Thursday, August 30, 2012

Simplethings Sandwich and Pie Shop

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Los Angeles, CA. "Pie" was the word that brought me into the doors of Simple Things: Sandwich and Pie Shop. One three-letter word that began my fixation with wanting everything on the menu. The restaurant sits along the 3rd Street Shopping district, next to a number of eclectic clothing and specialty item stores, cafes, finer dining, and brunch choices. Under this simple awning rests a few white tables and chairs, and inside, as one could guess, is a very simple, clean feel consistent with the shop's name.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chicken Pot Pie

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This Chicken Pot Pie is one of those "throw-it-together-at-the-last-minute" recipes that pays some mind to a weightier restaurant version. It is crust-less, and sure, a pie crust could be made and secured to the bottom of the pan, but who needs the 'extra' dough weighing in on the meal? Ok, truthfully, I enjoy my crust, but to go a bit lighter this measures up fine (see: Mini-Italian Pot Pies). The flavors are there and the dish can be eaten among friends looking to warm up to a comforting home-style meal.
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cooks County

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Los Angeles.  A good neighborhood spot is hard to find.  It needs to be bustling and fun, but not impossible to get into without a reservation, and not so loud that conversations are out of the question.  The food should be so good you return again and again, but the menu should change often enough that you’re never bored.  Servers should be friendly; attitudes should be left on the street.  It’s a delicate balance to find, but in all these ways, Cooks County is a success.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Carmela Ice Cream

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Pasadena, CA. What is all this fuss about? Sweetened organic cream frozen and stirred, a balance of air and fresh seasonal flavors integrated for a 'fancy' (hungry) palate...or is it simply the quick-to-melt but fast-to-eat ice cream that makes Carmela Ice Cream the sought after frozen dairy treat. The name goes hand-in-hand with its philosophy in utilizing garden-inspired ingredients to create these small batches of sweet cream, tailored for true lovers of ice cream.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Delta Café

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Portland, OR. Ask anyone who knows me and it becomes clear (quickly) that I can get really into my Southern cuisine. Fried chicken? Country fried steak? Fried okra? To this day I have a spot reserved to each of them and I often quest to find the next hosting eatery in any city I happen to visit. On yet another Southern front, let me introduce this fun little spot that chooses some of my personal fried favorites (yes, I said FRIED).
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kobawoo House

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Los Angeles, CA. There is no neighborhood as culinarily fascinating to me as Koreatown.  Strip mall after strip mall of little restaurants, each specializing in something I've usually never heard of (pickled crab, tofu hotpot, blackbean noodles, beef bibimbap), every nook and cranny teeming with Koreans and foreigners alike, all crowded around tables of steaming meat, noodles and rice.
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Postcard from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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The Shenandoah Valley, with its lush farmland, rolling hills, and ample rivers, was known as the breadbasket of the Confederacy during the Civil War. These days it’s still full of cornfields, trout-laden streams, and dairy farms… but if one actually wants to sit and ORDER food (say, as opposed to PICKING it), great options can be scarce.  I found myself in the area for a week, and after much research and a few wrong turns, can offer the following solace to foodies finding themselves off the beaten path.
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Thursday, August 09, 2012

The Chicken Lady Cafe and Catering - CLOSED

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Los Angeles, CA. In a city that seems to have put health on the upward trend, finding a good fried chicken can be such the chore. I'm unlucky (or lucky) enough to find pizza, burgers, and coffee within a few blocks, but fried chicken? Could I venture a little further and give the standalone boutiques a try and have it not be regrettable? Well that was the hope as a friend of mine walked up to The Chicken Lady Cafe and Catering on this obscenely sunny California afternoon. 
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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A friend recently brought over a batch of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies that were mysteriously moist and deliciously flavored with almond. Needless to say, it inspired this little idea: a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake using a similar formula. There isn't really a mystery here aside from good ole-fashioned goodness baked and frosted with some good ole-fashioned greatness. This frosting is a rendition of my grandma's own preferred cake topping and I happily jotted it down when we recently spoke. The cake was sweet, moist, and oh yes: it tasted like one big bite of cookie!
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Monday, August 06, 2012

Postcard from Atlanta

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I am lucky enough to travel almost every week. My work and my friends take me to some pretty spectacular places. But rather than write about each restaurant individually I’d like to offer them to you, dear reader, as a “postcard”- when you find yourself in one of these cities, consult this list and you’ll have several options… I promise I won’t steer you wrong!
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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mediterranean Tuna Melt

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To make this dish correctly, you really should use a blender. I know, I know, you don’t want to crouch down and reach into the recesses of your cupboard, haul out the thing, and get it dirty. But I promise you, nothing is easier than tossing most of the ingredients inside, giving it a quick whirl, and spooning out the sauce. Even if you don’t own a dishwasher, the 5 minutes it takes to wash the blender out will all be worth it because you are about to make one of the BEST tuna melts you’ve ever had! It’s mayonnaise-free so it feels virtuous, and the tiny selection of ingredients packs a major flavor punch. Serve this melty crunchy goodness with a bowl of tomato soup or a nicely dressed pile of greens… and enjoy.
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