This Fried Chicken Delivery Service Is New But Its LA-Native Chef Is Legendary

This Fried Chicken Delivery Service Is New But Its LA-Native Chef Is Legendary

Have you heard great things about the new LA fried chicken delivery and pickup service called DFC Ghost Kitchen? If you have heard news about this setup, then chances are that you’re considering trying it out. Here are some cool facts you should know:

  • The “DFC” in the name stands for Dante Fried Chicken, and that’s because it was founded by the legendary LA chef Dante Gonzales.
  • This service’s headquarters is in the Hotel Normandie in Koreatown.
  • It began in late August of 2018 so it’s very new, and it can be found on food delivery apps from Wednesday through Sunday evenings.
  • They make deliveries in the neighborhoods of Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, and East Hollywood. However, Dante plans to expand their delivery radius, through Grubhub, Caviar, and Postmates. You can also look forward to having them on Door Dash and Uber Eats.

  • If you’d rather pick up the food yourself because it’s on your way, you can place your order and then pick up the food at Cassell’s Hamburgers in the Hotel Normandie. You can place your order by sending an Instagram message to DFC Ghost Kitchen or by calling them at (323) 813-1424.
  • Aside from the obvious chicken, they also offer ribs with 15 spices, tomatillo collard greens, and mac n’ cheese with smoked pimento.
  • Many of these recipes used for DFC Ghost Kitchen are the versions of Dante based on his grandma’s cooking. His grandma grew in in New Orleans and she especially appreciated the cultures of Mexico and Guatemala. This helps explain why half the menu is fried chicken and meats roasted slowly, while a significant number of sides are vegan.
  • Dante calls his style of cooking not as soul food but as “Transatlantic African”. This is a combo of African, European, and Native American culture and cuisine. Dante wants to remain creative and thoughtful with his dish creations, to honor his grandma.
  • One of Dante’s most popular dishes here is the Sock-It-To-Me Fried Chicken Tenders. The strips he uses are coated in some special type of granola. Its ingredients include crusts and seeds he has found on his travels around the world, with unusual elements like Rice Krispies, Swedish crackers, and Cheerios cereals.

  • The menu also includes versions of Dante’s grandma’s coconut honey biscuits and pineapple shallot skillet rolls. It’s just that he has adjusted them somewhat to fit his own taste buds.
  • You can also try the fantastic smoked brisket, which is first coated in a chocolate cocoa powder dry rub along with 5 types of peppers. It’s somewhat like mole as a result. The smoking process lasts 6 hours, and then it’s braised in orange juice and stout.
  • Dante Gonzales started his career by throwing underground music, film, and fried chicken parties in his loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Partygoers included famous rappers, and he then launched a YouTube channel. This led to a New York food delivery service in 2009, which became popular when it was featured by the Cooking Chanel.

He raised $10,000 to set up a food truck in LA, and that led to a cookbook deal and culinary fame.

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The LA Guide to the Best Pumpkin Pie

The LA Guide to the Best Pumpkin Pie

It’s November, so of course, you want some pumpkin pie. There’s nothing like it after a nice turkey dinner, and in fact, you can enjoy this any time of the year. It’s not really a question of whether or not you like pumpkin pie. The question is if you’re looking for the best pumpkin pie in the general LA area, where do you go?

Lucky for you, we have the answers you’re looking for:

Cake Monkey Bakery

Cake Monkey Bakery‘s honey-braised pumpkin tart comes with graham cracker crust, and it’s also topped with toasted marshmallow fluff both the graham cracker crust and the marshmallow fluff are handmade, which goes to show how much they care about the quality of their pumpkin pies. Location: 7807 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Larder at Tavern

Here at Tavern in Brentwood, the pumpkin pies cost about $30 each. But they’re enough for up to 8 people, and each one will be sated by its delightful mix of spice and sweetness for the filling, along with a crust that’s flaky and light. Location: 11648 San Vicente Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90049

Sweet Rose Creamery

This is where you go for pumpkin pie if you’re in the Santa Monica area, the Sweet Rose Creamery. You get a heavenly spiced pumpkin ice cream pie, with a ginger cookie crust filled with spiced pumpkin ice cream. It’s topped with cinnamon sugar, whipped milk, and pumpkin seeds. Each pie costs about $48, but it’s worth every cent. Location: 826 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Pie Hole

The pumpkin pie is a favorite for this season each year, and that’s due to the 4 generations of the same family tending to the recipe. The Pie Hole located in the downtown Arts District comes with an extremely flaky crust and filling that’s smooth and creamy. It measures 9 inches across, and each square inch justifies the $33 price tag. Locations: 714 Traction Ave Los Angeles, CA 90013

Porto’s

Great pumpkin pies don’t have to be expensive. That’s conclusively proven at Porto’s where you can get pumpkin pies at a little over $10 each. This is a Cuban bakery in Glendale that offers pumpkin pies that resemble creamy custards with caramelized crème brûlée. Location: 315 North Brand Blvd | Glendale CA 91203

