Simple Things in WeHo does pie right! — West Hollywood
Simple Things in West Hollywood has a pretty, well, simple strategy: Make really tasty, from scratch, sandwiches and pies. And who among us doesn’t love sandwiches and pies? No one, that’s who, and luckily I was able to try a couple of their limited-time special items.
Last week, Veggie Grill in Hollywood invited us to come try out their new menu. This was my first time eating here, even though it’s just minutes away from my office. I’m definitely not a vegetarian, but I do like a lot of veggie food and it’s nice to have healthy, delicious options.
The owner was a very nice guy who clearly has a lot of passion for creating great vegetarian dishes. He talked us through all the new additions and changes and let us sample some of everything.
The new bowls were both great options. The Bombay Bowl and Harvest Bowl were both really flavorful. The Thai-inspired flavors in the Bombay Bowl made it my favorite dish, and the field roast sausage in the Harvest Bowl was delicious.
Bombay Bowl: herb roasted veggies, super grains, steamed kale, cannellini beans, cilantro green curry sauce with coconut milk, almonds, and hemp seeds
Harvest Bowl: Field Roast sausage, herb-roasted veggies, super grains, porcini mushroom and miso gravy, hemp seeds
I also tried the Quinoa Power Salad which was a fresh and filling lunch option. It tasted good and I could see myself eating it and not hating myself after. I also tried the Mondo Nachos, which were pretty good. I will, however, stay away from the barbecue options I tried. As a Texas-raised, BBQ-loving lady I cannot actually recommend tempeh covered with BBQ sauce as a replacement.
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. The place has a relaxed and fun vibe. We tried several cocktails and menu items, and the clear winners for our party were an appetizer and a side dish: the Mac N’ Cheese (with vintage cheddar, chorizo, and broccoli) and the Bacon Brussel Sprouts (with goat cheese and balsamic). We also enjoyed the Sriracha Chicken Bao but mostly stayed away from the Maple-Glazed Sweet Potato Tots, which came off way too sweet.
For our main courses, we had Buffalo Chicken Pizza, a Federal Burger, and the Fennel Braised Short Rib. They were all good options for a night out drinking in North Hollywood.
Although I’m not a beer person, I tried the Abita Purple Haze and absolutely loved it. The cocktails were strong and delicious, but a tad too sweet for me. We finished off our meal with a beer float (my first) made with Old Rasputin and Chocolate Ice Cream. It blew my mind. Thank you to our awesome waitress and everyone at Federal Bar!
Hello fellow food lovers! We’re back with an all new autumn-themed podcast for you. In this episode, Drew and Ben bring pumpkin beer expert Frank Eybsen on the show to talk all about the best pumpkin beer options of 2013 — plus a discussion about and Frank’s legendary beer sampling party (64 total beers!).
Ben & Drew also talk to Aimee Jones, a pumpkin enthusiast who cooked a new pumpkin recipe every day this October. She shared with us an awesome homemade pumpkin Poptart (PUMPtart!) recipe that will convince you once and for all to ditch those terrible cardboard pastries of your youth (big ups to Toaster Strudels though, seriously).
We hope that we can help to make all of your autumn pumpkin dreams come true! If you wish to skip ahead to a specific segment on the show, here’s a cheat sheet:
Orleans and York Deli has some food that will KNOCK your socks off!!! As a Louisiana native it’s tough to find food in the LA area that comes close to touching what Louisiana has to offer ;) Sorry imitators. But, this place is the first place that’s done it prettyyyy darn well.
I mean LOOK AT THIS:
That’s a catfish po’boy. Damn, that looks good and DAMN it tasted just as good. Catfish fried to a crisp with that tasty batter… YUM! I wouldn’t testify that this is the healthiest place to eat, but in moderation—who cares?
We also tried and LOVED the DELICIOUS and amazingly flavorful Cali Muffuletta:
I hadn’t tried one of these before, but the avocado and the delicious fresh meats with the vinegar tasty pickled veggies were definitely a delight.
