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The Gorbals

My brother Greg was in town recently (from Glasgow, Scotland) to attend the NAMM (music trade) conference. He happened to be free for dinner on “Burns Night” (Jan 25th), a Scottish holiday celebrating the birth of Robert Burns.

The weekend before, Peter and I had already gone out for our annual haggis-eating, whisky drinking, deep-fried banger fest with friends. It’s always a music-filled, raucous Burns Night party at Buchanan Arms in Burbank.

The Gorbals restaurant is located inside Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Ilan Hall named his restaurant after the gritty neighborhood where his father grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. I’d had bites of chef Hall’s cooking at various food events; mostly his popular bacon-wrapped matzoh balls (his mother is from Israel), but this was my first visit to his popular eatery. The food was perfect for a night of drinking. Needless to say, having my brother there with me was a celebration in itself!

A few of our favorite bites:

Bacon wrapped matzoh balls
Bacon wrapped matzoh balls

 Chips & Herbs
Chips & Herbs

Gribenes (CHICKEN SKIN) Sandwich
Gribenes (CHICKEN SKIN) Sandwich

 Bánh mì Poutine
Bánh mì Poutine  (We were drinking lots, more chips needed!)

Crispy Poached Egg & Sausage
Crispy Poached Egg & Sausage

Shortbread & Scotch
Short Bread & Scotch

Gorbals
Entrance to the Gorbals

My brother Greg w Chef Ilan hall
Chef Ilan Hall with my brother Greg

GorbalsThe Gorbals
501 South Spring Street
Los Angeles,  CA 90013
(213) 488-3408
website

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Read Jonathan Gold’s 2010 Gorbals review here

Gorbals, Glasgow

Buchanan Arms

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Persia (Glasgow, Scotland)

Photos: Dinner with my family at Persia Restaurant in Glasgow’s charming West End.

Persia Restaurant
Persia Restaurant

Jalepeno Hummus at Persia Restaurant
Jalepeno Hummus: Jalepeno peppers flavoured with garlic in sesame seed paste and mixed with cooked chickpeas.

Persia Restaurant
Merza-ghassemi (Caspian Aubergine): Mix of sweet aubergine, tomato and garlic, topped with fried onion. Classic Hummus in background.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus at Persia Restaurant
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus: A mixture of pureed chickpeas with sesame seed paste and roasted red pepper.

Fresh Baked Naan at Persia Restaurant
Fresh Baked HUGE Naan Bread.

Naan! Persia Restaurant
The Naan being cooked in the downstairs tandoor (clay oven).

Persia Restaurant
Koobideh Combo: Skewers of minced lamb and chicken, Saffron Rice & Grilled Tomato.

Persia Restaurant
Karne Yarik: Stuffed Aubergine with Minced Lamb, Celery, Parsley, Peppers and Garlic, Baked In Tomato Sauce.

Zulbia & Bamiya Dessest at Persia Restaurant
Zulbia & Bamiya: Cake Mix & Plain Dough pan-fried in vegetable oil then dipped in Saffron & Honey Syrup.

If you’re looking for a terrific (yet casual) evening out in Glasgow’s West End, I highly recommend Persia Restaurant. So many of the flavors reminded of my friend Afaf’s Syrian cooking (I miss her food!).

Thanks Lindsay & Greg for sharing one of your favorite spots!

Persia RestaurantPersia
665 Great Western Road.
Glasgow, G12 8RE
Scotland
Phone: 0141 237 4471
Website 

Dining Date: 9/9/11

Persian Cuisine, a Brief History

More Photos on Flickr

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Fox & Hounds (Scotland)

Fox & Hounds 2010A trip home to Bridge of Weir, Scotland would not be complete without a family meal at nearby Fox and Hounds. It’s not just an old pub (built in 1779) that serves Scottish, comfort food. “The Fox” (as we call it) is also an award-winning brewery.

Photos from our recent lunch:

Fox & Hounds 2011
Steak, Mushroom and Ale Pie

Fox & Hounds 2011
Tucking into the Steak, Mushroom and Ale Pie

Fox & Hounds 2011
Caesar Salad w Charred Chicken

Fox & Hounds 2011
Ale Battered Haddock

Fox & Hounds 2011
Killer Onion Rings

Fox & Hounds 2011
Houston Brewery’s Peter Well on the left and Warlock Stout on the right

Fox & Hounds 2011
The Fox and Hounds
South Street
Houston, Renfrewshire PA6 7EN
Scotland, UK

Phone: (UK) 01505 612448

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Wikipedia

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Fox & Hounds 2011

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Smokin’ Hot

My nephew Cody, who turned 20 on Valentine’s Day, has always found immense joy in his food. He’s one of those people who can’t help but express the sheer deliciousness of each bite he takes, usually with a moan or an “oh my gawd, you HAVE to taste this”.

