Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mariscos "El Hermano" (Vernon)


Mariscos "El Hermano" Truck.

Tacos Dorados de Camaron.

Jalisco Fare.

Tostada de Camaron en Aguachile.

These guys are on Santa Fe between Vernon & 48th.  

[Cat?]Fish Taco.

Parked inside the lot of Ann's Trading Co.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Whist @ The Viceroy Hotel (Santa Monica)


Wall of Plates around our booth.

 Assortment of complimentary Bread n Butter. 

Cocktail Menu. 

Uva Bella.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Duck Confit, Black Truffle, Parsley & Orange Marmalade. 

Tuscan Potatoes with Garlic, Herbs, Chiles & Lemon Aioli.

Flat Bread with Roasted Mushrooms, Goat Cheese & Pesto.

Delirium Tremens.

Serrano Ham & Manchego Cheese Croquettas.  Frisee, Arugula & Marcona Almond Salad. Quince Vinaigrette.  

Meatballs, Marinara, Basil, Olive Oil, Shaved Parmesan & Grilled Bread.

Butternut Squash Agnolotti with Chestnuts, Black Truffle, Apple & Rosemary.

Unfortunately, the Cabanas outside were unavailable as they were reserved for a private event.  


Sunday, December 18, 2011


'Tis the season for Champurrado.

Featured Ingredients.

Bring to a boil 3 cups Water with 2-3 Cinnamon Sticks & 1 Star Anise.  Once boiling, shut off the heat and allow the ingredients to steep for 15 minutes.  Discard the solids.

Over medium heat, while whisking, slowly incorporate ¼ cup Masa Harina.  Add 2 cups milk, 3-4 ounces of Piloncillo or Brown Sugar & ½ Disk of Mexican Chocolate (Abuelita/Ibarra).

Whisk occasionally until the mixture comes to a simmer and the solid ingredients have completely melted and the liquid is smooth.

Serve immediately.  Cheers! 

Reservoir (Los Angeles - Silver Lake)



Beer Selection.

Three Philosophers.

Pizzette - Gorgonzola, Fig, Caramelized Onions & Balsamic Reduction.

Sangria - Red Wine, Soju, Strawberries & Blueberries.

Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce, Potato Cakes & Greens.

Open-Faced Pork Lasagna with Marinated Artichokes.

Pretty much the length of the entire dining room.

From outside, it looks just like a school bungalow.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lazy Ox Canteen (Los Angeles - Downtown)


The Festive-looking Lazy Ox. 

Beers on Tap.

Beer Flight - My favorite coming in at a whopping 13.2% (abv) was the  Labyrinth Black Ale (far right).

[Complimentary] Blistered Shishito Peppers with Mojama.  Thanks Manny!

Stuffed Squash Blossoms.

Ricotta Fritters with Saba & Saffron Honey. 

Roasted Poblano Cream Soup with Crispy Chicharrones.

Caramelized Cauliflower with Pine Nuts, Chile, Lemon & Mint.

Little Neck Clams with Potatoes & Spanish Chorizo Broth.  

8 oz. Lazy Ox Burger with Cantal Cheese & Green Peppercorn Mustard.

Cross-section of the Burger.

Accompanying Fries.

Rice Pudding with Caramel, Whipped Cream & Hazelnut Crumb Topping.

The Open Kitchen.