Sunday, July 26, 2009

Project by Project Hosts Seventh Annual Tasting Benefit - Plate by Plate

Hosted by Project by Project to Benefit the Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (API SBP)

On Saturday, August 1, 2009, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Project by Project will be hosting the Seventh Annual Tasting Benefit called Plate by Plate in Los Angeles, California in the Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center.

All net proceeds from the admission and auction purchases of the event will benefit the
Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program to help the organization strengthen its foundation and mission to assist the development of Asian and Pacific Islander small and micro businesses in Los Angeles, especially those of low income immigrants of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Filipino communities.

Over 30 chefs of New American, international, and fusion restaurants join with vintners, brewers, and distillers from around the world to bring guests a night of food, drinks, and fun.

There will also be celebrities, live entertainment, a silent auction for attendees to bid on the unique experiences from exclusive cooking lesson, special dining package, airline tickets to chic products.

The event lasts from 7 PM – 10 PM and runs $150 per person. If you buy 5-10 tickets, you can receive a $20 discount on each ticket. VIP tickets run $275 apiece and include an exclusive tasting with chef José Andrés and Sagatiba.

Featured Restaurants:

BottleRock Downtown
XIV by Michael Mina
Mendocino Farms and Scoops.
Bon Appetit at the Getty Center,
Citizen Smith
Michael Cordon Bleu
Jamaica's Cakes
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
Michel Cordon Bleu
Sno:LA Yogurt
Vanille de Patisserie
Sweet Temptation Co
Good Girl Dinette
Park on 6th and many more.

Plate by Plate
Saturday, August 1 , 2009 from 7-9 pm
Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center
700 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Tickets can be purchased for Plate by Plate by clicking here!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fat Dog

A Gastropub in Montrose? You mean I don't have to take multiple freeways to get there? You mean, I have other places to eat at in Honolulu Ave. besides the fake pho place and the artery clogging barbeque franchise and the soggy salads at some of the "cafes" and the unlimited froyo place that keeps changing their name or spend an exhorbitant amount of money at an establishment that is not going to be there in 3 months? Cuz, come on. If it's a gastropub, it's only a matter of time before I become a regular there. And it's SO CLOSE.

I can take local. Maybe I should sign up for the spinning classes across the street so I can finish off a workout with some Chimay. Nice!

This place is awesome and obviously for dog-lovers. There is a dog water bowl outside for all the dogs that get walked on this street. I still don't really get why people would drive over to Honolulu Ave. to walk their dogs (would you want your dogs to go in front of restaurants?) but I don't get many things about Honolulu Ave. so it's all good.

I am SO happy this place opened up in my hood. There's really no other place to down a few mugs of beer except at this sketchy looking place called "up the hill" on foothill (no offense, but that place has like, no windows and I never see anyone hanging around there so I ain't about to pop my head in there to see if it's cool to go in).

This place reminds me of Blue Dahlia if Blue Dahlia owned a dog and was a drunk and was married to The Must and they decided to move out to the suburbs. The beer selection is decent. I had the Chimay white label for $7. Most beers ranging from $4 - $8. Cocktails hover around $8.

When you walk in, You are greeted by dark walls holding bold paintings of.... yup, you guessed it! Dogs!!! What a surprise. I was actually surprised a dog didn't come out to greet me. Instead, we chose a booth and a smily woman came and took our orders and brought out some house almonds for us. The almonds were roasted in olive oil with crushed red peppers, rosemary, and salt and pepper. Pretty addictive.

My vegetable sandwich was super flavorful and the portions are big (couldn't finish mine). D got the hamburger and was sufficiently satisfied with it, saying that it was in his top ten. My sandwich was $11 and his burger was $12. I got an fried egg panini to go for my bro and he enjoyed it ($10).

I'm stoked to try some of their other things like the fried green olives, the jalapeno mac and cheese, and the fat corndog. I also saw a huge line outside of BlueFish a couple doors down. I might venture out there, too. I hope this is a sign that Montrose is picking up again.

Vegetable Sandwich with sweet potato fries
(I took a few bites out of it thinking I had already taken a pic when I clearly hadn't).

A horrible pic of the burger,
upside down after having a few bites taken out of it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Angelino's Cafe

I found a new place that I love and will be on my "repeat" list. I actually found this place on when I was searching for $ (low priced) restaurants near Westwood. When Angelino's came up and I read all the reviews, I was stunned I didn't know about this place sooner. I must have passed by it all the time without ever noticing it!

D and I drove to the address and realized that it was right across the street from the Westwood Brewing Co. It's right next to the ice cream shop. How could we have missed it?

The space is small and the awning is green. If you blink you might miss it so make sure you have your eyes peeled when you're at this intersection.

When we entered, the restaurant was empty. Perhaps they are busier during lunch times? The tv was on, playing a soccer game. The owner greeted us. Where were the workers? He was the only one behind the counter. After we ordered, he went to go cook the meal for us and I saw him do everything from where I was sitting. He brought over our meals.

The chicken pesto sandwich.

The cheese and spinach ravioli in pink sauce.

I expected it to be bad. I really did. Yelp reviewers have been wrong before and come on, we were the only ones there and this guy basically ran the whole shop himself.

Boy was I surprised. It was delicious! It tasted home-made because, well, it was. Nothing too extraordinary or exotic. Just good, homemade party in my mouth.

The prices were great, too. We ate heartily for under $20. I left a fat tip for the deliciousness.