October LA Part I, Day 1: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse & Szechuan Impression

It’s been a couple months since my last visit H O M E.

Yes, I still call LA my home even though I’ve been living in the Bay Area for about two years now.

First stop:

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San Francisco-based Mr. Holmes Bakehouse just opened up a location in LA, Highland Park to be exact. They have a location in Seoul as well!

Went for a media preview & got their DONUTS, of course! [Thanks, @dailyfoodfeed for the invite.]

I definitely recommend the donuts, but depends on the filling. I usually like the cream-filled ones.

They did not have Cruffins for the preview but that is what they are known for, so you should try them at least once. It’s similar to the Cronut in texture and taste, but shaped like a muffin.

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Afterwards, I was STARVING. I love donuts and all, but I needed something more substantial.

So I decided to go to Szechuan Impression.

I have been wanting to try this place for the longest time.

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 Impressive Cold Noodle.

It was impressive, indeed. Good texture on these noodles as well as the spicy flavor.

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 Lamb on Toothpicks.

I love cumin lamb and their version was flavorful. The meat was really soft.

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Sautéed Spicy Crab

I try not to get crab too much because I don’t like cracking them. I wish the meat was already taken out of their shells but oh well. They left the best part intact, which is the crab eggs + the tomalley. I hate it when they take that out! The dish was #SPICYBUTNOTSPICY for me but I loved the numbing spice.

I was pleasantly surprised. I would go back to try other items on their menu.

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Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

111 S Ave 59

Los Angeles, CA 90042

Szechuan Impression

1900 Valley Blvd.

Alhambra, CA 91803

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CRUSTACEAN SF: Ăn: To Eat cookbook demo by Chef Helene An

When I think of Crustacean’s, I think of their famous roast crab & garlic noodles.

If you don’t know already, the An Family owns multiple restaurants in SoCal & SF. Their first restaurant, Thanh Long, which I have been to, is located in the Outer Sunset.

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I was excited to attend this event to watch Chef Helene An cook something up in front of our eyes… And also because I was secretly hoping that she would cook us up some garlic noodles. Hehe.

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  Here is the menu of the items from her new cookbook that she previewed with us.

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Part of the spread, all from the cookbook.
[top left cw: Vietnamese chicken coriander cabbage salad, caramelized salmon, coconut spare ribs, filet mignon shaken beef]

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They brought out so many extra dishes besides the ones that were listed.

[above are from the actual restaurant menu: crab puffs & jumbo prawn wontons]

We had a lot to eat! That’s a very Asian thing, which I L O V E.

In most Asian households, there are always leftovers; no one ever leaves hungry.

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My favorite dish was this FRENCH ONION PHO WITH BEEF RAVIOLI. The mini bone marrow added richness to each bite. The broth tasted super clean. This is definitely not your average pho. I am going to try and recreate this dish from the cookbook, one of these days!

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My Second favorite dish from the cookbook was probably this SPICY CHICKEN & SHRIMP RAMEN IN COGNAC XO SAUCE. If you know me, you know I NEED spice in my life.

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And just when I thought, they weren’t going to bring out the garlic noodles….

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…they did!

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The book is written by Chef Helene An & one of her daughters, Jacqueline An. I had the pleasure of meeting both of them and they were really nice! They personally signed each book, which I thought was very thoughtful.

 She was really tired, but I had to bother her for this selfie.

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[A photo of Chef Helene and I with THE Dog Filter.]

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I loved listening to the An sisters, sharing their family’s story and memories associated with the food that inspired them. You, too, can read about their stories in their cookbook.

-Hee Jin

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1760’s NEW Family Style Tasting Menu

My second time @1760SF

They will be releasing this family style tasting menu next week! Luckily, I got a preview.

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Here’s a quick rundown:

Heirloom tomato gazpacho: the salted egg added something special to the soup.

Ocean Trout Crudo: can never go wrong with fresh raw fish.

Broccoli di Ciccio: I’ve noticed that this is the hottest trend in green veg. I’ve had it on pizza @ Fiorella and now here.

