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ATTARI SANDWICH SHOP

  • October 31, 2012 4:31 am

Sosees Sandwich

Attari’s is a Persian sandwich shop in Westwood.

I was so intrigued by what the hell a Persian sandwich could be (I assumed it was a kabob jammed in a pita) that I could not rest until I finally tried it.

It honestly felt like we had walked into a sidewalk cafe in Persia (that’s still a country, right?)

I was the only white boy, I was the only young person and I was the only one not slathered in an inch of makeup or sporting enormous, designer sunglasses.

It was a trip, I loved it!

And I LOVE Persian sandwiches!

And I….need to calm down.

I usually know my way around ethnic cuisine but not Persian. Everything written on the menu board seemed foreign to me and every oddly colored item in the deli case threw me for a loop.

Was it pudding or hummus? Who knew!

The sandwiches I chose (I ignored the famous Tongue sandwich that they’re sort of famous for) were the Olivieh (a Persian chicken potato salad) and the Sosees (Persian “sausage”)

Both were served on really delicious, crusty french bread. The Olivieh was a really mayo heavy (which I love, you may not) chicken salad with pickles.

The Sosees was essentially a hot dog and pickle sandwich which I also enjoyed.

Attari also served Kabobs and other Iranian dishes as well as this yogurt lentil soup everyone was eating.

Also, the fridge was filled with random yogurt drinks. Yogurt sodas and herbed yogurt smoothies.

They both frightened and intrigued me.

They say yogurt is a great thing to drink to combat dodgy foods.

Must be why its so popular in Indian cuisine. “Ooh…that meat looks kinda rancid. Dump some yogurt on top and cook the sh*t out of it!”

1388 Westwood Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 441-5488
http://www.atarisandwiches.info

Olivieh Sandwich (Persian Chicken Potato Salad)

MR CHOW

  • October 29, 2012 4:45 am

Duck Taco

All ya’ll haters gotsta chill out on the Chow hatin’.

Sure, you have to swipe your Amex Black card to gain entrance to the front door.

And fine, there’s no way in hell you’d find Mr Chow Noodles being served from a street vendor in Beijing.

But the food is really good (if you know what to order), the service is impeccable and you’re always guaranteed to see a celebrity of some sort.

In Beverly Hills, those things don’t come cheap.

So, stop coming to these kinds of restaurants and bitching and moaning about paying $35 for a few bites of really good spicy beef. That’s just the way it is here.

The Mr Chow Noodles are really special. Sort of like a (sorta) Asian Bolognese.

The dumplings were adorable juicy perfection.

A memorable part of the evening was being greeted by the luxurious champagne cart and wondering if the outrageous price list indicated by the glass or the bottle.

After being kindly coerced into the cheapest glass ($22 for a glass of Veuve) we threw caution (and our vulnerable wallets) to the wind and ordered whatever we wanted!

Mr Chow was my very first nice restaurant when I moved here 12 years ago. I felt like such a Fancy Pants McGee.

Paying $80 for my dinner and sitting near Burt Reynolds and his geriatric party group nearly sent me into a tailspin. That certainly wasn’t my life in Seattle.

I was hooked.

I was broke.

Thanks Mr Chow for the memories and getting me addicted to nice restaurants. Just don’t look at my beat up Honda Civic with the dangling side mirror that the valet is desperately trying to start.

344 N Camden Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 278-9911
http://www.mrchow.com

Champagne Cart!

Water Dumplings

Mr Chow Noodles

Spicy Beef

Gamblers Duck - contrast of tender and crispy served with pancakes and plum sauce

Berry Tart

SUNDAY SUPPER: HALLOWEEN EDITION

  • October 26, 2012 5:06 am

Halloween is my favorite holiday. To the point where it’s kinda weird.

When I say this, many assume I prepare an elaborate costume each year. Screw that! I don’t want the attention. Or to lose half my costume as the night progresses cuz I’m too hot or too drunk.

There’s something that sends a delicious chill down my spine when I stumble upon the Halloween section at Target. Hell, even perusing CVS’s three shelves of .99 cent store quality crap while I wait for my prescriptions still makes me smile.

