Sunday
Mar152015

Back in Las Vegas Again

In Las Vegas again for a trade show, but after work... I gotta eat right?

Night 1: Destroying Umami Burger

Night 2: Before Dinner, we toured Bazaar Meats  one of the line cooks hooks us up with some Olive Spheres.


I cannot resist the Chandelier Bar(make sure to get the Verbena, its a margarita with a Szechuan Button as a garnish, eat it and your mouth is on hallucinogen for 5 minutes)

I cannot resist China Polblano 


Night 3: Yardbird 

Deviled Eggs

BLT

Fried Pickles

Fried Pork Rillette

FROG FREAKING LEGS!!!!

This fried Chicken and Waffles with compressed watermelon and mac n cheese is freaking ridic

Giant Short Rib on Grits

Salisbury Steakmany of us experienced nigthmares that night...

Night 4: Public House  

Sweetbreads, Poutine, and Beet Salad

Fucking Foie Gras Torchon

Poutine, soooo cheesy!!

Tartare

an incredible Sea Bass

Lobster Mac n Cheese

 

Saturday
Mar142015

The Lark, Shoreline Beach Cafe, The Hungry Cat; Santa Barbara, CA

15 years ago I lived in Isla Vista, CA.  A square mile if UCSB college kids, surrounded by the beach.  I havent been back since i left...

Until now.  Im in Santa Barbara for a meeting and it has been so long since ive been there, and when I was there, was working two jobs and living on a college kids bank account...  so I needed to do some research on where to eat.  Luckily, I know how to research.

The Lark, Santa Barbara is my first choice. and what an incredible choice.  If you are in Santa Barbara, make sure to feed your face in here.  We ate damn near the whole menu!

Deviled Eggs

Charcuterie and Crudite

Beet Salad

Pimento Fritters

Duck Liver Pate and Waffles

Crispy Pork Belly

Duck Leg

Octopus

Braised Short Rib

Crispy lamb Pappardelle

Thats all we ate.

If you happen to be along the beach near the Wharf or Marina, stop by where i used to be a bartender, at Shoreline Beach Cafe.  Where you can enjoy an incredible Mai Tai with your feet in the sand, while watching the sunset.

Then head up the street to The Hungry Cat, and fill your face with sea urchin

squid ink pasta

soft cooked egg in polenta

and a burger and a lobster roll

 

 

 

Saturday
Mar142015

Marina Kitchen and Ironside Fish & Oyster, San Diego

Our companies customers really hook us up.  We got a tour of the kitchen from the chef of Marina Kitchen in the San Diego Mariott Marquis.  Followed by an off the menu coursed meal which included

Crab Salad and MEAT

Compressed Watermelon Salad

and MEAT!

Then one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego- Ironside Fish & Oyster

Cant come to a place with "oyster" in the name and not order some oysters!

Oh my, I love these octopus tentacles!

Pork Belly with Grapes, oh so nom!

I love me some Uni- Check this shit out- this is one order of Uni- whole shell with Gonads piled up to the freaking ceiling!

Then a bunch more food- a must eat here is the one pound Lobster Roll

Monday
Jan052015

Bottega and Trinitas, Napa Valley

Im super lucky to be able to get to visit Napa Valley as much as I want for work.  Im also very lucky that the best restaurants in the region, (as well as the world) are my customers.  One of those restaurants is The French Laundry.  Another is Bottega Ristorante.  I have gotten to know the chef de cuisine there and we take a group of 8 there for dinner and to our suprise, they have seated us at the best table in the house, right in the center of the dining room.  As we are seated, the server says "We will not be providing the table with menus tonight, as the chef has something in mind and would like to just play with you.  Will this be okay for you?"  There is only one answer to that... "Yes Please!"

So a gigantic platter of cured meat and lardo wrapped sea urchin is plopped in the middle of the table.  I have a feeling that this is going to be a great meal. 

Kale Salad with pork belly and poached egg

THIS is a real spaghetti!

Beautiful Branzino

cleanse yo palate

I stopped taking pictures of the rest of the food because there was SO much.  A total of nine courses, but as you take a look at the last two dessert platters, some of the courses had many, many items on a platter!

We are staying at the Meritage resort and we get a private tour and tasting by one of the owners of Trinitas Wines!

 

This doesnt suck.

Thursday
Jan012015

China Poblano, Las Vegas

The plan was to have a drink and a bite at a number of places, making our way up and down the strip, until we couldnt eat or drink anymore.  Of course the first stop was Bouchon, for a bottle of bubbly and a jar of foie.  Then our plan got all jacked up.  We went to China Poblano (of course we HAD to stop at my favorite bar first- the Chandelier).  I have been here many times and it is virtually impossible to have one bite here.  One drink for that matter- so we ordered three at a time (margarita flight).  Note the foamy crap on the top- that is salt air, so every sip of drink gets the perfect amount of salt.  So dope.  China Poblano is a Jose Andres restaurant and when you walk in there is a station on the left, where they are hand making asian noodles and dumplings.  on the right side, they are hand making tortillas and tacos.  A blend of a chinese noodle bar and a taco stand.  I love the food so much that we threw our plans in the trash and decided to eat as much as we possible could there.  Some winners:

Dan Dan with spicy pork

Rou Jia Mo Street Sandwich

Duck tongue (yes... duck tongue) and beef tendon (yes... beef tendon) tacos

Of course we ate dumplings and tons of other stuff, but when food is this good, you forget to take pictures of them all and just gorge

But... DO NOT leave without eating Golden Pigs.  Oh MY Gawd- think of chinese pork buns, but instead of steamed- deep fried!  then served with a bowl of condensed milk to dip.  Your arteries will be so happy and so mad at the same time.