Read my scouting report for L.A. Times here. Do order the lamb belly!
Category Archives: Little Bites
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…
Read Jonathan Gold’s review of Fang’s Kitchen here.
306 North Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755
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!
Barrel and Ashes Website
Chef Timothy Hollingsworth on Twitter
Barrel and Ashes on FaceBook
It’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:
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)!
Follow Kay on twitter #MakeMineAMartini
‘Kay can cook – but she can shake a damn fine cocktail too’ – Heston Blumenthal