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L.A. Food & Wine 2011

Photos: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza with Train!

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Thrilled my brother Greg was still in town from Scotland, so he could join me for this FAB food fest!

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Time To PARTY (L.A. Live, Downtown)!

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
To start, a glass of Carducci Pinot Grigio (Ahnfeldt Wines)

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
My dad and I are both huge fans of Chef Paul Prudhomme. Loved getting this photo of Greg to send bak to Scotland!

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Chef Paul’s Gumbo!

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Moritomoto’s Pork Belly with Steamed Bun & Cabbage Slaw

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Of course I texted **53987 to get the Pork Belly recipe

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Lexus LIVE On The Plaza

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Masala Braised Lamb Shank, Kalonji & Black Cumin Seed Grits, Eggplant Raita & Tomato Chutney by Chef Akasha Richmond (I’m not usually a fan of lamb but loved this Indian dish!)

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Chef Ben Ford‘s Porky HEAVEN: Chili Verde Taco with Crispy Smoked Pig Ears!

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Bouchon‘s awesome seafood bar (was hard not to hang here all evening)

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Chef Kerry Heffernan‘s Soup of Corn with Crabmeat, Chili & Micro Herbs

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Mozza! Pork, Pork, Pork!

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Fantastic eats AND TRAIN Live (one of my favorite bands)!

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The Plaza
Patrick Monahan singing “Hey Soul Sister”

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Of course Greg got the TRAIN set list! I’m so proud to say he is an accomplished musician in Scotland as well.

Thank you LEXUS for an amazing evening of great food and music. Our dad (also in Scotland) is a musician and chef… it’s in our blood!

L.A. Food & Wine: Lexus LIVE On The PlazaLexus Live On the Plaza Website
Event Date: 10/15/11

All my Lexus Live on the Plaza photos on flickr

Lexus Live L.A. Food and Wine

Please Note: Event Tickets, Hotel (& groovy wheels for the weekend!) were provided by the very generous Lexus corporation.

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Pig Heaven

This week I’ve scheduled a hangover (and food coma) for Thursday…

Seriously, I have to make sure my schedule is clear the day AFTER I return from a bona fide, nose-to-tail pork fiesta in Tijuana. There isn’t much I wouldn’t do for my beloved pork, but I’m especially thrilled that my guide to this south-of-the-border PIG HEAVEN will be the awesome Bill Esparza (aka StreetGourmetLA).

Pork Fest Tijuana

Pork 5 Ways from 5 Different chefs

Chefs
Chef Max Bonacci
The Linkery and El Take it Easy, (San Diego,CA)

Chef Benito Molina
Manzanilla and Muelle Tres (Ensenada)

Chef Jair Tellez
Laja (Valle de Guadalupe) and Mero Toro (Mexico City)

Chef Paul Zamudio
Peacocks (San Jose del Cabo)

Chef Javier Plascencia
Villa Saverios, Casa Plascencia, and Mision 19 (Tijuana)

Paired with wines from Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe:
Adobe Guadalupe
Aborigen
Sinergi VT
Tres Valles
Vinisterra

The cost of this event is 350 pesos, or approximately $35 USD, depending on the restaurant’s exchange rate.

Tickets are available by calling:

Villa Saverios, from the US dial 011-52-664-686-6443,ext. 104 (there should be someone available that speaks english)

Linas Vinos, from the US dial 011-52-664-971-0953, or at the door

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
7PM

Villa Saverios
Blvd Sanches Taboada
Esq. Escuadron 201
Zona Rio, Tijuana, Mexico

More info (travel, attire) via Street Gourmet LA

Follow @StreetGourmetLA on Twitter

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Riva Restaurant

On those very rare occasions when Peter and I have pizza delivered, we either argue over the type of crust to get, or simply order separate pizzas. Peter likes classic “hand-tossed” crust and I prefer a thin crust because it’s less filling, and I admit…. I just care more about the toppings.

