Eat My Blog Redux on June 19 at Tender Greens

The bloggers of the now-semi-annual Eat My Blog bake sale are coming together for the second time on Saturday, June 19, 2010. In one of the most impressive baking efforts in the city, 100% of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. This time, Eat My Blog will be held at Tender Greens West Hollywood where over 2,000 goods from over 70 bakers will be on display – all items costing a simple $1 – $4 each. Bring cash!

You can look forward to delicious eats from local baking star power like KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman, Chicks with Knives, Debbie Lee, Drago Centro, Starry Kitchen, Bakelab, Cube, Fraiche, Choppe Choppe, Hollywood Corner, Valerie Confections, Plaisir, Scoops Ice Cream, and Tender Greens themselves. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will be featuring a selection of hot beverages to help wash down all your sweets!

Not enticed, yet? Get there early before everything is gone – including bacon brownies, chocolate whoopie pies and “intriguing debuts [like] Momofuku’s Crack Pie from the Los Angeles Times’ Daily Dish and Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Bacon Cream Cheese Frosting from Pat Saperstein of Eating LA,” says Diana Takes a Bite, one of the members on the Eat My Blog committee. What’s more, benefiting the LA Food Bank and fighting hunger should be reason enough to satisfy your sweet tooth; at the last Eat My Blog, over $3,000 was raised! “We are excited to partner with the Foodbank again, especially after visiting the facility this winter to see how the money we raised would be used,” said Cathy Danh, author of Gastronomy and founder of Eat My Blog.

I’ll see you bright and early that Saturday in June. After all - if you wait, all the good things will be gone!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

10 AM – 4 PM

Eat My Blog at Tender Greens
8759 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Choppe Choppe Culver City: Quality Lunch on the Go & on the Cheap

Edamame Sandwich (Vegetarian)

Let’s say you worked in Downtown Culver City and were looking for a slam-dunk lunch option. It may be deceiving to the prejudiced eye (a sandwich for lunch, again?) but what if you knew the options at this product-centric lunch spot included La Brea Bakery bread? That a lot of the recipes actually have an unexpected kick in taste thanks to its chef-driven fare and quality ingredients?

You can get a variety of taste combinations in either a salad, wrap (regular or spinach tortilla) or sandwich (with that famed bread). And the soups are also solid, to boot. Try their heavenly mushroom brie or classic tomato basil. The Edamame recipe features a delicious, spicy pesto made with the legume. I find myself hardly missing the meat, which is great since I’m certainly getting the protein and the pesto itself provides a really good flavor.

Oxbow Sandwich (Rib Eye)

The ribeye in the Oxbow sandwich was perfect – not too well-cooked and had a decent amount of pink. The surprise in this was the touch of sweet coming from the truffle honey spread. Delicious.

California Curry in Spinach Wrap

Some of the sandwiches are carried over by chef owner Jeff Price from Skratch but I tried about half of them and all the recipes and ingredients were solid. You can even get an Americanized banh mi sandwich or wrap, but you can rest assured the pork itself is good. The California curry and Waldorf are similar – especially with chicken - but you’ll find grapes in the former and cranberries in the latter.

The focus of Choppe Choppe is convenience, good product and ingredients at a reasonable price point – that is, $6.95 or $7.95 for a sandwich or wrap; soups and side salads are $2-3 each. People don’t come for the table service (because you won’t get any) and everything comes wrapped in paper – going more for a uniform recycling-minded business model rather than a conservation-minded one. It’s right across from the Sony Pictures lot, so they have a loyal following carried forward from Skratch. But maybe for Choppe Choppe alone, I wouldn’t mind knowing I could get such a satisfying lunch in Downtown Culver City at a below-$10 price point.

Right now, Jeff is also finalizing a dinner menu while making a few final tweaks to the recipes. Soon, Culver City diners will also have a Choppe Choppe dinner menu at their disposal, too.

All food was hosted.

Menu

Open daily
10:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Free parking in adjacent lot (in back)

Choppe Choppe (formerly Skratch)
3867 Hughes Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232
310.558.3400‎

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