Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekend Docket: 10/28/11

Trick or Treat, or really should I say Liquor Treat, because it's that time of the year again and I can't wait to see everyone's super skanky (let's be honest here) costumes. With far too many parties to ever compile into just one Weekend Docket, I've selected what I think will be the coolest & included lists from some of my favorite bloggers who've already done all the hard compiling work.

As for me, I'm still working on convincing someone to come play Giant Jenga with me at Villians Tavern, but assume I'll end up hanging with the slutty hipsters at Bigfoot.  Tomorrow it's a jump onto the Liquor Treating wagon & hopefully cooking up an awesome cupcake & cocktail pairing.  Sunday night is Aidan Demarest's Degenerate's Ball at his Glendale hotspot Neat, and Monday as always is a trip down memory lane via the West Hollywood Halloween Parade.

And since I've flown the way of the twitter bird, you can always follow my mis-adventures @nicolemiizuka!! 

Friday & Saturday 10/28 - 10/29
A Dark Carnival II and The Eccentric Circus
Friday 5pm-2am and Saturday 1pm-2am
Two of downtown L.A.'s best bars, Villians Tavern & The One-Eyed Gypsy are hosting an all out Halloween extravaganza complete with 12 bands playing on various stages, carnival food, boozy punch, outdoor bars, fooseball, skee-ball, tarot cards, palm readings, photobooths, bacon caramel popcorn & what I'm calling now as the best part of the event, Giant Jenga.  I mean, Giant Jenga, c'mon people.  That sounds amazing!!  There will be a free shuttle bus between the two locations & a portion of all the proceeds will go to Sunset Free Clinic. At Villains Tavern & The One-Eyed Gypsy Downtown http://www.villainstavern.com/

Sunday, 10/30
11th Annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
Start Time 2:30 p.m.
They're going to attempt to break the world record for the number of costumed dogs in a parade. The parade is expected to include more than 500 costumed dogs and a few thousand human gawkers. Haute Dogs will raise thousands for spay/neuter programs, rescue groups, Operation Santa Paws and other Long Beach service projects. In addition to all the adorable pups, there will be pre-party "feast"-ivities starting at 12:30 that will include vendor booths for the owners, bobbing for Howl'oweenies, a dog treat stacking contest, a Bulldog Kissing Booth, fun contests, a pet adoption fair, photo opportunities, and a guess-the-weight of the HUGE pumpkin contest. 4900 E Livingston Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803 http://hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Nightmare on Elm Street: Barnsdall Outdoor Movies
Doors open @ 5PM
Hands down my favorite outdoor screening series in Los Angeles, the Barnsdall Art Park movies are back & kicking off with Nightmare on Elm Street this Sunday. Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy outdoor screenings on the West Lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, perched on the beautiful Olive Hill at Barnsdall Park. All screenings are 17+ to attend and 21+ to drink. Tickets are $25 for entry + 3 drinks or $10 for just the movie. All profits from the screening will benefit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects, such as Free Sunday Art Classes for children and families in the community, as well as capital projects like the Monument Sign and restoration of the Hollyhock Motor Court. Barnsdall Art Park is located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90027 http://www.barnsdall.org/events-2/outdoor-movies/

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Blogger Roundup
Caroline on Crack, one of my Los Angeles blogger guru's has a wonderful roundup that she does weekly & you can check it out here http://www.carolineoncrack.com/2011/10/27/this-halloween-weekend-narnia-at-la-descarga-candy-wine-pairing-extreme-tim-burton/

The lovely V + K of FinerThingsLA know how to stay classy while getting drunk + fat and have compiled an awesome list of boozy places to hit up this weekend. Check it out here http://finerthingsla.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/halloween-2011/

LA Weekly has their selection of Just Say No to "Slutoween" parties in & around town here:
http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2011/10/lina_la_no_slutoween.php

Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekend Docket: 10/21/11

I know I'm still playing catch up from last weekend's massive LA Food & Wine festival, so hopefully this weekend will be a little easier with our first private Cloak & Dinner event on Saturday and some work into future Cloak & Dinner R&D events... Here are a few other fun events happening in & around the city. Personally I think everyone is just in a momentary lull so they can justify going all out for Halloween.

