Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Grub around LA 8/6/10 - 8/8/10

This is supposed to be a cooking blog, but when we're not cooking, we're still eating. And because food is food, and I love writing about food, here are a few quick hits of food from around LA on a recent road trip.

Ben's plate from Falafel King in Westwood next to UCLA. I got a falafel sandwich myself, which was very tasty. A little greasy, but good.

$1.50 for an ice cream sandwich with any 2 cookies and any ice cream at Diddy Riese in Westwood. Mine was a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie and a candy chip cookie with butter pecan ice cream. Delicious.

Fish tacos from Shamrock in Wilmington by the port. Fresh, cheap, good. Also sampled hibiscus, orange, and tamarind drinks and horchata. Highly recommended.

Pan roasted idaho trout from the Westside Tavern in west LA. Food was decent, though pricy. Very nice ambience, though, especially after a very crazy day. Be sure to order at least a soda when you go, just to get their ice cubes.

Breakfast at Leland's under the wonderful hospitality of his parents, including scrambled eggs, pancakes, fresh fruits, bacon, sausage, scones, bagels, yogurt, and more. I had greek yogurt with granola and at least 3 different fruits mixed in every morning. So good.

The pancakes are notable only because they're from a can. Yes, you spray the batter out just like reddiwip. The benefits include being able to make fun shapes and very light pancakes since it's so well aerated. Downsides include a slightly sour taste and the fact that it CAME FROM A CAN. Tip: when it says medium-high, it's not joking, but because the batter tends to be a little thin, you have to watch it like a hawk. After witnessing a few failures, I tried making the pancakes on medium to be safe. Although the outside browned nicely, the inside ended up being dry, likely because there isn't a lot of batter in there. Medium-high to get a crispy outside and fluffy inside.

1 comment:

hollyho said...

I can't believe I missed out on Diddy Riese! That place sounds so awesome. Who could ever go wrong with ANY ice cream with ANY cookie? Nobody. Nobody!

Also.. Pancakes FROM A CAN?? I'm a bit perturbed by this..

Lastly, we need to do chicken & waffles the next time we go to LA. Note: There will be a "next time we go to LA." :)

P.S. You should've blogged about Mrs. Farmer's chocolate chip cookies. They're so perfect -- in taste, in texture, and in size! So amazing..