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SAUSAGE AND BROCCOLI CHEESEY NOODLE BAKE

  • April 29, 2013 6:07 am

Before we begin, I don’t care if that’s the wrong way to spell cheesey.

Ok.

I had set out to make a mac and cheese of some sort.

When guilt got the better of me, I reduced the amount of high fat dairy I would be dumping into this mess and it became more of a bake.

Instead of heavy cream, I used 1% milk.

Instead of 10 cups of cheese, I only used two.

I’m not saying this is at all Weight Watcher’s friendly, but you also don’t need to pop 3 Lipitors after you eat it.

Unless that’s your recreational drug of choice. I’m not here to judge.

INGREDIENTS:

Fusilli Pasta – 3/4 Bag
Broccoli, medium head, chopped
Italian Sausage, 5 links
Onion, 1/2, diced
Milk, 1% – 1.5 Cups
Butter – 3 Tbsp
Flour – 2 Tbsp
Shredded Cheddar and Jack – 2 Cups
Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Boil your pasta about one minute less than the directions indicate and set aside.

Brown your Italian sausage links in a frying pan til they’re done and set aside. Chop into bite sized pieces.

Using the same pot, sautee your onion in the sausage grease for about five minutes. I always salt and pepper my onions.

Using a large stock pot, melt your butter. Then throw in your flour and cook for a minute or two before you add your milk and sautee on low heat to cook out the flour and create a roux. Constantly stir to avoid burning.

After the sauce/roux begins to thicken, add one cup of your cheese and stir until melted.

Add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

Dump the noodles, sausage and onions and broccoli into the mixture and stir until well coated.

Transfer to 9″ by 11″ glass baking dish and sprinkle other cup of shredded cheese on top. If there isn’t any sauce pooling on the bottom of the dish, add a little warm milk to the mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes til cheese is melted and gooey.

Does organic milk and pasta cancel out fattening Italian sausage?? If not, I threw in Broccoli which I'm sure does!

Broccoli means it's healthy...

VICIOUS DOGS

  • April 26, 2013 6:00 am

Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa

Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa

Friday Night.

Full of Promise. Bursting with Expectation.

Hot nights on the town.

In bed by dawn…

Instead of all that noise, Chesty Morgan and I found ourselves sitting in a parked car on a dark, lonely street deep in the Valley shoving hot dogs in our mouth as fast as humanly possible while a homeless man and a stray cat watched in horror…keeping their distance.

Something’s gotta be pretty good to get me to the Valley in rush hour traffic.

Thankfully, Vicious did not disappoint.

The dogs were high quality, the buns were simple but did not get soggy, the toppings were ample but not over the top. Really good stuff here. $10 bucks gets you stuffed!

But I had to wait until the following day to write this post to REALLY tell if this place was any good.

You know what I’m talking about, folks. Don’t make me spell it out.

Hot dogs make me do bad things in the bathroom, I’m not gonna lie. Especially ones that have been sitting out since Methuselah.

After the arduous journey to North Hollywood, Chesty having to relieve herself the entire way, we heaved a sigh of relief to have arrived at Vicious 30 minutes before closing.

Yet, all the chairs and tables were put away.

Chesty’s bladder winced in pain.

“We can still serve you but only to-go. We can’t stay open cuz OUR BATHROOM IS OUT OF ORDER”

We placed our order and watched everything being made fresh.

Well, God knows the origins of the actual Dog, they could have extracted it from the cloudy, lukewarm waters of some misbegotten pot.

I guess we’ll find out…tomorrow.

We grabbed our dogs and headed to Pitfire Pizza so Chesty could pee. Pitfire was jumping! Every table filled with families, little kids playing with light-up swords, waiters navigating the mess wearing irritated expressions.

“Act cool” Chesty barked as she raced to the bathroom.

I tried to make my bag of hot dogs look like a bag of leftover pizza. I think I fooled everyone!

A two hour road trip and 10 minutes of actual eating. We don’t mess around.

After taking only a few necessary breaths between bites, we were soon on the road back home.

Uh oh, a DUI Police checkpoint ahead!

Our night of hot dog debauchery had paid off.

“You two been drinking?”

“No officer, but there’s an extra large milkshake in our future!”

That’s how it would have gone if the cops had even bothered to stop us. And if we were Mormans.