Dionicess IX at Steingarten LA
all night
Beer cocktails & vegetarian food?  Yep, finally paired together at last.  With bartender Matt Biancaniello mixing up beer cocktails and chef Randy Clemens (author of The Sriracha Cookbook) pulling together food, this sounds like a delicious way to spend a Friday afternoon.  Cost is $65/person. Steingarten LA, 10543 W Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064 www.steingartenla.com

Saturday, 10/22
K&L Wine Merchants Champagne Tent Event
4pm - 7pm
Add some sparkle to your fall calendar with K&L Hollywood’s Annual Champagne Tent. There will be over 50 different bubblies and their largest number of small producers ever will be flying in from France to present their wines and talk to guests, including folks from Ariston, Franck Bonville, Loriot, Goutorbe, Baron Fuente, Fleury, Leclerc Briant and Champagne Gonet. This is a rare opportunity to engage with the people that grow the grapes and make the wine and to learn more about their approach to Champagne. K&L will also be pouring prestigious grande marquee Champagnes from Louis Roederer, Deutz, Moët & Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Perrier-Jouët, Bollinger and Salon. A perfect way to get a head-start on your holiday shopping. Tickets are $75-$85 K&L Wine 1400 Vine Street Hollywood, CA 90027 http://www.klwines.com

Sunday, 10/23
3rd Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival Closing Ceremonies
Noon - 4pm
Taking place at the Historic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, October 23rd, the Festival will feature over 70 local, regional, national, and international Craft and Artisan breweries, pouring a wide array of their beers, including some rare beers, and a special few available only for LA Beer Week. On hand will be a selection of the famous Los Angeles food trucks, offering their specialties to pair with the variety of beers on hand. PreSale Tickets are $45, and includes unlimited 4 oz. pours of beer. Union Station, 800 N Alameda Street, Downtown http://www.labeerweek.com

Los Angeles Magazine’s Food Event 2011
1pm - 4pm
The Food Event 2011 is Los Angeles magazine's sixth annual culinary extravaganza. The day features great chefs, culinary experts, sommeliers, plus lots of food, wine, and other treats -- all for one price. Watch celebrity chefs in the demonstration kitchen and participate in panels with the experts in the Conversation Lounge. The icing on the cake that sets this culinary event above others is the incredible rural setting, the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, home to Semler and Saddlerock wines. The ranch boasts acres and acres of natural beauty, vineyards, rolling hills, animals like llamas and zebras, and space to spread out and relax for a true escape from the city, but with just a short drive. $95-$100. Saddlerock Ranch, 31727 Mulholland Highway, Malibu http://www.lamag.com/thefoodevent/

Taste of Abbot Kinney
3pm - 6:30pm
The Taste of Abbot Kinney is a fundraising event for Inside Out Community Arts. Join us for an afternoon of eclectic tastes featuring chef demonstrations, select food, wine and cocktail tastes and an walking-eating tour of some of Abbot Kinney’s favorite restaurants. All proceeds benefit Inside Out Community Arts. Participating restaurants include: Gjelina, Hal’s Restaurant & Bar, Joe’s Restaurant, Lilly’s French Cafe & Bar, Shima Sushi, Primitivo, Casa Linda and Lemonade. Tickets $60 - $100 901 Abbot Kinney, Venice, CA 90291 http://www.insideoutca.org/

Hollywood Magic Bar Grand Opening
Doors Open at 7pm
The Hollywood Magic Bar at the Level 3 nightclub in the Hollywood and Highland complex will be the home of our unique new venue featuring some of the finest award-winning magicians in the world with all new magic acts each week performing on stage and close-up at your table. A variety of other acts including comedians, jugglers, aerialists, fortune tellers, go go dancers, and more will also be entertaining you along with DJ Prophecy the popular Highland's Nightclub resident DJ throughout the night and for dancing after the shows. Our magic potions are mixed and presented by Magixology. You will want to experience the Hollywood Magic Bar for a magical Hollywood night. Doors open at 7pm. First show at 8pm. Dancing till 2am. Hollywood Magic Bar, 6801 Hollywood Blvd http://www.hollywoodmagicbar.com/

Monday, October 17, 2011

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

How I Spent my Weekend...

