Favorite Dish: Tiato’s Breakfast Banh Mi at Sunday Brunch

Breakfast Banh Mi

If you’re looking for something to enjoy during Sunday brunch time, look no further than the Catherine An’s daytime cafe, which is now serving up a breakfast riff on the traditional Vietnamese sandwich. It’ll probably have you wondering why you haven’t had one, sooner.

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Wilshire Restaurant: No-Nonsense, Bottomless Sunday Brunch For Your Buck

Crab Benedict

The Wilshire Restaurant (Top Chef star Nyesha Arrington helms the kitchen) has recently launched a pretty spectacular Sunday weekly, and that happens to be a buffet-style brunch that is not to be missed. Since I normally relegate buffets (read: gorge parties) to Vegas, if even that, it’s really easy for me to dismiss these all-you-can eat, self-serve extravaganzas.

However, the Wilshire Restaurant’s Sunday deal has not only the brunch plate essentials, but bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary bar – plus a really neat patio ensconced in the cool, Santa Monica air – at the very reasonable price of $35 per person. It runs throughout the daytime for your leisure, so if you are into loitering, you could go from 11 AM until 5 PM if you really wanted to – but that would be pretty tacky.

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The Red White + Bluezz Sunday Southern Brunch in Pasadena

Stuffed French Toast – Cap’n Crunch crusted brioche, fresh berry mascarpone cream, wild berry sauce, bacon

There are fewer things more iconic in Southern California than a Sunday spent in Pasadena. Whether you’re on your way to The Rose Bowl Flea Market the second Sunday of the month or are in the mood to lazily stroll Old Town Pasadena afterwards, the Red White + Bluezz Sunday Brunch is a southern treat that shouldn’t be missed.

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Eva Restaurant Launches Holiday Sunday Brunch

Interior of Eva with waiter (probably making refills on mimosas)

Snow season has started, which means many weekends away at Mammoth for me. And if there weren’t a storm this weekend, I know where I would certainly be on Sunday. But it looks like I’ll have to save Mark Gold’s Sunday Eva brunch for next week with the girls. I have a lot to look forward to.

For only $29, you’ll get to have two courses of Mark’s delicious food – in addition to unlimited mimosas, which they present as the “main course.” Fair enough. Check out your non-liquid choices in the menu below:

first course:

fresh fruit: pear, apple, tangerine from the market

salad: organic greens, emulsified vinaigrette

granola: house made, dried fruits

second course:

a sandwich: pain de mi, organic eggs, smoked bacon, avocado, buttered onions

a piece of meat: prime steak, organic eggs, roast potato, salsa verde

an omlette: fine herbs, braised artichoke, crème fraiche

some bread: brioche french toast, warm maple syrup, french butter, nothing else!

for vegetarians: hand crafted tofu, roasted matsutake mushroom, smoked sesame seed, seaweed salad

fish: a piece of white fish, potato pancakes, capers, lemon

main course: unlimited mimosas!

The seafood and vegetarian option will be changing weekly throughout the holidays. Got some little ones with you? Eva, so named after Chef Gold’s 2 1/2 year-old, will also serve a kids menu that will include French Toast and Build-your-own Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Looks like Eva, known for being one of the most delicious bangs for your Los Angeles buck, is continuing to live up to their reputation. Brunch is served!

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Sundays during the holidays

Brunch: 10 AM – 1 PM

Eva Restaurant
7458 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.634.0700

LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade Ushers In Fall Flavors

LA Loves Alex

There were a lot of events going on over the weekend, but the inaugural LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade at Culver Studios was a culinary extravaganza to hit it out of the park. The backdrop? The famous Gone With the Wind mansion on a beautiful autumn day. Our hosts were Chefs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne (Lucques, AOC, Tavern) along with Chef David Lentz (Hungry Cat) – and there was a solid showing of chefs from across the country who all offered their live talents to an event whose goal was to fight childhood cancer.