With Cody in Okinawa, MyLastBite.comWatching Cody eat is one of my favorite activities, second only to sitting down and actually sharing a meal with him. Always a “happy-go-lucky kid”, Cody has grown into a happy, grateful and very caring young man. Of course my sister Janet and her husband Paul get most of the credit for being great parents, but I appreciate how hard Cody works at it too. Not surprisingly, he’s also a terrific big brother to the twins.

I’m proud to say that just last month, he passed his first two exams for EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) training. He’s following in his firefighter dad’s footsteps, and I’m looking forward to visiting Cody at his own fire station someday. When he’s not out rescuing people or putting out fires, he’ll definitely be cooking up a storm in the station kitchen!

"Not Your Grandma's Thanksgiving" MyLastBite.comEvery year we celebrate Thanksgiving at my sister’s house, and usually after we’ve finished our turkey feast, Janet brings out the “Thanksgiving Box of Questions”. Basically it’s a stack of Thanksgiving-themed quotes or questions that we each have to read aloud to each other. This year, Janet pulled a question card that read “Say something you appreciate about the person sitting to the right of you”. Her eyes started welling up as she looked at her big, handsome son, then she said, “I appreciate Cody because he ALWAYS says ‘I love you mom’… even if he’s in a bad mood, or if we’re disagreeing on something… he never misses a chance to say ‘I love you’.”

Cody with the twins, MyLastBite.comTwo years ago, for his high school graduation gift, I asked him if there was some trip he’d like to go on with his Aunt Jo (that would be me) and Uncle Peter. He said he really wanted to visit his grandpa (Janet’s and my dad) in Bridge of Weir, near Glasgow, Scotland. Cody had visited his Okinawan family before, back when he was just three years old, but this would be his first trip to visit his Scottish side of the family… the Maxwell Clan!

I was really excited to plan the trip because it meant we’d get to spend some quality time together. If you have teenagers in your life then you probably know how busy they can be with after-school jobs, friends and girlfriends. This trip was a gift for Cody getting good grades, but it was also a really special gift for me. My husband decided to stay home so it would just be “Cody and Aunt Jo’s Great British Adventure”, and it was. Thanks again Peter!

Before I even booked our flights, I started emailing and calling Jamie Oliver’s “Fifteen” restaurant in London. I wanted to make sure we could get a reservation during our brief stop in England. Cody and I are both big fans of Jamie Oliver, and it was Cody who, as a little kid, first introduced me to the “Naked Chef”. A celebratory dinner at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant sounded like the perfect first night in England.

We arrived in London on June 21st and after checking into our hotel, hopped on the Tube and easily made our dinner reservation. Fifteen’s tasting menu was fantastic, and it was an excellent start to our British food adventure.

Our dinner at Fifteen Restaurant, London

Fifteen Restaurant London, MyLastBite.com
A little Jet-lagged but excited to be at the restaurant!

Fifteen Tasting Menu, MyLastBite.com
The Fifteen Tasting Menu

Cody & Carpaccio at Fifteen London, MyLastBite.com
Peroni Beer (in the UK, you can drink at 18!) and Carpaccio of Buccleuch Beef (hung for 28 days) with minted marinated asparagus, oregano from Jamie’s garden, wild rocket and pecorino.

Scallop Crudo at Fifteen London, MyLastBite.com
Scallop crudo, pomegranate, coriander, deep-fried ginger and yuzu

Pasta at Fifteen London, MyLastBite.com
Papardelle “fatte in casa” with a Scotch beef ragu, freshly grated horseradish

Salmon at Fifteen London, MyLastBite.com
Char-grilled line-caught wild salmon with peperonata, beet leaves and basil pesto

Pete Gott's Pork at Fifteen London, MyLastBite.com
Pan-roasted shoulder of pork from Pete Gott’s farm (cooked in milk, sage and Amalfi lemon) with turnips and rainbow chard from Thurrocks Farm
Panna Cotta at Fifteen London, MyLastBite.com
Vanilla Panna Cotta with English Strawberries and Biscotti

Lemon Tart at Fifteen London, MyLastBite.com
Lemon Tart with Roast Apricots and Lime Creme Fraiche

With my nephew Cody at Fifteen London, MyLastBite.com
A fantastic “Fifteen” dinner experience!

