Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Urban Plates is the Cafeteria of Your Dreams

Urban Plates has just landed in West Los Angeles. Why is this a big deal? Because with a few different concepts pushing gourmet cafeteria style food on the population of LA in the past few years Urban Plates blows them out of the water. Local, organic, grass feed. All terms you will see floating around Urban Plates if you bother to read the signs or talk to the employees. The newest location of this boutique chain is located in the Runway Playa Vista off the 405.
Urban Plates has a straightforward concept. Salad bar, sandwiches, plates, soups/stews, pizzas, and then dessert.  Prices are very reasonable for what you get. Sandwiches with a side are 10 (without steak) plates are 11- 12 with two sides. With options like turkey meatloaf, and grilled tuna there's plenty of options for a picky family. I suggest the steak and the turkey meatloaf.  The staff says that this location is slow compared to their OC and SD branches but its going to pick up traffic wise soon. I suggest you try it before the line is out the door.

                                 12746 W Jefferson Blvd #3140, Playa Vista, CA 90094

Salad bar 

Meal plate. 

Cold sides 

Braises and stews 

10 dollar sandwich combos. Upgrade to grass feed steak for 1 dollar more 

Sharp cheddar mac and cheese 

Pizza station. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

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 I got the chance to share one of my family’s favorite recipe with the good folks at TODAY through their new TODAY Food Club (TFC). The TFC is an online platform run by the TODAY show that brings foodies together to read and share content with other food lovers. You can learn about new dishes from other food fans or even TODAY show experts like Al Roker! You can even be featured on TODAY.com, the TODAY show, or one of their other many social media channels.   Like many families, mac and cheese has been a favorite in my family for generations. It has been passed down from generation to generation. Living in So Cal, sometimes you want something a little faster to make and want to avoid using the oven. So this is my family’s mac and cheese recipe...no oven required. This can be made quickly for those days where you need to eat in a rush.

  Serves 4 PREP TIME 5 Minutes  COOK TIME 30 Minutes

 1/2 cup of green chiles
2 cups of elbow macaroni
Two cups diced cooked chicken.
4 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
3/4 of a cup evaporated milk
3/4 of a cup sharp cheddar (use white to make it look fancy) shredded
 3/4 of a cup jack cheese
 Cilantro for garnish (optional)
DIRECTIONS In a large pot bring to a boil and add your pasta. Cook until al dente and drain. While the pasta is cooking shred your cheese, and gather your other ingredients.  Remove the pasta from the pot while mixing your other ingredients in when the pasta is done. Next go to the pasta pot and start adding your remaining ingredients. Add your butter, milk and cheese and let them cook a little over low heat before whisking in your eggs, chile, and diced chicken. Add your pasta slowly to avoid clumping to the sauce. Cook on low for 3  5 minutes to thicken your sauce and allow everything to harmonize. Take finished pasta and plate. Add cilantro for a garnish if you want.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

poqetDONUTS Irvine's Newest Gourmet Donut Shop Opens Tomorrow!

poqetDONUTS  is Orange County's newest gourmet donut shop. With flavors like avocado, Pumpkin Spice, and burnt pistachio you know this isn't your Grandparents donut shop. Besides the set menu poqetDONUTS features a build your own donut bar option. Get your donut stuffed, glazed, and topped with whatever you want. My favorite donut of the day was the cake blueberry donut. I could give some other donut shops famous for blueberry donuts a run for their money... It opens Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9 a.m.  The first 100 people get a free donut!

                                                17655 Harvard Ave, Irvine, CA 92614

build your own donut 

                                                                 Samoas donut 


lemon meringue


cream brulee pistachio 

peanut butter cup 

red velvet 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sonoritas Prime Tacos Opens for Lunch.

Going for tacos on Sawtelle might feel like going to the SGV for Texas BBQ.... but there is a good reason for doing so. Sonoritas Prime Tacos  recently opened there and its now open for lunch. I am always happy to see a place take tacos seriously (looking at you Taco Bell.) With Sonoritas open kitchen you can see fresh tortillas being made, and them breaking down large pieces of beef for their steak rich taco menu. Now despite the abundance of steak I would suggest getting a pastor taco (marinated slices of pork roasted on a spit usually with pineapple in the marinade/served on top.) I may even be tempted to say this is the best pastor taco on the Westside.....but that might get their PR company a little too excited. All the tacos here are pretty solid. I suggest trying them with the great roasted green chile salsa they make here. The only point negative I may have is while I love pickled red onions they are a little repetitive as a garnish with the  taco options. You should go. See what your friends say about getting tacos on Sawtelle.

                                             2004 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, California
grilled salmon 

grilled chicken 



Monday, November 9, 2015

Sloan's Ice Cream is a Fun Break From LA's Serious Ice Cream Scene

Florida's best ice cream has arrived in the City of Angels. Sloan's is a legend in Florida. With several stores dotting the Sunshine State Sloan has been working on California with a shop in San Diego and now a shop in Woodland Hills at the new  Westfield Topanga.  Sloan's is different from other LA gourmet ice cream shops because they take themselves less seriously.  All stores have a prank bathroom (something you need to check out we wont ruin the surprise.) There's bright loud colors and stuffed animals everywhere. What matters though is the ice cream. Its made in small batches from scratch with a 16 percent butterfat. For their carrot cake flavor they bake carrot cakes from their own recipe and break them down into the ice cream. If you enjoy carrot cake you should love this flavor. Sloan's offers a lot of wacky ice cream options including a "kitchen sink" sundae...in an actual sink. No one has gotten this yet as the store is new (if you get this massive sundae send us a pic.) Oh and if you use that bathroom...remember to lock the door.

                               6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303