Monthly Archives: June 2012


Old school ice cream shop.

Reminds The Monster of youth.

So many calories.

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Sitting outside at Waffle Chix about to get my fried chicken on when the very friendly guy sitting next to me tells me the roasted chicken is better.  Is this possible?  Has the earth stopped spinning on its axis?

Then he tells me he works here but is off the clock.  So The Monster’s gotta listen, right?

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1) The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles is turning 78!  Help them celebrate with a night of outstanding food courtesy of the Market’s 60 grocers and restaurants.

On Tuesday, July 17th from 5-9 pm visitors can sample food from several dozen restaurants and enjoy special pricing at Market shops throughout the day.  Add some music and drinks and it’s a party not to be missed.  Taste of Farmers Market is a strolling tour of the international cuisines that visitors can find anytime they come to the Market.  Merchants will be offering samples of their best; so much that tasting everything could prove a bit challenging.  To see what Taste of Farmers Market is all about please click here:

Tickets are $35.00 per person until July 9th and include unlimited food sampling, two beverage tickets, live entertainment, and free parking the day of the event.  Starting July 10th, ticket price will increase to $40.00. Tickets are on sale online at the Market Store,, or by calling the Farmers Market Office at (323) 933-9211.

Purchase your tickets prior to July 3rd and you will be entered into a drawing for a $100.00 Farmers Market Gift Certificate.

2) Adding to Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza’s enhanced line-up of retailers, Southern Girl Desserts has opened a new restaurant and bakery at the mall. The former Season 6 “Cupcake Wars” contestants are now serving the best of the South’s cakes, pies, cookies, pudding and cobblers. This Saturday, June 30 from 12pm to 4pm, they will host a grand opening celebration at the mall, featuring a cupcake eating contest and free samples.

3) Wirtshaus, Los Angeles German restaurant and beer garden, (, will be participating in the first ever Summer dineLA Restaurant Week, July 16-27, 2012, as well as “The 31 Days of German Riesling”, which takes place throughout the entire month of July.

Wirtshaus’ dineLA Restaurant Week dinner menu will feature three courses at the Restaurant Week pricing of $35.00 per person (not including tax and tip). Guests who opt out of Wirtshaus’ Restaurant Week menu will still be able to enjoy Wirtshaus’ regular selection of more than 35 German beers, German wines and their other authentic German menu items. More information and Wirtshaus’ dineLA Restaurant Week menu can be found here:

As part of “The 31 Days of German Riesling” promo, Wirtshaus will offer at least two German Rieslings at by-the-glass special pricing during the entire month of July. “The 31 Days of German Riesling” is a celebration of Germany’s most famous wine varietal, and is produced by the Wines of Germany organization. For more information about this program, please visit:

Wirtshaus is located at 345 N. La Brea Avenue. Wirtshaus is open daily for lunch and dinner, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM.  The restaurant also holds bi-weekly Thursday night “Around The World” ping-pong tournaments, which start at 8 PM.

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Those of you who bow down at the alter of pork, who high five for ham, who beat down the doors for bacon, who dream of such things as chitterlings, cochon de lait, cracklings, headcheese, jambonneau, pieds de cochon, or trotters will love Umamicatessen (not that you can get them all here of course).

For the rest of us, it plays like a really big, really nice looking Umami where you can also get a decent bowl of matzo ball soup (my aunt makes better) or some fried, fresh to order donuts.  And for The Monster, that doesn’t justify the trip downtown.

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It goes something like this.  The Monster has a birthday (November).  As part of said birthday The Monster decides to take a cooking class.  The Monster participates in the class (May).  Lesson in procrastination and a busy schedule.  The Monster finally remembers to write up something about it (June).  Lesson in getting old and forgetful.

The class was a primer on Spanish cuisine and included two recipes for sangria, gazpacho, prawn brochettes, paella mixta and some other stuff The Monster forgets.  He mentioned the sangria, correct?  So, how’d it all turn out?

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Mercado, yum, yum.

Loud room, good service, great drinks.

Ate way too much food!

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Cecconi’s couldn’t play dead in a cowboy movie – always hopping. Great ambiance to grab a cocktail al fresco on the marvelous patio. Therein ends much of the good news for The Monster.

The food is a parade of hits and misses. The wait staff couldn’t have been more disinterested. They can’t possibly have auditions on a Friday night. The clientele runs from standard West Hollywood scene-y to cheese parfait.

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A new feature on FTM, where news and notes about all things food can be shared.  If you have an update you want to be included please email The Monster.

1) Pinkberry is launching Pinkberry Greek, made to order and never pre-packaged. The thick, creamy Greek yogurt is rich in protein (18g) and can be paired with healthy, fresh, hand-cut fruit and vegetables, premium granolas and natural sweeteners like fruit purees. Consumers can choose from six culinary-inspired pairings like Berry Chocolate, Cucumber or Caprese.

2) Picante Latin Fusion Restaurant has recently opened.  Picante is Peruvean, Mexican and Argentinian Fusion, made from scratch, with fresh, quality ingredients and they are offering dishes at less than $15. They opened in March above Santee Alley.

3) From high-end street wear to hair salons to tattoo parlors, Melrose Avenue has always been a welcoming wonderland for accessible art in multiple forms without the fluff. Melrose Night provides the perfect marriage of eclectic shopping with nouveau eclectic food every first Thursday of the month. Not only does Melrose Night celebrate creative experimentation, but it also allows the foodies of Los Angeles to enjoy scrumptious food on a recession-proof budget while listening to live music.

This month’s festivities (July 5) will feature over fifteen food trucks including:

Buttermilk Truck with homemade breakfast favorites
Lobster Truck famous for their lobster rolls
NomNom Truck serving an array of Vietnamese dishes
Frysmith smothers their fries with sustainably farmed/humanely raised ingredients
Trailer Park Truck with hamburgers and delicious grilled food down home style
Yalla Truck providing healthy and delicious Mediterranean Fusion
Holy Aioli cooking up divine sandwiches and salads

4) Food Network’s CHOPPED is coming to LA! and is seeking the next round of skilled chefs to compete on one of the hottest cooking completion shows.

Can you create a $10,000 meal out of our mystery baskets?  Seeking dynamic, outgoing, experienced chefs, MEN and WOMEN ready to take their game to the next level, any ethnicity and cooking specialty are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about Chopped and apply, visit

or apply directly at

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Los Angeles is pure mad magic.  Only explanation.  Because you pull into the ugliest strip center in the oddest part of town and damn skippy if you don’t find a great restaurant.

Enter Inti Peruvian.  It’s requisite ugly.  Of course the television is on too loud.  Soccer.  Yep.  There’s a huddle of Peruvians drinking beer and…drinking beer.  Someone offscreen is vacuuming.  In short order The Monster has downed an entire bowl of aji and bread.  It’s not mad hatter spicy but the sweats will be coming.

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For the oenophile’s amongst us, be sure to check out Garagiste ( and sign up for there daily emails for amazing deals on small batch wines often focusing on organic and artisanal producers.  Most of these wines are not available through any other channels in the United States and The Monster can attest to the pleasure he’s had cracking open bottles and discovering new favorites.

Jon Rimmerman is an amazingly knowledgeable curator, whose poetic descriptions of the daily offerings are worth reading alone.  Be forewarned, once you start buying from Garagiste you’ll be hooked.

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