Hidden a bit off the beaten path in Glendale, Golden Road Brewery flourishes as a locals pub (and brewery of course!) that serves up fresh and local food paired up with wonderfully refreshing beer. I’d heard about this place from my gal Kelsi as a great spot for veggie/vegan friendly food and the boyfriend had been picking up their eco-friendly 16-ounce six packs from our neighborhood liquor store. So it was a total no brainer when I was in the area the other weekend to make a pitstop for some grub and brew!
They have a pretty extensive menu which would make even the most discerning foodie squeal with delight (no joke)! I ended up getting the Bahn Mi (deep fried tofu, julienned vegetables, pickled carrots, jalapeños, fresh herbs + sriracha mayo) which was way tasty but I’m totally dying to try the Coconut “Noodle” Salad (young thai coconut, julienned vegetables, napa cabbage, spiced peanuts, fresh herbs + almond chili sauce), Crispy Sundried Tomato Polenta (roasted fennel, brussels sprouts, pearl onions, cherry tomatoes + white bean puree) and pretty much their entire snacks menu including the Dino Kale Rolls (filled with white bean puree, bell peppers and pine nuts over olive oil sautéed quinoa) or what about some Wild Mushroom Risotto Fritters with vegan pimento cheese? To D-I-E for.
We both got glasses (me a mini!) of the Golden Road Hef and best part was taking a growler home (which are refillable…rad!)
Photo: Wishful Chef
It’s been a while since I’ve shared a recipe but I promise, this one will makeup for all the lost time! I first saw this idea on Pinterest and it literally tickled me pink thinking of it. Carrots… as fries? Now mind you, I was in the company of a hefty amount of carrots as we’d been getting a ton in our bi-weekly CSA produce box. I desperately needed a way to eat mass amounts of carrots… and fast.
I made them at first alone, then also mixed them with sweet potato fries. Results? I was speechless, and so was the boyfriend who is not normally a fan of carrots (nor sweet potatoes). Give it a go. I promise you’re going to be addicted.
Carrot Fries (adopted from Wishful Chef)
6-8 carrots, washed and cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven at 400°F. Cut carrots into french fry strips. In a large baking sheet ( I line with parchment paper ), toss carrots with olive oil, dried herbs and salt & pepper.
Arrange in a single layer and make sure to flip the fries over two or three times to brown evenly. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
Completely obsessed with these little red bean cakes from Gook Hwa House located outside of the Assi Supermarket in Koreatown. How have I lived here for a year and not discovered this until now, I do not know. Made fresh on the spot, you can help yourself to however many of the little delicious morsels as you can stuff into a bag. Okay, they’re 9 for $3 but it’s pretty much a whole bag full. What’s even cooler is that its literally all self serve…even when it comes to paying. You put your money in a bin, and take the proper change from the other bins. Kinda cool right?
Since I’m Chinese, and not Korean I have no idea how to pronounce these but the red bean cakes are called “gook hwa bbang” and the little sweet pancakes they have that are $1 each are called “ho dduk” which are a favorite of the boyfriend. They taste like an asian cinnamon roll pancake…if there were such a thing. This dude seriously has the best job ever. Hanging out making delectable treats all day. I confess, I end up eating all 9 in one sitting! Yes, this is why I still can’t fit into my favorite pair of Cheap Mondays.
I’m so late with this post, but a while ago I picked up a gorgeous head of broccoli romanesco at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market from one of my favorite heirloom vendors. It was a fascinatingly beautiful vegetable…that looked almost mathematical and even perhaps like it had come from space. I did some interweb searching and found NO GOOD RECIPES on how to make this italian wonder…so, I took matters into my own hands.
Every Friday in Koreatown, there’s a small Farmer’s Market that occurs at the Wilshire/Vermont Metro Station courtyard. Not only is this a short one block away from work, but one of the vendors that sells at this particular market is my favorite of all time! The Fresha Farms booth is owned by the Choi family whose amazing produce come out of the Apple Valley area of California, just outside of Los Angeles. I look forward to seeing Lisa and Helen’s smiling faces every week, and of course my pickings of their insanely sweet and fresh fruits and veggies! Not only is the produce some of the best in the SoCal area, their prices are very fair and totally a deal if you ask me. This is why I love buying locally…getting to know the family that put love and sweat into growing something most people take for granted everyday, makes you really appreciate and think about food differently.