White pizza with roasted peppers, mushrooms and Kalamata olives from Juliana’s Pizza in Dumbo. Brooklyn, NY.
The owner of the original Grimaldi’s opened this spot. Real delish.
Iced Mexican Mocha from Beaner Bar. Brooklyn, NY.
Spicy Mexican chocolate, espresso & milk.
Homemade roasted beet salad with goat cheese, maple thyme pecans, dill & olive oil by Yours Truly.
Homemade orange brown sugar whipped cream with homemade dark chocolate fudge on a sundae by Yours Truly.
Heavy cream, brown sugar, orange extract, orange zest. Whip. Done.
Shallot burger on English muffin with crispy bacon, shallot pesto, romesco, and crispy shallots by Team Randwiches. Brooklyn, NY.
Jenn De La Vega concocted this thing that is one of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten. She puts cream in the burger & then drenches it in melted butter as she’s grilling it to make sure it never gets a bit dry. And the shallot pesto is mild and super nice. Watch this girl…
Blood Orange Ginger Old Fashioned by Yours Truly.
Bulleit bourbon, Snap, muddled blood orange and maraschino cherry, aromatic bitters, candied ginger, and a burnt blood orange rind. Boom.
OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, AleSmith - Yulesmith (Summer) IPA. Stone Brewing Company. Escondido, CA (near San Diego).
Cheeseburger, animal-style (cheese, grilled onions & thousand island dressing) fries and a black & white shake from In-N-Out Burger. Obviously. Los Angeles, CA.
I put it on par with Shake Shack only because the burger isn’t as meaty, but those animal-style fries are pretty solid. The fries are zero greasy & the whole meal was like $6. Everything is just really fresh.
Jelly-Rolled Chili Omelette from Doughboys. Los Angeles, CA.
The chili in this is sweet and fresh. Massive undertaking. Nap after.
A rolled (just like a jellyroll) omelet with chopped roasted onions, peppers, mushrooms and turkey sausage, topped with our chunky chili and sharp white cheddar, then broiled. Served with our corn cake.
"Toad-in-a-Hole" was also great.
2 eggs inside holes of a kalamata olive and goat cheese sandwich with caponata (dish consisting of a cooked vegetable salad made from chopped fried eggplant and celery seasoned with sweetened vinegar, with capers in a sweet and sour sauce).
Breakfast quesadilla from Blu Jam Café. Los Angeles, CA.
The fresh, crispy tortilla makes this special. But they have a Crunchy French Toast that I must go back for. This place lovesss crunch.
Grilled chopped chicken breast scrambled with eggs, tomatoes, spinach and cheddar in grilled flour tortilla, topped with avocado, homemade salsa and sour cream.
Oysters from L & E Oyster Bar in Los Angeles, CA.
I ate 2 dozen that night. Some of which I had had on the east coast a few weeks prior & they tasted totally different (BETTER). After meeting & chatting with co-owner, Dustin, I learned that they get their oysters overnightted from FedEx which is completely unique because everywhere in New York needs to get them from wholesalers which equals longer sit time between water & mouth. This is a place you can’t leave town without visiting.
Oyster cards after the jump for your convenience & mine.
Often called a Mexican Dagwood, the cemita sandwich hails from Puebla, Mexico, where sandwich makers layer avocado, meat, white cheese, and pickled onions on a fluffy sesame-seed egg roll. Of all the variations, Lyu’s eponymous Cemita’s piles its version highest, adding papalo (an cilantro-like herb also from Puebla), mayonnaise, beans, salsa, lettuce and tomato. The grand total of 10 layers is sure to challenge even the biggest big-mouth.