Every week involves a seemingly continuous 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. Here are some of the highlights from the past seven days, some of which will help to fuel full posts.
9/6/11 – Squid Ink staffer Elina Shatkin called Kabab Mahaleh the Kosher Corridor’s Best Cheap Eats. That’s quite a claim considering the culinary explosion that Beverlywood has generated in the past couple years, and while there are other contenders, it was certainly easy to like the fresh-baked sangak, juicy koobideh, roasted tomato and mint leaves that formed a $5.99 plate.
9/6/11 – After a long hiatus, the Radio Room guest bartender series returned to The Edison featuring San Francisco-based Bon Vivants Scott Baird and Josh Harris along with L.A. based counterpart Alex Straus. While aerialists performed overhead in downtown’s subterranean pleasure palace, they made drinks like the Black Daiquiri, a spirited cocktail consisting of Pampero Aniversario, Averna, lime and a coffee tincture. The Bon Vivants will oversee the cocktail program at The Edison.
9/7/11 – Library Alehouse featured Dogfish Head on tap. My flight of Big Ass Beers consisted of Olde School Barleywine, World Wide Stout and the rare 120 Minute IPA, which collectively put an end to my plans to run along the beach later that night.
9/7/11 – The Foundry on Melrose chef-owner Eric Greenspan recently formed the The Foundation Hospitality Group with Jim Hustead and Jay Perrin, and the trio previewed The Roof at the new boutique Hotel Wilshire in Mid-City. The casual space rings a pool, features 360-degree views of Los Angeles and specializes in modern riffs on comfort food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Greenspan showcased dishes like pancake lasagna, nori nachos and a Wilshire Burger with cheddar, sweet dill & onion jam and steak sauce aioli on challah toast.
9/9/11 – Every two years, Gabe Gordon and wife Lena host an epic Sour Beer Fest at Beachwood BBQ, and my friends and I timed our visit with Cascade night, where we passed around 5.5 ounce tasters from the Portland brewery, which is renowned for sours like Honey Ginger Lime and Summer Gose.
9/10/11 – The 20th annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) was this weekend in San Pedro’s Pt. Fermin Park, overlooking the Pacific. They had a full slate of performers and a number of stalls and trucks that prepared Filipino dishes, including a Tocino Burger. Neri’s Curbside Cravings topped the sweet red grilled pork patty with cilantro, tomato, fried egg, mango bell pepper slaw and garlic aioli and served the combo on a sweet homemade pan de sal.
9/10/11 – El Segundo Brewing Co. previewed their tasting room on Main Street, pouring house beers from four taps, including Nelson dry-hopped pale ale and their Sand Dune Sage, a beer brewed with local homebrewers for the LA Beer Week pro-am.
9/10/11 – Mike Keller, a friend of El Segundo Brewing Co. brewmaster and co-owner Rob Croxall, recently launched a line of Santa Maria-style spice rubs called California Rancher. He showcased his product at the El Segundo party, serving pinquito beans, grilled corn on the cob with thyme and dill, and dry-rubbed tri-tip grilled with red oak. For dessert, they had Old Viscosity brownies.