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DA PASQUALE

  • May 31, 2012 10:02 am

Insalata Pasquale. Yay! A salad finally!!

Here’s my review of Da Pasquale:

It was Fine.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Twitter started up in July of 2006.

I have avoided it ever since.

Until a month or two ago.

I realized that, in order to promote Bun Boy, I needed to get out and whore myself out.

This involves smearing my name all over the internet, wherever I can. Desperately. Pathetically.

Like poo poo.

There are only a few reasons one would use Twitter. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. You’re a celebrity kissing ass or promoting a product so you can get free sh*t/money/your next gig.

2. You’re stalking a celebrity and think that by responding to their Tweets, this makes you two besties and part of their inner circle.

3. You’re an average Joe promoting your own dumb website or product.

4. You’re an average Joe there to read funny/crazy celebrity Tweets.

Twitter is a dizzying experience at first.

It’s a sea of jumbled letters, streams of consciousness, and Kardashian poses.

Unless you’re God or Gaga, no one is reading your Tweets. They become irrelevant 3 minutes after they’ve been posted.

Just like $1 million dollars in Bono’s bank account, even before FB’s stock plummeted.

I’ve fallen into the trap of thinking I can further Bun Boy by tweeting to celebrities.

I kind of can’t stop. It’s addicting. Like writing sentence long fan letters to people I don’t really care for.

They mostly never respond and if they do, it’s probably an assistant who has a free five minutes walking Kathy Griffin’s dog.

I once tweeted to Courtney Love telling her I had pierced my finger with a wine corkscrew.

No response.

I tweeted to Rosie O’Donnell a stupid line from an old movie of hers, thinking I was oh so clever.

No response.

Twitter has made me a sad, sad individual and I sure hope it, at least, gets Bun Boy some press.

Seeing that I’m now asking Real Housewives for restaurant recommendations…..

…no response.

9749 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 859-3884
http://dapasqualecaffe.com/

Tre Formaggi Pizza with Prosciutto

BLUDSO’S

  • May 30, 2012 8:25 am

Clearly, I like to take pictures of girls biting into food.

In honor of Memorial Day and not wanting to spark up the bbq grill I don’t have, I thought it was fitting to pay a visit to the best bbq in LA.

In Compton.

Now, Compton is a city that everyone knows by reputation.

My one experience with this misbegotten part of LA was my very first year here. I joined my friend at her family’s house for a Compton Thanksgiving.

I had a lot of fun and I never felt unsafe. They lived on a very communal street, everyone seemed to know everyone. Snoop Dogg hangs out once in a while at the house across the street, I was told several times.

That being said, the Compton stereotype stuck with me and I couldn’t help but wonder, as each car drove by, which one was going stop and shoot me. Only me. Whilst calmly eating my potato salad. I’m too young too die, I would gasp as I fell.

I’m obviously naive and stupid.

Bludso’s is located in a very industrial area of Compton. They have a big bbq smoker in the back. The ladies behind the counter were very friendly. Cash Only.

These are four boring facts for you.

The other fact was the feeding frenzy that took place inside my boiling car as soon as the food was acquired. Like a goldfish in a Piranha tank. BBQ sauce splattered on the windows and car seats like blood in a crime scene.

According to Chesty Morgan, this is the best BBQ she’s ever had. I enjoyed it but my beef rib was really fatty and didn’t have much meat on it. I love me some pork ribs though. The mac and cheese tasty, yet a bit oily and made with real cheese, I prefer more of a ghetto cheese sauce approach.

Best baked beans ever, though.

OK, need to eat some salads this week.

811 S Long Beach Blvd
Compton, CA 90221
(310) 637-1342
http://www.bludsosbbq.com

2 Meat Lunch Combo - Angus Beef Rib and Brisket - FYI, BBQ doesn't always look so purty

Average mac and cheese but outstanding baked beans!

There's no room to eat at Bludso's, so one must tailgate in their car.

Best Banana Pudding ever!

After BBQ, we went to visit the Watts Towers. Sam Rodia, an Italian immigrant, began building them in 1921, finishing 33 years later.

