Saturday, February 6, 2016

GD Bro Burger (Signal Hill, CA) - Grand Opening!


Alert!  Alert!  GD Bro Burger is opening in Signal Hill on Saturday, February 6th at noon, and I had an inside sneak peek of their second brick-and-mortar location.  You may remember their award-winning truck from Food Network's Great Food Truck Race, and you definitely cannot forget that red bun.  :)

There is one item that is unique to this location, PLUS there are a couple items that I remixed to make some AMAZING off-menu items...  You will definitely want to check it out!


GD Bro Burger (Signal Hill, CA) - Grand Opening on The Episodic Eater!


As you may see from their logo below (and the picture above), they are known for their photogenic raspberry buns and their frequent appearances on food porn-y Instagram accounts.  It's for a good reason!  They have their finger on the pulse of what is trendy and they just kick it up a notch.  However, it's not just for adventurous foodies, people who like traditional comfort food will keep coming back for more.

Now, let's get to the food!


GD Bro Burger (Signal Hill, CA) - Grand Opening on The Episodic Eater!




Bojangoals'
Juicy fried marinated chicken, honey sriracha, cole slaw

GD Bro Burger (Signal Hill, CA) - Grand Opening on The Episodic Eater!


This is the burger that is new to the Signal Hill location.  Oh. Em. Gee.  Even if you live closer to the Santa Ana spot, this is SO worth the drive!  Even on the 405.  In rush hour.  I mean it.

The chicken is perfectly light and crispy, with so much juiciness, I would have thought this is the kind of sandwich they specialize in making.  The cole slaw is perfectly dressed and a needed shot of color for all of those Instagram-ers out there.  And the cherry on the top is that addicting Honey Sriracha sauce...  Maybe they should change the expression to "the Honey Sriracha sauce on top" because I feel like it could instantly make anything better.  :)



Parmesan Truffle Fries

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (Los Angeles, CA) - American Licks Collection

Ever since Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams opened nearly a year ago in L.A., we have been treated to inventive flavors like Thai Chili, Sweet Basil and Honeyed Pine Nut, Berries and Burgundy, and Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar Nuts.

Well, Jeni’s New Winter Collection features six, all-new nostalgic flavors!  What does that mean?  The new collection is called "American Licks: Ice Cream as a Living Artifact" after the ice creams we loved as kids, but their popularity is in decline nowadays.

Which blasts from the past are included?  Black & White Cookies, Candied Ginger, Green Mint Chip, Cherries Jubilee, Orange Sherbet, and Pralines & Cream round out the already impressive list of flavors.  All of the flavors are available at Jeni's 21 full scoop shops and online only through March 31st, so you know I had to head in right away for a taste!


Jeni's Ice Cream (Los Angeles, CA) - American Licks Collection on The Episodic Eater


When I arrived, all of the flavors were front and center!  Also, I adore the packaging on the new flavors.  As you may know, the regular menu items are in all white, so these definitely stand out!


Jeni's Ice Cream (Los Angeles, CA) - American Licks Collection on The Episodic Eater


I found out that the scoop shops will be "in character" for a few months, set up like a small museum even with an audio tour narrated by Jeni herself!


Jeni's Ice Cream (Los Angeles, CA) - American Licks Collection on The Episodic Eater


There’s even a "gift shop" with adorable souvenirs, like pencils, patches, T‐shirts, and collectable pins.  Also, they have postcards with American Licks flavors for guests to fill out... and for Jeni's to mail for free!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Kay 'N Dave's Cantina (Culver City, CA)


Recently, I headed to Kay 'N Dave's in Culver City with a group of blogger friends to experience their brunch, it was simply amazing!  We had so much food, drinks, and dessert that I actually had leftovers for once!  I left stuffed and with more goodies for later.  Sounds like a perfect way to start the day!


Kay 'N Dave's Cantina (Culver City, CA) on The Episodic Eater


We met at the Culver City location and brunched outside!  They also have a couple more locations in Brentwood and Pacific Palisades for anyone near those cities.  :)

To the food and drinks!


Kay 'N Dave's Cantina (Culver City, CA) on The Episodic Eater



Watermelon Shot  |  Tamarindo Margarita
Fresh Muddled Watermelon  |  Xicaru Mezcal, served in a chill rimmed glass

Kay 'N Dave's Cantina (Culver City, CA) on The Episodic Eater


We had some deeelicious drinks to start, and they were super generous!  I love how they had both sweet AND spicy!


Starters

Kay 'N Dave's Cantina (Culver City, CA) on The Episodic Eater



Mini Chicken Mole Taco
Mole Negro Made From Scratch
Squash Blossom Relleno
Fresh Blossoms, Jack Cheese, Mexican Herbs, Crema, Pico de Gallo

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SOCIAL Costa Mesa (Costa Mesa, CA) + New Dessert Program!


It has been nearly a year since my last trip to SOCIAL Costa Mesa and on this visit, I was lucky to try a few new desserts from the dessert program from pastry chef Ashley Guzman!  Of course, we had some fantastic dishes from Executive Chef Jeffrey Boullt's beforehand, to satisfy our savory cravings as well.  :)


SOCIAL (Costa Mesa, CA) + New Dessert Program! on the Episodic Eater


Let's get straight to the menu!



French Corset
French Brandy, Pear, Cassis, Becherovka, Citrus, Egg White

SOCIAL (Costa Mesa, CA) + New Dessert Program! on the Episodic Eater


I perused the seasonal cocktail menu, and I absolutely love a drink with an egg white.  What impressed me most about this sweet concoction was how thick and frothy the egg white was!  The dusting of nutmeg and the star anise was a gorgeous touch.


