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Dishing: Greg Gimble, Lingerie VP

By all accounts, it seems Greg Gimble has a dream job.  He’s a young VP at Va Bien, a lingerie company his parents started 30 years ago. He contacted me to introduce me (the fashion editor me) to the line (which, by the way, has some pretty excellent and tres sexy bodysuits, the wearing of which is in diametric oppositon to the essence of this post).  This is Greg, looking only slightly dumbfounded by his good luck, on a recent photo shoot.

Yet for a guy who lives and breathes lingerie, he is impressively food-obsessed.  A native Manhattanite who now lives in Puerto Rico where the company is based, Greg holds his favorite meals close to his heart.    I’m particularly intrigued by an indoor bocce ball court,a perfect place to work off spaghetti-induced calories.  And I wholeheartedly second Blue Ribbon fried chicken: it is divine.

Greg takes it from here, dishing on his top five meals in the city:

-Dinner at Kanoyama, with a good friend who I have not seen in months.  Broiled black cod marinated in miso, or perhaps some fried oysters, followed by anago (saltwater eel) sushi and an assortment of the fresh fish they have on a given day.  Hopefully they have kinmedai (golden eye snapper) and akashidai (red snapper).  They almost always have great toro from Boston.  To drink, a cold bottle of Onigoroshi sake.  No dessert, just a cup of green tea. Kanoyama, East Village.  For more info visit www.kanoyama.com

inside Kanoyama

-Dinner at Aurora, with a best friend who I see often.  Tuna tartare with avocado followed by a porterhouse for 2 – though they almost never have it; out of 10 times that I call in advance they might have it once.  They always have a ribeye for 2 but it doesn’t hold a candle to the porterhouse, which is perfection incarnate – or “in carne” I should say.  Bottle of Barolo.  Dessert back home after walking a a bit, perhaps an apricot tart from Balthazar’s bakery or just some sorbet. Aurora, Soho and Brooklyn.  Visit www.auroraristorante.com

-Dinner at Il Vagabondo, with my parents.  Prosciutto & melon followed by “veal vagabondo”, which consists of sauteed escalope of veal covered with eggplant and mozzarella.  Bottle of Montepulciano.  Bocce ball dessert –  3 layers of ice cream covered in a round chocolate shell.  The ice cream could be better but its charm makes up for it, especially if we’re seated next to the bocce ball court in the restaurant. Il Vagabondo, Upper East Side.  Visit www.ilvagabondo.com

-After hours snack / dinner #2 at Blue Ribbon, with whoever will go with me – but more frequently by myself, after ducking out of a party that got too crowded.  Fried chicken with collard greens and mashed potatoes, or sweet & spicy catfish with the same sides.  The catfish if it’s hot out and I crave a cold glass of Sancerre. Blue Ribbon, the restaurant on Sullivan in Soho and the Bakery (also serves fried chicken) is on Downing in W. Vill.  Visit www.blueribbonrestaurants.com

some good ol' fried chicken

-Delivery from Phoenix Garden, by myself.  Spring rolls followed by minced squab with lettuce wraps, or sauteed prawns and a side of bok choy.  Cold light beers.  Followed by a minimum of 2 hours on the couch. Phoenix Garden, Midtown East.  Visit www.phoenixgarden.com

To check out Va Bien’s collection, visit www.vabien.com


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Dishing: Mike Gonzalez, Designer

Welcome to the first installment of Dishing, where I convince some really cool, adventurous, curious and food-loving people from outside the food world to share with me their best tips for eating and drinking well.