Red Carpet Premiere
Pigs, Pins + Pinot
I Heart Champagne & Caviar
California Clambake with Tom Colicchio
HEAT - LA's Spiciest After Party
Tyler Florence - Stirring The Pot
Lexus Grand Tasting
Guy Fieri's Brew B'Que
Lexus LIVE On The Plaza Featuring Train
Decadence Hosted by Sherry Yard - LA's Sweetest After Party


This past weekend Los Angeles finally got itself it's very own Food & Wine Festival with over 100 Celebrity Chefs and 70 events spanning from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills to Downtown LA.  Assuming I can ever recover from 4 days of events + 13 hours of sleep, I'll certainly pull together my lovely lists (especially one for the most Lick-able chefs) but for now, I'll leave you with a smattering of photos to whet your taste buds.


Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival 2011
photos taken for popsugar.com

Friday, October 7, 2011

Weekend Docket: 10/7/11

Who's ready for the weekend? I know I am!  Tonight I'm hitting up Aiden Demarest's newest venture Neat before heading to the El Rey to check out the Plain White T's.  Tomorrow, after hanging out with Sparky for a bit at the New World F.E.S.T. I'm headed to the pier for a little Sushi + Trapeze love with the awesome Living Social Adventures crew!  Sunday it's time for more mixology with Table 20's Best Bartender competition, and if I can wrangle the troops, I'd love to check out the Veuve Polo Tourney... it's been a "must do" on my bucket list for a while now, but I've never quite made it.

What are you guys up to this weekend?

Remember, you can always Like Cake & Heels on Facebook and leave comments, or tweet me @nicolemiizuka!

All Weekend
New World F.E.S.T.
October 7th - 9th
All I have to say is... Sparky The Dragon Oven - World's fastest rocket oven - very sustainable - and wait til you try it's delicious pizza. This weekend Santa Monica plays host to the New World F.E.S.T. (Festival of Eco-Friendly Science & Technology) with over 150 cool exhibits, six different stages with live music, keynote speakers, demos and of course, ROBOTS. Visit their website for a full overview of everything the event has to offer, but I think based on the appearances by "Sparky" and "Susan Fries aka The Termite Lady" this is an event not to be missed. $12 Adult ($8 Child & Senior) Ocean Park Blvd and Barnard Way Santa Monica, CA 90405 http://www.thenewworldfest.com/santa-monica/

IndieCade
October 7th - 9th
Imagine a series of global showcases and festivals serving developers as well as the general public – collectively forming an international marketplace and a traveling celebration of this community’s new voices and their trailblazing work. Imagine thousands of independent creators, developers, thinkers, players, and fans from across the world, sharing this sense of community and the work at its heart with the rest of the world. That’s IndieCade. And it's happening this weekend. The IndieCade Festival, featuring dozens of games, including Big Games, a Game Walk in which attendees can play new games and meet their creators, and Night Games with - you guessed it - games at night. Various Locations throughout Culver City. http://www.indiecade.com

FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival
October 6th - 9th
FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide is a four-day international festival welcoming artists from 24 countries and counting, bringing their unique perspectives on music and culture to LA’s East Side for a musical melting pot of live performances, film screenings, and happy hours featuring food and drink from around the world. The festival will once again end with the Toyota Antics Block Party, a free all-day event in Echo Park on Sunday, October 9th. A limited number of festival wristbands, providing access to all Culture Collide showcases, are available now for $20. Locations vary between The Echo, Echoplex, Taix, 826LA, The Church, ReForm Academy, Co-op and Origami. http://culturecollide.com/

Baja California Culinary Fest
October 5th - 9th
The first annual Baja California Culinary Fest is an international event that will allow the projection of Baja California is an important culinary venue with first class cuisine and innovative proposals. An event that is based in the culinary art of Baja California and those activities related directly to gastronomy and the love for good food taking place form the 5th to 9th of October 2011. Great talents of the culinary arts from all around the world come together at the Baja California Culinary Fest to show their original creations using the natural resources of the region. 5 days of intense flavors, delicious smells, ecotourism, adventure, romance and discovery. Locations Vary. www.bajaculinaryfest.com

