Barrel Down

We were invited to check out the newly opened Barrel Down in Downtown LA, right across the street from Bottega Louie on 7th Street.

Barrel Down

Barrel Down

This is a Beer Hall, so Abe ordered one from their 40 taps.

Beer

Barrel Down

We ordered all vegetarian, but the menu is full of delicious-sounding meat dishes like Buttermilk Fried Chicken and a dry-aged Sirloin Burger.

BBQ Carrots

I was blown away by what Chef Derrick de Jesus did to simple vegetables.

BBQ Carrots

Heirloom carrots glazed in honey chili, served on top of whipped yogurt…

BBQ Carrots

…and Cauliflower Popcorn – fried/dipped into Ginger Aioli and Chili Lime Vinaigrette.

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Cauliflower Popcorn

The Pear + Endive Salad is vegan and super fresh…

Endive Salad

Endive Salad

…and the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich is actually 1.5 servings!
Vegetarian Sandwich

Vegetarian Sandwich

Roasted Eggplant, Ricotta, Smashed White Beans.  Perfectly toasted Multigrain Bread.

Vegetarian Sandwich

Dessert was a warm Bourbon Bread Pudding with chocolate, banana, brown sugar pecans…

Bourbon Bread Pudding

…I don’t drink alcohol, but of course I devoured this.

Bourbon Bread Pudding

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4 Recipes for the 4th

Don’t know what to make for the 4th of July?  Here’s a super simple, crowd-pleasing menu.

4th of July Menu

  1. Fruit Flag – Just grab some fresh bananas, strawberries, blueberries and some skewers.  DONE.
  2. Blueberry Quinoa Salad – I’m gonna drop a name and admit that Mark Bittman ate this at the last Sedar I attended.  If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for your guests.
  3. Veggie Burger SlidersLeslie’s Vegan recipe, a hit with even the meat eaters.  But if you do want to serve beef, you can watch my video on how to grill a good one.
  4. Strawberry Icebox Cake – I probably include this no-bake dessert in every single roundup I do, but for good reason!  It’s bonkers amazing and stupid easy!

If you don’t feel like cooking, Terrine is doing an all-day BBQ, and The Village Bakery and Cafe has all kinds of red/white/blue treats.

Flag cake! #raspberry #blueberry #creamcheesefrosting #fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #thevillagebakeryandcafe #atwatervillage #cake #bestbakeryLA

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Hope you have a Happy Weekend!