Justification to have a treat: Churned Creamery Review by Jesse Bluma



Justification to have a treat:  Churned Creamery





Justification to have a treat.  It is time to splurge when presented with ice cream that is well made, with quality ingredients, and with a good variety of flavors.  Churned Creamery has the heart of a 19th century ice cream parlor, contemporary sensibilities, and the nature of a restaurant.  Ice creams, sorbets, bakery items, and beverages are the menu with flavors such as green mint, California pistachio, and chocolate.  The wide variety of candy toppings, fresh fruit, flaky croissants, and gooey sauces is eye-catching.

The star on the menu is the CroCream.  Yes, a scoop of ice cream nestled inside a soft croissant with a choice of toppings, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and sauce.  These are in-house baked croissants that stand up to melted ice cream.  Insider tip:  if stopping in at Churned Creamery later in the day, ask for a fresh baked croissant or cone.





Options include single, double, or triple scoop.

Homemade Tahitian vanilla waffle cone, waffle bowl, or brownie bowl.

CroCream or CroCream with up to three toppings.

Ice cream:  dolce latte, Dutch chocolate, Irish mint, OREO, Salted Butter Caramel, and more.

Sorbets:  blood orange, mango, pineapple, and strawberry.

Toppings:  chocolate chips, toffee, jelly beans, nuts, fruits, cereals, cookies, and more.

Drizzles:  caramel, dark chocolate, Nutella, strawberry, and white chocolate.

Also, consider ordering a drink or item to-go, such as a milkshake, root beer float, handcrafted affogatos (ice cream drowned in a shot of espresso), or pint of ice cream.

The quality ingredients and technical equipment are the magic within the ice cream shop, by way of local and global sources, such as California dairy and equipment from Italy.  Approach the counter and be mesmerized by the ice cream churning in small batches.  The result of this small batch process is an extremely smooth ice cream, flavorful sorbets, and fun toppings.  The ability to customize orders gives customers a bounty of flavor combinations to play with, experiment with, and enjoy.  Kids, and the kids at heart, love to mix flavors and toppings.  

Churned Creamery serves ice cream that is very rich and creamy in texture because it has a higher ratio of ingredients to base in comparison to traditional ice cream.  That means the ice cream freezes at a lower temperature point and the outcome is a stronger and more prominent flavor.  Italian sorbet machines are key to this craftsmanship and ice cream making process at  Churned Creamery.


Freezer full of hand-packed fresh ice cream choices.


Pineapple Sorbet


Anna Blackman, the founder and chef of Churned Creamery, attended Gelato School in Italy.  Through hard work and great skill Blackman developed the recipes for the ice creams, sorbets, and pastries.  Her concept of an ice cream parlor is well established in tradition, good taste, and modern technology.  

“We believe the three most important elements to good ice cream are:  
Quality Ingredients, Preparation, Technique, Creative Passion.  We are 
committed to serving ice cream and other frozen dessert treats using 
fresh, natural ingredients and promoting business practices that respect 
the environment and create positive social impact in our communities.  
Our unique ability to integrate state of the art technology and challenge 
old notions of the classic ice cream allows us to offer customers a unique 
and decadent ice cream experience.  Our Customers Will Always Find, 
Fresh Milk, Fresh Cream, Fresh Fruit, Simple Ingredients, Healthy Alternatives. 
and Non-Dairy Options.”







There are numerous dining options in Orange County, California.  Each of the cities, from Fullerton to Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa to Laguna Niguel, has a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Stop in at Churned Creamery for a delicious dessert.




Recommendations


1.  Churned Creamery Tustin, Union Market at The District, 2493 Park Avenue #21, Tustin, California 92782.  Across from Whole Foods.  Other locations include Cypress, Irvine, Murrieta, Conoga Park, Yorba Linda, and Temecula.  This location is near shopping, businesses, universities, and more.  Easily accessible by taxi or car service.  Parking is available within the lot.

2.  Peak times occur on weekends and nights.  Arrive early to secure a table on the front patio.  Go on your own, take a friend, or go with your family for a celebratory treat.  