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Crispy Octopus: probably my favorite dish. The batter on the octopus was crispy, yet chewy. The octopus was perfectly cooked. All the colorful veggies made the dish very beautiful. The roasted red pepper rouille was a nice creamy sauce that had a little bit of spice; it went well with the crispy octopus and the fresh tomatoes. #MoreThanJustOK

Bavette steak: This was the heartiest dish. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare and it was not chewy or tough.

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Brown butter panna cotta: This dessert was soooo good. I LOVE panna cotta. This was less gelatinous than most panna cottas I’ve had. It was super smooth and the brown butter flavor really came through. The tartness of the raspberry sorbet and the texture from the chocolate cake crumbles balanced out the creamy, butteriness of the panna cotta. I wish I had a bigger bowl of it. #MoreThanJustOK

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The pretty cocktails: Pear shiso & Carrot and Chinato.

Family Style Menu: $65/person * $35/beverage pairing

1760

1760 Polk St.

San Francisco, CA 94109

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Creamistry Palo Alto Opening PREVIEW

Everyone in the Bay Area is probably familiar with Smitten Ice cream, where the ice cream is made-to-order  using liquid Nitrogen.

Creamistry is a version of a liquid Nitrogen ice creamery. I am all too familiar with them because it is from SoCal. Finally, they are opening their first location in the Bay Area in Palo Alto.

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I love having the option of choosing the base. I went for organic Straus so I could be a little healthier. But then again, I ordered the double, which was giant. HA HA. I noticed that the ice cream is usually super silky and smooth when it is made with liquid Nitrogen and Creamistry’s texture was ON POINT.

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There are so many flavors and toppings to choose from (over 70+!). I, of course, got so many toppings because I like options. I got fresh strawberries and bananas, marshmallow cream, Fruity Pebbles, and a waffle cone. I added fresh fruit, so it’s healthy, right?

I wanted to try the edible chocolate bowl, but those weren’t available yet. A side of brownie is also an option with your ice cream.

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I also tried a cookies ‘n cream NitroShake with mini M&M’s mixed in garnished with some minis and chocolate shavings.

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Soft Opening this Monday, 9/12 and officially opening on Friday, 9/16.

Will be back to try their affogato, and their specialty creations in a cup.

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164 University Ave,

Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Try The World NEW Snack Box

$10 off first subscription of these snack boxes from Try The World.
Use my code ‘HungryHungry10

This month features snacks from Sweden, France, Thailand, Spain, and Portugal.

I really liked the Thai Taro Chips. They are baked, not fried.  The chips had a super crispy texture with a slightly sweet and buttery taste; something that I found addicting. The buttery-ness comes from the palm oil that they use. Let me know which was your fave!

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Antoine Pâtisserie: San Jose

I had the chance to sample the Mille Crêpe Cakes from Antoine Pâtisserie, which is located in San Jose.
They have 3 flavors available: vanilla, matcha, tiramisu.

My favorite out of the three was the vanilla. #KeepItSimple

Currently, they do not have a retail store but they accept preorders which can be picked up at this location:

1971 O’Toole Way,
San Jose, CA – 95131

They do not deliver yet but hope to do so soon.

Each cake {7.5″} = $88

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Fiorella: Sneak Peek NEW Brunch

FIRST POST!

I had the opportunity to preview a part of  Fiorella‘s new brunch menu.

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The highlight of my meal was this banana bread toast with coconut cream! Looks like your average toast, but the twist is that it’s actually banana bread. If you love banana bread and coconut, like I do, then this is definitely the dish to getfiorella spread.

Every dish was pretty (VERY photogenic), but it was also well balanced. What more do you expect from Chef Dante Cecchini, ex-chef de cuisine of Marlowe?

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Me, holding this Green Eggs & Ham Pie in front of the entrance.

 

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Check out this cute wallpaper!

 It’s a great new addition to the Richmond District.  And I would definitely come back to try their dinner menu items.

Leave comments/requests below. I am always looking to improve my site.

-Hee Jin

 

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