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YU-N-MI SUSHI

  • February 27, 2013 6:24 am

Big Eye Tuna with Miso Mustard Avocado and Albacore with fried onions and garlic ponzu

Attention all Bun Boy readers:

This is Chesty Morgan’s favorite new sushi spot!

Who’s Chesty Morgan, you ask?

If you’re new to this blog, she’s my food partner in crime.

If you’ve been following me a while, then maybe read what I write on occasion!

Yu-N-Mi is super high quality fish in a laid back environment.

Everyone was friendly, the rolls came out quickly and the prices weren’t too crazy.

There is a $20 minimum per person, when seated at the bar (which I found a bit cheesy) but you’ll spend that anyway.

Good sushi is not a cheap meal out, people.

And if you’re on the hunt for the cheapest sushi in town, be prepared for your bowels to pay the price.

We loved everything we ordered. That Spicy Tuna #2 seems to be a fan favorite, if you’re looking on Yelp.

And the Big Eye Tuna was probably one of the best all encompassing perfect bites I’ve ever had.

9475 Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 273-7437

Spicy Tuna #2 - spicy tuna & avocado, rice outside, crunchy wasabi chips on top with smelt egg

Baked Eel

Kathy Roll - spicy tuna, spicy yellowtail, shrimp tempura & avocado with smelt egg, rice outside

Chocolate Mochi

PEANUT BUTTER MARSHMALLOW BARS

  • February 25, 2013 6:33 am

When my friend Captain took a few bites of these, heaved a giant sigh and stated “I think I’m good for a few days”, I don’t think she meant she didn’t need to eat another marshmallow bar for a few days. I think she meant she didn’t need to eat ANYTHING for a few days.

Ingredients:

2 cups creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 11-ounce bag butterscotch morsels

2 10.5-ounce bags mini marshmallows

Heat a large pot over low heat and add peanut butter, butter and butterscotch chips. Constantly stir until totally melted – this will take about 10 minutes, but eventually everything will melt. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for about 10 more minutes.

Fold in marshmallows until evenly coated and distributed – some may melt, and that’s fine. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray, then spread mixture in the pan. Let sit at room temperature for a few hours to firm up, or place in the fridge.

Link to Original Recipe – How Sweet It Is

THE CHURCHILL

  • February 22, 2013 6:25 am

The Churchill is one of those sneaky places where you have a good time, go get your car from the valet, drive home and once you’re warm in your bed, you then realize: “Wait a second…was that place any good?!”

Nothing stood out as being bad at the time.

Nothing was spat out.

Nothing was thrown at the wall in disgust.

Everything seemed fine…

I think the Churchill just needs to be a place for drinks. Not every place has to be a restaurant.

Everyone knows you make the most money off your booze.

So Churchill (and others like you), stop trying to over extend yourself whilst gaining a bad reputation.

Cuz, you have really great booze!

PROS:

Basket of Bread: yummy!

Amelia cocktail: tasty!

Hand Cut Spaghetti: simple but effective!

Gougeres: Great, little carby bites!

Duck Fat Popcorn: greasy and salty and yummy!

CONS:

Beet Salad: Pretty but tiny portions

Kale Pizza: Kale was dried out and flavorless. Overall, this pizza was kinda bad.

Pork Meatball: It was good except for it being too salty.

Short rib Agnolotti: Dish was kind of a mess. Tiny pieces of pasta with dry contents, large pieces of undercooked greens.

But like I said, we had a good time and only now that I’m dissecting my meal did I remember that I don’t really care to ever return.

That’s all.

8384 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-8384
http://www.the-churchill.com/

Gougeres

Beets

Duck Fat Popcorn

Hand Cut Spaghetti

Warm Bread

Toscano Pizza with squash, feta and black kale

Pork Meatball

Creme Brulee - Oh, I forgot this was pretty good!

LITTLE FORK

  • February 18, 2013 2:32 pm

Maple Eggs, crispy bacon

Little Fork kind of pissed me off right at the start when we arrived for our 8:30 reservation (after being told there weren’t any 8:00’s left) and only half the place was filled.

