The mastermind behind Osteria Mozza and and Pizzeria Mozza is back at it again. But this time, she chose to reform an all American favorite…the burger.
In all honesty, I had no clue who Nancy Silverton was. All you foodies must be scrunching your faces in scorn and disdain. How dare you, Tiff. And you call YOURSELF a “foodie”?? I know, I know. But if you know me, I’m really bad with names. And celebrities.
Anyway, I received a text from my friend Hide one night asking me if I was going to be busy on 11/10. What? To hang out with you? Of course I’m too busy! Then Hide told me that there was going to be food, and it was going to be free, and that his friend Christian recently became the new head chef at this great burger joint that would be opening soon and that he would be cooking. Ohh, well in that case, I’m definitely free to hang out with you.
Located at the Farmers Market at The Grove, Short Order was very easy to find and the parking situation was awesome. I walked up the stairs and met up Hide, who already had a table of friends going.
We were sitting outside around what I think will eventually be a table with a fireplace in the middle of it. We were given menus and I quickly scanned it and already knew what I was going to order.
Can I get a Nancy’s Backyard Burger and an order of Short Order Spuds with truffle salt, please? Oh, and a Coke too. Thank you.
As we sat there, I was starving in anticipation of what was to be served. I had waited all week for this.
Looking around, I realized that this would be a great spot to wind down after a day of shopping at The Grove, or if you just wanted to grab a beer before you hit the movies with some friends. They have a great selection of their own beers as well.
Finally, my burger and spuds arrived. Moment of judgement…
And the verdict? We have a winner.
Nancy’s Backyard Burger was the perfect combination of artisan bacon, avocado, comte, tomato, onion, iceberg lettuce, and finally, spicy mayo. The beef was immensely fresh and juicy and was grilled to the perfect medium rare.
And the Short Order spuds? Freshly smashed fingerling potatoes, fried to perfection, topped with truffle salt, and served with a side of dipping sauce. Sold.
And you can now hop in your car and try this place out. It just opened on 11/19. Lucky you!
You could buy 56 spicy mcchicken sandwiches from mcdonalds (yes, they do exist…in vegas!)…but instead, the girls decided to spend i$56 at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant.
Check out B2′s awesome park job on the yellow.
Inside the London Hotel in WeHo. Gorgeous!
So, WeHo takes forever to get to. There are no freeways that take you directly there. You gotta get off the freeway and go 5-6 miles local to get to wherever you’re trying to go. It took us almost an hour coming from Pasadena.
Ahhh DineLA. The best way to ruin gourmet restaurants. Let’s start off with the undercooked braised short rib risotto. The risotto was undercooked. The braised rib was good, but finished it off in one bite.
Next up, we all chose the caramelized sea scallops cooked in saffron and manilla clam chowdah as our main course.
This is it:
WHAT IS THIS? A PLATE OF SCALLOPS FOR ANTS?!?! (spoken in your best zoolander voice). Okay, there are 2 scallops here. The middle of the plate? No scallop there, just garnish. I sat there and tried to cut each scallop into about 5-6 tiny bites and by the time I was working on my 2nd scallop, I looked over and B2 was already sitting there, finished with her 2 bites. Literally.
and the best (and largest) part of the meal was probably the dessert. Being honest here now. No sarcasm This was the rasberry vacherin with vanilla bean ice cream.
Then we each dropped 56 bones on this meal and seriously debated stopping by The Hat for some chili cheese fries. dissappointed….anyway, after dinner we decided to walk off all that FOOD we just ate.
DAMN YOU, GORDON RAMSAY. NO WONDER YOU’RE BANKRUPT.
¡Me llamo T-bone, la araña discoteca!
For those of you that don’t know Spanish, I just asked you where the library was. And then proceeded to tell you that my name is T-Bone, the disco spider.
This past weekend, I took the fam to experience the best homemade bean curd ever to be made, not inside a home. Chinatown restaurant called Jade Wok. It’s a hole in the wall, yes. A hidden gem is the way I like to describe it as. And cheap, too. $4.95 lunch specials. All day. I should’ve had you drooling at “best”.
Right next door to Chinatown is Olvera Street, hence the little Spanish rap intro. I’ve actually never gone, and it was quite a sight to see. Very colorful and full of history. And delicious smelling food that I must go back and try one day.
Heaven awaits…MEXICAN CANDY!!
It was so ridiculously hot this weekend, and we walked around for about 20 minutes hoping we’d find some Mexican popsicles, which proved fruitless (no pun intended, har har. god, what’s wrong with me. long day at work! leave me alone!!). We ended up settling for some Hawaiian snow cones. That cost $5. Which in my book were way too expensive for what it was. But nonetheless, it hit the spot and we were on our way back to our gloriously air-conditioned home.
I’m a cheater. I haven’t picked up my camera in weeks. I suck.
Here are some old pictures.
Stay tuned for an engagement shoot!
Rode the Bolt Bus from NYC over to Boston. It took us about 5 hours to get there because of traffic. We pretty much slept most of the way there. When we got to the station, Emmy met us there with a ZipCar! Pretty cool concept if you think about it. You go online, look for the closest ZipCar in your area, and rent by the hour.
The architecture in Boston is gorgeous. After spending some time over on the East coast, I’ve realized that LA lacks some serious culture. If I had guests visiting from out of town, I wouldn’t even know where to take them to show them what LA is all about. I’d probably just take them on food adventures…but that’s it. What else is there to do in LA?!