Am I evil? In touch with the dark side? Or just OBSESSED with Halloween candy? You be the judge. Well, actually…don’t be.

Either way, I wanted to devote this morning’s brunch with Bonnie and Clyde to my favorite time of year when secretaries dress like hookers, parents frantically inspect kid’s candy for phantom razor blades (while actually just devouring their allotted 20% candy commission) and everyone else makes binge drinking a pivotal part of their costume.

By the way, quiche has nothing to do with Halloween or autumn flavors, I just freaking love quiche. Deal with it.

PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE STUFFED FRENCH TOAST WITH BROWN SUGAR PECANS:

See below for the recipe. The only change was I used thicker cut white bread and caramelized my pecans with some brown sugar and butter.

http://www.cookincanuck.com/2011/10/pumpkin-stuffed-french-toast-recipe-with-toasted-pecans/

RED AND GREEN VEGGIE QUICHE:

Quiche is so easy, I didn’t even use a recipe.

4 Eggs
1 Cup Fat Free Milk
1 Jalapeno, finely diced
1 Green Onion, diced
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced
Shredded Cheese (1/2 – 3/4 cup)
2 Morningstar Veggie Sausage Patties, chopped up
1 Tbs Sriracha (of course)
Salt and Pepper and garlic powder to taste
1 Premade Crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I sauteed my jalapeno and red pepper in a little olive oil first and set aside.

Then, in a medium sized bowl I whisked together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Sriracha.

Then I layed out the cheese and sausage patties, covering the bottom of the crust. Then I dumped in the egg/milk mixture til it reached the base of the crust edges.

Bake for 45-55 minutes. Test with a knife in the center.

"Blood" Orange Mimosas

Quiche is the easiest dish to wow guests. You won't screw it up, unless you're a complete moron.

Those greens were only for garnish. Promptly dumped in the trash after the photo, as nature intended.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese is a Beautiful thing

Yum. I could stop right here and eat this...

A tablescape ghetto enough for Sandra Lee

And then this happened. So cute when they're stuffed.

DIABLO – URBAN TACO FABRICATOR

  • October 24, 2012 4:22 am

Tres Tacos - Yuzu Pork Chili Verde, Maple Fried Chicken w/ Purple Kale, & Pork Belly w/ Peanut Relish and Caramelized Banana

Diablo has an awesome, drool worthy menu.

Maple Fried chicken taco?? Duck Fat Rice?? Bacon Refried Beans??

All sound amazing right? (Vegetarians, shut your tofu hole)

Well, the rice and beans were awesome! The fried chicken taco…meh…

Same goes for the Michelada with the tomato/clam/lime popsicle that didn’t really melt til the end, so it was just a regular (PBR) beer til the last few sips. Still cold and tasty, though!

Either way, I applaud Diablo on their creativity and really enjoyed the other two tacos. The quality of the meat was excelente and they were a really generous size.

Plus, they have a great name.

Wow…did anyone else just fall asleep during that review?? BORING!! If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d go back and spice it up with a few made-up tawdry details.

3129 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 666-4666
http://www.diablotaco.com

PBR - Michelada Style (with Tomato, Lime, Clam Juice Popsicle)

Bacon Refried Beans

Warm Cookie with smear of peanut butter

MO-CHICA

  • October 21, 2012 10:46 am

ESTOFADO DE ALPACA Alpaca stew estofado, tagliatelle, aji amarillo sauce, fried organic fertile egg

Step right up folks! It’s LA’s favorite restaurant trend finally gone sour!

1. Overpriced, small plates (also called “snacks” or “bites”)
2. Trendy or obscure ingredients (such as cardoons or harissa)

Now, don’t get me wrong. If the food is amazing, I’m more than happy to submit my wallet for rape and I’m more than pretentious enough to appreciate some new onion breed.

We probably wouldn’t have been so unimpressed with Mo-Chica if the build up wasn’t so intense. I mean, everyone just raves about this place.

Calm down, people.

Ginger Gerrard and I decided not to go overboard and only order a few things as we felt the bill growing exponentially with each nibble of “fertile egg” and sip of the “Papa don’t Peach” cocktail.

When asked what makes an egg “fertile”, the waiter couldn’t really give us an answer. At least he was honest.

Let me also say this. With the exception of the Alpaca stew, I don’t really think we ordered any items that this place does best.

The dish below appears to have been sprinkled with fresh Peruvian flake!

I did really enjoy that Alpaca stew (there were probably four bites of it, hidden underneath the egg and noodles), it was unique and decadently tasty. Alpaca tastes like beef, only much cuter.

While we didn’t pretend to care mo-much for mo-chica, we did pretend that we were not still hungry upon our departure.

I had half a mind to hit up a Mickey D’s on my way home…

514 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-3744
http://mo-chica.com/

PAPA A LA HUANCAINA TERRINE Peruvian potato terrine, bacon, fried quail egg, huancaina sauce

SOLTERITO Southern style peruvian salad, lima beans, choclo, feta, olives, english peas, queso fresco, rocoto vinaigrette

QUINOTTO Quinoa risotto, wild mushrooms, parmesan, parsley infused oil

SUNDAY SUPPER – Cold Thai Peanut Noodles * Potato, Spinach & Feta Bourekas

  • October 18, 2012 6:22 am

Sunday Suppers are a lot of fun but they’re also a lot of hard work cuz I’m always making new and strange things.

Today’s meal was Thai/Israeli themed for absolutely no reason.

POTATO, SPINACH AND FETA BOUREKAS:

Now, I don’t recall ever eating bourekas during my time in Israel but I had just been given a crapload of Feta and had to do something with it!

I used the recipe below. The only change I made was adding the spinach and dill. Next time (if there is one) I’ll also add parsley. There’s not a distinct flavor going on here otherwise, so the herbs really stand out.

Oh, and I used black sesame seeds instead of white cuz I believe they’re sexier and I’m not racist.

http://theshiksa.com/2012/05/24/potato-cheese-bourekas/

Dill was not in the original recipe. Oh well, no big dill.

Making Bourekas is a pain in the tuches.

The black seeds look like an ant infestation. That won't stop me from eating them, of course.

COLD THAI PEANUT NOODLES:

I recently ate a version of this at the Yardhouse chain restaurant and felt a strong desire (in my loins) to recreate it.

I made the peanut sauce the day before:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-thai-peanut-sauce/

Then I cooked up 3/4 a package of whole wheat spaghetti and about 9 chicken tenders. I sauteed the tenders in a little coconut milk and Thai red curry.

Then I let both items cool.

Then I used my trusty ole mandolin and chopped up a bunch of purple cabbage, red bell pepper, carrot and set aside.

When it came time to eat, I mixed everything in one big ass bowl, along with my remaining bag of broccoli slaw (healthy alert!) and then served on top of slices of cucumber (necessary) and garnished with cilantro.

So delicious and can easily be warmed up if it’s not, like, a million degrees out where you live.

Ingredients for the PERFECT Spicy Peanut Sauce. Note the extremely crusty, oft-used container of Soy Sauce.

SEOUL SAUSAGE

  • October 17, 2012 5:11 am

Galbi Sausage - Kimchi relish, garlic jalapeno aioli

I’m a big fan of Asian street food. (There’s no bigger Asian street in LA than Sawtelle!)

Nothing with entrails, blood or obscene shrimp heads, mind you. I’m talking about the stuff blatantly altered for the white bread American market!

Seoul Sausage apparently won the most recent season of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race, walking away with $50K to continue making their infamous Kimchi rice balls on a larger scale.

I’m not sure if $50K is enough to open up an actual brick and mortar restaurant (apparently, it helps) but I’m certainly glad to have them on my radar!

Funny enough, they never actually made any sausages on the Food Truck Race show (they couldn’t afford the casings) instead they made these amazing rice balls.

I know they’re amazing cuz I recently ate one. Yes. I ate one of their balls.

Predictable ball jokes aside, they really are delish. The sausages are fantastic too! Served on a super soft bun, with only a few simple but effective spreads to lubricate its way down your piggy throat.

11313 Mississippi Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(310) 477-7739
http://www.seoulsausage.com

Lil Osaka Rice Ball - Japanese curry, beef, rice and potatoes.

