Dec 31, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Fried Yuca

Yuca Frita
1 - cut a batch of pre-cooked yuca into 2-inch chunks
2 - fry until golden and crisp
3 - drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt

Dec 24, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Noche Buena Lechon

Noche Buena Lechon (Christmas Eve roasted pork)
Insert recipe here.
Serve with black beans and rice, yuca, & plantains.

Photo Firework ~ Nutella Puff Pastries

Nutella Puff Pastries
1 - cut a square of prepared puff pastry into four 2-inch squares
2 - dollop 1 teaspoon of nutella on one corner of the square
3 - moisten edges with water and fold into a triangle to seal
4 - bake until puffy and golden
5 - dust with powdered sugar

Dec 15, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Mickey Mouse Cappucino

the Rotunda
The Walt Disney Studios
Burbank, CA

Dec 13, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Holiday Bloody Marys

Bloody Mary
in a tall glass with ice, add 1 shot vodka, fill with spicy V8, sprinkle with celery seed, Worscheshire sauce and squeeze in a wedge of lime. Stir with a celery stick.


Dec 4, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Sapporo @ Taiyo

Lakers Special: order a beer, get a Cali roll for free whenever the Lakers are playing!

5917 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Dec 3, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Maggie's Bakery Pastry

Maggie's Bakery
6530 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606

Nov 29, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Tortillas

3rd Round Mens Soccer Finals: UCLA 2 - UCSB 1
don't worry, we live to throw tortillas another day...

Nov 21, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes:
Makes enough batter for 24 normal sized cupcakes and 24 midget sized cupcakes.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
Makes more than enough frosting for the above cupcakes. I would recommend halving the recipe to start, that is, unless you wantonly eat frosting from the bowl. :]

Nov 20, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Brussl Sprouts

Mommy, where do brussel sprouts come from?
Trader Joe's
10130 Riverside Dr.
Toluca Lake, CA 91602

Nov 15, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Whiskey

oh, show me the way to the next whiskey bar...
Seven Grand
515 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Nov 14, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Danger Dog

My first Danger Dog at USC's Homecoming...and we all know how that turned out...

Nov 10, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Happy Hour

McCormick & Schmick's
3500 W. Olive Ave
Burbank, CA 91505

Oct 31, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Cafe Cubano

I was recently in Miami and spent one afternoon shopping with my abuela. Of course, we had to stop for a little pick-me-up: Cuban coffee. The scene went as follows:
Grandma: Here's the sugar, if you want it.
Me: I don't usually put sugar in my coffee, but okay.... *takes a sip* UGH, this is sweet. Did they already put sugar in it?
Grandma: No, they put sugar in the coffee.
Me: So there *is* sugar in it??
Grandma: No, it's only in the coffee. There's none in the steamed milk.
No arguing with Cuban logic.

Oct 24, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Pumpkins

Halloween Harvest Festival
Pierce College
20800 Victory Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Aug 29, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Bacon-Wrapped Figs

Bacon-Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese
1. Clean and halve fresh figs.
2. Dollop a teaspoon of goat cheese on each fig half.
3. Wrap fig halves in half a slice of bacon. Spear with toothpick to hold bacon in place.
4. Place figs on a foil lined baking sheet.
5. Broil for 5 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and goat cheese is melty.

Aug 22, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Roasted Bone Marrow

Roasted Bone Marrow; or Anthony Bourdain's Deathrow Meal
1. Line a baking dish with foil. Place marrows vertically in dish.
2. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or so, until the marrow is loose, but not melted away.
3. Sprinkle with sea salt and parsley. Serve with garlic croutons.
Garlic Croutons
1. Line a baking tray with foil. Spread cubes of day old French bread evenly on tray.
2. Drizzle bread cubes with olive oil and minced garlic.
3. Toast cubes in oven for 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn them!

Aug 11, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Olive Oil Amphoras

Oil & Vinegar
2901 Brooks St
Missoula, MT 59801

Jul 18, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Grilled Oysters

99 Ranch Market
6450 N. Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Jul 17, 2009

Photo Firework ~ Fried Clams

Fish King
722 N. Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91206

Jan 17, 2009

I'm getting sick and tired of your broken promises, promises

Hello, 2009.

That's right. 2009. But what happened to 2008 you say? You can't possibly skip a year's worth of bloggable (or un-bloggable) material.

Or can you?

My sincerest apologies, but that's exactly what I did and because we can never get that time back, you and I will just have to stumble forward into a bright and shiny new year in blissfully sunny Los Angeles.

Let's start things off with a handful of words about my dining experience at the ever popular Cheesecake Factory last night:

Wonderful company. Happy Birthday, Sierra! Miss you, Becca! Penthouse Reunion!
Horrendous wait. Nearly 2 hours.
Delicious dinner. Chicken piccata.
Saccarinely sweet mojito.
Decadent cheesecake. Despite my stubborn request for plain cheesecake, the flamboyant brownie concotion draped in whipped cream was an adequate substitute. Heh.

Hmmm, I knew there was a reason I haven't visited this chain since high school...

Cheesecake Factory
The Americana at Brand
511 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210
(818) 550-7505