fontina, tomato-chorizo relish, pickles

Smack dab in the middle of the most obnoxious stretch of the Sunset Strip stands an oaisis. Eveleigh is a quaint retreat from the traffic jam of expensive foreign cars that sits just a few feet outside.

The vibe in the place is young. The approach to the food is not pretentious. They focus on fresh local sources for their food. Every hipster foodie loves it when the wait staff describes the beauty of the farm that your duck confit was raised .

The meal started with grilled octopus, potatoes and a spicy aioli. Then brussel sprouts and bacon with a poached egg.

And then the burger… they had me at tomato-chorizo relish. The Eveleigh burger has certainly asserted itself as one of my top 5 favorite burgers in LA. Over all the meal was fantastic although it certainly helped that I throughly enjoyed the company too 😉

Umami /uːˈmɑːmi/ is a savory taste which is one of the five basic tastes, together with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.

Umami Burger is a chain of resturaunts in Los Angeles that has figured out how to use this flavor sensation to perfection.

What is it like biting into an Umami Burger? Falling in love, fireworks and  your first rock concert,  medium rare between two buns. If you are in LA, it would be a huge life mistake not to have one.

So, I made this video a few years back and am feeling the itch to make more. Let me know what you think.

Grilled Cheese Tease

Organic Chicken Brest With Fresh Veggies

I know pretty much all of my posts so far have been about all my favorite junk food from my life experiences and travels. Well, it is has finally caught up to me. Now in my late twenties my metabolism has said,“Fuck you dude, I’m slowing down and you’re getting a belly.” Alright metabolism, touché. You want to play like that? Then I guess I will just have to go on a diet . Sigh.

Simply, diets suck. I am doing the Paleo Diet which means no carbs, dairy or grains. Pretty much everything I love has been cut out of my routine. I didn’t realize how depressing life is without cheese until now.

This diet has forced me to cook for myself more than usual and I am finding that to be very enjoyable. Pictured above is organic chicken breast with bell peppers, cilantro and broccoli.

So far I’m 4 days in and have dropped 5 lbs. Booyah metabolism!

Truffle Chicken and Tomato Bisque at Sweetsalt Foods

I LOVE my job. But occasionally I have to drag my ass out to Toluca Lake , do math and settle up my petty cash reports. This is not fun. However there is one reward for completing a pile of paperwork, and that is lunch at Sweetsalt Food Shop.  Chef Alex Eusebio of Top Chef Season 5 fame opened the perfect lunch spot.  Simple fresh sandwiches, salads and soups is what they do and they do it to perfection. On my most resent excursion to Sweetsalt I had the Truffle Chicken Sandwich and I talked my co-worker into the Shrimp Po’ Boy.  If you are a grilled cheese head like I am, you have to try theirs because well Gruyère and White Cheddar are soul mates. Avoid the line and show up after the lunch rush. Next time I am going to try the Buffalo Chicken Wrap… Drool…

Leo Beer. Chiang Mai, Thailand

There is nothing better on a hot muggy day in Thailand than a Leo beer. Cheap, refreshing and full flavored, this beer will soothe the pain from that Muay Thai fight you just lost.

Here is a tip so you don’t sound like a tourist. Singha beer is pronounced “sing” the “ha” is silent.

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog. Echo Park

2 A.M. You have been at Gold Room sucking back several of the $4 PBR and tequila specials. (more details  on Gold Room in a forthcoming post) You catch your friend’s band at Lot 1 across the street and then finish off the night by dancing your beer and tequila soaked ass off at the Short Stop.

After last call you stumble to the street, hungry for something substantial to soak up all the cheap booze you have been pounding .

Fortunately you are in Echo Park, the land of the bacon wrapped hot dog. You can find a sweet little Mexican lady grilling up these hefty bundles of heartburn on virtually every corner. A mere $3 will score you a bacon wrapped dog, grilled onion, jalapeño , ketchup, mustard and mayo.

Tums not included.