If you’re lookin’ for tasty Louisiana southern fried eatin’, you’ll want to check this spot out. It’s a bit hard to find as it’s tucked in a corner of a shopping center, but it’s well worth it. PERFECT for a good weekend treat if you’re craving some soul food. The owner is very friendly and the staff were very attentive with a steady stream of folks coming in and out during our hour pig-out sesh. Enjoy!
Canarsie Cookies, Not My Fave But You Might Dig 'Em
One of the perks of working at L.A. Foodie is the free stuff. A few times per month we’ll get an email from a passionate chef who wants to share their delicious labor of love with you, le Reader de le Blog. We pretty much always oblige because…c’mon, free food.
I don’t always love what I try. And this is one of those times. The owners of Canarsie Cookies are a lovely husband and wife team here in L.A. The Chef, Stephanie Mysel, created a cookie/brownie hybrid called Brookies.
For my taste, Brookies are too dry and crumbly. Think cornbread texture. The chocolate and peanut butter flavors, which I expected to be strong in something called a Chocolate Peanut Butter Brookie, were in fact subtle.
I like dense, chewy brownies and cookies with deep chocolate flavors. When there’s peanut butter involved, I like chunks. Unfortunately, Canarsie Cookies’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Brookies were outside my strike zone for flavor and texture.
With a name like Cookie Casa, this bakery is just begging people to come in and try a cookie. Luckily Cookie Casa also has a friendly-looking exterior, patio tables and chairs, a bubbly logo, and a ton of dessert options. Since I have the will power of a Labrador surrounded by squirrels, I ordered a lot more than just a cookie.
What’s this now? A red velvet cupcake with a finger on it? Yes, I will take your Halloween-themed cupcake, thank you very much. We are all familiar with Red Velvet Cupcakes, so I won’t bore you, but this one is good. The cake is moist and rich, the cream cheese frosting is dense, sweet, and subtly vanilla-flavored. The finger on top is actually a gummy, which has an enjoyable raspberry flavor.
Next up is the Molasses Ginger Cookie Sandwich. This large (almost 5” in diameter) dark tan cookie has sprinkles of granulated sugar on top. It’s soft and chewy with a strong molasses flavor and a smooth ginger finish. The buttercream middle is incredibly smooth, rich, and sweet with a strong vanilla flavor. The sweetness of the cream plus the large size of this cookie equals a treat that is best shared with others.
The seasonal Pumpkin Bar has a dutch-apple-pie-like crumble on top, and below is a dense pumpkin pie filling with a strong pumpkin flavor. The ‘crust’ is a chewy layer of oats and honey that is neither crunchy nor crumbly and yet really ties this whole bar together. The one flaw of this bar comes from it’s pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin, while unique, is forceful, so by the end of this bar it’s overwhelming. This of course can be remedied, like the above cookie, by sharing.
Moving right along, next is the Lemon Sandwich Cookie, and as a huge fan of all things lemon, I was looking forward to this one. The cookie has a mild crunch, yet is still chewy. It has a mild lemon flavor, but the sweet creamy frosting is where the lemon really bursts out at you. Unfortunately, the frosting is a bit too sweet, but only professionals like myself will notice, so if you’re a fan of lemon, check this cookie out.
All in all, Cookie Casa Bakery did not disappoint. No surprise here, since it’s in their name, the cookies are the best items. However, the Red Velvet and Pumpkin Bar are no slouches either. If you’re looking for a good bakery over in the WeHo area, check them out.
By Greg Kindra Greg grew up with a Labrador retreiver that chased every single squirrel she saw, and upon further thought Greg realizes that information is probably needed for his earlier metaphor.
