Food Porn

2013-06-11 09.48.22

Lightlife Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers

I've become a fan of these frozen aisle supermarket veggie burgers, that are bigger than the average Morningstar hockey pucks and actually--shock--taste like vegetables, not faux-meat (to be specific, with corn, carrots, bell peppers, peas and onions among the main ingredients, they distinctly recall samosa fillings, without the curry). Granted, there is a fair amount [...]


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Tacos de lechon at Chichen Itza, Downtown Los Angeles

Judging by just about everything coming out of the kitchen at this counter inside an unpredictably-located Latino community center/mini-mall, you really can't go wrong. Tortas are particularly popular. However, if you're visiting on a holiday like Father's Day, you might find yourself balking at the 30-minute wait and opting for the Sunday-only special lechon. Do [...]


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“Fred” Table Saw Cake Cutter!

Love these cake cutters--a gag that actually works! "Fred" Table Saw on Amazon


Puerco Ahumado at La Comida, Las Vegas

Puerco Ahumado at La Comida, Downtown Las Vegas

While authenticity hounds might look askance at this new Mexican 'concept' by Michael & Jenna Morton just off East Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, there's at least one dish on the menu by Chef Pablo Sanchez-Ortiz (desde D.F. y Michoacan) worth screaming about--in a good way. This generous portion of mesquite-smoked pork shoulder in [...]


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Handmade Charcuterie at Comme Ça, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Rumors of the demise of Comme Ca's in-house charcuterie program were greatly exaggerated. Executive Chef Brian Howard's kitchen is still putting out wonderful displays of cured meats, pates and pickles that could elevate a simple cocktail hour into a memorable evening. To leave anything on the plate would be a sin. Comme Ca by David [...]


Braised Pork Belly, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill

Braised Pork Belly at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Las Vegas

Pork belly is nothing uncommon these days, but this ample version was so succulent, tender, rich and peppery, I had a hard time keeping myself reserved in mixed company. Served atop an English pea puree with Cipollini onion, baby carrots, au jus and a mustard seed sauce, and nicely paired with a sweetly smooth Fox [...]


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Wild Maine Scallop, Black Truffle Creamed Corn at Aquaknox, Venetian Las Vegas

When it comes to scallops, I'm usually in the camp of "sear it with butter and leave it alone." But at Tom Maloney's elegantly stalwart Vegas outpost, I'll gladly make an exception. Here, a seared day boat scallop is enshrined on an island of applewood-smoked bacon polenta in a moat of black truffle creamed corn, [...]


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Deconstructed Apple Pie at McCall’s Heartland Grill, Las Vegas

If you managed to save room after a meal of value-priced Harris Ranch beef at the Stratosphere hotel's ground floor grill, go for this cute treat: a sugar-crusted, caramel-filled baked apple, with dense cinnamon ice cream. That name might seem a bit innacurrate, but the flavors are all there. McCall's Heartland Grill Click the photo [...]


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Gummi Bar at Madame Tussaud’s, Venetian Las Vegas

If your sweet tooth sounds the alarm on the Vegas Strip, your first instinct might be to take it to one of the several Sugar Factory outlets--and that wouldn't be a bad call (Paris Las Vegas is the biggest). However, tucked in just off the Strip at the entrance to Madame Tussauds, the gift shop [...]


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Bacon Jalapeno Wrapped Prawns at McCall’s Heartland Grill, Las Vegas

Think that name is a mouthful? Try wrapping your lips around the actually dish, one of several in-your-face starters at the Stratosphere casino's ground level steak spot. While seasoned foodies may see these shrimp as a throw back to the stacking 90s via Guy Fieri's flavortown (that's guava barbecue sauce at the bottom), those with [...]


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Braised Short Rib, Blue Cheese and Arugula Pizza at Fatty’s Public House, West Hollywood

Did I stutter? I did not. One of the best conceived and executed pizza topping combos I've had in a good long while. Unless you're the type of person that for some reason refuses to eat...arugula...you want this, and you want it now. Fatty's Public House Click the photo above for a full view!


Crispy Pig's Ear Salad at The Pikey, Hollywood

Crispy Pig’s Ear Salad at The Pikey, Hollywood

If you're going to The Pikey, the gastro-revamp of Hollywood's venerated Ye Coach & Horses, you're getting this Heston Blumenthal-inspired salad of young kale and mustard greens with crispy ribbons of Babe. I don't even want to discuss it. Just do it. And despite it being Hollywood, don't you dare ask for anything "on the [...]


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Prime Ribcap Steak Frites at Aquaknox, Venetian Las Vegas

You don't usually seek out meat at a seafood spot, but Holy Cow, these succulent slices of beef in a roasted shallot red wine glaze (with fresh Kennebec fries) put the religion in me--pun intended. Even after a long day of "professional eating," in Sin City, I made this disappear like I was David Copperfield. [...]


Beet Carpaccio Terrapin Crossroads

Beet Carpaccio at Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael

Although I've pretty much had it up to here with beets (seasonal or not, healthy or not, enough is enough!), I made exception for this Beet Carpaccio at Terrapin Crossroads, a folksy live music club and resto co-owned by Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh. Sliced thin, these rediscovered root veggies deliver their best qualities without [...]


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Winter kabocha salad at Prado, Montelucia Resort Scottsdale

Green salads aren't nearly respected enough in the food world, but when they are truly inventive, balanced, and satisfying, it's a far greater achievement than a nice entree. This seasonal salad looks deceptively simple, even reductionist, on the plate, but the combination of roasted Asian kabocha squash with apples, pomegranate, brussel sprout leaves, pistachios and [...]


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