Archive for the ‘FOOD’ Category

02.01.16

ABOUT TOWN / DATE SPOTS LA

eating out at restaurants. can we call this a hobby? it’s definitely a huge part of our lives over in the designlovefest office. we get these two questions a lot, so we figured we would answer them here in our new LA column. and please answer below in the comments with YOUR two faves so we can try some new spots!

date spots LA | designlovefest

WHAT’S A RESTAURANT YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR FRIEND FROM OUT OF TOWN?

joanie: brunch at the commissary at the line hotel. i love that you get to sit inside the greenhouse and that it’s right next to the pool. feels like a mini – vacation

bri: for dinner, i would say speranza for pasta and wine and a patio full of plants. i’ve had many looooong friend conversations on that patio. they make their own pasta there too! i love the linguini with clams. ps, make sure you get the free almond cookies at the end.

date spots LA | designlovefest

erika: the rooftop bar at the ace hotel. it’s a great way to show them the city with a good view. plus, there’s live music from time to time.

wendy: chado tea room, cute place to experience a fun tea tasting where you’ll select your favorite tea flavor as you pair it with their delightful sandwiches, scones and dessert. perfect for a party of two!

natalie: the edendale, they have food if you feel like you need to eat without having to do a sit down dinner (but they have that option too) and there are lots of different areas to post up and have a conversation.

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date spots LA | designlovefest

WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DATE SPOTS?

bri: little beast. this is my NEW favorite date spot. it’s in eagle rock, the food is great and it feels like you’re dining in someone’s cozy house. mushroom risotto, whole chicken, beets and burrata. good for the soul.

joanie: put your name in at silver lake ramen, walk next door to thirsty crow for happy hour cocktails (the old fashioned and the fizz are my favorites).

wendy: maru santa monica. ideal location to go for amazing french and japanese inspired dishes, their dimly lit atmosphere creates the romantic mood while the scrumptious desserts complete the night. highly recommend the chocolate bread pudding, order two, you won’t regret it!

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natalie: eat at the taco truck or pizza at two boots and then work it off on the dance floor at funky soul at the echo.

erika: mohawk bend. it’s a restored 100-year-old movie theatre and they have a TON of beer taps that are all $6.50. good beer = happy guy.

(photos: 1 and 2)

02.01.16

HEART TOAST

HEART TOAST | DESIGNLOVEFEST

the day of love is right around the corner so might me suggest serving your lover, friend, roommate a heart shaped piece of toast in bed? there is a breakfast spot in los angeles called sqirl that serves up some of the best food in town and is known for their brioche toast with ricotta and jam (it’s amazing). we decided to re-create this favorite at home and serve it in the shape of a heart. enjoy love birds! – joanie

HEART TOAST | DESIGNLOVEFEST
HEART TOAST | DESIGNLOVEFEST
HEART TOAST | DESIGNLOVEFEST

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01.26.16

HASSELBACK POTATOES

hasselback potatoes | designlovefest

we’re pretty potato obsessed over here at the DLF office (mashed potato waffles, rosemary potatoes, and scalloped potatos). i’ve been eyeing these ones for awhile and with Super Bowl sunday right around the corner now seemed like the perfect time to make them. they were a hit and definitely worth trying at home! – joanie

hasselback potatoes | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 

• 6 ruset potatoes
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 garlic gloves
• fresh thyme and rosemary
• 2 tablespoons butter
• maldon salt

topping options: 

• sour cream
• bacon
• green onion
• shredded cheese

hasselback potatoes | designlovefest

• pre-heat your oven to 450. wash and dry your potatoes and place on a cookie sheet. take a knife and make slices into the potatoes making sure not to cut all the way through. we tried to cut about 1/4 inch slices but you could make them thicker or thinner as desired.

hasselback potatoes | designlovefest
hasselback potatoes | designlovefest
hasselback potatoes | designlovefest

• stuff the potatoes with fresh herbs and sliced garlic. drizzle with olive oil, rub the potatoes around in the oil until coated. sprinkle generously with salt (we like a lot of salt!) and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.

hasselback potatoes | designlovefest
hasselback potatoes | designlovefest
hasselback potatoes | designlovefest

• remove from the oven, pull out the herbs and throw them away. butter the top of the potatoes with a knife and place back in the oven to cook for 30 more minutes. we wanted the edges of the potatoes to be crispy like a chip so we kept them in there for 40 more minutes but if you like a softer potato 30 minutes should work.

