Another Average Dropout

A friend and I went to visit Culinary Dropout.  It’s located inside the Hard Rock Casino here in Las Vegas.  I came across it by reading some online reviews of good places to eat.

Well, my or our experience was just ok.  Now, the service was great, clean environment and the decor was FAB within their open layout.  I sooooo loved the bar centered in the room, black leather booths and the wall paper that consisted of popular celebrity names…”Look, Michael Jackson!” Oh, and you must check out the pool area out back.

However, as far as the food, we weren’t that impressed – another average dropout.  It looked great, sound great, but wasn’t great.  It was just ok and man I was so excited to try their breakfast.  We both went with the Cap’N Crunch Crusted French Toast served why cereal milk custard and fresh raspberries all for 10 bucks.  It wasn’t horrible, just expected better.  The texture of the bread was typical, meaning the usual bread offered at most restaurants.  I’m not a fan of raspberries for they’re a tad too tart, but that didn’t ruin the meal for me.  I’m also glad I ordered a side of eggs and bacon for I eat a lot and desire that sweet and salty combination on my tongue.  I will admit I thought it would be crusted similar to how it was served at Blue Jam Cafe in LA, but oh well.

culinary drop out-jpeg“Are you enjoying your meal?” I asked.

“It’s fine,” she responded.

Over all, what was missing was a stronger flavor.  There needed to be more of a punch either in the egg batter or the custard sauce.  A dash of vanilla or almond, something!  Maybe the hype was more on their dinner items or appetizers.

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RECIPE

CAP’N Crunch French Toast

Toast3/4 cup heavy cream
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 to 10 slices thick-sliced white bread
Butter for cooking
For the topping:
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups frozen wild Maine blueberries defrosted

  • Mix the cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Put the cereal in a storage bag and use a rolling pin or the flat edge of a large knife until it resembles cracker meal. Transfer it to a shallow dish.
  • Dip a couple of slices of the bread into the cream mixture until soft but not completely soaked. Let excess liquid drip from the bread, then press into the cereal crumbs to coat evenly. Place on a sheet pan and repeat with the remaining slices.
  • Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat, add butter as needed, and cook the bread until it is caramelized on both sides, about 6 to 8 minutes total.

 

Recipe provided by: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/02/sunday-brunch-capn-crunch-french-toast.html

The Serving Spoon

Another (B.O.) located in Inglewood is called The Serving Spoon.  You can find them on Facebook under The Serving Spoon Restaurant.  It’s a place The Eagle and I periodically visit.

Parking can get a tad difficult , but we make it work.  He’s been coming here for years so he knows the deal.  You can park in the lot out front or find street parking along the side of the building.  “Babe, get out and get a table,” is the usual dialog in the car.  “Ok, I’m on it!” the typical response.

Once you enter, there’s a woman behind a lectern who greets you and behind her off to your left is the counter where you pay your bill upon leaving.  There’s a couple chairs upfront to rest and wait while someone cleans off a table for you.

“Hey, babe check this out!” as I read the listings on the community board.  I’m always a sucker for businesses that promote local happenings.  Speaking of community, did you know The Serving Spoon has serviced so many locals and celebrities from Former President Bill Clinton, Lisa Leslie, Kat Williams, Cedric The Entertainer, Anthony Davis to Stevie Wonder – cool huh!?!?  Oh and there’s me <LOL>  You know, because I’m somebody too (BIG SMILE) – we all are.

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Well, when it comes to ordering, I’m starting to always get their chicken sausage.  Most sausage makes me sick and I hardly ever entertain it these days, but whenever I do, this one I can handle.  I decided to match it with four slices of tender french toast and as always, hard scrambled eggs.  I CAN NOT handle soft runny eggs – YUCK!  Maybe it’s mental, who knows.  The Eagle went with a soft buttery waffle accompanied by sausage.  As always we enjoyed our meal and the service is always great.  So, have you tried the spoon?

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Little spot on Crenshaw

(Facebook repost)

As a Firefighter, The Eagle has toured this town longer than I have so he knows of a few places here and there.  If you’re at the corner of Crenshaw and Manchester in Inglewood, you should stop pass this little spot called Moby’s Coffee Shop.

As usual we pull up to find street parking out front.  Always great service, this tiny room sits across from Biglots with two large windows to choose from if trying to look outside.