More Fun Eats in London

Wagamama! MyLastBite.com
Wagamama in Camden Town

Wagamama! MyLastBite.com
Chili Beef Ramen (Noodles in spicy pork and chicken broth topped with grilled sirloin steak, fresh chillies, sliced red onions, bean sprouts, coriander, spring onions and a wedge of lime) at Wagamama in Camden Town, London
Wagamama! MyLastBite.com
Cody with Chili Chicken Ramen (Noodles in spicy pork and chicken broth topped with grilled chicken breast, fresh chillies, sliced red onions, bean sprouts, coriander, spring onions and a wedge of lime) at Wagamama in Camden Town, London

The best Sausage Rolls, MyLastBite.com
Killer Sausage Rolls!

Delicious Sausage Rolls, MyLastBite.com
Cheap and delicious breakfast on the go.

Late Night Indian Dinner in London, MyLastBite.com
A Late night Curry! Garlic Naan, Chicken Korma at Connoisseurs Indian Tandoori 8 Norfolk Place, Paddington (near our hotel).

Late Night Indian Dinner in London, MyLastBite.com
Kingfisher Beer and Pappadums at Connoisseurs Indian Tandoori.

We had two days to spend in London before flying up to Glasgow. I had been to London more than a dozen times over the years, so it was easy for me to give Cody a “turbo-charged” sightseeing tour. We did all our travel via the Tube (cabs were too expensive!), including visits to Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Camden Town, Portobello Road and of course the great Food Hall at Harrods.

On our second morning in London we had planned to tour the Tower of London after breakfast. Unfortunately, we decided it would be fun to drink Guinness FOR breakfast and ended up racing through the tour in about ten minutes. But later in the afternoon, we slowed down enough to ride the spectacular London Eye. At over 440 feet, the Eye is the largest ferris wheel in Europe and we had beautiful views of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

Family Dinner Scotland, MyLastBite.comArriving in Scotland was very emotional for me. I hadn’t seen my dad in a few years, and Cody was the first of my sister’s kids to visit their grandfather. I knew it was going to be an unforgettable visit, especially if I could get my dad and his grandson in the kitchen together. Whenever I visited my dad in the past, I would always talk about how Cody loved to cook, and how someday it would be so great to see them cooking together. It was a silly little dream of mine, and I was happy to see it come true.

Our visit to Scotland couldn’t have gone better. We did so much in the week we were there, and the best moments were when we slowed down to enjoy a meal together. Whether it was my dad’s heart-warming comfort food, a Scottish feast at the pub or a deep-fried snack at the chip shop… we definitely got to eat the very best of Scotland!

Blood Pudding! MyLastBite.com
Breakfast in Scotland. My dad made sure Cody tasted everything, including the notorious “Black” (or Blood) Sausage /  Pudding!

Delicious Haggis! MyLastBite.com
Chieftan ‘O’ The Puddin’ Race – Haggis with Bashed Neeps and Champit Tatties (which was absolutely delicious!). At the Huntsman Restaurant, Fox and Hounds South Street, Houston, Scotland

Scottish Salmon, MyLastBite.com
Scottish Salmon is the WORLD’S BEST. At the Huntsman Restaurant, Fox and Hounds South Street, Houston, Scotland

Paul's Chip Shop, MyLastBite.com
Deep-fried Sausage and Chips at Paul’s Chip Shop in Renfrewshire near Bridge of Weir Scotland

Paul's Chip Shop, MyLastBite.com
Deep-fried PIZZA at Paul’s Chip Shop in Renfrewshire near Bridge of Weir Scotland

Paul's Chip Shop, MyLastBite.com
And let us not forget the infamous deep-fried Mars Bar!

Cooking in Scotland, MyLastBite.com
Cody cooking with his grandpa

Let's EAT! MyLastBite.com
Ready to eat (and lovin’ his new found Scottish heritage!)

St. Andrews Golf Course, MyLastBite.com
As a graduation gift, my dad and stepmom treated Cody (who loves to golf) to a day at St. Andrews! In Photo: Greg (my younger brother), Cody, Jo.

Cody's in St. Andrews, MyLastBite.com
Ready to tee off!

Edinburgh Scotland, MyLastBite.com
A wonderful day in Edinburgh (castle in background)

Scotland, MyLastBite.com
6/29/07 Cody and Jo (channeling “Braveheart”), goofing around in my dad’s garden on our last day in Scotland. The entire trip was an amazing food and family fun adventure!

Happy Birthday to my Smokin’ Hot (firefighter-to-be) nephew, Cody!

More photos of Cody & family here

Mentioned Above:

The Twins (Cody’s younger brother and sister)

Bridge of Weir (village where my dad lives)

Fox and Hounds (fantastic traditional Scottish food)

Fifteen Restaurant, London England

The London Eye

Tower of London

Wagamama

Thanksgiving Box of Questions

The Bazaar by José Andrés

“Smokin’ Hot” Written by Jo Stougaard ©MyLastBite.com All Rights Reserved. No usage allowed including copying or sharing without written permission.

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