A Fantastic Week!

Go Southbayfood.com!

Go Southbayfood.com!

This week has been crazy, but rewarding!  Today is Easter, and this week was my Spring Break, not to mention three articles were published about our own southbayfood.com!  Talented reporter Stephanie Cary (@stephiecary) interviewed me about my blog and wrote an astounding article about my culinary love and my likes and dislikes in the kitchen.  Congratulations to Stephanie on her article being printed in both The Daily Breeze and The Beach Reporter (as well as online with several newspapers partnered with The Daily Breeze)!

Thanks to The Daily Breeze for the great picture!

Thanks to The Daily Breeze for the great picture!

Also, Grub Street LA’s blog posted a piece about young chefs elevating, and southbayfood.com was a big part of it.  They were very supportive of kids’ talents, but just so you know, I’m no professional chef.  I’m just a girl who is still learning and following her interests.  Thank you, Grub Street Los Angeles!

I haven’t done much for Spring Break, but here is the news flash on Easter 2013 …

 

 

Happy Easter!

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Our Creative Creation

Our Creative Creation

“Perfect!” my dad smiled proudly, as I placed the last decoration upon our watermelon Easter egg basket.  We had just hauled every last bit of watermelon from the rind.  We filled the watermelon three-fourths the way full with fake grass, and then I carefully placed our polychromatic Easter eggs in the basket.

What you need:

  • One watermelon (pick a size that will fit your contents), or other melon
  • A melon baller or a scoop
  • Paper towels or fake grass to cushion the eggs (or whatever your basket will contain)
  • Easter eggs, refreshments or whatever else you will stash in your basket
The delightful by-product of our creation was a boatload of melon balls.  We might do something artistic with them before devouring the sweetness, but most likely, they will just end up in our mouths in about 2.5 seconds!
Merry Easter! ;)

Merry Easter! 😉

 

Happy Easter and Spring, and have a great day!

How Does This Birthday Dinner Sound to You?

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”  -James Beard

Just Getting Started

On January 21, my 11th birthday, I decided to go to MB Post for dinner.  As my early readers remember, I toured this restaurant at cooking camp, and I have been inspired to eat there ever since.  There was only one way to make it better, and it happened:  My grandma flew out to our house and surprised me on my birthday!  So, she joined my friend Angie, Dad and I on my birthday dinner experience.

MB Post is a unique restaurant in many ways, including seasonal harvest changes to the menu, the chef’s instinct of the day, and its family-style seating.  But something that stood out to me was the one-of-a-kind decor.  The entire restaurant is themed like a post office, because that is what MB Post’s building used to hold.

I think it is important to write about MB Post because it is “all the hype” in the South Bay right now.  As my dad said, “David LaFevre (MB Post’s chef) is practically a legend.”  So stay tuned for an extra special birthday post.  Let the culinary adventure begin…

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I walked into MB Post with high expectations.  I knew this place was great.  Legendary.  Unbelievable.  But what I didn’t know was that I would leave far more satisfied than I expected.

Thank You!

Our server hand-delivered an envelope addressed to us, containing the evening’s menu, which had “Happy Birthday” written across the top.  As we scanned through a menu like I have never seen before, they were already on my good side.  MB Post serves only small plates, so we could order many different dishes to try.

Yum, yum, yum!

 

 

First Parcel of the Night:  Bacon Biscuits.  I saw it on the menu and it screamed out my name!  Angie was with me – we just had to get them, so we did.  Our bacon biscuits were obviously concocted by an accomplished baker.  The biscuits were crunchy but flaky, melting but solid, with a perfect balance of all pastry textures.  The bacon was cooked to a crispy, dissolving state, and worked in unison with the crunchy dough to create what was probably the best biscuit I have ever had.

Heaven Times A Million

Next on the list was the Salumi Cutting Board.  A wooden cutting board supporting piles of cheese and cured meats, this was perhaps the most impressive selection of meats I have ever laid eyes on.  Cabacero, also known as “Literally The World’s Best Pork!”, was “literally” unbelievable.  Served like salami, it surprised me the way it was prepared, but I loved it anyway.  It was not too fatty, but was still moist and well-loved at our table.

We also ordered Speck on our Salumi Cutting Board, which was prepared with a little bit more fat than some other cured meats.  In my opinion, it truly tasted like heaven.  Cold and smooth, it melted in my mouth and brought immense joy to my taste buds.  I would definitely suggest the Speck — and the entire cutting board — from MB Post.