Either everyone cancelled at the last minute or LF wants to be known as the “IT” restaurant.

As much as I wanted to fall in love with Little Fork. I only liked IT…a Little.

It took a while for our waiter to greet us but once he did, we loved him. And the lady who brought out our food looked a little like (don’t hate me, lady) Casey Anthony. But a lot nicer! I’m sure you’ve not been accused of anything but being too nice!

The Maple Eggs were tasty but…just…weird! Bits of scrambled eggs sitting on maple cream just kind of creeped me out. I ate two of them, mind you. So they weren’t awful. Cute presentation, though!

I highly enjoyed anything containing smoked meats. This means I loved the poutine, the brisket and the maple ham. Top notch stuff.

The Clams Casino were ok but inconsistent. Sand was found in one. I didn’t try any, but this is what I was told.

The Sea Bass was a big disappointment. We were shown this gorgeous salt hot pocket that the fish was to be baked in and when it came back to us, it was just a somewhat bland, small piece of not so much.

I would suggest coming here for the great cocktails and a few smoked nibbles and try not to make Casey Anthony mad.

1600 Wilcox Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-3675
http://Littleforkla.com

Why wasn't an 8:00 o'clock reservation available again?? Maybe the ghost seen in the center of the photo scared them away?

El Perdido: tequila, lime, chartreuse, cocchi americano, strawberry chile bitters

Thai Town Mule: gin, lime, thai basil, peppercorn, house ginger beer

Maple Ham, whiskey apple compote

Smoked Meats Poutine, curds, gravy

Hot Smoked Salmon on leek fritters

Clams Casino, cracker stuffing, bacon

Smoked Brisket with three mustards

Brussels Sprouts braised in apple cider, sage, crispy chicken skin

Sea Bass baked in Salt Crust with broccolini

Maple Buttermilk Pie

Apple Cider Donuts

TAVERN

  • February 18, 2013 6:05 am

Pilgrim Sandwich

The last time I blogged about Tavern (almost 3 years ago) I mentioned it reminded me of an upscale nursing home.

This fact has not changed.

We were by far the youngest guests and, in fact, were seated next to a gaggle of Golden Girls who ate nothing while they politely gossiped and only sipped on lemon water.

One balsy gal chose iced tea.

While this place may attract more of the well-to-do geriatric set, it’s absolutely gorgeous and a really nice place for a long, delicious lunch.

What I’m reviewing today is the Dine LA menu. I’ve been here for dinner and had the most delicious chicken dish I’ve EVER had. The Devil’s Chicken. Bummed it isn’t part of the lunch selections.

My salmon was PERFECTLY cooked, so moist and not at all fishy. Really loved how the parsnip, celery leaf and pomegranate all danced beautifully together. Like a delicate culinary orgy.

I couldn’t eat the farro and squash salad fast enough! The pesto sage was unique and addictive!

I found the sandwich a bit lacking, it seemed like it had been thrown together a bit too hastily. One bite and all the stuffing was gone! Uncivilized!

I enjoyed my ice cream sundae but those cookies were simple and a perfect meal ender. My friend kept swatting my hand away from them.

Today I dined with my friend Grace Slick.

Obviously, not the real Grace Slick but a carbon copy.

She regaled me with tales of her fight with a waitress (“Why are you just standing there?? Make my f***ing sweet potato fries!!”) and as a result, being asked to never come back. Also, getting in a screaming match at the gym with a much larger woman over the use of a thigh workout machine.

Always entertaining, Grace. Hats off.

11648 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 806-6464
www.tavernla.com

Farro and Kabocha Squash Salad with Sage Pesto and Truffle Cheese

Tomato Soup - old people love this stuff!

Salmon with parsnip puree, celery leaf and pomegranate

The Pilgrim Sandwich with turkey, stuffing, cranberry and mayo

Cookies and Milk

Smores Chocolate Sundae with marshmallow, graham cracker and popcorn

THE CORNER DOOR – PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S “FOOD FARE 2013” PRE-TASTING

  • February 16, 2013 6:06 am

Slow Cooked Pork Ribs, with orange fennel glaze and lentils

This afternoon, us omnipresent food bloggers got treated to a food/cocktail tasting at The Corner Door in preparation for Planned Parenthood’s annual “Food Fare” event, coming to Santa Monica on March 7, 2013.