Sam stole tiles from work to help make his structures, eventually getting him fired.

PINEAPPLE PULLED PORK AND DOUBLE RED POTATO SALAD

  • May 29, 2012 10:42 am

Pulled Pork on Hawaiian Roll with Sliced Pineapple and Maui Onion Pineapple Hot Sauce

I knew I wasn’t going to be happy unless I experienced TWO rounds of BBQ goodness during Memorial Day weekend (see tomorrow for round two).

Thankfully, I didn’t disappoint myself.

Since it’s basically the easiest thing in the world to make, I threw a hunk of pork butt in the ole crotch pot and cooked it for 12 hours on low.

It basically makes the best baby food bbq you’ll ever eat. Predigested and ready to go, you won’t find anything more tender. Will make Salisbury steak seem like old beef jerky.

The potato salad is pretty traditional except I used red potatoes and red peppers and extra eggs. I opted for low fat mayo just to piss my guests off.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, and Happy Birthday K.B.!

Red Potato Red Pepper Salad

ROAD TRIP TO EAST LA – TACOS BAJAS ENSENADAS & LA CARRETA

  • May 28, 2012 8:16 am

Slightly charred peppers coated in chili

Living in LA, stone’s throw from really great Mexican food, it makes it easy for one to take it for granted.

Like knowing I’m only 20 minutes from the beach yet did not go ONCE last year. It’s sad and wrong.

“I don’t eat nearly enough tacos!” I proclaimed to myself.

Which is why I decided to take matters into my own hands and drive out to East LA with some pals for what LA Magazine’s Jonathan Gold spouted to be the best Fish Tacos in LA.

I thought it would be fitting to throw in a stop at the best quesadillas while we were out there.

NOT MY PICTURE ALERT:

Now, I just deleted the rest of this post because it was idiotic. You’re welcome for saving you from having to read heaps of drivel.

Happy Memorial Day, people! Now, go eat some tacos.
Tacos Baja Ensenada
5385 Whittier Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 887-1980

La Carreta
1471 E Vernon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(323) 232-7133

Baja Fish Tacos

Carne Asada Quesadilla

Hold your Tongue Tacos

In East LA, the rats grow larger. And subsist solely on fresh quesadillas.

STEINGARTEN LA

  • May 25, 2012 7:43 am

Pan-Fried Chicken Schnitzel on Pretzel Roll - ORDER THIS

OK, apparently there are a lot of German restaurants cropping up lately.

And I have this insatiable desire to visit them all. What’s the hurry, Bun?

Perhaps a sausage deficiency?

I’ve heard that’s serious.

Steingarten has a really quaint, quiet back patio which was really pleasant for this afternoon’s lunch.

Probably great for after work beers and dinner too but I don’t live on the westside and am not even sure the residents here enjoy things like that. For all I know, vampires take over restaurants after nightfall and I am NOT game for that action.

That was dumb.

Anyways. I’m a sucker for a pretzel bun and Steingarten did not disappoint. Soft, chewy, doesn’t rip your veneers out. All the necessities.

Oh, before I go, let me gloat about the mac and cheese! SO decadent! Really appreciated the unique thyme flavor going on.

Did I mention I’m still on Weight Watchers? Hard to believe? Just ask my scale! Ha.

What?

10543 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 441-0441
http://steingartenla.com

Lamb Spicy Sausage on Pretzel Roll

Mac and Cheese with Fresh Thyme and Parsley

At Steingarten, it's always beer o'clock. Dumb.

Tablescape

BAR HAYAMA

  • May 23, 2012 10:25 pm

To me, the fun of sushi is the drama.

It can be a work of art.

A few blank slabs of fish on a plate isn’t art to me.

But I’m stupid.

There seem to be two types of sushi restaurants.

The fun, rock and roll, fish is cleverly disguised places.

Not authentic in the slightest.

Then you have places like Bar Hayama.

Places that are no fuss, really basic, all about the fish.

I’m a sushi dummy, as everyone knows. I just don’t find it fun to shove plain fish chunks in my mouth.

I’m not a shark!