SOCIAL (Costa Mesa, CA) + New Dessert Program! on the Episodic Eater



Gunslinger
Rittenhouse Rye, Bourbon, Black Tea Syrup, Smoke, Citrus Oils

SOCIAL (Costa Mesa, CA) + New Dessert Program! on the Episodic Eater


At first, my guy wanted to order an Old-fashioned, but I convinced him to try the Gunslinger, since it is one of only a couple of perennial items on the cocktail menu.  It is definitely for a reason!  His second drink was bartender's choice, which ended up being a cocktail with pear and fig, called "The Emperor."  He loved it so much, that he deemed it the best cocktail he has ever had.  EVER.


Now, to the food!



Brussels Sprouts
Honey, Sweet Potato, House Tasso Ham, Hazelnuts

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sessions West Coast Deli (Huntington Beach, CA) - New Breakfast Menu!


You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so Sessions West Coast Deli just added to their menu by making it the most delicious one too!  Truth be told, this spot has been on my list to visit for more than a while now, and after sampling a few of their new breakfast items, I'm even more excited to try the rest of their menu!


Sessions West Coast Deli (Huntington Beach, CA) - New Breakfast Menu! on The Episodic Eater


There are a couple of locations, and I went to the Huntington Beach one that is located right on PCH because, well, look at that view!


Sessions West Coast Deli (Huntington Beach, CA) - New Breakfast Menu! on The Episodic Eater


It's a super cute space, and I wouldn't mind stealing some of the decor for my own space!  It is located right across from the beach, so it will definitely be bustling with all the beach-goers and passersby.

Now, are you ready to get to the food?


Sessions West Coast Deli (Huntington Beach, CA) - New Breakfast Menu! on The Episodic Eater




Green Eggs & Ham
ham, swiss, egg, arugula, basil pesto

Sessions West Coast Deli (Huntington Beach, CA) - New Breakfast Menu! on The Episodic Eater


Disclaimer here, I can't eat pork!  But seriously, doesn't this look absolutely stunning?  I just had to show it off to those of you who can eat it.  :)



Breakfast Session Burrito
carnitas, egg, jalapeƱo jack, potato, pickled onion, habanero puree, guacamole, lime crema

Saturday, January 23, 2016

DTLA Dinner Club (Downtown Los Angeles, CA) with new host Arnold Myint!


You know those amazing supper clubs that you wish you had the invite to, but you only hear about it after the fact?  Well, here's the inside scoop on one that I thought I would never be able to get into... the DTLA Dinner Club!

You might be thinking, "Diane, of course you would get invited.  You're a huge foodie and you're so close!"  But alas, this lovely venture is exclusively open to Downtown L.A. residents, so I wasn't close enough.  :(  I had heard about the lovely dinners and conversation, not to mention that there would be an occasional celebrity or chef popping by, and the whole party was free!  So you had to imagine my excitement when I found out that I would be attending the first DTLA Dinner Club of 2016.  Not only that, it would be the first party thrown by Chef Arnold Myint in his own apartment!


DTLA Dinner Club - January 2016 (Downtown Los Angeles, CA) with new host Arnold Myint! on The Episodic Eater


At first, I thought that the rest of the guests are totally going to spot the imposter and exclaim, "She doesn't belong!", but everyone was sweet as pie.  :)


DTLA Dinner Club - January 2016 (Downtown Los Angeles, CA) with new host Arnold Myint! on The Episodic Eater


As I walked in, I saw the chef plating our first course, so of course I had to stop by and snap a few in-process photos.  Soon after, I was introduced to Josh Gray-Emmer, the brains behind the DTLA Dinner Club, which he started in 2011.  Why did he decide to pass the torch to Arnold?  He's moving to Bali in a week!  Luckily, I can safely say that the DTLA Dinner Club will be in good hands.  :)


DTLA Dinner Club - January 2016 (Downtown Los Angeles, CA) with new host Arnold Myint! on The Episodic Eater


Before we started on our first course, Chef Arnold Myint spoke a little bit about himself and how he is super excited about to take on the dinner club as a new resident of Downtown L.A.  As you may know from his numerous television appearances on Top Chef AND Food Network Star, Arnold is known for his incredible plating skills and that he's from Nashville.  (Believe me, we talked on and on about our love of hot chicken, which I totally miss.)

What you may not know about is his time in the figure skating circuit and about his fabulous alter ego Suzy Wong.  Also, when the cameras are off, he is just as passionate about food as you he is in front of the camera.  Seriously, take a look at the wall art (that he installed!) in his apartment.  Gorgeous!  Future Dinner Club attendees are going to have an amazing time with such a wonderful host.  :)


DTLA Dinner Club - January 2016 (Downtown Los Angeles, CA) with new host Arnold Myint! on The Episodic Eater


Are you ready to see the dinner part of the dinner club?  Let's get to it!



Roasted Garlic Panzanella
egg, chicke-rones, chickpea puree, blistered tomato, mustard seeds, dill

DTLA Dinner Club - January 2016 (Downtown Los Angeles, CA) with new host Arnold Myint! on The Episodic Eater


The dish was plated beautifully, and I could have eaten a crate of those blistered tomatoes.  Everyone looooved the chicke-rones, chicken skin crisped up like chicharrones, and more than a few people asked for seconds.  :)

And because I know you wanted to see it, here's that yolk porn...