Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
When we heard that Miso Izakaya was bringing back their ramen earlier this month, there was no hesitation. On November 8th, the first day Chef Guy Wong put it back on the late night menu we were there ready for it. Our previous visits hadn't been disappointments by any means, but missing out on the ramen had left us slightly downhearted. The ramen we had was a redemption.
We arrived at 9:30pm, ready to order some starters as we waited for ramen. We kept our hunger at bay with the shoyu tomago (soy-marinated soft-boiled egg on grilled rice), a sampling of sushi, and assorted pickles. 5 minutes before 10 we placed our ramen order.
The ramen arrived, steaming, in deep beautiful brimming with flavorful broth, chewy noodles, and topped with fish cake, seaweed, pork belly, and a little bit of corn.
To give you an idea of our experience, I leave you with this clip from the 1985 Japanese classic Tampopo.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
We cleaned out the Dekalb International Market, starting the night with Blue Point and Apellation oysters with lemon and a pickle plate (in the background), composed of our friend Adam's homemade whole cukes and beets.
After a fresh and flavorful start to the meal, we fried things.
I completely forgot to take a picture of the fried plantains we made, which I take only partial blame for as we were all complicit in eating them quickly! Dipped in a homemade red pepper aioli and dusted with plenty of sea salt, they were delicious.
So were the fries, but we saved those for...
Ad Hoc at Home, a cookbook I've mentioned once or twice on this blog. Thomas Keller tops his iceberg lettuce with brioche croutons, bacon lardons, and a buttermilk blue cheese dressing that was the most complex thing we made that night.
It's my new favorite salad.
Of course, no good meal is complete without dessert. Since we were going all out with from-scratch dishes, and Thanksgiving is coming up, I decided to attempt a from-scratch pumpkin pie.
The perfect end to a perfect meal?
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
If you've spent any time on this blog in the past few months, you've probably noticed my obsession with Thomas Keller, chef of French Laundry, Ad Hoc, and Bouchon fame. When I realized there was a Bouchon Bar and Bistro in LA, I knew my trip would be a loss if I didn't go.
Bouchon is located in Beverly Hills, conveniently near the neighborhood I was staying in. I dragged my cousin and some new friends there for Saturday lunch.
It did not disappoint.
|gorgeous dining room|
|assortment of pastries|
|pork belly with egg in brioche|
|fingerling potato hash, dungeness crab, fried egg, hollandaise|
|pumpkin spice and pistachio macarons|
I left a very happy girl.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
My weekend in Los Angeles was incredible. It was so good to catch up with old friends and explore a city I'd never seen! We ate a lot of good food which I'll try and share later this week. I'm already looking forward to going back.