I want stuff to go with it. I want crispy onions, spicy mayo and jalapenos on EVERY roll.

Yes, I said roll.

Not sushi. Not sashimi.

This enrages sushi purists and I don’t care.

Bar Hayama is a cute spot with a nice outdoor dining area.

And I love the bento box situation, give me a little of everything and I’ll be happy.

I ate all the box contained and it was very tasty.

I just need to remember to keep a squeeze bottle of spicy mayo and a baggie of jalapenos in my man purse.

1803 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 235-2000
http://www.bar-hayama.com/

It's hard to hear the word "miso" without a dumb joke coming to mind.

Veggie Tempura

VEGGIE GRILL

  • May 22, 2012 11:18 pm

All Hail Kale Salad

I won’t divulge details, but I was presented with a Veggie Grill feast…for free!

Let’s just say, “I know a guy”.

And let’s say it in a mobster’s accent, please.

Ok calm down Bun Boy, it’s not like I saved myself hundreds of dollars.

I’m just like any human. I love free stuff.

I felt kind of bad when this girl in line walks up to me and tells me the Veggie Grill is giving her school a portion of the sales tonight and I have to stop her with “I’m not paying for my meal”.

I wanted to hang my head in shame after that but was too busy ordering delicious sounding free things!

Yay for free! Down with schools!

Veggie Grill is a chain of vegan/vegetarian fast food restaurants. It kind of reminds me of a Baja Fresh but without the cheese, meat or mexican theme. So…nothing like it.

I really didn’t think I was going to like this place.

Just something in my gut said it was gonna suck.

Like sitting down to watch “Twilight” on cable for the first time.

I was kind of bummed to be proven wrong.

Damn!

The All Hail Kale salad was fresh and flavorful.

The All American Stack was tasty comfort food.

The Buffalo Wings were so damn good, I totally forgot I still have one hanging out in my fridge and I’m gonna eat it right now.

OK, I’m back.

That carrot cake was bound to be gross, right? Vegan desserts can be iffy, as I can attest to.

It wasn’t! It was so good, I kept slapping my friend’s hand away from partaking of his half. Step off, son!

8000 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 822-7575
http://www.veggiegrill.com/

All American Stack

MANGO BEET SALAD WITH RAINBOW CHARD, CUCUMBER, COTIJA CHEESE AND BLOOD ORANGE MINT VINAIGRETTE

  • May 21, 2012 7:27 pm

The best part of my side gig at the Santa Monica Farmers Market is the bucketloads of free produce I come home with!

I skip down the aisles tossing loaves of bread at vendors and collecting free eggs, organic cheese and fresh orange juice.

Like Robin Hood, trading with the rich and donating leftovers to the poor.

The girl I work with (who’s got the veggie lady in the palm of her hand) comes back with a mysterious bag of miscellaneousness and I try to come up with some fabulous thing to do with them when I get home.

There’s always one item that I do not recognize that looks kind of weird that I end up throwing away.

Hmm, I think it’s actually still rotting in my fridge. Growing an extra limb.

BTW, I just ate about 8 popcicles and feel just this side of nauseous.

A FAREWELL TO FOIE: TAKAMI SUSHI & MONTES WINES

  • May 20, 2012 11:18 am

Filet of Beef & Foie Gras with Black Truffle. The world's perfect bite.

What better way to say goodbye to everyone’s favorite controversial animal organ treat but with a 15 minute fire alarm and verbal warning to evacuate the building.

More on that later.

Unless you’ve been living under a Himalayan salt rock recently, you’d know that California is banning the production and sale of foie gras starting July 1st, which has caused quite a kerfuffle in the culinary community.

A FEW FUN FOIE FACTS:

1. Foie Gras literally translates to “Fatty Liver”

2. Its made by harvesting the fattened up livers of geese and ducks, often utilizing force feeding methods.

3. The method of force feeding is called “gavage”.

4. Foie Gras is a delicacy stemming back to the ancient Egyptians. They discovered geese and ducks would over eat before their long winter migration.

