Feb 2019

Weekend Brunch at Here’s Looking At You – Los Angeles (Koreatown)

Brunch at Here's Looking At You

The Astronomer, June, and I finally made our way to Koreatown for brunch at Here’s Looking At You this past weekend. The restaurant started serving daytime fare last May, and the menu is as solid as ever—all hits, no misses, promise.

Brunch at Here's Looking At You

While most restaurants don’t put too much creativity into their brunch menus, relying on standbys like buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict, and Bloody Marys to fuel crowds, chef Jonathan Whitener is bringing fresh ideas and energy to the table.

Brunch at Here's Looking At You

The first dish to arrive was the whippiest, lightest chicken liver toast ($12). To reel in the richness were Basque peppers and a touch of smoked maple.

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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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