A feast in the Fabric District. City of Angels, we are here.

All photos by Natalie James.

As promised, de Porres DTLA and the California wines we will drink. Viognier, Vermentino, Riesling, Roussanne, oh my!
Feast with us Sunday, July 6th, 7:30PM in the Fashion District.  We’ll begin with a Rosemary Bourbon Lemonade aperitif followed by roasted beet and peach salad with pistachios and toasted quinoa. Next is pulpo tiradito. Tiradito is one of many Japanese contributions to Peruvian cuisine and involves sashimi-like cuts of seafood. Ours will be made with octopus, fresh orange juice, and fennel.
For our main course we’ll be making chupe de spot prawns. Chupe de camarones, a Peruvian shrimp chowder of sorts, is not new to de Porres menus. The inclusion of Santa Barbara’s own spot prawn is, however. With fava beans, choclo (corn), queso fresco, and topped with a poached quail egg, you’ll be getting a lot of Arequipa and a touch of California in one dish. Dessert, a strawberry rhubarb, black walnut galette with a dollop of vanilla bean whipped cream completes the meal. 
Think Tank Gallery is located at 939 Maple Avenue. There is plenty of street parking along with a few garages nearby. Suggested donation is ninety dollars made payable via Chase QuickPay or PayPal with info@de-porres.com listed as the recipient.
Con cariño, 
Danielle and Pablo

As promised, de Porres DTLA and the California wines we will drink. Viognier, Vermentino, Riesling, Roussanne, oh my!

Feast with us Sunday, July 6th, 7:30PM in the Fashion District.  We’ll begin with a Rosemary Bourbon Lemonade aperitif followed by roasted beet and peach salad with pistachios and toasted quinoa. Next is pulpo tiraditoTiradito is one of many Japanese contributions to Peruvian cuisine and involves sashimi-like cuts of seafood. Ours will be made with octopus, fresh orange juice, and fennel.

For our main course we’ll be making chupe de spot prawns. Chupe de camarones, a Peruvian shrimp chowder of sorts, is not new to de Porres menus. The inclusion of Santa Barbara’s own spot prawn is, however. With fava beans, choclo (corn), queso fresco, and topped with a poached quail egg, you’ll be getting a lot of Arequipa and a touch of California in one dish. Dessert, a strawberry rhubarb, black walnut galette with a dollop of vanilla bean whipped cream completes the meal. 

Think Tank Gallery is located at 939 Maple Avenue. There is plenty of street parking along with a few garages nearby. Suggested donation is ninety dollars made payable via Chase QuickPay or PayPal with info@de-porres.com listed as the recipient.

Con cariño, 

Danielle and Pablo

 

The second I saw black walnuts at the farmers market I knew this could work. Strawberry Rhubarb Black Walnut Galette, anyone? Estofado de Pollo with a side of avocado? Smelts battered in flour and cornmeal and then deep fried? Making oneself at home begins in the kitchen.

From Miracle Mile, with love and appetite.

Danielle

It is rare you’ll find anything approaching a restaurant review on our website. Being well aware of the work that goes into feeding other people, we prefer to not play the role of critic. But, after thirty three days on the road, two hours from Los Angeles, and nothing to do but wait (while Pablo drove), I started making lists. Soon he joined in. Here is what we loved and hated on the road.

The Bad:

Kiwi Sake Caipirinha (Hey, no liquor license.) Rio’s Brazilian Cafe, Austin, Texas

The Southern kitsch decor, among it, a framed Confederate flag and water served from plastic mason jars. Colonial Pancake & Waffle House, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Sausage and Kolache, Hill Country Donuts & Kolaches, Fredericksburg, Texas

The Worst:

Ceviche, Llama’s Peruvian Creole, Austin, Texas

Picanha Gorda, Rio’s Brazilian Cafe, Austin, Texas

Luna Rossa Dolcetto (New Mexican version of this Italian varietal.) Bought at Pecos Flavors Winery, Roswell, New Mexico

The Great:

Menudo, Mi Rancho Mexican Food, Yuma, Arizona

Taco in a Bag, Dairy Kastle, Louisville, Kentucky

Crabs, Captain James Landing, Baltimore, Maryland

Tamale Spread, McClard’s, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Catfish Ceasar Salad, Soul Fish, Memphis, Tennessee

Fried Chicken, Chicken King, Louisville, Kentucky

Apple Fritter, Schorr’s Family Bakery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Fantastic:

Lemon Chess Pie and French Coconut Pie, Zoe’s, Hot Springs

Three Meat Barbecue Plate with Potato Salad, Beans, Pickles, Onions, and Peppers, Momma and Papa B’s, Waco, Texas

Pancake Breakfast with Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice and Arkansas Ham and Cheese Omelette, The Pancake Shoppe, Hot Springs

Fried Oyster Po Boy and Pickled Green Tomatoes, Soul Fish, Memphis, Tennessee

Nashville Hot Chicken with Pickles, Prince’s Hot Chicken, Nashville, Tennessee

Perfection:

Whiskey Sour, The Seelbach Hotel, Louisville

 

Woke up in Tucson, a stroll through its oldest neighborhood, El Presidio. Lunch in Yuma, an arrival, the first of what is to be many California sunsets along the Pacific Coast Highway. 

By the time we get to Arizona, but first Hillsboro and Silver City, New Mexico. And if you do find yourself in Hillsboro, do stop in Black Range Vineyards, there’s a New Mexican Vermentino there that is fantastic. New Mexico, me encantas.

Last day in Truth or Consequences. They decided to celebrate our departure with a parade. 

Austin, Texas to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, with stops in in Lincoln, New Mexico, home of Smokey The Bear, and Roswell along the way.  

Waco to Freeport. Yes, please, Mama and Pappa B’s. Caninno’s in Houston. Gators in the gulf. Shellfish every night. Tejas. 

West Memphis to Hot Springs. The Natural State, via Highway 70.