Marinated Mackerel, Leche Del Tigre, Baby Leeks, Verdolagas Leaves ($15)
It must be stressed that when one scores a reservation to LudoBites, practically every dish is essential. But that’s not to take away from my having been especiallyÂ inspired byÂ Ludo’s mackerel. The sugar glaze on the skin of the salty fish is ingenius, actually. Add to that the lush but sturdy leaves of verdolagas – with its slightly acidic taste matching a note of the true flavors of the mackerel – and you have a masterpiece. The baby leeksÂ add a subtle kick to things and “tiger’s milk” – plus whatever unbeknownst oils that lay at the base of the plate – will have you sopping whatever pools that lay with the provided green petals.
And that is just one LudoBites memory I choose to share with you all.Â I hope you got a reservation. Apologies if not. Check OpenTable regularly and be sure to follow KrissyÂ (@frenchchefwife) for cancellations. Per the website: “Â Typically cancellations come in during the morning after reminders have been sent out, so best time to check for availability on a given day is that morning.” Good luck.
(And for those who have selfishly secured more than 1 reservation for themselves, all I have to ask is, “Really?” Give someone else a shot, maybe?)
Golden State Beer Float | Photo credit to Umammiart on Flickr
If you love beer and ice cream, this is your event. The second Beer Float Showdown returns for Beer Week and it happens on Sunday at 5:30 PM at Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. It’s always been one of my favorite places to enjoy a pint, so it’s only fitting they be hosts to this (plus many other LA Beer Week events).
While the first put two teams head-to-head (The Golden State and Scoops vs. BottleRock LA and MILK), this better-than-ever Food GPS event will feature a total of four teams! Beer Float Showdown newcomers Boneyard BistroÂ (Sherman Oaks), Ladyface AlehouseÂ (Agoura Hills), Simmzyâ€™sÂ (Manhattan Beach)Â and Tonyâ€™s Darts Away(Burbank) will face off in a Valley vs. South Bay battle of sorts. Every attendee will judge based on flavor and originality. So that’s 4 beer floats for $25 in advance or $30 at-the-door. Half the proceeds go to Share Our Strength, an organization that battles childhood hunger, so you can feel good knowing you’re helping out a great cause, pint-for-pint and scoop-for-scoop.
Feeling like more than just beer and ice cream? The Manila Machine and Mandoline Grill food trucks will be there, Verdugo style, so you can line your stomachs with some savory.
So get your tickets in advance and save yourself 5 bucks – or throw Share Our Strength a couple more and just show up at the door. I’ll see you there!!
“We ran out of The Donut.” Aaron Robins, owner of Boneyard, didn’t bother being gentle with the news. It seemed a common occurrence. But still. The chili donut with tangy mustard and spicy chili? No more? Not possible. I came over the hill and was in Sherman Oaks – how could I be denied “The Donut?” (Okay – the donut hole.)
There was the stellar fried chicken – with a perfect, fluffy layer of breading on the outside waiting to be pulled away to reveal succulent juicy meatÂ on the inside. And of course, the deliciously smoked BBQ and the spicy hush puppies. Yes, there were those. But no chili donut? That was a novelty item on the list to check off.
Aaron didn’t disappoint. And why would he? He’s always experimenting with different creations and I’m just happy to be on the sidelines. This particular night he brought out the cheesecake donut (hole). He decidedly made the cheesecake filling creamier than cheesy to compliment the soft, hot and golden shell. Accompanying the dessert was a dark, rich chocolate sauce made to pour and berries scattered around the plate. I shut up.
Perfect. Aaron did it again. Besides, I could always go for dessert.
First, it was a review on a South Bay establishment and today, we have one in The Valley. Sherman Oaks, that is. As they say, it’s good to stretch yourself. Expand one’s own boundaries. And what a great place for BBQ, at that. I would make the drive – after all, it’s always better to take a Canyon road than mess with the freeways – at least where I’m coming from.
I accompanied fellow food bloggers Mattatouille, FoodGPS and John of SocialDomain in the quest for BBQ. It was a Monday, and all brews are 1/2-off. This is a splendid place to enjoy such price discount because Boneyard Bistro‘s brew list is quite impressive – 120 to date, and from what it sounds like the list has just kept expanding with no signs of stopping. But more about the brews later.