“How’s it going?” the waitress ask.  She’s actually speaking to The Eagle.  Clearly they don’t know about the Delectable Delights <chuckle>

We order.  I tend to only get their french toast because the pancakes don’t offer much taste.  The Eagle is more of a grits or rice person with a side of eggs.  He leaves the sweet tastier starches for me.  I take a bite, “cool” I say with approval.  My selections are always accompanied by scrambled eggs and bacon.  What I enjoy is the powdered sugar across the soft bread and butter served in mini cups.  “Who uses so much butter?” I always shockingly ask.  I CAN NOT stand huge gobs of butter all over my food, don’t find it necessary and it’s such a waste.  “Maybe I could start telling them to only bring half the amount of butter,” I suggest at the table.  This topic seems to always concern me, not that Moby’s offered a lot, just conversing.

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I now feel story time is upon us.  The Eagle starts, “I remember this little old lady cooking up everything by herself, man she was cool”.  He smiles with joy every time he shares his memories.  I try to imagine it with him while interrupted by the waitress asking if everything is ok with their service.   I smile to the both of them.

Besides the food, what is always interesting is that it is operated by Asians, but have taken the time to cater to their African-American clientele.  What do I mean?  Sometimes I sit and chuckle while viewing all the black art/photos on the walls.  Does it bother me?  No, not at all!  However, I can’t help noticing it and the combination makes me laugh.  I truly respect it and understand.  I simply appreciate any business that is sensitive to their guest.

Over all the food is decent, but the prices are great.  If in a hurry you can call in your order for pick-up.  Open for years, this (F.O.) restaurant is much appreciated and offers great customer service every time.

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A morning of cinnamon rolls

So I decided to get up and go to church, followed by treating myself to breakfast afterwards.  I looked up some breakfast spots nearby and came across Biscuit Cafe in Las Vegas.  Keep in mind I already researched this spot days ago…because that’s what I do.  Remember, I always prefer to read the menu in advance.

I drove and drove wondering if the trip was wroth it.  “Jeeze, how far is this spot?” I kept asking myself.  Enjoying the breeze, music playing, all while giving head nods of acceptance to the other drivers.  Parked, that was easy.  The people seemed nice, very clean and no wait at all – great yet odd for a Sunday.  Usually I have my posse or The Eagle, but this rodeo was done all alone.  I walk inside.  “OMG she’s here in Vegas,” a voice yells out.  Little do they know, I’ve lived here for a while.  I just travel a lot.  The surroundings, typical booths and silver rounded back chairs pushed up at the tables, nothing fancy.  I tried not to get distracted by the artificial cinnamon rolls at the front counter, but they caught my attention.

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This Little Corner Place

LIKE there’s this little corner place called Grub Restaurant hidden in a residential Hollywood area.  AND LIKE I haaaaaaaad to check it out.  Their idea was to create a place that felt like home. Figures right!?!?

This spot is easily missed. Street parking if you’re lucky or valet of which I forgot the cost, sorry guys.  About this valet, a part of me felt bad for the guy who had to literally run around the block to get our car.  Then another part of me felt completely over it and just wanted to look for the car myself because it took that long and promised to not eat here if I can’t get my own parking spot. <sigh> Either way, it’s Hollywood people.  Just play the reminder in your head over and over that parking will ALWAYS SUCK!!!

So let’s get inside shall we.

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Oh you would love it!  It offers photo moments in every corner.  Full of color, fresh greenery, wood, home, back yard, a welcoming calmness, you know all that good stuff.  I just had to snap a pic.  Super cute, easily missed in the cut, full of charm, was such a delight.  Grub Restaurant seems to be a spot clearly the locals know about.

Our waiter was great, got our order ready and I appreciated the veggie sticks and pretzels brought to the table 🙂  what a great touch!

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So while the Eagle went with a simple sandwich and side salad, I ordered the Our Friggin’ Amazin’ French Toast which consist of 3 croissants coated with cinnamon vanilla batter and cooked to golden brown. Served with maple syrup, pecans and raspberry butter at a cost of $12.00.  I also ordered a side of their “Crack Bacon”.  Well, voted Citysearch’s best breakfast in LA, I’m personally not sure why.  The food wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t memorable.  Wait, I take that back.  IT WAS MEMORABLE, but in a negative.  The french toast was fine, not great, not bad and I will always appreciate flavored butters.  However, THAT BACON – YUCK!!! Now I LOVE bacon, I mean, LOVE IT!!!  But this crap taste like beef, pork, lunch meat, something…nasty.  Now if you want flavored bacon, try Saint Marc of whom I visited.  Now they had good and fun bacon flavors.

Would I go back here again?  NO, simply because of the parking and bacon.  I don’t want to wait around forever for my car and if I can’t have something salty with my starch then what’s the point.  Does this mean you will dislike it – no.  Pay them a visit for yourself, but you won’t see me there.

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