Friday, 10/7
Noir Soiree @ LA Athletic Club
7pm - 9pm
Join us for an exceptional evening at the newly renovated ballroom of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, created in 1880 by prominent Angelinos, sons of pioneers, adventurers and athletes. Experience a Noir repertoire filled with vintage art & fashion, fine wine & gourmet fare couplings and live music. Enjoy strolling models in a fashion show produced by Dave Temple of Clever Vintage Clothing and a silent auction. Do not miss this unique opportunity to surprise yourself, relax and mingle at a really amazing historic location. Tickets $68 Los Angeles Athletic Club - 431 West Seventh Street - Los Angeles, CA www.lawinetasting.com

Sunday, 10/9
Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
10am - 4pm
Angelenos are invited to watch world-renowned polo player and event co-host Nacho Figueras and his team, Black Watch, go head-to-head against some of the best polo players in the world, all while sipping Veuve Clicquot and enjoying fare from some of Los Angeles’ most beloved gourmet food trucks. Bleachers will be provided for watching the match, and there will be plenty of room for picnicking on the grounds. Set on the idyllic grounds where Hollywood celebrity and polo connoisseur Will Rogers used to play polo himself, this historic site is located just outside Rogers’ former private home. Tickets to attend the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic are $15, with the event benefiting the Will Rogers State Historic Park. Will Rogers State Park Road Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 http://vcseason.com/lapolo/

Table 20's 2nd Annual LA's Best Bartender Competition
3:30pm - 7:30pm
This is not a typical bartender competition. Our purpose is to celebrate your favorite bartenders and to crown one of them as LA's Best Bartender for 2011. On 10/09 the LA community is invited to attend the competition and party. Come taste and vote for the best Karlsson's Gold Vodka cocktail (created by the finalist bartenders), shop at Barkeeper's pop-up store, slurp boozy snow cones from IceIceShavie, witness the competition, and give our bartenders love & appreciation. Nominated by fans, the top 5 bartenders are going to duel it out this Sunday with guest judges Johnny Iuzzini, Dale Degroff, Matthew Biancaniello, Marcos Tello, Bricia Lopez & Jessica Gelt. Tickets $25 Elevate Lounge 811 Wilshire Blvd 21st Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017 http://labestbartender.eventbrite.com/

B.A.M Fest (Beer, Art & Music Festival)
1pm - 6pm
18th Street Arts Center is bringing its renowned Craft Beer Festival, BAM Fest (Beer, Art & Music Festival) to Santa Monica on October 9, 2011. BAM Fest is a celebration of locally produced art, music and California’s finest craft beers – 20 breweries, 4 bands, 3 galleries, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks make up this one-of-a-kind event. All proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a Santa Monica 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.Pre-Sale Tickets: $35/person or $40 at the door gets you a BAM Fest logo tasting glass and unlimited sampling, 5 hours of live music, exploration of artist studios and galleries and the joy of drinking some of the best beers around. 18th Street Arts Center 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica http://18thstreet.org/blog/bam-fest-2011

CicLAvia - La's Biggest Block Party
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
CicLAvia will open 10 miles of normally congested streets into a car-free, safe, family-friendly place for exploring the city from a new perspective and at a leisurely pace. CicLAvia is free and welcomes Angelenos of all ages, interests, and every kind of non-automotive transit imaginable - from sneakers to stilts and bikes to trikes. (Members of the city's vibrant canine community are also welcome, provided that they are accompanied by an adult and properly leashed.) Food trucks, restaurants, and neighborhood watering holes will all be providing food and beverages for the day of the event. The route runs from East Hollywood to Boyle Heights with expanded routes to include a north-south extension, stretching south to the African American Firefighter Museum on Central Avenue and north to El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Olvera Street, ending at Cesar Chavez Boulevard. www.ciclavia.org

Coming Up
3rd Annual LA Beer Week
October 10th - 23rd
From the always lovely Caroline on Crack: "The 3rd Annual LA Beer Week kicks off this coming Monday,  with a beer-intensive party at Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach (which you can still buy or win tickets for by the way). What follows after that is 14 days of beerlicious events. Take your pick: a musical beer crawl, a 12-course beer paired dinner, a beer float showdown or a brewery opening. Only the truly ambitious will attempt them all." http://labeerweek.com/

Check out her website Caroline on Crack for a full rundown of all the great week-long events!

