Barbecue is something that I’ve learned to love with age. I think I can point my dislike or extreme apatheticism toward the food styling to a very unhappy family trip to Billy Bob’s in Texas, a trip where all we ate was barbecue for days and everything smelled like horse waste and we had to wear cowboy hats. For a young, pseudo-vegetarian gay boy, this was in no way my idea of a good time. I’ve started to indulge in barbecue though, releasing any childhood BBQ grudges into the atmosphere so that I can incorporate this food subgenre into my life. This is good news because we recently stumbled upon Hak’s BBQ Sauce, a self-described “high end” barbecue sauce from Los Angeles.
Somewhere in the heart of Venice, sits a nondescript warehouse that can’t quite be accessed from the street. Slide open the massive steel door, neatly tucked in an alleyway, and you’ll find a semi-secret culinary adventure unfolding. Hosts Hyejin and Itay, and a few other helping hands, prepare dinner for 20 to 30 guests sitting along a massive family style table, bathed gently in dreamy candlelight.
Everyone goes here. You did. Your Mom probably does, sometimes with your Dad, but probably with her girlfriends. Your Uncle was probably here too, having margaritas. But that’s just this generation. People have been going to this stop off Wilshire for almost a hundred years now. Robert Redford ate here once. Jack Nicholson called it one of his favorite places in town. Bing Crosby loved it too; Elizabeth Taylor dined here more than a few times.
Inevitably, we all pass through El Cholo.
It’s hard not to get caught up in Pilot Season when you live in this town. The overnight successes, the ingénue, the character actor, the gay best friend and the not-quite-as-pretty-as-the-
It could be you. You studied acting. You do have a Scene prepared, right? No? Get thee to Samuel French!
Pudding is one of the best sweet treats around. There’s something classic about it: saying the word pudding pulls up images of 1950s homemakers preparing these choclatey or vanillay desserts for guests. More recently, pudding brings up images of a brightly sweatered Bill Cosby sharing little anecdotes on the joys of eating this treat. You don’t really think of fruits or vegetables when you think of pudding, though. Sometimes fruit goes with pudding but, as mentioned, you think of chocolate and vanilla when you think of pudding. LA based food folk Fruigees are changing this image of the treat by making fruit and vegetable based vegan puddings that are just as delightful as you imagine–but they’re based in a very healthy, wholesome place.