Tasty Echo Park foods in the news

Last week we noticed a splurge of articles circulating the Internets about food – but not just any food, Echo Park food! Makes me hungry just reading about it. Here are some excerpts from the LA Weekly and the LA Times blog articles that caught our eye:

30 Scoops in 30 Days: Kind Kreme (Day 10)

By Elina Shatkin, June 14, 2011 – LA Weekly

The local mini-chain has three locations: Studio City, Pasadena and Echo Park, where it shares space with Sage Vegan Bistro, in the former home of ill-fated Mooi, a raw vegan restaurant known mostly for its tiny portions, expensive prices and piss-poor service. The Dr. Seuss decor and bad attitudes are gone. In its place is a friendly café that seems to be bustling with life. Like most newfangled Echo Park eateries, it’s filled with skulking hipster cliches: skinny genes in skinny jeans, un/ironic 1980s fashions and asymmetrical haircuts. But the staff at Kind Kreme wants to make sure you to enjoy their ice cream, whether or not you’re a vegan.

Click here for the full article.


Billie Stone of Sothrifticated.com

An Echo Park resident, Billie Strong’s blog has some pretty incredible recipes and cooking tips and tricks. This is one of quite a few Echo Parkian blogs we subscribe to, and are looking forward to trying out her latest recipe – panko crusted fish. Yumm!

Recently, the LA Times also ranked her California Turkey Burger recipe in the top 20 burgers in “Battle of the Burgers.” You can try it at the LA Times Test Kitchen, and winners will be featured in the 4th of July Food Section.


Jambon beurre sandwich

June 14, 2011 – LA Times Blog

Lately, I’ve been making a pit stop at Cookbook in Echo Park for baguettes (some of the best in town). One Sunday I got there early (it opens at 8 a.m.), and the woman behind the counter was making up what looked very like a jambon beurre. “Yes, it is,” she said. But made on the most slender ficelle (super-skinny baguette).

Cookbook's Jambon beurre sandwich / LA Times

On Monday, I picked up a sandwich for lunch. The ficelle is wonderful, slathered with sweet butter and enclosing a single slice of prosciutto. Perfect if you’re headed for a hike in Elysian Park.

Click here for the full article.

And speaking of Cookbook, the food boutique/grocer just started summer programs (from food to painting and floral design) this month at the store. Check out the schedule below:

Sunday, June 26 from noon-1:30 pm
MIKIKO IDENO, who has studied floral design in Japan, will teach a floral arrangement class using flowers, fruits & vegetables. $55 (includes all materials & vase).

Sunday, July 17 from 3-6:00 pm
BELLA FOSTER’s exuberant paintings explode with pattern, light, and bold color. She will build a still life model using a variety of foods and found objects from which to paint or draw. This is an open workshop with instruction provided to anyone who is interested.

Sunday, July 24th, noon-2pm
TRACY HARTWAY has been sharing the health benefits of traditional foods with clients for eight years. She is also an IST practitioner. She will offer a talk on the health benefits and history of probiotic drinks and will share recipe cards to get you started on making your own herbal probiotic drinks.

Wednesday, July 27 from 7-9:00 pm
LINDA CIVITELLO, author of Cuisine and Culture, will give a talk on industrialization and food.

Seating is limited for all programs. To reserve a seat, please send an email to marta@cookbookla.com indicating which programs you are interested in attending.

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