When Gordon Ramsay wanted to learn how to make fish amok, a traditional Cambodian dish, he went to the Sugar Palm in Siem Reap. Amok is kind of like a curry and can be found almost anywhere in Cambodia. They have fish amok, shrimp amok, chicken amok, etc. The list goes on and on. I would say Cambodian food is like a mix between Thai and Balinese yet a bit more refined, I think due to the French influence. The moral of the story is when in Cambodia, eat Amok
Jed Sanford and Chef Tin Vuong kill it again. After opening the successful restaurants Abigaile in Hermosa Beach and Little Sister in Manhattan Beach, they have now added dia de campo in Hermosa Beach to the list. They call it a “surf lodge” and the food actually reminded me of Rick Bayless’s Red O, yet better. Yes, I said it. Better. Considering the South Bay is very much behind the rest of LA in the culinary world, this was a wonderful surprise.
The Factory Kitchen in the arts district. Believe it or not, this place gives Bestia a run for its money. Think rustic small plates. The handkerchief pasta (green one) is what they are known for and it was incredible. The prosciutto over fried dough was definitely worth every calorie. Do yourselves a favor and make a reservation at the factory kitchen NOW.
Holy wine tasting. For those of you from LA, Santa Barbara is just a short drive away and offers wines that are said to compete with those from Napa and Sonoma. While they have some good Syrahs and Chardonnays, I still think they have some catching up to do. Definitely worth a day or weekend trip though. Cheers!