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MT KILIMANJARO

  • November 29, 2012 3:17 pm

If you’re reading this, I should have just finished my Big Fat Greek hike up old Mt Kilimanwhatsherface!

(FYI people, this is in Tanzania, Africa. Not Greece)

About 7 days up, and one day (ish) down.

I think.

I’m writing this preemptively, of course. Who knows if I’ll make it to the summit. I’m not starting this journey in the best of health as it is. Cough, Sore Throat, Fever.

All nasty things worthy of capitalization.

I’m saying this so you’ll feel sorry for me. I won’t lie.

Anyhoo, I thought I was gonna have enough regular food blogs to last me throughout my whole trip, but I was a few short. Oh well. Deal with it.

Take care suckers and I’ll see you next week with a few African tales and dishes to present.

FLORE VEGAN CUISINE

  • November 26, 2012 5:32 am

One of the best cupcakes I've ever had!!

I have a few strong thoughts on Vegan cuisine.

Let me preface this with saying I actually try to behave in a somewhat Vegan manner for my at-home meals.

I don’t often keep cheese or milk in the house (except for recipes) and I’m too lazy to put forth effort into cooking actual meat so Morningstar meatless options offer an easy, microwavable solution.

Listen up Vegan restaurants! You have a vast vegetable and herbal world at your disposal. Don’t skimp on the good stuff!

The few times I’ve visited a Vegan establishment, I assume that these timid folks are scared of spices, herbs and jalapenos.

Spice that sh*t up!

Flore is one of the dozen or so Vegetarian/Vegan establishments in crunchy old Silverlake.

The interior has a thrift store vibe and the whole scene is obviously very laid back.

One problem I have with certain meat substitutes is they don’t retain heat for very long. So, smothering them in cold sauces can prove problematic.

My Tempeh Ruben was very tasty but the tempeh grew cold so quickly, I began to lose interest. Like watching a Cricket match.

The B.L.T.A was the best entree ordered, the tempeh bacon was perfectly prepared and it didn’t matter if it was cold.

The Burrito Flore needed something. Something spicy! It should have already been inside the tortilla instead of the blandness being remedied by a hot sauce request.

We finished off with an amazing complimentary cupcake. I’ve never tasted such unusually scrumptious frosting before, what was in there?? Find out and get back to me.

Sorry Barnacle and Whale, I know I promised I would be kind. I made up for my hasty, amateur comments with my unadulterated praise of the cupcake. I hope that’s enough for you.

Oh, and I capitalized Vegan during the entire post, as if it were a religion.

3818 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 953-0611
http://florevegan.com/

Tempeh Ruben with Cashew Cheese and 1000 Island

B.L.T.A with Tempeh Bacon and Eggless Mayonaise

Burrito Flore

Barnacle and Whale simply exhausted from their counterculture Vegan lifestyle.

This is what Vegans do in their natural habitat...wear cruelty free jeans jackets

HAPPY BUNSGIVING!

  • November 22, 2012 5:29 am

We give thanks for booze!

Happy Thanksgiving, folks!

If you’re reading this, I will have just started my 8 day hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Be thankful you’re warm and safe at home. Eating shockingly large portions of food while I freeze my butt off on a mountain. Pooping in a hole I’ve dug myself.

Since I knew I was going to be abroad for the holidays (how snobby and British do I sound??) I made Thanksgiving happen a few weeks early.

I cooked my very first turkey and made my famous sausage stuffing. Both turned out fantastic, if I do say so myself.

I won’t bore anyone with recipes as most people already have their favorites already.

Oh, and no one reads this blog anyways.

Hope everyone has a smashing Thanksgiving and I’ll see you soon unless I don’t know you then I’ll never see you cuz I’m anti-social and not really very friendly.

BUN BOY

Apple Cider Champagne Cocktails

Sausage Cornbread Stuffing

Chesty Morgan's Green Bean Casserole

The only thing I slathered this sucker in was canola oil!

Poultry Carnage

Jamaican Spice Pumpkin Pies

Good friends and too much food

TART

  • November 19, 2012 5:31 am

Fried Chicken (Honey glazed, really sweet and crispy. Lots of white meat)

If you’re reading this, I’ve started my trip to the African country of Tanzania to hike Mount Kilimanjaro.

I’ve been sorta training for months. That means lots of short hikes in really low elevations. So…not at all what I’ll be doing in Kilimanjaro.

Hope it wasn’t all in vain!

In preparation, I’ve pre written a few blogs to tide you guys over in my tearful absence (I should be back in a few weeks).

Here’s a quick review of Tart.

Really good, honey drenched fried chicken.

Friendly, great service.

Really quirky setting, in a somewhat country/western themed hotel lobby across from The Grove.

Tables are really spread apart so no one can overhear your evil plotting or backstabbing.

My dining companion, Chesty Morgan, made an innapropriate comment to the waiter about being all sticky from the fried chicken.

It was actually fine until she had to specify “My hands, that is” with a smirk.

115 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 556-2608
http://www.tartrestaurant.com

Cornbread (on the sweet side, crumbly, like yellow cake. Delish!)

Truffle Mac and Cheese (Not too saucy, noodles are perfect, super light on the truffle flavor)

Sides: Black Eyed Peas (Awesome) Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Standard but yum) Collard Greens (Perfectly cooked but better with hot sauce)

CAPRIOTTI’S

  • November 16, 2012 5:22 am

The Bobbie. Sheer post-Thanksgiving perfection. Very moodily lit.

Capriotti’s Bobbie sandwich is one of my very favorite things.

Simple. Perfect. Highly erotic.

What?

Once you try it, you’ll see I’m not wrong. On all three counts.

This legendary sandwich brings me to my knees. It’s just heavenly.

The stuffing, of course, is the highlight. I devour every little drop that falls from my sandwich. So packed with flavor, it ain’t your boxed Stouffers. Or it could be. I love Stouffers.

One hint. Don’t say no to the mayo. It brings the whole sandwich together.

9683 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 858-1383
http://www.capriottis.com/

A work of art, a thing of beauty

After (almost) three years, my review is still hanging on their wall!

BAMBOU LE PHO

  • November 14, 2012 5:48 am

Bun - Noodles with Beef and Egg Roll

One of the best parts about Pho restaurants is if you forget the name, simply Google “PHO” as the word is 99% always in the restaurant name.

As is the case here. In fact, they even added a fancy French sounding twist.

But don’t be fooled. Inside is a super duper casual, somewhat inexpensive spot for really fantastic egg rolls and noodle dishes and kind of not great Pho.

Sorry, I feel bad saying it. But the beef Pho broth here seemed really weak. We attempted to remedy this with copious amounts of Sriracha.

It ended up being a hot sriracha soup. Not necessarily a bad thing!

Back to those amazing egg rolls!

They tasted more like Lumpia (which makes my heart sing). They never grew cold and they were packed with flavor.

The noodle dish was really good and the steak was expertly seasoned. I would have preferred smaller pieces, as trying to cut the beef with my chopsticks made me look like a special needs person.

8351 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-8881

Vegetarian Egg Rolls (amazing)

Rare Steak and Meatball Pho

FIG AND OLIVE

  • November 11, 2012 6:22 pm

Truffle Mushroom Croquette with parmesan cheese bechamel & truffle olive oil aioli

I didn’t want to go to Fig and Olive just because President Obama held a massive fundraiser here last year….well…actually yes. That’s the main reason.

I also love the slightly pretentious name. Thankfully, there actually are figs and olives in many of their dishes, so I’ll not give them a hard time.

I won’t say exactly who treated me to dinner tonight, but they’re a lovely coven of witches (that’s your nickname, gals. Deal with it) and they did their best to “insure” I had a great time.

No one but our dining group will get that stupid pun.

I had printed out the menu ahead of time (per the usual) and highlighted everything I was going to force everyone to order.

As luck would have it, I got my wish!

The crostini (or crostino, plural) were packed with flavor. I could have just eaten these devils all night.

The main courses were all tasty and satisfying. The chicken was seasoned perfectly (although I didn’t love assembling my own dish) and the carnivore to my right enjoyed his lamb chops.

However, the stars of the show were the truffle/mushroom dishes!! Yes, I’m yelling!

I kept sneaking bites of the shared bowl of truffle risotto. As a new mushroom lover, I was a bit frightened by the large pieces contained therein but bravely ate every delectable morsel!

And those damned Truffle croquettes…heaven in bite form. I want more. More damned bites of truffled heaven.

I used to despise mushrooms, those little night-dwelling ground trolls.

I didn’t grow up eating them. Growing up in Washington state, I used to kick them when they sprouted up in our front yard. Out of sheer boredom. Better than kicking my sister.

8490 Melrose Pl
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
http://www.figandolive.com

Crostinis - (Salmon, Ricotta, Citrus) (Prosciutto, Ricotta, Fig) (Copa, Goat Cheese, Fig, Honey)

Truffle Risotto

Filet Mignon with Olive Oil Bearnaise

Rosemary Lamb Chops

Fig and Olive Chicken Tagine

Dessert Crostini

Green Apple Sorbet

Mango Sorbet with Coconut mousse, crunchy meringue, & passionfruit caramel

SUNDAY SUPPER: Eggplant Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates and Homemade Pizzas

  • November 7, 2012 8:06 am

Proscuitto always reminds me of human skin.

In continuing with the theme of foods I attempt that don’t go so well, I bring you my eggplant wrapped dates. Oh god. I guess this is why reading the recipe ahead of time is important.

