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Event Recap: LA Times The TASTE

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer so what better way to end the summer with a final food and wine event, L.A. Times The TASTE. Thousands of people met at the Paramount Lot to celebrate California’s diverse dining scene with  five unique events over three days.

LA Times The TASTE

I missed the Friday night kick-off event as I was out of town. But, I was on the Paramount Lot Saturday morning at 11am for Field to Fork. Hosted by Editor Russ Parsons, the theme of this event was to feature the best locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Favorites of the day included the Spicy Peanut Salad from Pine & Crane, the Gazpacho from Canele, the confit of wild albacore from Eveleigh and the full plate of Indian dishes from Mayura. But, the stand out was the Ensaymada, a Philippine brioche-like pastry.

It was so hot out that I found myself seeking out every rose wine that I could find to try to stay cool.

After finding an air conditioned room to cool down in for a few hours, I returned in the evening for Dinner with A Twist, which highlighted the intersection of LA’s culinary and cocktail cultures. But, before we headed to the backlot, there was a special Cocktail Lab where some of L.A.’s top mixologists served drinks with craft spirits.

After the Cocktail Lab, I was back on the backlot for Dinner with a Twist. The favorite dishes of the night were the cauliflower & king crab panna cotta from Chaya, the crispy pork belly with gochujang glaze and cashew from The Churchkey and BBQ smoked brisket on a biscuit from Fundamental LA.

On Sunday, due to the heat of the weekend, I skipped the Sunday brunch but was back on the lot for the Secret Cellar wine tasting that took place before the final event. Secret cellar featured wines from Italy, Spain, France and California.

In addition to the wines, there was delicious caviar from Kolikof to try.

Kolikof Caviar

After a bit of wine tasting, it was time for the final event of the weekend, Flavors of LA. Exploring the cultural melting pot of LA, the favorite dishes of the night were Little Sister’s Laotian chicken larb ga, Acabar’s fried lamb sandwich, MB Post’s 62 degree egg with gumbo sauce and shrimp grits, Cliff’s Edge’s oyster and Joe’s Dulce Enoteca with blackened corn panna cotta, chile-dusted popcorn, lime granita, sweet crema, roasted corn. Once you got beyond the tartness of the granita, the panna cotta was creamy and rich.

What a fantastic way to officially end the summer!

LA Times The TASTE

Brunch with a Twist in LA

This post originally appeared on FoodableTV.com

When the weekend rolls around, who doesn’t love brunch? It’s that perfect late morning/early afternoon meal that lets you sleep in a little later or get in that long morning hike. After your late morning, you can meet your friends and sit down for a long meal that can last into the late afternoon. Usually, your meal splurge of the week is filled with all of those indulgent classics such as French toast, pancakes, eggs benedict and huevos rancheros. However, we have found a few places that are serving the classic brunch with a twist and giving an unexpected and tasty breakfast surprise.

Eveleigh 

Located on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of the Sunset Strip, the market-driven menu at Eveleigh is known for its local, farm-to-table, seasonal ingredients. While nighttime at Eveleigh is always packed, Sunday brunch is not as busy as expected. Reserve a table in advance so that you can sit at the distressed wood tables on the patio at this country-style bungalow and overlook the city of Los Angeles.

We started with the granola with frozen orange yogurt and apple. Cool and refreshing, but not sweet, the frozen yogurt almost made the dish feel like a dessert. The avocado toast with Espelette pepper and boiled egg gribiche is one of the favorite dishes. The classic French egg gribiche is made with hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, capers, cucumbers, cornichons and herbs which added salty, pickled and creamy flavors to the fresh avocado. Going in a more traditional route, we ordered an egg dish. But the soft scrambled eggs on top of chunks of hot smoked ocean trout and house-made English muffin with a rich hollandaise is nothing out of the ordinary.

8725 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Scopa Italian Roots 

Across town in Venice, Scopa Italian Roots is another popular nighttime spot. An Italian menu with a California influence, Scopa is known for approachable, uncomplicated dishes that are full of flavor. And the brunch menu is no exception. Chef Antonia takes typical dishes like the blintz, bagel and lox and the frittata to another level while still keeping them simple and flavorful.

The blintz with market berries, ricotta, and Crème Fraîche was nothing like my grandma’s blintzes. The plate comes with two large blintzes that look more like cannoli or egg rolls. Filled with ricotta, they are deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar. Between the light creaminess of the ricotta and the crispy crepe, this is decadence. The shortbread biscuits with ricotta, honey, hazelnuts and market berries are another highlight. You don’t have to come to Scopa for dinner to have the house-made ricotta. Instead of the crostini that it is served at night, the ricotta is drizzled with honey and hazelnuts and every bite is heaven.

2905 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90292

Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post)

Head down to the South Bay for the famous bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits with maple butter at M.B. Post. It’s worth the drive to Manhattan Beach if you live in L.A. to eat Chef David LeFevre’s food. Sit by the open floor to ceiling windows while watching the casual beach community stroll to the beach across the street.

Getting back to those bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits, the maple butter is exquisite and the sweetness melted into the savory biscuit. The Reiger Farm Peach Coffee Cake with brown butter streusel has both peaches baked into the coffee cake as well as fresh ones on top. The Fitzgerald and Tenerelli Farm Stone Fruit Salad with peach, nectarine and plum and topped with mint and honey is perfect for the summer and makes the average fruit salad pale in comparison. We also tried the French toast, a classic brunch dish, but this one is stuffed with house-made ricotta, Murray Farms pluots and candied almonds. On the savory side, the Nueske’s bacon is not to be missed. Meaty but crispy, it is savory and sweet with a little kick thanks to the rosemary, brown sugar and chili it’s cooked in. And, the classic poached egg has Moroccan flavors as it sits on top of harissa piperade, braised garbanzos, chard and date toast.

Brunch in L.A. has never been so exciting. Now I can’t wait for the weekend to come around again so that I can go back to these restaurants and try other dishes, like the “Bubble & Squeak” corned brisket with fingerling potato, green hash and a sunny side egg from Eveleigh, the Challah French Toast with mascarpone and warm prunes at Scopa or the Truffle Honey Laced Fried Chicken with kohlrabi slaw at M.B. Post.

1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

 

Event Recap: Los Angeles Food and Wine 2013

It’s taken more than two weeks of working out to recover from the 3rd Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Event that took place August 22 – 25th. Four days of back to back events filled with amazing food and drinks was pretty indulgent and we enjoyed every single bite and sip!

The weekend began with Giada’s Festa Italiana on Thursday night. The weather was perfect as we walked down Grand Avenue, outside of Disney Concert Hall. There were over 200 wines to taste, and carb-filled Italian dishes to soak it all up.

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