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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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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)!

Purchase Make Mine A Martini

Follow Kay on twitter #MakeMineAMartini

Kay’s blog

 

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

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