Also for our cutting board, I chose a delicious cheese called Challerhocker.  It was on verge of SHARP, but that is how I like it!  It wasn’t too firm, but it wasn’t creamy either.  I enjoyed it, and it was a good choice.  Also, on the side of the cutting board was a cup of pickled grapes and selection of luscious honey.  I wasn’t so sure about the pickled  grapes, but I tried them and fell in love.  I guess it was an acquired taste, one that I enjoyed though.  I was so sad when the cup was through, and I would suggest to you to try the pickled grapes if you order a cutting board.

The honey assortment was excellent.  There was chestnut honey, truffle honey, and honeycomb, and it ALL blew me away.  Who knew honey could be so darn delicious?

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Shrimp Starter

Next we drifted into the real dinner course.  We started by ordering Thai Marinated Shrimp Ceviche.  The shrimp were, unfortunately, lacking much flavor, but the acidity of the limes made up for most of that.  It was not the best ceviche I have ever had, but it was not bad either.  I cannot say I would order this item again, but I would not disapprove of it either.

Scrumptious Scallops

 

The Diver Scallops, on the other hand, were incredible.  The seared goodness was placed directly in front of me, as if they were intentionally meant to be.  The scallops had a perfect crust, and they were moist and well-seasoned.  I hate scallops that are seared to perfection, but tasteless or fishy inside.  This, however, was not the case at MB Post.  They were rather large, but I ate my share gladly.  The cabbage and bacon butter on the side were tasty and approved of.

Our Veggie Delight

Next, Romanesco took flight to our table, or “Broccoflower,” as they called it.  I practically shoveled it in my mouth, savoring each splendid bite.  The Broccoflower was perfectly cooked, well-seasoned, and about as good as veggies can get!  Yum, yum.  The Broccoflower definitely earned our stamp of approval!

 

Luscious Linguini

 

Then we had the sausage linguini.  it was delicious in every way possible, and the sausages’ kick flavored the entire concoction.  It was not unbelievable, but nonetheless enjoyable and always welcome in my stomach!

Ready for some mussels?  Angie and I ordered the steamed mussels, with green curry, Chinese sausage, and coriander rice.  They were perfectly cooked and the chef who created these obviously had some good taste and contrasting flavors.  The mussels were exceptional in combination with the bacon, and I would definitely order it again.

Saucy! Saucy!

Last for the dinner course were the pork ribs, smothered in a pungent mahogany sauce.  These were pretty good ribs, but could definitely be beaten.  I was not head-over-heels for this entree, but it was not bad.

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NOW … for dessert!  We ordered panna cotta and “The Elvis”.   “The Elvis” is “a wonderful mess of chocolate pudding, peanut butter mousse, and bacon brittle,” as described on the menu.  It was wonderful, yet it was a bit too rich for me.  Me, can you believe it?!?  (Thank you to MB Post, for making this dessert their birthday present to me.)

Music in My Mouth

The chocolate pudding was like taking a bite out of heaven.  Just perfect.  But the heavenly chocolate, luscious thick peanut butter mousse, and crunchy bacon brittle were a little too much.  Individually, they were all amazing flavors, but together they overpowered each other.  Overall, it was a so-so dessert, but filled with spectacular flavors.

The panna cotta was really good.  It was the first time I had ever tried panna cotta.  The fruit was sweet, and the cream was a bit tart.  They matched together, and it was a unique flavor that my taste buds had not yet been introduced to.  When they finally met, my taste buds were pleased, but I don’t think they will be meeting again very soon.

Our Destination

Overall, my experience at MB Post was exceptional, fantastic, and very memorable.  Thank you so much to Angie, Dad, and Grandma for such a great night!

Go MB Post!

 

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MB Post

1142 Manhattan Avenue

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Tel:  (310) 545-5405

www.eatmbpost.com

Twitter:  @eatMBPost

 

 

Pies! Pies! Pies!

How many of you have ever made pie?  It’s not that hard, right?  Well, on December 22, I went over to a friend’s house, and we made two different kinds.  We made two luscious apple cranberry pies (sorry, but the recipe is top secret!) and one heavenly chocolate cream pie (sorry, the full recipe is not available either).   Although the recipes are not here, I encourage you to cook, bake, and have fun with your friends and family every day!

Cranberries and Apples - Delicious!

Cranberries and Apples - Delicious!

Even though I can’t tell you how to make it, I can tell you:  It was good!  Our cranberry apple pie was a hit.  The tartness and crunch of the cranberry, and the spice and sweetness of the apple, combined to create a magical, spell-binding flavor!  It was one of the best pies I have ever had, along with our chocolate pie.   And speaking of chocolate …

Creamy Chocolate - Who can beat that?!

