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Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month this April

Short rib grilled cheese

Short rib grilled cheese by Govind Armstrong. From Epicurious.

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and Los Angeles has lots to offer in this department. We’re not just about vegan-gluten-free-macrobiotic juice cleanses, OK? We like to eat, too, and that includes gooey melted cheese on perfectly toasted bread.

The grilled cheese that really changed the way I look at this particular sandwich was Chef Govind Armstrong’s short rib grilled cheese with red onion marmalade. The first time I bit into this ingenious concoction was at the now-shuttered 8 oz. Burger Bar on Melrose Avenue, and I loved every flavor-packed bite, making me realize that the lowly grilled cheese could be anything you want it to be — which in this case meant stuffed with slow-cooked meat and onions. You can still get it at Armstrong’s Post & Beam, thankfully.

Then the Grilled Cheese Truck came along, with its Cheesy Mac and Rib carb-on-carb sandwich (short rib, caramelized onions, and macaroni and cheese) and delightful dessert grilled cheeses. There’s a reason why the lines for this truck are so long. And the brick-and-mortar/truck combo The Melt has a good spicy version in The Mission made with pepper jack and jalapeno on sourdough.

And while we wait for Chef Eric Greenspan’s temple to this comforting sammy (simply called Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese) to open, which is slated for April 11, and lament the end of the Grilled Cheese Invitational on April 12, we can visit BLVD 16 at the Hotel Palomar through Sunday, April 13, for specials, including a prosciutto, truffle pecorino and arugula pesto grilled cheese.

Or, we can make some of our own interesting combinations, courtesy of Loews Santa Monica Beach and Loews Hollywood hotels.

You may recall the pastrami doughnut sandwiches I sampled at the Loews Hollywood recently. Now a similar version called Mister Crunchy will be offered all month at the hotel’s H2 lobby bar. And Loews Santa Monica’s Fireside Lounge will have its Fiesta Grilled Cheese, appealing to our Californian tastes. If you want to try your hand at making these yourself, check out the recipes:

Mister Crunchy

– 1 “Telera Style” yeast/raised doughnut roll
– 3 oz. thinly sliced Virginia Smoked Ham
– 1.5 oz. thin-sliced Wisconsin Cheddar
– 1 oz. thin-sliced Monterey Pepper Jack

Split the doughnut roll. In a Teflon pan, over low/medium heat, lightly brown the cut side of the roll until crisp. Turn roll sides over to lightly brown the outer sides of the roll. Preheat the top broiler in the oven to 500 degrees. As this is taking place, layer the ham and cheddar slices on each side. Cover pan. After the cheese begins to glisten, place the 2 halves together to form the sandwich. Top the sandwich with the Pepper Jack cheese, and glaze under the top broiler. Cut and serve.

Fiesta Grilled Cheese

– 3 oz. jalapeno pepper jack cheese
– ½ avocado
– 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
– ½ lime juice
– ½ teaspoon lime zest
– 2 slices sourdough bread
– 1 tablespoon butter

Coat grill with butter and heat. Spread butter on both sides of sourdough bread slices and place on grill. Add cheese to both slices of bread and let melt. Add ½ of avocado sliced along with lime juice and lime zest. Remove from grill. Sprinkle roughly chopped fresh cilantro on top of the avocado. Put two slices of bread together and slice.


04 2014

Where to stay with Felix or Fido on your next trip

Hotel Palomar's pet amenities. Courtesy of Hotel Palomar.

Hotel Palomar's pet amenities. Courtesy of Hotel Palomar.

  • Hotel Palomar: This Kimpton-owned property allows all types of pets no matter what the species or size, within reason of course. I mean, where would they put a horse? For most of us, this means bringing your dog along, and like any good pet friendly hotel, the concierge will arrange for a staff member to walk your dog and even to pet sit. And in addition to the in-room amenities — treats, a bed, even doggie “beer” (chicken or beef-flavored broth), you can get your special four-legged friend a massage or an acupuncture treatment. How’s that for pampering?

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08 2009

Be nice to your mother…

…Mother Earth, that is.

It’s Earth Day, and dear ol’ mom has graciously taken the temperature down for those of us in Los Angeles who have been melting in the heat over the past few days. So thank her by doing something environmentally friendly.

    Veev-a-la Green cocktail

    Veev-a-la-Green cocktail

  • The Whiskey Blue bar at the W Hotel in Westwood is offering a special drink today through May 31. The $12 Veev-a-la-Green, AKA Amazon Cooler, is made with Veev brand liquour derived from acai berries. Veev donates $1 from the sale of every bottle to save the Brazilian rainforest and is a certified carbon-neurtal company. Whiskey Blue will donate 50 cents from the sale of every drink to Global Green USA, which works to stem climate change by creating green buildings.
  • Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is participating in an adopt-a-farmer program, part of a Loews-wide initiative. The Santa Monica location’s Ocean and Vine restaurant has partnered with Rancho Sisquoc in Santa Maria, Calif., for its certified Angus beef. Chef Gregory Foos shops at local farmers markets, too.
  • L.A. company Revenge Is recently released new styles of its T-shirts made from organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles. The men’s and women’s shirts, with more color and graphics, are more stylish than version 1.0 of the message-focused tops. There’s also new shirts for kids, too.  Prices range from $21 for the little ones’ tees to $32 for the new adult-size shirts.
  • The Sofitel hotel is taking some extra steps in the quest for going green. The hotel uses wind-generated power, making it an Environmental Protection Agency green power partner. Sofitel is also turning its lobby, restaurant and bar lights out every night, as well as offering free valet parking for electric, hydrogen and hybrid cars.
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