Thursday, January 5, 2012

These are a few of my {favorite} things!

House of Tender Beasts on Etsy
Raindrops on roses...

This is a list I've been thinking about making for quite some time, but never had the patience to write it all out.  Thank god for New Years Resolutions, right?  I'm clearing out the storm drain of all those "great blog post" ideas that have been cluttered in the back of my mind, and actually putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) so they can finally be a reality. 

So, in a continuation from my Bucket List of restaurants to visit in 2012 I've added to it all of my favorite bites & sips in and around the lovely city of Angels.  I'm going to keep updating both this list and the Bucket List in my {favorite} things so now when you want my suggestions... you've got em!

Plus... if you have any suggestions, I'm all ears.

Cake & Heels

these are a few of my {favorite} things…
25 Degrees {number one} onion, gorgonzola, crescenza, bacon, arugula, thousand (
A-Frame {baby back ribs} air-dried with hoisin-chili glaze and sesame (
Animal {bacon chocolate crunch bar} and ice cream (
Baby Blues BBQ {suicide king} pulled pork (
Bandera {aged prime rib} on the bone (
Bay Cities {meatball sub} with all the fixins (
Beer Belly {duck fat fries} you’ll be glad you did (
Berlin Currywurst {bear bender} bockwurst (
BiBiGo!  {hot pot} black pearl rice, bulgogi, ssam sauce, sesame oil (
Big Deans Cafe {extra large blue moon} with an orange slice (
Black Market Liquor Bar {mussels} fennel, chili, garlic baguette (
BLT Steak {chicken pate} and popovers (
Boiling Crab {king crab legs} and corn (
Botegga Louie {portobello fries} bacon monkey bread (
Bouchon Bakery {nutter butter} cookie (
California Roll Factory {chupa cabre roll} yellowtail, avocado, cucumber, scallion, garlic sauce (
Cana Rum Bar {coconut} rum and coconut water (
Casey’s Irish Pub {shot of jameson} pickleback (
Clementine {grilled cheese} month (
Copa D’Oro {buck fizz} gin, champagne, oj & cherry brandy (
Dominicks {rice balls} with mushrooms and mozzarella (
Doughboys {the earl of benedict} vegetarian (
Eveleigh {pot-roast mussels} chorizo, lemon, chili, parsley, aioli (
Factor’s Deli {debbie’s chopped} #2 (
Feast from the East {chinese chicken salad} extra dressing (
Fig & Olive {mediterranean branzino} with fig & balsamic (
Fig {death by bacon} bacon waffles, bacon ice cream, bacon syrup (
Fresh Corn Grill {veggie corn grill bowl} with shrimp & curry (
Golden State {sweet potato} fries (
Griddle Café {tis the season flapjacks} with a side of bacon (
Guelaguetza {mole negro} con pollo (
Harvard & Stone {r&d bar} anything on tap (
Honor Bar {fried chicken} sandwich (
Ink {corned beef} appenzeller churro, red onion, pastrami syrup (
Jaragua {niki’s true love cocktail} (
Jitlada {tom yum soup} with coconut. couldn’t handle the spicy challenge (
Kobawoo {pork bo ssam} milky soju (
Komida {duck confit taco} wasabi guacamole (
Kyochon {honey wings} pickled radish (
La Descarga {rum} flor de cana aged 12 years (
Le Pain Quotidien {praline spread} with jam and baguette (
Lukshon {dandan noodles} kurobuta pork and spice (
M Cafe {kale salad} sweet potato fries (
Mendocino Farms {blue buffalo, not a blue cow} sandwich (
Momed {duck schawarma} tomato, fig confit and garlic spread (
Night + Market {hama hama oysters} or since that’s off the menu, pork toro (
Orris {filet mignon skewer} roquefort butter (
Palihouse {pork and truffle pate} toast (
Pete’s Café {tomato basil soup} blue cheese fries (
Picca {chanfainita} oxtail stew... until I try the rib-eye (
Pitfire Pizza Company {pumpkin pizza} fall special (
Red Medicine {bahn mi} order at the bar (
Salt’s Cure {2x2x2} slab o bacon (
Seven Grand {the eastside} cucumber and gin (
Shaky Alibi {speculoos} and liege belgium waffles (
Short Order {short order burger} side o spuds (
Simplethings {banoffe} banana and toffee pie ( )
Singapore’s Banana Leaf {mee goreng} with chicken (
Son of a Gun {benton’s country ham} honey butter & cornbread (
Spitz {street cart fries} white sangria (
Steingarten LA {wild boar and berry} sausage (
Stella Rosa Pizza Bar {distefano burrata} roasted grapes, bread (
Stout Burgers {six weeker} fig, brie, arugula, caramelized onions (
Sunnin Lebanese Café {beef shawarma} with hommos (
Sunny Spot {muh-f*k*n mofongo} overripe plantains, bacon, garlic, black pepper (
Tavern Brentwood {pecan sticky bun} suzanne style (
The Apple Pan {hickory burger} slice of apple pie (
The Bazaar {jamon platter} serrano, iberico, bellota (
Urth Caffe {orange juice} fresh squeezed (  
Versailles {lechon asado} cuban style roasted pork (
Vintage Enoteca {aecht schlenkerla rauchbier} smoked (
Waterloo & City {duck and walnut country pate} orange marmalade (
Wood + Vine {gnocchi} pumpkin, brown butter, pecorino, crispy sage (
Yoshi’s Sushi {sushi bomb} (


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    now you've inspired me to come up with my own 25 - a few of which mirror your list...

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