Posts tagged #lunch

Make Sausage Not War

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YUM! This past weekend, as we were shopping for countertop slabs, we popped in for a quick lunch at a nearby place we found on Yelp.  And it was delicious!  

Seoul Sausage Co.

One of the owners served us and he was super friendly.  The company was started by brothers who first opened a food truck a year ago with a new way to eat Korean BBQ.  They have a great spot in West LA with a poppy art wall, and a kickin playlist.  

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I love places that have small menus.  You might as well do just a few things really well, you know?   

We got the Galbi beef and Spicy pork sausages, and a Flaming Ball, which was our favorite!  It's a deep fried, spicy rice ball with DMZ sauce.  Mmmmm.  

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Highly recommended all around!  

 

 

Posted on October 17, 2013 and filed under restaurant, yummy.

The Multifaceted Taco

Can we just talk about tacos for a bit?  I think they need a moment.  

Photo credit: Flickr

Photo credit: Flickr

I love Mexican food--I mean, who doesn't?  It's delicious, cheap, cheesy, salty, and goes with margaritas.  Mmm.  But one of the best things about it is when you make it at home, you can have it's leftovers for about 20 meals.  Ok, probably not that many, but if you start with a few basic ingredients and swap out a few unique ones, one meal can become several.

Basic Ingredients: 

  • Rice
  • Black beans (or refried) 
  • Meat (chicken, beef, fish) 
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Salsa
  • Avocado
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese (cheddar, cotijo, feta) 
  • Corn chips
  • Tortillas (corn, flour) 
  • Hot sauce
  • Taco seasoning: cumin, chili powder, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper

Let's look at a few variations on how to use those taco night leftovers throughout the week!

  • Tacos (obvi)
  • Breakfast Scramble: add eggs + cheddar
  • Breakfast burrito: add eggs, crispy bacon as the meat, and crunchy hashbrowns
  • Taco salad: over lettuce and corn chips! 
  • Tostada: over a fried tortilla; drizzle some melted white queso
  • Huevos Rancheros via Food Network
  • Nachos: add pickled jalapenos or pepperocinis
  • Enchiladas: requires a few more ingredients but worth it! 
  • Mexican pizza: plop a fried egg and hot sauce on top

You know on busy work weeks, that Mexican is on the menu in our house!  What other versions of taco night do you make with your leftover ingredients?! 

Posted on September 5, 2013 and filed under yummy.

Labor Day Party: Hot Dogs

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Hopefully you checked out the blog yesterday and saw our intro to the Westside Bestside/House on 8th collaboration.  In case you didn't, here's the recap: we are doing a series this week to get you inspired and ready for all your Labor Day parties this weekend! 

Today's hot topic is hot dogs!  

Now, some of you may turn up your nose at the mention of hot dogs--I'm well aware they're not the most glamorous food.  But, let it be known that I buy all beef, kosher, natural dogs, so at least there's that.  Plus, hot dogs don't have to be boring.  And we're here to show you a few ways to liven them up!

The Alley Dog

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The Alley Dog is an LA street cart staple, and we love to recreate them at home.  Not a health food, but mouth-watering.  

Ingredients: 

  • Beef hot dog
  • Hot dog bun
  • Bacon
  • Onions + green pepper

Directions: 

  • Wrap 1 strip of bacon around 1 hot dog.  Grill low and slow until both are cooked.  
  • Saute onions + green pepper in olive oil. 
  • Toast bun. 
  • Dress with a squeeze of ketchup, mustard, + mayo. 

The Brat

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A classic bratwurst with finely diced, crunchy white onions + dijon mustard in a crusty sourdough roll.  Finish it off with a nice German brewski. 

The Californian

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This one is inspired by the California Dog at Dogtown Dogs, an LA food truck.  

Ingredients:  

  • Beef hot dog, toasted bun
  • Diced tomato
  • Chopped avocado
  • Arugula  
  • Basil aioli sauce (easy recipe found HERE)

*The Californian was our favorite!! 

The Classic...with a Twist

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Just elevate your classic beef frank with ketchup + mustard by grilling the dog in a curly-Q!   Poke a skewer through the center of the length of the hot dog, and then rotate it as you hold and cut with a knife, creating a spiral-shaped dog (hard to tell in the picture--watch THIS VIDEO).  

It gets exponentially more of that crunchy, caramelized texture + flavor since more surface area is touching the grill.  Genius!  And who said we'd never use high school math again later in life!?

Full disclosure, I'm not a food stylist, and we were chasing light so the ketchup and mustard above isn't perfectly glam.  So sue me--it tasted delicious!

These hot dog recipes (and whatever else your taste buds could dream up) are a fun, fresh spin on an old favorite.  You could even make a DIY hot dog bar and let guests choose which ingredients they want to throw together for their own unique creation!  Less work for you, and fun for them!

See you back here tomorrow for more fun inspiration! 

Tray is from Target and the paper hot dog liners were a random find at Joanns Fabric + Craft.  

Labor Day Party Inspiration! Day 1: Kale Salad

Hey!  Is everyone looking forward to a long Labor Day weekend coming up?!  Can't believe it's already that time of year--I swear time flies more and more the older I get.  For you guys too?

I'll actually be working this weekend (I know, laboring on Labor Day, waaa waaa--but I'm grateful to have the work!).  Knowing that in advance, I planned ahead and had a little pre-backyard party--which is lucky for you, since I can blog about it!  So, this week, get excited for a full series on...

Labor Day Party Inspiration with House on 8th!

Here's a little preview of what to expect!  Look forward to some simple and budget-conscious ideas for entrees, sides, drinks + decor to inspire your holiday parties. 

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First up in our series is a delicious Kale Salad recipe that Ali posted about over on House on 8th.  Check out her whole post HERE for a healthy, easy, + tasty take on kale! 

YUM!  Check back tomorrow here on Westside Bestside or at House on 8th, where we'll talk hot dogs + a few ways you can dress them up!