Daily Archives: September 21, 2011

Black Bagging It

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - blogger meetup - lunch - sandwich

Earlier last month, I watched Los Angeles work itself into a tizzy over the opening of Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio’s gourmet sandwich counter. This afternoon I made plans to meet the lovely Esi there for lunch.

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Ink.Sack is teeny tiny…

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…with a matching menu (and prices)

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There’s nothing vegan here, but vegetarians are able to get the “Maple Turkey Melt” sans meat, plus extra cheese as an option. I ordered the Cold Fried Chicken

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Apparently the ranch dressing is made by spinning buttermilk in a centrifuge…

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…I’ve no idea what the heck that means. But the sandwich is freaking delicious. And at $4 the price (and size) were just right.

Although the place was crowded, we didn’t have to wait too long at peak lunch hours. I was grateful, since I’d read about super long lines when they first opened…

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…but be prepared to stand and devour

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We wound up dining by the customer-created chalkboard art

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Or you can just grab your food to go – in the appropriate colored bags (I’ll forgive them for spelling my name wrong)

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Why does soda taste so much better out of a glass bottle?!?

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I felt like an Adrien Brody commercial walking back to my car in that fancy ‘hood

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The Voltaggio brother’s fine-dining restaurant ink. opens tonight a few doors down – maybe I can convince Esi to meet me there once I can actually get a reservation?

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Chili

dinner - recipe - vegan

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Beer chili – to go with the beer bread, of course!

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Used just 1/2 a cup to deglaze the pan of onions, garlic, ginger, and carrots cooked in coconut spread (the rest can be frozen for future recipes, even de-fizzed)

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Can of black beans, diced tomato, and the remaining jar of Pumpkin Seed Salsa Verde

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Bunch of spices – chili powder (large palmful) and about 1/2 tsp. each – onion/garlic salt, paprika, cumin – bring to boil, reduce to simmer + cover

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About an hour later – enough for three (our neighbor Erin joined us)

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Served with a dollop of Plain Greek Yogurt…

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…and toasted beer bread

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We each had a raw truffle for dessert

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Two Moms in the Raw’s version is very different from Paleta’s – more cake-ish than buttery smooth

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Couple links: My “Yes We’re Open” co-star Parry has a hilarious blog post about our pickup shoot this past weekend. And, I’m in the top ten for “Best Food Blogger 2011″ at FriendsEat.com – three more days to vote and I’d love your support!