Category Archives: Eating Out

The Bellwether

My new favorite PORK dish.
Check out The Bellwether, in my L.A. Times scouting report!

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Ceremony

Ceremony (Studio City) Scouting Report for L.A. Times

Fan of the movie, “Chef”? Check out my L.A. Times Food Scouting Report here.

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15 Classic L.A. Hot Dogs

Read my latest hot dog roundup for the L.A. Times here. Thanks!

15 Classic L.A. Hot Dogs

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The Franklin Barbecue Cookbook

Brisket. It’s all about Aaron Franklin’s brisket for me. Like most who trek to Franklin BBQ in Austin, tasting his beef was a life-changing experience. You can’t imagine, while you’re waiting in line for hours in the hot Texas heat, that it could possibly be worth it. It was.

Wish I lived in Austin. Brisket at Franklin BBQ… simply the BEST.

Last week Aaron Franklin was here in L.A. with his good buddy (and my friend), Adam Perry Lang. Adam (aka APL, who is so sweet and humble) hates that I call them “BBQ Gods”,  but darn it… they ARE.

The one-day popup was held on April 10th, downtown at Nick’s Cafe. Along with Franklin’s heavenly brisket, APL served Niman Ranch pork shoulder. Both were, as expected, phenomenal.

Franklin is currently promoting his new book, “Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto” and at some point I’m going to attempt to make his brisket at home. Peter’s been doing a lot of cooking on our Big Green Eggs, so this is sure to be a joint project. Check out Aaron’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel here.

Franklin BBQ in L.A.
MEAT FEST with Adam Perry Lang and Aaron Franklin (wearing the hat) at Nick’s Cafe.

Franklin BBQ in L.A.
The Franklin Barbecue Cookbook

Franklin BBQ in L.A.

If you don’t have it yet, definitely check out Adam Perry Lang’s Serious Barbecue CookBook

Watch BBQ with Franklin video clips here

Franklin BBQ 

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Scouting Report: Bowery Bungalow

Read my scouting report for L.A. Times here. Do order the lamb belly!

Bowery Bungalow

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Bashu Fish

The Bashu Fish at Fang’s Kitchen in Monterey Park is wonderfully numbing and spicy. Jonathan Gold (L.A. Times) wrote, “The fragrance of chiles, garlic and pickly spice is overwhelming. But the flavor is impossibly mild, a bit of tingling from the Sichuan pepper and a bit of heat from the red chiles…” (full review here).

I’ll be going back to enjoy it again SOON. My lips are already trembling…

Fiery, Sichuan Bashu Fish

Read Jonathan Gold’s review of Fang’s Kitchen here.

Fang’s Kitchen
306 North Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 988-5219

 

 

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Hoe Cake

I admit it. I have a Hoe Cake problem.

Ever since Barrel & Ashes opened a few blocks from my house, I cannot get enough of chef Timothy Hollingsworth’s masterpiece (seriously, it’s THAT GOOD). It’s sort of like a thick (fluffy) pancake combined with cornbread and bread pudding — not too sweet with a savory finish, and it goes perfect with a side of smokey brisket. Peter and I often order just that (1/2 pound of brisket and hoe cake) to go. The hoe cake is best served at the restaurant though, piping hot in a cast iron skillet.

Barrel & Ashes recently began serving brunch, and YES the hoe cakes are on the menu. I cannot wait to go in and try the “Hangover Hoe Cake”, which comes with fried egg, chili, cheddar, green onions and Fresno chili.

Go get ’em!

Hoe Cake at Barrel & Ashes

Barrel and Ashes Website

Chef Timothy Hollingsworth on Twitter

Barrel and Ashes on FaceBook

 

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