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Irv’s Burgers (New Location)

Irv's Burgers (new location) by Jo Stougaard
Check out the juicy burgers (and filling breakfasts) at Irv’s Burgers (new location) in West Hollywood. My latest Jonathan Gold Scouting Report at the L.A. Times.

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Recently, my husband and I had dinner with friends at Firefly restaurant, which is just up the street from our house. We used to go at least once a week, but then just sort of forgot about it for awhile. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful, romantic spot if you’re looking for a Valentine’s evening out. Ask for one of the tables in the alcoves, so you get a little privacy.

I used to always order their KILLER off-the-menu burger that’s topped with bacon and gorgonzola cheese. It comes with a side of the crispiest, thin-cut fries (just the way I like them). We would sometimes just sit at the bar to grab a quick bite after work and people-watch. This time I decided to try something new and and I’m happy to say it was all delicious. We will for sure be spending a lot more time with our old friend Firefly!
Heirloom Apple Salad at Firefly, MyLastBite.com 
Heirloom Apple Salad with five year old farmer’s gouda, baby celery, marcona almonds, cider vinaigrette
Hamachi on Crispy Rice, MyLastBite.com 
Hamachi Sashimi on Crispy Rice Cakes

"Terrorized" Rib Eye at Firefly, MyLastBite.com 
Grass-Fed “Terrorized” Rib Eye with warm spinach salad, toasted cashew, shallots, bacon, 25 year balsamic 

11720 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
818 762-1833
 No Website but more info here  


Dining Date: 1/18/09

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Porn Sliders

Recipe for my Porn Sliders (cuz they’re so naughty good)!

Porn Sliders by MyLastBite.com


2 tablespoons of roasted garlic (must be done in advance, link below)

1 cup fresh bread crumbs (pulverized in food processor)

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 pounds ground beef chuck

1 can of original SPAM

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

1 tablespoon chopped thyme

1 teaspoon of grated fresh nutmeg

1 tablespoon chopped rosemary

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 red onion, thinly sliced (to grill as a topping)

1 egg

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup mayonaise

1 tablespoon drained prepared horseradish

12 small pieces crisp iceberg lettuce

12 Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls, toasted or grilled

Your favorite cheese, sliced to top sliders


Chop up then grind up the cold spam in a food processor.

Gently fry until browned. Cool.

In a small bowl, soak the bread crumbs in the heavy cream for 10 minutes.

In a another bowl, combine the ketchup, mayo and grated horseradish and season with salt.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, egg, garlic (raw and roasted), crushed red pepper, thyme, rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

Add the spam and bread next, then mix gently with your hands. Do NOT overmix.

Pat into 12 ( 2 +1/2 inch) burgers

Grill the beef burgers on a preheated grill pan until they are just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer burgers to another pan or plate.

Add onions to hot grill pan and fire up on stove top. Cook until browned.

Heat the broiler.

In the broiler, lay the small rolls open and grill until lightly browned.

Add cheese to one side of the roll and grill until melted. Remove from broiler.

Put a lettuce leaf on the bottom half of each bun and top each with a burger. Add the grilled red onions onto the burgers and cover with the horseradish-mayo ketchup. Close the sandwiches and serve.

The SPAM mixed into the ground beef bastes the burgers from the inside. Yes. Totally decadent… and naughty good!

Link to How to Roast Garlic (with beautiful photos)

Porn Sliders (cuz They're So Naughty Good) on Foodista

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Gourmet On Fire

My Favorite Bite? Chef Neal Fraser’s Lamb Burgers! Neal Fraser's Lamb Burgers

Gourmet On Fire 2008 (Gourmet Magazine) Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, California

Neal Fraser’s BLD http://www.bldrestaurant.com

Neal Fraser’s Grace http://www.gracerestaurant.com

Gourmet Magazine Events http://www.gourmetscoop.com

Event Date: 6.14.08

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