When Pizzeria Mozza opened a couple of years ago, we finally found that one pizza that we could agree on and actually enjoy together. Nancy Silverton’s pizza crusts are thick enough on the outside for Peter, yet thin enough on the inside so I don’t feel overwhelmed by dough.

We first went to Pizzeria Mozza on Christmas Eve in 2006, and have tried every pizza on the menu since then. Mozza’s “Gorgonzola, Fingerling Potato and Rosemary” is the one we return to again and again. It’s a real shame they don’t deliver.

Riva, MyLastBite.comLast friday we were invited to dinner by Peter’s friends, Barbara and John. They were in town, from Seattle, looking at colleges with their two teenage kids, Corey and Claire. Peter asked me to make a dinner reservation in Santa Monica (near their hotel) so I decided on Riva restaurant. We hadn’t been to Jason Travi’s Italian eatery yet, so after I made the reservation I started researching the menu online.

The L.A. Times noted that Riva’s menu “plays off the cuisine of the Italian Riviera” and serves delicious crudo (Italian style “sashimi”). I was surprised to read that they don’t serve pasta, but Riva does specialize in pizza. I found several good reviews about the pork lovers pizza called “Molto Maiale”, but it’s when I started reading about the “Patate Semplice” pizza that I began feeling well…. a little guilty. It’s made with potato, rosemary, fontina and sea salt, which sounded very similar to our favorite pizza at Mozza. Should we even try Riva’s potato pizza, or would it be like cheating on Nancy? It took almost fifteen years of “crust fighting” to find a pizza that my husband I both love, so maybe it was best not to test fate by bringing in a new player.

I know what you’re thinking. “It’s JUST PIZZA… GET OVER IT”.

Well, we did… and both of us absolutely loved the Riva potato pizza. To me, the crust seemed a little lighter than Mozza’s version, and the topping was almost custard-like underneath the potato. It was velvety rich and so cheesy that I had to eat it with a fork.

The other pizza we ordered was (of course) the “Molto Maiale” which was topped with sausage, meatballs, pancetta and bacon. After a few bites, we were all in pig heaven.

The L.A. times said it best: “While Pizzeria Mozza still rules, Riva is closing in, and here at least you can get a reservation”.

What we ate:

Riva, MyLastBite.comPatate Semplice Pizza (potato, rosemary, fontina, sea salt) $14

Riva, MyLastBite.com
Molto Maile Pizza (Sausage, Bacon, Meatballs, Pancetta, Caramelized Onion, Tomato) $17

Riva, MyLastBite.com
Molto Maile Pizza (Sausage, Bacon, Meatballs, Panceetta, Caramelized Onion, Tomato) $17

Riva, MyLastBite.com
 Crudo: DELICIOUS cured belly of ocean trout with house made mustard. $9

Riva, MyLastBite.com
Chef Jason Travi

Riva, MyLastBite.com
Chef at the pizza oven

Pastry Chef Miho Travi is a dessert goddess…

Riva, MyLastBite.com
Torta Della Nonna (grandma’s cake) served with roasted pears, caramel ice cream $10

Riva, MyLastBite.com
Ricotta Fritters served with catalan cream foam $9

Riva, MyLastBite.com
Sorbetti e Gelati Trio $8

More photos on Flickr

Riva Restaurant
312 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica
(310) 451-7482
RivaRestaurantLA.com

Dining date: 3/6/09
Thanks Barbara and John, for a wonderful dinner at Riva!

Mentioned Above:
L.A. Times Review of Riva

Pizzeria Mozza

Nancy Silverton

At Mozza
Riva on Urbanspoon

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Taste Of The Nation – 2009 Tix On Sale!

I just purchased my ticket to Taste of the Nation 2009, and wanted to share a few photos from last year’s event. If you’ve never been before, it’s a great opportunity to taste wonderful food from many of our top L.A. restaurants.

