Week in Pictures: Bacon Caramel, (Lamb) Belly, Brunettes + More

Sundae Los Angeles

Library Alehouse showcased a decadent sundae co-starring Sweet Rose Creamery and Firestone Walker.

Every week involves a steady stream of food, drinks and people. Of course not every taste or conversation is post-able, but the range of experiences is usually pretty amazing. Lucky me. Discover highlights from December 19 – 25, 2011, some of which will help to fuel full posts.

December 19, 2011Library Alehouse featured bourbon barrel-aged beers from Truckee’s FiftyFifty Brewing, and a special menu of Sweet Rose Creamery ice cream treats, including a Bacon Bourbon Sundae with two scoops of Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin ice cream, whipped cream, bourbon caramel sauce, Maldon salt and candied bacon.

Lamb Los Angeles

Whist chef Chris Crary, a Season 9 “Top Chef” competitor, prepared lamb belly at a special dinner.

December 20, 2011Whist chef de cuisine Chris Crary, a cheftestant on Season 9 of “Top Chef,” steered a market driven menu that included Slow Braised Lamb Belly with baby carrots, crispy parsnip, maitake mushrooms and market herbs.

Bakery Los Angeles

Short Cake delivers fun savory twists on bakery classics like blondies.

December 22, 2011Short Cake opened earlier this month, building on the early success of sister establishment Short Order. The bakery from late Amy Pressman, Nancy Silverton and Bill Chait features options like the brunette, a savory play on a blondie with pine nuts and thyme.

Coffee Los Angeles

Single Origin shares a counter with Short Cake and serves specialty coffee.

December 22, 2011Single Origin was the final component from the aforementioned Short triumvirate, a bakery-adjacent concept from coffee pro Nik Krankl that quickly led me into caffeine oblivion with a back-to-back-to-back shakerato, cappuccino and pourover coffee.

Restaurant Charleston

The gears of time turn at The Macintosh, a seasonal Charleston restaurant.

December 23, 2011The Macintosh, a September addition to the dining scene on Charleston’s Upper King Street from chef Jeremiah Bacon and partner Steve Palmer, features worn gears on the bar’s brick wall.

Seafood Charleston

Ken Vedrinski draws on Italian traditions for a stupendous Feast of the 7 Fishes at Trattoria Lucca.

December 24, 2011 – For the second straight year, my family joined chef Ken Vedrinski at Charleston’s Trattoria Lucca for the Feast of the 7 Fishes. The traditional Italian Christmas Eve meal featured seven seafood preparations, plus flatiron steak and budino.


Joshua Lurie

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