hasselback potatoes | designlovefest
hasselback potatoes | designlovefest

• we recommend setting the toppings out in bowls and letting people assemble their own. you can almost eat these with your hands, pulling them apart and dipping them in sour cream (soooo good!)

hasselback potatoes | designlovefest

we’re always open to recipe suggestions and ideas so if there is something you want us to try, leave it in the comments!

hasselback potatoes | designlovefest
hasselback potatoes | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis

01.19.16

LET’S MAKE PHO SOUP

let's make pho | designlovefest

bri has been asking us to make pho for so long and for some reason i’ve been resisting the idea under the presumption that it’d be difficult and wouldn’t come close to the kind you eat in a restaurant (which i eat a lot of!). but, i’m willing to admit that i was wrong. it was really easy to make, totally delicious and something that i’ll be adding to my recipe collection. we started the base with a recipe that natalie had created as a mix between a detox soup/pho and had written on an orange post-it note and taped inside her notebook and then added somethings from there. the thing i realized is that it’s actually a really versatile recipe, 6 garlic gloves or 8, half or whole lime, the specifics don’t really matter and that makes the cooking process a lot more liberating. also, note that this is our version, we know this is not the traditional way of making it but our take on a classic. – joanie 

let's make pho | designlovefest
let's make pho | designlovefest
let's make pho | designlovefest

what you’ll need:

• 3 stalks of lemongrass (we finely chopped some and also used the stalks, i watched this video to learn how to properly cut it)
• basil
• 12 cups of water
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 3″ of ginger, peeled
• 8 gloves of garlic, roughly chopped
• 4 jalapeno  – thinly sliced
• cilantro
• bok choy
• 1 TBS red miso paste
• 6 limes
• rice noodles
• bean sprouts
• sweet peppers
• 1 lbs flank steak, very thinly cut (paper thin)

let's make pho | designlovefest
let's make pho | designlovefest

• fill a large pot with the 12 cups of water and add the lemongrass, garlic, ginger, a couple of chopped sweet peppers, one jalapeno sliced in half with some of the seeds removed (don’t add this if you don’t want it to be spicy), the miso paste, juice of 1 lime and a large pinch of salt. bring to a boil and then simmer for one hour.

let's make pho | designlovefest

• prepare the rice noodles as directed on the back of the package, rinse in cold water and set aside.
• right before your broth is done, take your large soup bowls (we used these) and place desired amount of rice noodles in the bottom of the bowl and add several pieces of flank steak on top.

let's make pho | designlovefest
let's make pho | designlovefest
let's make pho | designlovefest

• strain the broth and put back on the stove until it’s boiling. remove from the heat and immediately ladle over the noodles and steak so that the hot liquid cooks the steak through. add the bok choy and make sure it’s submerged so that it wilts.  add desired amount of cilantro, basil, jalapeno and bean sprouts. finish with salt, hot sauce and a squeeze of lime. enjoy!


let's make pho | designlovefest
styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis

01.12.16

TRADER JOE’S PIZZA

i’m a big trader joe’s fan (remember this post with tons of our favorites?!) shopping their aisles takes a bit of adjusting if you’re used to a traditional grocery store but once you get the hang of it there are so many benefits, particularly for someone like me who wants to spend no more then 30 minutes making dinner. it’s also great for entertaining, they have some killer frozen appetizers, all of the fixings for a pretty cheese plate and really reasonably prized booze. and they have pre-made whole wheat pizza dough that we’ll be using for today’s recipe. – joanie

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what you’ll need:
• pizza dough (it’s in the refrigerated section)
• one bag arugula
• shredded mozzarella cheese
• prosciutto
• burrata
• 1/2 lemon
• olive oil
• 3 garlic gloves, chopped
• 1 shallot, chopped
• salt

• place your pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 425, pre-heating the baking surface will make for a more crispy crust. rollout your pizza dough on a floured surface. brush the top with olive oil, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese, add prosciutto ( it will shrink up during baking so cover the entire thing), sprinkle chopped garlic and transfer to the heated and lightly oiled stone or baking sheet. place in the oven to bake for five minutes.


• while the pizza cooks place your arugula in a bowl and squeeze half a lemon, a pinch of salt, dash of olive oil and the shallots on top and toss with your hand.
• pull the pizza out of the oven, place slices or pieces of the burrata on top and place back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
• remove the pizza, add the salad on top and serve!


photos and styling by: ivan solis
see more food posts here
our trader joe’s favorite shopping list here

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