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THE MISFIT

  • July 30, 2012 9:44 am

The problem with The Misfit is twofold. It’s too far away (right by the beach. Only richies live by the beach) and they have too many yummy sounding things on the menu (the french dip sliders and fries were the highlights).

Luckily, when you’re with 10 people and you get to try them all.

So, only go here if you have 10 friends in tow. No less. That would make you sad and friendless.

Just as much a place to grab a beer or a bite, The Misfit is a really attractive, antique looking establishment.

Thankfully, the birthday boy (Billy Goat Gruff) is probably as old as the building, so it was very fitting.

Best dig ever, Billy? Consider yourself roasted.

225 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 656-9800
http://www.themisfitrestaurant.com

Oazacan Style Grilled Corn

Salt and Pepper Pretzel with Jalapeno Cheddar Dip

French Fries

Prime Rib French Dip Sliders

Baked Mac and Cheese

Organic Grilled Artichoke

The Misfit Burger

HOMEMADE BIG MAC

  • July 27, 2012 12:37 pm

A Big Mac except made with real food products!

Don’t ask me why on earth I decided to make my own Big Mac.

I saw it online, I think? Who knows! I’m very impressionable!

“I learned it from watching you!”

Was it necessary?

YES!

It’s basically just a double decker cheeseburger with no tomatoes and that infamous “special sauce”.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s NOT just thousand island!

I’m revealing the secret, here and now. Which was already stolen from a half dozen websites, so it’s not like I’m doing anything “special”.

It’s basically Miracle Whip, French dressing, sweet relish and dried onion bits.

YUM. Dried onion bits.

It was so big, I had the eat the sucker with a fork!

Not sure how McDonalds makes such petite patties but I wasn’t able to manage this feat myself.

In summary, this b*tch is probably double the fat and calories and I FINISHED IT IN MERE SECONDS….

Here’s the recipe:

http://grilling24x7.com/bigmac.shtml

A-FRAME – ALL YOU CAN EAT FRIED CHICKEN PICNIC

  • July 25, 2012 8:42 am

Round #1 of 4

When a restaurant announces an All You Can Eat ANYTHING situation, you GO!

Even if it’s something you don’t like. Or are deeply allergic to.

It’s all you can eat, dummies! How fun is gobbling down as many whosits and whatsits as inhumanly possible??

That being said, sitting in the hot sun and eating hot fried chicken may not be ideal conditions.

Thankfully, the chix was worth every drop of unappetizing sweat!

Chef Roy Choi had his peeps prepare the chicken “sous vide”, which is a special process of cooking underwater in sealed plastic bags for long periods of time.

Though, resulting in such juicy birds, it was often unnerving.

I was vascillating between wanting to dive in like a little piggy and not wanting to medically require skin grafts for my burns. That sh*t was hot!

The cost is $18 per person and includes some healthy side dishes such as zucchini slaw and sweet potato salad.

At first, I was a little disappointed that the offered sides weren’t more ooey and gooey. However, I would have filled up on the cheap stuff and not eaten nearly enough chicken (I had 7 pieces), resulting in major stomach guilt later on.

The AYCA Chicken Picnic is going on all summer folks. Weekends only. 12-3 p.m.

I suggest you make a trip and see if you can at least beat my record….

12565 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 398-7700
http://www.aframela.com

Furikake Kettle Corn

The lamps look like old fashioned ladies slips.

PLUM JAM

  • July 24, 2012 8:40 am

Not sure what I’ll have left to occupy my time when I’m elderly, if I’m making jam in my spare time in my 30’s!

I only had two hours jam-makin’ time to spare between work and an pre-screening of Dark Knight, so I had to be succinct and organized.

The fruit guy at the farmers market had been more zealous than ususal when he came by with two enormous bags of plums in exchange for a few loaves of leftover bread.

There was no way in hell I was going to eat them all…not without spending the next week on the toilet.

So, why not make some jam?! People do that, right?

82 year old women, especially!

What I learned is, you can make jam in exactly two hours. Also, if you slice your hand open, you need to just let it go and move on.

I also learned that the secret to jam is to boil everything and then boil it again. Boil the jars, the lids…even your hands to stop the bleeding!

http://www.pickyourown.org/plumjam.htm

JOSIE NEXT DOOR

  • July 23, 2012 8:01 am

Prime dry-aged Beef Burger on bun #4, cheddar cheese, house-made thousand island

Josie’s menu is the kind I salivate over. The kind I toil for days online over, wondering which 18 things to order.

Narrowing it down is like Josie’s Choice. Heartbreaking.

Josie Next Door is the slightly more casual sister restaurant to Josie (which is right next door).

The theme is seasonal, farmer’s market-driven California cuisine. It makes me happy that many LA restaurants are taking advantage of the fresh fare in their own backyard.

(God, did I really just say that??)

