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This Weekend: Wine Tastings, Pub Openings, Food Photography & Ultimate Frisbee

LeiOut Beach Ultimate  Come out to Santa Monica for the largest co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Event in the world, 100+ teams show up with crushing thoughts of blood, sweat & tears!  LeiOut organization has been bringing together the frisbee obsessed since 1999!

  • When: Jan 14-15
  • Where: N of Pier, Santa Monica
  • When: 10am-4pm
  • Cost: Free to Watch

Around Australia in 80 Sips  Enjoy 80+ great wines plus artisanal cheese, charcuterie and more at the Pacific Design Center this Saturday night!

  • When: Jan 12
  • Where: Pacific Design Center
  • When: 8pm – 10pm
  • Cost: $75.00

Picture Perfect  Food photographer Christina Peters and prop stylist Amy Paliwoda will teach a natural-light food-photography class this Sunday.

  • When: Jan 14
  • Where:MDR Photography Classes, 4051 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey
  • When: 9:30am – 4pm
  • Cost: $249.00

The Pub @ Golden Road  Get a beer and a burger for 10 bucks cash on our patio BBQ. Chef Adam has prepared vegan and non vegan burgs and our cans of Point the Way IPA and Golden Road Hefeweizen are ready for you to enjoy.

  • When: Jan 15
  • Where:5430 San Fernando Rd West, Los Angeles, CA
  • When: 11am – 11pm
  • Cost: of food

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show The largest travel show in the western United States features rock climbing, ziplining, a scuba pool, Fiery Food Stage, live music and travel tips from speakers.

Eats I Have Been Dying to Mention

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with the Holiday season flying by, ringing in the New Year and getting back into the swing of things!  I have done a ridiculous amount of eating that I have been dying to share with you all!  Check out my latest hot spots!

Larry’s – Venice, CA

24 Windward Ave  Venice, CA 90291-4102
(310) 399-2700

Larry's sits steps from the Venice Boardwalk

Larry's sits steps from the Venice Boardwalk

Mark and Erwin Sokol (of Hotel Erwin) have teamed up with Waterloo & City chef Brendan Collins to bring affordable gastropub-ish plates to the art community of Venice Beach.  Larry’s opened in August 2011, was named after local artist Larry Bell, a pioneer in minimalism.  The interior bar

Larry Bell, local artist and a pioneer of California minimalism was the inspiration for Larry’s, his accomplishments and style was carefully used in the design and interior features that make this new spot shine.  The eats are nothing short of extraordinary and unique creative masterpieces.  SHRIMP & LOBSTER RAGOUT, capellini pasta, lobster tomato sauce, basil & truffle, GREEN CURRY MUSSELS, ginger, fresno chile, charred bread for dipping,  PIZZA, green chorizo, egg, chipotle, tomato sauce. The menu although foodie eccentric, never tops a $15 price tag making this the new hot spot for every local generation.

Ahi Tuna Tartar, white soy ponzu, prawn crackers, pickled vegetables

Ahi Tuna Tartar, white soy ponzu, prawn crackers, pickled vegetables

Bacon Wrapped Organic Salmon, roast beets, gnocchi & horseradish

Bacon Wrapped Organic Salmon, roast beets, gnocchi & horseradish

Dry Aged Beef Burger on ciabatta bun, house made pickle & fries

Dry Aged Beef Burger on ciabatta bun, house made pickle & fries

Hostaria del Piccolo – Santa Monica, CA

606 Broadway St  Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-6633

Hostaria del Piccolo

Hostaria del Piccolo

Opened just this year, Hostaria is the latest venture of Vittorio Viotti and chef Bobo of Venice, Italy’s Piccolo Venice, said to be one of the very best restaurants in Venice.  The menu is adorned with antipasti options that cause any palate to water.  ORECCHIE  crispy fried pigs’ ears and salsa verde, CINGHIALE  roasted wild boar sausage: soft polenta, MAIALI  selection of exclusive Italian cold cuts and VERDE arugula, spinach, avocado, pine-nuts and Parmesan crisp.  The pizzas have been rated nothing short of excellent and the staff is friendly and actually Italian!  When visiting Santa Monica next its a must try whether you’re looking for lunch of dinner, it’s not to be missed.  Perhaps than you can fly to Venice and sample Piccolo to compare notes.

