A.G. Newsletter #116: Still Blog Crazy, Salmon Bowl, Todd & Jessica's, Covell & Balcones del Peru

Oh my goodness, people,

I've become a crazy blogger person and I can't stop myself. On the one hand, I'm loving the process of writing these looser, by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinds of posts and entertaining people throughout the day as opposed to only once a day; on the other hand, I'm not sure it's sustainable. I mean, here are all the posts I've done since Monday morning:

- Creamy Creamless Cauliflower Soup
- Let's Eat Flowers
- Gwyneth Paltrow Cookbooks: Love 'Em or Hate 'Em?
- A Tribute To Peter Workman
- Fun With Farro
- How To Not Fight About Food
- Justin Bieber's Monkey Eats Germany
- Smoothie Update: Coconut Water & Mint
- Socca (An Italian Beef, Cabbage & Potato Casserole)
- In The Night Kitchen
- How Animals Eat Their Food

How can I keep this up? I'm not sure that I can. But I'll try.

Now on to newsletter stuff...

I'm sure I've mentioned this in a newsletter before, but Forage in Silverlake makes a pretty terrific salmon bowl. See?

There's just so much going on in there. It's all served over brown rice with a sweet sauce that the salmon's also glazed with; there's kale (I think that's kale), pickled turnips, some tofu kind of thing and lots of herbs. It's a healthy bowl of food that isn't at all punishing. I could eat it again and again.

On Friday, we journeyed up to Sunland to have dinner with Craig's college friends Todd and Jessica. It was a really fun night of hanging around, drinking wine and chatting. Here's Craig with Todd and Jessica:

They're holding up my favorite almond cake which I brought for dessert (recipe here). Before that, we ate grilled steak:

And grilled asparagus:

And look how pretty it was outside:

Makes sense that they live near where E.T. was filmed; you can kind of imagine E.T. flying across that sky on his bicycle.

And speaking of pretty outdoor pictures, I took this amazingly beautiful picture the other day while in Atwater Village. I was just driving by this tree in front of this quirky house and I thought it was so stunning I had to back my car up to snap this photo. See if you agree:

I'm impressed with myself.

On Saturday, we met some friends for wine at one of my new favorite places to go in L.A.: Covell. It's a wine bar with an incredibly eclectic menu and knowledgable staff. I had a White Pinot Noir (if that makes sense; actually, that doesn't make any sense but it was something like that) and we drank our wine with this incredibly delicious plate of cheese for $18:

Finally, on Sunday, we met our friends Nick and Jason for Peruvian food at Balcones del Peru (which Nick suggested, so credit to him!).

The meal started with these addictive sweet potato chips and a bright green sauce that was a little spicy and a lot flavorful. I loved it.

For my entree, I ordered a famous Peruvian dish called Lomo Saltado which is basically a stir-fry (Peru has a large Chinese population) of meat and--get this--french fries. Check it out:

I didn't know such a dish was possible, let alone legal. But the French Fries aren't soggy or anything; they kind of sit around the border and take in some of the juices but not too much so they're crisp. You can choose beef or chicken and I chose chicken. It even comes with a side of rice, in case those fries aren't enough carbs for you.

That's all for this week folks!

I suggest checking my blog as often as you can because I'm updating like mad. When will the madness end? Who knows.

Until next time....

Your friend,
Adam (The Amateur Gourmet)

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