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BUN BOY EATS LA - Archives for 2012 August

FATHER’S OFFICE

  • August 30, 2012 3:55 pm

Wouldn't change a thing...oh wait, you can't even if you wanted to...

After successfully trying all of the most important gourmet burgers in LA, I can officially state that the Father’s Office burger is my very favorite.

The best, if you will.

Father’s Office is famous for it’s “no ketchup” policy, but trust me. You don’t need it.

The garlic aioli they provide with the fries is ample and ketchup has no place mixing with the famous blue cheese/bacon/caramelized onion compote that drips lovingly from each burger.

It’s just perfect. No complaints.

This isn’t like me…

3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 736-2224
http://www.fathersoffice.com

The Office Burger - Look at all the arugula...so healthy...

SUNDAY SUPPER – HOMEMADE SALSA AND CHIPS * KALE, GOAT CHEESE AND PLUOT CROSTINI AND TURKEY MEATBALL SLIDERS

  • August 28, 2012 11:23 pm

Goat Cheese, Kale and Caramelized Pluot Crostini with Honey and Fried Rosemary

Ok, I realize this crostini may seem super fancy and/or pretentious…

…this is just stuff I got free from the farmers market today! I’m not about to spend more money than I have to.

Every Sunday night I try to make a new and creative meal using the crap I get from the market and this time I made fresh salsa, Osteria Mozza-inspired crostinis and sort of healthy sliders.

BUN BOY’S SALSA recipe is really easy:

2 1/2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 White Onion
1 Jalapeno
1/2 Cup Cilantro
2-3 Cloves Raw Garlic
1/4 Cup Enchilada Sauce
1 Tsp Salt (or more)
2 Limes (Juice)

Throw in a food processer and puree until it’s the consistency you prefer.

Always better the next day.

Who knew one little jalapeno could be so spicy?....

KALE, GOAT CHEESE & CARAMELIZED PLUOT CROSTINI:

I had the most amazing crostinis during my million dollar meal at Osteria Mozza and wanted to make something similar.

I utilized an assembly line approach.

I sort of cheated with the caramelization process and just boiled a 1/2 cup of water in a frying pan and dissolved a bunch of sugar and a little vinegar and cooked the chopped up fruit in it for about 5 minutes.

I steamed the kale for a few minutes and then minced it. You could also just chop it up raw.

I fried a handful of rosemary needles in some olive oil for a few minutes. Frying rosemary is magical cuz it causes the herb to disintegrate in your mouth.

Since I am a little tired of Burrata (it’s trendy, pricey and can taste a bit like cold, salty marshmellow fluff) I spread a little goat cheese on some toasted baguette and piled on the rest of the ingredients, finishing with a drizzle of honey. This part is necessary.

Farmers Market Crostini Fixin's...

Caramelized Pluots and Rosemary fried in olive oil

Fresh Sourdough Baguette

TURKEY MEATBALL SLIDERS:

I was too lazy to look up a meatball recipe so I just made my turkey meatloaf mix and molded them into mini burgers.

http://bunboyeatsla.com/?p=7006

Then I browned the patties on both sides in some olive oil while simultaneously dumping a jar of Trader Joe’s Marinara sauce in a large pot set on medium heat, where I finished cooking the mini patties.

The bakery I moonlight at has the best slider buns, so I snatched a few of them.

A super easy dinner which will knock everyone’s socks off (hate the imagery there) and your guests will never know how drunk you were when you made it cuz you kept scaring them out of the kitchen!

“The master is at work, people! Go back to the Kardashians!”

Gulp, gulp…

Thyme Meatball Sliders with Marinara on Brioche and Cheese Bun

BLUE COW

  • August 26, 2012 3:44 pm

Pink Eggs and Ham! (bacon)

Blue Cow is definitely a (blue) diamond (phillips) in the rough.

Huh?

It’s hidden from street view in a sort of business plaza in downtown LA where boring execs and ambitious (slutty) assistants come for their 20 minute power lunches.

Or theater goers come for a nice but casual pre insert musical of the month here meal.

That’s basically your crowd.

Food is top notch. The hits were the fried chicken sammies and the fun and flavorful pink deviled eggs.

The caramelized peaches were awesome, really complimented the simple burrata and salty ham (which is cured in an attic like prosciutto).

Happy Hour is the time to come, everything is super cheap.

IN OTHER NEWS:

After the meal, Chesty Morgan and I went to see Mary Poppins the Musical.

You read that right.

Lemme describe the crowd. Half fell asleep halfway through or fanned themselves furiously (old people) and half were constantly being led by their mothers to the bathroom (toddlers).

We felt out of place until we were disctracted by the thinnest man on earth walking by (Jeff Goldbum). After stalking him for a bit, we took our seats.

My review of Mary Poppins? I have fond memories as a child and it was pleasant to hear all the familiar songs.

They made the Mary character into kind of a self centered, narcissistic shrew. But these are the moments the audience laughed the most.

Let’s face it, it’s a cheesy outdated story that needed a little tonge in cheek, so it all worked.

