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West Egg Cafe

West Egg Cafe

Welcome to our annual post at EC. Enjoyed the lovely brunch at West Egg on Sunday during Labor Day weekend so much that I had to update this blog, or any blog about it. The place is always crowded on the weekends so fortunately all my friends couldn’t join me that day and I went alone and got immediately seated at the bar. Coffee and Pimiento bacon cheese omelette were great. Loved the atmosphere, decor and no asshole knocked on my book on his way out because he was indignant that I wasn’t talking to anyone.

The also has great baked goods including this Coca-cola cupcake that just tasted like a chocolate cupcake.


West Egg Cafe
1100 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta GA
http://www.westeggcafe.com/

Yours truly,

teeth

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Spondivits — 8.24.11

If you’re looking for a place to eat around the Atlanta airport, specifically a really dive seafood place, then Spondivits is a good bet.  I’ll cut to the chase and say that Spondivits is a big tourist trap in a dodgy, unremarkable area.  My boyfriend was raised in Atlanta and never even heard of it.

But since my friend already went there before on a prior business trip, we decided to go again.  We opted for coconut shrimp for an appetizer and shared a bucket of lobster and crab legs. The coconut shrimp was just okay, although my friend really seemed to have enjoyed it.  The lobster tails were small but that was almost expected. If you like butter with your steamed seafood, then you would like the crab legs since they already came out buttered and oily.

Each bucket pretty much costs $30 on average, whether you just get the crab bucket, crab and lobster bucket, shrimp bucket or a combo of it all. The bucket and appetizer were enough for the both of us as we weren’t that hungry.  Add a bottle of Corona to that and I was completely full.

I don’t really see myself coming back here unless I had to eat by the airport and had plenty of time to kill. (During dinner time, you will have to wait 30 min. on average) You can find fresher crabs at Joe’s Crab Shack and luckily there are a few here.

But I’m looking forward to having some good, fresh seafood here in landlocked ATL and will definitely update you when I find it.

The good: We didn’t over order.

The bad: There is good dodgy, like Pocha 32, where you drink and eat out of tin bowls and cups…and then there is bad dodgy.  This is the bad, dirty kind of dodgy place.

The ugly:  Valet is the only way to park here. It’s lame, especially for a dodgy place.

Spondivits                                                                                                                                        1219 Virginia Ave                                                                                                                     Atlanta, GA 30344-5211

-xteethx

Seoul Food Meets Soul Food

I just moved to Atlanta from New York a couple weeks ago.  Call it fate, love, God, or the alignment of the stars but I’m here…and I’m still trying to figure out where to eat.

Luckily I found my favorite barbecue place today. Forget Fat Matt’s. Just the fact that I’m updating this blog should tell you that the restaurant I’m about to write about is good; like I-can-stay-here-in-Atlanta-just-for-this-restaurant good.

It’s called Heirloom Market and it looks like it’s a hole-in-the-wall in the most random place with nothing else around. But it was already hoppin’ and busy by the time we got there at 12:10, ten minutes after it opened.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect, being that one of the chefs is a former Korean pop star, Lee Jiyeon. (Sadly that is the reason why I went.)  But the fact that it was already that busy on an early afternoon was a good sign.

I opted for the two meat combo deal that comes with a side.  I chose the brisket and ribs and the fried okra.  It was $13.50 but it ended up being two meals since finishing it in one sitting would’ve made me feel dirty.

Brisket, ribs and fried okra. amen.

The brisket and ribs were so moist, juicy, and tender. In my opinion, it’s probably best eaten by itself without any sauce. But if you find the ends kind of dry, there are a few sauces to choose from.  I thought I would like the Korean barbecue sauce the best being that I have a Korean palate but the table sauce was tastier; it’s like A-1 but even better.  I didn’t like the Settler sauce as much but if you like vinegar with your meat, then that would be your sauce.

And seriously, the fried okra was off the hook; don’t ask me why.  Just get it.

For you yankees, that is what fried okra looks like.

In the middle of my meal, the line was already out the door and people were parking on the grass because there were no spots  left.  It’s a small place so it’s probably best to do take-out.

I realize there is nothing really Korean about the barbecue, unless you chose to smother your meat in the Korean sauce and unless you chose some Korean sides.  It really is just Texas-style BBQ; in my opinion anyway.

