Monday, October 7, 2019

Don't Skip the Food at Employees Only LA

We all expect the drinks at Employees Only to be good. After all, that was the reason the original NYC location was so popular. But at the West Hollywood location, you shouldn't miss the food! You may have had the food here before, but if you came before this summer, you might want to take another look. Chef Brian Bornemann redid the menu at Employees Only earlier this year and it is above and beyond what you'd expect from a cocktail bar (Bornemann has taken the helm at Michael's Santa Monica but he's still helping out with the menu at EO).

To start:
Uni, nori, masago, smoked oil, sliced serrano. Drizzle the smoked oil over the uni and eat it like a taco.
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If you're an uni lover like me, you can't go wrong with this dish. It had a slight kick but didn't overwhelm the sweet uni.

The next dish of halibut tartar is unusually beautiful. Halibut, preserved citrus, Arbequina olive oil, sunflower petals
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We had to get some cocktails with our dinner, of course. My favorite ended up being this one that my friend ordered: The Colonial (Aperol, Plymouth gin, fresh lemon juice, home-made rhubarb syrup & Himalayan pink salt, finished with rosé prosecco)
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

IAMLA's Taste of Italy 2019 Preview at Sosta Cucina

by Bryan Tsunoda @discovering_LA

The Taste of Italy is a sumptuous food and wine event that takes place on Sat. Oct 12. It features some of the best regional Italian cuisine, food products, and wine LA has to offer. In addition, attendees can watch live demonstrations and enjoy the on-site entertainment. 

This year is the 11th annual event and I had an opportunity to preview food prepared by Sosta Cucina in Hermosa Beach.

Sosta means “resting place” in Italian. Sosta Cucina opened a year ago and is owned by chef Luca Manderino. They serve Venetian style Italian food, focusing on smaller-sized portions, encouraging patrons to share their meals family-style. Manderino isn’t new to the area. He has been preparing Italian food in the South Bay since 2005 with Sosta Enoteca.

The first dish was a charcuterie plate featuring cured European meat. 
The platter was filled with thinly sliced prosciutto, soppressata, and specht. The delicious cured meats paired quite nicely with the Custodi Belloro Orvieto Classico, a slightly acidic white wine with notes of fresh apple.

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