Tomatillo Experiments – Really Great Easy, Tasty, Healthy Sauce Recipe

Last week at the farmer's market I picked up 2lbs of tomatillos for $1.  To date, my only experience with Tomatillos has been to occasionally add one to dressings or sauces.  I never worked with them in bulk.  I searched through all my favorite recipe websites for an interesting sauce to top some chicken breast and pasta, but was surprised to find I could not find anything appropriate.  

So I invented something.  And it came out so fabulous I had to share it.  Super simple, healthy, and incredible depth of flavor.

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2) Spread 1-2 T EVOO on a non-stick cookie sheet
3) Add the following to cookie sheet:
a. 2lbs Tomatillos (husk removed, rinsed)
b. 1 large or a few small heirlooms: remove core and tough parts of skin, no need to peel unless you really want to
c. 1 peeled onion, cut in 1" wedges
d. 3 peeled garlic cloves
3. ...

First Peak: New England Style Seafood Shack Finally Available in LA: BP Oysterette in Santa Monica

My biggest shock in moving out to LA was the complete lack of casual seafood shacks like one finds on the Jersey Shore, Cape Cod, Baltimore, etc.  Gladstones, with it's low quality, poorly prepared, overpriced fare never counted.  I read about this place some months ago and have been anxiously awaiting its opening, which occurred … Continue reading First Peak: New England Style Seafood Shack Finally Available in LA: BP Oysterette in Santa Monica

Inaka Revisited – At least as good, maybe even better

Several months ago, I reviewed Niki Nakiyama's tasting menu at Inaka and declared it the best tasting menu I had since Bastide.  Sadly, Bastide is long gone but Niki is doing as splendid as ever.  We finally made the long journey back to Arcadia and got to experience her amazing cuisine one more time.  I … Continue reading Inaka Revisited – At least as good, maybe even better

Molecular Gastronomy Taste-off: Voltaggio @ Breadbar VS Bistro LQ

Molecular gastronomy...fusion...modern styled food...Avante Asian.  Terms like these are typically what get people excited about a new restaurant, especially in LA where this kind of cuisine is still, well, Nouveau versus other cities like NYC and Chicago.  So it was with great anticipation that I set off to hit two strangely similar yet quite … Continue reading Molecular Gastronomy Taste-off: Voltaggio @ Breadbar VS Bistro LQ

First Spot Prawn Adventure in Vancouver: Blue Water

went to Blue Water last night - sat at the Bar. THey only had 3 spot
prawns left, which were good. We got a poached spot prawn salad, the
prawns were a bit mealy and overcooked. Oysters (local only) were
fabulous. Yoshi did a couple of sashimi items for us, some were off
menu. The local sockeye salmon, sable, and halibut was all amazing. So
yes, we were able to achieve our goal of getting locally-sourced
excellent sashimi. We also ordered their famous scallop/red sea urchin
mousse which was a fun and tasty dish.

Want to really appreciate the LA dining scene? Just visit Miami

I spent weeks researching the perfect restaurants for our upcoming vacation in Miami Beach. It seemed I was having an especially hard time with the planning because every time I thought I found the perfect place, I would read all the reviews on Yelp or Chowhound and realized it was probably not as good as Gayot, etc. made it out to be. But I couldn't believe that the in the land of displaced New Yorkers I would have trouble finding great restaurants, so I persevered. Plus, I had been to the area about four years ago and remembered it having promise.

Clam Chowder Contest on the Pier

This past Saturday I attended what I thought was going to be
a lot of fun…a clam chowder tasting/judging on Redondo Beach Pier. 
$6 for 5 tastes.  Split with my husband, that translated to 10 tastes for
9 available soups.  Participants were pretty much all South Bay local
restaurants, most of them from the pier or the immediate vicinity.  They gave
you a small Styrofoam cup and a plastic spoon, and the idea was to use the same
cup for each sample.  No spit bucket or new bowl.  You had to dump it
in the trash can and wipe out the “bowl” with a napkin.