Friday, October 21, 2016

Lobster Ramen + Everything Under $15 = K Ramen Is Our New Favorite LA Ramen Joint

Holy Noodles Batman!

A couple of weeks ago Edible Skinny was shopping at the Americana in Glendale and while there we got our Ramen on at Katsuya’s noodle joint K Ramen.

K Ramen has a speakeasy feel entrance (follow the black winding staircase to the second floor) up to a glorious patio overlooking the Americana fountain.  The space used to be a private event space but is now a hipster-y, more budget-y friendly version of the first floor which houses SBE’s ever popular sushi joint Katsuya. 

K Ramen is inspired by three of the culinary scene’s most lusted after dishes: ramen, burgers, and poke.  Crave-worthy dishes skillfully-executed and complimented with an extensive selection of Japanese brews.  The restaurant is bare-bones modernity at its finest.  Paper napkins, menus on temp. paper pamphlets, and nothing on the menu is over $15.  Sweet!!! 
We forgo-ed the Poki for a small bite plate of Fried Calamari with Wasabi Cocktail Sauce and Tater Tots with Duck Fat Drizzle.  This is the thicker choice cut of the squid (no tentacles here) battered to perfect. 

And then it was on to what K Ramen is known for (wait for it, wait for it…): Ramen!!!  My guest (since I’m the Veg girl) dined on the restaurant’s signature dish of Lobster Ramen.    The most popular item at K Ramen, it’s composed of Myojo thin noodles in a broth of 15-hour chicken stock, lobster butter, fish stock with a kimchi base.  The bright red broth is topped with a perfectly cooked marinated soft-boiled egg, golden chives, and green onion and has a slightly spicy aftertaste.  At $15 it’s the priciest item on their budget-friendly menu.

And then onto a massive burger!  (of which there’s only one option!): ½ pound of beef with Chef’s special Spicy Creamy Sauce, caramelized onion, heirloom tomato, & American cheese on a local artisan bun (my guest added avocado to increase a bit more to the perfect flavor profile).  The Behemoth is served with your choice of fries or tots (we went fries all the way in this bitter battle!).

And for sweet treats K Ramen offers Coolhaus ice cream by the pint.

Poke.  Ramen.  Burgers.  Coolhaus.  $15 or less. 

‘Nuff said, see you at the Americana!

Monday, October 17, 2016

SM Observer Article: Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Our Editor in Chief, Kat Thomas recently wrote an article the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) exhibit Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters for the Santa Monica Observer.   Check it our below!

Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

LACMA's macabre exhibit At Home With Monsters celebrates the works of horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro through hundreds of paintings, costumes, books, comics, props, monster magazines, statues, and other curios of science fiction, occultism, magic, and monsters. 

Del Toro has been numerously cited as one of the most inventive horror/fantasy filmmakers of his generation.

Starting with Cronos (1993) and continuing through The Devil's Backbone (2001), Hellboy (2004), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013) and Crimson Peak (2015). His universe also includes the novels The Strain, the television show The Strain (2014-present), and very public failed video game Silent Hills.

Del Toro has reinvented the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Working with a team of craftsmen, artists, and actors, and referencing a wide range of cinematic pop-culture, and art-historical sources del Toro has created the lucid dreams he experienced as a child in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Taking inspiration from del Toro's extraordinary imagination, the exhibit reveals (at least until November 27, 2016 when it closes to travel to its next museum location) his creative process through his collection of paintings, drawings, artifacts, and concept film art...

To read the full article check out: 

Monday, October 3, 2016

2 Easy Neck Stretches for Less Stress with Succeed With Omid

If you haven't subscribed to Edible Skinny's Health and Wellness editor Omid Vojdani's of YouTube channel what are you waiting for? 

Omid, of Succeed With Omid, is a personal trainer, corrective specialist, and health coach in Los Angeles, gives great tips on how to hack your life to better wellness!  So head over to his channel and start to get health-edu--cated!!!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hallmark Channel's Alison Sweeney’s Blueberry Salad Flatbread

Hallmark Channel's Alison Sweeney’s Blueberry Salad Flatbread
By Omid Vojdani of Succeed With Omid

As a fitness professional, it is my job to not only create exercise programs that are safe and effective for my clients, but also to provide as much information on nutrition as I can. For easy to make, low calorie, and delicious recipes, one of my favorite sources is Alison Sweeney. Whether it is through her book, The Mommy Diet, or through her many television appearances, Alison has shared some of the best recipes to show that healthy food does not have to taste like cardboard, and I’ve happily shared many of her recipes with my own clients. 

So naturally, I was super excited to be able to share one of her awesome recipes with the Edible Skinny audience. Alison’s Blueberry Salad Flatbread is low calorie, easy to make, and most importantly delicious. 

Blueberry Salad Flatbread
1 pound pizza dough cut into two pieces, (14.1 oz package)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups packed mixed baby greens
½ cup frozen blueberries, thawed
1 Tbs. thinly sliced red onion (about 1-inch long pieces)
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1/16 tsp. cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
2. On lightly floured surface roll each dough piece into oblong shape about 11-inches long. Arrange dough’s on baking sheet and bake 8 minutes or until just beginning to cook through.
3. Remove from oven and top each dough piece with ½ cup shredded cheese. Place flatbreads directly on oven rack, cheese sides up, and cook until cheese is melted and slightly golden and flatbread is crispy, 8-10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile in bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, honey, kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Add mixed baby greens, blueberries and red onion and toss until lightly coated.
5. Arrange salad mixture on flatbreads, dividing evenly, and sprinkle with lemon zest. Cut and serve. 

Yield: 16-20 pieces 

For more of the amazing Alison Sweeney, her latest acting role is The Irresistible Blueberry Farm, which airs October 2nd on Hallmark at 9pm. She is also hosting the Halloween special of the Kids Baking Championship with Duff Goldman October 5th on The Food Network, which looks like it will be another great source of some awesome recipes that I can’t wait to try!

Here’s to life being delicious, and to more Alison Sweeney sharing her deliciousness with the world!