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Magnum Dinners

Next week (April 17-19) my friends David Haskell and Joseph Mahon are popping up at Royal T Cafe in Culver City. The dynamic “Magnum” duo will offer five, seven and ten course pairings with restaurateur /sommelier Haskell “pimping” each of Mahon’s exquisite dishes personally.

Magnum @ Pal CabronI’ve been to both of the previous Magnum dinners and had so much fun eating some of my best bites ever! Haskell’s wine pairings are exciting and SO unpretentious (he even likes pairing junk food)! And since each pop-up is in a casual space, it makes for a relaxed atmosphere to learn more about wine.

This next Magnum pop-up will include a fundraiser for Japan. David and Joseph will be donating a portion of dinner proceeds to the Japan Sake Brewers Association in hopes of helping the sake industry, which was devastated by the recent quake and tsunami. PLUS they are donating 100% of proceeds from a silent auction that will feature vintage wines, cooking classes and a private dinner by Chef Mahon.

Haskell asked if I would participate in the silent auction by donating a lunch (with me) at Jitlada, my favorite Thai restaurant. In case you missed the L.A. Times piece, I’ve been eating through the entire menu (over 300 items) and will soon be up to dish 200. Whoever bids highest on the auction will join me for a 10-course lunch (200-210) of Southern Thailand delights. I still have distant relatives in Japan, so I’m honored to help in any way I can.

Note: You can bid on the auction by email or phone (info below) and do NOT need to be at the Magnum dinners. Final bids by 4/19 at 11:30 p.m.

Magnum at BiergartenThe Feast LA writes (about the upcoming dinner):

…a multi-course menu that includes dishes like braised baby octopus with leek risotto, pine nuts and pancetta vinaigrette; and miso-cured hangar steak with creamed spinach, shitake mushroom tempura, sesame seeds and ponzu sauce. On April 19 – Haskell’s birthday – Magnum’s offering an eight-course uni menu with separate wine pairings. This menu requires advance notice.

PREVIEW: Sunflower seed crusted crispy tofu is just one dish that will be at Royal/T

Hope you can join us next week at RoyalT!
For reservations call 323-798-4648
or email magnumdh@gmail.com
(they always sell out!)

Photos below from the last Magnum dinner @ Pal Cabron (2/15/11)

Pozole, Magnum @Pal Cabron
Pozole Pork Soup: Romain, Mint, Radish Lime. Paired with 2008 Favati: Fiano di Avellino, Italy: Fiano

Roasted Beet Salad, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Roasted Beet Salad: Crispy Veal Tongue, Wild Arugula, Pumpkin Seeds, Creamy Feta Dressing. Paired with 2009 Luigi Giusti “Le Rose de Settembre: Marche, Italy: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba

Scallop, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Scallop: Crushed Avocado, Chickpeas, Spicy Tomato Mussel Broth, Cilantro. Paired with NV Drusian: Valdobbiadene, Italy: Prosecco.

Poached Shrimp, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Chilled Poached Shrimp: Cabbage, Grated horseradish, Ketchup, Oranges, Peanuts. Paired with 2009 Valle Isarco “Suditrol-Eisacktaler”: Alto Adige, Italy: Pinot Grigio

Foie Gras Cemita, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Foie Gras Ceminta “por My Last Bite: Jo Stougaard” by chef Joseph Mahon (so honored to have this created for me!). Paired with Oaxacan Mezcal.

Poached Egg w Pig Ears, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Poached Egg: Fried Pig Ears, Black Beans, Scallion Creme. Paired with Francesco Rinaldi: Grignolino d’Asti, Italy, Grignolino

Squid w Chorizo, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Squid: Chorizo, Cucumber, Jicama, Sesame Seeds. Paired with 2005 Tenuta Badia di Morrona “Vinsanto”: Terricciola, Italy: Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca, Columbana

Flank Steak, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Flank Steak: Cactus salad, Chilies, Grilled Corn Sauce. Paired with Valle Dell’Acate “Il Moro”: Sicily, Italy: Nero d’Avola

Pineapple Flan, Magnum @ Pal Cabron
Pineapple Flan with Vanilla Caramel Sauce. Paired with Hakutsuru Brewing Company Sayuri”: Nigori Sake

Magnum @ Pal Cabron dinner shared with: Peter, Brent, Camron, Jennee, Cody, Lindsay, Julian 2/15/11

Again, the next Magnum pop-up is April 17-19 2011

Royal-T Cafe
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

For reservations please call 323-798-4648 or email magnumdh@gmail.com

Magnum @ Pal CabronMagnum website

About the Sake Charity

David Haskell, Wine Pimp

More about Haskell

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About Chef Joseph Mahon

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The Feast L.A.

