Nothing warms my heart more than seafood—especially a good moist crab cake. This sucker is seasoned to perfection and laid upon a slather of creamy remoulade with some yummy citrus and micro greens for presentation. How fabulous does that look? Well, it tastes just as fab.
What do you get when you pair eclectic dishes with strong-ass drinks? Fatty’s Public House in WeHo of course!
The former residence of Fatty Arbuckle is now a newborn gastropub on the west side of La Cienega Blvd, smack dab in the middle of Santa Monica Blvd. and Melrose Ave. If you weren’t that hungry on your way, you’ll be good and starved by the time you find parking. ($8 Valet)
Fatty’s is a bit fancier than our usual hangouts, but pinch your pennies and trust that it’ll be worth the splurge. Super mellow by day, hipster hot spot by night.
Let’s get down to business. The first thing I did was take advantage of their full bar. All of the signature crafted cocktails sounded great, but I picked “Life of the Party” because I’m modest. My wilder friend went for “Desert Hero” for more of a kick.
It’s a Revolution! Correction: It’s A Pizza REVolution!
Face it: you’re bored of the same delivery pizzas at parties disappointing the pizza gods. Wanna go crazy and craft your own? PizzaRev is revolutionizing the art of artisan pizza. They’re in Studio City, Woodland Hills and Northridge. Like many other CSUN students, I head over to Reseda Blvd’s PizzaRev whenever I’m feeling creative.
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Recently, our pals over at Farm Box LA sent us a free box of fresh produce. There are a handful of competing “product box delivery” services out there, so we wanted to see how Farm Box LA stacks up to some of the others we’ve tried.
As Angelenos, we have the wonderful option of visiting a farmers market every day of the week. But what if you’re too busy? Produce-to-your-door is a great idea. And it’s fun to open the reusable box full of healthy options for 1-2 people for the entire week. You’re not limited to produce, by the way. There are plenty of options on the website: “just cheese,” “just vegetables,” a “juicer” box, etc. There were a few things in the box that I had never cooked with or tried before. So if you simply choose what’s in season, you’ll get a surprise Iron Chef style challenge from time to time. For example, I had never had a persimmon before a few days ago. And I had never cooked raw beets.
This is a great way to stay healthy and keep those New Year’s resolutions year round.
Salad mix with persimmons. Added in dried cherries, feta cheese and tossed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
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Step (1) Find The Restaurant
Delancey is on Sunset Boulevard in a red brick building with a red neon sign. Keep your eyes peeled, and you can’t miss it. There is valet parking available since street parking in Hollywood is a cruel game.
Step (2) Dine With Famous Celebrities From TV, If Possible
Pizzeria Il Fico is what I call Italy in LA. This fancy Beverly Hills wood fire Pizzeria is delizioso, and perfect for a nice date night. Don’t let the hard to pronounce Italian menu scare you; everything is packed full of flavor and amazing textures that won’t disappoint, making you feel like you’re on a relaxing Italian holiday.
I suggest you start with a glass of red wine and one of their meat and cheese plates. We tasted their Prosciutto crudo, Fichie Burrata (6) and found it to be our favorite appetizer among the many we tried. The thinly sliced Prosciutto tasted so fresh, it melted in your mouth. Paired with soft Burrata cheese and figs, we couldn’t stop eating it.
Brunch, Quick Booze or a simple no b.s. dinner…
When I want something fast I come to Basix. The wait staff has come to know me by name. I come here 2–3 times a month or more.
If you are ever in West Hollywood and want a place for brunch, look no further. I mean, there are others in town that are pretty good too…but, if we’re looking for VALUE, I think you get more for your buck here.
Finally a real piece of pizza in Los Angeles.
While I (Greg) love almost all culinary aspects of Los Angeles, I find its pizza to be truly lacking. Perhaps this stems from growing up in Chicago, where making pizza is an art form. Or, maybe I’m just a snob, but whatever the reason, I’ve accepted that if I want good pizza I’ve gotta hop on a plane. This is my mind set walking into Masa of Echo Park, where I’ve been told they have good Chicago-style pizza. Walking in, Masa lacks the grungy, dimly lit, hole-in-the wall vibe that is prevalent with so many of Chicago’s finest pizzerias. Instead, Masa has a uniquely California feel with big bay windows letting in lots of sunshine.
Coachella. The mere mention of the word brings to mind incredible live music, throngs of dancing half-naked hippies, and rapping ghosts. But what, you ask, should I eat while I brave the hot desert sun (or chilly desert nights)? Fear not, for Lisa and I scoped out the joint last weekend and now we’ve got you covered with our handy-dandy Coachella Eat It/Screw It Guide!
I LOVE SPICY PIE PIZZA - SCREW IT!
There’s nothing wrong with this pizza. It’s a solid NY-style slice, but it’s absolutely nothing special. The reason I say screw it, though, is why have average pizza when you could have great pizza?…
PIE FOR THE PEOPLE - EAT IT!
I didn’t think we were going to find actual good food at the festival until we happened to try a slice of these guys’ David Bowie pizza. Bacon, carmelized onions, mozzarella, pineapple, jalapenos, and plum sauce… Run over to the beer garden outside the crazy dance tent and grab one before everyone else figures out how tasty this place is! And hell, if you happen to be in Joshua Tree, go check out their permanent spot.
Until then, check out this piping-hot video of Ben and Lisa feeding hungry people at Coachella. It’s a game show: guess what’s on the pizza that you just put in your mouth. Go!