thanks to fooddigger, my first fix came even earlier than my first ress on friday. heck, it was even before opening night.
the anticipation had been killing me to finally return home, I mean, back at ludobites. on the drive there, i was so excited, i could hardly stay still in my seat. im talkin, imma-pee-in-my-pants-so-freakin-excited.
the drive wasn’t the usual 45 min to hour and a half either. in less than 20 min, ta-daaa, I was already home, sweet home 🙂
the new digs of ludobites 4.0
*continuing sound of musics “favorite things“*
“cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels…”
now let’s get down to business!
tartine plate- "three fat textures"
lavendar lard, clarified butter, whipped brown butter, oh my. the lavender lard was reminiscent of ludo’s lavendar honey butter (the “omfg butter”) from LB 2.0 days @ breadbar but sans honey. (no worries, they put the honey back in by night 2, 4/9/10 :)…yes, it is even better than the “omfg butter” from LB 2.0).
the whipped brown butter was also tasty and the clarified butter was just ridiculously delicious. I broke a piece of my baguette and soaked that shizz in thurr. NOM. sadly, the clarified butter is no more 😦 (gone by 4/9/10)
egg, potato mousseline, lobster, borage flower
the first “OMFG” at first bite exclamation of the night.
and then it just kept getting better. *insert 398439 more exclamations here*
hidden treasure, oh-my
hidden inside the warm, creamy, rich potato mousseline is soft, buttery poached lobster, and then *BAM* the 65 degree poached egg yolk joins the partay as it bursts all up in thurr. *YOWZAAAAA*
yeah, i liked it (keke) 🙂 and then wash it down with this lovely number (thanks to vino millionaire matchmaker, domaineLA)
soulmate to dish above
*insert more obscene exclamations here*
yeah, ok I effin loved it. it literally almost brought tears to some. yep, it was that beautiful.
and then FINALLY….
*drum roll, please*
RETURN OF THE CROQUE: foie gras croque-monsieur, lemon turnip chutney
*inhale* *gone* sad face 😦
*crickets* *sigh* *sad face*
yeah, it basically happened that quickly. from what I remember in the 2.5 seconds it was in my mouf, it was pretty damn tasty, although a lil different than LB 2.0 version w cherries (they’re not in season right now, BOO). I think I liked the ex croque a lil better but this ain’t bad. no, not at all.
another familiar face…
burgundy escargots with garlic flan, green jus and yellow flowers
this one also looked a lil familiar from LB 2.0 but now the escargot is over a garlic FLAN. richness to the maximus, this was pretty spectacular. the escargot is also much more tender than I remembered . I <3ed all of ludo’s escargot dishes from2.0 and this one did not disappoint AT ALL. I closed my eyes and savored each bite of this dish (usher style, nice and slow, nowbabytellmewhatyouwannaadowithme) mmmHmmmm
and then the biggest surprise of the night, making the obscene exclamations tear down what was remaining of the roof of gram & papas…
poached jidori chicken, crispy skin with hazelnuts, garden vegetables, bacon royale
let me preface this with, I am not usually a chicken lover unless its deep fried because its usually dry and tasteless.
oh noooo, not this. this was EASILY the moistest chicken I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. like WOAH, LIKE WOW.
and did I mentioned the CRISPY SKIN with HAZELNUTS ON TOP??
because when u have roasted chicken, its oh so very difficult to get that crispy deep fried skin that everyone loves. fear not, its the BEST of both moist AND fried chicken. the bacon royale adds a pretty damn fancy gravy like sauce and side too. and the leek salad. ahhhhhh, it just took me over the edge. cuts the richness of the gravy and fried goodness with just the right amount of vinegarette. oh and the amazing texture of the leeks…LOVED-IT.
a million thank you’s for the evening go to:
fooddigger and domaineLA
jill of domaineLA and marshall of fooddigger
the beauty and the brains of ludobites:
the beautiful krissy lefebvre
and the crazy chef of the evening (pictured with my entire of the evening)
simple t-shirt, simple message, simply "appropriate"
yeah, will yapped I looked like I was straight out of an 80’s wham music video, whhhaat?? ok so I did. it was literally an x-large t-shirt that I slapped a belt around. but i thought it’d be pretty fitting given the evening 😛 ( btw my intentions were not to actually offend anyone. for shizz and giggles, yknow? :P)
what an AMAZING evening. and to think I couldn’t imagine how it’d get any better….