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Jitlada Thai Restaurant

Eating the Menu at Jitlada

More photos of Magnum on Flickr

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Mo Chica – 6 Courses for Japan

Chef Ricardo Zarate (Food & Wine “People’s Best New Chef”) is originally from Peru, but I’m certain that part of his soul (like mine) belongs to Japan. For years he worked in Japanese restaurants (including Zuma in London) before opening Mo Chica, his contemporary Peruvian restaurant here in Los Angeles.

Ceviche Mixto by Chef Ricardo ZarateI first tasted Zarate’s food at a BreadBar Hatchi dinner last year, and loved the simple beauty of his compositions, as well as the Asian touches he added to his Peruvian cuisine.

Before meeting the chef, I think the only Peruvian food I had tried (besides ceviche) was a post-hangover dish called Lomo Saltado. If you haven’t tried Lomo Saltado, it’s an awesome pile of seasoned beef, tomatoes and onions served with BOTH rice AND french fries.

Ricardo Zarate and I didn’t actually become friends until he and his partners opened Test Kitchen last summer. I LOVED those frenetic months (new chefs & menus every few days) and if my waistline and bank account would’ve allowed it, I’d have dined at Test Kitchen every night. In fact I have so many photos from my visits that I’ve yet to properly blog about it!

Chef Ricardo Zarate @ HatchiRicardo Cooks For Japan

This Thursday (March 31st), Chef Zarate and partner Stephane Bombet will hold a charity dinner for the victims of Japan. I’ll be there supporting my friends, not only because I was born in Japan (I lived in Okinawa until I was eight), but because Zarate’s tasting dinners are always fantastic. Simply put: Great food + Great cause = a grateful heart and belly.

GrubStreetLA wrote:
Zarate will revisit one of his favorite tasting menus at a cost of $45 per diner. With a long history of working in Japanese restaurants, Zarate will donate $10 from every reservation to the country’s relief efforts. As an extra thrill for the town’s food-obsessed, Street Gourmet L.A. blogger and pro saxman Bill Esparza will provide the musical accompaniment with his bossa nova trio Cachaca Nova.

Mo-Chica’s 18th Tasting Dinner
6 Courses for Japan

Thursday, March 31, 2011
6:00-10:00 P.M.
$45
3655 S. Grand Ave. (inside Mercado La Paloma)
(213) 747-2141 (reservations will sell out!)

6 Course Menu

YUQUITAS CON POLLO
stuffed yuccas, manchego cheese, crispy chicken, rocoto sauce

TIRADITO
scallops strips, spicy lemon dressing, salsa criolla

CHILCANO
Peruvian cocktail, ginger juice, ginger ale, pisco brandy

SUDADO
sea bass, tomato stew , crab meat, roasted tomatoes, garbanzos

CHICHARRON
Peruvian-style crispy pork belly, black mint sauce

ALFAJOR
Classic Peruvian dessert made of dulce de leche , and short bread

PHOTOS below: In case you’ve never had the pleasure of eating Zarate’s food, here are some of my favorite bites (these are different from Thursdays menu):

Mo Chica
Arroz Chaufa De Mariscos: Seafood Fried Rice, Mixed seafood, Daikon Pickle

Mo Chica
Causa: Potato Salad, Tiger Prawns, Ocopa Sauce

Mo Chica
Tiradito: Japanese Octopus Carpaccio, Peruvian Botija Olive Sauce

Chef Ricardo Zarate @ Hatchi
Carapulcra: Peruvian Sun Dried Potatoes, Pancetta, Black Cod, Chimichurri

Mo Chica
Mate De Coca Ice Cream: Coca IceCream Cinnamon Sponge Cake

Note: Photos above are from my various Mo Chica / Ricardo Zarate dinners. These are NOT on the 3/31 tasting menu. Just samples of his beautiful food.

Mo Chica Website
3655 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 747-2141

Follow Chef Ricardo Zarate on Twitter

Ricardo Zarate’s Bio (Test Kitchen)

Food & Wine “People’s Best New Chef” (LA Weekly)

With my big sister Janet, MyLastBite.comBreadbar Hatchi

Zarate at Test Kitchen (by Kevin Eats)

Lomo Saltado at Mario’s Peruvian

More Mo Chica photos on flickr

Zuma, London

GrubStreet LA

Street Gourmet L.A

About my early years in Okinawa, Japan

RED CROSS (text donation to help)

Red Cross relief in Japan is more than food and blankets

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