Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Five Favorites!

Well, we are heading towards the end of the month and here it is, the October Five Faves! 

Best rant on the PSL:

Personally, I could give two fucks about drinking the pumpkin spice latte; however, it is the true sign of fall.  I can go for that.  But John Oliver is hilarious and this is the bestest! 

Favorite Place I've eaten in New York: Momofuku Milk Bar. 

Why? I ate there almost everyday! It was walking distance and I got to try everything I wanted to.  I was also here for the menu change and got to try the super seasonal Thanksgiving Croissant.  We don't get this shit in Long Beach.  Bagel Bombs are the best thing and the Corn Cookie? Getthefuckottahere! It was so fucking good.

Favorite Food Show: The Dinner Bell

Julia Zeigler-Haynes is so funny and I love watching this show because it is an inspiration for me to eventually get Apartment 7 dinners going.  Also Vice Munchies is just best.

Favorite Instagram Picture: Pittcueco

A photo posted by Tom Adams (@pittcueco) on

Because I mean, that pig is cute!

And last but not least, the SnackChat of the month.

Congrats Mike!

See you around in November!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Eating Out a Big City.

I'm a little person.  Whenever I go to New York I feel even smaller.  The city is loud and there are people everywhere and they don't follow crosswalk rules!  It's sunny outside but in some parts of the city you can't tell because you know, buildings. Good thing smartphones were invented because I would't have found my way back from dinner last night. 

The time me and this Cubano Bomb from Momofuku Milk Bar had was magic, and for whatever reason, made me miss being home.

One day almost down, two more to go, then PORTLAND! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Happy 100th post! If this is your first time or 100th time reading, thanks friends!

 Time to celebrate with  this Week in SnapChat! 

Breakfast of Champions

If it's your birthday you get a rib eye steak with directions on how to cook it.  I don't want you to fuck up a good piece of beef.

Reminds me of the good ole days at the Hungry Tiger 2.

New watch idea: A watch that tells you it's taco time.  The catch, it's always taco time. 

New watch idea: A watch that tells you it's snack time.  The catch, it's always snack time

Hickory Smoked nutz,

These are a few of my favorite things! 

Nothing is spookie about Thai food, unless it spooks the digestive system. 

Lettuce wraps aka Asian Tacos.

Could it be? 

My 90+ year old neighbor asks if I had ever eaten at Panda Express, like seriously every time I see him.   One day he'll ask and I'll respond with, "No, please tell me of this magical panda highway."

It's the return of Chinese Food Monday!  Yay! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Eating Out MB Post Brunch Edition

I saw a check in from someone on Facebook at 3:00pm at some restaurant in LA and the comment preceding the check in was, "Late Brunch"  Ummm to say you're a little late for brunch gurrrrlll is wrong because, after three you are in lunner territory. Also maybe reevaluate your life if you are "brunching" at 3pm. Because serious real talk, someone that is alls grown up should have already eaten by least 1pm. I don't care where the fuck you are eating. 
Brunch in its purest definition according to Wikipedia is, a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning but it can extend to as late as 3 pm on Sundays. But I like this definition too: a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch.  I guess I shouldn't call this the a brunch post because we ate lunch or at least that is what we like to think we ate.  Brunch has a different meaning to a lot of people. I like to think that we took the high road and skipped breakfast all together and got lunch. 

We in fact skipped breakfast that day and opted for just coffee and Kings practice in El Segundo.  Once practice was over, we headed to North Manhattan Beach which has five "cafes" all within walking distance that all serve bacisally the same thing potatoes, scrambled eggs and some kind of sandwich.  Not really anything we were in the mood for. So, naturally, this made it hard to decide on a place to eat. I was putting it out in the universe that I wanted to eat at MB Post so we left our parking spot that we didn't have to pay for and headed to "downtown" Manhattan Beach. MB Post it is! Let's just say that love is an understatement. The best part about that day, seats at the bar and no wait!  

It was everything we were looking for and more and you know we gots to have the bacon cheddar biscuits.  The best part, is that they were better than I remembered. We got the See Canyon apple coffee cake with brown butter strussel and the Thai pork sausage. The sausage was so good and the flavors reminded me of being in Thailand, which is a sign of great food.  The Blood and Smoke bloody Mary was fucking amazing! With a menu so diverse, there are always hits and misses. The dumplings were a miss but I still love you. Really, I do! 

 My only gripe about eating there is the people watching.  There were a lot of casual athletic clothing. If you had some self respect, you would dress yourself in noncompression clothing.  I get it, you may be in for a marathon eating sesh but seriously, I can't take you seriously. I thought people wanted to be seen eating brunch because it is  the cool thing to do? 

This is my, "I wake up this way" pic. I keep my MB Post menus in the first issue of Cherry Bombe...Because I'm weird. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pardon the Interruption

I interrupt this Cookbook Tuesday to bring you a cat dressed like a pumpkin eating pumpkin! 

