Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pizza Anyone? Fresh Brothers Newport Beach Opens

Fresh Brothers has grown to a mini gourmet pizza empire in West L.A. but with their new Newport Beach location they are reaching into the OC.  Fresh Brothers started conceptually in Chicago but don't expect deep dish here. Theres ultra thin, thin, and thick crust pizza. Thick cost two dollars more but if you have a lot of hungry people and you like thick pizza its a lot more bite for your buck. 
Topping wise for a pizza place they don't go crazy. The Giardiniera is unique though ( Italian pickled vegetables usually including hot peppers, cauliflower, and carrots) and it works pretty well with pepperoni on a pie. I was pleased.  Unlike some of their other locations the NB location has plenty of room to sit inside. Its also minutes from Fashion Island (if you like that kind of thing.)

1616 San Miguel Dr Newport Beach, CA 92625

Pepperoni and  Giardiniera

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Latin Fried Rice With Del Real.

Del Real  is having a cooking contest for bloggers and asked Eating Around So Cal to participate. Using Del Real products we had to come up with a unique here it is Latin fried rice. Del Real rice already comes seasoned and full of veggies so it made the perfect base to transform it into a easy delicious fusion dish. 

1 package of Del Real  Arroz Mexican rice. 
1 package of Del Real Chipotle Chicken Tinga 
2/3 cup of Del Real Salsa Roja (the heat is not much but you can use salsa verde)
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs (additional eggs for each portion if you want to do fried eggs on top)
1/2 cup of diced scallions 
1/4 cup cilantro to garnish. 
5 cloves diced garlic. (adjust to your preferences)
Salt to taste

Heat a large (preferably cast iron) pan/wok over high heat. Pour in oil, then stir in diced garlic; cook until garlic starts to change color. While waiting for garlic mix all the rice together with the two eggs after they have been beaten well (I would salt the eggs before adding to rice) . Stir in the rice let it sit for a few minutes. When rice looks like its getting some crispness and color stir. Prepare your Chipotle Chicken Tinga by dicing it. Add the chicken and the salsa to the pan. Heat through. When that happens add your scallions and cilantro (and the fried egg is you are so inclined). Serve and enjoy! 


Del Real supplied all product for this recipe. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chalios Mexican Restaurant Introduces New Dishes. Goat Sopes Anyone?

Chalios Mexican Restaurant  has been around for a while in East L.A. Jonathan Gold has been there (and liked it) and so has Anthony Bourdain.  Now they are trying to change things up with some new menu items. The focus of the new items is trying to make the sope (a deep fried thick piece of masa) a cool dish to the younger generation. They offer a cactus, asada and cactus, and a  stewed goat (birria) option. The goat is the clear winner of the sopa options and what Chalio's is best known for.  Other new dishes include a sauce covered goat taco and a spicy shrimp dish. Again I would go with the goat. I am going to to tell you this. Get anything goat (a way underused meat I think) and make sure to get some of their handmade tortillas. You can't go wrong. 
 760 S Atlantic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90022

Making tortillas 


Spicy shrimp (only dish I did not care for much)

drowned goat taco 

goat sope 

Cactus and asada sope 

cactus sope 

Strawberry lemonade 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Candyland Dream: Lolli and Pops Opens in the Glendale Galleria

The child in you who saw Willie Wonka for the first time will thank you for visiting Lolli and Pops. Recently opening in the Glendale Galleria Lolli and Pops is a Willie Wonka meets Around the World in 80 Days. They have candies from all over the world. You can get anything from Japanese Kit Kats to butterbeer soda. Every room here has a theme. You can go from party, to gummy, to chocolate whatever tickles your fancy. The best part for me was the old fashioned soda fountain. Their sundaes are the size of a childs head. Goat caramel with pink sea salt on a sundae? Yes please. 
1128 Glendale Galleria Glendale, CA 91210

a 27 pound gummy bear 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekly Dish. Places You Need to Try. Casa Córdoba

Casa Córdoba is a love letter to Spain. Owner Jeannie Bone lives for Spanish culture. She travels to Spain all the time, she spends most of her time in her restaurant and when she gets the chance to eat out? Its usually Spanish food.  Needless to say Spain and its culture is taken pretty seriously here. Walking into Casa Córdoba  is like entering a Spanish courtyard. Located in Montrose above Glendale its a peaceful quiet area.
As always what matters is the food. You can order entrees at Casa but whats the fun in that? Tapas which are small plates of food in Spanish cuisine are the way to go ordering wise. You can try a lot of different things and share with your friends. Favorites for me included the fried eggplant with cheese and honey (maybe the best eggplant dish I have ever had) and the Spanish meatballs which have Spanish ham in them. If you get the chance ask the owner about how she made the menu. You may hear about how she took her chefs to train in Spain or the fact the bread is made in Spain. Hopefully eating there you can feel the passion that goes into the food.

2331 Honolulu Ave Ste C Montrose, CA 91020

Owners Jeannie and Chris Bone

The chef 

Spanish custard 

Spanish bread cheese and ham 

Spanish meatballs 

shrimp and garlic 

Potato tapas 

eggplant and cheese.