Chef Luke Reyes paired some smaller versions of Corner Door’s standout menu items with Mixologist Beau du Bois’ creative and potent poisons.

I had been to Corner Door before (located on a eastern stretch of Washington blvd) and it was good to see that none of the good things have changed!

The Corner Door is just one of the many participating restaurants and vendors in next month’s “Food Fare 2013”. Started 34 years ago by Julia Child, it has grown to become the oldest and most celebrated culinary event in Los Angeles.

“Food Fare 2013” is produced be the Planned Parenthood Guild, a group of nearly 200 women dedicated to providing financial and volunteer support for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.

Planned Parenthood provides preventative care – including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control and annual exams – to over 136,000 women, men and teens in Los Angeles every year.

If you’d like to show your support and have a blast sampling the finest food and drink that LA has to offer, then “Food Fare 2013” is the event not to miss!

Food Fare 2013 is on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at:

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Click here for the Facebook Planned Parenthood Page.

For more info or to Purchase Tickets, click here or on the banner.

12477 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 313-5810
http://www.thecornerdoorla.com

Slow Braised Beef with potato puree, carrot, cipollini and horseradish

Roasted Halibut with cannellini beans and anchovy aioli

Mixologist Beau du Bois brews up some liquid courage!

Chef Luke Reyes sets the stage for the barrage of dishes headed our way

SUNDAY SUPPER: RAW BRUSSEL SPROUTS SALAD * PRETZEL BREAD BREAKFAST STRATA

  • February 15, 2013 6:13 am

Pretzel Bread Breakfast Strata (Cheesy Eggy Bread, basically)

Tonight’s supper comes 95% from the Farmers Market.

It’s also 100% experimental and a weirdly random combination.

I didn’t have time to look up recipes. I just surveyed the landscape of market products and dove right in.

Today’s post also comes without any photo blow by blow. Just the end results, cuz I’m exhausted. And you suffer as a result.

A typical breakfast strata or casserole is kind of like a savory french toast bake. Except I used cut up soft Bavarian pretzels instead of white bread.

For the brussels sprouts salad, I put about two cups trimmed brussells in the food processor as well as some purple carrots I had. Then I threw in sliced apples, toffee peanuts and craisins.

For the dressing, I used sherry vinegar, a little mustard, honey and peanut butter (and, of course, salt and pepper). Next time I think bacon might need to go in this dish.

The is a carb heavy dish! Well, the actual dish is from the 70's, as you can see.

PARK’S BBQ

  • February 13, 2013 6:02 am

The perfect bite - Ggot Sal beef with jalapeno and kimchi

What I don’t know about Asian food could fill a very large book. I won’t pretend to be an expert.

I’m also (shockingly) not Asian so you’ll find dozens more informed food bloggers out there who are eating the more adventurous stuff and actually knowing how to pronounce it.

That ain’t me.

I come to Korean BBQ to sear cow flesh. Not at all interested in tossing a bladder on the barbey.

I know, I know. No fun!

Since when did we tire of normal cuts of meat? Since when did entrails become yummy?

If we’re not living in or come from a third world country, why are wiping out the surplus population of pig’s rectums and leaving none for the needy?

So rude.

Park’s BBQ is basically the best Korean BBQ in LA. Just Google it if you don’t believe me.

I am perfectly fine with following the crowd and being a sheep (‘s intestine) and liking this place as much as everyone else does.

That Ggot Sal (flower beef) is just bovine perfection! Order it, dummies! It’s $35 a serving but totally worth it.

Bring a non-vegetarian friend (this counts Alicia Silverstone out, sadly. But she’s not your friend anyway, so just relax) to split it with you.

955 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717
http://www.parksbbq.com

The wonders one may discover in a strip mall...

Instead of oiling the grill with butter, they use FAT! Eat that, Alicia!

