March 2, 2013 |
Echo Park has a new fancy cocktail den in Allumette. In the old Allston Yacht Club space next door to the neighborhood liquor store House of Spirits Allumette is the new restaurant by Vagrancy Project chef Miles Thompson. To complement his intricate small plates, including raviolo of liquefied blood pudding with scallop carpaccio and caramelized anchovy; and fried oyster with kimchi ranch dressing, Asian pear mignonette and sea spinach, he's brought on former Pour Vous and Harvard & Stone mixologist Serena Herrick.
August 4, 2012
Watermelon salad with feta, mint and cumin-lime dressing Total time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 to 6 2 pounds watermelon cubes 1 pound feta, cut in cubes 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds 3 tablespoons lime juice Salt 1 1/2 tablespoons oil 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint 1. Combine watermelon, feta and jalapeño in serving bowl....
June 7, 2013 |
Looking for something perfectly cool for a hot summer day? Oh, and simple? And ready in about an hour? Try ceviche. Specifically, this scallop ceviche recipe requested by Amanda in Encino: "We spent the weekend in Los Cabos and had an incredible scallop ceviche dish at the Tequila & Ceviche Bar at Las Ventanas. It was so fresh, I think it came straight from the Gulf of California. The chef said they marinate the scallops in lime juice to "cook" them. It looked beautiful, tasted even better and seemed pretty simple to make.
August 4, 2011
Quinoa salad with grilled corn, tomatoes and cilantro Total time: 1 hour Servings: 6 to 8 1 cup quinoa 1 3/4 cups water Salt 2 cups grilled corn (from about 2 ears, cut from the cobs) 2 cups chopped tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes cut in half 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced 3/4 cup chopped green onion 3 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin 1 1/2 cups chopped cilantro 1. Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse under running water until the water runs clear, 1 to 2 minutes.
July 16, 2008
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes plus overnight marinating time Servings: 16 Note: From Joseph Martin, executive chef, Levy Restaurants at Dodger Stadium. At the stadium, the carne asada is served with corn tortillas, pico de gallo, tomatillo sauce, chopped onions, chopped cilantro, grilled whole serrano chiles and slices of lime. 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3/4 cup chopped onions 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 cup chopped green onions 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1/2 cup tomato purée 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 1 cup canola or vegetable oil 2 1/2 pounds skirt steak 1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the chipotle, garlic, onions, cumin, green onions, cilantro, parsley, tomato purée, lime juice, salt, pepper and oil. 2. Rub the marinade all over the skirt steak, then place the steak in a large, resealable plastic bag with the marinade and refrigerate overnight.
April 27, 2003 |
A few years back, I was sitting in a restaurant-bar in Playas de Tijuana, a newer neighborhood in that town with my Mexican half-sister, Iridia, when I first heard the word that would subsequently change my alcohol-consuming life. "Una Corona para mi hermana," she said to the waiter, ordering for her American half-sister. "Y para mi, una michelada." MEEEEEE-chay-la-thah.