Tuesday, November 29, 2016

California Chicken Cafe Rebranding Starts With its Canoga Park Location

California Chicken Cafe is changing.

The LA based healthy casual restaurant chain is moving to change the image of its locations.

Starting with Canoga Park CCC plans to give all their locations bright "Malibu Vibe" color schemes that fit with the chain being a California based restaurant.

Still I come for the chicken.

                                           9045 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91304

free snow cones!

Roasted sweet potatoes 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Catal Restaurant Delivers Big With Their New Chef.

Catal Restaurant has a new Chef in Timothy McDowell, a veteran of the restaurant industry who previously was the Exe Chef for USC fine dining. 

To work on Catal's new Spanish influenced menu McDowell went to NYC where he tried several of the country's best Spanish dining destination to get inspired for Catal. 

The results are what you would expect from a top chef of Patina Group (the fine dining group behind Catal) well formed dishes with rich, deep, flavors. 

The masa dumplings with the new oxtail ragu works with the thickness of the dumpling masa with the luscious fatness of the ragu. 

Another dish is the  diver scallops. Combining  butternut squash puree, mushrooms (maitake shiitake crimini) and  kale McDowell delivers a umami packed bite.  Seared scallops have been done a milion times over but its a timeless dish. 

For dessert one of the new options is a refined dark chocolate chip pudding that would fit in with any fine dining spots. 

Overall its the best spot to eat at in Downtown Disney. 

Downtown Disney District, 1580 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
oxtail ragu (braised oxtail, masa gnocchi, cilantro pickled slaw

short rib canelon (braised short rib, crispy shallot, guajillo butter sauce

Porchetta  pork loin and belly, honey sage jus, crispy sweet potato, grilled peaches

Ahi Tuna Crostinis

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding 

 diver scallops (butternut squash puree, maitake shiitake crimini mushrooms, crispy kale, olive vinaigrette

Three milk Tres Leche Cake 

Monday, November 14, 2016

What it Takes to Cook for the 33rd Breeders’ Cup

Imagine trying to feed tens of thousands of people gourmet, LA centric food in two days. In a strange kitchen. In a a building that is is from the not so roaring 30's 

That just happened to the Chef dream team at the 2016 Breeders' Cup 

Working with restaurant group Sprout LA Los Angeles’ which has a stake in some of LA's finest eating establishments they made the  33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships  special for people's stomachs. 

With Chefs like Rory Herrmann of Barrels and Ashes, Steve Samson of Sotto, Jason Neroni of Rose CafĂ©, Tim Hollingsworth of Otium, and Neal Fraser of Redbird you expect the best. 

In less than 72 hours these chefs banged out amazing dishes for thousands. From everything to ribs in the outfield to bites for celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski. 

The next Breeder's Cup can't come fast enough. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tiato - Kitchen Bar Garden Debuts its Fall Catering Menu

Tiato is tucked into a corner of Santa Monica far removed from the hustle and bustle of Third Street. Next to the offices of production studios like Lionsgate, Tiato is a busy lunch spot.  In the evening though it gets transformed into a venue for parties, birthdays etc.

Why would you care about some random space in Santa Monica? Its run by the family behind Crustacean, and   House of An basically the kings of classy Asian food in Beverly Hills.

Don't know about House of An? Their garlic noodles are so guarded by the family they have a secret kitchen inside a few of their restaurants where only a few select family members are allowed to prepare special dishes.

The fall offerings are great. They have a chicken soup dumpling that could give Din Tai Fung a run for its dumpling money.

The noodles of course are a must have. They pack a umani punch with a unique blend of secret ingredents, garlic, and parmesan cheese!

Sriracha meatballs are moist little morsels. Usually I think Sriracha is a overhyped sauce but Tiato produced a great meatball with it.

Icing on the cake for Tiato is the parking meters around it go free after 6!

                               2700 Colorado Ave, Ste 190 Santa Monica, California

taco bar 

Candy bar 

vegan pickled pineapple sushi 

soup dumpling 

taco bar 

Rice cracker "taco"

garlic noodles 

Sriracha meatballs 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tail O' the Pup Starts it's LA Return as a Food Truck

Tail O' the Pup is a piece of a forgotten Los Angeles. For a time, LA used to use giant novelty buildings to promote/catch the eye of LA passerby (Google the binocular and the tamale buildings.)

Yes TOTP is a giant hot dog. A giant chicken wire and concrete hot dog that has many devoted fans.

The owners behind Killer Shrimp decided to buy the recipes and the hot dog and bring the entire LA institution back.

While the home for the giant hot dog is finished (early 2017) TOTP has been reborn as a food truck.

What can you get? Well they have a lot of the classics you would find at the stand but the menu has been seriously updated. You can get your dog veggie or turkey.

While it will be exciting to eat hot dogs from a giant hot dog the ones from the food truck will hold us over til the stand opens.

flat top burger

veggie dog 
onion rings

chili fries

classic hot dog 
chili dog