Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Food Tour, Los Angeles edition

When I first started thinking about my trip to L.A. and planning it all out, a few thoughts ran through my head:

1) L.A. is home to some of my favorite food haunts. A few places which I have not enjoyed in a long while.
2) A three-day weekend affords enough time to visit quite a few of the places I have missed so much.
3) I know people in L.A. Some of these people like food as much as, if not more than, me.

These all swirled together to formulate my final thought: I am going to organize a Food Tour. The requirements were simple: you had to enjoy food to come and the food had to be good.

Here are the highlights.

In Thai Town there is a most heavenly sanctuary serving authentic Thai desserts. This place is called Bhan Kanom Thai. You will never remember the name, only that it is long, three words long. When asked about it, you might even swear it has an s in its name, but none of that matters. What matters is that you can buy the best bananas in sticky rice wrapped up in banana leaves here. There they are sitting pretty wrapped in those green organic wrappers behind me on the left.

They can be tricky to unwrap but are so well worth it.

They are mind blowing when eaten warm.

This is no ordinary banana tucked furtively inside. It's a much sweeter Thai banana sent from God. It is that good.

On the West side of L.A., just off of Santa Monica, is my favorite izakaya, Nanbankan.

I have dreams about these mixed mushrooms in their garlic-y wine butter sauce.

Sue and her man provided cupcakes for dessert from Violet's Cakes. Now I dream about these red velvet cupcakes.

Did I mention we spent a lot of time watching The Food Network, specifically the show The Best Thing I Ever Ate? One of the best things one of the hosts on the show had ever eaten was from a L.A. restaurant called bld (which stands for breakfast, lunch, dinner -- so clever, they are!) They were bld's blueberry ricotta pancakes. They were good, but not as good as I had hoped. The best part, though, was getting syrup in a mini log cabin (upper right corner).

The chorizo home fries were pretty darn good. But aren't potatoes always good?


Rich said...

It is nice to see another person enjoy food. There is nothing wrong with enjoying it, if it is yummy, it is meant to be eaten. I have tried the "vegetarian fluff", and I can knock it! :) Give me a pizza and a triple decker bacon cheeseburger any day! Your photos looked yummy except for the bananas, what is the black stuff? and the pancake....cheese in a pancake?(ricotta) ewwwwww.....

Razzberry Corner said...

Yummy! I am going to go make something to eat now!

Jessie said...

those blueberry pancakes look amazing!

2busy said...

Can you spell H-u-n-g-r-y? Those look delicious...And, this is from a desperate woman on a diet.

Cham said...

Food. My fave. That's all I have to say.

Sobrina Tung said...

Rich -- the black stuff is beans of some sort. They're not really like frijoles you'd have in a taco, but more like red bean. They add a nice texture to the whole treat.

I also didn't understand the ricotta cheese in the pancake until I tried it myself. They add a surprisingly light and almost creaminess. haha, I know, it sounds weird.

Cham, I am right there with you.

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Shaista said...

Wow this post is criminal - I am going to dream food all night and wake up to... a banana with muesli. Sigh...
Hope Alan didn't cry when he read this post - is he able to eat a little? If he wasn't a guy I'd recommend chocolate... specifically After Eights - the one with the mint centre. Helped me with nausea and diarrhea.. but then, as I say, I'm a girl :)

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