Seasonal Antipasto | Chris Bianco

The standouts? Chris Bianco’s Antipasto dish, featuring beautifully seasoned fall vegetables and almost making us forget that it was his pizza we were looking forward to. Celebrity chef Giada of The Food Network was personally on-hand to serve up her Pasta Ponza, topped with a fried prosciutto. Paul Kahan, of The Publican in Chicago, brought forth a delicious house-made chorizo coupled with cured ham and dressed with arugula and apples. Hailing from New Orleans was a dish from Susan Spicer’s Bayona – a delicious grilled rosemary shrimp with artichoke bread pudding. Local Neal Fraser (Grace) had pig on the brain, or “Pig in a Box,” as he called it. We caught him reloading charcoal into his smoking apparatus and appreciated the pork he prepared, dressed with a side of mustard potatoes and brussel sprouts.

Caramel Chocolate Macarons | Tavern

With all the dishes at the event making it ever apparent that it was autumn in Los Angeles, the cocktails and beer did not pale in comparison. VIP had access to Craftsman Beer, offering up their Triple Sage, Lavender Sour, Poppy Fields and Firestone brews. Hungry Cat cocktails were also in VIP and out in the common area and were delicious as ever. Of course, we can’t forget the epic dessert table from Tavern and Lucques. S’mores, caramel chocolate macarons, carrot cake – I didn’t even have room for a bite of everything on the table, though I wanted to. Fortunately, I was able to stuff in almost a half-scoop of Mozza’s Meyer Lemon Gelato. Its lemon zest packed punch in the midst of a goat cheese-like flavor and consistency.

If Caroline on Crack, Lindsay of LAist and I didn’t have somewhere else to be later that day, we would have surely enjoyed basking in the Culver City sun with our perfect cocktails, food, beer and desserts the rest of the afternoon. Overall, it was such a stand-out showing that I do hope the event moves from inaugural to annual.

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Held last Sunday, November 7, 2010

12 – 4 PM

Culver Studios
9336 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-2600

Savor Sundays Return to Whist at The Viceroy

Whist at The Viceroy

The weather lately has confirmed that it’s officially fall in Los Angeles, and you may be looking for a good spot for a Sunday dinner as you wind down your weekend. Thankfully, Savor Sundays at Whist are back and they’ve got four different rotating themes just to keep things interesting.

I had the opportunity to visit during their “Southern Favorites” theme and Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo as well as Chef de Cuisine Chris Crary did a great job comforting my guest and me with their buttermilk fried chicken. It was perfectly breaded on the outside and incredibly juicy and flavorful on the inside and out. The butter lettuce wedge had a perfect buttermilk dressing, as well.  The drinks were prepared nice and stiff. I’m curious to see how the other themed menus will turn out – and it’s up to you to find out.

Butter Lettuce Wedge

Nov. 14 – Southern Favorites

Butter Lettuce Wedge, Bacon/Tomato/Blue Cheese/Herb Buttermilk Dressing
Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Bacon Cheddar Biscuits/Collard Greens/Grits/Mashed Potatoes/Market Slaw
Pecan Pie, Knob Creek Caramel/Vanilla Ice Cream
Featured beverages: Mint Julep, Sweet Tea Bourbon, Root Beer flight

Oct. 24/Nov. 21 – Spanish Style

White Gazpacho, Crisped Jamon Serrano/Grapes/Almonds/Garlic
Valencia-Style Paella Shellfish/Chorizo/Chicken
Churros and Horchata
Featured beverages: white and red sangria

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Oct. 31/Nov. 28 – French Flavors

Frisee aux Lardons, Poached Egg/Hazelnuts/Shaved Truffles
Toulouse-Style Cassoulet, Pork/Sauccison/Duck Confit/Tarbais Beans
Tarte Tatin, Cinnamon Ice Cream Canele
Featured beverages: French 75, Rhone Valley wine flight

Nov. 7/Dec. 5 – Chinese “Takeout”

Hot and Sour Wonton Soup
Spring Rolls/Dumplings/Shrimp Toast/Squab and Lettuce Cups
Moo Shoo Pork, Peking Duck, Housemade Pancakes
Shrimp Fried Rice
Featured beverages: Tsing Tao beer, lychee wine, Greenteani cocktail

So be sure to make your reservation and enjoy a delicious fall Sunday dinner inside the beautiful Whist.

