Spinning Plates is now available on dvd and digital download. I rented it via iTunes last night and was so moved by the story that I purchased a copy as well. If you’re food-obsessed or just love a great story, definitely take a couple hours out of your day to watch Joseph Levy’s beautiful film. You can watch the trailer here.
About: Spinning Plates is an award winning documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life. A world-renowned chef competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago, while privately battling a life-threatening condition. A 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa is still standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the community. And a fledgling Mexican restaurant in Tucson struggles as its owners risk everything to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another.
Purchase DVD on Amazon
Rent or Purchase via iTunes
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Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s Potato Pulp
I’ve had the pleasure of eating at Trois Mec restaurant several times, and before each visit I secretly hope the potato pulp is still on the menu. Ludo serves it with brown butter, bonito, onion soubise and salers cheese. Of course brown butter makes anything taste better, but it’s Ludo‘s brilliant use of bonito flakes (aka katsuobushi) that takes the dish to a whole new level. No wonder Jonathan Gold named it one of his 10 best dishes of 2013!
My new favorite (besides the potato) is the luxurious plate of avocado, citrus and crab. Check out the photos from a recent visit here.
716 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
There is no phone for Trois Mec.
For ticket inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Trois Mec is an incredibly difficult reservation to get, but absolutely worth the trouble. If you’re interested, review the FAQ page here.
Read Jonathan Gold’s L.A. Times Trois Mec review here.
Follow Chef Ludo on twitter @ChefLudo
Ludo’s personal website
OH YES I DID.
Michael Voltaggio‘s Monte Cristo Burger is made with a beef patty, gruyere fondue, prosciutto and placed on, wait for it… a CUSTARD-SOAKED, DEEP-FRIED BUN. Then it’s topped with powdered sugar and served with a side of maple syrup. Too sweet? Actually, no. I found myself going back to the syrup again and again. The best part? $1 from each burger will go to the Los Angeles Mission!
NOTE: It’s available for a limited time only at Umami Burger (as of 1/28/14) so DON’T MISS IT!
From the press release:
“Michael Voltaggio is one of the best chefs in the nation,” said Adam Fleischman, Founder and Chairman of Umami Restaurant Group. “He’s changed the rules of fine dining in Los Angeles, making it pretty bad-ass.”
The winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season 6, Michael Voltaggio was named one of Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2013. His flagship restaurant, ink., was named GQ Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in America in 2012. Additionally, Voltaggio’s sandwich shop ink.sack has received widespread acclaim, most recently opening its second outlet inside Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Michael Voltaggio, Chef/Owner ink. & ink.sack said, “I wanted to make a burger that would hit the spot no matter if you’re craving something sweet or savory. This was a fun collaboration with Umami Burger and even better since $1 from every burger sold will benefit the LA Mission. They do a ton of good for people in need and this is a great way to give back.”
I’ve been eating a lot of black rice lately, because Dr. Oz said I should.
It’s amazing how a kitchen appliance, like my rice cooker, can bring back so many memories. I purchased it on my Tokyo honeymoon (to ex-hubby) in 1987.
When we split in 1993, I chose the rice cooker and he got the fax machine. My old cooker still makes the most perfect rice.
I wonder how that fax machine is doing?
I went for the Chicken Tikka Poutine.
Spiced Mango Pork Belly
But I loved the traditional Indian dishes too! Badmaash is a fun spot with terrific food and great service. Worth a try the next time you’re in downtown L.A.
More photos here.
108 West 2nd Street #104
Los Angeles, California 90012
Telephone: (213) 221-7466
Scouting Report: Warren’s Blackboard in North Hollywood
Check out a few photos from Church Key in Hollywood!
Fun food (Pig Ear Cheetos!) and GREAT cocktails by Devon Espinosa.
What Is Hunger Action Month? (from FeedingAmerica.Org)
September is Hunger Action Month, when the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks unites to urge individuals to take action in their communities. It is our opportunity to create a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our mission to help end hunger in America.
HUNGER ACTION DAY:
On September 5, 2013, Feeding America kick off a month-long effort to turn the nation orange in support of hunger-relief. We encourage everyone to play a role and show your support by wearing orange! We’ll be sporting orange No Kid Hungry glasses and bracelets!
Please join L.A. Bites Hunger in supporting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, No Kid Hungry and Feeding America.
As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting food to those in need.
I’ve so enjoyed cooking up recipes from “LEON Family & Friends: Book 4” by Kay Plunkett-Hogge and John Vincent, and am thrilled to announce a Twitter GIVEAWAY!
Octopus Publishing will be sending books (USA only) to a few followers of co-author Kay Plunkett-Hogge.
How to get your name in the hat?
1. Follow @kplunketthogge on twitter
I want to win #WinLeon4 cookbook by @kplunketthogge!
3. Check back on MY twitter feed twitter.com/MyLastBite June 9th for the winners!
Review of LEON4 by the Kitchn
Meet Kay at her LEON book signing on June 9th at Chevalier’s Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
LEON4 is available on Amazon www.amazon.co.uk/Leon-Family-Friends-Book-4/dp/1840916095
NOTE: Kay is a personal friend of mine. I am NOT being compensated for this contest. Just fyi!
Void where prohibited!