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Make Mine A Martini

Make Mine A Martini by Kay Plunkett-HoggeIt’s only September and I’m already shopping for Christmas gifts. Top of my list this year? My friend Kay Plunkett-Hogge’s charming new book, “Make Mine A Martini: 130 cocktails and canapés for fabulous parties.”

It’s filled with gorgeous photos and recipes, home bar basics, historical cocktail facts, AND it’s the perfect size (sturdy and compact) to store on my bar cart! You can look through the book on Amazon here, but I’ve posted a few photos (and notes) below as well.

In the book’s introduction, Kay writes:
“Just the sound of ice being shaken, preferably to a rhythm all of its own, is enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face. It’s the promise of sweet relief, of good times, good friends and good conversation. Just make mine a Martini.”

About Kay (from Octopus Publishing):
Kay Plunkett-Hogge is a cookery writer and broadcaster based in London. A former model agent in New York and London, and a movie co-ordinator in Bangkok and Los Angeles, Kay is the co-author of the best-selling Bryn’s Kitchen with the award-winning London chef Bryn Williams, LEON: Family & Friends with John Vincent and the new Little Leon series with Henry Dimbleby, Claire Ptak and John Vincent. She is currently working with US chef Chris Bianco on his forthcoming book Rain, Grain & Gratitude (Harper Collins) and with Hollywood actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook to be published by Simon & Schuster.

A few snapshots from Make Mine A Martini:

Make Mine A Martini by Kay Plunkett-Hogge
Home Bar Basics: Great suggestions on bar tools, equipment, booze and glassware.

Make Mine A Martini by Kay Plunkett-Hogge
Cocktail Facts: Loving all the things I’m learning about cocktail history. I’ve had plenty of Manhattans, but a Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens or The Bronx cocktail? All new to me!

Make Mine A Martini by Kay Plunkett-Hogge
Recipes: Kay is an amazing chef. I would’ve bought the book just for the canapé ideas.

Make Mine A Martini by Kay Plunkett-Hogge
My humble bar cart, with my (now) two favorite Martini books!

Gibson & Canapé, Make Mine A Martini
Inspired by Make Mine A Martini: Frico (parmesan crackers) topped with roast beef, horseradish cream and arugula. Kay shares a beautiful filet recipe in the book… I bought thinly sliced roast beef at the deli (but made the frico & horseradish cream)!

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‘Kay can cook – but she can shake a damn fine cocktail too’ – Heston Blumenthal

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Perfecto Rocher’s Paella

I can’t stop thinking about this lobster paella by Perfect Rocher. It’s only available on Sundays at Smoke, Oil, Salt on Melrose in Hollywood.

Read Jonathan Gold’s review here, and do go if you’ve never had authentic paella. It’s simply life-changing!

Perfect Rocher's Paella Sunday

Paella de Llamatol with Patagonia Shrimp, Garlic Lemon Aioli, Bomba
Photo by Jo Stougaard

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First Look: Petit Trois by Jo Stougaard

Read my L.A. Times piece about the Petit Trois opening here.

Petit Trois Opening Article

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Chef José Andrés PORK Umami Burger

José Andrés for Umami Burger
This super juicy, José Andrés pork and cured ham patty comes with piquillo pepper confit, caramelized onion, manchego cheese and aioli. It’s available for a limited time only at Umami Burger and is absolutely the BEST pork burger I’ve ever tasted… and I’ve tried plenty!

$1 from each burger goes to the World Central Kitchen!

Eat well and DO GOOD.

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My Delicious Summer Read

Ruth Reichl's DELICIOUS
I first read it on my iPad (the moment it was released)…

Ruth Reichl's DELICIOUS
Then again when the hardcover arrived…

Ruth Reichl's DELICIOUS!
At a recent book signing, I picked up another copy as a gift…

Wes Avila's Guerrilla Tacos
Where I inadvertantly discovered my new favorite taco

Ruth Reichl's DELICIOUS!
It was a magical (though scorching) afternoon sipping chilled rosé with the author

Ruth Reichl's DELICIOUS! Book Party
and a few friends

Ruth Reichl's DELICIOUS
I even got to discuss my “fantasy cast” (Emma Stone should play Billie Breslin!)…

Ruth Reichl's DELICIOUS
And talk about how the book hit so close to home…

Ruth Reichl's DELICIOUS
Delicious! A Novel by Ruth Reichl is a wonderful, heartwarming and FUN summer read (and yes, I’m reading it again)!

More photos from the book party.

About the book:

Ruth Reichl's DELICIOUSBillie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills. (more on RuthReichl.com)

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Tipple & Brine

My latest Jonathan Gold scouting report is up on L.A. Times! Tipple & Brine is a terrific new spot in Sherman Oaks. Read my report (with photos) here.
My Tipple & Brine scouting report for Jonathan Gold, L.A. Times (5/1/14)

All my Tipple & Brine photos here.

Links to my other scouting reports here.

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Faith and Flower

Faith and Flower restaurant opens tonight (3/31/14) in downtown L.A. It’s beautiful, quite plush but not too pricey for such a grand space.

Faith & Flower main dining room before openingTwo of my favorite dishes were the Eggs Benedict Pizza topped with Smoked Bacon, Spinach, Hollandaise Sauce and also the Oxtail Agnolotti with Bone Marrow Butter, Tangerine Salsa and Beef Tendon Chicharrones.

I still can’t stop thinking about the English Milk Punch Cocktail. It’s made with a milk clarification, which takes three days to make. Ingredients include Appleton & Bacardi 8 Rums, Bulleit Bourbon, Batavia Arrack, Pernod Absinthe, Pineapple and Sencha Tea. 

Read all about the opening here at L.A. Times.

I’ve posted lots of photos from last night’s preview dinner here. Enjoy!

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Huge CONGRATS to my friend (and co-owner) Stephane Bombet. You’ve done it again Stephane!

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