All food was hosted.

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Every Sunday through December 5, 2010

5:30 – 9 PM

$35/per adult, $15/per child under 12

Whist at The Viceroy
1819 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.260.7514

Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event at Saddlerock Ranch: Sunday, October 24, 2010

Arroz Con Marisco | Mo-Chica

It’s that time of year, again. Last year, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality showing of chefs at The Food Event. In this fifth installment, the line-up looks pretty solid. I also just checked the weather, and it looks like this rain will pass a couple days clear of Sunday (phew).

I can imagine that Malibu will be beautiful and green by the time The Food Event rolls around. It aims to be the perfect backdrop against which renowned restaurants, brands and their headlining chefs will glisten. I’m especially excited about Akasha, Barbrix, Bulgarini, Eva, The Foundry on Melrose, La Mill Coffee, The Lobster, Loteria!, Magnolia Bakery, Mo-Chica, Palate Food & Wine, The Penthouse at The Huntley Hotel, Sweet Rose Creamery and Westside Tavern. Chefs such as Helene An (The An Group), Mark Gold (Eva), Neal Fraser (Grace), Rory Hermann (Bouchon) and Laurent Quenioux (Bistro LQ) and mixologist Julian Cox (Rivera, Test Kitchen) will be presenting live demonstrations on the stage. Carrie Kommers (Dine LA) and Leslie Bargar Suter (Los Angeles Magazine) will be modering panels.

Of course, you’ll have mostly California wines closeby, along with Anheuser’s sponsored beer garden (serving Hoegaarden, Leffe and Stella), Karma Tequila and Veev to help you sip your way through the afternoon. And what’s even better, some research on my end yielded a discount code for $25 off the ticket price – so whether or not you decide to tether it to a $5 yearly subscription to Los Angeles Magazine – that’s a good quarter off the $95 advance ticket price. Take a look below for the code, get your tickets and I’ll see you there!

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

1 – 4 PM

Advance tickets: $95, or w/subscription: $100
At-the-door: $110

Parking included
Must be 21+
Use code “FRIENDS” for $25 off

The Food Event
Saddlerock Ranch
31727 Mulholland Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

Weekend Brunch Now at Dominick’s

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Dominick’s, the neighborhood hangout on Beverly (no, not Jerry’s Famous Deli), is one of those places you can rely on for great, Italian food in a great atmosphere. Fortunately, they’ve recently also implemented a weekend brunch with some tasty options on the menu – complete with some cocktails, of course.

Now, you can enjoy brunch on their covered, pleasant patio or inside their 50’s-ish tiled, dark wooded restaurant from 9 AM – 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Try their airy blueberry ricotta pancakes and pair it with a mimosa ($12 per bottle of Prosecco!). Or, take a look at a sampling of their brunch menu below for your other options:

Polenta Waffles with Strawberries, Whipped Mascarpone & Warm Honey – $9
Biscuit & Mushroom Fontina Gravy – $8
Soft White Corn Polenta & Two Fried Eggs with Parmesan Cheese – $9
Smoked Salmon, Herb Waffles & Poached Eggs with Dill Hollandaise – $15
Wood Grilled Oysters with Oregano, Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic, Lemon & Butter – $15
Zucchini Pancakes with Cucumber Mint Yogurt – $9
Prosciutto & Warm Ricotta with Arugula on a toasted Baguette – $11
Wood Grilled Hamburger with Burrata, Roasted Tomato Mostarda & Speck – $12

Cocktails include:

Dom’s Bloody Mary – $9
Strawberry Bellini – $11
Arnold Palmer – $9
Cardamom Crisp – $12

I’d say brunch in a former Frank Sinatra Rat Pack hangout is not a bad way to start off a weekend morning. And if you were smart and got the Blackboard Eats discount recently for 30% off, I’d say your next trip to Dominick’s is a win-win.

