Friday, September 19, 2014

Wildcraft Reinvents Itself With a New Menu.

Wildcraft has been around downtown Culver City since 2013. When it opened it was a pizzeria focused on their signature sourdough pies. Recently though they brought in a new chef Bryant Wigger (from Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena) to take over with a new menu and a renovated restaurant. Gone are the sourdough pies. Now the menu focuses on meats and pasta dishes. Favorite thing for me? They offer a fried smelt (a tiny fish) appetizer that is very addictive. I know why more places don't serve them (because its a whole fish with bones) which is a shame because they are tasty little fried suckers. I also like the donuts. It seems like they are working out the kinks of the new menu so I would give them a bit to get everything going smoothly.

                                               9725 Culver Blvd Culver City, CA 90232

Cheese plate 

Fried smelt 

short rib pappardelle

Italian donuts with a orange sauce 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Creamistry Cerritos is Now Open

Creamistry Cerritos  just opened. Its the first franchise for this about to be rapidly expanding chain. Expect to see them a lot of places soon (cough cough Rowland Heights.)  For those who don't know Creamistry is a liquid nitrogen based build your own ice cream parlour. You pick a base, fillings, toppings and your ice cream is made instantly. With the use of liquid nitrogen ice crystals don't get the chance to form (if done properly) and you get a luscious creamy product. I suggest getting the cookies and cream with half cookies. The texture of the fresh cookies gives it a great mouthfeel. Base wise you have quite a few options but Straus dairy is amazing (thats the organic option) and I will always go with them. Have you seen a Creamistry coming up somewhere? Email us! 

11442 South St Cerritos, CA 90703 
Cookies and cream 


Monday, September 15, 2014

Pie-Not is now at Whole Foods Tustin.

Pie-Not one of Eating Around So Cal's favorite Costa Mesa restaurants is now selling a limited selection of its pies (sadly all veggie) at Whole Foods Tustin. These are Australian pies.  Basically a pot pie that you eat like a burger. With amazing fillings like ground lamb, short rib, and leeks.  There will be 5 options available at Whole Foods every day
The Vege Patch Pie (a medley of garden fresh vegetables in a tomato puree w/ herbes de Provence in a shortcrust pastry shell w/ a puff pastry lid, $6.50)
The Hippie Roll (spinach, ricotta, walnuts, Swiss and Gruyere cheeses, and cayenne, $4.00)
The “vegan” Ghandi (Indian spiced chickpeas, potatoes, cauliflower, carrot and butternut squash in a shortcrust pastry parcel, $4.50)
The Apple & Cinnamon, and Strawberry & Rhubarb Map-A-Tassies (light puff pastry triangle stuffed with rough cut seasonal fruit filling and dusted with icing sugar, $3.00)
For the meat lovers you will have to go to Pie Not itself for your fix. I suggest the lamb and short rib pies but nothing at Pie Not seems to be a failure. I expect these guys to be in a lot more Whole Foods soon.

270 E 17th St #17, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza to get Four New Restaurants. Duke Bakery, Creamistry, HG Cafe, and The Kickin Crab

Rowland Heights Diamond Plaza is a sad place. Filled with dying businesses and a few restaurants. But new life may be coming soon to the plaza. Four new restaurants will be opening soon.  Duke Bakery,(bakery in the 85 Degrees vein) Creamistry,  (a make your own ice cream shop) HG Cafe, (a traditional Chinese restaurant ) and The Kickin Crab (think Boiling Crab). This would be Creamistry's third location and it looks like they may have serious expansion plans for the near future.  EASC will have more info when it's available. 

 1370 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Olive Garden Attempts to Rebrand Itself With New Menu

Olive Garden has more than 800 locations. Its pretty well known across the United States, and its in trouble. American dining habits have been shifting gradually across the country. Restaurants like McDonalds, Red Lobster and TGIF are all suffering stagnating sales. Olive Garden is one of these restaurants. Mention Olive Garden to a foodie and they will give you a look of disgust. Not too long ago a older lady wrote a review of a new Olive Garden for her local paper that blew up (because who reviews Olive Garden.)
Which leads to how Eating Around So Cal ended up at a Olive Garden. Olive Garden promised a new fresh menu with lower calories and dishes not drenched in alfredo sauce.  And it looks like they have taken some lessons to heart. While most dishes are covered in red sauce there is a serious absence of alfredo covered dishes. Some of the plating options struck me as odd. Like slicing a sandwich into quarters and sticking it in a pool or marinara sauce. It felt like a housewife trying to make dishes she knows fancy for a big guest coming over for dinner.  A big issue may be the fact that the Olive Garden kitchens may not be set up for a more labor intensive hands on menu. Funny enough my favorite dishes their rice balls and fried artichokes were probably the unhealthiest items they offer. For a common mans perspective I brought along with me a friend who has no food background to try the dishes himself and he was happy with everything and was impressed by the plating. Hes planning to return soon. So there may be a future for Olive Garden with their changes. 

rice balls 

Strawberry panna cotta 

Chicken Abruzzi 

Garlic rosemary chicken 

Sausage meatballs 

Smashed chicken meatball sandwich 

Shrimp and polenta 

Fried artichoke hearts