalk the infamous Grilled Cheese food truck because I saw them post an update on their

Facebook a new sandwich, only offered today in honor of 4/20.

While 4/20 is a marijuana reference, it’s also Hitler’s Birthday.

Who knew Hitler loved his greasy, comfort food?!

The Smore Melt! Marshmellow, nutella, graham crackers inside brioche toast

The Smore Melt! Marshmellow, nutella, graham crackers inside brioche toast

SANTA ANITA PARK – FRONTRUNNER RESTAURANT

  • April 22, 2011 12:15 pm

Greek Salad from Frontrunners

Greek Salad from Frontrunners

I look forward to my annual excursion to the Santa Anita racetracks with much fervor.

I look forward to betting my measly $2 dollars on horses with the most creative names

(Still have trouble figuring out the difference between and Exacta and Trifecta…)

I look forward to the copious amounts of cigarette smoke wafting up from the “common” areas into our

beloved “Club House” section (for a whopping $3.50 extra, you can toss your cigarette butts on the

floor with a higher echelon of people.)

I look forward to drinking overpriced beer, pretending I’m interested in that boring statue of Seabiscuit,

and wondering if I should eat a hot dog and risk permanent diarrhea.

horse statue

Today was a lovely 91 degree day in the desert. I was accompanied by Thelma and Louise and with few

exceptions, we all ended up slightly bitter losers.

But we managed to still have fun and step in oodles of horse crap.

sky

And they're off!...

And they're off!...

Go Pink Shirt Guy!!

Go Pink Shirt Guy!!

Thanks for nuthin! Get thee to the dog food factory!

Thanks for nuthin! Get thee to the dog food factory!

BABY BLUES BBQ

  • April 21, 2011 6:34 pm

The Side Car - Mac and Cheese, Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mashed Pots

The Side Car - Mac and Cheese, Collard Greens, Baked Beans, Mashed Pots

Baby Blues was one of my first blogs ever, back in 2009.

I’ll never forget it. I had some great ribs, saw Lisa Ling at the bar and stole a picture online for my blog.

Scandale!

This time around, it was our friend’s birthday, and I was determined to get some good pics.

solik group

What I got was awful, blurry pictures and 5 pounds heavier!

I blame this 100% on the commotion outside.

Apparently, some guy walked naked into traffic and layed in front of a city bus!

solik perp

Many cops arrived to attempt to subdue the perp, but he was so high, not even a taser could stop him.

Eventually, it did. The tasering stopped his heart and he was rushed to the hospital.

Whether or not he’s alive, is to be determined.

Ok, let’s eat!

Fried Green Tomatoes! Just like Idgy Threadgood used to make!

Fried Green Tomatoes! Just like Idgy Threadgood used to make![/caption

After gorging ourselves on pretty decent BBQ, we headed next door to the Surly Goat for some beers, cupcakes and shuffleboard!

LAZY OX CANTEEN – A DAY IN DOWNTOWN LA

  • April 16, 2011 9:59 am

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo Picante

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo Picante

Some of the best days happen when you’ve not planned anything.

When you roll out of bed not knowing what the day will bring and then you find yourself on Hollywood Blvd staring at three pitbulls in the back of a truck bed wearing sunglasses. (not joking)

The only game plan for the day was to dine at The Lazy Ox.

As it’s located downtown, we knew a day of fun and frolic was in store for us, we just needed to fill in the blanks.

It ended up being one of the most fun days ever!!

First, I wanted to get a look at the famous Bradbury building, built in 1893. There was a wedding photoshoot going on so, of course we stayed and snapped pics, appearing in all of their shots and generally annoying the shit out of the bride.

bradbury

As we wandered around Broadway, we started to see feathers floating along the street. Was there some kind of Voodoo ceremony in progress, I thought excitedly?

Following the feathers, we soon noticed groups of kids holding skanky pillows racing towards Pershing Square.

Organized Pillow Fight!

We followed them, like that old hippy guy at a party that thinks he’s 20 years younger and wants everyone to think he’s cool.

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Aw, you can just smell the dust mites...

Aw, you can just smell the dust mites...

These people are NOT high, I'm sure of it!

These people are NOT high, I'm sure of it!

After spending an exhausting 20 minutes knee deep in (photographing) a pillow fight, we (I) felt a bit peckish.

We continued along Broadway and made ourselves to the infamously historic Clifton’s Cafeteria, the largest existing public cafeteria in the world.

During the depression, customers would come in and dine for only a penny!

It appears they only used a fraction of those pennies on the decor!

Are we deep inside a forest?? Or just merely inside a culinary mecca!

Are we deep inside a forest?? Or just merely inside a culinary mecca!

I grabbed a tray and slid around items like chicken Tettrazini and questionable pot roast until I hit the dessert section and grabbed their “famous” confetti jello.

A mental hospital would have been proud to call this dish their own!

Yes folks! It's edible!

Yes folks! It's edible!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake!

After spending a few sugar rush induced moments wondering if the woman sitting next to us had set up permenant residency at her table, we explored the archaic forest themed restaurant.

