Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Escondite (Los Angeles)

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Buffalo Mushrooms with Celery, Carrot Sticks & Bleu Cheese.



The Escondite - Italian Beef Sandwich with Provolone, Spicy Peppers, Au Jus & Seasoned Fries.



Monday, September 26, 2011

Fig Cocktail

Lilly just had to go to Trader Joe's over the weekend.  And of course, I had take her.  As it turns out, I'm glad I did because I ended up purchasing some much needed cocktail ingredients like agave nectar and honey.  That's when the cocktalian in me came out.  I bought figs and thought about making a fig simple syrup or infusing rum or bourbon with it.  But I wanted immediate gratification.

So, in a cocktail shaker, I muddled the hell out of 3 figs, added juice from 1 key lime, juice and orange peel from a quarter of an orange, added 2 ounces of brandy and topped it with ice.  I shook it vigorously and poured the entire mixture into a fig rimmed glass.  I thought the fig paired well with the brandy and the acid from the lime helped cut through some of the sweetness.  The orange added depth and fragrance/aromatics.  Overall, the flavor was a success.  I would improve upon this drink, by juicing figs next time.  Because I muddled the figs, the drink came out too pulpy.  I like pulp - just not in my cocktail.  I'll try making this drink again (with said modifications) real soon.  Stay tuned.            



Figgy Cocktail.



Sunday, September 25, 2011

LA Fair (Pomona)

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Entrance.



An absolute MUST if you go to the fair.



This is the sole reason - The Maple Bacon Donut.



Look at the size of the thing!  



A staple at any fair.



Smoking Turkey Legs!



Only the patty is deep fried.  Pass.



I call foul on this fair food!



Artichoke & Spinach Crepe with Potatoes on the side.



This year's novelty fried item.



Fried Kool Aid.



Interior of the Fried Confection.



BBQ Beef Sundae - Smoked Meat Sitting on Mashed Potatoes Topped with BBQ Sauce.  Garnished with A Grape Tomato.



Cheddar Cheese Popcorn.



So this is where the Bacon for the aforementioned Donut comes from!



I kid!  THIS is where it comes from!



Michael's (Santa Monica)

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Cocktail Menu.



Desert Fire.



Brown Butter Strawberry Tart.



The Penthouse (Santa Monica)

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Signage.



Inside on the Huntley Hotel - in the Penthouse of course.



Cocktail Menu.



Cocktail Menu Cont.



Blackberry & Pineapple Sidecar.



Black Olive & Sourdough Bread with Butter.



Amuse Bouche - Maple Bacon Popcorn.



Chorizo & Brocolli Rab Flatbread.



Octopus & Bean Salad.



Rock Shrimp & Grits.



Thyme & Cucumber Amnesia.



Pappardelle - Chicken Ragout, Preserved Tomatoes, Parmesan & Basil.



The view of the city and coastline from the Penthouse.



Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Escondite (Los Angeles)

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Menu Cover.



 The Burgers.



 Apps, Fries, Salads & Sandwiches.



Don Ho - Beef Patty, Provolone, Pineapple Ring, Fresh JalapeƱos & Special Teriyaki Sauce.



The inside is nice and dim but the patio is where it's at.