Superba Food + Bread

Venice is well-known for its artsy residents, and it isn’t surprising that here you can find a place that offers truly indulgent pumpkin pies. Try Superba Food + Bread’s version, with roasted Cinderella pumpkin filling matched with pumpkin spice whipped cream.  Location: 1900 S Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90291

République

This LA Brea-based French restaurant, Republique, has pastry chef Margarita Manzke offer several types of pumpkin pies for the holiday season. If you want to try something new, get the 9-inch pumpkin pie, which for some reason is topped with toasted marshmallows. Location: 624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Republic of Pie

The coffee is great in this coffee shop in North Hollywood, but it’s great when you also order the right pie with your java. At any time of year, you can enjoy chocolate banana pie, espresso almond pie, or coconut cream pie. But for the season, you ought to try Republic of Pie’s classic 10-inch pumpkin pie. It’ll satisfy your craving for traditional dessert. Location: 11118 W Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

 

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Best Beers To Serve At Thanksgiving

Best Beers To Serve At Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food, but it’s also a time for a great beer. Here are the best beers you need to try at particular times at your Thanksgiving festivities:

Beers for the Early Afternoon

This is your starting beer, to go with the first appetizers and the first football game on TV. So try any of the following:

Beers with Dinner

Congratulations, as you’re still quite sober for the main event. Make sure you get a beer glass for any of the following beers:

  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales’s Cellar Door Saison. Beer experts will love its complexity, but it’s still smooth enough even for the pickiest eaters. It goes well with a wide range of dishes, and the highly carbonated drink cleanses your tongue to keep the food tasting fresh and delicious.
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Indian Brown Ale. It’s a truly underrated beer, but you should be able to appreciate it this Thanksgiving. It starts with the malty caramel you get from a Scotch ale, and then it’s mixed with lots of American hops for an insistent bitterness that mixes pine and grapefruit notes.
  • Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter. Porters like Black Butte Porter come with a lighter roast that’s wonderfully balanced by a certain level of hop. A porter isn’t like a stout, which is generally a bit more bitter. This porter goes very well with dark meat turkey and other roasted and caramelized goodies. In other words, it seems custom-made for Thanksgiving.

Beers with Dessert

What’s Thanksgiving without dessert? Also, what’s a Thanksgiving dessert without the right beer? You can answer these philosophical questions (or at least try) with the right beers, such as the following:

  • Allagash Brewing Company’s Curieux. The Allagash Brewing Company is the most famous brewery in Portland, Maine, and they’ve been making their Curiex since 2004. It’s a very rich brew, and you can get hints of coconut, honey, pear, spice, and apples. There’s also a very slight note of bourbon, along with a bit of vanilla. Basically, you need this beer with your apple pie.
  • Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers. Yep, it’s a strong beer with 9.7% ABV, but then it’s for dessert after all. Here you get notes of brown sugar with molasses, cherry, raisin, and plum.
  • Oskar Blues’s Ten Fidy. This imperial stout is released every November, and you get notes of roast, caramel, and rich chocolate that are perfect with dessert!

 

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Smart Projector That Fits in Any Light Socket

Smart Projector That Fits in Any Light Socket

Projectors are usually large, bulky appliances that take up room in your home. But Beam, a smart projector, changes the game with its screw-in-and-play design! Just fit it into any light socket in your home, download the Beam app, and control its operation from your smartphone or tablet.

The Beam app is available on Android and iOS systems so everybody with an enabled smartphone or tablet can download it. You have the option of controlling the app via its built-in buttons or Bluetooth devices. You can also connect it to any device in your home or office, from game controllers, Bluetooth speakers, and keyboard to smartwatches.

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There’s no need for battery charging, too, as the device is powered through the light socket. There’s a dedicated button, too, for turning on the smart projector or the dimmable LED light, whichever function suits your needs.  

Every flat surface in your home or office, such as a blank wall, can be turned into a large screen with crisp and clear images, too. As a fully-equipped smart projector, it can be used as a portable multimedia device for watching movies, playing games, and sharing content from your mobile devices. It can even be used for a wide range of everyday activities, such as your alarm clock in the morning, your daily schedule reminder, and your social media updates screen.  

The 1.3GHz dual-core processor powers its functions while its 8GB of storage allows for tons of space for photos, games, apps, and movies. It also boasts onboard Wi-Fi for fast connectivity to the Internet, as well as stereo speakers and Bluetooth capability.

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Beam also comes with an E27 to Bayonet adapter so it’s compatible in countries where Bayonet light fixtures are used.  With its power cable, it’s also suitable for horizontal projection.

The smart projector can easily blend in with contemporary décor with its modern minimalistic design. Its sleek black housing makes it appear like any standard lamp until you take a closer look at it.

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