A Restaurant that Specializes in Desserts? Sign me up. Mexico City for the win.

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Polanco is a part residential, part business district in Mexico City. It is pretty posh if you say such things. Not gonna lie, every time I hear people use the word “posh” it is hard to think of anything but the Spice Girls. I just can’t help it that I was a young girl in the 90s, and sadly, yes, I saw Spice World in theaters…like opening day. 

I visited La Villa de Guadalupe in the morning and then went on down to Porfirios to meet my cousins for an awesome lunch. Too bad they had to go back to work after- we could’ve hit up the martini list. 

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Anyways – this post is really about food presentation…because the presentation of the food – but mainly the dessert- is insane at this place. So Porfirios is the place I’m talking about…and it is well, a special place. It is trendy, new Mexican, but it is also a spot that is frequented by politicians and the typical male, cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking businessman. Nevertheless, if you are a nice, normal, non-political female, you can still have a great lunch here – a power one.

OK – the food presentation here is unlike anything I have seen. I mean they bring a literal mini version of a churro cart to be placed on top of the table. And they bring an ice cream cart with the actual ice cream frozen in individual spots to scoop out from…I mean this is literal “Fat American” heaven. Top it off with a coca-cola light? DEFINITELY calls for a siesta afterwards.

HERE – see some photos of the amazing dessert presentations in Mexico City at Porfirios:

(unfortunately The East Coast Food Blogger had to eat around the gluten parts of dessert…NBD.)

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YUM – AM I RIGHT?

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LA Foodshop: Strangers are nice

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Eating a gourmet farm-fresh dinner in a metal worker’s studio warehouse at a communal table filled with strangers...sound like an ideal night? It was. LA Foodshop is the definition of “cool”. It doesn’t have to try to be cool it just is…just think Jessa when she was cool on the first season of GIRLS. She, however, hasn’t been so cool in the two most recent seasons. More Shosh time.

Speaking of GIRLS, the warehouse where dinner is served is sorta similar to the one in Bushwick where the crackcident takes place. But obvi more sanitary and all that jazz.

The warehouse where LA Foodshop takes place

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So LA Foodshop is held on different weekends throughout the year and it is by invitation only. Also, every weekend has a different food theme. And if you RSVP and are a no-show then you are banished to Askaban…not really but you are blacklisted from LA Foodshop.

Our group of diners at LA Foodshop on a beautiful March 9th in Venice Beach

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All of the plates and dishware and glasses etc. are mismatched and this just adds to the environment.You really feel like you are having an industrial picnic made up of a fresh homecooked meal surrounded by fun people enjoying life. Oh ya and wine 🙂

Back to the food – everything was super fresh and served appropriately and timely. At LA Foodshop everyone sits at the long communal table in the middle of the metal workshop, and everyone is split into dining groups with the people sitting in their part of the table. So if you’re awkward or don’t like meeting new people and eating good food,well, you’re probably terrible, but also…LA Foodshop would not be fun for you.

OK, REALLY – back to the food…it was so good! I will go into detail more about the experience below, but here is the menu from the night I went to LA Foodshop.

                         The Menu (Suggested Donation $70)

  • Apritif whiskey, sweet vermouth, blood orange, cherry, bitters
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  • Bread & Butter warm bread & freshly churned butter, crisped Nagoya kale
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  • Spinach Salad Bloomsdale spinach, blood orange, almonds, fennel top, agave vinaigrette
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  • Baked Potato local farmer potatoes, shopmade creme fraiche, chives
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  • Dry Aged Steak* 30 day dry-aged rib eye, garlic, thyme, blooming Cipollini
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  • Chocolate dark chocolate molten cake, port, blood orange
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  • DRINKS Please bring beverages of your choice (deep red & smooth scotch is recommended)
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  • *Seared scallop substitution available by prior request only.

Each weekend that LA Foodshop is held, there is a different food theme. The weekend that I went was steak dinner weekend. #carnivoresforthewin 

The Steak

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Even though my friend and I are true carnivores, we pre-ordered one of the scallops since we wanted to try bit of everything. They were equally as good as the steak, and that is saying something.

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Each course was served to each dining group in a timely manner and we were all able to meet each by passing around the communal dishes and serving each other. Honestly everyone was so interesting…but really all of the people were actually interesting! Who knew it could be fun talking to strangers? I mean everyone loves their friends and all but it is pretty refreshing to meet random people that are nice and cool and can carry on an intelligent conversation…yay civilization!

Here are pics of the rest of the amazing courses at LA Foodshop…yes dessert included. Chocolate molten cake anyone?

                           Chocolate molten cake

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Blooming Cipollini Onion #amaze

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Truffles are a foodie’s best friend

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Wild about wild mushrooms? Black truffles, white truffles, truffle oil make your mouth water? Well the seasonal addition to the menu at Restaurant Medure is the fix that all you truffle addicts need. Truffles really are magic mushrooms…the legal kind. On the current menu at Medure there is a section solely dedicated to- you guessed it – TRUFFLES. If you are reading this post and don’t like truffles, well, I know for a fact I could change your mind – but – this whole post is not solely dedicated to the magic mushroom species. The truffle section on the menu at Medure is divine. I would’ve ordered all of the items on it…But there is only so much room in your stomach (and daily caloric intake…if you’re counting). 

My dining companions and I decided to start with something from the expialidocious truffle section. We basically inhaled the mushroom black truffle and arugula tart. It tasted so good that I’m pretty sure I looked like Augustus Gloop scarfing down all that chocolate in Willy Wonka. 

photo (1)the magical mushroom and black truffle tart 

We also shared the beet and goat cheese salad as another appetizer. It’s pretty hard to mess up a beet and goat cheese salad, but the dressing was unique and made the dish tastier than most beet and goat cheese salads. Had to get some greens in there – eat your vegetables! 

We all enjoyed different libations while we waited for our main course. I enjoyed a moscow mule and it was pretty basic but good. Probably how Sochi will be described – on a good day.One of my dining companions guzzled down a peach whiskey drink that was pretty original. Note: be careful when drinking a sweet whiskey drink – you are at your own risk of hangover.

Onto the main courses. These were exceptional. First – my entree was absolutely delectable…and it was a chicken dish. I never, I mean NEVER, order the chicken dish when I am at a gourmet restaurant. But, this was one special chicken dish. This dish included just about everything that I like – yes truffles included. The dish was prosciutto topped farm fresh chicken with mushroom bread pudding and truffle spaghetti squash. I never want to have bread pudding as a dessert anymore – I’d rather have the mushroom bread pudding for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The chicken was very flavorful and the truffle spaghetti squash was the best thing since sliced bread…no carbs, I’m ok with that. 

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My two dining companions both ordered the same thing to avoid getting order envyIt is serious business. They had the flounder francaise with whipped potatoes and feta cheese. I tasted it and loved it. Potatoes and feta cheese – for the meat and potatoes meets Greek goddess in all of us. photoflounder francaise with whipped potatoes and feta

We were dining on my friend’s birthday, so dessert was to be had by all…and it was pretty awesome.

Can you say flourless chocolate cake with kettle corn? 

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AND last but not least – Cheesecake with raspberry sauce in a mousse-like preparation – #winning 

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