Since we're on the topics of things that make me happy: 

I love to hate this man, but this picture of Guy Fieri makes me smile because It's so fucking ridiculous.  I can hear his douchey voice in my head saying, "This balloon is off the chain/ da bomb/inaudible words spoken with a full mouth."  

I hate him.


Don't worry friends, I'll be back next Tuesday with a cookbook to show and tell! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

CIY: Company Eggs, My Way

Saturday was the first Saturday that I could remember where we had nothing really planned.  We went to a birthday party in Orange County but that was about it.   I took an epic one hour nap and caught up on Sailor Moon Crystal because I am that nerdy.  

Sunday mornings I usually like to eat pho at Pho Hong Phat or if I am not hungover, try out a new recipe.  Trying out a new recipe involves finding one on the Internet or browsing Bon Appetit, then trying to adapt it what I have in my fridge.  Enter Company Eggs.  But first What the eff are company eggs? I did a quick Google search and came up with no results.  So I guess it's like when you entertain company? If you know please let me know! I like fun facts.

I've also come to realize that beets are close to perfect. You can eat the tops and not die, they can be eaten raw or cooked. Beets are ugly on the outside but beautiful on the inside and they last forever in the fridge sans tops.  When I like something so much I will doodle it.

Anyways, on to the recipe so you can CIY, cook it yourself! 


Here is what I had in my fridge:

Roasted vegetables: sweet potatoes, golden beets, rainbow carrots
cooked breakfast sausage
golden beets with tops
Pecorino Romano
I always have onion and garlic on hand and you should too.

Armed with this, I made some substitutions:
beet greens for Swiss Chard
Pecorino Romano for white cheddar
whole milk for heavy cream
I added sausage and roasted veg to the recipe, because it doesn't hurt. 
Make all the adjustments for your party size. I don't measure anything...

I also cooked  everything in the 8 inch cast iron so now it is a one pan meal.  I baked it for 15 minutes and the yolks were near perfect. 

Below is the update recipe! 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a skillet over medium high heat 1/4 tablespoon of olive oil. When heated, add 1-2 cloves of minced garlic, and a 1/2 of an onion diced. Cook and stir around until softened, about 4 minutes.  Add a 2 bunches of a hearty green vegetable.  I used beat tops, but you can use, swiss chard, radish tops, kale or spinach.  

The cook time of the green, depends on the green that you are using. The more hearty green like kale, will take about 8-10 minutes.  A lighter green like spinach, will take about 4-6 minutes. Once your green of choice has cooked down, you can add whatever you have available.  I had roasted beets. sweet potatoes and roasted rainbow carrots and cooked breakfast sausage. Add what you have, mix around for two minutes and then add 1/2 cup of cream.  And cook will almost evaporated. You can use cashew cream for a vegan option and in place of meat you can add soyrizo. And don't forget to season with salt and pepper along the way.

Spread mixture evenly on to a baking dish. depending on how much you plan to make will depend on the size of the dish.  Using the back of a spoon make little dents on the greens,  this is where you will be adding the eggs. Crack eggs into the dents  and add cheese of your liking and carefully place into preheated oven.  Bake, for about 15- 20 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. If you are not using eggs, bake for about 15 minutes and let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.   

Friday, October 17, 2014

Treats on Treats on Treats

I have a sweet tooth.  So much so, that I am a dentist's best friend. Sometimes I think that it is a problem, but how can something so good be so wrong?

Last week we hit up the 85 Degrees in Cerritos.  No lines, but swarming.  We were lucky because it was BOGO anything sea salt drink.  I was also "carb loading" for the Long Beach Half Marathon. 

So what if I was walking it! 

Whenever I go to 85 Degrees, there are people with multiple trays full of treats.  Like they bring additional family members to hold the trays.  It's insane!  I know people have parties and visitors but damn! It's insane what these ladies pack on their tray.  We had a hard enough time trying to decide on two pastries.

As good as these look, I think these would hurt to eat. 

Then there is the Donut Bar in Fountainn Valley. Pictured above are the strawberry and creme donut, the caramel latte donut, the bacon maple bar and the Homer donut. DROOOOLLLLLL!!!  They have strawberry and chocolate milk on tap. Oh and Stumptown on nitro. YESSSS!!!

Giant ass donuts! 

Then I found this....
A WHOLE FESTIVAL FOR TREATS!!!! This year L A Foodie is hosting Treatoberfest 2 at Angel City Brewing in DTLA. Octoberfest style treat consuming. All you can fucking treat!  I'm in! Local vendors? Even BETTER! Beer sampling you say? FUCK YES! Details here!  I'll there and you should too!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This Week in SnackChat

A little nibble of a Snackchat this week. There seems to be a little theme going on here. 

The smaller throat scrapers on the right are what I like to call throat ticklers.  This is a SnackChat of throat ticklers and some friends. 

