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The Kitchin, Edinburgh

A perfect lunch with my brother Greg.

The Kitchin
Edinburgh, Scotland

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Nibbles at the bar

Amuse-bouche at the Kitchin
White Bean Soup with Chorizo and Chives

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Mackerel: Line caught mackerel from Eyemouth poached in stock a’la grecque and served with local vegetables

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Hare: Ravioli of brown hare from Humbie served in a game consomme

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Game: Terrine of Scottish game and foie gras served with elderberry jelly, autum fruits and vegetables

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Hake: Seared fillet of hake from Scrabster served with Perthshire girolles and herb gnocchi

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Partridge: Roasted red-legged partridge served with braised red cabbage and grapes

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Ox: Braised ox cheek from Peter Flockhart cooked ‘daube style’ and served with puréed potatoes and garnish ‘a’la grand-mere’

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Millefeuille of British apples served with chestnut parfait and candied chestnuts

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Pistachio souffle served with pistachio ice cream

The Kitchin, Edinburgh
Cheese: A selection of Scottish and French cheese served from the trolley

The Kitchen, Edinburgh
I already miss my brother so much, and really loved spending the day with him in Edinburgh!

The Kitchen, EdinburghThe Kitchin
78 Commercial Quay
Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX
Telephone 0131 555 1755
Fax 0131 553 0608
website

 

 

 

Kitchin

Edinburgh, Scotland
An post-lunch stroll past Edinburgh Castle

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Meeting Bourdain

Last spring, when it was announced that Anthony Bourdain would be touring to promote his new book, I immediately hopped online and checked on ticket prices. June 16th was the date he’d be gracing UCLA’s Royce Hall stage, reading from “Medium Raw”, his his most-recent tell-all memoir. At $175 each, the tickets were pricey BUT included a meet and greet after-party, with food provided by Wilshire Restaurant.

Meeting Bourdain had been one of my life-long dreams, although instead of a book tour, I’d rather it had taken place at some gritty bar in New York (or Tokyo). “No Reservations” (his show on the Travel Channel) is my absolute favorite, and I’ve been a fan since his “Cook’s Tour” show aired on the Food Network.

To me, Bourdain is the ultimate BAD BOY chef (aka pure HOTNESS), and my heart was racing in anticipation for days before the event…

So was $175 ticket worth it?

HELL YES!!!!

V.I.P. Tickets (worth every penny!)
V.I.P Tickets

Bourdain signing my books!
I look so calm… but my heart was racing, I was sweating and shaking!! So, how does one spend an extra few seconds with Tony? By purchasing EXTRA books of course!

I can die now...
Absolute Joy.

Meeting Bourdain
During the V.I.P. post party we munched on Chef Andrew Kirschner’s treats from Wilshire Restaurant. Top Photo: Hamachi Crudo. Bottom Photo: Braised Pork Cheek Crostini with Bacon Tomato Jam and Cipollini Marmalade.

Bourdain V.I.P. Pass
Um yea… I slept with it.

More photos on Flickr

About Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain on Stage“No Reservations: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain”
June 16, 2010
8:00pm – 11:00pm

Royce Hall at UCLA,
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

“Kitchen Confidential”, Bourdain’s MUST-READ for food lovers!

No Reservations on Travel Channel

A Cook’s Tour (video clip)

“Medium Raw” by Anthony Bourdain

Meeting BourdainMy favorite quote from the book:
“Everyone should be able to make an omelet… Perhaps omelet skills should be learned at the same time you learn to fu*k.” (page 62)

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El Cafe Colombia

THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED.

 

A few weeks ago, after my Colombian friend Robert told me about his mother’s delicious home cooking, I embarrassingly admitted that my only experience with Colombian food, was from watching Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”.

If you’re a regular MyLastBite reader, you know how much I love Bourdain. He’s sort of like a “Fantasy Foodie Godfather” to me, and in my eyes he can do no wrong. Well, except for that one time when he ate warthog rectum in Namibia. I get queasy just thinking about that scene. Usually, whatever Bourdain eats, I want to eat it too.