HERE’S THE FACTS:

The burger was excellent, super duper juicy. Simple flavors, not too big to bite into (despite the photo).

It tastes like a burger, not some obnoxious burger art with pureed dandelion greens and old man’s elbow scrubbings on it, or such nonsense.

Deviled eggs were tasty, but very mild. Would have liked a bit more tang to them.

Banh Mi was messy but DAMN GOOD. Bread was crusty and fresh, the duck confit was PERFECT. Not too fatty (which is always the case) and not too dry and crispy (ditto).

The consistency reminded me of pulled pork. Except using duck. Poor duck. Yummy duck.

Bacon Kettle corn was inhaled in minutes. The bacon and the sweet went perfectly together.

While every restaurant is jumping on the “let’s put bacon on something weird” bandwagon, I’m more than happy to chow down and oblige them.

Lardon and Carry On!

2420 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 581-4201
http://www.nextdoorbyjosie.com

Deviled Eggs, duck cracklin’, pickled beets, scallion

Mai's Duck Confit "Banh Mi" with pickled daikon and cucumber

Bacon and Beer Kettle Corn

LAUREL HARDWARE

  • July 19, 2012 10:36 pm

The Gangster - Cucumber Vodka w/ fresh juiced watermelon

Where do I begin?

Once upon a time, Laurel Hardware was a…you guessed it! A hardware store.

Keeping the original, vintage signage out front and utilizing a smidgen of a hardware theme to portions of the restaurant, there’s more to Laurel Hardware than meets the eye.

There’s a small dining area in front but then you pass through Narnia’s wardrobe into an enormous back lounge and outdoor drinking patio.

Why didn’t we sit back here in the first place!?

I was wondering where all those people who kept filing past us were headed!

Now, the food was good (I really enjoyed the pizza) but it seemed apparent folks were here to get their drink on.

Laurel Hardware is a bustling cocktail lounge posing as a restaurant. In drag, if you will.

As you can see above and below, we enjoyed numerous, inventive cocktails.

I know that everyone is doing the mixology thang, but since when is creative ways to black out a bad thing??

Go ahead! Put beets and black pepper and blowfish livers in my drink! I’ll never remember you did it…

The most amusing aspect of this place is the obvious collision of Sunset Strip and Santa Monica Blvd.

If you don’t live in LA, this means a West Side Story like clash of the Sunset hoochies and Weho power gays. And while everyone seemed to be getting along, it was entertaining to see the two worlds comingle.

Especially after 18 drinks in me….

Mom, pretend you didn’t read that.

7984 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-6070
http://www.laurelhardware.com/

Laurel Hardware on Urbanspoon

Pork Belly w/ apple cider/green barley/apple lounge oil

Kale Salad w/ quinoa/feta/sunflower seed vinaigrette

Merguez Sausage Pizza - w/ dandelion green/ricotta/fennel pollen

Last Request - fresh cucumber infused tequila w/ lime & a 4-chile/salt rim

Creeping Fig - Bourbon, lemon, fig, black tea, barrel age bitters

Exuberance - Tequila & St. Germain w/ grapefruit & salt/grapefruit foam

Mule's Apprentice - Kaffir Lime & Mandarin Blossom Vodka w/ fresh lemon, ginger beer

After Party - Pisco and Satheney Peche w/ kumquat preserves, ginger beer, BUZZ BUTTONS! Buzz Buttons are the bud of a member of the sunflower family, used in soothing tooth aches! Your entire mouth starts to tingle, I kept thinking I was foaming at the mouth!

Woman gently nibbling...

Communal bathroom paper towels

PEACHES AND CREAM MUFFCAKES

  • July 18, 2012 7:28 am

I thought the muffin's cross section would look more attractive after I ripped into it like a shark into a surfer.

Yeah, you read that right. Muffcakes.

Sort of a cupcake, not really a muffin. Somewhere in between…

The goal had originally been cupcakes, but these turned out more muffin-esque. Not as sweet as a muffin.

God, I’m boring myself.

The point is, I keep getting all this blasted “stone fruit”* from the farmers market and keep trying to come up with unique ways to bake/cook with it.

I almost wrote “fun” instead but changed to “unique” to maintain some semblance of masculinity.

Men can bake, they just can’t like it.

Here’s the recipe if you’re kooky enough to turn on the oven in this blasted, fire-starting heat:

http://www.justataste.com/2010/08/peaches-cream-cupcakes/

*As you now know, I find this an abhorent term.

This pic is proof I used fresh peaches and not that canned sh*t. Oh wait. I like those too.

Looks like a rat got to that muffin!

OLIO PIZZERIA

  • July 17, 2012 7:50 am

Margherita Plus with Burrata

I think I’ve found my new favorite wood-fired pizza. It’s pretty much perfect.

And in the immortal words of The Cars, it was “just what I needed”.