350 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 621-2249
http://www.bluecowkitchen.com

BSB’s Country Fried Chicken Rolls

French (Onion Short Rib) Dip

Peaches, Burrata & Ham

APPLE PAN

  • August 23, 2012 8:24 am

Hickory Burger - Ample amounts of Hickory Sauce which tastes kind of like a combo of ketchup and bbq sauce

I won’t say Apple Pan is the crankiest diner in LA (that’s Factor’s Deli; that grey-haired waitress with the Elvira mullet will bite your head off and then take your order) or the most uncomfortably warm establishment this side of the 405 freeway (that’s the surface of the sun) but it comes close on both counts!

Why do people freak out about this place??

You walk into the crusty, prosaic 65 year old converted garage and are hit with a wave of heat and the dead stare of two grumpy old men at the counter (the only place to sit, no tables) wondering why you haven’t ordered yet.

No music.

No air conditioning.

No joy.

Hardly anything has changed since it first opened in 1947 and while that plays into Apple Pan’s charm, that’s not exactly a good thing.

The place looks like it could use some indoor power washing. And the drab interior is depressing.

Apple Pan is long overdue for a mysterious fire and subsequent remodel.

All that being said, dives can be fun if the food is good or they serve cocktails…

After seeing this burger appear on multiple Top Ten Burger lists lately, I felt it necessary to set the record straight.

This is not, in my humble statement of fact, one of LA’s best burgers.

It’s just all right.

It is not a reason to trek here from afar…like a Pioneer on his way to the better brothel across town.

Trust me, the house of ill repute near you is just fine.

THE PRO’S:

The beef patty is on the thin side, which I prefer.

No tomatoes

Lots of really fresh iceberg lettuce

Simple, no frills burger. Not too big to bite into.

Burgers are decently priced, under $7.

CON’S:

Once you get past the history, there is zero ambiance here. Unless you enjoy ugly.

Try to come just before or after lunch hours or you won’t get a seat.

Cash Only!

The place needs some A/C!

It’s a smile free zone here; bad for kids, bad for the human spirit.

10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585

I guess they served soft drinks in snow cone cups in the 40's?

This is their actual cash register.

FARMERS MARKET GAZPACHO

  • August 21, 2012 5:48 pm

Almost all this crap came from the farmers market!

Since it’s clearly too dang hot to turn on any appliance but the a/c, I decided I needed to make some gazpacho.

I never thought I would like gazpacho. Who the hell wants to eat spoonfulls of salsa??

It’s SO much more than that. The olive oil, vinegar and cucumbers really make all the difference.

Traditional gazpacho is pureed but I just dumped everything in the food processor and did my thing til it was a pleasing consistency.

I was torn between two recipes.

Ina Garten’s (Barefoot Contessa) and Rachael Ray’s (Annoying).

So, I combined the two.

I used Ina’s recipe as a base and then threw in an jalapeno, lemon and cilantro from Rachael’s.

And then added fresh corn cuz I’m just INSANE and some basil cuz why not?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/gazpacho-recipe/index.html

TOWNE

  • August 15, 2012 7:14 pm

Kanpachi "tacos" - avocado / hijiki / aji Amirillo / creme fraiche

Unlike a lot of new, full service restaurants in LA, Towne took their time before opening.

They got everything right first.

Their menu is really solid. The decor is polished. The drinks are top notch. The waitstaff seems to know what they’re doing.

They even have a thing they’re known for.

The incredible array of homemade desserts!

Red Velvet Twinkies, Dulce de Leche pop tarts, Ginger Caramel Push Pops….

You’ve got no complaints from pre-diabetic Bun Boy.

Loved the creative Coco Punch, like a White Russian but with Bourbon and Cocoa Pebbles.

The kanpachi tacos were a fun few bites to start the meal however the highlight was actually the rich and complex bone marrow matzo ball soup.

If you don’t order that, you’re an idiot. I don’t care if you’re vegetarian. Don’t bore me with your personal details.

If I had to choose a disappointment, it would be the artichoke pizza. While it sounded great on paper, it just didn’t do much for me. I would have liked a tart or acid element to balance out all the rich creaminess.

#richpeopleproblems

705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Neighborhood: Downtown
(213) 623-2366
http://www.towne-la.com/

The joint is empty cuz we ate at a nerdy hour

Coco Punch - Jim Beam with Cocoa Pebbles infused milk

Complimentary Pretzel Rolls with mustard butter

Bone Marrow Matzo Ball Soup w/ shiitakes and beef consomme

Roasted Brussel Sprouts w/ tamarind / bacon / apple

Pastrami Pork Belly Sliders / house made sauerkraut / housemade 1000 island / gruyere

Artichoke Pizza - sheep milk ricotta / egg sauce / bacon / fontina

Dulce de Leche Pop Tart

Red Velvet Twinkie

NONG LA CAFE

  • August 15, 2012 6:33 pm

Lemongrass and Sesame Steak Banh Mi

Nong La is one of those popular new places who’s crowds and wait to get a table at becomes infamous.