Frittura, crunchy fried calamari, shrimp, white smelt fish

Le Pizze Bianche without sauce - squid ink dough, mozzarella, tomatoes & basil

Le Pizze Bianche without sauce - squid ink dough, mozzarella, tomatoes & basil

Gnocchi Marinara

Gnocchi Marinara

Bottega Louie – Downtown Los Angeles, CA

700 S Grand Ave  Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470

Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie

Walk by Bottega Louie on any given day and it will be packed, you will automatically decide its pricy and perhaps unaffordable — if your like me it’s best not to torture yourself and keep it in mind for another time, another place.  However, a tiny bit of research will prove your instincts immensely incorrect.  Bottega Louie may look to be a $30 a plate dining spot but its affordable and utterly brilliant.

Walk through the front door and your smacked across the face with an aisle of pastries, mini desserts, macarons, and tarts that scream beauty and perfection.  To the left you’ll see a cocktail bar that sends you back to the 20’s and off to the right a stainless steel open kitchen with 15 maybe 20 chefs and sous chefs cooking and plating dishes with the utmost care and precision.  The lunch and dinner menu may set you back $20 – $25 a person, but plates are enormous, pizzas feed 2+ and you will not leave disappointed.  Beware that they do not take reservations and a wait time can range from 10 minutes on a weekday to 2 hours on a prime weekend!

Mini Meatball Sliders

Mini Meatball Sliders

Portobello Fries

Portobello Fries

Infamous Bottega Louie Macarons

Infamous Bottega Louie Macarons

Bottega Louie Desserts

Bottega Louie Desserts

Cal Shabu – Santa Monica, CA

930 Broadway, Santa Monica, 90401

Cal Shabu - Santa Monica

Cal Shabu - Santa Monica

Shabu Shabu is an act of cooking, the dish is prepared by bring a pot of water to a boiling point and submerging very thin slices of meat and vegetables meanwhile swishing it back and forth until cooked to your desired doneness. In fact the swish-swish sound directly translates to Shabu Shabu. The cooked meat and vegetables are then dipped in a ponzu or sesame seed sauce and served with a bowl of rice.  Once you have devoured this simple yet delicious meal, the leftover broth from the pot is combined with the remaining rice, vegetables, and noodles and eaten as a soup.

The experience in itself is just a ton of fun and Cal Shabu does a remarkable job at making you feel as if you are dining at home.  The restaurant is located off any Santa Monica main drag and therefore the staff is genuine and it’s patrons all locals (they are literally located 6 buildings from our apartment!).  Next time you’re looking for something to warm you up or are in need of some comfort, Cal Shabu should be your first and only choice.

Two Item Combo - Prime Beef & Mussels

Two Item Combo - Prime Beef & Mussels

Soup made from cooking broth with fresh veggies and noodles

Soup made from cooking broth with fresh veggies and noodles

Happy Hour at Cal Shabu, Santa Monica

Happy Hour at Cal Shabu, Santa Monica

26 Beach – Marina del Rey, CA

3100 Washington Blvd  Marina Del Rey, CA 90292-5551
(310) 823-7526

Twenty Six Beach - Venice, CA

Twenty Six Beach - Venice, CA

Most notably known for their massive burgers, acknowledging and not letting it’s patrons forget that they have several times over been voted home of the “Best Burgers in L.A.” is my latest find.  I cannot prove the above theory as I stumbled on 26 Beach for brunch, but their brunch menu is not ordinary sporting entire sections of “Pasta Scrambles”, “The Royals – Eggs over brown rice” and somewhere around 20 French Toasts varieties that you will find creeping into your foodie dreams.  The atmosphere is eclectic and memorable and food is fantastically executed.  I am not sure while dining if I realized just what we had stumbled upon, but now looking back I am dying to test out the french toast and the infamous burgers.

Panchetta & Eggs Pasta Scramble

Panchetta & Eggs Pasta Scramble

Twenty Six Beach Outdoor/Indoor Patio
Twenty Six Beach Outdoor/Indoor Patio
Corned Beef Hash Scramble

Corned Beef Hash Scramble

2011 in Review: For Love of Exploration

In 2011 blogging became an extension of my everyday life.  I took pictures with it in mind, I cooked with it in mind, I planned my weekends with it in mind and honestly I constantly toyed with the idea of figuring out just how I could blog & promote my own brand 8 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Okay time to get real…the reality of the situation is that I am not in a position to take that leap just yet, but WordPress has given me a little gift of encouragement for my efforts in 2011.  As I still have a full-time job that demands some serious time (especially Jan-Jun) and other commitments (boyfriend, friends, family, my well-being) I don’t have a ton of free time to execute the post ideas that linger in my mind day-to-day, but the below was an encouragement that the efforts I do put out there matters to someone, somewhere out there!

