Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mariscos "El Hermano" (Vernon)

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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)

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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

Champurrado





'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)

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Signage.



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.



Menu.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lazy Ox Canteen (Los Angeles - Downtown)

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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.