Although the holidays are almost wrapped, there’s still a few more meals to eat before it’s time to ring in 2018. As much as we love hot cocoa, candy canes, and fruit cake (ok, not so much fruit cake)–there’s a whole other world of delectable treats to be enjoyed before the year’s end. This is our guide to holiday dishes not to be overlooked, because you can’t overdose on cookies every day. Get curious, get stuffed.
If you’re not versed in the Japanese tradition of Hoshigaki, get familiar. This beautiful work of art transpires over weeks, as persimmons are hung in the air, aged by sunshine, and massaged on the daily. At Mixed Company in Silverlake, pastry Chef Johnny Murphy has been watching these babies every day, and they’re now perfect for the trimming. They are $30 full pound / $17 half pound and absolutely delectable. They'll be available through the end of year or until they sell out!
2. Cotechino at The Factory Kitchen -1300 Factory Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013
For many, Italian food is the ultimate comfort food when it’s cold outside. Pastas, pizza, and gnocchi make for the perfect meal, but how about something new for a change? At The Factory Kitchen they’re celebrating a Modena New Year’s Eve custom with the speciality cooked holiday sausage known at Cotechino. For centuries, Italians have served this special dish at midnight and now you can enjoy it in the city of Angeles. This hearty dish, served with Umbrian lentils and caramelized cipollinis, is considered to bring good fortune to all those who consume it.
3. Bibingka at Sari Sari Store - 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Filipinos go hard during the holiday season and food plays a crucial roll in all the joyful celebrations. At Sari Sari Store inside Grand Central Market, Chef Manke has whipped up a very special Bibingka that’s not to be missed. This delicious coconut cake, both spongy and sticky, is sweetened with dulce de leche and is the perfect indulgence over the Winter break. If you’re gluten-free, don’t fret, this cake is made with rice flour! Enjoy a tour of Grand Central Market before you go back to the grind, but remember, come hungry.
4. Roasted Goose at Upstairs 2- 2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
If you’ve enjoyed classic holiday films you may have caught “roasted goose” as the centerpiece of choice on many holiday table settings. Treat yourself to your very own goose dinner at Upstairs 2, served with natural goose gravy and roasted garlic, paired with yukon gold mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage and cranberry & orange chutney. Put on your grandma’s vintage fur, order yourself a martini, and live your holiday like you’re a classic.
La Monarca continues to pop up all across LA and we couldn’t be happier, especially now that one is within walking distance of Space 15 Twenty. Never short of delicious pastries, sweets, and coffee, we always look forward to seeing what they whip up for the holidays. This year La Monarca rolled out colorful peppermint and cinnamon conchitas which pair perfectly with an horchata latte in the morning or on a cold evening.
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