Meet Britt, one of our resident foodies:
From a small farm town in So Cal to the big city of Los Angeles, Britt is living the life (on a budget but it's fabulous). You can catch her shopping her life away at Buffalo Exchange or Instagramming the latest trendy cafe in town. Not to mention a sucker for a killer Chai Tea Latte!
Meet Julie, our Vineal Vixen:
Julie Gauvin, accredited Junior Wine Expert and current serving Spokeswoman and Retail Director of Vine Winery, will be here to lend her expertise regarding all things wine. But most importantly, she’ll keep it interesting, light and fun for your drinking pleasure. Stay tuned as she helps you figure out what you like, where to find it, and what to pair it with. This newfound knowledge will give you that extra edge at the dinner table with friends, family or even on that hot date you have tonight. Check back every Wednesday to see what's new!
Meet Kasey, our LA Food Blogger:
This East Coast girl has recently traded in her New England Clam Chowda for California Rolls! Kasey has been whipping up delectable dishes in her kitchen since she was 10 years old. Combining ingredients and trying new concoctions became her favorite hobby. Kasey is a fabulous food blogger representing Kasey's Kitchen, her self-proclaimed food blog! Kasey attends a ton of fun food events around town and she is sharing her fun, healthy recipes with us every week!
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try out a restaurant that has quickly become a staple in Beverly Hills. 9021Pho is the creation of Chef Kimmy Tang offering Vietnamese cuisine with a French and Californian twist.
Master Chef Kimmy Tang has lived in various countries and traveled around the world to study the traditional recipes of cultures, including France and her home country Vietnam.
Everything at 9021Pho is well thought out. From the cool, casual decor to the beautifully created menu detailing the history of the dishes. The team has worked diligently to develop a unique approach when catering to their health conscious clientele. Chef Kimmy only uses the freshest ingredients, most colorful vegetables, very little oil and leanest cuts of meat in her dishes.
I was able to sit down with the energetic Chef Kimmy during my lunch (nothing better than eating with the Chef herself!) and I learned that though her love is her food, her passion is helping children. 9021Pho has teamed up with H.A.R.K. (Healing Arts Reaching Kids) to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The artwork that line the walls of both 9021Pho locations (Beverly Hills & Westlake Village) are all created by the patients at CHLA and they go up for auction every month. A remarkable 100% of the proceeds go right back to the hospital. Check out more information on H.A.R.K. here and get bidding!
Now on to the FOOD!
Our lunch was quite the collection of Chef Kimmy’s favorites, so who could complain! Every dish was just as extraordinary as the last. I could not get over how fresh all the ingredients were and the fact that after eating such an elaborate lunch, as you’ll see in the menu below, I didn’t feel like I had to hibernate for the rest of the day.
Check out our tasting menu:
Drinks: Fresh Passionfruit Iced Tea
Appetizers: Fresh Rolls (recipe below)
Entrees: Tofu Pho
Lemongrass Chicken (click here for recipe)
Dessert: Coconut Ripieno
Chef Kimmy was nice enough to share her recipe for the popular Fresh Rolls with us! Try it out for yourself and post your pictures on their Facebook page.
Soak rice paper into warm water and wait until it gets soft, then place steamed chicken, tofu or shrimp. Then, place 1 piece of lettuce, shredded jicama, shredded cucumber, shredded carrots and mint on top of the other ingredients. Roll it tight. Serve cold.