Friday, September 04, 2009

Friday Quickies #72: Lazy Labor Day Weekend Edition

Weisswurst plate for brunch at 3 Square Café

Well then, not even one week in and my dine-out diet has already been foiled, twice in the same day (a.k.a. TODAY) -- an unexpected early morning duty at work left me high and dry (and far away from home) in the breakfast department so I settled for some a.m. nosh at 3 Square in Venice (yeah, my arm was REALLY twisted there ;) ) and tonight I gotta toast to another foodblogger's celebratory news in downtown LA. Here's hoping I can make away with one drink... and maybe a snacky bite.

But nonetheless, here some great events and specials coming up that I'll also be trying my darndest to avoid attending (for the number on my scale and my credit card statements)

Saturday, Sept. 5: At Henry's Hat near Universal City, they're throwing a helluva sports party -- with all the hot college football games playin' while serving food and drinks (including bottomless mimosas and sangrias) at half-off for those showing up in college gear. Time to whip out and dust off those gianormously logo'd clothes from your alma mater!

Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7: For many, Labor Day signifies the true end of summer -- or at least Ford's Filling Station thinks so, since this Sunday and Monday are the last days they'll be doing the Summer BBQ from 4 to 10 p.m. For $18/person, diners can choose two meats including brisket, pulled pork, Tuscan sausage and pork ribs PLUS two homestyle sides such as succotash, Southern style Tuscan cabbage, and marinated heirloom tomatoes. For Sunday, add a draft beer for $4 more -- while Monday that $4 draft will be offered all night long, no limits and no food required.

Now until Wednesday, Sept. 9: In sync with Santa Monica Pier's 100th anniversary, FIG will be offering assorted gussied-up junk foods for $5-14. Themed around "on a stick" "on bread" and "in a basket" - the specials include blue cheese-filled buffalo chicken, scotch duck egg, lobster corn dog and a pancetta burger with sun dried tomato relish. For full lowdown, menu and prices, check out Caroline on Crack's post here.

Wednesday, Sept. 9: Also celebrating the pier's centennial is Le Troquet, the swanky outdoor bar of the Le Merigot Hotel & Spa, will be having food & drink specials nearly all night long from 5 to 11 p.m., with 30% off their Le Troquet menu (tuna tartare, crab quesadilla, steak au poivre) and 50% off well drinks excluding beer/wine. Sounds like a great way to enjoy the fireworks and festivities!

All September long: Glendale's somewhat-hidden gem Bashan is celebrating its 2-year anniversary; to commemorate all month long they'll offer a five-course chef's tasting menu for $55 a person. For those looking for something cheaper and more casual, they still have the 3-course prix-fixe Tues to Thurs for $40/person (no corkage for wine bought from neighboring Rosso Wine Shop, or any bottle on Wed.)

And my fave reads from the week that was:

Regina Schrambling argues against buying and using Julia Child's Art of Cooking on Slate

This past Sunday in the LA Times, an opinionated piece against the proliferating food snobbism culture

Washington Post follows up on the cookie-dough-poisoned woman, and what governing bodies and agencies have done since to improve food safety

Julia Scott a.k.a. Bargain Babe throws an at home DIY sushi party with all the fixin's (even beer/sake!) for less than $20 a head. And no, she didn't cut corners with the raw fish...


Ravenous Couple said...

bashan is one of our favorites so thanks for the deal updates. Wonder if they have updated the menu since we've had almost everything on there at least once :)

yutjangsah said...

that snausage looks gooood!

H. C. said...

@RC, you still got the majority of the month left to check it out -- can't wait to hear your thoughts on it :)

@YJS, actually this trip around I had their potato-leek quiche, which was good texture wise but a bit bland on taste (rectified with some hot sauce) -- similarly, the snausage could use a little more oompf in taste; their German apple pancake, however, is really good.


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