L.A. Food & Wine Festival
Thursday, 10/13 through Sunday, 10/16 Hours vary
Hospitality entrepreneurs and founders of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Robert Weakley and David Alan Bernahl of Coastal Luxury Management, together with dick clark productions (dcp) and AEG announce the debut of Los Angeles Food & Wine, coming October 2011 to L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports & entertainment district and other locations throughout the city of Los Angeles. This new breed of culinary festival will gather all-star talent from both the entertainment and culinary platforms to celebrate the very best in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles. More than 100 celebrity chefs will lead demonstrations, seminars, lunches, dinners, and dedicated after-hours events featuring tastings from over 300 premier international wines. Famed chefs participating in the citywide celebration are among the country’s finest, including Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Rick Bayless, Nobu Matsuhisa, Tom Colicchio, Nancy Silverton, Masaharu Morimoto, Tyler Florence, Michael Chiarello, Michael Mina, Sang Yoon, David Myers, Rory Herrmann, Walter Manzke, Sherry Yard, Josiah Citrin, David Myers, and Joachim Splichal. (tickets for individual events range from $50 to $2,000; click here to purchase). visit www.lafw.com

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cloak & Dinner: Aztec Chocolate Lava Cakes



 As your spoon breaks through the sponge-y exterior of this delectable chocolate cake, and molten liquid fudge pours out, you find yourself enveloped in what can only be described as death by chocolate. Invented by chef extraordinaire Jean-Georges Vongerichten as an accident, the Molten Lava Cake has taken on many forms, but one thing remains constant, the oozing hot center for which it’s named.

For our most recent Cloak & Dinner: The Time Machine, I’ve taken the French classic that literally melts in your mouth and added a spicy twist to awaken your taste buds. Easy to prepare, these delicious treats are a surefire way to impress even the toughest dessert critic.

Aztec Chocolate Lava Cakes
Preparation Time: 15 minutes || Cooking Time: 10 minutes || Yield 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 oz. Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
  • 6 oz. Butter (Room Temperature & Diced)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Orange
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Butter for Ramekins
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the chocolate on a low flame in double boiler. (Or if you don’t have a double boiler, very carefully microwave the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until its liquid smooth.)
  3. While your chocolate is melting, in another bowl beat together the eggs and sugar until it starts to whiten and foam up.
  4. Take the melted chocolate off the heat and stir in the butter, cayenne, cinnamon and chili powder. Keep mixing until all of the butter is melted.
  5. Mix the chocolate into the egg mixture, and then very quickly mix in the flour until it’s all incorporated.
  6. Butter 4 individual ramekins and then pour in the chocolate batter.
  7. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, then immediately tip the ramekins upside down onto a dessert plate.
  8. Garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar and some orange zest to serve.
Tips & tricks
  • You can prepare your Aztec Chocolate Lava Cake batter ahead of time and then simply toss your pre-made cakes into the oven 10 minutes before serving.
  • Play with the cooking time, 10 minutes gives a nice cake exterior with a melted chocolate interior, but if you prefer more liquid cake then bake for a shorter time, or if you’d prefer a stiffer cake, add on a minute or two!

    Ingredients

    • 6 oz. Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
    • 6 oz. Butter (Room Temperature & Diced)
    • 3 Eggs
    • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
    • 1/3 cup Flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
    • Orange Zest
    • Powdered Sugar
    • Butter for Ramekins

    Preheat your oven & melt your chocolate!

     Preheat oven to 350°F.
    Melt the chocolate on a low flame in double boiler. (Or if you don’t have a double boiler, very carefully microwave the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until its liquid smooth.)


    Crack your eggs & add the sugar.

    While your chocolate is melting, in another bowl crack 3 eggs and add 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.


    Whisk it all together.

    Vigorously beat together the eggs and sugar until it starts to whiten and foam up.


    Take the chocolate off the heat.

    Take the melted chocolate off the heat and place on the counter.


    Add the spices.

    Stir in the cayenne, cinnamon and chili powder to flavor the Aztec chocolate.


    Melt the butter.

    Add in the room temperature butter to the still hot chocolate. Keep mixing until all of the butter is melted.