My very first checkpoint successfully completed!

Minutes later, we were in Astro Burger sucking down chocolate shakes (only after Chesty went ballistic that Malts were not on the menu.)

Just another good, old-fashioned, calorie-packed night with Chesty.

5231 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 985-3647
http://www.viciousdogsnoho.com

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Worth a trip to the Valley...

Worth a trip to the Valley…

The Big Popper - Bacon wrapped Polish dog with Jalapeno Poppers, Chipotle Sauce, Grilled Onions and Peppers

The Big Popper – Bacon wrapped Polish dog with Jalapeno Poppers, Chipotle Sauce, Grilled Onions and Peppers

The Hot Chick - Bacon Wrapped with Mozarella, Chopped Chicken Tenders, Ranch and Buffalo Sauce

The Hot Chick – Bacon Wrapped with Mozarella, Chopped Chicken Tenders, Ranch and Buffalo Sauce

WILDCRAFT SOURDOUGH PIZZA

  • April 24, 2013 6:35 am

Butcher's Chopped Salad - It's snowing!

Butcher’s Chopped Salad

There are restaurants that are worth a little road trip and the ones that are only good if they’re within spitting distance.

I believe many of the restaurants on Culver blvd get a lot more business since they’re a stone’s throw from Sony Studios. Many are good…but not all great.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked Wildcraft. Great lunch spot, solid pizzas (I think we ordered the boring ones, no offense to my lunch buddies) and really great meatballs.

If I worked at Sony, I’d add this place to the rotation.

Probably wouldn’t come here if it were more than a 10 minute drive away, however.

But I hardly ever repeat restaurants anyways, so what do I know??

The schtick here is pizza with a sourdough crust.

Now, granted, I couldn’t taste sourdough in the crust, but I still don’t think it was bland, like some on Yelp have been saying.

The crust was more chewy than crispy but featured tasty and ample toppings.

Nothing pisses me off more than a pizza with a scant amount of sauce/cheese/meat thrown in the center, leaving a vast crust desert wasteland; empty and dry.

I need to start a petition with these places. Bring the sauce to the edges! Bring the sauce to the edges! I’ll picket and chant if necessary.

Oh, but Wildcraft wasn’t one of those places, remember.

BTW, our server had really great hair. It was distracting.

9725 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 815-8100
http://wildcraftpizza.com/

Brussels Sprouts - Found this dish a bit odd. I like shaved sprouts when they're raw and in a salad but doesn't work as well when they're cooked.

Brussels Sprouts

Meatballs - Awesome

Meatballs

The Veggie

The Veggie

The O.G.

The O.G.

MASA OF ECHO PARK

  • April 22, 2013 6:00 am

I hope that man is wearing Ed Hardy ironically

I hope that man is wearing Ed Hardy ironically

Masa has been serving Chicago Deep Dish pizzas in Echo Park since before I was born.

Ok, I just looked it up. Since 2004. Whatever. I’m not that old.

And from what the over 1000 reviews on Yelp can tell me, it’s the real deal.

Chicago Deep Dish is it’s own animal. Barely even in the pizza family.

Eat it when you want to feel a really delicious anvil sitting in your stomach.

Pizza Belly is something I often dread.

You eat a crap load of ‘Za, wash it down with your favorite Bev’ and suddenly the expanding starts. All that dough begins to double in size, like some fiendish Alien ready to burst out at the end of the evening.

Pizza is a night ender. Once you eat it, all hunger is satisfied. Yet, all energy is zapped. You’re done. Time to go home. Any alcohol buzz has been successfully soaked up.

This is no different with Deep Dish except you have crazy leftovers with which to repeat the process the following day (or later that night).

For 8 of us, we ordered 3 Large Deep Dishes (about $20 each), a few salads and two orders of the incredible Suppli Risotto balls.

2 pizzas would have been plenty and we still would have had leftovers.

The pizza was really good, all the deep dish basics were there: Cornmeal crust, pear tomatoes, cheese under the sauce. The Vegan one was slightly lacking, I don’t think soy cheese has a lot of flavor, although it melts better than other non-dairy cheeses.

Masa (Spanish for “dough”) is a really fun, bustling spot where one can gorge for cheap.

For a first date or the first stop on a pub crawl, maybe not so much.

