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 February 6 – 12, 2012, some of which will help to fuel full posts.
February 6, 2012 – Jimmy Han and wife Yume debuted New Order Mondays at their Koreatown gastropub, Beer Belly, pairing ’80s music with over-the-top dishes like Death By Duck. They toss French fries in duck fat, top with duck confit, and serve with raspberry mustard dipping sauce.
February 7, 2012 – Heirloom LA introduced a number of new initiatives to the world on Wednesday, including a book-able tasting room called The Salon, a taco cart that parks alongside their Glassell Park catering kitchen, and a fruit, vegetable and herb garden in back.
February 8, 2012 – The Eveleigh was one of the final stops on Blogger Bar Hop 2, a debaucherous multi-bar extravaganza. Head bartender Dave Kupchinsky made a special cocktail for the occasion involving Beefeater 24, rosemary, Campari, and citrus.
February 9, 2012 – Wil Dee and chef Greg Daniels recently expanded Haven Gastropub from Old Towne Orange to Old Pasadena, and their next level version includes dishes like their deluxe lamb burger, fine-dining desserts, and soon enough, house brews.
February 10, 2012 – Soban was the setting for a group dinner that included some outstanding Korean dishes, including the much-talked-about crab, braised short rib with jujubes and chestnuts, and a rice-free seafood “bibimbap” with vegetables, abalone, tobiko and more.
February 11, 2012 – Tay Do Quan Hy, part of a Vietnamese stronghold in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, specializes in noodle soups like Mi De, which contains goat meat, egg noodles, jujubes, wolfberries, fried tofu, mushrooms and more.
February 11, 2012 – Banh Xeo Quan, aka Mr. Rice, makes a large number of items in-house, including fish sauce, kumquat-tinged sugar cane juice, and their signature rice flour crepes with myriad fillings and four varieties of mint.
February 11, 2012 – Pa Pa Walk, a semi-hidden San Gabriel café that features Taiwanese food and specializes in shaved snowys, has some risqué signs behind the register, including one that seems to discourage S&M, and another that seems to encourage peeping Toms.