Creamy Chocolate - Who can beat that?!

The creamy, dreamy essence filled my mouth with longing for more.  This chocolate pie was heaven, and the peppermint Jo-Jo crust was a sweet pink cupcake after years of broccoli.  My sister Tabs helped put the crust in the pie plate, and then my friend’s mom filled it with chocolate cream.   Mmmmm!  What can I say, it was amazing!

But what I really want to tell you about was the importance of spending time with others, whether it is your family or friends.  Pie is delicious and all, but spending time other people is more important.  I say this because we had so much fun!  The kitchen was a roller coaster, with fun, friends, and a little experimenting at every turn!

On the Fourth of July…

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Independence Day!  For my family, this celebrated day was filled with fun!  In the morning, Mom, Tabs, and I saw “Monte Carlo.”  I really liked it!  My dad saw “X-Men:  First Class,” which was apparently a very memorable experience for him.  It was his favorite movie all summer, and he has seen “Green Lantern”!  (“Green Lantern” got bad reviews, but I loved it, and so did he.) 

After our movie, Mom, Tabs, and I read our books in the car for what seemed like an hour, waiting for “X-Men:  First Class” to end.  Although the wait was long, I was too captivated by my science-fiction fantasy mystery to notice the flying time.  My breathtaking book was called “Magyk.”  It is the first of a series by Angie Sage.  You may not have heard of this author, but kids should read her books.

Paisanos Pizzeria

Paisanos Pizzeria

As time went by, I started to wonder if Dad’s movie was supposed to be this long …  Finally, my dad approached our car with a smile.  “So, he liked his movie,” I thought.  When everyone was in my mother’s burgundy Pilot, we drove home.  After a quick change of clothes, we headed downtown to Paisano’s Pizza, one of my favorite pizzerias.  After polishing off a good and greasy slice of sausage pizza, we ran downtown to the overly crowded beach.  We found a spot where Tabs and I could see our parents from the ocean, and they could see us.  Perfect!

Celebrating America's Food

Celebrating America's Food

After a few fun hours of swimming and splashing, we walked home, and my dad made an Americana feast.  Burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes … we had it all!  The burgers were juicy and meaty, and if you added the spiciness of Phillippe’s mustard, you had a pretty tasty burger.  The tender beef was delicious!

We ate our Nathan’s hot dogs right after we watched a Nathan’s hot dog-eating contest on TV. 

Eating Just ONE Hot Dog

Eating Just ONE Hot Dog

What a disaster!  The men’s high score was eaten by Joey Chestnutt, who ate 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes!  That is what I call disgusting!  The women’s winner, Sonya Thomas, ate 40 hot dogs.  Even though it was not as many as the men’s score, it was still gross!  After the contest, no one was in the mood for a fat greasy hot dog, but they were still decent.  

The Skor candy bar and dulce de leche milkshakes were heavenly.  The blended toffee crunched as we chomped on the addicting pieces, and the rest slid down my throat.  Yum!

Delicious Deviled Eggs!

Delicious Deviled Eggs!

Guess what else we had?!  We had one of my favorites:  deviled eggs!   The yolk mixture was creamy and delicate, and the egg whites offered some moisture.  Here is our deviled eggs recipe.  We spice it up with hot mustard, but you can use regular mustard if you want.

Dad’s Deviled Eggs

6 boiled eggs

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 TBS spicy or regular mustard

1 tsp vinegar

Salt & Pepper

Slice eggs in half, lengthwise.  Pop out the yolks into a small bowl. Set the egg whites aside. 

Mash the egg yolks into crumbs.  Add the vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper to the yolks.  Stir thoroughly with a mixer or a fork. 

Using two spoons, fill the egg white cups with yolk mixture until all 12 cups are filled.  (We like to over-fill our egg cups!)  Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper, sliced green onions, and/or cajun seasoning.  Serve happily and enjoy!

We ended our day with a beautiful display of American fireworks.  We watched the fireworks from our roof!  What a day!  Please tell me about your Independence Day by commenting below.  As always, thank you for reading!

 
 
 

BOOOM!   BOOOM!

BOOOM! BOOOM!

Paisano’s New York Style Pizza and Pasta

1132 Hermosa Avenue

Hermosa Beach, California 90254

Tel:  (310) 376-9883

http://paisanospizzahb.com/home/