Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pizza 90 Is Coming to Irvine

Pizza 90 is a build your own Neapolitan pizza concept. Currently its only in Riverside but will be opening in Irvine in a month or so. Using a wood burning oven Pizza 90 is entering the crowded build your own pizza field. Because they are Neapolitan it gives them so space from the crowd. The fact that their pizza is excellent is what will win the people of Irvine over. Using ingredients like balsamic vinegar, buffalo mozzarella, and shaved asiago cheese means Pizza 90's price points are a little higher than typical pizza places but you are paying for quality. You really cant go wrong with any preset pizza here but the Pesto Genovese (pesto,balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, shaved asiago ) is a amazing unique pie that you must try. If you cant wait for Irvine to open drop by the Riverside store on a weekend. Its worth it for the Genovese. 

5365 Alton Pkwy Ste I Irvine, CA 92604

Friday, January 30, 2015

Chef Martha Esquivel Introduces New Menu to La Boheme

  La Boheme  is a longtime staple of West Hollywood. Recently the menu got a entire overhaul. Chef Martha Esquivel (a Chopped Champion) took over  La Boheme and basically redid everything her way.  The menu flexes between classic and Esquivel's Mexican background. Theres pork chops rubbed in a spice blend (a really good choice by the way) and cheesecake made with goat milk (also excellent). Theres also dishes like truffle potato flatbread for those who aren't adventurous. But the reason to go is to taste elvated Mexican ingredients and techniques.   Parking can be hard in Weho but they have free street parking til around 5 or so next to the restaurant and a couple of meters.

                        8400 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Creme Brulee 

Goat cheese cheesecake

Grilled lamb chops 

Spide rubbed pork chop with sweet potato mash 

Potato and truffle flatbread 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Le Parfait Paris Puts a Twist on the Typical San Diego Bakery

I have a few essential must stop places when I'm in San Diego. I just added Le Parfait Paris to that list. LPP is a new bakery in the Gaslamp quarter of San Diego. Its owners came from France to bring some French flair  to DT San Diego. Now they have a menu of sandwiches, coffee, pastries etc but I am going to tell you about two things. The Bavarois is sexy French dessert personified. A tower made from custard, cream, gelatin and fruit puree surrounded by macaron cookies. Each bite is smooth luscious with the tang of raspberry puree. Honestly LPP could just sell this and I would tell people to go. They also have a amazing light "French" cheesecake the owner created with three cheeses. Its cupcake sized but even with it being on the lighter side you could split this with someone...or eat two of them yourself for lunch. Feel free to check out other items at LPP but don't forget to get the cheesecake and the Bavarois. 



Frenchy Cheesecake

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Veggie Grill's Gets Healthier with New Mindful Living Menu

Ask a vegan about  Veggie Grill and they will most likely tell you they love it. Its convenient, fast, and everything is vegan. But then they may mention that its their version of fast food. Veggie Grill has been moving away from that image. They still have the deep fried vegan chicken and orange chicken cauliflower but with the new Mindful Living menu there's an emphasis on colorful vegetables. Kale, carrots, quinoa all take center stage. My favorite item from the new menu would be the carrot centric curry. But I got to say that the mushroom gravy with the fake chicken is probably my favorite thing at Veggie Grill still. I have a ways to go before I can be considered a good vegan (or any kind of vegan).

                                                  Locations across Southern California 

chargrilled veggie + penne salad 9.95 trio of charred eggplant, red bell peppers and escarole, roasted sweet potatoes, quinoa + marinated kale bed, citrus vinaigrette, pepitas, penne pasta. served cold (menu description)

herb-roasted veggies, supergrains steamed kale, cannellini beans, cilantro/green curry sauce with coconut milk, almonds, hemp seeds herb-roasted veggies (menu description)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Santa Ana Bakery Dough Exchange is Giving Away its Baked Goods

Dough Exchange the newest brainchild of The Playground's Chef/owner Jason Quinn.  It offers some offbeat pastries like fruit loop donuts, iron skillet cornbread, and bread sticks (maybe only I find this one odd.) Until (around this date its not set hard) Feb 15th Dough Exchange has most of its bakery available for free. Yes free. They want feedback on their baked goods and you can try two of them and give feedback on a comment card in exchange for delicious free baked goods. Personally I reccomend the spent grain cookie. Its light and nutty. With their coconut jam its a amazing cookie.

                                              220 East 4th Street #102, Santa Ana, CA 92701

fruit loop donuts 

IPA lemon bars 

Cast iron skillet cornbread 

coconut lime donuts 

chocolate tart 

Spent grain cookies 

Blueberry jam bar