Couple weeks ago, I was home in LA and I decided to go on a taco crawl. It’s been a while since I did one and so to celebrate this occasion, I asked the people at Saveur if I can takeover their Instagram account for the crawl. They said yes! So from 11am till 4pm, on a Friday, I drove all over LA taking photos of tacos and eating tacos.
Above images: I started the crawl with 2 crispy shrimp tacos ($2 each) at Mariscos Jalisco, a Jonathan Gold approved taco truck. The tacos were glorious! Filled to the max with shrimp. Messy and delicious. Then it was steak and uni with smoked soy sauce taco ($8) at the Guerrilla Tacos truck in front of Blacktop Coffee. This was pretty good, interesting combination and actually wouldn’t mind eating an uni taco minus the steak.
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After months of drooling over photos of The Meat Hook crew testing out potential sandwiches, they finally opened their sandwich shop to the public.
Their menu is short and simple, consisting of 6 different sandwiches. Gyro, Italian, roast pork, roast beef, ham and cheese, and a chicken sandwich. I sort had my heart set on the roast beef sandwich, until I got to see the more detailed menu at the counter. The chicken sandwich wasn’t just a chicken sandwich but a hot fried chicken sandwich ($12). Ding! You know I can’t say no to a fried chicken sandwich. This sandwich was massive and I loved every bite of it. Spicy, crunchy, flavorful, sauce dripping, and everything held together nicely by a very nice bun.
Though just heads up, when Robert Sietsema of Eater went, I noticed the cannibal sandwich had replaced the chicken sandwich. What da what?! On Instagram, Brent Young told me that the menu will rotate like crazy. I’m glad I was able to try the chicken sandwich and can now move onto try the other sandwiches.
Their hours are 11 – 4p everyday.
Meat Hook Sandwich 495 Lorimer St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
I first met chef Dave Santos after eating at a vegetarian City Grit dinner he cooked. I ended up meeting with him at his Roosevelt Island home, where he was hosting Um Segredo — a secret supper club. Next he invited me to be a guest at one of those Um Segredo dinners, this time in Brooklyn. At that time he mentioned he was working on opening his own restaurant, focused mainly on small plates and where he could explore the cuisine of his Portuguese heritage, made with seasonal ingredients. That place turned out to be Louro, and my friends joined me there for my birthday last month.
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I can’t think of a better way to spend your summer than drinking and eating a plate of fried chicken. At The Commodore in Williamsburg, a divey bar with a little bit of retro-ness in it, you can get both and other delicious things.
The fried chicken, a plate of 3 perfectly fried and seasoned…juicy chicken thighs, served with 3 biscuits, honey butter and hot sauces, easily made it to my “awesome fried chicken” list. My friends called me crazy but I smeared some honey butter on the chicken and I recommend you do the same. Wow wow wow! We also shared the Hot Fish sandwich, which was waaaay to spicy for me but good thing I ordered a frozen pina colada (aka The Commodore) to cool my mouth down. While unlike other fried chicken places that serve thigh, drumstick, wing and a side combination, I definitely can go with The Commodore’s all thighs and nothing else version. Honestly, the thigh is the best part. (Can someone explain to me why people love white meat?)
So go to The Commodore, order plates and plates of fried chicken (from the bartender), sit yourself down in the backyard patio area and sip some rum punch or frozen pina colada.
– The Commodore 366 Metropolitan Ave (corner of Metropolitan and Havemeyer St)
Recently Potlikker in Williamsburg started serving lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. I decided to check it out because 1) I love eating during lunch time more than dinner time 2) they have a fried chicken sandwich!
The fried chicken was lightly breaded and fried and it came with a layer of goat cheese and hot pepper jelly ($12). This sandwich was simple, delicious and spicy. I’m usually not a fan of goat cheese but there was just enough for me to tolerate it and it did help cool down the spiciness of the hot pepper jelly. Also my lunch came with a bowl of curly fries. Curly fries will always be cooler than regular fries but waffle fries still trump all.
Oh and a pint of Left Hand Milk Stout was a great way to wash everything down.
– Potlikker 338 Bedford Ave (between S. 2nd St and S. 3rd St) Williamsburg, Brooklyn
This is usually what happens when I eat out with my friends. Fingers pointing at the food. And they usually like to keep pointing until I snap a photo. Sometimes we have a battle on which of us will give in first, like a staring contest.
Last week we went to check out Reynards (and The Ides bar while we were waiting for out table) at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Being part of the Diner, Marlow and Sons…empire, the food was great and I may have had the most delicious Dark and Stormy ever. The night included pitchers of wine, perfectly cooked octopus and a comforting chicken dish.
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So today is Food Revolution Day! It’s the day where you take back your food from giant faceless corporations and cook it yourself. Yep, cook it yourself. Learn something new today. Learn about a new ingredient or a new method of cooking. If you’re an expert, go teach somebody something. Share your knowledge and information. Or go out and support the small mom and pop shop where they’re doing things the good and right way.
In honor of Food Revolution Day 2013, here’s a list of recipes that we like and hopefully you’ll like also!
Guess what?! Perfect timing, it’s soft shell crab season. Go get some and cook this recipe.
Thanks to Jamie Oliver, I’m in love with harissa.
Also thanks to Jamie Oliver, I can now make flatbreads with my eyes closed.
The lobster roll is like the perfect summer food, so here’s Howard’s vegan version.
Here’s an easy tomato gratin.
Speaking of tomato, here’s my quick and easy recipe for tomato and egg over rice.
My mom’s chicken wings and potatoes with coconut milk is my MOST FAVORITE dish ever.
Check out our video on making a 30 Second Vinaigrette.
Cauliflower and apple make a great combination in this bread pudding recipe.
Ah….here’s my Pad Thai sauce recipe plus few different ways to use it.
If you find fiddlehead ferns at the greenmarket, buy some and try this recipe.