I'm going to be completely honest, finding grub in Los Angeles was so hard because the city is so large. On the bright side, I'm here to assist you in getting you where you need to go. So lets start!
Seoul Sausage Co.
Seoul sausage is a restaurant located in Little Tokyo. I was able to find them through Yelp, Shout out to Yelp Woop Woop!
I knew as soon as i walked in I was in the right place. The food served at this lovely spot could be described as American comfort food with a Korean twist.
I ordered "Da KFC" wings which are fried twice and dipped in Gochujang honey topped with Pickled Daikon. Sounds fancy but its $12 and good as hell.
As a side I got the "Animal fries", these fries are not just any fries hence the name "Animal" fries. They come topped with short rib that is braised for 8 hours, pepper jack cheese, and pickled jalapeno or onion.
After my first bite I looked over at my boyfriend and said "Good luck!" before he tried some. The food is that bomb and very authentic, I definitely recommend going here!
Afropunk: NYC Mac & Cheese Truck
When my friends mentioned that they were hungry it is only right that I direct them to NYC Mac & Cheese truck. I stumbled upon this good truck Afro punk 2016 while scoping for food with my boyfriend. I saw the words “Mac & Cheese” and almost had began to get excited.
I mean who doesn't love macaroni and cheese? This isn't just any ordinary stove top macaroni cheese. These people allow you to put your own twist on it by picking the meat you want on top. You have the choice of Barbecue pulled pork, buffalo chicken, cheeseburger, etc.
My top pick is barbecue pulled pork because all of the flavors blended together are just sensational! I've tried all of their meat on top of the mac as well and it is splendid. Please take my word for it and visit NYC mac and cheese truck next time you're in the big city or visiting for Afropunk.
Amazing Eats In Miami!
If you've been following up with me on Instagram you know I just landed back in town from Miami. During the course of the trip I had to make sure I ate at some of the best spots in the city. My boyfriend and I went to many but throughout the course of our trip only two really stuck out. If you plan on visiting Miami this summer, I recommend visiting:
Yardbird Southern Kitchen Table- 1600 Lenox Ave
Naked taco- 1111 Collins Ave
Both restaurants delivered nothing but the best and I can see why they are on the cities top 5 list.
Naked Taco has the best queso dip I have ever tasted in my entire life and trust me I'm a cheese connoisseur! The flavor that they bring to the table with their authentic Mexican dishes and unique style tacos are mouth watering. My boyfriend and I definitely made sure we gave them another visit before we left.
Now let's talk about Yard Bird, the food was amazing! I have to give this restaurant five stars because not only did they serve the best chicken & waffles and shrimp & grits, the drinks were great as well. If you plan on visiting the bar, I recommend getting the blueberry bourbon lemonade. This restaurant brings nothing but excellence to the table from there mouth watering sauces to their zesty seasonings.
Thank you yard bird for such a lovely birthday dinner.
Chef Edann Ofray
Meet the beautiful Edann Ofray. She is a full time college student at Penn State majoring in Biochemistry. Her head is not only in the books, this young lady knows how to get her side hustle on as well. She cooks, but specializes in making delicious Island dishes. First time I saw these beautiful dishes on Instagram I had to find out the master mind behind it and get myself a plate. Edann granted my wish and I'm proud to say this girl can throw down! I was so curious to find out the back story on how this business got started and I wanted to share it with you guys, hope you enjoy!
K.MAD: How did cooking become your niche, and when did you start this venture?
Edann: When I was a kid I would sit and watch my mom in the kitchen as she cooked. It was mostly so I'd get the first plate, but then I became curious and I would stand right next to her as she'd prepare whatever it was we were going to eat. My mom began to show me little things from how to clean chicken to picking fruit in the grocery store. As I got older my curiosity for flavors began to grow, I would watch Chopped or look up recipes and try to recreate them. Granted I would fail sometimes, but that only pushed me to keep trying. Throughout high school and my first year of college I'd cook on/off for my friends and family. We Would joke around saying I should sell food all the time, but before you knew it Summer 2016 I decided to give it a try! K.MAD: Why did you choose to make island food your vocal point?
Edann: My mom is from Guyana, South America and although Guyana is apart of South America it's still considered apart of the Caribbean like Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica. Our cuisine has been influenced by the flavors of Africa, China, Indian, and Portugal. No dish is the same. Just about all the women in my family can cook, and I mean really cook. I still go to New Jersey (where I'm originally from) to learn from the pros (my grandmother, great grandmother, and aunts). Now let's move onto my other half, My dad is from Arecibo, Puerto Rico which is also apart of the Caribbean but in Latin America. Puerto Rican Cuisine was also influenced by the flavors of Africa, China, Spain, and from the very island itself the Taíno Indians (indigenous Indians in Puerto Rico). My dad would show me how to combine the oddest ingredients to give food "Sabor" (flavor). I was raised on island food, it's all I ate growing up whether it was Spanish or Caribbean. I figured why not embrace who I am and what I know in my food. Especially since there weren't too many places in Baltimore that served the many dishes I do. My final influence is my step dad, he is from Atlanta, Georgia. He can't cook, but you'd think by the way his mom and sisters cook, they created southern cooking! Southern cooking taught me every bite you take should make you close your eyes and take your mind home! I implement everything I'm taught into my cooking especially the flavors.
K.MAD: What are your most popular dishes? Edann: When it comes down to my most popular dish I honestly can't choose one. There were a number of dishes that caught many customers eyes! I think it depends on what you know about Caribbean and Spanish food that'll influence what you order. If I could narrow it down to top 2 most popular dishes it'd be both the Pineapple Chicken and Shrimp bowl and the Guava wings with Curried fries! K.MAD: What are your plans for the future as far as expansion? Edann: I have so many new ideas for the future of Sweet Retreat Cuisine. Being away at school has given me some time to brainstorm different ideas. My current menu has a few vegetarian dishes that I'm working to expand, i'm also working on a Vegan menu for those who still want those island flavors without eating any animal products. Many of the dishes I serve are gluten free but I'm working on making my entire menu gluten free and healthier yet bursting with flavor. All while working on new flavor combos that are influenced by both my Guyanese and Rican roots! The support of my friends and family summer 2016 has opened so many doors and I can't wait to see what summer 2017 has in store!
Would You Eat The Placenta?
The actual thought is more disgusting than the looks of it... well at least in this picture.
Summer 2015 I went down to Decatur, Alabama to visit some family. We got hungry and my family took to me to Ricks Barbecue. I glanced at the menu and found a loaded baked potato with pork,cheese,scallions (green onions), sour cream, and butter on the inside of the potato. Those that really know me, already are hip to the fact that I have been in love with loaded baked potato since I was 3 years old. So of course I had to get that baked potato , it was only right.
That baked potato was out of this world ! Everything went well together, the pork was well seasoned and so tender. I ate the whole thing in one bite and refused to share with anyone. I felt like that guy off the sponge bob episode when he put the jam on the krabby patty, this potato made me want to stand up on the table, sing on a full stomach, and share what I just ate with the world. If you are in Alabama please stop by Ricks Barbecue and try this amazing potato.
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