Feb 2019

The Restaurant at The NoMad – Los Angeles (Downtown)

The Restaurant at The NoMad - Los Angeles - Downtown

When The Nomad first opened a little over a year ago, The Restaurant was tucked away on the second floor of the hotel. Since those first few months of ironing out details and refining the overall experience, The Restaurant has migrated to the hotel’s magnificent ground floor. With its sky-high ceilings and gold and blue detailing, the room is really something to behold.

The Restaurant at The NoMad - Los Angeles - Downtown

I met up with Diana for a mid-week supper at The Restaurant back in January. She snagged us the cutest little two-top right by the bookshelves in the back of the room.

NoMad - Los Angeles

My dear friend was having the driest of Januaries, so I happily cocktail’d alone. The Foxtrot, billed as an “American Whiskey with a Caribbean accent,” included rye, bourbon, orgeat (almond syrup), falernum, passion fruit, and lime.

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Feb 2019

Tết 2019: Not Your Grandma’s Bánh Chưng (Come One, Come All Edition)

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

My lovely friend Diep Tran has gathered a group to make banh chung for the past six years—check out previous festivities from 201320152017, and 2018. The annual event always puts me in the Tet spirit and I love that I get to share this tradition with June.

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

This year’s gathering, which was held at Alma Backyard Farms in East Compton, was open to the public for the first time. See below for a few highlights from the 7th annual convening of the Banh Chung Collective.

Tết 2019: Banh Chung Collective

First comes the banana leaves, then comes the glutinous rice, shallots, mung beans, and pork.

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Jan 2019

Nightshade – Los Angeles (Downtown)

Nightshade - Los Angeles

Not last Saturday but the one before that, The Astronomer and I checked out Nightshade for dinner followed by the RNBRewind. The combination of fantastic food and 90s nostalgia made for the best time.

Nightshade - Los Angeles

Everyone’s buzzing about Chef Mei Lin’s newly opened Arts District spot, and for good reason—the food is delightfully different while the room feels cool yet comfortable.

First up were drinks all around. While The Astronomer selected a sour beer to start, I chose the No. 888 ($16) with bourbon, falernum, toasted coconut-makrut, sherry, lime, and bitters. I liked how the rich coconut smoothed out the bourbon’s hard edge.

Nightshade - Los Angeles

Nightshade’s menu is chock full of unexpected Asian American mashups. One of our favorites of the evening was the Tom Yum Onion ($15). Here, Outback Steakhouse’s iconic appetizer received the Top Chef treatment—expertly fried, Thai-spiced, and served with an airy coconut dip. It was hard not to feel giddy unfurling the onion’s copious layers.

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