1800 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 989-1558
http://www.masaofechopark.com/

With over 1400 reviews of Masa on Yelp, people have strong opinions about Deep Dish Pizza!

With over 1400 reviews of Masa on Yelp, people have strong opinions about Deep Dish Pizza!

Suppli - Rosetta Croquettes stuffed w/ Mozzarella and Parmesan in Pomodoro Sauce

Suppli – Rosetta Croquettes stuffed w/ Mozzarella and Parmesan in Pomodoro Sauce

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

A pic I sneakily took from someone else's table "Uh..you can come over here and take a picture if you want"

A pic I sneakily took from someone else’s table “Uh..you can come over here and take a picture if you want”

Vegan Chicago Deep Dish with Soy Cheese (with grubby little paws greedily picking at it)

Vegan Chicago Deep Dish with Soy Cheese

Large "Lots of Meat" Chicago Deep Dish

Large “Lots of Meat” Chicago Deep Dish

Slice of "Lots of Meat"

Slice of “Lots of Meat”

Happy Birthday Squid or Whale!

Happy Birthday Squid or Whale!

SEA HARBOUR SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

  • April 19, 2013 6:41 am

BBQ Pork Bun

We happened upon Sea Harbour by accident, when we tried to get a table at the soon to be closing Tiki restaurant, Bahooka, up the street and failed.

The wait at Bahooka was two hours. The wait at Sea Harbour, 30 minutes. Much better, I guess. So hungry, our stomach linings already 75% eaten away, we had no choice.

What makes Sea Harbour stand out from other Dim Sum restaurants is most everything comes to you fresh and hot. No carts strolling around waiting for someone to choose it’s contents.

“Pick me, pick me!” the eager Suckling Pig cart yells desperately, as it’s temperature drops and it begins to congeal.

The place is clean and efficient and not as noisy as some Dim Sum joints I’ve been to. Condiments such as chili paste, ect, had to be requested, which was kind of annoying. Then again, I’m not a purist and everything edible can stand to be improved with the addition of some kind of sauce, spread or topping!

SOME STANDOUTS: the Juicy Pork Buns (Soup Dumplings, basically) the baked BBQ Pork buns, the Shrimp Dumplings, Lotus Leaf Rice, the beef rice noodles and the egg custard tarts.

NOT RECOMMENDED: the BBQ Pork pastries & the very odd and hard to eat/hold with chopsticks Pork, Celery and Peanut dumpling

3939 Rosemead Blvd
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 288-3939

Rice Noodles with Beef and Satay Sauce

Rice Noodles with Beef and Satay Sauce

Crispy Egg Roll

Crispy Egg Roll

Steamed Pork, Celery and Peanut

Steamed Pork, Celery and Peanut

Juicy Pork Buns (Soup Dumplings)

Juicy Pork Buns

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Chinese Broccoli

Chinese Broccoli

Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf

Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf

Inside the lotus leaf

Inside the lotus leaf

BBQ Pork Pastries

BBQ Pork Pastries

Shrimp Dumplings

Shrimp Dumplings

Egg Custard Tarts

Egg Custard Tarts

BLUDSO’S BAR & QUE

  • April 17, 2013 6:40 am

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For anyone that’s been to the original Bludso’s in Compton, the La Brea location is a complete 180.

Large, open, upscale space. Full Bar. An actual place to sit that’s not the boiling hot inside of your own vehicle.

The great news is the prices are still really affordable. I was really shocked by that. The cocktails are what’s gonna set you back here.

They are not stingy with the portions either, so come hungry.

Just don’t get too messy cuz there ain’t no wet naps to help clean up. But they offer full rolls of paper towels at each table for your wiping convenience.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

Brisket – Tender, flavorful

Chicken – Juicy, large potion

Pulled Pork – High quality meat

Mac and Cheese – Really simple, not gonna win any awards but sometimes you just want the basics

Baked Beans – Almost as good as the beans at the Compton location and that’s saying something.

Spacious Seating – You’re not crammed in any crappy communal seating. Every table is enormous and spaced far apart so strangers don’t have to hear the god awful slurping noises.

SOME LOWLIGHTS:

The pork ribs and rib tips were a bit dry. Tasty but the meat wasn’t exactly falling off the bone, which I prefer.

The hot link was just ok.

