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A Lesson on Pastrami

29 Nov

This is what it looks like

and this is how you eat it.

Thanks, Canter’s!

Wordless Wednesday: Farm Bloomington

11 May

Today’s post is a blast from the past. When I was still living in Bloomington (over a year ago now?!??) one of my favorite restaurants was Farm. It just felt like a breath of fresh air every time you ordered a meal there. It features local foods that Chef Daniel Orr displays in such a fresh and exciting way. Can I say it’s fresh one more time? Fresh fresh fresh! I really love it there–I’m sad it’s so far away now.  Farm of Beverly Hills just isn’t the same. Since I can’t have it for lunch today I’ll have to re-live a past lunch. Happy hump-day!

El Tepeyac

28 Mar

If you go to El Tepeyac you have to consciously try not to fall into a food coma. Really. Look at these beasts. Those burritos are for ONE PERSON!

Andrew's Okie Burrito

 

 

Mom's Hasselbeck Burrito

 

 

My Chicken Enchiladas Rancheras

A Night Out to Umami Burger

10 Feb

It’s rare that I get a weeknight to spend with Andrew. It’s even rarer that we have enough time together to go out and eat. Last night was one of those rare opportunities where Andrew was home before I was and we said “Screw it, let’s go out!” Now, living in Los Angeles gives us a plethora of options but I was pretty sure I knew where we would be going as soon as I got word of this rare event…Umami Burger. Have you been? If not, drop everything you are doing and high-tail it. Really, I’m serious.

While we usually hit up the Hollywood one so we can walk over to Amoeba after dinner we took a left turn and went to the Los Feliz location since they all have different burgers at different times. They also have different decor:

Neat, right? I love the old subway-looking tiles. It was a cool space and bigger than the Hollywood one. Anyway, to my burger…

See that bun?? SO GOOD. You can also see my Green Beast Sangria and the Turkey Miso Chili Cheese Fries in the background. Yums all around. I got the “Carnitas Burger” which had jalapeno sour cream, tortilla crisps, cilantro and some kind of cheese, I’m sure. It tasted like the best taco stand ever.

If you haven’t been and you’re in the area it’s worth it. As Andrew described it, “It’s something that, after you take your first bite, you pull it back to look at it and say ‘Wow, is that really what it tastes like?’ because you can’t believe how good it is.”

True story.

WurstKuche

22 Feb

Eat here!

When I was out in LA last weekend we ate at Wurstkuche, an AWESOME sausage place that’s on the hip and trendy side of all things delicious. Our usual place is Cole’s, which is also beyond amazing but a different type of palate. (Think roasted lamb french dip. gah, I’m salivating just at the thought.) However, we chose to hit up the house of sausages to mix it up and hopefully find a new favorite to add to the list. We are discovering that Downtown is filled with spots  like these (Orachon Ramen, anyone?). Trust me when I tell you to go and eat here, especially if you like meat in the shape of tubes and drinks in the form of german beer. Vegetarian? They have something for you too! Seating is another fun part about it–beer hall-style. They also have a DJ on weekends and it’s usually packed beyond belief with the line constantly out the door. It doesn’t take long to get through because you order and then walk down a long, modern hallway to the “beer hall” and plop your hungry ass, beer glass, and order number on the table and chat up a storm with everyone around you. It’s a fun atmosphere and when our 4 (FOUR!!) sausages got to us the guys sitting across asked if they were just the two of us. Well, yes, they were. And they were gone in seconds.

La Super-Rica Taqueria

16 Feb
Handmade tortillas make all the difference

Her job is to make tortillas all day.

I was reading reviews last night about this little taco stand in Santa Barbara and it seems there are mixed reviews- people hate it or love it or think there are too many white people eating there. Sure, understandable. Eat where the locals eat.

We're Open

Be prepared to wait in line.

No matter what people are up in arms about I’m still going to eat there every time I go to Santa Barbara. It’s a great little place to go to and it makes my mouth happy every time. Granted, my boyfriend has had mixed experiences but everyone has an off day once in a while.

Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom

Yes, I will take pictures of you eating.

Our meal was pretty great this weekend and I’m sure the fact that we hadn’t eaten yet helped. We ordered 5 entrees and split them all, except for the pasilla stuffed with cheese and chorizo–we each had our own. We also had a bowl of chorizo with melted cheese, chicken tacos with bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions, and steak tacos with bell peppers.

So much food to stuff into three tiny tortillas.

Chicken with bell peppers and onions.

Bowl of Chorizo = SO GOOD

We called this "Chorizo Soup". Chunks of chorizo and melted cheese made this my favorite.

I smashed that bowl of meat and cheese.

Even I get a photo while I awkwardly eat and smash the bowl of meat and cheese.

Our meal wasn’t complete without two beers. They were so perfect for the food and the moment. It was about 75 degrees and super sunny so why not enjoy a Corona along with it? Besides, I was about to be snow bound and stuck in a real-life snow globe. I had to get in all these luxuries in one weekend.

The one time I'll have a beer and enjoy it.

Corona with lime is one of the few beers I can enjoy.

I’m not a big beer girl. I think it tastes gross and don’t want to consume something that doesn’t appeal to me until I “acquire a taste” for it. That’s just not the kind of thing I want to do when there are so many great things out there that I abso love. However, once in a while I can appreciate the lime and Corona mix that goes well with greasy, messy food. I can get all over that.