3.  Consider the following menu items.

CroCream with three toppings:  a soft croissant with a scoop of chocolate ice cream (or flavor of choice), powdered sugar, and caramel drizzle (or drizzle of choice), topped with sliced strawberries and bananas (or other toppings)

Ice cream:  Whiskey and Cream (well balanced flavor and a favorite)

Ice cream:  Dolce Latte (robust flavor and another favorite)

Sorbet:  Pineapple (be transported to a tropical escape —light and refreshing)





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Satisfying Eats: The Cali Bandito Taco by The SlideBar and Gringo Bandito



Satisfying Eats:  
The Cali Bandito Taco by The SlideBar and Gringo Bandito





The SlideBar is a celebration of food, music, and local rock and roll history.  Sean Francis, owner of The Continental Room and the Sky Lounge, partnered with Jeremy Popoff, lead guitarist of Lit, to create SlideBar.  The restaurant and music hot spot is near the Fullerton Transportation Center, a historic train depot dating back to 1923.  

This local establishment makes a mark with an interior of collectible music items, including a drum set from No Doubt, a guitar from Sublime, and murals of Orange County stars The Righteous Brothers, The Offspring, and Gwen Stafani.  The memorabilia catches the eye of patrons and encourages people to discover the history of music in the area and sparks conversation between customers.  Additionally, the large patio is an active environment with an expansive bar, seating, and space for taking in the sounds of live bands. 







“The Slidebar is an independently owned and operated Rock ‘n’ Roll establishment.  We are proud to celebrate the history of Orange County music, while offering the best food, drinks, and entertainment around.   A sizable portion Orange County music history goes back over a half a century and can actually be traced right here, to our very own parking lot in Downtown Fullerton. This is where Leo Fender created possibly the most important contribution to Rock ‘n’ Roll ever – the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster electric guitars.  Since then, Orange County has been consistently delivering major contributions to the music world.”  

Recently The SlideBar partnered with Gringo Bandito to develop the Cali Bandito Taco, marrying the ingredients of a California burrito with Gringo Bandito red sauce—in house made tortillas.  Topped with sour cream and avocado, along with refried beans and chips.  The Cali Bandito vegetarian version is made with portobello mushrooms, rather than carne asada.  The carne asada and vegetarian versions of the Cali Bandito Taco hit the spot with a cold beer.  Not to worry vegetarians and those that simply enjoy portobello mushrooms…you will not miss the meat.

Compliments to Chef Branden LaGron and Gringo Bandito on a flavorful and fun taco.  Thank you for cooking up such a satisfying dish.  Gringo Bandito is a quality hot sauce to utilize for the tacos.  Dexter Holland, of The Offspring, is the founder of the California based company.  “Gringo Bandito has 70% less salt than other major competitors and contains no preservatives”.  The low sodium content makes it easy for chefs to regulate the flavor, and is especially good for those wanting to be or needing to be a bit more health conscious.





There are numerous dining options in Orange County, California.  Each of the cities, from Fullerton to Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa to Laguna Niguel, has a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Stop in at The SlideBar for happy hour, dinner, or late night easts and enjoy.




Recommendations


1.  The Slidebar is located at 122 East Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton, California 92832 in Downtown Fullerton.  This location is near shopping, businesses, universities, and more.  Easily accessible by taxi or car service.  Parking is available within the lot and on the street.

2.  Peak times occur on weekends and during special music performances.  Arrive early to secure a table for dinner, late night dinner, happy hour, or weekend brunch.  Reservations recommended.  

3.  Consider the following menu items.

Cali Bandito Tacos:  Three house made tortillas filled with carne asada, potatoes, sour cream, avocado, Gringo Bandito red sauce, served with refried beans and chips (vegetarian option make with mushrooms)

Tater Tots:  smothered with cheddar cheese and scallions (bacon optional)

Modern Times Fortunate Islands India Pale Ale (IPA):  über-tropical with the crisp, deeply quenching drinkability, mild, nutty malt backbone, vibrant notes of mango, tangerine, and passionfruit





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Where to Eat Now: Eveleigh Review by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Where to Eat Now:  Eveleigh Review





Eveleigh [Ever-Lee] is best known for impressive views, great cocktails, outdoor seating, and brunch.  Countryside meets city at this secluded spot with an expansive view overlooking the city atop Sunset Boulevard.  A lush country garden with fountain greets customers at the front of the restaurant.  Walk through the secluded garden and inside to the chic bar and indoor seating.  The back patio is where to brunch in Los Angeles.  Sip on cocktails, enjoy the New American fare, and have some laughs with friends in the tree house setting, among branches, potted garden, and towering city structures.





