Another small rusty business

So there’s this small up and coming spot called, Rusty Pot Cafe located in downtown Inglewood.  We like to support the small guys so we took a trip and here’s what we experienced.

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The Flavor Table

The Eagle and I came across this (BO) business by accident called The Flavor Table. They’re located on Florence.  So we went in and tried their breakfast.  It was cool.  The price didn’t bother me and the decor fit their theme, a Louisiana feel.  They have the typical photos on the wall, beads in the corner, flowers on the table, everything is red and purple and the waiters are pleasant offering great customer service.  They offer catering, take out, no reservations, there’s street parking and you’ll pay a typical $12 for your meal.  Oh and I’ve only been there twice and I just learned they have a little patio eating area in the back.  I’ll try it out next time whenever I’m around.  I think I saw about three tables back there surround by umbrellas and additional covering for added privacy.  Simple area for a small group of maybe 10 who want some fresh air and privacy.  Keep in mind it’s in a residential area.

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So the first time I went there I ordered the Peach Cobbler French Toast.  I thought it was going to be smothered in yummy sauce with juicy peaches, but instead they offered the cobbler in a side dish and the french toast on its own plate.  I was a little disappointed.

Pictured above is what I ordered the second time we visited.  It’s their Caramel French Toast.  Maybe I’m asking for too much but I could have used a tad more of a thicker sauce or syrup.  It was simply caramel poured on top.  So they lack creativity, but the food was still good enough for myself to return in time.

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The Eagle usually gets items such as rice, eggs and salmon croquettes of which I guess I need to learn how to make.  This is his plate pictured to the left.  He said he really enjoyed his Shrimp and Crab Omelet.  I was pleased for I hate to have him upset with his meal.  It cost about $17.

 

 

All and all the place is fine.  If you’re in the area, try them out for yourself.  I may not drive across town just to eat here, but if in the area I would definitely continue to support.

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What I learned about Grits

I enjoy grits and like to think everyone does to some degree in varied fashions.  My grandmother would eat them with cheese ALL THE TIME!  Oh wait, but I can’t forget her vienna sausage on the side.  For myself, as a kid I’d go for the pathetic butter and sugar approach or the lets die from a heart attack with butter and season salt approach – BOTH versions I held on a pedestal LOL  Nowadays I’ve learned to explore them fried or combined with pork, gravies, eggs, garlic, you get the picture.

Grits, originally a Native American dish has become a regular in the United States, specifically in the southern states.  I’ve learned the name Grits is simply a term for a pounded form of dried corn.  As for Hominy Grits, which is something different are prepared from corn that has been soaked in a weak lye solution and hulled.  Hominy refers to the type of grain that is used to make traditional grits.  Hmm – didn’t know!  They’re a larger grain.  Unfortunately, many people use both terms in general unless you’re from a specific region who knows the history of the item.   I guess I shall continue my research of grits.

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Usually recognized as a breakfast item, in the south you can come across them served with pork, seafood in the Carolina’s and as soufflés up north.  Note, you can prepare Grits in varied ways.  You can slow-cook them, this version most of us are accustomed to by adding liquid until they have a creamy texture as pictured above.  You can quickly prepare them, which offers a grainy texture.  Grits can also be fried of which I have tried and  will explain below.

RECIPE:

FRIED GRITS:

1 tbs butter or oil to 1 cp of left over grits

  • Press the grits together creating a ball to create round patties or a square to cut  1/2″ thick strips in any length you desire.
  • Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan
  • When hot, place patty or strips in pan, turning occasionally until edges are lightly browned
  • Serve hot with syrup, butter or whatever your favorite condiment shall be

 

 

 

Diving For Food!

So there’s this place called Tart over on Fairfax if ever in Hollywood.  It’s a restaurant attached to a colorful, cool, LA vibe hotel.  Jenise told us about it and so we all made the trip.

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Talk about a photographers heaven…for me anyway.  The door to the right leads you into the hotel lobby.  This entrance I’ve captured is the door on the left, the restaurant.  As you enter it becomes a little dark.  There’s a bar with additional table seating placed around the room.  As you follow the path of curiosity to the right, it quickly leads you to their outdoor seating. This is located central of the hotel and restaurant.

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Cute!

 

“Where to sit?” was the question of the moment.  So many choices.  For us, simply a party of three, we really didn’t need the horse shoe of benches topped with black and white pillows and large coffee table to hold everyone’s plates.   Maybe next time.

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Bacon Slut

(Facebook repost)

YUP, that’s what I said – Bacon Slut!  Bacon Lover, Bacon Connoisseur, my friend even calls me Baconator of which I think is cute.   So yes, I love bacon and if you know anything about me, of which you are learning, you will soon understand my appreciation for it.  I love bacon so much I even wrapped my turkey in it for the holidays.

Well, Marvin and I were informed about a spot called Saint Marc – Pub Cafe, Bakery & Cheese Affinage.  Why?  Duh – because they have BACON!!!   So to Saint Marc’s we go!  <PAUSE> In case you needed to know what bacon is, it’s cured pork that is prepared in a variety of cuts and flavors.  <UNPAUSE>  So here’s the deal.  It’s cute, clean, gives cool breeze beach ambiance while located upstairs of an outdoor shopping plaza.   No need to make reservations for it doesn’t seem to get that packed for breakfast.  Staff was pleasant, a little hard to locate, but still a nice spot to have gone to just once.

Now, allow me to mention the bacon bar option.  Yup, that’s what I said – bacon bar.  You can select a variety of flavored bacon strips to compliment your “meal.”  Tell us more – OK!  <clears throat> EACH slice of bacon will run you a cost of $3.00 – $4.00 (depending on which flavor).  We only tried Apple pie, Maple and English (English sucked FYI).  And I disliked the menu because it’s so limited on breakfast items.  So, If you want a cute spot to try that doesn’t offer bread items such as waffles or french toast, but offers grits, cheese boards, alcohol, varied bacon, hot cereal, sandwiches, bread and pastries then yes go – hint the name of the business.  If you’re starch eater like myself then you will not enjoy this place as much and would need to be open for other items.  Oh and the beach is across the road.  That’s a great plus!  You wont be able to view it while eating, but once finished you can take a walk downstairs and people watch.

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These other limited items we tried included my peach danish which I freaking loved that also topped with bacon.  In addition to the danish, we also ordered a bowl of chili and tried fried grits for the first time.  My only dislike was that it included cheese and I’m against cheese in my grits.  So, yeah, we pretty much had a bacon day.  Would I go back?  It’s a little far so no, no need to, but yes I would say go try it out for yourself just because AND there’s bacon people of which is the best part!

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Taste **
Price **