The Colombia “No Reservations” episode was especially intriguing because I personally thought the country was “off limits” for travel. It seemed dangerous and definitely wasn’t on my “global wish list” of places to visit. I had no desire to voluntarily enter a country filled with battling drug cartels and a corrupt government.

Thankfully, Anthony Bourdain (and the Travel Channel) opened my eyes to the real Colombia.

Bourdain wrote:
“What you might not know about Colombia is that it’s beautiful. That the food is really good–with the same kind of fantastic mix of African, European and indigenous influences that makes Brazilian cuisine so interesting and vibrant. That they actually like Americans down there.”

Like so many of his episodes, I watch them over and over, hoping (mostly fantasizing) to someday eat in the exact same restaurants that Tony visits. Colombia is certainly on my travel wish list now!

El Cafe Colombia, MyLastBite.comLuckily for me, since I live in Los Angeles, I don’t need to travel far to experience authentic Colombian eats. Last week I met Robert for lunch at El Cafe Colombia, which is less than fifteen minutes away in nearby Burbank.

I rarely eat lunch (late breakfast, late dinner) so this was a real afternoon treat. Since both of Robert’s parents hail from Colombia (he also went to school there as a child), he knew exactly what dishes (and drinks!) I should try on this first visit.

Owners Reinaldo and Gabriela Alvarez were both charming and very patient with me (and my camera)! Not only did I love the food, but also the imported Colombian treats for sale as well. After a couple glasses of Refajo (soda mixed with beer) and finishing off a hearty lunch, I honestly felt like I had spent the afternoon in South America. Now I can’t wait to take my husband Peter… maybe a breakfast “trip to Colombia” next time!

What we ate:

El Cafe Colombia, MyLastBite.com
Empanadas $1.50 each

El Cafe Colombia, MyLastBite.com
Bandeja Paisa: Carne Asada , Chicharrón (Pork Belly marinated in garlic, then deep-fried), Patacón, Maduro Frito, Pinto beans and rice topped with a fried egg. Also includes a side of salad and Arepa. $12.95 (I did Bourdain proud, that chicharrón went FIRST!)

El Cafe Colombia, MyLastBite.com
Refajo Colombian Soda mixed with Beer

El Cafe Colombia, MyLastBite.com
Pandebono Colombian Cheese Bread. Looks simple right? Far from it! The texture was amazing… a little sweet, crispy and cheesy on top… light and fluffy inside.

El Cafe Colombia, MyLastBite.com
Arequipe Dulce de Leche from Colombia. I don’t love sweets but I LOVE THIS.

El Cafe Colombia, MyLastBite.com
Imported Colombian goodies! Of course I took home some treats.

El Cafe Colombia
222 So. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 558-3985

Website

Dining Date: 9/29/09

All El Cafe Colombia photos on Flickr

About Colombia

Cuisine of Colombia

Anthony Bourdain’s Colombia Photo Journal

Anthony Bourdain’s Colombia Travel Guide

Robert’s mother is from Cali, Colombia

Robert’s father is from Boyaca, Columbia 

Cafe Colombia on Urbanspoon

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[CLOSED] Susan Feniger’s Street

I loved watching the recent “Street Food Special” episode of “No Reservations”. It brought together my very favorite Anthony Bourdain clips; the scenes when he’s out and about eating “real food” with the locals, and also recapped Tony-visits to Singapore hawker (food) centers. It really made me wish we had something similar here in Los Angeles.

As Bourdain so eloquently stated: “Whereas in America the food court is the nexus of all things generic and awful, in Singapore these open-to-the-street food centers, coffee shops and hawker centers offer a near limitless variety of Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes”.

In a 1991 LA Times piece, my favorite food writer Jonathan Gold wrote: “The closest thing to a hawker center in Los Angeles is, of course, the Grand Central Market downtown… Among the fruit stalls and the poultry stands, there are 10-odd places where a hungry person can get something to eat”. I haven’t been there in years, and look forward to rediscovering the Grand Central Market again soon, but still it’s not exactly what Bourdain calls, “a ONE chef, ONE dish vast food court”.

