A.G. Newsletter #157: Rainbow Cookie Cake, Sqirl, Lou, Southpaw, Forage, Bar Covell, & Ramekin

Hey Gang,

Many of you know that my favorite cookie of all time is the RAINBOW COOKIE; you know it, it's the one with red, yellow, and green layers on the inside, separated by jam, and covered in chocolate. But did you know that you can turn this great cookie into a cake? Well I did that very thing recently for a dinner party this past Saturday and behold the results:

Incredible, right? Don't you want to make it yourself? Well I have step-by-step instructions right here: so go make a rainbow cookie cake of your own and save me a slice.

Also? I made an amazing pasta with fresh summer corn and squash. Click here to see that. You'll want to lick your screen.

Now on to newsletter business....

I joined my friend Diana for lunch at Sqirl last week and ordered the most peculiar thing on the menu (their menu changes daily); a chicken roulade with a whole chicken deboned and rolled and wrapped in fig leaves. Oh and with Japanese potato on the inside? And on some kind of apple sauce? It was weird but good!

Diana had the shakshuka which she enjoyed, though she thought they could've reduced the tomato sauce further:

Next door, of course, is Lou (I've blogged about it before) my favorite wine shop in L.A.; favorite because the man at the helm, Lou, is always there to chat and talk about wines. Also he's very opinionated and very funny. For example, see this card that he posted describing one of the wines:

I bought a few bottles, all reasonably priced (around $15 to $20) and got to work drinking them throughout the week. My favorite was this Muscadet--one of Lou's favorite whites of all time--which I served with chicken and salad:

On Friday, I had an appointment at a new establishment near us in Silverlake called Southpaw. But Southpaw isn't a restaurant, it's a brand new hair cuttery for men:

The reason we're excited about it is that it's the new home of Jim Palmer, who gives us the best haircuts ever. If you're a guy in L.A. you should go visit him and tell him we sent you. For example, look what he did with the thinning strands on top of my head:

Plus, afterwards, you can drive a little further down Hyperion, cut a left, and have lunch at Forage, one of my favorite places to eat in L.A. because it's so healthy but tastes so good. When not ordering their decadent avocado sandwich, I almost always order a salad plate with three salads:

On this day, I had an heirloom tomato salad, succotash (it wasn't sufferin'), and green beans with walnuts. Yum.

That night, Craig and I treated ourselves to a cheese platter at Bar Covell (one of our favorite spots to hang out in the early evening on the weekend; they let you sample lots of wine before you buy your glass...so you know you're going to like what you get):

It's a pretty killer cheese platter.

After that, we weren't really that hungry, but we needed to have some kind of dinner, so we wandered into Ramekin--which is mostly known for their desserts--and shared a really excellent ham sandwich on nicely made, warm bread:

Afterwards, we couldn't say no to Ramekin's homemade ice creams and sorbets: Craig had the creme fraiche ice cream and I had the lychee sorbet which I loved.

That's all for this week folks! I'm off to make some eggplant curry with the eggplant that came in our CSA.

Until next time....

Your friend,
Adam (The Amateur Gourmet)

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