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New Six Point Cans

Sean

six point cans

Six Point Craft Ales are releasing new cans for their 6th anniversary. Time Out New York has a sneak peak of the cans during production, and a good interview with Shane Whelch of Six Point. I love their beer and enjoy a Sweet Action from time to time. Although I think beer in a can is sacrilegious, I think these cans look pretty sweet.

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Israeli Salad

Mk


I’m trying to branch out with the Monday Menu and make things that aren’t in my usual repertoire. I went to a Moroccan/Mediterranean restaurant called Zerza last week in the East Village and had a favorite salad – the Israeli or Mediterranean salad. Its a simple concept so I decided to try and make it. I found a recipe on a really good food blog, Smitten Kitchen, and got to work. Her recipe calls for sumac powder and that reminded me of poison ivy’s much more sinister cousin – poison sumac so I decided against it. I added a little paprika instead.
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The york on york

Lizzie

If The York was in Downtown LA or Hollywood, it would immediately be rendered too crowded and obnoxious to enjoy. A low-profile location in Highland Park is key to the relaxed atmosphere and accessibility of this great gastropub, where there is no parking hassle or irritating line (and most importantly, no cover charge). The York features a large, airy space, stellar jukebox, deliciously pubby menu with a few twists on classics, and of course, a fantastic selection of craft beers plus microbrew favorites in bottles.

At first glance, one is struck by the high ceilings and openness of the space at The York, which is a nice change from cramped-feeling smaller bars. Arrive early and there will be no shortage of tables, plus the food creates a perfect pairing with your favorite draft beer for dinner. Whether your preference is a thick, juicy burger and an Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown, or a refreshing take on a Cuban sandwich with a Craftsman Poppyfield Pale Ale, you are sure to find a unique beer to complement each menu item. Other menu standouts include Craftsman 1903 Lager, Alaskan Amber, the pulled pork sandwich special, and the mountain of fries that come with the notable burger.

A note about Craftsman Brewing Company: their website may be minimal, but their beer certainly isn’t. Craftsman’s Pasadena brewery produces a small selection of award-winning brews, and garners a fiercely loyal (and well-deserved) following. Poppyfield Pale Ale is a particularly exceptional beer, a non-pale-ale-drinker’s pale ale that goes down smooth and leaves you wanting another pint. It’s not easy to find, but well worth the search.

A few things to keep in mind at The York: you order your food at the bar here, which means service is quick and at your leisure, not the server’s. Also, the menus are on chalkboards lining the walls, so this isn’t the type of place to go for a full service fancy dinner – more of a fun, laid-back bar to show up early and grab a surprisingly good dinner before you meet friends for drinks. Hipsters frequent the bar at night and tend to lean towards tight pants and The Smiths on the jukebox. And lastly, if your beer and burger belly is hungry for more when you leave, you’re in luck. A street dog cart conveniently parks itself right outside for your late night fix.

Photo via Wha’ppen.

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the hungry cat

Lizzie

I’m a sucker for fresh, casual seafood places. Especially fresh, casual seafood places featuring a selection of local craft beers on tap (hence my devotion to the Reel Inn). The concept of The Hungry Cat is simple and straight-to-the-point. The Hollywood and Vine location lends itself to the minimalist theme, as does the fare. (Who wants a bunch of dusty old relics hanging over their fresh towers of seafood? Clean, hard surfaces are the way to go at a place like this.) The menu offers a small selection of fishy favorites. Raw bar, check. Lobster roll, check. Crabcakes, check. A scrumptiously sloppy, bacon drenched, yolk oozing, many napkin, juice dripping down your arms “Pug Burger”? Check.
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gjelina

Lizzie

gjelina

April 13, 2010 was a bright, warm, deliciously breezy day in Los Angeles. It couldn’t have been a more perfect afternoon for birthday lunch at Gjelina with my very favorite date. Our outing started with a leisurely stroll up and down Abbot Kinney (of First Friday fame), continued with a delectable lunch on the patio at Gjelina, and ended with a drive up the coast.

The food was fresh, carefully prepared, well-conceptualized, and abundant (a polite way to describe the gluttonous amount we ordered). I won’t even try to improve upon Jonathan’s description of each dish, which you can read here. I will say that the Artisan Cheese Plate with toasts, honey, and fruit, and the Fried Egg Sandwich with roasted red peppers and Prosciutto were the stars of the show for me, as well as Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown Ale on tap.

In addition to the large and diverse menu and obvious freshness of the ingredients, the space at Gjelina is also notable. Inside, brick, wood, naked bulbs, and recycled materials give the space a comfortable but industrial atmosphere – really refreshing as opposed to plain white tablecloths and walls. The patio features a mismatch of rustic furniture, which feels more like your chef-friend’s backyard than anything else. Bottom line: I’m going back to Gjelina. Soon.

Enjoy an afternoon on the patio: 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice.

Thanks to Tam for the rec and Jonathan for the stellar birthday lunch.

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Buttermilk Channel

Sean

If you were a dairy farmer in the 1800’s or earlier in Brooklyn, you might have walked your cattle across the area between Governors Island and Brooklyn during low tide for all that sweet grass (for the cattle). If you are not dairy farmer in centuries’ past, you might have visited the restaurant Buttermilk Channel for a most satisfying meal.

The BC has a great selection of beers on draft, as well as some fun beers by bottle, including local six points, captain lawrence and my favorite of the night Ommegang Rare Vos, a Belgian amber ale brewed in America, served by a very friendly bartender. The puff-pastry-like bread glazed in honey is placed on the counter (we ate at the bar) as a small taste of what is to come. The cheese plate (all local cheeses) is contained a Ricotta (which is effin’ amazing with a touch of honey), a cheddar and some stinky cheese that I cant remember what the name was. The grilled flatbread with the buttermilk-made ricotta and lemon has a delightful taste. The Burger was grilled perfectly. The bun was perfect. The cheese, sauteed onions and homemade pickles, perfect. Simply one of the (if not the) best burgers I have had in a very, very long time. I would recommend sitting at the bar as the tables although nice, feel a bit plain-looking. Or sit outside and enjoy the sun and watch the people walk down Court Street, either way you must go check it out for food’s sake.

Oh, and how can I forget the vanilla ice cream root beer float? Holy hell, you just have to experience it for yourself.