Saturday, October 11, 2014

AK BBQ

I can't begin to tell you how delicious this loaded potato is with brisket and pork.  Its perfectly smoked for 12 hours and to be honest even the potato skin is delicious.  AK BBQ is a husband and wife team that makes this delicious-ness out of their home in Farmers Ranch. Hands down the best bbq I've had ever! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Emporium pies

Not sure where the name came from but all I can say is that this pie company doesnt need a name.  I tried two pies that were new for the season and yes I'll be back! I've seen lines out the door and now I can see why. It was so worth every caloric bite I took.

Hard 8 bbq pit

We don't have place like this in L.A. so I can appreciate this. Next to Fresno BBQ I'm thinking this is a hard 2nd place in the country. I really enjoyed the set up at this place. The staff was awesome. You get free beans and you pay by the pound (meats). I was able to try the tri-tip, sausage, roasted corn, cole slaw, baby back ribs, bacon wrapped chicken. All items were delicious. I'm looking forward to my next visit since its only 3 miles from my hotel!

Boulevardier ~ Dallas

A few months ago I went here for drinks patiently waiting for my table at St. Lucia on the next block. I'm really glad that Hattie's was booked for brunch because I cant imagine having a more perfect brunch than this. We had the bloody mary and Irish Coffee. Very solid beverages. The Irish Coffee was a perfect blend of warmth that soothed my belly.
I also had the Duck Confit with grits cake. If I had two bellies I would have eaten the entire dish.
This place is definitely on my top brunch spots in Dallas. The chef is amazing!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Grilled Lobster Caesar Salad with homemade Croutons

A very simple recipe that anyone can make.

Ingredients:
4 lobster tails grill or boil
Romaine lettuce
6 slices of french bread
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 lemon juiced
2 garlic cloves minced
Salt and pepper
Caesar Dressing

For directions email JasminesKitchen@gmail.com

Friday, August 15, 2014

Connie & Ted's - Santa Monica Blvd. WeHo

A friend of mine suggested this place  and now I feel like I am the last know. Its the perfect Seafood place that Los Angeles has been missing. Living so close to the Ocean it still boggles my mind why we dont have more restaurants just like this??!!. The sad thing is that we have a whole entire coast that creates sub-par seafood and this place is situated mostly in a residential neighborhood of West Hollywood. 
Ok back to the dynamic food...
I had ordered the oysters on the half shell, lets just say.... Amazing!  They were fresh, sweet and the fresh horseradish and migonette sauce they placed with it was perfect.
We also ordered a cup of the clam chowder which does not use a thickening agent. To my surprise it didn't need it. It was packed full of flavor and honestly I didn't miss it.
The fried calamari is also a great appetizer with two delicious dipping sauces, marinara and a something else that was yummy lol.
Last but not least.... you must order the Porgy Fish plain. It is a light, flaky and flavor fish that is made to perfection!

Oh yea oh yea!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Heirloom~ Gazpacho

Want a cold soup? Need to cool off in the summertime?  There are many recipes out there but Thomas Keller has the best one out there. I've put my own spin on it with a finish of creme fraiche instead of a balsamic glaze. However, its a Must!

Friday, August 1, 2014

R + D Kitchen- Dallas

De-ricious as us Asians would say.
As you all know I've been in Dallas for the few months and as a Foodie, I'm loving it.
The atmosphere is great for singles and the food is mmm mmm good.  I tried the deviled eggs, the chicken (as you know I never order chicken) and rainbow row ( so American) but the sushi was fresh and amazing. I'll be back.

Milk

Just went to Milk on Beverly Blvd. I dont know what to say but I have mixed feelings. The line is always out the door and around the corner. I ordered the pistachio ice cream sandwich and unfortunately all I tasted was sugar. I think I went into a sugar coma for a second. I also ordered a red velvet cupcake... dry and not enough cream cheese in the frosting.  Honestly I think its the location. I wasn't impressed and doubt I'll return :-( the

Monday, April 14, 2014

Persian feast in Jasmine's Kitchen

Each Sunday I look to make a meal that the family can eat for our Sunday Dinners. I opened up one of my all time favorite cookbooks, Jamie's Kitchen to get inspiration. I opened up the book and there it was! Growing up in L.A. Persian food is a must and its becomes apart of your diet just like Mexican food. I decided to make Cherry Basmati Rice, with a yogurt salad (garlic, plain yogurt, lemon, fresh dill, cucumbers, salt and pepper), a lemon Hummus, roasted tomatoes and for my meats I googled a Lula Chicken Kabob recipe to get the basics but put my own twist with saffron and curry, salmon skewered in rosemary and rosemary flank steak with just salt and pepper. Dinner was a success!! For recipes you can always contact Jasmine's Kitchen by subscribing or emailing Jasmineskitchen@gmail.com