5. This produced a fattened liver which was yummy.

6. Many folks think the force feeding tube and purposely enlarging the liver is inhumane.

7. Some farmers produce cruelty-free foie gras by leaving excess amounts of food out and letting the ducks and geese pig out naturally.

8. Donna Summers probably liked foie gras. Now, we’ll never know.

OK. So tonight’s event was to showcase a few foie gras dishes Takami Sushi will be offering before the ban goes into effect.

The very chic Takami is located downtown, on the 21st floor, offering some pretty great views of the city. How have I not heard of this place before??

I’ve only had a few experiences with Foie Gras (worthy of capitalization) in the past and after tonight’s delicious feast, it’s like being reunited with an old friend who’s just told you he’s only got one month to live!

Us lucky bloggin’ SOB’s were given the chance to force feed ourselves for six delicious courses, expertly paired with Chilean wines from Montes Winery.

No feeding tube required, so it was cruelty free! Pretty ironic.

Takami will be offering these foie dishes paired with the quite tasty Montes Wines starting in June. So go soon and experience the nirvana that I did or risk my constant ridicule.

And if you’re too lazy to make the trek downtown, I just noticed my local Trader Joes carried Montes.

Right after the first course, the fire alarm sounded and the flashing strobe began. It would not stop.

Neither would the succession of strobe-induced seizures I feared would be imminent.

Then the announcement came that we were to evacuate the building immediately.

Some people in the restaurant started to get out of their seats, but our defiant group stood our ground.

We know a false alarm when we smell one.

The chef had just seared some foie gras in an unventilated area so the pending course would be extra fresh.

We much appreciated the Chef’s thoughtfulness in bringing forth several honking fire trucks just so we’d have some good stuff to write about.

CHECK OUT MONTES HERE:

www.monteswines.com

811 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 236-9600
http://www.elevatelounge.com

A Selection of Montes Wines from Chile

Vichysoisse of Foie Gras

Seared Foie Gras, Caramelized Mango, Rose Reduction

Braised Daikon, Foie Gras with Shallot Butter Broth

Nigiri of Ahi Tuna & Foie Gras with Eel Sauce

These patrons also blythly ignored the fire alarms.

Alien spacecraft hollowed out and made into a lamp.

Foie Gras Truffles, Fresh Berries & Butter Wafers

Our Chef, helping us say "Au Revoir" to Foie

BACO MERCAT

  • May 16, 2012 6:55 pm

BACO (flatbread sandwich): "The Original" pork, beef carnitas, sabitxada

Where else can you enjoy a meal at a scorching hot new restaurant and score some crack exactly one block away?

Not in Beverly Hills, sadly. Their version of skid row is simply called “Pico Blvd”.

With this incredible trend of epic restaurants opening up downtown, I can visibly see the area change before my eyes. It’s really pretty cool.

For much of my time in LA, downtown only meant a performance at the Ahmanson or Jury Duty.

Later, it became random nights at some really fun, unique bars.

Now, it’s a viable option for the average night out. I’m really happy that the days of empty promises of downtown’s revitalization are finally over.

Watch out hipsters, we’re taking over your hood!

Baco Mercat is from the people who brought us Lazy Ox, so you know it’s gonna be good.

And if you come for brunch, like we did, you can order all the regular menu items (such as the Baco, a flatbread sandwich) as well as the amazing biscuit and gravy that I was lucky enough to pig out on.

Wow, that heavenly biscuit gave me wet dreams.

Sorry, I should delete that. Remind me later.

I ordered the Original Baco because I wanted to find out what the hell “salbitxada” was.

(It’s sort of a tomato almond pesto)

The Coca flatbread was tasty but I would have preferred another kind, I didn’t realize there’d be some anchovy action on ours. The crust is crazy crispy, must have been deep fried.

The best things in life are always deep fried. That’s what the Dali Lahma is constantly telling me.

That was kind of dumb. Remind me to delete that too.

408 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-8808
http://bacomercat.com/

Bloody Mary

Biscuit and Gravy with Egg

COCA (crispy flatbread): "The Original" romesco, anchovy, lemon

Random art hanging on the outside of a building.