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This is a thread I'm making if only to try to entice people to come and converse or even to just come and drool over the pics of delicious food. I will be treating this thread almost like a personal meal blog in a sense detailing my many misadventures with the kind mistress known as food.
Some things posted and talked about will be from the many food and wine tastings I participate in, others from restaurants I go to and some will even be my own cooking. Just a warning, I by no means have what I consider a healthy diet and I don't suggest anyone eat completely like I do as it will be detrimental to your health and your wallet. That said, I do have to say I eat very well and very fattening (as several mods can attest to)
With this thread, feel free to post comments (both positive and negative...I don't mind being called a fat ass), questions or even pictures of the food you've had. I do ask that if you post your own food pics to please try to describe it.
So, to start things off, I will be showing you some of the dishes I ingested this fine Tuesday evening.
If I was the have any place like the Cheers bar in the area this would be it. Everson Royce Wine and Spirits. They're a local wine shop with a bar attached. I'm friends with the owner and frequent both here and his other shop Silverlake Wine constantly. Every Tuesday night, they hold a tasting (which I sometimes partake and sometimes don't, but I always have wine regardless) at which they've also invited the absolute best Food Truck in AMERICA. Not just Los Angeles, but the whole nation. Heirloom LA, they're a farm to table food truck with a constantly rotating menu depending on the ingredients they get. Their food is always fresh, delicious and better than many many restaurants I've tried. Below you shall see how I dined tonight.
Sai, you make me wish I was over there and eating your food...
omg! a c_k! I like never see you anymore...I thought you died >.>
The wine...the butterscotch ...btw, I'm expecting healthy and meatless stuff, as we agreed!
I'll be including some healthy food as well.
The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated~~
Anyway, I hope to see lots of delicious, high class meals with some super unhealthy food thrown in~
Since Ancy is a hippie and would like to see some vegetarian dishes, I do remember this last Sunday doing a wine and food tasting at my other haunt, Silverlake Wine. Here, on Sundays, they typically bring in local caterers and restaurants to showcase their dishes while pairing them with wine. Sometimes we get guest wine makers coming to tout their fine wares as well (i.e. Kent Humphries of Eric Kent Winery...who's sister was in the movie Mallrats as Trish the Dish. She's now the head of marketing for her brother's wine operations. The owner is also friends with Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, whom happens to also be very into wine making).
Anyhow, this last weekend paired Slavic wine from Kabaj Winery or Slovenia (which sadly, I forgot to get pics of the bottles since the room was so full) with vegetarian food from Elf Cafe, an up and coming all vegetarian restaurant over near Echo Park (which to some of you is just more LA).
My memory is a little hazy as to all the elements of these dishes, but I will do my best to describe them for you.
Dish #1: Housemade potato chips with a goat cheese 'dip' that had sumac, olive oil and I think some kind of pickled cabbage. The flavor was excellent. Lots of creaminess and tanginess from the goat cheese, sumac added some great spice without adding heat, the 'red stuff' on top which I think was cabbage, but I could be wrong, added some needed acidity that helped to really cut through the fattiness of the dip and of course, the chips, were perfectly salty and cruchy. This was something very much up my alley. I had even made mention to the chef afterwards how I could have easily downed a bowl of his chips and dip on some weary afternoon while watching cartoons. This would be like the perfect movie snack.
Dish #2: Cabbage Sandwich
This was quite literally a sandwich of house made saukraut, spice, pickled peppers all between two slices of house made focaccia bread. Its actually reminded me quite a bit of a reuben sandwich and still somehow provided a sense of meatiness without any meat (or even any fake meat). bread was soft and flavorful, the saurkraut was dressed up with spices (including sumac which was the spice of the day) that made it taste a bit like cold pastrami along with saurkrauts usual tang and acidity.
Dish #3: Orzo Salad
I don't really have much to say about this dish. It was pretty straight forward. It was like Macaroni salad but made with orzo instead of macaroni and with a Mediterranean twist in how it was seasoned. This was served with some house done pickled peppers for a bit of heat.
Dish 4: Pita and Hummus
Not much to say here either. Both items were very straight forward. The only catch was they were both made from scratch.
Overall the tasting was enjoyable and while I didn't get a picture of the wines at the tasting I did get a couple of pictures of the bottle we opened after the tasting:
Saxum by James Berry Vineyards. A Paso Robles vineyard that has really come up in stature. It used to be their bottles only went for about $35 a bottle on average. Nowadays it commands a much more premium price of around $115.
and just as a 'bonus' vegetarian something, I went to Souplantation for lunch and made myself a salad
omaigosh....after reading all this (seriously, only after reading), I got so hungry...and the funny part is that I've had my dinner.
Sai, the description was absolutely delicious. I've virtually tasted these meals! You're a food porn god!