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Brunch served: Saturdays and Sundays

9 AM – 3 PM

Dominick’s
8715 Beverly Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048
310.652.2335

The Weekend Brunch At Malo

Egg Tostadas (green onion, tomato & cheese scrambled eggs with black beans, tortillas & Oaxacan sauce)

There’s another brunch option in town – and it’s at Malo in Silver Lake. If tequila cocktails with your eggy entree and sides sound like a choice accompaniment, this brunch will be worth your trek. For one, Malo has that spicy burnt habanero salsa that always does a solid for your pre-appetizer chip indulgence. (Because I’ll be the first to admit I’m always the one at the table who eats too many chips and has to take her meal home.)

Bloody Maria

Try ordering your Bloody Maria “extra spicy” and the bar will oblige. (I did. Twice.) In between the Bloody Marias was a Medicina Latina for that smokey kick (El Jimador Reposado, fresh ginger, agave nectar & lime w/Mezcal mist) as well as a La Paloma Fizz (made with El Jimador Reposado, fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice & grapefruit bitters) for that refreshing-but-sour morning cocktail. Or if you’re feeling the wake-up coffee more, go for the Malo Cafe, with Grand Centenario Anejo, Kahlua dark creme de cacao & coffee and topped with whipped cream. Delicioso!

Tres Leches Cake

Favorite dishes of mine included the Egg Tostada – with the eggs still wet, the way I like it. I even found myself appreciating one of their Vegan Breakfast Burrito, which was simple yet delicious enough, with tofu, potatoes, spinach, pinto beans, mushrooms, avocado and pico de gallo – though maybe the trick was that I dumped a whole bunch of red-orange salsa on it. 😉 The Tres Leches cake was my favorite dessert. The slice was perfectly wet but not soggy and oh-so-milky. If you’re feeling like an all-around sweet breakfast, try the Mango & Banana French Toast, made with sweet bolillos, warm piloncillo and cinnamon syrup.

If you’re looking for a little twist on your typical ham & eggs brunch, Malo’s a good place to start. The tequila in your morning cocktail will spice things up in many different ways – so your lazy weekend day will be sure to get kicked off to a great start.

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Weekend Brunch:
Saturday – Sunday, 9 AM

Brunch Menu (including cocktails)

Malo
4326 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029-2112
323.664.1011

Valerie Confections at Hollywood Farmer’s Market

Petit Fours
Never mind Saturday nights in Hollywood. Now there’s a good reason to be in Hollywood on Sunday mornings. Valerie Confections are now bringing their treats to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market.
White Fig & Fuji Apple Jam

Think tea cakes in flavors like Meyer Lemon, Tangerine, and Almond. Or Chocolate Truffle Torte mini cakes. Feeling like herbed shortbread? They come in flavors like Rosemary and Lemon & Thyme.

And what is a farmer’s market without jams and preserves? Visit periodically since Valerie’s flavors will vary seasonally; for now, look for Strawberry Vanilla Bean Jam, Limequat & Kumquat Marmalade, Meyer Lemon Marmalade and Black Fig, Pear & Port Jam. Without them, no morning is complete!
And don’t worry - if that hangover is extra punishing on Sunday morning, you can always visit Valerie’s storefront for your sweets fix.

Every Sunday

8 AM – 1 PM

Hollywood Farmer’s Market
Ivar and Selma
(Valerie’s stand will be on Cosmo Street)

Storefront:
Valerie Confections
3360 West 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90004
213.739.8149