Week in Pictures: Cocchi & Bols, Gertler’s Kitchen + Purple Urkel

Pasta Los Angeles

June 1, 2012 - A hosted overnighter at Terranea Resort started with dinner at the property’s marquee restaurant, mar’sel. We already knew about the wonders of the Wagyu ribeye cap, but Chef Michael Fiorelli also prepared dishes like baked garganelli with lamb Bolognese, ricotta, peas and garlic toast.

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 May 28 – June 3, 2012, some of which will help to fuel full posts.

Milkshake Orange County

May 28, 2012Tebo Tebo Tea Lounge packed in every concept that could possibly appeal to Little Saigon teenagers, including boba, shaved snow, and the Toast Box, basically brick toast on steroids. My pick, Purple Urkel, combined red bean and taro.

Asian Food Los Angeles

May 29, 2012 – We finally got a chance to check out Go Chew, Inc., a food truck from Charles Slonaker that specializes in rice bowls. We ordered bowls featuring soy-and-chile marinated mushrooms, and a bowl with slow cooked hoisin pork.

Cocktail Los Angeles

May 31, 2012Kate Grutman recently took the reins of the Formosa Cafe cocktail program and started introducing the menu, one decade at a time, beginning with the 1940s. She made me a Cocchi & Bols, featuring Bols Genever, Cocchi Americano, Tio Pepe, Maraschino, PX cask rum, and lemon, served in a coupe.

Chef Los Angeles

June 2, 2012 – We concluded our stay with lunch at Bashi, a new Asian restaurant featuring chef Bruce Nguyen’s cooking. He prepared dishes like chicken dumplings in ponzu, hoisin glazed baby back pork ribs, and both walnut and salt and pepper shrimp.

Sausage Los Angeles

June 2, 2012Adam Gertler and his brother popped up with Gertler’s Kitchen at a bar called Trip in Santa Monica. He’s making his own sausage, including the cheddar-filled pork sausage called uberkase, which we paired with herbaceous potato salad. They’re planning one more seated dinner before beginning the hunt for a permanent restaurant space.


Joshua Lurie

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