And in the words of Cher, “If I could turn back time, I’d order two of those suckers!”

Yes, those were actually the original lyrics. You just didn’t pay attention.

Here’s the facts:

Very thin, crispy crust. Light and Airy. You can honestly eat the whole thing and not feel full.

(I did).

Light on the cheese.

Medium amount of sauce.

Perfect amount of super fresh toppings.

Sausage was fantastic, not too greasy.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Living in any major metropolis, such as Los Angeles, one can quickly become desensitized to the amount of crime that occurs around us.

We boldy brush past caution tape to get to our yoga classes and leap over crime scenes so we don’t miss that restaurant reservation.

Let’s face it, nothing phases us.

I remember leaving dinner at a Korean BBQ joint and didn’t blink an eye as the two policemen told us to watch out for the enormous pool of blood we were about to step in.

Thanks to websites such as Weho Daily, one can get minute by minute updates on why Faifax was blocked off (hit and run) or why that damned helicopter is hovering loudly above us (double homicide, suspect at large).

As I write this, a man had been rotting in his apartment only ONE BLOCK away from me for what the cops are saying could have been up to a month!

Fountain avenue was closed for a few hours as they removed the body.

And we couldn’t have cared more or less than if a tomato truck overturned.

“Damn tomatoes, I have to get to Target before they close!”

Growing up, there were only a handful of shocking incidents I recall occuring.

Each and every one of them drew the community into a collective panic.

I remember when our next door neighbor, Father Fred (who ran his own church on his property) disappeared with his daughter or niece and we were up all night, faces pressed against the window in awe at the blinking police car lights and hushed, official whispers.

I remember my mother stating “I suspect foul play” in her famous melodramatic way.

It was later discovered he had kidnapped the child and had been abusing her.

In LA, someone dies pretty much daily. And the world goes on like nothing ever happened.

Unless the crime gets in the way of our routine.

Then it becomes a Facebook status update….

8075 W 3rd St
Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 930-9490
http://www.pizzeriaolio.com/

Tuscan Chicken Sausage and Peppers

FIRST THURSDAYS ON MELROSE – FOOD TRUCKS!

  • July 16, 2012 7:27 am

Lobster Roll from the Lobsta Truck

Just like BB King once sang, the thrill is gone. The thrill of the food truck, that is.

Now that every street corner in LA has an orphan food truck hanging out, hocking it’s wares.

Like pocketwatches in the lining of a trenchcoat. I guess that’s a little dated…ok fine, he’s got iPad’s in his trenchcoat. 2 of them, cuz that’s all that will fit. Hmm, and let’s change the trenchcoat…

There was a time when I would drive an hour to get my hands on the cheesy goodness from the Grilled Cheese Truck after waiting an additional hour in line for the stoned chefs to finish my creation.

Those days are gone.

Though trucks are still a fun phenomenon, I ain’t waiting in no line and I won’t go out of my way…unless there are dozens of these babies lined up to serve me.

Enter Melrose Night. All the food truck hookers come out to party.

It’s a pretty nifty way to overeat.

However….on my way home I felt a rumblin’ in my tumblin’….

Let’s just say I had to sprint that last few blocks in order to maintain my…dignity.

As I had visited so many trucks, narrowing down the list of suspects proved to be difficult.

Welcome to the street feast...

Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi from the Nom Nom Truck

Kalbi Bun - The Bun Truck

Hungry, hungry hippos coming out of the woodwork

Red Velvet Pancakes - Buttermilk Truck

Fried Chicken and Waffle Ice Cream - Cool Haus

MARCONA

  • July 13, 2012 8:09 am

TURKEY ROMESCO - Roasted Turkey, Onion, Romaine, Romesco, Manchego Cheese, Giardiniere on Baguette

Ok, ok. I’ve made it clear in the past that I’m not a fan of fancy sammies.

Or the word, sammies, for that matter.

Keep it simple, don’t use unpronouncable toppings and don’t try to reinvent the damn wheel.

I guess Marcona must have done something right.

Sure, the focus is Spain (which is borderline fancy right there) and there are multiple toppings that I personally do not stock in my fridge.

But it all works! The Turkey Romesco is really, really good! It’s the giardinaire and the thick slices of turkey (instead of using lunch meat) that gives it that edge.

And the Lomo, while a bit fatty, is served on the most excellent ciabatta ever!

It is unforgivable when a sandwich shop makes bread a low priority.

Punishable with bad Yelp reviews and PETA picketing out front your establishment.

It is also quite perturbing to take a bite of your sandwich to find most of the contents sitting in your lap.

Neither of these things are the case at Marcona!

Trust me, this is rare.

Very rare.

This pleases me.

I am a robot.

7368 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 951-9991
http://marconarestaurant.com

LOMO - Lomo spiced Pulled Pork, Parsnips, Onion, Date Mustard, Arugula, Manchego Cheese on Ciabatta