“Eveleigh embraces the original identity of the historic structure it inhabits:  an intimate and unpretentious residence built upon an orchard in 1923.  Whether relaxing in the enchanting front garden, saddling up to the rustic reclaimed bar, or dining on our garden patio as Los Angeles twinkles in the background, you will feel at home.  Eveleigh is country comfort: a genuine neighborhood restaurant and bar, where friends, community and family gather on The Sunset Strip.  Menus are subject to change based on seasonal availability.”

Nick Hatsatouris, Nick Mathers, and Lincoln Pilcher, the Australian restauranteur trio, created Eveleigh in L.A.  Additionally, Mathers and Pilcher developed Kingswood, Ruby’s Cafe, and Moby’s in New York.  Pilcher is a former rugby player and model who teamed with Mathers to first open Ruby’s.  From coffee and cupcakes, to burgers, and more, these restauranteurs have collaborated on some of the best hot spots in N.Y. and L.A.  Eveleigh, named after a town in Sydney, Australia, embodies the modern rustic taste and the farm-to-table philosophy of Mathers and Pilcher.





There are numerous dining options in Los Angeles, California.  Each of the neighborhoods, from Downtown to Hollywood, Santa Monica to Echo Park, and Beverly Hills has a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Reserve a table at Eveleigh and enjoy.






Recommendations


1.  Eveleigh is located at 8752 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90069 on The Sunset Strip.  This location is within walking distance to shopping, hotels, apartments, bars, clubs, and much more.  Easily accessible by taxi or car service.  Street parking is available.

2.  Peak times occur on weekends and during special events in the city.  Arrive early to secure a table for dinner, late night dinner, or weekend brunch.  Reservations recommended.  

3.  Reserve a table on the back patio.  Once on the patio you will forget about the bustle on Sunset Boulevard and gaze at some amazing views during the daytime or stars at night.  The back patio also has a large communal picnic table for up to 14 people.

4.  Consider the following menu items.

Baked Eggs:  tomato sausage, greens, Ossau-Iraty cheese (sheep’s milk cheese from Aquitaine, France), toast

“Bubble and Squeak”:  corned brisket (beef that has been cured in a salt brine with spices), fingerling potato and greens hash, mustard seed, sunny egg

Eveleigh Burger:  selection of dry aged cuts, cheddar, tomato-currant relish, pickle, onion, mustard aioli (Mediterranean sauce made of garlic and olive oil), fries

Eveleigh Lemonade:  chamomile-infused tequila, Combier (elixir of aloe, nutmeg, myrrh, cardamom, cinnamon and saffron), Cocchi Americano (Italian aperitif infused with herbs, fruit, and spices), fresh lemon juice, honey

French Fries:  truffled aioli





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Three Cheers for Misfit Restaurant and Bar by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven



Three Cheers for Misfit Restaurant and Bar





“misfit (noun) Meaning ‘person who does not fit his environment is attested from 1880.” (etymonline.com)

Misfit Restaurant and Bar is located on the bottom floor of the 1929 Clock Tower in Santa Monica, complete with early 20th Century architecture, dim lighting, classic bar, and two levels of seating.  A gem of a spot in a modern scene.  

Many of the menu items, such as the nicely seasoned fries or savory-sweet Brussels sprouts, are sharable and many main dishes can easily be eaten with an appetizer or side dish.


Also noticeable was the kind and accommodating servers and maître d’.  Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu, brought items and drinks in a timely manner, and the maître d’ actively worked to get us a larger table when another friend arrived.  At the end of the meal our server brought around a basket of salty-sweet chocolate chip cookies.  Enjoyable!

“The Misfit Restaurant + Bar in Santa Monica reprises a ‘back to the bar’ ideal of casual destination dining serving signature cocktails and accessible comfort food intended to be enjoyed on a daily basis.  The restaurant is only steps away from one of the country’s leading farmers markets and a large percentage of the menu is dedicated to the offerings of twice weekly trips.”

