Friday, July 31, 2015

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s National Teacher Appreciation Day

The   Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is honoring some of the most overworked heroes we know. Teachers. In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Day (Tuesday, May 5, 2015), The   Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, is giving teachers the chance to present their school ID to receive any regular (16 oz.) beverage for two dollars as a thank you for all they do for their communities.  I come from a family in education and there is no way to overestimate what teachers do for us! 

Also check out their new summer happy hour!  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm on July 6, 2015 through August 2, 2015

You can find your local  Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations here

“Thank you to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® for sponsoring this conversation.”

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

California Pizza Kitchen Gives a Fresh Look and a New Menu

CPK has been around for a while. Since it was founded in the mid 80's California Pizza Kitchen has been serving its signature BBQ chicken pizzas, salads, and drinks across the country and internationally. But what Americans like dining wise has changed since the 80's. CPK has made major overhauls of some of their locations losing carpet for tile, opening their floorspace and giving the overall space a modern rustic look with a lot of wood colors. The new look and menu seems to be working with customers. At the Rancho Cucamonga location they have been seeing healthy sale growth.
Yes you can still get the BBQ chicken pizza (and I am pretty sure that will never change) but California Pizza Kitchen has added a lot of new items to its offerings. You can get a pretty piece of fish with grilled asparagus. Theres a new flatbread with chilled lobster. Even a ribeye steak (actually the only thing I wasn't a fan of) and while the dishes are crowd pleasers the desserts were another level. CPK has three desserts that could beat some independent bakeries. A s'mores dessert, a strawberry ice cream biscuit, and a cheesecake yellow cake dessert. All better than what I expect from a massive chain. Have you been to a updated CPK? Let us know your thoughts!

Smores dessert 

Strawberry ice cream biscuit 

ribeye steak 

lobster flatbread 

garlic chicken 

Monday, July 27, 2015

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Rarest of Burgers: Working Class Kitchen Long Beach

Long Beach isn't just known as that city with the shitty beaches anymore. With various nightlife and restaurants sprouting up there's quite a few reasons to go to the LBC. One of the best reasons to go to Long Beach would be the Michael's Restaurant Group basically killing any restaurant concept they do. Their newest is  Working Class Kitchen. So what makes this order at the counter market special? Well first it gets the rare Chianina beef that isn't the select steak cuts Michael's uses. What is Chianina beef?  Its a very old breed of cow that produces a lean delicious beef. Its craved in foodie circles.
People have seen the picture of the burger here and they think it's 20 something dollars after learning its Chianina beef telling them it's under 10 blows their minds. Honestly I don't know why this burger is not on more people's radar.  But then again there is plenty of other stuff to see here. The blue corn corn dog is one of the most unusual corn dogs I have ever had and has a nutty taste from the corn combined with the flavors of the andouille sausage.  But seriously try a burger. Maybe get a sandwich. Ask why they bother having a salad on the menu.

the burger 


blue corn dog 

Pulled pork fries with cheese 

                                             1322 Coronado Ave Long Beach, CA 90804

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Locanda del Lago Serving Up Northern Italian Flair in Santa Monica for Over 20 Years.

In LA a restaurant lasting 10 years is quite the accomplishment seeing as 90 percent of restaurants fail in their first year. So a restaurant lasting for over 20 in a major city like Santa Monica must be doing something right.   Locanda del Lago is that spot resting on the popular and ever busy Third Street in DT Santa Monica.  So what does LDL have on their menu? Expect Northern Italian dishes. Currently they are running a Dine LA menu and that's below the photos if you want to see it. Heres a few of my favorite dishes.

The bone marrow risotto is my favorite thing here. Its a rich thick plate of risotto topped with a caramelized slab of bone marrow to mix into your rice or just eat by itself (it is basically meat butter so I wouldn't suggest it)

Strawberry panna cotta is a classic Italian dessert. Think of it as jello's sophisticated cousin. Smooth and creamy and finished with tart berries, this is a light satisfying dish.

The salt encrusted cod is a awesome sight. They encrust a fillet with rock salt. This crust cooks the fish much more precisely, think a clay oven built just for this fish. Done its juicy and flakey.

                                              231 Arizona Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401
Seafood sampler

Bone marrow risotto 

Cheese crackers. 

Strawberry panna cotta 

Salt crusted cod 


Dinner Menu

Three-Course Tasting Menu…$50  ~  Wine Tasting Pairing…$22

To begin, choose from:
                        Vitello Tonnato        Roasted, Chilled & Sliced Veal, Genoa Tuna-Caper Aioli, Micro Rainbow Greens, Shaved Parmesan
                                                                Wine:  Pinot Grigio Collio, Borgo Conventi, ‘12
                       Burrata Caprese        Burrata Cheese, Farmers’ Market Organic Heirloom Tomato, Basil Oil
                                                                Wine:  Prosecco Brut, Valdo
                   Insalata di Spinaci        Market Spinach Salad, Hard-Boiled Egg, Crispy Parma Prosciutto,    Honey-Mustard Dressing
                                                                Wine:  Sauvignon Blanc, White Oak, ‘13

                Pappa al Pomodoro        Rustic Tuscan Heirloom Tomato Sauce, Toasted Bread,
                                                                Grilled Tiger Shrimp
                                                                Wine:  Pinot Grigio, Lagaria, ‘13

Followed by choice of:
                   Tagliolini di Farro,        Farro Tagliolini, Imported Dried “Missoltino” Lake Fish, Caper Berries,                                     
                                  Missoltino        Cherry Tomato Sauce                    
                                                                Wine:  Chianti Classico Riserva, Monsanto, ‘12
            Gnocchi al Formaggio        Housemade Spinach & Potato Gnocchi, Padano-Pecorino-Caprino-Ricotta Cheese Sauce, Pistachio
                                                                Wine:  Merlot, rutherford, ‘12
               Risotto aglia Agrumi        Risotto. Market Citrus Zest, Tiger Shrimp                             
                                                                Wine:  Rosé, Adorno, ‘13              
        Branzino allo Zafferano        White Seabass, Saffron Sauce, Baby Carrots, Caramelized Onion…add $3                     
                                                                Wine:  Chardonnay, Ferrari Carano, ‘12
          Pesce in Crosta di Sale        Salt Baked Wild Chilean Sea Bass (MSC Certified, Environmentally Sustainable), Sautéed Julienne Vegetables, Clown Potato…add $8
                                                                Wine:  Sauvignon Blanc, White oak, ‘13
                 Guancie di Agnello        Slow-Cooked Lamb Cheek, Summer Savory, Sautéed Zucchini…add $3
                                                                Wine:  Cabernet, Buehler Vineyards, ‘11
            Filetto di Bue, Porcini        All-Natural Creekstone Filet Mignon, Porcini Mushroom Sauce,      Sautéed Broccolini…add $8
                                                                Wine:  Super Tuscan, Lucente, ‘11

Finally, a sweet choice of:
                       Tortino di Cocco        Coconut Tart, Housemade Mango Gelato, Cherry - Caramel Sauce
                                      Tiramisú        Lady Fingers, Espresso, Mascarpone Cream, Cocoa, Cappuccino Sauce
                               Panna Cotta        Traditional Vanilla Custard, Strawberry Sauce, Almond Tuille
Wine:  Moscato d’Asti, Michele Chiarlo “Nivole,” ‘12