I wish they would have offered the banana pudding dessert they have at the Compton location. That was heavenly.

609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-2583
http://www.barandque.com

This is what you get when you order the "Small Tray" A portion of each meat available and a small portion of every side. Perfect for 3-4 people. $65 bucks.

This is what you get when you order the “Small Tray” A portion of each meat available and a small portion of every side. Perfect for 3-4 people. $65 bucks.

I loved all the sides! Standouts were the mac and cheese, collard greens and baked beans.

I loved all the sides! Standouts were the mac and cheese, collard greens and baked beans.

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Mint Juleps on tap!

Mint Juleps on tap!

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SIMPLE THINGS SANDWICH AND PIE SHOP

  • April 16, 2013 6:30 am

Coconut Cream and Pumpkin Streusel Cutie Pies ($2.50 each)

This place is cute. Even a crusty old truck driver addicted to meth would agree that Simple Things is a cute, little place.

It reminds me of a shop my sister would have dreamt up when she was 9 years old (except, she would have made it more pink).

The ironic thing about Simple Things is that the sandwiches and pot pies actually stand out more than their sweet pies do!

The roasted Pork Philly was crazy good, the meat was packed with flavor and not at all fatty. The bun was the perfect consistency as to not push any ingredients out onto the table. I’m a messy eater and like to blame the food.

The Pulled Chicken was good too, lots of really tender shredded chicken but it was a bit hard to eat, it turned into a fork and knife meal.

The Chicken Curry Pot Pie was the favorite, loads of really tasty white and dark meat swimming in an oh so sublte curry bath. Crust was thick and very, very edible.

The Pumpkin Streusel pie was disappointing, not enough pumpkin. Too much streusel.

The Coconut Cream was delicious but I wish the sizes were just a smidgen bigger. I wish they were bursting from the little tins a bit more.

More like a pregnant Kim Kardashian stuffed like a sausage in some silly maternity dress.

Actually, I don’t think that analogy works at all.

The End.

8310 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 592-3390
http://www.simplethingsrestaurant.com/index.html

Chicken Curry Pot Pie

Pulled Chicken - arugula, pickled onions, garlic aioli, chevre spread, chipotle bbq sauce, pretzel roll

Pork Philly - roasted pork, manchego, dijon, sautéed broccolini, garlic aioli, michetti roll

Things to keep us ADD'ers busy

It looks like we broke in after they were closed.

FINAL DINNER ON THE TITANIC

  • April 14, 2013 6:37 am

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I have been obsessed with the Titanic since I was a kid.

I would read every book, I would watch every documentary. I knew a lot of facts and figures.

And then I forgot it all.

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking and a lot of food bloggers and restaurants decided to recreate the final meal served to the 1st class passengers before the boat sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912.

Since I don’t like to follow the crowds, I decided to wait until the 101st Anniversary to do my epic Titanic gorgefest.

I’m also posting this on April 14th before the boat sank cuz I’m an optimist. Maybe this time there will be enough lifeboats.

Like a lot of people, I’m emotionally attached to the people and events of this tragedy. I could watch underwater video of the Titanic shipwreck for hours, recreating in my mind what it was like on board before the sinking.

This is one of the most important meals I’ve ever been involved in and am proud to have some good friends help me out.

For those of you wishing to have a go at it, make sure you have help. There’s no way you can pull it off otherwise unless you want cold, stale, crappy food.

Not a worthy tribute to the 1500+ souls lost on that fateful night.

In a perfect world, it would be one person per course but you’ve got to have a lot of faith that those folks aren’t gonna eff it up, so best to take on a few yourself.

I used the book “Last Dinner on the Titanic” to guide me in my quest and provide me with authentic recipes, menus and timelines.

I also purchased Music Aboard the Titanic to play in the background while people ate. Supposedly, these are tunes straight from the White Star Line Orchestra songbook.

I also purchased some authentic reproduction china from The Titanic Store. It wasn’t cheap but I thought it would be worth buying for this once in a lifetime meal.

The company that sells the china also owns the rights to the shipwreck so you can’t get more authentic than that unless you have some cash to throw around at Titanic auctions.

Tonight, I shared my love of good food and the Titanic with some amazing friends. Several who helped cook a course or in Captain’s case, rent dishes, glassware, cutlery and chairs!

Anyone interested in taking this epic feat on, it’s worth it.