Looking at the Yelp reviews, you’ll see everyone, save for two ignorant people, gave it four or five stars.  I will definitely be back to try the chicken.

The good: I can only vouch for the brisket, ribs and fried okra for now.

The Bad: the limited parking spots and seating

The ugly: Animal fat solidifying in my arteries and adding to my cellulite

– xteethx

Kogi BBQ!

Check the Web site for various locations but you can always get it at the Alibi Room, 12236 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066 from 6-midnight, Monday through Saturdays.

Finally got to catch one of the Kogi BBQ trucks running around SoCal and it was definitely worth the wait if you’re in the mood for something delicious and different.

My friends and I caught one during lunch at the Yahoo! Center in Santa Monica where the line was long, but not unbearable. I think our heightened expectations along with the wait made me over-order as I got the kogi hot dog, kimchi quesadilla, and three different tacos (kogi, pork and chicken) all for about $17.

I liked everything I ordered and my friend Monica even raved about the tofu taco which I thought wouldn’t be as good. Everything probably tastes good because of the sauce and seasonings; it’s some hot Korean pepper sauce that comes off as spicy and sweet and the lettuce acts as a nice complimentary buffer against it. The tacos can be a bit messy to eat since they stuff it so have plenty of napkins on hand.

A glorious mess

The kogi hot dog was a nice surprise. No, it’s not kalbi or bulgogi but the same hot dog made of mystery meat; it’s just dressed a lot differently. If hot peppers and cucumbers and the absence of ketchup define Chicago hot dogs, then the LA hot dog has to be a nice mess of kimchi, hot sauce and lettuce.

That's kimchi oozing out on the bottom!

For your reference, this is Chicago style

By the time I got to the kimchi quesadilla, everything tasted the same to me because of that special Kogi BBQ sauce but it was still good. It’s simply kimchi, cheese and that special sauce with sesame seeds sprinkled on top.

I think my expectations of Kogi BBQ were pleasantly fulfilled. To me, the fusion of this cuisine between Korean kimchi, all-American hot dogs and sliders and Mexican burritos and tacos not only represents fantastic food but all the good that comes from living in a country that’s as diverse as America. *cue chants of USA! USA!

Good
It’s cheap and delicious. Need I say more?

Bad
Sometimes the line can be long

Ugly
Not sure if this food truck craze has legs so get them while you can.

Written and reviewed by teeth

Flaming Clam Grill

3465 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA

If you’ve done Korean BBQ and you’re asking what’s next, Flaming Cram Grill in Koreatown L.A. is the place to go. But please only go if you LOVE seafood.

I went with four other people and we opted for the largest portion of the seafood BBQ which is $100. (It’s cheaper if you prefer the raw cold platter) I found it was perfect for the five of us, especially because they give you a ton of side dishes as well.

Probably one of the most annoying things about eating seafood is how much work you have to do to get some meat. Well here, they do it all for you and our server even portioned it among our plates. It’s a lot of work to shuck oysters and cut scallops and I’d run after you as our waitress did if I thought you didn’t pay tip.

The platter we ordered came with clams, oysters, abalone, conch, scallops and shrimp. I’m glad they didn’t come seasoned because they were so good plain since it tasted so fresh.  The only item they seasoned was the abalone which they dipped into sesame oil and proved to be a great combination.

calms and oysters in foil

seafood heaven

shellfish

clams!

jumbo shrimp

kal gooksu ending

Red hot pepper flakes which are so ubiquitous in Korean cuisine was noticeably absent in our meal. The only red-colored items that came out was the spicy duk boki (rice cakes) that came with cheese and our server also mixed rice, shellfish and red hot pepper paste as one of our side dishes, which also turned out to be a great combo.

Other side dishes included edamame, flour pancake, o-deng or fish cake soup, rice porridge and small salad. At the end, they serve kal gooksu, (knife cut noodles) and I’d say we were pretty full at that point. All in all, I really loved the food and the experience and would go again…when I budget enough $.

"Juk" and salad

"Pajun" or seafood pancake

egg and dukboki w/ cheese O-deng or fish cake soup

The Good
The seafood was fresh, fresh, fresh.

Bad
That’s probably why it was expensive.  But by the way, they sell cheap O-deng and kimbap rolls in the back.