Misfit’s sister restaurants include Ingo's Tasty Diner, LGO Grocery + Pizzeria, Chelsea's Kitchen, The Luggage Room, Grateful Spoon Gelato, and Buck and Rider.  Growing Restaurant Group is the parent company of Misfit and its sister restaurants, with a historic esthetic across establishments, a young vibe, and a nod to classic Americana.  Also key is the transformation of heavy, high caloric comfort foods into healthier versions. 






There are numerous dining options in Los Angeles, California.  Each of the neighborhoods, from Downtown to Hollywood, Santa Monica to Echo Park, and Beverly Hills has a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Reserve a table at Misfit and enjoy.







Recommendations

1.  Misfit is is located at 225 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90401 at The Third Street Promenade.  This location is within walking distance to the beach, shopping, hotels, apartments, bars, clubs, and much more.  Easily accessible by taxi or car service.  Street parking is available.

2.  Peak times occur on weekends and during special events in the city.  Arrive early to secure a table.  Reservations recommended.  

3.  Misfit is open for lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner.  Proper attire is required.  Children welcome before 5:00 P.M.

4.  Consider the following menu items.

Egg White Omelette:  spinach, mozzarella, white cheddar, herbs (add pancetta or sautéed mushrooms

Crispy Brussels Sprouts:  roasted apples, pomegranate, thyme, Meyer lemon lebni (Lebanese strained yogurt)

Baked Macaroni and Cheese:  green chili, brown rice pasta (gluten free!) (house made chorizo or pancetta)

Ingo's Veggie Burger:  vegan black bean burger, cashew cheese, tomato, pickle, red wheat sourdough

Bloody Mary served in a super hero or super villain glass






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Your Next Lesson in Urban Eats: Laurel Hardware Review by Jesse Bluma



Your Next Lesson in Urban Eats:  Laurel Hardware Review



“We have built a new American menu with local and organic produce.  We only use hormone free and free-range proteins.  Our dishes are intended to and encourage the sharing of food.” 

Restauranteurs and Irish natives, Dean McKillen and Phil Howard, moved out the hammers, drills, and shovels in the vintage tool shop, and moved in the chic.  The business partners salvaged the aged exterior of the hardware store and remade the interior with mood lighting, a mix of wood and polished metal, with a garden atmosphere.  McKillen, Howard, and Executive Chef Mario Alberto smartly created a cool urban eatery out of a cool vintage shop.  This is the same team associated with and behind Ysabel, Mezcal, and Sweet Mesa.  Executive Chef Alberto also brings his experience as a sous chef at Freddy Smalls, a bar in West Los Angeles, lead by Chefs Jeremy Fox and Charlie Parker.  

Laurel Hardware is characterized by its whimsical setting, American fare, and stylish patrons.  The front bar and garden with full size tables, trees, heat lamps, and lights sets the state of mind for a lively brunch or dinner with friends, co-workers, or visiting family members.  Nighttimes bustle with people, couples, and crowds, hence making reservations and being prepared to wait in the queue for the restroom is key.






There are numerous dining options in Los Angeles, California.  Each of the neighborhoods, from Downtown to Hollywood, Santa Monica to Echo Park, and Beverly Hills has a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where my expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Reserve a table at Laurel Hardware and enjoy.





Recommendations

1.  Laurel Hardware is located at 7984 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90046.  This address is within walking distance to shopping, hotels, apartments, bars, clubs, and much more.  Easily accessible by taxi or car service.  Street parking is available.

2.  Peak times occur on weekends and during special events in the city.  Arrive early to secure a table.  After having dined at Laurel Hardware a few times, I prefer eating on the back patio garden. 

3.  Consider the following menu items.

Huevos Rancheros:  chorizo, beans, avocado, fried egg

Spinach Omelette:  manchego and caramelized onions

Share Plate:  truffle fries

Pizza:  margherita—tomato, bufala mozzarella, basil

Main:  chicken schnitzel, pickled red cabbage, potato salad, capers

Bubbles:  mimosa carafe

Cocktail:  “Gangster”—cucumber vodka, fresh juiced watermelon, and lime





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