Monday, April 6, 2009

Product Review: Ile de France Le Brie Cheese

Ile de France was looking for bloggers to review their cheese products via Tastespotting, and I got hooked up with some Brie cheese.

Ile de France's Le Brie came to my office mailbox and luckily the large DO NOT TOUCH! sign I put in the fridge was enough to keep people at bay long enough for me to get it home!
Taking it out of the box and unwrapping it reveals a uniform white rind. Looking good!
The first cut. I can already feel its firmness and smell the nice aroma. Can't wait to take the first bite!
The aroma is subtle but inhale enough and you get that delicious sharp aroma! The cheese is firm, yet silky and creamy. It's almost like eating butter with a slight nutty aftertaste. This was one good brie!

The product is listed on Amazon but is currently unavailable, so I don't know how much it retails for. But it is one of the best brie I've had, so if you get your hands on it and it's not outrageously priced, buy it.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Providence 5x5 Menu Revealed!

The 5x5 Chef's Collaborative will kick off at Providence on April 28, featuring guest chef Alessandro Stratta from ALEX, a one Michelin starred restaurant in Las Vegas for 2 consecutive years.

Here's the menu for the first 5x5 dinner:

Kampachi Sashimi
Ton Buri, Asian Pear, Red Radish and Fennel
David LeFevre

Santa Barbara Abalone and Prawn “Printanier”
Shellfish-Lemongrass Emulsion
Josiah Citrin

Timballo di Orzo in Foglie di Spinaci
con Piselli, Carciofi, Fegato d'Oca, Salsa di Funghi
Gino Angelini

Sauteed Wild Striped Bass
White Carrot Purée, Nettles, Fava Beans, Fennel Pollen
Neal Fraser

Roasted Duck "Apicius"
Spiced Pineapple, Rhubarb and Celery Root
Alessandro Stratta

A Café in Bordeaux
Canelé Ice Cream, Coffee Parfait and Toasted Hazelnuts
Adrian Vasquez

$150 pp, $215 with wine pairing

For the date/restaurant/guest chef lineup, go here.

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Sunday Prix Fixe Meals around Town

A growing list of the Sunday Suppers and Sunday Prix-fixe deals in Los Angeles.
Know of one not on this list? Give me a talking-to at !

1. Lucques Sunday Supper.
3 courses for $45.

You can't go wrong at Suzanne Goin's restaurant. In terms of higher end comfort food, this is one of LA's best.
8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069, (323) 655-6277

2. Sunday Prix Fixe at The Foundry on Melrose
3 courses for $39, or 4 courses for $49.
Plus, don't forget "Scotch & Song Sundays" - that's live music and complimentary scotch tasting people!

7465 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 651-0915

3. Sunday Prix Fixe at Eva Restaurant
5 courses for $35, INCLUDING WINE!

Last time I went I had 4 courses + 1 side which included heirloom tomatoes, shrimp scampi, some mighty delicious fried chicken and addicting creamed corn as a side. Two flavors of cupcakes were served for dessert, all with overflowing wine.
7458 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 634-0700

4. Sunday Supper at Palate
3 courses for $35.

933 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818)662-9463

5. Sunday Poor Man's Dinner at Larkin's
It's now quite a "prix-fixe". $12 gets you all the food you can eat!
5 PM til the food's gone.

1496 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041. (323)254-0934.

6. Pinot Bistro
Sunday "locals" night special prices, see the menu here.

12969 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604. (818)990-0500.

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