Prime Ggot Sal - Flower Cut - So delicious

The ggot sal beef is so good, it's best NOT to dilute the flavors with any sauces or by using any lettuce or rice paper wraps

Seasoned Bulgogi

Korean BBQ - Bun Boy Style! (Lots of Jalapenos)

HART AND THE HUNTER

  • February 9, 2013 6:44 am

Lemon Ice Box Pie

Great name, right?

Hart is an archaic word for Stag or Deer.

Hart and the Hunter sounds like a sweeping, romance novel. Possibly involving bestiality. Certainly one with a lot of tasty foods.

H & H is part of the PaliHotel, a tiny and eclectic new boutique hotel near Melrose and Fairfax.

There are no reservations accepted (unless you’re a group of 6 or more) which can prove challenging to a Bun Boy who dislikes waiting for a table.

I don’t mind waiting, in general. I’m fine with lines. An hour wait at Splash Mountain? Fine. Just give me a churro to munch on.

But waiting for a table at a restaurant is a different animal. I find it a ruse to boost bar sales.

“If you’d like to wait in the bar, we’ll let you know….”

You can’t NOT drink at the bar. And then you’re forced to wait in tight spaces, constantly readjusting to the barrage of obstacles coming at you. Wondering if you just heard the waitress call your name or not?

“Shoot, did she say Bryan or Ryan??”

Panic ensues.

Sorry, where was I?

Well, the stars must have aligned for us, cuz on a Friday night at 7 pm, there was no waiting!

We ordered pretty much all the favorites. All the waiters recomendations and things I had read about on Yelp.

I loved everything but two items.

Biscuits were heavenly. Flakey, buttery. All the accoutrements were delish.

The Brussels sprout salad is my new favorite thing. I have to make that at home somehow! I wonder if I need a chainsaw?

Chicken cracklin’s scared me at first but they’re a must order. Don’t skimp on the spicy vinegar.

The fried green tomatoes were just ok as well as the melted raclette. It was kind of an awkward dish, didn’t really know which direction it was trying to go.

I almost didn’t get dessert but I would have been a fool otherwise!

The lemon icebox pie was PERFECTION!

“I don’t really like lemon” Chesty Morgan warned the table. Thank God we didn’t listen to her.

7950 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 424-3055
http://thehartandthehunter.com/

SMOKED TROUT, BOILED EGG, PICKLED ONION, CAPERS, AVOCADO TOAST

The perfect bite!

BUTTER BISCUITS & CONDIMENTS

BRUSSELS SPROUT & PEANUT SALAD, AGED CHEDDAR, BACON SHERRY VINAIGRETTE

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, CHOW CHOW, HERBS, GOAT AND BUTTERMILK DRESSING

MELTED RACLETTE, BUTTERBALL POTATOES, CORNICHONS, HAM, MUSTARD, SOFT BREAD

TATSU RAMEN

  • February 8, 2013 6:43 am

RED Ramen with ground beef

Tatsu Ramen’s slogan is “Ramen with a Soul”.

Upon entering, you are greeted by three (soulless) iPad’s waiting to take your order.

Hmm, maybe they’re being ironic?

Like rain on your wedding day?

There’s a few real live human waiters milling about. Wiping your table and eventually serving you your order.

But it’s pretty much mostly automated here. You tell the iPad how much garlic you want. You tell it how much spice you want. You could probably even tell it your darkest secret and it would somehow incorporate it into your order.

So, where’s the soul?

Who cares! The ramen is top notch!

The RED Ramen has the perfect amount of spice, noodles and broth. I didn’t run out of any during my chow session.

I probably wouldn’t bother with the Naked Ramen again. The broth is half the point!

And I’m not really a fan of communal seating. Don’t really care much for seeing and smelling my fellow (strange) man.

It kind of cancels out the iPad lack of human contact element. I kind of wish one could eat their ramen in a single, Peepshow style booth in peace. Like a normal person!

2123 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 684-2889
http://www.tatsuramen.com

Naked Ramen with Tofu (no broth)

We were greeted by three friendly waiters

You order at iPad kiosks, like at the movie theater

I just love communal seating.