For the New Year WordPress sent this ridiculously well thought out analysis of my blogs success over 2011.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Playing Around My New Toy: A Canon EOS Rebel T3i

This Christmas I died and went to heaven when I opened a rather small, but not too small package.  My ridiculously generous parents have spoiled me rotten with the camera of my dreams.  The newest model of the Canon EOS Rebel — The T3i!  Check out some photos of what is only the beginning of mastering this camera!

Toby, My Pup

Grandma

La Quinta, CA

Stone Eagle, Palm Desert, CA

Dani & Brianne

Buffalo Wings

White Shrimp PizzaDad at Stone Eagle

Chris on Ocean Blvd, Santa Monica

Santa Monica, CA SunsetSanta Monica, CA

Santa Monica Sunset

Shore Hotel, Santa Monica, CA, Ocean Blvd

Your Next Holiday Favorite: Dry-Aged Prime Rib Roast

prime rib roast

Looking for the perfect star entrée for a holiday meal can be a daunting task, especially if your going out on the limb to try something new.  Last year I stepped out of my turkey box and tested Guy Fieri’s Dry-Aged Prime Rib Roast and can safely say it was nothing short of EXCELLENT and easy!  My taste buds are going insane just thinking of this remarkably tender & juicy cut of meat.  Feeling adventurous this holiday season?  Try it!  I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!

What it Takes:

  • Total Time:  243 hr 20 min
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Inactive Time:  240 hrs
  • Cook Time:  3 hrs
  • 5 Yields:  5 – 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 rib beef roast, bone in, approximately 10 to 12 pounds
  • 1 package cheesecloth, cut in half (approximately 1 yard)
  • 1 sheet pan
  • 1 roasting rack to fit in sheet pan
  • Special equipment: Space in back of refrigerator for up to 10 days

Seasoning Mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 4 tablespoons freshly cracked tri-color pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated onion
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon coriander, toasted and cracked
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 carrots, washed, ends trimmed and cut into large (3-inch) chunks
  • 2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups water

Au Jus:

  • Pan drippings from roast, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Prime rib roast

Directions

For the roast:

Remove roast from packaging, rinse well. Pat completely dry, wrap with 3 layers cheesecloth. Place on a rack on a sheet pan in back of refrigerator, fat side up. After 24 hours, remove, unwrap, discard cheesecloth and wrap with a fresh piece. Place back in refrigerator for 6 to 9 days undisturbed.

Remove roast from refrigerator. Remove cheesecloth, cut away the fat and trim the ends and any discolored parts of roast.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Place roast on a rack in a large, heavy roasting pan.

For the seasoning mixture:

In a medium bowl, combine spices and mix well. Be sure to crush the larger spices well for a uniform rub. (You can use mortar and pestle or large wooden end of a pounding mallet in non-glass bowl.) Rub roast with olive oil, then rub with seasoning. Let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

Prepare vegetables, make a bed in the roasting pan with the vegetables and pour in the water. Be sure to check the liquid level in the pan occasionally and add additional water, if necessary. (You will need this liquid to make the au jus.) Place roast on top of vegetables and place in hot oven. Roast at 450 degrees F for 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes, reduce heat to 275 degrees F and continue to roast for approximately 2 hours, or until internal temperature (stay away from the bone while checking temp) reaches 135 degrees F. Remove from oven, remove from roasting pan, loosely tent and allow to rest for 15 minutes while making the au jus.

For the Au Jus:

Strain drippings from roasting pan, skim fat from drippings. Place roasting pan over 2 burners, heat on medium high and add in drippings, stir to deglaze, add in wine and stock, reduce by 1/3, about 5 minutes on steady boil, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat, add in butter. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Strain once more into serving vessel.

prime rib roast

This Weekend: Blogger Bake Sale, Artisanal LA, Canal Parade & Handmade Gift Fair!

Eat My Blog Charity Bake Sale  An annual event where local foodie bloggers will bake homemade goodies for all to eat.

When: Dec 10  Where: Pita Jungle, Pasadena  When: 10am-4pm  Cost: Free Entry

Artisanal LA Holiday Pop Up Shop  Explore LA’s finest local, sustainable, and handmade edibles.

When: Dec 11  Where: Armory Center, Pasadena  When: 10am-6pm  Cost: $5

Renegade Craft Fair – 2nd Annual Holiday Market  A craft, art, design and DIY spectacular.

When: Dec 10 & 11  Where: LA State Historic Park  When: 10am – 5pm  Cost: $0

30th Annual Venice Canal Boat Parade  See a parade that doesn’t quite fit into LA lifestyle and check out the hidden Venice canals.

When: Dec 11  Where: Eastern/Sherman Venice Canals  When: 4:30pm  Cost: $0