It’s true that our multicultural city is filled with delicious strip-mall eats, and I personally plan to spend more time searching them out (hint to my foodie pals). But the large food courts I’ve been to (at various local shopping malls) would never be a destination dining trek of sorts. Well, except for “Hotdog-On-A-Stick”. I’m a sucker for any type of food on a stick.

Susan Feniger’s Street Food

When I first read about Chef Feniger’s new restaurant, I envisioned it to be a sort of miniature hawker center. An enclosed space filled with individual street carts from the around the world. In my mind, I even imagined individual cooks (in traditional attire) selling the dishes at these tiny indoor food stalls. I don’t know WHERE I came up with these ideas, but reading Jonathan Gold’s description in LA Weekly certainly added to my fantasy:

Street, MyLastBite.com“Street is a virtual museum of world street food, snacks and savories from every part of Asia — Korean-style mung bean pancakes studded with bits of anise-braised pork belly; hollow, potato-stuffed Indian ping-pong balls called paani puri, moistened with a bit of spicy broth; a juniper-laced salad of roasted beets and crumbled walnuts; even a take on the classic Singaporean breakfast dish of toast with coconut-jam kaya and a runny egg. There are dense dal fritters, a delicious version of the do-it-yourself Thai bundles of roasted coconut, bird chiles, peanuts, tamarind jam and minced lime, among other things, sensibly wrapped in bits of collard instead of the traditional betel leaf.”

So no, Susan Feniger’s Street is not the culinary “It’s A Small World” experience that I fantasized about, but it is a wonderful, exciting (and fun!) restaurant that brings my dream just a little bit closer.

What we ate:

Street, MyLastBite.com
Amuse-Bouche: A very exotic (savory) version of a Rice Crispy Treat! Millet Seed Puffs, with Marshmallow, Fennel, Curry, Coriander,Cumin and Black Currant

Street, MyLastBite.com
Spinach Varenyky: Ukrainian dumplings stuffed with spinach and cheese. Served with sour cream and lemon marmalade

Street, MyLastBite.com
Paani Puri: Chef Susan Feniger first tried these on a street market in Mumbai, India. Filled with potato, chutney, beans and topped with yogurt cilantro

Street, MyLastBite.com
Cuban Stuffed Potato Cake: Filled with spiced beef, raisins, and capers; with tomato mint salsa and poblano crema

Street, MyLastBite.com
Scandinavian Beet and Apple Salad – Slow roasted beets with apple, black currant, watercress, toasted walnut, and millet croutons in a juniper vinaigrette

Street, MyLastBite.com
My FAVORITE bite: Kaya Toast, a uniquely Singapore experience; toasted bread spread thick with coconut jam; served with a soft poached egg drizzled in dark soy and white pepper (link to recipe below!)

Street, MyLastBite.com
Marinated New York Strip Steak, skewered and roasted in the wood oven, served with Wild Mushroom Spaetzle and Rapini with Creamed Onions and Bacon

Street, MyLastBite.com
Top Photo: Vietnamese Corn – wok cooked medley of fresh corn, spring onion with glazed pork belly.
Bottom: Saag paneer with Kokum Dal and Rice Plate – A South Indian spinach dish stewed with homemade paneer cheese, tomato and spices; served with dried plum dal and yogurt rice.

Street, MyLastBite.comSusan Feniger’s Street [CLOSED]
742 N. Highland
Los AngelesCA 90038
(323) 203-0500
Website

Street on Twitter

Dining Date: 5/30/09
with Peter, Julian & Wendy 

Mentioned Above:

More about Singapore Hawker Centers

Kaya Toast Recipe via LA Times

My love for Kaya Toast (on LA Times)

Jonathan Gold’s LA Weekly Street Article

Jonathan Gold’s L.A. Times Food Stall Article

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Official Site

“Down on the Street” (Bourdain street food) episode

Grand Central Market

Hotdog on a Stick


Susan Feniger's Street on Urbanspoon

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