A throat scraper eating a throat scraper. It's cannibalism at its finest.  It's like Charlie Tuna eating a tuna sandwich or Miss Piggy eating a meat lovers pizza.  This could be a potential Halloween costume people! #throatscrapereatingathroatscraper 

This person is a hot contender for the SnackChat of the month. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tis the Season

I'm not one to drink pumpkin spice lattes or pumpkin bread or much of pumpkin anything. Pumpkin, however, is the sign of Fall. I talk a lot about Fall a lot because it is my absolute favorite time of year.  Absolute favorite.  Towards the end of September the gourds start showing up at the grocery store and farmers markets and it makes me so happy.  This is my happy place.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Kinfolk Table For Cookbook Tuesday

I just checked the weather for the next 10 days and the temperature in Long Beach will not break 80 degrees! The crowd rejoices! This means I can cook with the oven and not make everyone uncomfortable!

 In this installment of Cookbook Tuesday, I picked a book that doesn't sit on my shelf, it leans against it (yes, I have that many books).A book that, to me, is very romantic.  Romantic in the sense that I want to live with everyone in this book as they are all living the life that I want to make for my family. The Kinfolk Table, like the magazine, Kinfolk, is beautiful. It details the recipes and stories from the growing Kinfolk community in Brooklyn, Portland, Copenhagen and the English Countryside.  It features my favs like Diana Yen pre Cleo the Bunny  It makes me want to have people over and now that the temperatures are dropping I can do some of this!

This is everything I want and more. Look at the fucking leaves on the ground! 

Most of the recipes are one page and so easy! 

Who want's to come over to my place?

I want this in my life! 

For the last FBF post about Beast, I was trying to find my Beast menus.  I looked everywhere.  Low an behold, it was parked in the Portland section of the book. DUH! 

The book and the magazines are leaned against my bookshelves.  I don't have many because they are a little hard to find, but I have them! 

I'm in love with a magazine that is the price of a book! 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall Cleaning

The perks of having a subscription to Bon Appetit is having monthly food porn, inspiration for weeknight meals and reading up on all the food trends.  The cons of having a subscription to Bon Appetit is having a stack of them when you are done reading them and for someone that lives is small apartment, it doesn't make sense to keep them. So I've got quite the collection from last year and a good part of this year that I am will to part with.  You read it right,  I'm giving away my magazines. I am willing to send them off to you too.  I'm giving these away to you first, before they disappear from my life and appear at the Long Beach Out of the Closet.  I've even giving away a copy of The Great Breakfast Book! All are in great condition, but no promises once they hit the mail box.

These magazines are mini cookbooks.  You are owning a piece of my bookshelf!
So if you see one you want please email, or Facebook message me your addy and which issue you want and I will send them off!

 Did you ever wonder, "Man I need a recipe for like 20 great pancakes?" Well look no further! Also has recipes for waffles.

April 2013: You too can make a banging sandwich.  Recipes in this issue include, Parmesan Bread Pudding, and a Lemony chicken and orzo soup.  This issues also features my Lemony Pea Mash recipe I love so much! 

 January 2014: This is the get back in shape issue.  But getting in shape doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste.  There is an awesome feature on fish that is worth a read.

March 2013: This issue features the 20 most important restaurants in America and meals for the whole family.  The soups in the issue are legit and there is a small article on Aubry Plaza.  I debated keeping this for myself but I am will to part.

A Special Travel Issue: Great feature on CIY (cook it yourself), Sunday Brunch. If you looking to travel the USA, this is for you!

June 2013: Summer Issue. This issue features picnics and cold noodles.  This is great for Southern California because it is Summer all the fucking time! Three words: Vietnamese Pork Chops. 

That is all for now. After the end of October, if not claimed, will be donated.  So if you want one let me know!  I am combing though more and will probably have another batch to giveaway next weekend, so keep and eye out!

Friday, October 10, 2014

FBF: Eating Out Portland

I went to Portland the end of  December of 2013 and I realized that I never officially wrote about it. I didn't really forget but it's almost been a year so I totally did. I had the pictures ready but not the content. While I wanted each restaurant to be featured individually, I have to feature them all in a Flashback Friday.   It's better that I do it now, because I am going to Portland at the end of the month. 

Let's start with Sen Yai, in the SE.  You all know my love for anything Andy Ricker and since leaving Portland he opened up a noodle shop. In my eyes he can do no wrong when it comes to authentic Thai food. On a blistering cold Winter night I don't think there is a better comfort food than Thai noodles.  

What I love about brunch places in Portland is that they actually have full bars and the food is better than great. The County Cat was the whole package. Perfectly cooked egg Benedict.  I was in love with this place until I saw the dreaded Guy Fieri Tramp Stamp spray painted on the wall.  It made me only like the place. 

Then we ate at Beast and everything was well.  We were in a hit and run rear ending and   We shared the wine pairing, between three people because when in Portland, right?  You do things like share a $75 dollar wine paring.  This wasn't the first time we dined at Beast. We had brunch there and it was four courses versus six...I think it was six.  I love the seating arrangement here. It's very intimate, so intimate I remember wanting to punch someone because they were talking too loud about being a picky eater.  Good thing it's a prefix menu right?