When I first moved to L.A., one of my goals was to create a list of my go-to restaurants. My favorite deli was an almost immediate discovery, as I lived a block from Greenblatt's (and still, to this day, is worth the trek over there) and soon after, I found Tacomiendo, a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant with some of the best burritos in town. It took me a while to locate a spot for Chinese, but eventually I found Genghis Cohen and have been ordering take-out from there ever since. Sometimes we go with a soup on a cold night or their fried shrimp when we're feeling particularly indulgent, but the one order that's consistent is a plate of their cold sesame noodles. Last week I decided to whip up a batch of my own (recipe here) in an effort to ease back on the take-out. I was so impressed with the results that I've already deemed this dish a new regular.
Gazpacho is one of those dishes that can bring up really divided opinions. Some love the refreshing flavors of chilled, puréed vegetables, while others probably find it a bit reminiscent of baby food. I enjoy a cold summer soup, but I was craving a slight variation in this ...read more