Drago Centro

The word of the day is: PERFECTLY! Had a very great meal Saturday evening at Drago Centro. I read a few mixed reviews but not sure how anyone could complain. I had one of the most solid meals here in L.A. After the 3rd attempt to go to this place (I had to cancel due to rain lolol) I finally made it. We ordered a simple apple and bacon salad that was dressed perfectly as a starter. We decided to split the Pheasant Pasta with morel mushrooms. MMMMMMMMMM!!!! I enjoyed every bite and if I could have licked the bowl with the sauce I would have but I had to show class. It was perfectly seasoned and the pappardelle pasta was perfectly soft with a little al dente to it. For our main entrees I had the branzino (fish) with crispy polenta, asparagus, capers, tomatoes. Again, the fish was cooked to perfection with a salty crispy skin (the way I like it). The best surprise was the crispy polenta that looked like a wrapped piece of yummy-ness. My guest ordered the duck breast with heirloom risotto cake, beets, cauliflower, snap peas. Lets just say I am going to learn how to make crispy risotto. Its on my to-do list this year. For dessert we had the La Terrine -chocolate and olive oil terrine, salted caramel gelato, almonds. It was the perfect way to end a meal because this dessert had me over than darn moon. When you combine all the ingredients together it was like a perfectly salty, a bit of crunch Neopolitan flavor you could think of. At this point I was ready to forfeit going home and going the nearest friends house to crash. Ok okay I can't forget the ambiance... It's what L.A. has been missing for quite some time. I am not into the whole Gastro Pub feel. I love elegance and I loved that most of the men wore Sports Coats and all the ladies had dresses on. I decided to go for a goddess look. As you can see I posted a picture taken on my porch before I left.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lazy Ox Canteen ~ Little Tokyo.... Do not waste your time

I have never really given a bad review but unfortunately my food experience at the Lazy Ox Canteen was horrible. There are many times at a restaurant where there may be 2 or 3 likeable items but not even salt and pepper could come to the rescue of these unsavory, bland, terrible dishes. The funny thing about it is that earlier in the day I had this funny gut feeling that I would not enjoy this place. I never have a hunch like this but I decided to have a positive outlook and give it a try. So here is the skinny, I am not a big fan of recommendations from co-workers (I know I sound snooty)but 10 times out of 10 I'm better off doing my own research or asking my fellow foodie friends what they recommend. When my guest and I first arrived (I drove past Baco Mercat and really wished we were stopping there lol) the decor looked amazing. It was hip and had that LA downtown feel to it. I thought to myself... this place looks like Restaurant Impossible came in here and did a make over. Well they need a food makeover!! I opened the menu and first thing I saw on the wine list was Roussanne!!?? Oh My Goddesses was I excited. No one carries Roussanne (wine). This place has to be delicious as I told myself. Wrong!! For an appetizer we ordered the Japanese Turnips with wild vegetable tempura and Lamb Meatballs. Sounds simple right? NO!! The Japanese Turnips were sour and had a pungent smell. All I kept thinking was this stuff is going to coat my tongue and everything will be ruined. The wild vegetable Tempura had no flavor. Tasted like flour that was deep fried. How can this be?? I actually rolled it in salt and it still had no flavor. Next came the lamb meatballs ($18) that were the size of a quarter (if that) that tasted like sugar and had a very bad after taste. I know lamb is gamey but geez this taste like OLD LAMB. At this point I was ticked off to say the least. Next came our entress.... Beef ragu with an over easy egg and Salmon (my guest dish). The ragu was worse than Chef Boyardee. The sauce was tangy and old and just had the jar taste to it. The Salmon had absolutely no flavor served with barley and rice cooked in water. Just gross. Yes its true you eat with your eyes but this was the first time I have ever been deceived where the food looked amazing, the decor and ambiance was amazing but the food was absolutely disgusting!!! At this point we spoke to our waitress who was just adorable and sweet. She offered me french fries because she knew I was hungry and deep down she knew the food was nasty. She also offered me dessert. Thank God for that dessert. I would never go back or recommend anyone to go here and Booooo to the co-worker (not my co-worker) for the recommendation.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Culinary Institute of America Greystone

Does it really matter that every time I go to Napa I blog about it?! Lol. I have an obsession.  The school is always doing something different so every time I go its like a new relationship starting all over again. Did you know a new cafe was opened indoors? Probably not because I was definitely surprised when I walked in. Of course I had to buy the chocolate truffles.  My new favorite is the lavender honey truffle. I suddenly fell out of love with the mango truffle.  I think the recipe was changed?!!! Mm either way I'm still happy when something new comes about.

Trinchero winery

I think this is probably one of the most picturesque estates I've been to in Napa Valley. The funny thing is that I have driven past this place more than a dozen times. Glad I did.... I was able to purchase 1 of the 8 bottles left of a really yummy merlot. Im not even a Merlot fan but this one caught me off guard. He (yes I said he) had a beautiful aroma and flavor of French oak and was light on the palate. I'm rarely into deep tannins that are often associated with merlot wines. What I also enjoyed was the cheese pairing with the wine tasting as it brought out all that their wines had to offer. I wish more wineries would do that. It makes the experience much better!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cauliflower soup with truffle salt and crispy sage

I've blogged, tweeted on the restaurant Lemonade several times. By far one of my favorite gourmet homemade food spots. My favorite location is in Pasadena (not a fan of the one in Westlake Village). Anyway... or any who... the Cauliflower  soup is one of my favorites besides the truffle mac n cheese.
Today I decided to Google the recipe and was able to find it. Yay for me. I followed the recipe to a T but decided to put my own finishing touches to it. I added truffle oil (1 tablespoon) and fried fresh sage in olive oil. I didnt think it could get any better than the original recipe but I took it to another level.
Delicious!  Delightful!