Doma Kitchen

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A sweet spot located in Manhattan Beach, Doma Kitchen is bringing amazing flavors filled with local and fresh ingredients.

I had a remarkable experience enjoying the beautiful decor and delicious Doma Kitchen staple dishes. The owner, Angie, is friendly and really passionate about food and her culture. The menu contains all different types of cuisine but has a strong emphasis on European & Central Asian dishes, some from her background in Ukraine. When food tastes good, even more than good, one can notice it's due to the amount of passion and love put into the meal and this shine through here at Doma Kitchen.

We tasted traditional dishes with a healthy and unique twist. Starting with Borscht, then Housemade Chicken Dumplings in Broth, Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs, Uzbeck style, and ended with tea and Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). Continue reading for photos and a full run down of the dishes.

We started off with some black and hibiscus iced tea served in cute mason jars. While waiting for Angie to arrive, I took a look at the menu. Serving happy hour from 3-6 on Monday-Friday with $1 off beer and wine as well as many discounted appetizers and sides. The menu is diverse and contains many Californian dishes like wraps, tartines, sandwiches and french fries and then some other dishes that are very cultural, these are the dishes we tried.

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First off was the Borscht. This is a Ukrainian style soup with beets, cabbage and local natural grass fed lamb, fresh dill, bavarian rye bread and a side of sour cream. Everything we tried was phenomenal, but this was by far my favorite dish. Doma Kitchen took on this Borscht and transformed it into a healthier dish. Normally, it is much heavier but this was light and with the grass fed lamb, it brought a strong and tender flavor. The flavor of the soup was sweet and savory, bringing pieces of cabbage and tender, tasty lamb. This dish is extremely light, yet filling, and the flavors just sing in unison. What you do is put some sour cream in the soup with some bread. They ship their Rye Bread from Germany, it is extremely fresh and delicious. When you have this soup with the sour cream, it brings it to another level. I cannot wait to come back here and get this soup again.

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Next was the dumpling soup. These are Siberian style housemade dumplings, local cage-free chicken, chicken broth, fresh dill and of course - a side of sour cream. The dumpling dough was made in-house and this shows through with the bite. It is velvety, soft, and extremely fresh. The dill gives the chicken inside and the broth a hearty flavor. I am a fan of chicken dumplings and these were some of the best I've had. The flavors of all the chicken with the chicken broth was fantastic. All the local and cage free, grass fed meat and poultry is a strong way to be healthy and to feel lighter when having a meal.

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After the soup, we tried Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs. It had veggies like Garbonzo Beans and a sauce as well as tomatoes and onions. There were also raisins in the rice dish and I am normally not a huge fan of raisins in rice, but this worked perfectly together. The turmeric and spice blend in the rice worked perfect and all the flavors acted with one another, making this a pretty awesome rice dish.

A seasonal dessert was up next, Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). The fact that this dessert dish is gluten free really brings a smile to my face. Although I am not gluten, some people are allergic or that is their choice to not eat gluten and at restaurants especially, there are not a lot of gluten dessert options, and if they do have it, it's not very tasty. However, this was a great taste of marshmallow whipped cream with the cinnamon caramelized apples presented on a tree tray in a mason jar.

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Overall, this was an amazing spot. I enjoyed everything and every bite. The freshness was strong and the flavors all worked together. I left feeling full, and a good full. Not a full after a hamburger and french fries, this was the full we need to be. From a filling yet light and locally, free ranged and fresh lunch. Be sure to check out Doma Kitchen, maybe I'll see you there next time! Planning my next visit already.

Tomato Carpaccio

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Tomato Carpaccio, a simple, fast and easy salad recipe that will impress guests at a dinner party. This is a refreshing and simply addicting snack and appetizer that everyone will love! The salad dressing from my Hatchery Box, from Balsamos Family Kitchen dressing #7 brings this dish to life bringing the sweet and savory taste of this carpaccio.

Make sure to use the code LINDSEYEATS to purchase your first Hatchery box for 50% off! And continue reading for the full recipe. 

[recipe title="Tomato Carpaccio" servings="3-4 Small Portions" time="30mins" difficulty="Easy"] Mandoline for slicing 1 Red Onion, about 1 1/2 cup sliced 2-3 Tomatoes (Roma or Hierloom) 6 leaves of Lemon Basil (chiffonade per serving) 1/2 Lime Juice 1 1/2 Tsp Salad Dressing Salt/Pepper Sprinkle Over Good Olive Oil ( I used Kursi EVOO from Israel) Sprinkle with Lime Zest

Slice your tomatoes and red onion on the Mandoline and place nicely on a plate Cut your basil leaves and sprinkle over Then sprinkle over your salad dressing, lime juice, salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon zest [/recipe]

Zucchini Pizza Bites with Ginger Tomato Sauce

IMG_7845 Ever wanted a healthy alternative to pizza bagels or pizza? Want the same filling and satisfaction feeling of eating a pizza? This recipe is simple, fills you up and leaves you feeling healthy!

With a ginger tomato sauce from ginger juice that includes a lemony KICK from the American Juice Co. in my Hatchery box, this recipe is delicious, spicy, tangy, sweet and salty!

Continue reading for the full recipe and step by step with photos. Also, make sure to check out HATCHERY, a monthly tasting box subscription and use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first box for $10!  

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Start by cutting 2 large zucchinis in rounds and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and olive oil and mix with hands.

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Now, make your ginger tomato sauce. In a saucepan, simmer and boil mini grape tomatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, American Juice Company Ginger juice and let it reduce and become a paste-like sauce! Pour over the zucchini

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Cut ciliegine mozzarella and pour over the top of the sauce and zucchini. Put it oven for about 15-20 minutes, until melted!

Recipe:

2 Zucchini 

  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 T Olive Oil

Sauce

  • 1 1/2 Cup sliced in 1/2 on mini grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 2 1/2 T Ginger Juice

Mozzerella Cheese 1 Cup Cut 

Basil for Garnish 

  • Mix your zucchini spices with hands and make your tomato sauce and let simmer and turn into a paste, pour on the cut cheese and pop in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with basil!

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Sweet & Sassy French Fries with Truffled Tarragon Aioli

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I am a french fry addict! Give me a sweet and savory rub from Chef Dave Martin in this months Hatchery box, I am going to make delicious, crunchy french fries. On top of that, I topped the fries with a peppery, truffled and tarragon aioli. This month's Hatchery box was awesome, filled with Red Pepper Jam, Ginger Juice & more! Continue reading to find out this recipe as well as an unboxing on the month's tasting ingredients.

Use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your FIRST Hatchery tasting box for only $10! Click HERE or https://hatchery.co/tasting-box/! Happy cooking! 

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BEFORE                                                                   AFTER 

Fries: 

  • 3T Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 T Rub
  • 3 Turns of Black Peppercorn
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Large Russet Potatoes - cut like french fries or I used a french fry cutter!

How:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Assemble all the above ingredients and use your hands to mix all the spices and the olive oil together
  • Cook in oven for 40 minutes or until crunchy and potatoes are cooked all the way through

Sauce:

  • 2 Tsp White Truffle Oil
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Garlic Powder
  • 1 T Chopped Tarragon
  • 3 T Light Mayo

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce and dip when fries are ready. Garnish with parsley and tarragon!

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Dulce Caramel Chai Spice from Soft Peaks

Ginger Juice from the American Juice Company

Salad Dressing from Balsamo's Family Kitchen

Red Pepper Jam from Jammy Yummy

Sweet & Sassy Rub from Chef Dave Martin

Make sure you use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your first tasting box for $10! :)

Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Chimichurri

IMG_6054 (1) Don't you just LOVE tacos? Think of shredded chicken with a KICK using Jamaican style jerk seasoning that gives a spicy tang. It works perfect with a cabbage and carrot slaw and is topped with a lemon basil & cilantro chimichurri. Continue reading for a step by step and enjoy the full recipe at the end of the post!

Used: Greenpoint Trading Company Jerk Seasoning: Jamaican Style from my Hatchery Tasting Box. Be sure to pick up some at the Hatchery Marketplace. Or you can sign up for $20 month to receive a hand-picked tasting box! Click HERE to learn more and sign up! Use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your  first TASTING BOX for $10! (Disclaimer: $10 off your first monthly tasting box, does not apply to full marketplace ingredients)

Start by making the marinade for your chicken. It can be marinaded anywhere from 1 hour to 1 day for maximum flavor!

Assemble your cabbage and carrot slaw. This should sit in the sauces for at least 30 minutes to allow all the juices to soak into the vegetables, preferably an hour! It tastes better the longer you wait.

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To cook your chicken, make packets with parchment paper to allow all the flavor to cook with the chicken. This also lets you easily shred your chicken. While your chicken is cooking, make your chimichurri that takes no time at all! Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees for the chicken and cook for about 20-30 minutes until tender and not raw, depending on oven.

When chicken is HOT, take it out of the oven and take 2 forks and start to shred it. It should be easy to shred. Chicken breasts should work the best for this, but I used thin chicken schnitzel pieces so your cook time may have to be a little longer if you are doing chicken breasts.

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After shredding the chicken, warm up your FLOUR tortillas on the stovetop. Assemble with the chicken first, then the cabbage slaw and top with the Chimichurri.

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Recipe

Chicken - Chicken Cutlets 

  • 1 T & 1 Tsp Jamaican Seasoning
  • 1 Lime Juice
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt

Carrot & Cabbage Slaw - 1 Cup shredded carrots and 1/2 Head of Cabbage 

  • 1 Lime Juice
  • 1 T Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Ponzu
  • 1/2 T Sugar

Lemon Basil & Cilantro Chimichurri

  • Bunch of Lemon Basil & Cilantro
  • Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Oil - a lot, until it becomes a liquid sauce (not thick)
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice

Marinated Tofu & Vegetable Spring Rolls

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Spring Rolls sometimes have a bad "wrap". However, this Tofu Spring Roll recipe is flavorful and delicious! The tofu has a special marinade and is then grilled on the fire featuring Salsaology's Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce from my Hatchery Box! This is a fast and easy recipe as well that is light and full of color and flavor!

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Continue reading for the recipe...

Tofu:

  • 1 Block Tofu cut long, soak first with a paper towel
  • 3 T Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic < Sprinkle desired, but not a lot of salt
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Vegetables:

  • 2 Persian Cucumbers (cut thin)
  • 1 Handful of Shredded Carrots
  • 1 Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice

Dipping Sauce: 

  • 1 1/2 Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Ponzu
  • 1 1/2 Rice Vinegar
  • 1 T Siracha
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 T Water
  • Salt, pepper, Garlic

Mix all the tofu components together and marinade for 20 minutes - 2 hrs.

Meanwhile, cut your cucumbers and onions and set aside, sprinkle on some salt, pepper and garlic as well as 1/2 lemon for extra flavor.

Grill tofu on the fire until it is crunchy on the outside and add all components together for the sauce.

Assembly your tofu and veggies and seal shut with rice paper/spring roll wrappers!

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Blueberry & Lavender Honey Lemonade

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In this month's Hatchery box, I received something special, Lavender Honey! I am a sucker for anything flowery tasting so this was PERFECT for me! I decided it would go extremely well with a lemonade, and then also wanted to add blueberry for extra flavor and color. This lemonade is perfect for the end of summer, especially since today in Los Angeles, it was HOT out.

Hatchery is a monthly subscription tasting from $20.00 that delivers taste testing ingredients. You can also buy separately so when you taste something you LOVE, you can buy it bigger! It is truly an amazing company and I am so thankful I'm part of the Hatchery Family! All the products that I've tasted so far have me crawling back wanting more and makes my juices flow with endless recipes for you guys! If you haven't checked out Hatchery, click HERE!

or: hatchery.co!

Click read more to view the full recipe and BENEFITS (yes, benefits! This recipe is great for your systems especially for flus, colds or energy!) for this lemonade as well as an unboxing and description in what is in this month's box of ingredients.

Blueberry Lavender Honey Lemonade

Makes about 4-6 cups

What you'll need:

  • 5 Cups Water
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 2 T Honey Lavender (or to taste, at the end I drizzled a little more in)
  • Pink Himalayan SEA salt (any other type of sea salt is fine)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries

How:

  • In a pot on medium heat, simmer the blueberries, 1 cup of water and 1/4 of sugar until it boils and the sugar is dissolved
  • Bring the heat to low and add in the 2 T of lavender honey
  • Let sit for a couple of minutes, turn off the fire and add in a little less than 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • Allow the syrup mixture to sit for about 10-20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a pitcher, juice your 2 lemons and add 4 cups of water, stir
  • Strain the blueberry honey mixture into the pitcher and place in the fridge until cooled
  • You can add more water to dilute it depending on how sour/sweet you want your lemonade
  • Save some blueberries and lemon slices for garnish, and pour some ice cubes in a glass and pour!
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Benefits:

  • Lavender Honey is rich in Tyrosine. Tyrosine is used to make neurotransmitters and these can help prevent brain conditions. The Lavender Honey from New Kirk Honey is raw, unfiltered so it still contains all of its original enzymes and nutrients. Benefits of honey in general give you energy, helps with allergies, helps memory, helps with sleep and more! Just to name a few!
  • Blueberries are antioxidants. They can also help prevent aging, may lower blood pressure and heart disease and give a great dose vitamin C.
  • Lemon relieves anxiety, cleans blood, weight loss and helps digestion.
  • If you wanted you can substitute the sugar for more honey to make this even healthier.

Now onto the items in this month's HATCHERY BOX! 

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Yai's Thai Medium Thai Salsa http://www.yaisthai.com/

Salsaology Ancho Chile & Tamarind Sauce http://salsa-ology.com/

Newkirk Honey Lavender Honey http://www.newkirkhoney.com/

Greenpoint Trading Co. Jerk Seasoning http://www.greenpointtrading.co/

Sir Kensington's Classic Ketchup http://sirkensingtons.com/

And of course, hatchery.co to sign up for monthly subscriptions!

Fried Egg with a Bacon Jam, Caramelized Onion & Tomato Confit

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Ship and Dip is bringing new types of condiments to the game, for example, Bacon Jam. Smokey yet sweet, this condiment pairs perfectly with anything, like burgers, on top of fries, in sauces, sandwiches, plain! but it also works well with a fried egg. This recipe brings out the Bacon Jam flavor by incorporated a caramelized onion and tomato confit with the bacon jam. The acidity of the lemon juice and the feta cheese pair perfectly with the perfect Bacon Jam by Our Sassy Pantry. Recipe below :)

1 Red Onion

1 Tomato

1 T EVOO

1 Egg

Salt, Pepper, Garlic

2 T Bacon Jam

1/2 of Small Lemon Juice

Scoop of Butter

  • Heat 1T olive oil in a pan and add the onions, diced small, leave in pan until browned

  • Pinch salt and pepper then add in the tomatoes, also diced small then pinch salt, pepper and garlic this time

  • Add the 1T of Bacon Jam and juice of 1/2 lemon and allow to sit and caramelize

  • Transfer to a bowl and get started on the egg: heat the same pan or a new pan and melt a scoop of butter in a pan and then crack the egg

  • Let it cook through and get crunchy on the sides

  • Pour over the mixture and add some cilantro and feta cheese!

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Also featured in the box:

Smoked Turkey Chopped Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette

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Total: 40 minutes

Dressing: 10 minutes

Prep: 30 minutes

Vegetables

  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers
  • 1 Tomato
  • ½ Red Onion
  • 3 Slices of Smoked Turkey
  • ¼ cup Shredded Cheese
  • 2 tsp dill
  • 2 tsp lemon basil
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Dressing

  • 2 ½ tsp apricot spread from Just Jans
  • 5 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon juice
  • ½ lemon zest
  • 1 tsp distilled vinegar
  • ½ tsp Dijon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic
  • 2 tsp water
  1. Prep and cut all vegetables
  2. Mix all the dressing components and chill complete dressing for 15-20 minutes or until ready
  3. Assemble the vegetables for the salad and pour over the dressing, sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic over the salad before mixing
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Tomato Soup with Sweet & Tangy Mustard Croutons

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Tomato Soup:

Prep cutting time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

  • 4 cups veggie stock
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 1/2 yellow onion
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 large potatoes
  • bunch of lemon basil
  • bunch of dill
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder and sugar (to taste)
  • splash of red wine (about 1 t)
  • splash of balsamic (about 1 t)
  1. Start cutting and prepping your vegetables, cut them in cubes and make the cuts as consistent as possible for same cooking time
  2. Put garlic and onions first and sweat them out, add a pinch of salt, pepper and garlic
  3. Add the cut potatoes and carrots
  4. Then tomatoes, chiffonade basil and add the dill
  5. Add in the splash of wine and balsamic and mix, pinch of salt and pepper, sugar
  6. Allow to sweat and simmer with the water it's in (wine and balsamic and juices from veggies)
  7. When it starts to simmer, add in the 4 cups of stock and when it starts to boil and your carrots and potatoes are soft, take your blender/hand blender and blend through
  8. Once it is all blended, add more salt/pepper/garlic/sugar
  9. The starch from the potatoes makes the soup creamy so milk and cream doesn't need to be added, at this point you can add in milk or cream if you want your soup more creamy but the consistency after the blending should be smooth and creamy
  10. Let sit and garnish with the croutons and lemon basil (recipe will be below)

Sweet & Tangy Challah Croutons 

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Serves about 1 cup, 8 minutes in the oven

  • 2 sliced pieces of challah bread
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp of salt, pepper, garlic
  • 2 tsp East Shore Foods sweet and tangy mustard
  1. Slice your challah and mix in a bowl with the olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic
  2. Lay out on a sheet with parchment paper and cook in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the croutons are crispy (depends on oven), I used a mini oven that did not allow me to set a specific temp before so I just did it for 8 minutes but you can preheat your oven to 300-350 and you should be set!
  3. Serve on top of your tomato soup and you're good to go!

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Eggplant Bruschetta

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Healthy alternative to bread bruschetta, uses eggplant instead of bread! Substitute with oil spray or no oil for an even healthier version!

1 Eggplant - cut into half moons Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place half moons on baking dish with parchment paper Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and oil Cook in oven until desired roast on eggplant Dice 3 tomatoes and chop lemon basil and mix in a bowl with salt, pepper, garlic, balsamic vinegar and oil

Put tomato mixture on top of roasted eggplant and eat!

Check out the youtube video!

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Sesame Teriyaki Tofu

dsc_0926 A simple, sweet and delicious vegetarian dish! Click "read more" for ingredients and the recipe!

What You'll Need:

  • Tofu (cubed)
  • White Cooking Wine
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Honey
  • Oil
  • Salt/Pepper/Garlic
  • Shallots

(Subject to taste so add however much you prefer) 

How: 

  • Begin to soak  out all the water of the tofu by placing paper towels for around 10-15 minutes. This allows the flavors you will adding to soak into the tofu and really give the tofu flavor!
  • Then cut the tofu in cubes.
  • Mix all the sauce ingredients and put the cubed tofu to marinate for 20-30 minutes. You can also marinade the tofu for even longer to develop a stronger and deeper flavor, your choice.
  • Begin to heat oil and add diced shallots into the pan and sweat them out. Add the tofu and grill until it is crisp.
  • Make some white rice and pour on top with some lime and the remaining sauce in the pan!

The Honor Bar

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Let’s start with the Osaka Style Sushi. I’ve been wanting to try this for some time now and it was delicious! It is definitely hyped up and isn’t anything SUPER SPECIAL but it was still really delicious. I can taste the freshness of the fish, something that I am skeptical about in other restaurants. This was $16.00 for 4 pieces so it is a little pricey, but worth a try for the first time! I will be getting this again along with trying the Salmon Mango Roll, which is probably more worth it, same price but 8 pieces. The Osaka Style Sushi was nothing far off from typical crispy rice, however, Osaka is compressed sushi, not fried in comparison to crispy rice. In addition to the sushi, it comes with a spicy mayo sauce with a kick: SESAME OIL. This really brings on crazy flavor and dipped my fries in this as well!

The fries were honestly one of the best. Super oily, which means you KNOW it’s good! It had a lot of flavor and every fry was crunchy! It came with an amazing fresh ketchup and spicy mayo type sauce that had the same sauce as the Osaka sushi. The sesame oil in the sauce paired perfectly with the crunchy french fries. This was $3.00 so not pricey at all to add onto your meal.

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Next, is the crispy chicken sandwich. Oh my god guys, amazing! I am a huge fan of crispy chicken sandwiches and have tried a bunch! Other good ones are from Ink Sack or Mendocino farms! But this, was on another realm and knocked my taste buds out of the park!

Size = big for ME, for others, it may be perfect, or it may be small. It is divided into 3 pieces that are moderately big. The chicken is crispy, but not crispy where you can’t bite into it, the crispy that is crunchy in your mouth and also has a smooth texture after the crunch subsides. It also had tomatoes, cheese and a kale salad. What?? In my sandwich, there was a kale salad? And YES there was! And not just KALE randomly placed, it had been seasoned and dressed, absolutely divine! One of the most AMAZING sandwiches I’ve ever had and felt SO BLESSED after this meal.

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Honor Bar can definitely get pricey but all in all, set in Beverly Hills, connected to South Beverly Grill, I think the price is BETTER than GOOD. It is a cheaper but still JUST AS delicious as South Beverly Grill.

I got a table right away and the service was extremely friendly. Our waiter always came back to see if we were okay and I think filled our cups of water around 7 or 8 times. No complaints there!

This place was seriously a treat so be SURE to check it out :)

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Not So Normal Avocado Toast

IMG_5170 Avocado Toast with Pickle Juice & Dijon Mustard topped with Siracha & Parsley 

Cut the avocado and mush it with salt, pepper, garlic and add 1/2 spoon of dijon and a couple spoons of pickle juice. Mix together, and keep adding to taste.

Spread on buttered and garlic toast and top with siracha and parsley! So easy and fast!

Salt's Cure

IMG_4396Located in West Hollywood, Salt’s Cure is mixing only local ingredients to create some fabulous dishes! Never frozen, always fresh, this always-changing menu is fantastic. Their ingredients are only from California. They use animals directly from the farmers in California and their fish caught fresh in the Pacific Ocean. Salt’s Cure is located in West Hollywood in a little hole in the wall with limited spaces. I’ve found that the small spots I’ve eaten at, are the best and most exciting. The menu is constantly changing and is posted on the chalkboard on the wall. Water in given in a mason jar, which is always the cutest idea, and the kitchen is right in the same room. It feels so comfortable and home-like because it is so cozy and small. With the kitchen right there, you can just smell everything cooking. Salt's Cure is definitely an amazing, fresh and cute restaurant!IMG_4399To start off we got some appetizers. We got a Rock Crab Baratheon Salad that had radishes in a creamy green sauce. The crab was perfect and tasted great. We also got a pretzel and pickled spread plate. This had a fresh, delicious pretzel with grained mustard. And then came a bunch of delicious pickled goods. A few types were pickled tomatoes and red onions, as well as a variation of pickles. The pickled tomatoes were amazing and since it is now the season for tomatoes, they were absolutely amazing, with a nice crunch and sour feel from the pickle. One can taste how local these vegetables are and this was one of my favorite spreads! Another appetizer we got was lannister lamb sausage with fava beans with a puree. The lamb sausage came hot and was delicious. It is all house made and no meat is ever frozen, it is all fresh ingredients, which is why the menu changes so frequently. The green beans paired perfectly and the sauce that went with it gave the sausage a nice unity of flavors. To balance this out, I tried the avocado and citrus salad. A place called Sonoma Wine Garden had my favorite avocado and grapefruit salad with a citrus lemon sauce, but now this is my favorite one. It is rather sad that when you love a dish at Salts Cure you may not be able to have it again from this particular restaurant. But I see a beauty in this because it allows you to fully appreciate and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime meal. This salad was refreshing with perfectly ripe avocados and juicy grapefruit. The greens with the salad were fresh and crunchy and the dressing tied it all together.

Now on to the entrees. I tried the durac pork chop with a sweet apricot purée, and the chicken with rice and the wine pot roast. This was my first pork chop and it was delicious! It was cooked to perfection with a little red inside, not too medium rare. The sweetness of the puree allowed explosions of flavor. This was definitely one of the best meals of the night, even though it was so simple. When meat is done and cooked to perfection, other dishes are hard to outdo it!

The chicken dish was moist, and contained a lot of flavors on the outside of the chicken. The spices peaked through providing the chicken to be absolutely perfect. The curried rice and sauce that came with it was a thick, chicken broth taste and delicious bite! It paired really perfect with the chicken as well. The third entrée that had a bundle of flavors was the wine pot roast. Anything braised with wine is always a winner for me. The roast melted in my mouth and cut so smooth on my fork. It was paired with potatoes, carrots and onions. The wine sauce in the roast was delicious.

Dessert time. We tried a cocoa and date pudding, a pot de crème and a grapefruit pie. All of these deserts were great! The grapefruit pie was extremely different, it was a little sweet and little sour and a little too bright, it wasn’t my favorite, but definitely refreshing. The date and cocoa pudding was delicious as well! However, it was a little too bitter and sour for my tongue when I had the pot de crème next to me, which was absolutely delicious. This was my favorite dessert. There was a crunchy and thick texture when you cut into the pudding that left my taste feeling amazing.

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I really enjoyed all the food I tried at this place and look forward to coming here again and being surprised by a new menu! One can tell that love was put in these meals and the components that come within the meal really show for themselves.

http://saltscure.com/

Pictured:

  • Lamb Sausage
  • Pretzel Spread
  • Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
  • Pot De Creme

Free Range LA

IMG_3310A popular food truck is sweeping LA with unique dishes and a major twist on traditional breakfast. They have dishes ranging from Avocado Toast to Fried Chicken Sandwiches. One can tell everything at Free Range is made with love, and food made with love is always going to be delicious. It is featured in many parts of LA and you can check out their truck schedule at freerangela.com. They are also to be featured at Coachella 2015 coming up, so if you’re going, that is definitely an excuse to check them out!

Okay, the avocado toast. First thing’s first, there is an over easy egg inside of the toast. Yes, I’m serious. And not a cooked egg, it is a ooey gooey yellow yolk egg oozing out when you get to the center. Absolutely surprising and delicious. I thought it had an egg but after taking my first bite, I wasn’t sure, so I was surprised! This is also the best avocado toast I’ve had, and I am a strong critique when it comes to avocado toast because I feel there is a right and wrong way to do it! The toppings of avocado toast can also be versatile and the choices picked for this toast was perfect. Pickled red onions, siracha and cilantro. In addition to that, I think this was also some of the best bread I’ve had with avocado toast, it is Clark St. Bakery’s THICK sourdough bread. Not only is this pleasing for the eye, it is pleasing for your taste buds, I promise! You need to try this - it is a GREAT breakfast choice. The avocado toast is 7.75 and is a nice size! 

Another item I tried was the OG Fried Chicken Sandwich. It’s your traditional chicken sandwich with a slaw and a sauce. But what I’d like to say is that this fried chicken is cooked to absolute perfection. When you take a bite, it is fluffy and fresh and delicious. It is definitely up there with my other favorite chicken sandwiches (Honor Bar, Ink Sac). The inside is fluffy and the outside is crunchy. A reason why the crunch on the outside is perfect is because they use tempura to fry the chicken instead of other assortment of bread crumbs or panko. This gives it a nice crunch. The slaw is a chili coleslaw with whole grain honey mustard sauce. Really works well together. The bread used is a Portuguese toasted bun and the toasted bun gives it another shot of crunch! The sandwich is $11.00

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Another item tried was just the cut potatoes, which were only 3.00 and were crunchy and seasoned to perfection. Everyone, anywhere, come try this place because it is amazing. They have a large variety of items to choose from to meet your needs! See you at the next spot! 

Feeling Peaceful on a Sunday Afternoon

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Shakshuka, a classic dish among middle easterners incorporates vegetables and tomatoes with eggs on top! A simply delicious spin on a breakfast or lunch. Read more for  the recipe! 

Recipe:

2 White Onions

3 Bell Peppers

1 Can of Diced Tomatoes

Chopped Parsley

Dried Herbs: Cumin, Paprika, Oregano, Salt, Pepper, Garlic

1 Spicy Chilli Pepper

How:

With oil, sweat the onions and then add in the bell pepper and pepper, add all the spices (subject to taste)

When it is grilled and soft, add in the tomatoes and then add all the seasonings again. Lay it all flat with a spatula and crack the eggs on top (7-8 eggs depending on size of pan). Turn to lowest heat and wait for it to cook all the way through. Put some pepper on top through the cooking process.

When done, put on a plate and garnish with the parsley.

VOILA! :)

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Tartines with Eggs & Asparagus

IMG_8831 A quick, healthy and easy breakfast idea are these delicious asparagus and scrambled eggs tartines. I made my own variation from Rachel Ray's magazine. Below is the link of the original recipe. Super easy, super simple and fast.

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/tartine-with-eggs-asparagus/

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