Last edited by Ancy; October 24, 2013 at 01:31 PM. Reason: .....so....so wanna have a cabbage sandwich right now @.@
lol Ancy, i enjoy writing about food. slowly, I'd like to expand my food vocabulary though so that I might be a decent enough writer to possibly do this professionally.
For tonight, I'll be posting about scotch since I'll be doing a scotch tasting.
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For tonight's post, I shall be sharing with you all the Scotch tasting I partook in tonight. So let's dive right in!
Scotch #1: Isle of Skye 12 Year
Tasting Notes: Scotch had a clean nose without too many discernable scents. Nothing overpowering. A bit of what I would call the smell of night air. On the palate, the forefront had some hints of vanilla with a tiny bit of herbal notes on the back. Overall, it was very smooth with a bit of spiciness on the first sip, but mellowed out quickly. Great value blended scotch.
Scotch #2: Tomatin 12 Year Highland Single Malt Scotch
Tasting Notes: Immediately, the nose was that of burnt sugar or caramel with a hint of spiciness that reminded me of tequila with some background of vanilla and oak. On the palate, there were hints of citrus and vanilla amongst the woodiness. Overall finish was long and smooth with just a bit of tingle on the throat.
Scotch #3: The Arran 16 Year Isle of Arran Single Malt Scotch
Tasting Notes: Immediately the whiff of this one smelled dusty like a woodworking shop after sanding down some oak. That woodiness permeated throughout along with the taste of barley and wheat with some very subtle hint of citrus on the finish. Something else I noticed was a smell that I can only describe as plastic model glue (like testors). That's a smell I typically get with a lot of bourbons, but rarely see in scotches.
Scotch #4: The Arran Sauternes Cask Isle of Arran Single Malt Scotch
Tasting Notes: The nose of this one was incredible. With aromas of vanilla and sweet caramel and of course oak. However, the taste itself had a weird funk to it. I can only describe it as mossy and a bit dusty. It was better with a few drops of water to even it out, but because too diluted with the addition of ice. Perhaps with the addition of a large premium pure ice cube that wouldn't melt so quickly, it may be been better. Of the bunch, this was my least favorite.
Scotch #5: Glenfarcias 17 Year Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
Tasting Notes: This one has a definite woodiness on the nose along with an ever so slight whiff of that modelling glue smell I mentioned earlier. The overall flavor was very light with a bit of citrus. This is as refreshing as scotch gets to being. Simply easy to drink and pleasant to the tongue.
Scotch #6: Highland Park 12 Year Orkney Islands Single Malt Scotch
Tasting Notes: Immediately the nose had a slight peaty/smokiness to it that made me think this was an Islay scotch at first. The palate was sweet with hints of vanilla but also herbaceous with a flavor that almost reminded me of asparagus in a way.
Scotch #7: Octomore 10 Year Islay Single Malt Scotch
Tasting Notes: This one was the one I looked forward to the most in this tasting. It's a rare bottle of what is supposed to be quite exemplary of the ideal Islay Single Malt. Just to note, Islay Single Malts are my favorite of all the different scotch styles. The nose on this scotch is truly that of an Islay scotch with a heavy peatiness. By peatiness, typically I mean smoky and salty. Almost like a campfire on a nice cool beach. Definitely something that reminded me of sea breeze here. The smokiness of the nose continued into the palate itself alongside the usual oak and a flavor I can only describe as maple bacon with some hints of vanilla on the background. As I thought going into this tasting, this was my favorite of the bunch and I even ended up buying a bottle.
Scotch #8: Kilchoman Loch Gorm Sherry Cask Islay Single Malt Scotch
Tasting Notes: This is a brand I'm well familiar with as I have one of their 12 years amongst my stash. The nose on this was peaty and smoky as expected of an Islay scotch, but much less pronounced than the Octomore 10 above. The palate itself was fascinating as it was sweet and spicy. Definite vanilla and oak as you'd expect from scotch in general, but the spiciness was fascinating as it was kind of a sweet spice that reminded me of the kind of sweet heat you'd get from Sriraccha sauce.
That does it for the scotch tasting, but I can't really just leave you all with something as inaccessible as scotch. As such, here is a shot of some of the food my group of friends and I had for the proceeding dinner at Slater's 50/50.
You lack pizza, Saichan.
Funny you mention Pizza Milly, because that's what I had last night.
I was originally going to go to a champagne tasting last night, but was also gonna head to a friends place to play some board games and hangout. I ended up deciding that driving to the champagne tasting was too far to do first so just ended up hanging out with some friends.
For dinner, they had voted for Pizza and since they live in the middle of Culver City, there was plenty to choose from. We ended up getting some pizza take out from a place down the street called Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza. All the crusts are made from sourdough, hence the name and that's their specialty.
mmmm burrata pizza. so many favours . I'd love to order it, but I'm pretty sure I can't find it in NL.
Why are the pizzas so small? That's offensive.
That cheese.........! Yuuuuuummmmmm
The portion is tiny though :/