    Which came first, the chocolate or the egg?

    Mix the melted chocolate & butter batter into the egg mixture.


    Add in the flour!

    Then, working quickly so there aren't any lumps, mix in the flour into the batter until it’s all incorporated.


    Butter your ramekins!

    Butter 4 individual ramekins and then pour in the chocolate batter.  (Or if you don't have ramekins, you can use lightly buttered silicon pinch bowls or cupcake molds.)


    Bake your cakes.

    Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes, then immediately tip the ramekins upside down onto a dessert plate. 


    Enjoy!

    Garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar and some orange zest to serve.

    Tips & tricks
    • You can prepare your Aztec Chocolate Lava Cake batter ahead of time and then simply toss your pre-made cakes into the oven 10 minutes before serving.
    • Play with the cooking time, 10 minutes gives a nice cake exterior with a melted chocolate interior, but if you prefer more liquid cake then bake for a shorter time, or if you’d prefer a stiffer cake, add on a minute or two!

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Ease into Fall with 5 Deliciously Comforting Beet Recipes

    As the weather starts to cool down, and the leaves begin their descent into warm fall hues, the grocery store bins begin to fill up with gorgeous root vegetables just begging to be taken home. Fresh beets that range from golden yellow to royal purple have long been a staple in fine-dining, but they’re great for home cooks as well. Beets add a splash of vibrant color, a delicious flavor and a silky texture to any meal. Plus they are extremely nutritious and high in antioxidants.
    When buying fresh beets, be sure to look for small to medium globes that still have their stems and leaves attached. You want to make sure that they are firm, with a smooth skin and free from any soft bruises. If you’re storing them, be sure to trim the stems to about one inch and keep them refrigerated in plastic bags for up to two weeks. And if you’re worried about stains try picking up a pair of disposable latex gloves from the drugstore.
    Here are a few of our favorite beet recipes to get you started with this festive fall super-food!
    Photo Credit: nextbarnover.com

    Red Beet Risotto

    Try adding a handful of red beets to your risotto for a vibrant color that's certain to brighten up any meal.
    Credit: figsantamonica.com

    Fresh Beet and Carrot Slaw

    Brigthen up your side dish with a fresh mix of earthy beets and crunchy carrots!
    Credit: sheknows.com

    Borscht

    Try out a classic Eastern European beet soup called Borscht for a refreshing afternoon meal.
    Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner-Jan Gautro

    Beet Chips

    Instead of stuffing yourself on trans-fat filled potato chips, why not try some fresh beet chips as a healthy alternative?
    Credit: marthastewart.com

    Golden Beet Cupcakes with Dulce De Leche Butter Cream

    And finally a little something sweet.  Since beets are high in sugar, they make a great substitution in all sorts of baked goods like these sinful golden beet cupcakes which are relatively guilt free!
    Credit: norecipes.com

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    What Do I Do With This? || Durian

    Most commonly known as the "Stinky Fruit" the Durian is very distinctive for its large size, its hedgehog-esque, thorn-covered husk and its unique odor. If you ever see one rolling your way, buyers beware! People are generally split on their supreme love and intense hatred for this fruit. It's popular in many Southeast Asian countries and is often referred to as the "king of fruits," but many hotels and restaurants ban the use of Durian within their walls.
    Durian's are a very good source of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but because of its rich nature, be sure to eat it only in moderation. Once you've gotten over the scent, which sometimes is described as smelly gym socks, here are a few recipes to get you started!

    Durian Sticky Rice

    Durian Sticky Rice via Kitchen Tigress
    A traditional treat in Thailand, sticky rice with Durian is a sensational meal.

    Durian Cake

    Durian Cake via Grace Kitchen Corner
    Light and fluffy with a very rich texture, making a Durian Cake is a great way to incorporate the fruit into your daily diet.

    Baked Durian

    Baked Durian via Mochachocolatarita
    Durian is very versatile and can be used like many root vegetables.   Try baking up a batch in a yummy phillo dough!

    Durian Ice Cream

    Durian Ice Cream via Nasi Lemak Lover
    Ice Cream just makes everything taste better.  Perhaps the most traidtional way that people consume Durian's here's an easy recipe to help you get started on your Durian adventure.
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