This entry marks the epitome of uselessness since the inception of this site. Below, is a “review” of an offer… no longer available. I don’t mean to hurt your feelings but.. the sign did say “limited time” only. And really, at $3.50, I didn’t want to send drones of people cheaping out at Pho Ha. T’was obvious their business just couldn’t afford the money-loser.
$3.50 got you a large bowl of pho ga (chicken). We all think the $3.50 bowl of ORD’s boat noodles are superb values, yet there exists such ramblings as this gushing review of a vegan $6.50 banh mi sammy in Reseda. This bowl tho, was the king of cheap bowls.
Is this pho ga that great? Is it worth some pedantic discourse on how to best make pho ga? Nah. But the noodles were filling, the white meat chicken shards were tender (and obviously juicy since it’s served in a bowl of friggin hot liquid), the greens were fresh. Plus, it no longer matters. The prices have since returned to $6+ a bowl.
We’ve also had pho + bun here. All standard fare, reasonably price, no waiting, nothing poked out as spectacular, but hey, if it means not having to eat at Pho Pasteur, it’s a plus in my book.
via Food Blogga’s Flickr.
Julie & Julia is going to give WordPress + Blogspot a major profit boost starting August 7. On August 10th, I will take a month hiatus to let everyone wade thru the ebb of food crap that will be flood the blogsphere due to this movie.
Yes, people are picking up book deals left and right. Fancy Fast Good got one after 5 posts. Freshmen in the Kitchen got one in less than a year and This Is Why You’re Fat got their $100K pay out in less than 3 months. But this doesn’t mean yetanotherfoodblogreviewrecipesiteinboise.blogspot is going to get her day. EVER.
Hey, the movie is cute. Nora Ephron is a heart tugging mastermind. We get that. Yet underneath the “yum” and the orgasmic, eye-fluttering bites, the protaganist is all kinds of pathetic. This blog doesn’t validate who I am, nor do I want to be, or ever will be, a writer. Look at the words here. It’s a pile of shenanigans. A person who has a blog, by verbage, is a blogger, Mrs. Powell was no different. Know this: there will never be a melt down due to stink-ass “post” on a blog on my part. The 2 months late “Monstrous Q2 Western SGV Rundown” isn’t causing me lost sleep, nor temper tantrums.
Julie & Julia is a movie. It’s not everyone’s reality. She is real but she’s the exception. Try to remember that before you go apeshit pumping out 40 recipes (or reviews) on yetanotherfoodblogreviewrecipesiteinboise.blogspot and promptly run out of material after 3 weeks.
By the way, just to demonstrate why alternative “press” needs to exist? The Internetsphere is over butter. Everyone has moved onto bacon. Bacon is the next butter. And yes, just like bacon, there can be too much butter. Finally, the anti-Western culinary slant soap box: ask a kid in Thailand about butter and he’ll say: what’s butter? I like fermented fish sauce more than butter. Cook my eggs with soy sauce, not butter, please.
A response to KPCC Air Talk Program on July 9th: http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2009/07/09/chew-on-this-ethics-for-food-bloggers/. You can still listen on line, or via I-tunes.
As the sole dissenting voice on the show yesterday morning, I was given about 2 minutes to make my case. It was a wee bit difficult and, as you can tell, I stumbled like a handicapped horse out of the gates.
As much as I love Foodwoolf‘s site and her various workings on LA Weeklys’ Squid Ink, there’s something vastly different from those “In” and those “Out” of the restaurant, or public relation, circles. Airtalk host Larry Mantle presumed many bloggers’ meals are comped. Why would anyone think this? I don’t blag. The Shibucho dinner was compliments of Fooddigger.com, not of Shibucho. The Bar*food dinner, thought complimentary, was not comped by the restaurant, nor thru a PR event. The STK / One Sunset meals, thanks to the One Group, never even made it into the public domain. There is no doubt the percentages of shill vs. real on this site as questioned by Time Out London and Londonlicious. Other folks? As Kelly McBride stated, do your due diligence as a reader.
Don’t get me wrong, I, as much as the next dude, love free grub. But the host’s assumption was insulting.
Then there are questions of the inside hack job ala the LA Eater vs. The Must controversy. No matter how Mr. Mantle wanted to play this up at the end of the segment, know this: it rarely happens. The disgruntled ex-employee persona is not representative of food bloggers’ common voice. It should be so painfully obviously even if I slam The Nickle Diner cause it reeks of grease, I never worked there.
It is my, along very few others, belief, absolute impartiality (whatever THAT means) and the word “ethics” can never be rightfully applied to something so personal, so opinionated as a “blog”. To some of us, it’s our personal food dairy. I may not know a dangling modifier from a preposition, but I know one can hardly assign any type of ethics to a diary. No one should spell a restaurant’s name incorrectly, nor give out false name of entrees, but beyond fact checking, I will continue to type mostly as I please.
Finally, this is the kind of food that excites me:
It is with great pride and joy that I am announcing the first of a monthly Venetian dinners program at All’ Angelo. As you know I was born and raised in Venice. Just recently, my father Angelo obtained through an auction a very rare Venetian recipe book dating back to the 5th Century. I remembered some of those dishes from my own youth, cooked by my grandmother and my mother.
It is now my joy to share these memories with you, my patrons, with this monthly series: 5th Century Venetian Tastings. Our Chef, Verona-born Roberto Franzoni, who worked mostly in Venice (Cipriani, Piron), is thrilled to cook these old, forgotten recipes.
On Wednesday, July 15, All’ Angelo will host its first “night in Venice.” I could not think of anything better to pair with this dinner than Vignalta wines, from a winery near Venice. Below you will find the menu. The cost is just $45 plus an optional $28 for wine pairings. Space is limited for these intimate dinners; please make reservation by calling 323-933-9540.
For the complete menu and wine selections, as well as information on upcoming events, please visit our website www.allangelo.com.
We look forward to seeing you soon! Buon Appetito!
Polpettine de pesse e Baccala’ Mantecato e Radiccio
Branzino croquette, Venetian style Cod Fish and grilled Radicchio
Bigoli neri in salsa con Pevarasse
Squid ink infused Bigoli with Clams, Venetian sauce
Gnocchi de Pan in brodo de Capon e parmigiano
Bread Gnocchi in Capon broth with diced Parmesan cheese and Capon
Costesine e Uganega coe Verze Sofegae
Pork Ribs and home made Sausage with Braised Savoy Cabage
Torta de Riso
$45 per person
$28 optional wine pairing
To make reservatations for this mind-piquing event, check All’Angelo’s Open Table page linked here.
- « Sugarfish 90049: Welcome to the Neighborhood
- » Dinner, Movie AND Gelato at Bulgarini: July 18, 2009