Category Archives: Little Bites

Hot Dog Steamer

I bought this hot dog steamer as a party prop a few weeks ago. As you may (or may not) know, I’m sort of obsessed with hot dogs, and had planned a birthday dinner with a “carnival food” theme. The party was cancelled after my beloved pup Maxie was injured, but I still wanted to try out the hot dog steamer.

My Hot Dog SteamerLuckily, I had a freezer full of my favorite hot dogs from Let’s Be Frank. They’re delicious, uncured, grass-fed, beef franks made without nitrates, hormones or steroids. I first tried them at their hot dog cart in Culver City and was thrilled to learn I could order them for home as well.

The hot dog steamer was easy to set up and honestly, it just looked so cute on my kitchen counter. Just fill the water basin on the bottom, arrange franks in the drawer and set the timer. The buns go on top.

Cooking instructions via the Let’s Be Frank website noted it was best to steam the franks for five minutes, adding the buns for just one minute. They turned out GREAT. It’s all about that “wiener snap” for me, and the steamer warmed the buns through very quickly. Great fun!

I purchased the hot dog steamer on Amazon (under $50). Details here.

Let’s Be Frank Hot Dogs

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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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Obsessed With Food?

Me too.

Follow me on Instagram.

I photograph my EVERY last bite.

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A day with the WienerMobile. How did THAT happen?

LA Bites Hunger's Jo in the sunroof

Read all about it at L.A. Bites Hunger

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Joan’s On Third (My latest for the L.A. Times)

Joan's On Third, L.A. Times

 

Read my opening report here

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