August 6, 2012 – C&J Cal-Mex Bar-B-Que set up shop behind Harvard & Stone. Christian Page and his Short Order sous chef Jonathan Dye presided over an almond grill, and Lindsay Nader paired cocktails at the R&D Bar. For example, C&J served Grilled Half Quail with spicy caramelized pineapple sauce, and Nader’s QUAIL cocktail combined Aquavit, cucumber, lime, pineapple, and orgeat, with a folded cucumber garnish.
August 10, 2012 – Coffee and Milk, aka C+M, is a glass fronted cafe from Patina Restaurant Group in LACMA’s courtyard with plenty of patio seating, an Intelligentsia coffee program and pastries from Ray’s and Stark Bar pastry chef Josh Graves. His Golden Macaroon ice cream sandwich combined crisp cookies and milk sorbet, which incorporates Tahitian vanilla, organic sugar and Straus Family Creamery dairy.
August 10, 2012 – Pig’s Feet Under recently joined the fleet of Miracle Mile Food Trucks. Miami native Masa Ose, who also works as the executive chef of McCormick & Schmick’s Beverly Hills, created a play on Six Feet Under. He and his crew roll scallion pancakes at the window to wrap around options like the Pork Belly Roll, which combines roasted pork belly, tomatoes and Bibb lettuce. Chef Ose suggested the “Asian set-up,” hoisin black bean sauce instead of Greek yogurt tzatziki and lemon sumac vinaigrette. For $2 more, pair the roll with sofkey balls, deep fried grit and Andouille sausage balls, which come with “angry queso” dip and curry tomato chutney.
August 10, 2012 – LA Food & Wine Asian Night Market took over the street that runs between Nokia Plaza and Staples Center. Well known chefs, wineries and bartenders ringed the courtyard. For instance, Charles Phan from San Francisco’s Slanted Door made Vietnamese rice cakes topped with dried shrimp and pork. Susur Lee (and his son) presented goat cheese tarts with cherry tomatoes (pictured). Sam Choy, who recently launched the Pineapple Express Truck in L.A., served loco moco with mushroom gravy. Local boys like The Spice Table chef-owner Bryant Ng, Picca and Mo-Chica chef-owner Ricardo Zarate and M.B. Post chef-owner David LeFevre, plus top bartenders like Matt Biancaniello, also represented.
August 12, 2012 – The Creamery in San Francisco’s China Basin, not far from PacBell Park, apparently is a place where tech industry people strike deals over breakfast and coffee. We didn’t get any VC funding during our visit, but did score Ritual Coffee espresso and cold brew.
August 12, 2012 – Machine Coffee & Deli, new from the Show Dogs and Foreign Cinema owners, serves Four Barrel coffee. The tiny space has wood plank walls, dangling bulbs wrapped in mason jars, and gears fronting the three-group La Spaziale espresso machine and Mazzer grinder. They also sell “Hand Cast Coffee,” aka pourover.