Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Quickies #89: Marching Madness edition . . .

End of the Trail!
The thrill of the finish line at last month's Urban Hike Street Foodventures

Of course, I'm super-stoked about Urban Hike and Eat this Sunday (this time down the entire length of La Brea Avenue,) but looks like a lot of other fun going-ons are happening that day too! Ah wells . . .

Starting this Sunday, 11;30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Charlie Palmer's at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza is launching their Bloody Mary Brunch, where for $35/person you get a two course meal plus all-you-care-to-make-and-drink Bloody Marys, with a fantastic bar that starts with 42 Below Vodka and decked out with all sorts of gourmet fixings such as: hearts of romaine stuffed with applewood bacon // Arrogant Bastard-infused hot sauces // house cured beef jerky // blue cheese stuffed olives // freshly grated horseradish and ginger. Did I also mention two course of food too? It includes the like of Ahi tuna and green tea soba salad with soy-lime dressing // Bourbon-scented French toast with smoked cashews and caramelized bananas // Kobe-style beef sliders with truffle mayo.

This Sunday, from 4 p.m. to close, Hudson House in Redondo Beach is celebrating their one year anniversary by offering free drinks (choice of blood orange tequila cocktail or Hudson Ale,) free bar bites and free DJ-spun tunes. Let the good times roll!

This Sunday, from 5 p.m. to close, for the Eastsiders, Atwater Village's 55 Degree Wine is having their March Beer Madness, cleaning out their stock of eclectic, unusual beers by the glass. The selections include a light-yet-spicy Dupont Avril, Unibroue's strong-and-sweet Trois Pistoles, Pinkus' clove-y organic Hefeweizen and Lindeman's crisp-n-peachy Peche Lambic. Experiment away!

Wednesday, March 17 from 2 to 7 p.m., Brea's TAPS Fish House & Brewery is offering a fantastic Irish-themed buffet for anyone wearing green; for $9.95 you can help yourself to their crazy spread of hearty St. Paddy's Day fare such as build-your-own Irish nachos, Irish Whiskey barbecue wings, stout & lamb stew, Dubliner cheddar & ale soup and sheperd's pie. You might as well order their Irish red ale too to help wash all that down!

And my favorite reads this week:

- For a while people were worried that the Bazaar's Brunch and Afternoon Tea were going away; fear not, Grub Street LA got the scoop that it's merely moving to another location within the SLS Hotel (plus the menu too for you to drool over!)

- Slate looks at the current trend with preserving fruits, veggies, meats, etc. and how it went from a frugal necessity to an exercise in pride

- LA Times featured "greener" restaurants dedicated to sustainability, recycling and other practices to nourish the planet as well as our palates

- Want to hold a tapas party at home? Check out SeriousEats' simple four-ingredient tapas recipes

- And on the easy DIY note, Let Me Eat Cake posted some of her favorite dessert recipes that anyone can whip up in a jiffy

- DineLA has a pair of great features covering a wide variety of sheep dishes and notable sandwiches in L.A. (looking for an intersection of the two? Try the lamb French Dips at Cole's and Phillipe's)

- Caroline on Crack shows you how to send a bad restaurant dish back the right way

- And yours truly got into a little comment brouhaha over cheese made out of breastmilk on EaterLA



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