Hatfields Farewell

Everytime a really incredible restaurant in LA closes I do my best to try it one last time. Hatfields is closing at the end of this year – say it ain’t so. My last meal there didn’t disappoint. Try it before it’s gone!

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Mango pulp, Persian cucumber, avocado, crispy shallot

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PAN SEARED DIVER SCALLOP

Caramelized endive, dried plum reduction, mushroom-hazelnut duxelles

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PAN ROASTED DUCK BREAST

Apple-rosemary purรฉe, fingerling potato, pistachio-cornichon relish

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SUGAR & SPICE BEIGNETS

Venezuelan chocolate fondue, vanilla malted milkshake

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Friendsgiving

Last weekend I hosted a Friendsgiving at my home. I’ve been wanting to do this for years an it was a great success. I highly recommend it for anyone who doesn’t go home for Thanksgiving – or in my case for the weekend after Thanksgiving when everyone comes home.

Lots of food, conversation, wine, punch and laughter with some of my closest friends. Complete with “Fireplace for your home” playing on my TV. It really does add some ambiance.

The menu was as follows:

Cheese plate

Charcuterie

Brussel Sprouts (made by my friend Luisa)

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes

Mushroom Gravy

Braised Turkey Legs

Pumpkin Pie (made by my friend Eileen)

Cranberry Bourbon Punch

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Solvang, CA

I visited the cutest little town of Solvang over the weekend. Did a lot of wine tasting – enough bottles for all my friends to drink during Friends-Giving next weekend. The antique stores there are incredible – saw a Thomas Edison Cylinder Photograph (a steal at $6k!)

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My list of favorite wine tasting rooms coming up later this week.

Random Things I Like

I have a Pinterest board called “Random Things I Like” so I am constantly building this list of things I like – and there’s a lot!

Here are some I’d like to share this week:

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Trader Joes’ Speculoos Cookie Butter – Holy crap. I have never had this stuff until recently and boy have I missed out! It tastes like crumbled up gingerbread and shortbread biscuits mixed into some sort of peanut buttery goodness. Though I’m not sure there’s peanut in there? Also, apparently you can sell it on Amazon for $12 so I’m going to go buy a case and see what happens.

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Secret Malibu Beaches. I had to go here at 8 AM one morning for a video shoot, but wow was all that traffic worth it. We saw tons of dolphins putting on a show for us that morning.

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The Pomona Fairplex. I did The Color Run here last week and it was a lot of fun (and very dirty!). The Fairplex has the cutest little farm. Look at that barn!

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Bottega Louie Macarons. I saw this box and just couldn’t resist! I highly recommend Salted Caramel, Mango and Violet. Order online here!

 

Osteria Mozza mmmmmm

One of my favorite restaurants in LA is Osteria Mozza. It is THE solid fine dining Italian restaurant by Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton, & Joseph Bastianich that feels like an adventure each time I go there. The crowd can be a bit “LA” if you know what I mean, but don’t let it phase you. The staff is always pleasant, accomadating and non-pretentious.

The Mozzarella Bar Menu is extensive, cocktails are delicious (try the Benfatto if you like whiskey), with primi and secondi menus with something for every taste. I sat at the Mozzarella Bar for the first time and was able to see Nancy Silverton in action. I highly recommend sitting there forย  casual occasions.

Here are some highlights of my last visit:

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bacon, marinated escarole & caramelized shallots

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with browned butter – It’s one HUGE piece with egg on the inside. Melt in your mouth good.

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with potatoes, celery & lemon – I’ve had a weird obsession with Grilled Octopus lately – Mozza cooks it PERFECTLY.

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rucola & Parmigiano with aceto balsamico

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huckleberry marmellata & lemon mascarpone – make sure you ask the server to repeat it 10x fast. In Italian.ย  Bombolini! Bombolini! Bombolini!

JT Country Kitchen

I found the CUTEST, TINEST little greasy spoon restaurant just outside Joshua Tree. I squealed upon seeing the front of the place.

Anthony Bourdain went here on No Reservations, as can be seen on the wall throughout the restaurant. The cutest owners were incredibly friendly. Biscuits and gravy, eggs, corned beef hash and so much more was ordered.

There’s probably enough seats for 20 people total. The milkshakes are divine. Please stop by if you’re ever in the area!
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