then my second fix on friday 4/9/10
“girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes...”
burgundy escargots with garlic flan, green jus and yellow flowers 2.0
ludo at his finest. changin’ it up ALREADY. not as rich as 2 days before and serious PERFECTION. ludo’s best escargot dish to date.
and then one mo time…
poached jidori chicken, crispy skin and hazelnuts, leek salad, BLACK TRUFFLE & bacon royale 2.0
yeah, he added BLACK TRUFFLE, giving it a lil more of the “heyyehhh” factor. SPECTACULAR.
it was almost equally joyous listening to and watching the rest of the panda fury clan tasting this for the first time. ahh, finally sharing this with the “family” *smillllllllles* 🙂 🙂 🙂
and then a new dish that blew all our minds.
ludo teased me wednesday night by throwing down a stalk of white asparagus asking, “guess what??”
the mean french chef teased me with nostalgic veloute but then apologized friday when he said he didn’t have enough time to make it by friday 😦
well, turn that frown, upside down.
this steak au poivre with that delicious stalk of white asparagus made me fist pound the table a few times….and then some more.
ludo said he learned to cut beef from the japanese.
well, domo arigato, chef LUDO.
steak was juicy and that bone marrow polenta…
discliamer: i’m also not a big fan of desserts (until I met ludo’s pana cotta and foie gras cupcake)
and then I met:
rasberry religieuse, pistachio parfait
think cream puff to the nth power, making beard papa look like 80/20 ground beef compared to this japanese kobe filet. exquisite.
and we can’t forget the perfect attendees of this perfect evening.
PANDA FURY CLAN!!!!!
my boys doin’ what they do best
tag team snappin'
kungfoodpanda aka uncle stinky and one of the two hungry pandas, wes aka baby panda
food porn crotch money shootin'
the infamous djjewelz in action
rasberry religieuse & pistachio parfait all up in thurr
limer35 aka remil getting his face stuffed by umma choisauce
and a ludobites dinner isn’t complete without a wacky photoshoot with chef ludo
didn’t think it was possible but second fix was even better than the first. I am BEYOND ecstatic with the return of ludobites.
This leaves me just hungry for more of all the surprises and treats ludo has in store for us at 4.0. get ready ‘cuz…
LUDO’S BRINGIN’ IT 😉
food p0rnage courtesy of djjewelz
*cue kesha‘s “tick tock”*
oh the double down countdown…
yep, everyone’s countin’ down for this one-of-a-kind sammich featuring DOS thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (o.g. recipe or grilled), DOS pieces of bacon, DOS melted slices of monterey jack and pepper jack cheese and colonel’s sauce
sounds pretty naughty right?
|KFC Original Recipe® Double Down
|KFC Grilled Double Down
hmmm…..but the calories and fat seem a lil too skimpy, no? c’mon a bk whopper is WAAAAY naughtier, closing out at 670 calories and 40 total g of fat. kfc double down sammich aka DIET WHOPPER (doesn’t sound so bad now, right?)
anywho, so we be countin’ down for monday april 12. as we’re cruising down vine st. after a lazy afternoon of sapp’s thai boat noodle slurpin’, k & l shoppin’, we SLAM the breaks when we see the kfc on vine/de longpere (hollywood blvdish) flashing mugs of this in their windows with the word “NEW.”
j told me to wait in the car as he would “check real quick” if our diet whopper chicken sammich had truly arrived. after the 5 minute mark, I knew something was up but then a few minutes later, I saw a boy with a brown bag and smile walking towards the car…
kfc double down sammich
WOWee. it was torture having to just watch this hot new sammy get its close up photoshoot with djjewelz and WAIT to finally attack it
when it was finally time, I felt almost shy and embarrassed like a lil japanese schoolgirl sinking my teef into this badboy.