First night we got there, we headed to the Greatest Bar, as recommended by a friend. That place was wayyyyy too packed. So we made a quick exit and walked down the street to a restaurant. The Laker/Suns game was on that night and we had to catch the game somewhere.
Wifey and company decided to join us.
This is us on our way back to Emmy’s place. Empty subway/train thingymajiggy!
Called it a night, then woke up bright and early to catch wifey’s graduation.
At night time, wifey’s parents treated us out to some DELICIOUS grub at Legal Seafoods. This is where I experienced my first lobster roll. And all was good in the world.
Soft shell crab. I was watching Animal Planet the other day and they had a documentary on eating tarantulas. It looked similar to this. And supposedly tastes similar to soft shell crab. Now this picture creeps me out.
Wifey and the parentals!
Afterwards, we headed to Boston’s version of Fu’s Palace. I know you remember that place. You Asian sorority/fraternity affiliated person, you.
They had this thing called the Scorpion Bowl. It was pretty delicious.
This is me using my ninja chopstick skills to get a piece of ice with two straws.
My face blends in with the background.
After we left, we went to the airport to pick up Sarah. WHEEEEEEE!
Now a little bit of history of the upcoming day. Friday. Eastern Conference Finals, Game 6. The minute Boston beat Cleveland, I jumped online and purchased 6 tickets to Game 6, knowing that would be the only game I’d be able to catch while in Boston. When I left LA, things weren’t looking so good, as Boston was up in the series and we needed Orlando to win 2 games consecutively for us to have a Game 6. Everywhere I went, I wished in fountains that there would be one. And when we arrived, there was one.
First off, we explored Quincy Market for lunch.
The best part.
Bacon wrapped scallops. SO GOOD.
We walked around the area and found Newbury Comics. The geek in me was very happy.
Headed to the Little Italy district for some desserts. Canoli’s, check!
Re-enacted what I thought was the Civil War, but apparently Paul Revere had nothing to do with that. Also hated on some Laker colored flowers sitting in the window sill.
Then, it was TIME.
Took a quick bathroom break inside a random building before getting into the TD. And look where we landed ourselves.
This nearly gave me a heart attack. But with all the fans chanting, “RONDO, RONDO, RONDO, RONDO”…he had to get up. And that he did.
“What is D-pound?”
VICTORIOUS!!!!!!! (Okay, please let me soak and bask in all that it’s worth. Leave me alone, jerk.)
Had a bit of trouble getting out of the garden…we were stopped by fans left and right because of two LAKER FANS traveling with us.
ITS GINO TIME!!
Yeah, we did it. We threw ‘em up. KAPPAS WHATTUP!
Midnight snacks after the game.
Next day…walked around the shopping district. I wanted to hit up Karmaloop and Johnny Cupcakes.
Had tickets to the Red Sox game vs the Kansas City Royals.
Sausage in your face.
Somebodyyyyyy got a wee bit sleepy during the game.
“Let me get a picture of the Lau’s and the Lee’s”
…….I was the only Lee…so I invited Gloomy Bear Lee to be in the picture too.
Dude, I just realized that random people were in all of our group pictures. -__-
Look at all these people. So ridiculous. I’ve never seen anything like this. I don’t agree with public transportation just yet.
We left for the airport at 4am. And snuck this into Emmy’s freezer.
It never felt so good to be home. These LA feet are not meant for walking.
Also, sorry it took so long for me to upload. Been caught up at work lately!
I’ve lived in LA pretty much all my life and I know we have papparazzo around…but I’ve never seen any til I was in NY! They were camping out to get a pic of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Suri. We camped out with them for 20 minutes but we never saw them and didnt have time to waste.
Where Tom Cruise, Suri, Katie Holmes were supposedly at
Union Square for Shake Shack!
Ladies and Gents…I present to you, the Shake Stack. Cheeseburger topped with a deep fried portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese. OH. MY. GAH.
Headed over to the Shepard Fairey exhibit right afterwards.
Your typical Kid Robot store..
Loved this Smorkin mustache dude.
Dream come true…Leica gallery! So appropriate…didn’t take out my SLR so I had my trusty Leica with me all day.
Supposedly the best za in the city. I beg to differ. Artichoke owns this place!
After dinner, Marisa took us to Cafe Habana for some bomb ass CORN!!!!!
Ended the night with some bridge adventuring.
Okay before I end the post with this last picture, I’d like to tell you a story about how wonderful my loving friends are. So we walk to this gorgeous place with a view of the water and the bridge and the city. I set up my tripod and am taking long exposure shots. Think 30 second shots. All of a sudden, I hear all my friends run away, but I’m still changing all my settings etc. I press the shutter, and stand around waiting for the shot to finish. Then I hear giggling from far away so naturally, I turn back to see what my friends are giggling about. As my head turns to my right, I catch a glimpse of a BUM sleeping on the bench about 2 feet away from me. And I’m about to scream but I don’t want to wake him up, and my shot isn’t finished. Once I hear the shutter click, I grab my tripod/camera and run like the wind as my friends laugh their asses off at me. I asked them why they didn’t tell me about the bum, and they said they didn’t want to bother me because I was apparently “in the zone”. -_____________________-;;
Perfect way to end the night.