Ugly
Like in many Korean joints, there may be passed out and inebriated Koreans here on a week night. I should have taken a pic of the guy passed out cold and posted it on http://blackoutkorea.blogspot.com/

Ated and reviewed by teeth

Sugar Sweet Sunshine 10-31-09

Sugar Sweet Sunshine
126 Rivington St.
New York, NY 10002Sugar Sweet Sunshine

I’ll make this short and sweet and say Sugar Sweet was okay. I always measure a cupcake shop by its Red Velvet and their “Sexy Red Velvet” just wasn’t. Maybe I just have a problem with their “moose” frosting which tastes like butter. I did however, like their “Ooey Gooey” and thought it was better than their other chocolate cupcake, the “Bob”, which has a hint of almond in the frosting.

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But at $1.50, these cupcakes are probably the most bang for your buck anywhere. I heard the pistachio cupcake and banana pudding are good and I’d like to try their pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting next time.

Good: They’re not overpriced and it is a cute little cozy shop that almost makes you want to sit on their retro sofa chair and sing, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”, as you take off your shoes one at a time.

Bad: The “moose” frosting which is what they use on most cupcakes, is too buttery for my taste.

Ugly: Nothing, if you like wallpaper from the 60s and 70s.

-teeth

Intelligentsia Coffee Cupping

Intelligentsia NY Coffee Lab
594 Broadway, Suite 909A
New York, NY 10012

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By cupping, I don’t mean that ancient Chinese practice of applying heating cups on your back to heal your ailments. Coffee cupping is like wine tasting, but with coffee.  After visiting the Intelligentsia cafe by Millennium Park during the Taste of Chicago Food Festival, I was eager to visit their NY Lab.

I dragged myself to the $10, one-hour cupping class on Halloween morning to see what it had to offer. It had eight spots open but my date and I were the only ones who came since I suppose everyone else in the city was prepping for Halloween.   It made for a much more cozy atmosphere where we asked all the questions we wanted and I took the liberty to take just as many photos.

Our barista/professor was Ramine (spelling?!), a pretty laid-back guy who owns a coffee shop in Brooklyn. After some small talk over coffee, he laid out four cups of different coffee grinds for each of us and our first step was to smell each cup and write down our thoughts about the aromas on a chart.   I used mostly generic adjectives such as “rich”, “dark”,  or “sweet” to describe what I smelled.  I haven’t gotten to the point of training my nose to detect a hint of lemon, blackberry or persimmon that others may catch with their snobby olfactory senses.  But who says a common coffee lover can’t enjoy smelling coffee? I took the pleasure of taking it all in by putting the brim of the cup over my nose as if it was an oxygen mask that dropped out from the ceiling of a plane and I was inhaling for my life.

Next Ramine poured water into each cup so we could describe the wet aroma by breaking the foam in the coffee. It definitely brings out other flavors you can’t smell with the dry aroma but for whatever reason, I liked the dry aroma better.

wetaroma

Wet aroma

Finally Ramine took all the foam out and we took a spoonful of each coffee and slurped the coffee to check for flavor, body, acidity and finish. There were definitely coffees I didn’t like (#2, #3,) because they were too dark or bitter for my taste.  I like #1 and #4 better; particularly #4 because it was “fruity,” “sweet,” and “clean.”

Turns out that #1 was “La Maravilla,” a coffee from Guatemala, and #4 was “Kenya Gichathaini.”  My date gravitated toward the #2 which was from Zambia and the #3, the “Pacamara Peaberry,” which was from Nicaragua.

Ramine was really sweet to give us all four coffee bags to take home with us, even though it doesn’t say on the Web site that that would be part of the deal.   It’ll be our little secret.

Good:

I forgot to mention Intelligentsia is a do-gooder and participates in direct trade with the coffee farmers and buys seasonally. As for the cupping class, taking the time to smell the dry aroma of the coffee grinds and talking about what we all smelled was fun; it’s comical to see how everyone smells different things from the same cup.  But the best part was getting four bags of coffee which I  wasn’t expecting and which I unfortunately can’t guarantee for you.

Bad:

If anything, waking up early on Saturday morning to do this. (If you can consider 9:00 “early” for a weekend.) For you non-early birds, they offer noon classes on Wednesdays until the end of this year.

Ugly:

Not having the coffee grinder to grind the free coffee beans.

-teeth