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The FOOD YEAR in Review | Ramblings of a Hungry Artist

31 Dec

Great article from a great blog! It covers some of the biggest foodie and gastro trends this year; Eater, the growing acceptance of foie, Obama’s nutrition bill, food trucks, Sustainability and my personal favorite the South Park Creme Fraiche episode!


The FOOD YEAR in Review | Ramblings of a Hungry Artist.




Chicken Parmiagan Sandwich

7 Dec




Saddle Peak Lodge

30 Nov

Saddle Peak Lodge

419 Cold Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302


Tucked away in beautiful Calabasas, Saddle Peak Lodge will feel like an

exciting and delicious vacation. At Saddle Peak diners are able to

indulge on fresh wild game paired with masterful culinary techniques

and methods. The decor is that of an upscale hunting lodge that is

truly unique, and will transcend any preconceived notion you have. The fare is

seasonal and local, only produce that is fresh and in season are

used, as well as game that is raised naturally.  This combination makes for the

most delicious and unique dishes. Start your culinary adventure

with a bright Farmers Market Salad, or the Seared Foie Gras with

organic apples, brioche and duck gastrique. For entrees, they offer a

stunning Trio of New Zealand Lamb, Chilean Sea Bass with Miso Sake

Glaze, New Zealand Elk with Celery Root and even the Chef’s Wild Game

Trio. Saddle Peak elevates your dining experience by using

ingredients right from the ground!


Andrew Echev | A champions breakfast… two egg ‘n the frames, 3…

18 Nov

Some excellent photography!

Andrew Echev | A champions breakfast… two egg ‘n the frames, 3….

Strawberry Filled Apple Banana Oat Muffins

12 Nov

Fluffy and delicious, these muffins are made with fresh fruit and whole wheat flour, the added oats make them healthy and packed with vitamins.

Heres what ya need:

1 ½ cups old fashioned oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

1 cup chopped apple

strawberry preserves

2 mashed bananas


Heres what you do:

1. Mix all ingredients except strawberry in bowl until combined.

2. Line muffin cups with liners and fill 1/4 of the way and spoon in a small amount of strawberry preserves, fill rest of the way.












3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 Minutes.

Thats it, very simple and very delicious.


Sanamluang Cafe

7 Nov

Sanamluang Cafe

5170 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027

This is the place to go for traditional Thai food no matter what time of day it is, and the fact that they are open until 4 AM makes this possible! Sanamluang is a very casual hole-in-the-wall establishment with friendly service and delicious food. Their most popular dish is the Sanamluang Noodle Bowl loaded with your choice of noodle and veggies, drenched in their delicious spicy house broth. Other popular dishes include the Pad Kee Mow, Roast Duck Soup and  the Larb Salad which is loaded with fresh vibrant herbs and delicious minced pork. With fast service, reasonable prices, and mouthwatering food,  Sanamluang is a Los Angeles favorite.


Pete’s Cafe and Bar

7 Nov

Pete’s Cafe and Bar

400 S. Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90013


A very cool artsy bar that has some of the most delicious and nonpareil food and drinks in Downtown. Pete’s is the epitome of a Downtown district. The large floor to ceiling windows provide a great view of the bustling downtown nightlife and the interior is reminiscent of the early 1900’s with beautiful mahogany entrance and mosaic tiled floor. The late night menu at Pete’s is truly unique; Flat Iron Steak with Blue Cheese Fries, Mac ‘n’ Cheese with tarragon and goat cheese, Crispy Oyster Spoons with green apple tartar and wasabi caviar are just some of the delicious kicked up versions of bar food they serve every night until 2 AM. If you crave extraordinary cocktails, Pete’s will be sure to quench your thirst with some very interesting takes on modern drinks like the Pepperoncini Martini which is evocative of a Bloody Mary. Elegant and delectable, Pete’s is a great place to relax and enjoy some superb eats.


Mini Apple Pie

28 Oct

Shrimp Cakes over Wilted Spinach and Tomato Salad

27 Oct



So Seductive

25 Oct

I’ll take you to the bread shop, let you taste these Parker House rolls!

French Onion Soup

24 Oct













Why Don’t We Have Sushi Like This in America?

23 Oct

From Janelle Meyer’s Blog in Beijing, China:

Check out her other posts as well she has some really cool and interesting stuff about Beijing’s culture, their norms, and daily life!


Porterhouse Steak with Balsamic Mushrooms and Onions and Oven-Roasted Potatoes

22 Oct

The porterhouse is a fantastic steak for many different reasons. The bone running through it keeps the steak moist and juicy, their are two different cuts of meat so you can experience different richness and textures, and when you get a quality cut of meat the flavor is outstanding with a touch of salt and fresh cracked pepper. I have taken some of my favorite classic steakhouse sides and added a twist, first the mushrooms and onions are kicked up with a wonderful balsamic glaze that adds a real bold and tangy flavor to the sweetness of the onions and the very lively natural flavor of the crimini’s. The oven roasted potatoes are an updated version of the classic baked potato, blasted with some fresh parsley and lemon zest these will make you forget all about the boring old baked potato! A great man meal that is a notch above the old boring meat and potatoes.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

20 Oct

These are some of the most delicious cookies I’ve ever had. I am lucky enough to have an amazing girlfriend who bakes them for me and even gives me the recipe to throw on the blog. These cookies are gooey, rich, sweet, and crunchy. We use organic sugar, chunky natural peanut butter, organic chocolate chips, a touch of oats, vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon to really bring all the flavors together.






















Mint Mojito

18 Oct

A delicious and refreshing drink that will make any night feel like summer. Its fresh, citrusy, and vibrant and definatlely one of my favorites.














On Tonight’s Menu: Mediterranean Chicken Breast with Lemon Asparagus and Israeli Cous Cous Salad

18 Oct






















San Francisco

15 Oct

Industrial, historic, bohemia. San Francisco is just as free, liberated, and revolutionary as the young flower children that danced and popped LSD like popcorn in it’s parks forty years ago. An economically and industrially advanced city that maintains the same attitude as its local inhabitants since the early 50’s.

While San Fran is advancing rapidly like the other major cities in America it has perpetuated its free spirited attitude and has not succumbed to the self-indulgent behaviors like the other yuppy conservative parts of America. San Francisco is constantly doing the things they want and believe are right despite the opinions and thoughts of the rest of the country.

Our trip was off to a good start despite missing our first departing flight from Phoenix – but we made it on another one an hour later and landed safely in San Francisco. We boarded the shuttle to to our hotel and were pleased to find we were the only two riding. We cozied up in the back seat and enjoyed a nice scenic tour of some of San Francisco’s roads less traveled. Forty-five minutes later we arrive feeling re-energized at our hotel. The Hotel Vertigo was fantastic it felt like walking into a chic San Francisco cocktail lounge! Newly renovated and with a modern decor that slightly contradicts the hotels history. It was a popular hotel as far back as the 40’s and was even used in the filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (hence the hotels new name). The hotel was staff was very helpful in getting us checked in and settled into our room.

We got our unpacked and freshened up but our long journey had us feeling hungry. We strolled downstairs and told the concierge we were looking for something in the asian realm. She gave us a few suggestion but ultimately  pointed us in the direction of her favorite Thai spot, Bang San. We feasted on spicy calamari salad and a deliciously fresh Pad Thai.By this time night was beginning to creep in and we decided to take a nice stroll south to Union Station. We watched the various street performers, local crazies, and photo snapping tourists (which I admit we did engage in slightly, just slightly). We gazed in the windows of high end shops and galleries, enjoying the cool San Francisco air and lively atmosphere. We managed to find our way back to our room and relaxed with a bottle of wine as we un-wound from our long day of travels.

The next day we left on foot to explore some of San Francisco. We started by walking through Japantown and then up into Pacific Heights. My girlfriend is a huge fan of Full House and our first stop was to see the house where they filmed it. Easy to spot once we hit the street we stopped and took a few pictures and enjoyed some old childhood memories of sitting in front of the TV watching Full House. Having had only a cup of strong coffee from the cool cafe next to our hotel; Macha Cafe, a very Zen-like cafe that specializes in teas but also serves up strong cups of Joe with locally roasted beans, we were getting hungry and made our way toward a spot that I had heard was known for their magnificent brunches.

The hunger in my stomach grew strong, the hills seemed to get steeper, and the humidity in the air seemed to skyrocket, but I am told this is quite common for San Fran residents. We finally arrived at Ella’s Restaurant only to find it was no longer brunch! Oh no! Quite all right Ella’s serves up fabulous food no matter what meal it is. The waitress was very friendly and talked me

into a glass of their specially brewed ice teas, I believe the flavor that day was an orange currant, delightful. She started us with a basket of freshly cooked artisanal breads served with a house whipped butter, scrumptious. For our main course I ordered the open flame grilled burger that was cooked to perfection and accompanied by a home-made molasses bun and all the fresh locally grown fixins! My girlfriend has the Cobb Salad that was just as equally fresh and delicious. We sat and rested our legs for awhile and enjoyed some nice conversation.

After we fueled our bellies and rested our feet we continued on to the legendary Broadway and Lyon intersection that offers fabulous views of the ocean, piers, and gorgeous flowing San Francisco streets. It is also the entrance to Golden Gate Park and we enjoyed a cool and peaceful stroll along some heavily wooded nature trails.

We strolled down the old town staircase past the morning joggers and took notice of some of the beautiful local artwork and flower garden. An array of painted hearts surrounded by visually striking display of fresh pungent flowers pays homage to the love and acceptance of the city.


Making our way down Union Street we stop for a moment in a local coffee shop, Union Street Coffee Roastery, they roast their own coffee beans daily and pump out one piping strong cup of San Francisco Joe! We sat outside for a moment and enjoyed some local people watching and hot coffee. With my caffeine levels regenerated we headed up Fillmore Street so my girlfriend could enjoy some high end shopping at the local boutiques that line Fillmore. After being dragged through various fitting rooms and small shops filled with over-priced pieces of fabric and string we headed toward Lafayette Park for some sight-seeing and photo-taking. We sat in the park and was directed by a local to check out a very interesting tour of the Haas Lilienthal House. A historic Victorian style home that was built in the 1880’s. It is the only home in that area with such a history. It was passed down through the family since its acquisition over a hundred years ago by wealthy merchants. The house has kept all its antique furniture, fixtures, and artwork and was truly an amazing experience and journey back through time.

Back to the hotel to rest up for the third day of this epic, jam-packed, four-day adventure.

Food Politics:

15 Oct

I came across this really interesting article. It talks about carbon footprints, which is the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted by or person or in this case groups. Groups like livestock companies who statistically emit more greenhouse gasses every year than the whole transportation industry. So what do they do? They are working on a system that would require companies to print their carbon footprint on the packaging like nutritional information.

Could work. Could not work.

Look at the amount of obesity in our society, people obviously dont care what or how they eat and those lazy people do not care about what is put into the environment either. But hey, it’s a start. the first step is awareness right?

This article has a few very good and informative tips about choosing quality ingredients that are free from pesticides and and high cost processing and packaging. Free Range Revolution!

Food Politics: