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!