We are recording a brand new #LAFoodiePodcast at Angel City Brewing in #DTLA! Tom of “Tom Explores Los Angeles” visits to talk about urban #exploring and #beer (at Angel City Brewery)
Bear Republic Red Rocket #Ale, a nice #beer alternative when #FlosV8Cafe runs out of Racer 5 IPA. #dca #disneycaliforniaadventute #carsland (at Flo’s V8 Café)
Chilly evenings in L.A. call for cold #beer IMO. Golden Road’s new #IPA tastes mighty fine as the sun recedes into night at the LA Farmers Market. (at The Original Farmers Market)
"The Sun" house specialty #pizza at The Pizza Press in #Anaheim. Tasty, #crispy pizza. Plus EXCELLENT rotating #beer selections both on #tap and in #bottles. (at The Pizza Press)
The Federal Bar — North Hollywood
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!
(Photos by Michael Scott)
New England Clambake, Cupcakes in a Jar
Did you ever host a wicked pissah clambake? Yeah, me neither. I live in L.A., and we don’t really do that here. But I don’t know why. The kind folks at Robinson’s Prime Reserve teamed up with their pals at Samuel Adams and sent L.A. Foodie a good ole fashioned New-England–clambake-in-a-box. Normally $299, this box of goodness is wicked expensive for a guy like me. So it doesn’t take a Triple Eagle to know that you say “YES” to free lobster and beer.
The included instructions that feature a custom recipe by Chef Michele Ragussis (reportedly of Food Network fame) were a bit vague. And the stock pot they sent was too small. So it’s a good thing I have a huge canning pot handy at all times.
Check out this video of decadent clambake food porn:
The clams and the lobsters ended up a bit overcooked but still very tasty. And the corn and potatoes were surprisingly yummy after sitting in a steamer for so long. The spicy sausage and beef franks were great.
After our Boston feast was over, roughly 2 quarts of the best seafood stock I’ve ever tasted remained. The stock plus the leftovers turned into many bowls of amazing clam chowder.
And to finish it all off, we went wicked retarded on these totally pisser Wicked Good Cupcakes in a jar. The kind people at Wicked Good Cupcakes (locations in Cohasset and Boston, Massachusets) send us all of their varieties to try, with my favorite being the Red Velvet (boring, I know. But it’s good!). These former Shark Tank contestants will ship their cupcakes in a jar anywhere. And they are legitimately awesome—tasted, and approved, by L.A. Foodie :)
- Discussion questions:
- Where do you go in L.A. for clams and lobster?
- Have you ever hosted a clambake on the beach here in SoCal?
- I like The Crab Pot in Long Beach for affordable steamed seafood, family style. Do you have a favorite?
#BiteFlite is back! Another night of beers, sliders, and desserts in Culver City
L.A. Foodie is hosting another event with Bar & Garden in Culver City! It’s called #BiteFlite, and here’s how it works when you walk in the door:
- Grab your beers (all 4 included in price)
- Choose a Vagabond Grillyard slider (4 choices, 1 included in price)
- Pig out on Mwokaji Cakery desserts (help yourself, included in price)
- Enjoy your beers, sliders, and desserts in the company of your friends
- What’s this? Art on the walls? Appreciate it.
- Go get more beer!
- Catch a ride home with Lyft. We’ll give you $10.
L.A. Foodie’s #BiteFlite tickets are $22 and include everything!
L.A. Foodie is joining forces with Bar & Garden (the awesomest tasting room in Culver City) for a night of unique craft beers, amazingly decadent desserts from Mwokaji Cakery, brain bending art from The Lethargic Artist, and savory sliders from Vagabond Grillyard! When you arrive, L.A. Foodie will provide you with a little info sheet with details about our suggestions for pairing your beers with dinner and dessert. There will be 4 beers (included), 4 slider choices (1 slider included), and plenty of desserts (included)! Ask us about the beer while we’re pouring it for you! We’ll tell you all about it!
Podcast 036 - Creole, Harold & Belle’s, TCHO Chocolate, Sam Adams, Japan
The food dudes take a step out of SoCal for a moment to explore some exotic flavors. Drew & Ben welcome their friends Yasmin & Jason Dunn to talk about Creole food culture and a good place to get some Creole food here in L.A. Brian brings some Sam Adams Longshot-winning brews that they pair up with some sumptuous chocolates from TCHO. And Ben & Lisa file a report on their progress in Japan thus far.
What’s the difference between Creole and Cajun? What have Ben & Lisa been up to in Japan? What the hell is roux? Tune in to find out!
Thank you for listening, and please share with your peeps!
Yummy, yummy étouffée and potato salad. Photo courtesy of Harold & Belle’s Facebook page.