Mike in his NY showroom with the fall 2010 collection

MIKE GONZALEZ, FASHION DESIGNER AND PHOTOGRAPHER Mike Gonzalez caused a leather bomber addiction a few years ago when he and his wife launched the contemporary line Mike and Chris.  Now he’s moving in a new direction with his eponymous line Mike Gonzalez, a collection of edgy chic separates for the city chick, and that city chick is clearly a hybridized style from New York, where Gonzalez got his start as a fashion photographer and LA, where he lives now. So why, besides the fact that I love his metallic blue leather jacket and silky tunics, is he on this blog?  Because when I met him last week to view the debut collection, I learned he is an obsessive foodie.  He dreams of it, he lives for it, and he knows exactly where you should go in LA.  This laidback, photographer-cum-designer has a perfectly edited list of where to go if you REALLY care about good food. So here is Mike’s take on his MUST EAT spots in LA (in order):

1) NISHIMURA: West Hollywood: Japanese: Maguro with Wasabi Dressing & Dai-Dai; Toro Two ways: one seared (reminiscent of a fine Kobe Steak) and one raw with truffle salt, kanpachi with ginger grated garlic & grapeseed oil. The best sushi and sashimi I have ever had hands down…simple and creative without being overdone.

read more about it here.

2) E. BALDI: Beverly Hills: Northern Italian: Sweet Corn Agnolotti (This one is basically crack cocaine on a plate! Such soft flavors I actually ordered this as an appetizer one time and had to order it again for dessert!) Grilled Langoustines: this is a must as well, so simple and extremely fresh, just grilled lightly with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt=AMAZING!

try making corn agnolotti yourself with this recipe

3) JITLADA: East Hollywood: Thai Indonesian: Fried Morning Glory Leaf Salad with Shrimp (I have dreams about this one!)

photo by Jo Stougaard

4) DONG IL JANG: Koreatown: Yook Hwe (Old School Korean Dish, basically Rib-Eye Sashimi, served “icy” with slivers of Korean pear, grated garlic, sesame oil, sea salt and a cracked raw quail egg…perfectly refreshing during the summers yet hearty!) Galbi (barbecued at table, but also ask for the bones…they grill the bones for you in the back and return it to your table boneless leaving the tender sometimes chewy pieces of cartilage and fatty meat, UNREAL! To me better than even the meat itself!), Dae Gu Jorim (black cod stew with rice cake…unbelievably rich for a fish dish and such nice flavors)

Yook Hwe at Dong. photo from laist.com

read the review in LA times here.

5) ANGELINI OSTERIA: Hollywood: Northern Italian: Lasagna alla Nonna w/ Fried Spinach (one of the most luscious things I have ever eaten…)

photo from daemon's food

read the LA Times review here

6) HAPPY HARBOR: Rowland Heights: Hand Pulled Chicken with Sesame Sauce (so amazing, a bit pricey for chicken about $80 a whole chicken, but worth every penny) My sister told me that the Black Chicken Soup is unreal, haven’t had it myself though. This place is also well known for dim sum, huge lines on weekends, haven’t had it yet…)

7) BIRRIA CHALIO: East Los Angeles: Authentic Mexican: Goat Birria with handmade tortillas (so flavorful and their salsa has a nice vinegary note to it that contrasts so well with the rich goat…delicious)

stick that in a corn tortilla

click here for amazing goat write-up on mattatouille

8) ORD NOODLE: East Hollywood: Southern Thai: Crispy Pork w/ Chinese Broccoli (insanely addictive…) crispy pork pics on tableconversation.com

9) MOZZA: Hollywood: Italian: Fried Squash Blossom Flowers (Lightly Battered Squash Blossoms stuffed with Ricotta and a sprinkle of Flaked Sea Salt, so simple and delicious)

photo from lizziee.wordpress.com

[ed note: read about AFB’s meal at Mozza here. a little upset I didn’t order the squash blossoms]

10) OINKSTER: Eagle Rock: Cheeseburger & Belgian Fries (A simple and well executed hamburger and fries. The burger is perfectly “crusty and caramelized on the outside and juicy on the inside, great flavor. The fries are ridiculous—double fried, super crispy on the outside and perfectly “flowered” and fluffy on the inside, comes with a wonderful house made garlic  mayo…so addictive.)

photos from seriouseats.com

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