Saturday, August 11, 2018
I was speaking to William Roper, sound master and chef and he was explaining to me the Impossible Burger. Wow, I hadn't heard of it. William did the research and said the most affordable version is at Fat Burgers. Now, if he cook this medium, there's actually blood like drips out of the patty, which is weird because this is not meat. Maybe it's beets? I am not sure how they construct this. So I was hungry on the westside and saw a Fat Burgers and figured this was my chance. It's about $9. I have to say I was happily surprised. It's really good. I'd like to try it at one of the other restaurants they are assigned to, like Umami Burger. I'd like to taste the patty if it drips. There's a bunch of reasons why they worked so hard to simulate beef but what's important is they nailed it.
Afghanistan. What conjures the mind? I've never been there but I know it's a place riddled with conflict and our Nation is one of the keys to its consternation. It's also a place of rich and complex history and you can find evidence of this in their food. Just check out the menu: http://www.lapisdc.com/supper-menu/ So they day I completed my participation in Sound Scene 2018 at the Hirshhorn Museum, I was introduced to DJ Sam Gordon via friends at the Smithsonian. For some reason, after all the clean up and thank you's we ended up together. he gave me a tour of his neighborhood and since we were both hungry, one of his favs, Lapis, 1847 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009. I don't think I ever had this level of Afghan cuisine before. This place is exceptional. The vibe alone is so cool, welcoming and slightly chic. We had a great time and the rice dishes were so amazing but this dumpling dish, WOW!!! I will never forget those dumplings.
Whoops, I forgot to post this earlier. Rivaling as the or one of the best tacos in Washington DC, Los Compadres, 2103, 3213 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010 is fabulous. I was staying two blocks away from this place so I ate there three times during my one week trip. The back story is this family use to have a less than legal establishment in an apartment complex not too far away from this brick and mortar. Not to brag but i actually was taken there a couple years back and it was amazing. In a one bedroom apartment, they laid out a long table and had guests eat in the living room. The food was phenomenal and they continue that level of home cooking at this place.
With LA sonic icons Carl Stone, Roland Kato and the impeccable William Roper, we went searching for the popular Los Originales Tacos Arabes. There's a whole backstory to why Middle Eastern culture and Mexican culture had a connection but what's important is this amazing hybrid of seasonings and spices on the meats. Very delicious and simple and exact taste that is, for lack of a better word, clean? There were bouquets of this green herb that we were told be the regulars enhanced the taste of the cheese and it did. So this is a taco truck and the address is 3600 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023 but when we showed up at 6:30 PM has advertised, they weren't there. So you need some patience, the tacos also take a while to make. There are tables and chairs and most folks are ordering it to go. Folks are really nice and accommodating. We had a great time, as we also do. The collective anecdote cache between all these guys can fill the universe.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
For work a couple of weeks ago, we were in Palmdale CA. It's very far away, the northern tip top of LA County. We had a meeting and then asked for a recommendation for lunch. Without hesitation was this place; Lee Esther's Creole & Cajun Cooking, 830 1/2 E Avenue Q-6, Palmdale, CA 93550. WOW!!!!! Luckily, I need to go back in a few weeks. Lucky me.
I've been trying to eat more seafood lately and happily checked out this place, directly across the street from the Galaxy's stadium in Carson. The fish tacos was amazing. I was in between meetings so it was a quick lunch. I look forward to going back soon and sitting down for a real meal, maybe buy some fresh fish to cook at home. 17944 S Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746
My friends curated a film night at the Mercado La Paloma, located off the 10 Freeway near USC. Their are several great places to eat in this building. I decided to eat at Azla. I was at the archives at CalState Dominguez Hills where i'm doing a AIR right now and mentioned I was on my way to the mercado for a film screening. One of the archivists said she had a great Ethiopian meal last time she was there. I always heed the recommendation. The food was outstanding is a fresh and vegan kind of way. Eating with your right hand is usually a challenge for me but recently I injured one of my fingers so it was especially rough. However, I've been trying to eat slower and so this injury was timely. 3655 S Grand Ave, Ste C2, Los Angeles, CA 90007