Neighborhood Eats: Monsieur Marcel with Heather

CHEAT DAY! Mostly. I shot all day on Saturday, but limited myself to the healthiest choices (veggie wrapped veggies and water) and alllll the activity, so Sunday’s Cheat Day was well-earned. And since our friend Rogue was in town, Magneto and I figured we might as well make the most of it and give her […]

Neighborhood Eats: Stark Bar @ LACMA

Magneto gave me one of the best birthday presents last year: membership at LACMA. While we don’t take as much advantage of it as we ought, we finally made it out there for a current exhibit and ended up lunching there. The Stark Bar and Ray’s are perfectly situated just outside the Ahmanson Building, in […]

Taste of Home: Burger Day

Magneto texted me one day, suggesting he make burgers for dinner because it was Friday and we’d had a pretty stressful week. I enthusiastically agreed, pleased that I wouldn’t have to make any more decisions once I got home from work. And then I had to make a decision. My coworkers were having some serious […]

Chef’s Secrets: Too Much Chicken!

Magneto and I don’t entertain often, but I have a bad habit of cooking as though we’re having guests almost every time I step into the kitchen. This means we’re always left with WAY TOO MUCH FOOD. Either I learn how to cook for two, or I do what I do below: repurpose my leftovers […]

Neighborhood Eats: Work Lunches – South Bay

I work at a production company located in the South Bay, just a few miles from the beach and on a stretch of a main street populated mostly by office buildings and shopping centers. We’re surrounded by food, but much of it is of the chain variety: Fleming’s, Houston’s, Johnny Rockets, Noah’s Bagels, Il Fornaio. […]

Neighborhood Eats: Walk It Out

I know that there are a lot of people who live far from good restaurants, whether it’s because you’re in the suburbs or because you have a different idea of delicious from your immediate neighbors. When you travel to a new city, I think staying in an area that is rich with culinary opportunities is […]

Chef’s Secrets: The Perfect Fried Egg

For all of my time in the kitchen spent baking, broiling, sautéing, grilling, deep frying, tempering, etc., it took me years to learn how to make the perfect fried egg. Sunny side up, firm but not crunchy on the bottom, slides right out of the pan with no greasy goo – when people say that […]