I showed up to my friend’s house, not bringing any of the eggplant marinade. What was I thinking?? I guess I hoped he would have everything there already (not the case).

Also, the recipe called for a mandoline to cut the eggplant. Oops. I used an innapropriate knife and made about 6 horrifically inconsistantly thick but useable slices.

Oh…I’m supposed to grill these?? Oops.

Screw it, I’m just going to throw it all in the oven and hope for the best.

The pizzas were a no brainer. Fresh pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, have someone else stretch it out for you and then put some crap on it. Done. Easy. Delish.

Not my best Sunday Supper. Oh well, 3 more Pumpkin Beers please!

I try to use all the stuff I get free from the market. Even if it makes no sense together.

Yum! Stuffed cockroaches!

These look so gross. But taste great.

"I only worked for Pizza Hut for one day!"

Arugula makes pizza look fancy!

No matter what you put on a pizza, it will probably still taste good. Unless it's black olives.

I guess this is sort of a face?

YOSHI’S SUSHI

  • November 5, 2012 6:14 am

Albacore Salsa

I spend so much time finding the best restaurants in LA, I often pay little attention to the gems in my own backyard.

We have quite a few sushi joints in Weho and I thought it was high time I tried a few of them out!

I drive by them every day and I guess I just assume there’s nothing to them. Except maybe a “C” rating and some time spent in the bathroom shortly after.

Yoshis is a “really casual, walk off the street, eat some soosh, get the hell out with no one the wiser” kinda spot.

That’s exactly what Elisabeth Moss from TV’s “Mad Men” was doing when she rushed out the door with some takeout. We see you Mossy. Relax, mad woman.

"Shall I fetch you some sushi, Mr. Draper?...Wait, I don't talk like that! And this is the 60's, what the hell is sushi??"

Yoshis makes up for the sadly lacking spicy tuna on rice cake (rice cake was too thin, tuna was a bit bland) for serving my hungry ass the unique Albacore Salsa (fresh slices of Albacore tuna accompanied by…salsa!) and the melt in your mouth Miso Sea Bass (a must order).

Plus, they have some great specials. Wednesdays are $1 sake night ($1.70 for a large). They get you drunk so you don’t notice the bill you’re racking up.

Well Yoshis, you’re lucky you live so close by. So nice to eat somewhere I can safely stumble home from!

8274 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 848-9105
http://www.yoshissushi.com/

Edamame

Red Dragon Roll

Spicy Tuna with Rice Cake

Miso Sea Bass

Green Tea Ice Cream

BUN BOY’S GHETTO HALLOWEEN RECAP/MISHAP

  • November 2, 2012 7:20 am

I guess if you squint, it looks like a spider? Or a twig loving deer's turd

Not everything I attempt ends up as pure culinary genius.

Sometimes things just look like shit.

Take, for instance, everything I attempted to make with my friend Taco Belly last week.

Nothing worked out right.

It could have been the half dozen lychee eyeball cocktails consumed (also ghetto looking) whilst shoving cheese-stuffed hot dogs inside of improperly thawed phyllo dough.

Making eyeballs is easy! Just cram some blueberries inside of canned lychees and freeze!

This blueberry vodka cocktail was delicious! Even though most of the eyeballs wouldn't behave and turn my way!

BTW, is there anything more high maintenance than freaking phyllo dough?? You really need to be buttered on every layer, mister? I don’t have time for you. Go away.

Phyllo: Cash in the Trash! Like a black and white segment of an informercial of what you're doing WRONG.

Who knew it had to be kept moist with a wet paper towel? Who can be bothered? I canna be bothered (said like a Scottish person).

What happens when a ghostly force throws your ketchup bottle across the room. Decimating poor Taco Belly.

I had such high hopes for these little suckers.

Phyllo sucks, people. These just look obscene.

Dots of ketchup smeared on fast crumbling phyllo helps create authentic looking mummy ghettoness.

Then came the ghoulish seven layer dip. My sour cream web design sort of worked. Til I forgot to add the tomatoes and cheese.

The only thing making it appear remotely Halloween were the paper bats I bought at the 99 Cent Store.

Ralph's sold those festive-colored chips. Wasn't my doing.

The one thing that tasted really good but still looked trashy were the chocolate spiders. They don’t look like spiders. Most spiders I know don’t have red eyes. Actually, strike that. The evil ones do.

Taco Belly and I sure had a blast making all these embarrasing holiday creations. So, please don’t judge too harshly on the ghastly results.

Thank god I bought extra for my several desperate attempts...

Helpful hint: DON'T add marshmellows, it will turn to fudge. If you have any experience in the kitchen, apparently you already know this. I'm a moron, I guess.

Quick! Find some Halloween looking crap to throw in the background! A creamsicle scented candle and an old New Orleans souvenier, check!