Basically, you fear if you don’t get there by 7:45 a.m., you’d better get that sh*t to go!

Here’s a little secret:

Come on the hottest day ever (and at 11:30 a.m. when they open). People aren’t exactly lining up in the blazing sun (the outdoor waiting area is UNcovered) to slurp down a big bowl of hot ass soup.

Which I couldn’t even bring myself to order. So, I ordered the delicious Bun (Noodles topped with lemongrass grilled sesame beef, veggies and herbs).

Vietnamese Bun is one of my favorite dishes on the planet. During the devouring process, I usually can’t think of anything better. Everything good and right in the world is going on in that dish.

Plus, it photographs so much better than the boring-hued, one-colored Pho.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Pho. But not in the summer. (or in public) I tend to “add” to the soup as I’m a proficient sweat-er).

Gross, Bun Boy.

Which doesn’t bring me to the most delicious Banh Mi I’ve ever had….it’s perfection in sandwich form.

Not ordering it would be an egregious error on your part. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

2055 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 268-1881
http://nonglacafe.com/

Nong La Cafe on Urbanspoon

BUN - Noodles with Lemongrass Sesame Steak

The Holy Trinity: Sambal, Hoisin, Sriracha...

PRETZEL CRUSTED PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES

  • August 14, 2012 7:49 am

Sometimes you bake or cook something and you think “This has to be a mistake, they’re calling for HOW much butter??”

(Except if you’re in Paula Deen’s kitchen, ya’ll)

That’s when you know it’s going to be delicious.

Enough to make your Weight Watchers representative throw herself out the nearest window.

Thankfully, they’re worth her impending death.

Wow, this post took a dark turn…

These were crazy easy to make. Need a Kitchenaid or handmixer though, would be a pain in the ass if you did it by hand.

Better yet, have the help do it. That’s what you pay them dozens of dollars a week for anyways.

Here’s a link to the original, decadent, disgustingly fattening recipe (let them bore you with the step by step):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/small-kitchen-college/-peanut-butter-brownies_b_1502637.html

I cannot name one nutritious item located herein.

800 DEGREES NEOPOLITAN PIZZA

  • August 13, 2012 7:20 am

Piccante -
soppressata, garlic & Calabrian chiles

UCLA students sure have it good.

Besides their lives of privilege (I went to community college and am clearly bitter), they have about 124 amazing dining establishments within a few block radius. So many options for a post Ritalin/Adderall-binge meal!

Pizza…

No foodstuff better says “one which soaks up booze”.

At 800 Degrees, pizzas cook in about a minute. This is helpful when the line of customers snakes out the door and around the corner.

Trust me, as soon as you can say “Oh sh*t, this isn’t gonna work. In and Out is right…” you’ll have your pizza. Chill out.

Watching these beauties get made on the assembly line is fun but best to know what you’re gonna order before the angry mob tailing you decides to shove your ass in that 800 degree (I’m assuming?) oven.

HERE’S THE FACTS:

Pizzas are thin-crusted and personal-sized, on the larger end.

They are crispy on the outside, soggy in the middle. Crust is very tasty, usually drizzled with olive oil.

Toppings are top notch and sparse. Which I prefer.

Prices are really reasonable. Their margherita pizzas is only $6.45.

10889 Lindbrook Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(424) 239-5010
http://www.800degreespizza.com

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

Capricciosa -
artichokes, funghi, olives, ham

The assembly line is fun to watch! No picking your nose, fellas. We're all watching...

JITLADA THAI

  • August 12, 2012 6:19 pm

Crying Tiger grilled pork in spicy lime juice sauce (featured in food network’s best thing i ever ate)

Ok, this is certainly a first for me.

A meal too spicy to finish??

Sadly, yes.

I’ve had my fair share of Thai food and as much as I begged and pleaded, it was never made spicy enough for me.

Such an insult. Do I look that white?

Every savory thing I put in my gob has some kind of spicy component.

I dilute my water with Sriracha hot sauce, for crap’s sake!

We ordered four dishes from Jitlada’s southern Thai portion of the menu and it has got to be the spiciest overall meal I’ve ever consumed.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It almost became unbearable!

While the flavors were unique and new to me, I’m not sure I would need to order Southern Thai food again. The heat got in the way of the enjoyment.

And I’ve never uttered that sentence in my life.

The best dish (who’s photo did not turn out) was the Crispy Morning Glory salad. So flavorful and delicious with lots of shrimp and deep fried water cress.

We took sporadic bites of this dish to cool down our mouths as needed.

Our eyes watered throughout most of the meal (Chesty Morgan couldn’t stop her deliberate, deep exhales.)

Eventually, we paid our bill and raced to Yogurtland to cool down our flaming tongues.

What a bunch of wimps we are…

Jitlada Thai on Urbanspoon

5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 663-3104
http://www.JitladaLA.com

Spicy Sugar Brown Chicken stir fried all-white meat chicken and green beans in a southern curry sauce

Khua Kling "Phat Lung" phat lung-style spicy, turmeric-flavored dry curry with Beef