Replete with dusty animatronic bears fishing, deer aplenty and some weird, tiny chapel inside a big tree trunk.

Where to next folks??

We headed to Jalisco Bar for an afternoon cocktail!

Ladies Night was in full swing.

Ladies Night was in full swing.

This place is a trip.

Enormous. Ghetto. Empty.

A few Mexican guys at the bar, a hefty bartendress and a jukebox we took full advantage of.

This is how you drink a Tecate!

This is how you drink a Tecate!

After shutting down that bar 30 minutes later, we crumpled up our beer cans and headed to Toranoku for quirky, experimental cocktails at this Japanese themed hot spot.

We were right next door to The Lazy Ox and gave the hostess our cell number to call us when our table would be ready.

Jameson Whisky and BBQ Sauce!

Jameson Whisky and BBQ Sauce!

The Lazy Ox was worth the wait!

I always appreciate a fresh spin on traditional fare.

When you’ve been drinking, you kind of crave fun familiarity (like a burger with something weird on it).

However, if you don’t recognize 75% of the contents of a dish, you’re probably not ordering it! (What the hell is a sunchoke??)

Luckily, Lazy Ox avoided that pitfall and provided us with everything our drunk hearts could desire!

241 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-5299
www.lazyoxcanteen.com

Bolognese with Fried Egg!

Bolognese with Fried Egg!

Laxy Ox Burger with Cantal Cheese and Green Peppercorn Mustard

Laxy Ox Burger with Cantal Cheese and Green Peppercorn Mustard

Seared Albacore with lentils, pickled apple, oregano and bacon

Seared Albacore with lentils, pickled apple, oregano and bacon

PAT’S RESTAURANT

  • April 15, 2011 3:44 pm

pats sammie
In honor of Passover starting next week (and my pending trip to Israel), I thought it would be apropos to have lunch at a Kosher restaurant.

Besides the strict guidelines for meat preparation, this essentially means no dairy is allowed in this establishment.

Unknowingly carrying in contraband string cheese could be punishable by death.

Many Kosher restaurants are closing at 2 today (or not even open at all) so we had to skedaddle, stuff our faces and go.

The Avocado Egg Rolls were delicious. I did not even miss the cheese that you would normally find in your traditional Southwest Egg Roll.

pat's egg rolls

The chicken tenders with a Dijon breading were quite nice too.

pats skewers

My Brisket and Onion sandwich (pictured at the top) could have done without that tyrannical slice of tomato, but the sammy was tasty, nonetheless.

As I looked around noticing I was the only male missing his Yarmulke, I also noticed an alarming swarm of angry bees outside the window begin to attack unknowing passersby!

It kept me quite amused.

Chag sa’may’ach!!

deadlybees

Barney’s Greengrass

  • April 12, 2011 8:39 pm

Egg salad with sundried tomatoes, capers and olives

Egg salad with sundried tomatoes, capers and olives

When you enter Barney’s, you already know you can’t afford anything.

You are reminded of this even before entering the store because you’re avoiding the expensive valet, trying to park your Civic 5 blocks away.

You pass through Hell’s waiting room (the perfume counters) and after trying every single unnecessary fake door and finally find the elevators to the top floor where the restaurant is located.

The view of the Hollywood sign and surrounding hills is gorgeous. The grey colored pastrami sandwich below?….you be the judge.

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PITFIRE PIZZA

  • April 8, 2011 9:52 am

pizza

(….Is this a pizza or the tragic site of the infamous Orange massacre of ’76?….)

This Pumpkin Pepita Pizza from Pitfire (Let’s hear it for the P’s!) is like that snobby, overacheiving kid at school. No one really likes him but you sometimes feign interest so you can cheat off his paper.

This kid was just ok. And a little sweet. Like a dessert pizza at the Shakey’s Buffet. Only a little pricier and not covered in cinnamon cherry streusel!

The crust was phenomenal and I just knew if I picked better toppings, I would have scored.

I wanted to like this pizza, it sounded so fancy.

The problem with fancy, is it often just doesn’t work.

Like hot dogs.

Sometimes you just want a $1.50 dog from Costco. Can I get an amen??

ENOTECA DRAGO

  • April 5, 2011 10:10 am

SAUSAGE BROCCOLINI CALZONE

SAUSAGE BROCCOLINI CALZONE

What a jerk I am.

Here it is, Clyde’s birthday and he’s taking ME to lunch.

Did I deserve it for being a fantastic friend, of course. Just not today.

I entered the empty Beverly Hills restaurant with my enormous camera in tow, much to Clyde’s embarrasment.

And then some other stuff happened which I forget now, this was a while ago.

I’ll cut to the chase: our server was fantastic, the 2nd half of the quite tasty calzone served as a more than adequate dinner that evening and Clyde should have been grateful I rented out the entire restaurant for us, cuz NO ONE was there.

Speaking of which, I’m starving. Gotta run and find something highly inappropriate to consume mass quantities of.