Happy Friiiiiiiiiday baby boos!
Anyone celebrating Halloween early this weekend? I wish I was partaking in all the
festivities, but sadly I’ll be eating my way through it instead. Been spending lotsa time in the Ktown pad
which means lotsa LA food porn in the queue.
I’ve been ravishing more than reviewing but know that I’m keeping y’all
in my thoughts while I’m at it!
Today’s menu comes courtesy of The Briks, a newcomer in the DTLA
scene, boasting unique cuisine from a “mash-up” of various regions in North
Africa, Spain, France, and Latin America.
WTF are Briks you ask? Born from
Chef Mario Christerna’s culinary travels and experiences, he named his eatery after
a savory North African filo-wrapped
puff pastry stuffed with savory meats and a soft poached egg, then pan fried to
perfection! You get the amalgamation of Latin
flavors with every dish and what better way to introduce this novelty to the
masses than to name your restaurant after it?!
Food and culture 101, let’s dive right in shall we?
The Tony Montana Brik with pork
lechon, black beans, mojo, sautéed onion.
The Guru Brik with chicken curry,
potatoes, peas, tamarind sauce.
The Bougie Brik with duck confit,
cauliflower puree, duck egg, balsamic truffle glaze.
These briks are comparable to the
Vietnamese/French Pate Chaud, albeit twice the size with twice the filling. You’re able to pack a whole lot of goodies in
there from seasoned meats and sautéed veggies, to my fave, the semi-poached
ooey gooey melted egg. Of these 3 most
popular briks, my fave was the Tony Montana.
The pork lechon reminded me a lot of Vietnamese Heo Quay (BBQ pork)
without the crispy skin. Juicy and
tender, very Latin-inspired with a slight smokiness from the mojo. Bougie brik was a second fave and I love that
the chef scaled back some on the truffle glaze.
A barely-there hint is really all you need to get the point across. Some restaurants can learn a thing or two in
the editing process. (Ahem, Din Tai Fung!)
Chorizo con Papas Coca with beef
chorizo, potatoes, pico de gallo, avocado, queso fresco.
I realized after this meal that I am
NOT a fan of flatbreads. The fried egg
on top is always a nice touch but I’m the chewy/fat/doughy/crust girl, not the
crispy/thin-crust/topping chick. While
the chorizo sounded promising, the seafood completely fell flat in taste and
presentation. Looks like my 10 year old niece could have made this with frozen pizza dough. Eh, pass!
Steak and Potatoes with coffee
crusted dry aged rib eye, celery root, potato gratin, green peppercorn
sauce. I was really taken aback by how
much I enjoyed this steak when I was fully prepared to lambast it. The server recommended this dish, boasting seasonings
unparalleled for this type of cuisine.
Well, at least that was my interpretation of “Our steak is amazing!”
lol. But seriously, I haven’t had a good
coffee crusted steak since devouring my first one at El Gaucho in Portland, OR
almost a decade ago and this completely brought me right back to that
memory. Although this was half the cost
and just as good. Crispy charred crust
is a the straight path to my heart y’all!
Batata Harra Tots: We expected tater tots and home fries came
out. The potato was meh, the sauce
spicy! I’d ask for this particular sauce
on the side to dip with the briks. Pass
on the potato though, don’t waste your carbs.
B.B.S. Bacon Brussels Sprouts: Beautifully prepared especially since the bacon
was used more as an accent than a feature.
Just like the truffle, so effective in small dosages which I can really
Kale salad with quinoa, champagne
grapes, strawberries, avocado, champagne raspberry vinaigrette. Refreshing, light, and loaded with citrus
zing. LOVE this dish, a complete MUST
order especially with all the fried plates.
Norma’s Bread Pudding (his mama’s
version, “nuff said”). Very moist with a
sponge-like texture akin to tres leche cake.
You can smell the cinnamon wafting through the air before this plate
even reaches the table, but I’m a fan of the crispy upper crust variety. Did the job and satisfied the sweet tooth
though, so I can’t complain.
*Insider’s tip: I absolutely LOVE it when new cuisine
inspires me to eat outside my bento box.
Unfamiliar food just simply intrigues me so I’m always game to try new
things. Make it unique and my interest
is piqued y’all. Make it memorable and
I’ll definitely be back for more! While
the Briks may be the newbie on the block, it’s quick and casual dining style
can definitely appeal to those not looking for anything pretentious or crazily
priced. You can get in, get out, get on
with your life for under $25pp and in less than an hour’s time. The perfect quickie (or not) meal to get
right to the next destination.*
I don’t know if it’s the growing pile of projects I have
overflowing my desk, or the impending end of the year with deadlines looming
right over my shoulder, but I’ve been falling into a MAJOR fashion rut this
month. It’s been a challenge switching gears from interior design to fashion and back again, but where there's an impasse, there's a solution right within reach! Enter my sartorial street muse, the
incomparable Miroslava Duma to help dictate what’s on my radar this fall.
A global fashionista who ranks HIGH up on my trendspotting hitlist when everything she rocks is everything I want NEED in my life!
The capes, the colors, the oh-so-incredibly
FAB accessories!Oman, each look is one
to be lusted after…
Been scouring my local vintage and thrift shops for yummy colored leather in autumnal hues...love how this trend can be dressed up or down.
It's no secret that I am OBSESSED with hats and head gear (seen HERE). I love how Mira maintains her posh aesthetic with silky scarves that protect her from the elements while adding a punch of color to everyday ensembles.
Next to the ubiquitous black and white stripe, I'd say houndstooth is right up there with fashion's NO FAIL graphic patterns. Menswear-inspired and tailored to perfection!
Can't survive a holiday season without a little plaid now, can we? Not just for Christmas, I love the variation from full-on dresses to cute little skirt suits.
I've had the same pair of OTK leather boots for almost 7 years now! Time to retire them and bust out the newbies! Just picked up thisSam Edelman suede stunner and can't wait to rock them with all my party frocks!
I’m *this* close to putting myself on a shopping ban (sans new OTK's, lol) until I can
muster up a road map to fall/winter dressing.
Seems Mira’s glamorous guide is the ONLY thing I’ll need all year!
Which trend tops your list of MUST-HAVES this season??
The start of a new season always beckons me to do a little
redecorating, first paring down the space to a bare minimum then layering all
my collected finds back on again.
It’s always easier to pile treasured heaps of ho-hum items atop one
another, but can you imagine if every single tchotchke simply took your breath
Imagine living amongst ONLY your most favorited pieces?! Oh the life inspired is such an aspirational place to be my loves!
It’s no wonder your dream home feels so elusive…there’s too much nonsense
blocking your vision!
Interior designer by trade, professional nester by talent. Consummate creative-type on the go, fashion is my first love, food and photography a very close second. Aiming to carve out a distinctive niche by capturing the mundane and seeing it develop through my life and lens. Welcome to the world of Haute Khuuture. Where seeking haute style is my passion and LIVING OUT LOUD is a promise.