Archive for July, 2010

Angeli Caffé

July 31, 2010

Last Friday, we headed out to Melrose to take advantage of the BlackboardEats promotion at Angeli Caffé (owned by Evan Kleiman, who also hosts KCRW’s “Good Food“).

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Burrata with Fresh Peaches, Farmers Market Tomatoes, tomato vinaigrette

I loved our appetizer – the combination of the tomatoes, peaches, cheese, and basil was so fresh and summery! Definitely looks easy enough to do at home, too.

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Ricotta Gnocchetti

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Ravioli al Magro: spinach and cheese ravioli topped w/melted butter, herbs and parmesan

The gnocchi (I believe it was beet ricotta – it changes daily) was soft, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth! The ravioli was on the bland side – choosing the tomato sauce, rather than the butter parmesan, probably would have added some much-needed flavor.

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Angel sighting!

Overall, it was a pretty good meal: the food was solid, and the service was friendly. Honestly, I’m not sure how often we’ll be back because it’s a little out of the way for us to go for “pretty good.” You know how it goes in big cities like LA – too many restaurants, too little time!

Angeli Caffé
7274 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 936-9086

Pinkberry

July 30, 2010

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Small original w/blueberry, mango, watermelon.

Dinner: pork chops + roasted onions

July 26, 2010

Do you see a pattern with our recent dinners? Rice, meat, veggies – lather, rinse, repeat. Tonight I made Giada’s Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops and Ina’s Herb-Roasted Onions. The chops were good, but these onions were fantastic, and even better – so easy to prepare. James could not stop raving – a sure sign of success. These will definitely be making many more appearances at our dinner table from now on!

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Torrance Farmers’ Market

July 26, 2010

Some photos I snapped at the Torrance Farmers’ Market on Saturday. We are seriously so lucky to live right across the street!

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Dahlias

tomatoes
Heirloom tomatoes

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Onions

fruit
Cotton candy pluots (plum + apricot!); peaches

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What exactly makes a snail a good snail?

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Kettle corn!!!

Sunday night supper

July 25, 2010

It’s been a while since I posted any of my cooking on here. I’ve been pretty lazy about taking pictures of dinner since we came back from Europe, but I’m trying to get back in the swing of things.

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I used this Martha recipe for Sauteed Chicken in Mustard-Cream Sauce, and added some shallots to the cream sauce for a nice zing. We had the chicken with a side of rice, some steamed green beans that I tossed with a little butter and lemon zest, and a glass of wine.

We finished dinner just in time to hunker down and get lost in the much-anticipated season premiere of Mad Men. Oh, Don Draper – I am so looking forward to spending my Sunday nights with you!

S4E1: Public Relations

Jack: Who is Don Draper?

Grilled Cheese night @ Campanile

July 23, 2010

Last night, I finally got to go to Campanile for Grilled Cheese night (held every Thursday night)! Although I’ve been to Mark Peel’s restaurant several times, it was never on a Thursday, and thus one of LA’s most popular and beloved grilled cheese sandwiches has always eluded me. Unfortunately, James couldn’t come, so I’ll have to take him some other time because, like the poutine from last weekend, this grilled cheese menu is just begging for repeat visits to get a taste of all of the offerings!

Appetizers:

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Roasted Beet Salad, mizuna, shaved manchego, oregano vinaigrette

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Sautéed Trenne, beef bolognese, tuscan kale, shaved parmesan

The appetizers were ordered off the à la carte menu. The salad was light and fresh…and don’t those beets look like tomatoes? They were juicy and delicious. The pasta dish was truly amazing – loved the crispy texture of the trenne (reminiscent of pan-fried mandoo) and the beef bolognese was tender and so flavorful. This has James’s name (and my own, too, for that matter) written all over it!

Entrées:

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Classic Grilled Cheese with marinated onion and whole grain mustard

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Croque Monsieur: ham, gruyère, wild mushroom, mornay sauce

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French fries

After lots of hemming and hawing, I ended up going simple with the classic grilled cheese, bumped up a few (delicious!) notches by the addition of the onions and mustard. I also managed to snap a picture of Justine’s open-faced croque monsieur. Word on the street was that it was great. Gruyère and shrooms are two of my favorite things, so I can definitely see this on my plate next time! The sandwiches also come with communal fries for the table – they brought us two baskets for our party of five. They were salty, crunchy, and altogether heavenly – best eaten immediately after they’re brought out, when piping hot!

Desserts:

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Chocolate Soufflé Cake, salted caramel ice cream, crème anglaise, toasted pretzel streusel

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Mulberries & Plums: persian mulberries, santa rosa plum granita

We were all pretty full, but soldiered on and loosened our belts to try a couple of desserts. I thought the cake was good, but not mind-blowing, and I’ve definitely had better salted caramel ice cream. The second dish was a nice combination of sweet and tart, and a refreshing way to end an excellent meal. I can’t wait to go back, hopefully next time with James in tow!

Campanile
624 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-1447

LA poutine

July 21, 2010

Last weekend, James and I joined the masses at the theater to watch the #1 movie at the box office: “Inception.” I was on call for work, so we picked a really late show to minimize the risk of having to walk out in the middle.

Since we were on the Westside, we decided to drop in for dinner at Soleil, a restaurant we used to frequent often for brunch when I lived in Westwood. We don’t find ourselves in the area nearly as much anymore, so don’t have many opportunities to stop by for our poutine fix! I was first introduced to this magical dish on a trip to Montréal with my friend, Karen – I mean, fries, cheese, and gravy, what’s not to love? Recently, Soleil unveiled an entire poutine MENU! We stuck with the tried and true, Poutine Christine (fries with cheese curds and cognac peppercorn sauce), for old time’s sake and it was just as good as we remembered.

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James has already asked when we can go back to try every single one (you think I’m joking). The entire menu, via TastingTable LA, is posted here. The Poutine Marat (French fries, cheese curds, with sliced filet mignon, mushrooms and a Cognac cream sauce) is calling my name!!

Soleil Westwood
1386 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 9002

P.S. The movie was excellent, and I got to enjoy it in its entirety because luckily, I didn’t get paged!

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July 20, 2010

I can’t believe we’ve been home from our European vacation for over two weeks – time flies! Things are getting really busy at work since earnings has just started, but hopefully I’ll be able to find time to post more soon!

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L’aéroport Charles de Gaulle, 28.06.10

New favorite Swedish word: sniglar

July 7, 2010

def: snails (also commonly known as escargots)

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As in, “Those poor sniglar never even stood a chance!”

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– dinner at Rolfs Kök, 01.07.10