My favorite part (besides all the food) was chatting with the chefs in a relaxed, fun atmosphere… all while supporting Share Our Strength’s fight to end childhood hunger. It’s a “fill up and feel good” event for sure!

From the Share Our Strength Website:

“Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is the nation’s premier culinary benefit, featuring top chefs and mixologists — all of whom are coming together to donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in America.

More then forty of the area’s finest restaurant and wineries will participate in Taste of Nation Los Angeles, bringing a memorable afternoon that will highlight some the best food and wine that Los Angeles has to offer. Come join us for an afternoon in Culver City, enjoy a strolling buffet, entertainment, live auction and much more. Join us as we work to create a hunger-free generation. 100% of ticket sales benefits Share Our Strength’s fight to end childhood hunger.”

Photos from Taste of the Nation 2008
Taste of the Nation 2008, MyLastBite.com
Entrance Sign

Taste of the Nation 2008, MyLastBite.com 
Chef Jake Rojas making a “Foie Gras Nutty Buddy”, The Sunset Restaurant

Taste of the Nation 2008, MyLastBite.com
Former Top Chef contestant Antonia Lofaso (my favorite from season 4), Foxtail Restaurant

Taste of the Nation 2008, MyLastBite.com
Chef Antonia Lofaso’s home-made linguini with caramelized fennel, clams and absinthe from Foxtail Restaurant

Taste of the Nation 2008, MyLastBite.com
The delightfully COOL Chef Carolyn Spence, Bar Marmont

Taste of the Nation 2008, MyLastBite.com
10 Cane Rum (I skipped the wine and went for the good stuff!)

Taste of the Nation 2008, MyLastBite.com
Chef Neal Fraser (Grace Restaurant) made whole roasted pig on the spot! 

Taste of the Nation 2008, MyLastBite.com 
Akasha Richmond’s Braised Short Rib Sandwiches on Pretzel Rolls with green and red slaw, Akasha Restaurant

With Chef Blumer, MyLastBite.com 
It was surreal bumping into Bob Blumer! 

Taste of the Nation Los Angeles
Sunday, June 14, 2009

Media Park
Corner of Venice Blvd. & Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Note: The “Early Bird” ticket price is no longer available on the Taste of the Nation site. Thanks to SinoSoul for letting me know.

Tickets are $125.00.
Price at door is $135.00. (I know this seems expensive, but last year there were over 40 restaurants at the event, and it was worth every penny to try a taste from each!)

2009 Participants (including my friends at Animal!)

Purchase Tickets Here

2008 Participating Restaurants A-K

2008 Participating Restaurants L-Z

Mentioned Above:

Akasha

Antonia Lofaso

Bob Blumer

Foxtail

Grace

Sunset

10 Cane Rum

Chef Photos on Flickr

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The Bacon Bowl

Ok… let’s talk desert island. What would be the one food item you wouldn’t live without? The one tasty bite that you could eat every day… if you were stuck on a desert island. I’m not talking about nutrition, health or availability. For me, it would have to be bacon, preferably guanciale, but any old crispy slab would do me just fine.

A few months ago my good friend Bob sent me a link to the NotMartha website, that featured a recipe for delicious looking bacon cups. In the original recipe the cups were formed using upside down cupcake molds. Of course I wanted them bigger and bolder so I built a mold out of ramikens and foil. The edible art was large enough to hold a salad and homemade Manchego fricos! 
Bacon Bowl by MyLastBite.com

Recipe & “how to” photos below. Enjoy!

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. 5 slices of regular bacon each
3. Form the uncooked bacon around the mold (see photos)
4. Place in a pan (deep enough to catch grease)
5. Cook until just brown and crispy (turning pan once)
6. Allow to cool for a few minutes
7. Gently remove bacon bowl and continue to cool
8. Fill with salad or more bacon!

Bacon Bowl (How To), MyLastBite.com

The original bacon cups on NotMartha

The Bacon Bowl on Foodista

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