1.13.2016

Braised Chicken in Champagne, Lemon and Thyme with Roasted Brussels Sprouts



Sounds fancy and intimidating but this dish is actually very easy to cook. Trust me.




2 pieces chicken legs and thighs 
1 cup Champagne or Sparkling wine
3 sprigs of thyme
3 slices of lemon
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 table spoon canola oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 pieces Brussels sprouts, cut in half
1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds, garnish
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350°F

Heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in the Dutch oven or casserole over medium heat.  Rub the chicken with salt and pepper then sear until light brown in color. Remove the extra oil.
Add the Champagne, thyme and lemon and cover with foil. You may add a little bit more salt. Cook  in the oven for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove the cover and cook for another 5 minutes to give more color.

While the chicken is being cooked, coat the Brussels spouts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Throw the sprouts into the baking sheet and into the oven. Cook for 12-15 minutes. For crunchier texture you can pan roast the sprouts.

Strain the juice and put it back in the stove. Reduce the juice to 60% then thicken it with cream. Make sure your sauce is not boiling hot when adding the cream so it will not break or become runny. Enjoy!

8.29.2015

Atticus Creamery + Pies



I always have constant cravings for ice cream and pies at any given time. So when I heard of Atticus, I had to check it out. Atticus offers scrumptious ice cream and ambrosial homemade pies such as Earl Grey, Raspberry and my favorite the Lemon Lavender that took me back to a nostalgic setting in Provence. With the high heat and humidity, this charming parlor is a perfect spot to enjoy the remaining days of summer.




GROVE - FAIRFAX
     

6015 W 3rd St.
     
Los Angeles, CA 90036
   
Phone: (323) 934-7890
     
Mon - Sun: 8am - 10pm

WEST L.A.
     
10893 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
     
Phone: (310) 474-7464
     
Sun - Thurs: 12pm - 10pm
     
Fri - Sat: 12pm - 10:30pm


8.19.2015

Bacchus Bar & Bistro





Bacchus Bar & Bistro hides in the lovely Quail Hill Village Center.  This charming bar and bistro is an ideal spot to escape from our daily realities.


Bacchus has an eclectic menu and each dish has a perfect pair from their impressive wine selections from around the world. It has also an incredible and decadent cheeseboard choices from France, Spain, Holland and England. 

I’ve been busy with work lately and finding a place like this, where I could enjoy myself with a glass of wine has made me feel grateful.

Come to Bacchus and unwind, listen to live entertainment and let everything harmonize your heart and mind.

Must Try:  If you enjoy plush dark fruits, I highly recommend the luscious vintage red wine of Taken Wine Company, The Possessor, Paso Robles and of course never leave with out trying their juicy Bacchus Burger.



6735 Quail Hill Parkway 
Irvine, California 92603               
Phone: (949) 502-4600                  
Monday –  3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  
Tuesday- Wednesday – 11:30 am – 10:00 pm                                   
Thursday – Friday – 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 – 11:00 pm           
Sunday – 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm