What can I say to a grilled cheese festival in LA? Only one thing, YES! So when I heard about the Grilled Cheese Invitational happening downtown, I rounded up some cheese loving friends and headed over. This was a cooking competition as well as a food truck fest, there were people cooking up grilled cheese surprises for judges as my friends were about to eat our way to cheesy heaven. By the time I found out and got my tickets, there was not an opportunity to become a judge, so we relegated ourselves to the peoples choice award (more on that later).Read More
One of the things that I love about LA is the beautiful weather, and I don’t think that I am alone on this, and I have always been a fan of considering Sunday as a day of rest. Lately, I have discovered the wonderful world of Sunday brunch. Its a special meal that combines many of things that I love on the weekends: sleeping late, eating, friends, being outdoors, and having a drink without guilt of anyone telling you shouldn’t be drinking before noon. I remember that I got yelled at once for drinking a beer at 11am at my parents house when I was in my 20′s. I didn’t hear the end of that for a while, actually, they still bring it up. So I hope that my parents read this. Anyway, but I think one of the deciding factors is being outdoors. I don’t know what it is, but it definitely changed the feel of the meal for me. Anything other way.. is just lunch.Read More
I finally got one of my friends out to Spring Street Smokehouse earlier this week. Since I had been here once before, I had been bragging that SSS was the place for BBQ downtown. Located between Union Station and Chinatown, this BBQ joint is just off the main drag of Ceasar Chavez, lying between Union Station and Chinatown. Like alot of storefronts downtown, its a small space that is packed wall to wall with tables with a small walking path to deliver the savory smoked meats people crave.
When I think of good BBQ, I imagine meat smoked slow enough that it falls off the bone when you try to pick it up off the plate, or so tender that it can be cut with the back of a knife.Read More