They said "balls"

PINCHES TACOS

  • October 14, 2012 5:12 pm

Carnitas Sope

Whether or not a restaurant is “authentic” is of little consequence to me.

I will not ostracize a place if they don’t import their salami from a cavern in Tuscany or churn their own free range butter.

I just want it to taste good and maybe not send me racing to the loo.

In my opinion, since we live in a city with a large Hispanic population, our worst Mexican spots are still going to be better than the average burrito hut in Montana.

At least we have an actual Mexican making our tortas.

That’s gotta be racist, right?

Now for the bad news (was there any good?):

Pinches tacos is just ok. Authentic or not.

The meats were kind of tough and the spices were kept at a minimum. A salsa bar would have been nice.

I liked the mole taco but the sope and gringo taco, I wouldn’t order again.

In conclusion, maybe I’m completely wrong in my stance on authenticity. Whatev.

3 Taco Plate

Pollo Mole Taco

El Gringo Taco (Shredded beef, deep fried)

Authentic Mexican Art

SUNDAY SUPPER – Roasted Vegetable Penne Bake in Pumpkin Bowls * Bacon, Apple, Honey Brussels Sprouts * Linguine in a Pumpkin Coconut Sage Sauce (Vegan)

  • October 11, 2012 8:11 am

All the veggies and herbs from the farmers market cuz I'm a big, fat snob.

In order to start the first day of Fall, I thought it befitting to (regardless of the 1000 degree temperatures outside) make a pumpkin themed dinner.

To save a little dough, I wheeled and dealed and got all the veggies and herbs at the farmers market for only $2.00.

Well, the jerk sold me the brussels sprouts for $2, everything else was free.

Including the trendy Orange Kabucha squash that’s on every restaurant’s menu lately. Looks like a pumpkin. Costs twice as much.

BACON, APPLE, HONEY BRUSSELS SPROUTS:

Basket of Brussels Sprouts
1/2 Apple, diced
1 Tbsp Honey
4 Strips Bacon

Cook the bacon and drain half the grease/fat. Then sinfully sautee the apples in the remaining grease for a few minutes. Then add the honey and then cook the sprouts in the mixture on medium low for 10+ minutes until lightly browned.

The secret ingredient is not shown...honey!

LINGUINE IN A PUMPKIN COCONUT SAGE SAUCE:

Super simple recipe, so freaking delicious.

I used the following recipe and substituted coconut milk for the almond milk and added some garbanzo beans for protein.

http://www.thiscantbevegan.com/2011/11/pasta-with-creamy-pumpkin-sauce.html

ROASTED VEGGIE PENNE BAKE IN PUMPKIN BOWLS:

I took a Giada recipe, added some kobucha squash and served it in hollowed out pumpkins that cost a fortune. The squash is a bitch to cook with. I peeled it clumsily with a knife, boiled it for a few minutes and then roasted it along with the other veggies since it needed a head start.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/baked-penne-with-roasted-vegetables-recipe/index.html

Has my cheap ass mentioned that pumpkins aren't cheap yet?...

Uh...get to it people! These pumpkins aren't going to fill themselves. And if they do, I'm outta here.

It takes more pasta than you think to fill these suckers...

CORNER DOOR

  • October 10, 2012 6:05 am

Lately, if you’re hearing about a hot new restaurant or watering hole, it’s probably located in Culver City (or downtown).

I’m not entirely sure what it is about this endless stretch of West LA that’s attracting such talent…maybe the cheap rent or the built-in Sony employee fanbase?

Corner Door is the NEW hot new thang who’s crowds are shaming the nearby powerhouses, A-Frame and Waterloo and City.

Poor powerhouses.

Cozy, swarthy and ready to ply the happy hour crowds with creative cocktails and ginormous burgers, Corner Door seems to know what they’re doing.

Til next week when something else opens up next door, causing three once hot establishments to go bankrupt.

12477 W. Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90066
310-313-5810
http://thecornerdoorla.com/

TCD Burger - again. In case you missed it.

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Expert Cocktail Craftsman - Beau du Bois (how great is that name??)