Treatoberfest Trick Or Treat Party at Angel City Brewery in DTLA
On Saturday, October 12th from 5 PM–8 PM, a bunch of awesome people gathered at Angel City Brewery in downtown L.A. for sweets, coffee, and beer! For one evening only, L.A. Foodie took over the back half of Angel City Brewery and filled it with tables of sweets including these amazing local vendors (starting at the top left):
Gettin' Chocolatey @ the Godiva Truffle Flight Tasting (Sponsored Post)
Look, if I have one rule in life, it’s that when someone offers you free chocolate, you say YES (though, you know, check your sources.) Godiva invited us (and a few L.A. Foodie fans!) to come check out their new line of Truffle Flights—like a beer or wine flight, but with their ubiquitous little chocolate balls. NEWS FLASH: Godiva chocolate is delicious, and the flavors these flights play with are pretty fun.
Recipe: Roasted Potato & Garlic Soup in an Electric Skillet
The weather has turned cold in Los Angeles. My hoodie no longer makes me sweat when I’m outside in the sun, and I can even wear a stocking cap at night if I’m feeling fancy. And yesterday, out of nowhere, water started falling from the sky. Bona fide rain. Which means that it’s wintertime in L.A.. And since October marks the official kickoff of soup season anyway, a rainy day was the perfect day for…
Electric Skillet Roasted Potato & Garlic Soup
You can make this recipe with some minor adjustments in a skillet, a dutch oven, or a conventional oven. But the electric skillet is a damn fine choice for this soup.
2 lbs of Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
2 bulbs of garlic
6 Cups of chicken broth
1 Cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of dried dill
Fresh cracked pepper
Optional garnishes: Apple cider vinegar, olive oil, sour cream, shredded cheese, chives, green onions, crumbled bacon.
Scatter the potato wedges in the electric skillet. Cut the tops off of the garlic bulbs. Crumple a sheet of aluminum foil around each bulb. Nestle the foil pouches down into the potatoes. Sparingly oil the potatoes. Liberally oil the garlic. Hit everything in the pan with a heavy dose of salt.
Recently Ben, Lisa, and I had the chance to stop in to Burger Lounge to preview their new Game Changer Burger Series that is here for autumn and winter.
Oh boy, you guys. I love burgers. I really love them a LOT. I also really love it when people get creative with burgers. These burgers were both tasty and inspired.
The Bison Burger - so, so good….mmmmm.
There are 3 burgers that are part of the series, and they are only going to be served for a limited time. They are:
1) Grass-fed Bison - Oct. - Nov. 2013
2) Wild Boar - Dec. 2013 - Jan. 2014
3) Grass-fed Elk - Feb. - Mar. 2014
Each of these burgers was unique and well, damn delicious. While it was very hard to choose a favorite, the general consensus between the three of us was that the Bison Burger was the winner.
I mean, listen to these ingredients - Served on the signature Lounge Bun with blue cheese, pickled onion, roasted garlic aioli.
I KNOW, RIGHT?!?!
The bison was perfectly cooked, tender, and it melted in your mouth. The toppings really complimented each other well, and were excellently balanced. The blue cheese didn’t overwhelm everything else because it was cut by the pickled onions, which added a bit of sweetness, and the aioli gave it the slightest perfect hint of a bitter kick.
All of these things equal ONE TASTY BURGER.
We chatted with some of the servers and other guests, and each of the burgers had advocates, so you’ll probably be making several trips here through February. I highly encourage you to try them all. Check out our Flickr page and Instagram stream for more pics of the burgers, and go out and get them while they’re here!
L.A. Foodie is throwing a #Treatoberfest trick-or-treat Halloween costume party at Angel City Brewery in downtown L.A. Tickets are only 15 bucks! Dress up in your Halloween costume and go trick-or-treating among L.A.’s finest sweets and treats vendors. Grab a trick-or-treat box and munch on samples from a dozen different tables of lip-smacking autumn snacks. Then wash it all down with three awesome beers from Angel City Brewery. One of the beers is an exclusive release! All of this is included in the price of your $15 ticket!