Authentic Reproduction White Star Line china, as served on the R.M.S. "Titanic"

Authentic Reproduction White Star Line china, as served on the R.M.S. “Titanic”

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The 1st Class Dining tables were adorned with Pink Roses

The 1st Class Dining tables were adorned with Pink Roses

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1st Course - Cream of Barley Soup

1st Course – Cream of Barley Soup

2nd Course - Asparagus Salad with Champagne Saffron Vinaigrette

2nd Course – Asparagus Salad with Champagne Saffron Vinaigrette

3rd Course - Punch Romaine

3rd Course – Punch Romaine

4th Course - Poached Salmon with Mousseline Sauce

4th Course – Poached Salmon with Mousseline Sauce

5th Course - Chicken Lyonnaise with Potatoes Anna

5th Course – Chicken Lyonnaise with Potatoes Anna

6th Course - Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce

6th Course – Roast Lamb with Mint Sauce

7th Course - Waldorf Pudding

7th Course – Waldorf Pudding

The doomed passengers on Titanic's final voyage.

The doomed passengers on Titanic’s final voyage.

I WILL BE UPDATING THIS POST A BIT LATER TO INCLUDE ALL THE RECIPES. STAY TUNED!

BEST FISH TACO IN ENSENADA

  • April 12, 2013 6:44 am

Skimming through Yelp can be misleading. The first few reviews can be terrible and then you might not go, as a result.

You have to look at the overall average. If they’re averaging 2 stars, best to stay away then.

But everyone has their own experience and taste is so subjective.

One man’s soggy, flavorless fish tacos may be another man’s tasty, crunchy fruits del mar!

The latter was my case.

The batter was crunchy and packed with flavor, the fish was tender and juicy and not lost in all the batter and the tortilla held it’s own and did not fall apart.

On a side note, Chesty Morgan and I (after spending a hot afternoon hitting a bucket of balls at the Griffith Park driving range) spotted a skeletal frame wearing a pillow case dress walking along the side of the road stop to pick up a penny, presumably.

When she placed said penny into her mouth and bit it in half, we then realized it was most likely a delicious skittle.

We watched and narrated the entire exchange in awe.

See? Just like our experience at Best Fish Taco, one man’s forgotten penny skittle is another woman’s delicious treat!

1650 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-5552
http://www.bestfishtacoinensenada.com/

Menu couldn't be simpler. They have a large canned soda selection (yay, Squirt!) and Horchata, Tamarindo and Jamaica. The trifecta of authentic Mexican beverages. All for a $1.00

Fish, Fish, Potato (duck, duck, goose) The potato is mashed, comes with cilantro and green onions.

The salsa section is ok, but when they say spicy, they mean it!

Make sure to sit outside: there are only a few grubby tables inside, the theme is ghetto underwater theme park and you're surrounded by hungry hipsters waiting for their order.

The perfect seat waits for you

SUNNIN LEBANESE GRILL

  • April 10, 2013 6:18 am

Beef Kefta Kebab

I don’t crave Middle Eastern food very often but am always pleased (and stuffed) when I finally eat it.

I mean, who doesn’t love hummus? Or hommos, as they annoyingly spell it. (Whadya call me??)

Hummus done right is crazy fattening. The suggested serving size is, like, a teaspoon but only a full pint will satisfy me!

The Pastry Sampler was a fun way to start the meal (well, after the gallon of hummus). Each one was unique, although I didn’t care for the spinach sanbousek.

One thing which caused me great anxiety going in, was that the meat was going to be dry. Kebab meat can sometimes be jerkey in disguise but I was happily disappointed here.

Both the Chicken Schwarma and Beef Kefta Kebab were moist and flavorful. Loved the accompaniment of the salad (reminded me of a Greek salad) and the rice was fluffy and begging to be devoured.

Not one grain left behind!

FYI, Kefta is ground meat with onions and spices and then phallically shaped. Mine was uncircumsized.

Huge portions, friendly and speedy service and great prices (plates were about $10+) would make me come back again.

The next time I remember to crave it.

1776 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 475-3358
http://www.sunnin.com

Hommos Appetizer

Pastry Sampler - Fatayer, Rekakak & 2 Sanbousek

Chicken Schwarma Plate

Not sure why, but I expected the place to be a dump