…oh and then “the face.” 10 seconds after I had my first bite, I saw the same face on j. I think i paid too close attention to just the calories and fat content of this and neglected to read the SODIUM content, 1380 m g of it (and still tasting it in my mouth hours later). hypertension by april 12th, anyone?
even the king of fried chicken proclaimed, “c’mon i LOVE fried chicken but even this is too much.” after 2 bites each, we threw it back in the box and back of the car (hoping to forget about it forever).
time passes as we continue the shoppin’ at domaineLA (german gilabert cava FTW!), roamin’ down hollywood blvd like tourists, stuff our faces with dogs from skooby’s & even share a giant slice of sausage pizza at greco’s, oh my
on the drive back home….
c: “wanna make it light tonight and make a salad at home for dinner tonight?”
j: ” with our double down as the protein??”
done and DONE.
salad protein: a kfc double down sans 4 bites
add: chopped butter lettuce, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, black beans, avocado, bbq sauce, ranch dressing (“light” dressing if it makes any difference…lol yeah right)
kfc double down sammich chopped and in its finest
ohhhh WHHHAT?? here’s a close up….
lookin' good there
how did it taste? pretty effin delicious. WOW.
take 2: fancy gourmet kfc double down sammich
truly amazing. if u can’t seem to finish ur kfc double down sammich, U KNOW what to do.
photos courtesy of my partner in kfc double down crimes, djjewelz and check out his double take on this shizz
so everyone pls, STFU already. here I am 🙂
my words will be few. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talkin’.
yes I ❤ ludobites. it is no secret. I frequented LB 2.0 from opening week til closing night approx. 23-25 times in a course of 3 months. did I have a problem?
*cue sound of music’s “my favorite things”*
“rain drop on roses and whiskers on kittens…”
ludobites 2.0 @ breadbar
the ORIGINAL duck FAT fried chicken
chorizo, onions, cornichon ice
liquid chorizo soup with icy? yummmmyyy
pannca cotta, caviar, caramel
my kind of ultimo milk dud
the family jewels
chocolate cupcake foie gras chantilly candied bacon almonds maple, oh my
my all time favorite dessert: cupcake and foie? done and DONE.
foie gras black croque monsieur w ham cherry amaretto
best sammich EVER. I’ve had many restless nights dreaming and yearning for this croque after 2.0’s goodbye. I cried myself to sleep every-damn-night. well weep no mo, ITS BACK at 4.0 (!!!!!!!)
And then the evolution of the most comforting dish of LB 2.0, I present to u, oxtail polenta:
initial stages of oxtail polenta: budding deliciousness
warranted closed eyes, fist pound on table at first bite *love*
it just keeps getting better
my best friend, oxtail polenta at its gorgeous peak
white asparagus veloute
I was kinda addicted to this bad boy. white asparagus from holland is season limited and so needless to say, I rushed my fat arse over when krissy announced the last night of my white homie veloute *sniff* (thx for saving me the last one, krissy :))
LB 2.0's last veloute on earth
yes, we're painfully shy 😛 (pictured at hatchi)
same night I first met this lovely lady for the very first time 🙂
she first saw me and walked straight towards my veloute and stuck her finger straight into it (seriously, no joke) oye 😛 (ok fine, we’re not thaaat shy). watch us “roleplay aunties” if u ever spot us together 😉
LB 3.0 @ royal/t
veal, udon, kombu dashi, mushrooms & sesame seed miso
not jo oba-chan’s udon but pretty damn phenomenal
foie gras beignet
gotta get me some foie gras up in thurr
scallop, brown Butter, pineapple & black powder
u had me at brown butter
and the love/hate love affair with ludo…
we initially had a rocky start. an ominous call to ludobites inquiring about the evening’s menu, led to a little twitter rant, and thanks to eaterla, voila! D’OH.
after changing ress names and trying to laylow, it was visit #3 in less than a week, krissy finally called me out as “YOU’RE THE TWITTER BITCH!” 😦
but don’t worry kiddies, this story has a happy ending, including 2 new twitter accounts, @chefludo and eventually @frenchchefwife, some cooking in ludo’s kitchen, and 20 something more orgasmic meals 🙂
post effects of when u teach a french man how to make kimchi
we don't always try to kill each other (last night of LB 2.0)
noogie & abuse after months of LB withdrawal (1st night @ 3.0 at royal/t)
back to peas'n carrots
ludo’s telling santa christine what he wants for christmas and I’m gauging he’s put on a few pounds since LB 2.0
NEXT POINT OF ATTACK
4.0 opening 4.8.10
going back for some more coq and the addiction continues…
getting my first 2 fixes this week, see y’all there 😉
photos courtesy of destinationeats, kungfoodpanda, goramen, kevineats, epicuryan, and choisauce. thank u 🙂