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VA/CO/IL (AND BEYOND): CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / March 26th, 2009

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At the risk of becoming a cupcake blog, when all I previously did was whine about their inescapable presence, I just had to link to Tasting Table's Everywhere post about the trend towards bacon cupcakes.

I mean, BACON CUPCAKES.

Here on Fairfax, I've previously mentioned a resto called ANIMAL (actually featured for a new insane Loco Moco fois gras situation on Tasting Table's LA post at the same time).  Anyway, they make a signature bacon chocolate crunch bar, which is the closest thing I can think of to this wild phenomenon.

Now, I'm a true believer in a sweet/salty combo.  I know I've gone on and on about Fleur de Sel Eclairs at Boule and I'll never turn down a chocolate-covered pretzel, BUT this crazy cupcake and bacon sitch is something I'll have to try before passing judgement.

Fortunately, although the spots cited are in Chi Town, Virginia (lucky, Anju) and Boulder, apparently Chicago's Bleeding Heart Bakery (promising punk rock pastries—hmm) will deliver.  So, you really can try it anywhere.

And if anyone happens to do that (or just live in the right city), I'd like a full report, please!

Cause, you know, the proof is in the bacon.

xo – N. 

LA (FAIRFAX): CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / February 26th, 2009

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Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other is Golden State.

Actually, the new friend is Golden State, as  B + S reports that the resto will finally be opening it's Fairfax doors on March 12th.  The website is up and she even snagged an early menu draft (though it seems to be down off G.S.'s site right now–oopsy–too early?).

The spot will specialize in (what else?) Cali's best offerings, especially in the sausage department from spicy lamb to English banger.  I just think ordering "English banger" sounds fun and dirty.  Cabbage and Jalapeno Slaw sounds pretty tasty.  And I believe there will be a local wine and beer component too.

Golden State is another addition to the deeply traif restaurants that keep popping up on largely hassidic Fairfax and in the Beverly vicinity.  First there was Milk and then Animal (never together OF COURSE) and now this. (If you're curious, you can read my LA Confidential article on Animal).

Anyway, not sure how the hassidic peeps feel, but it sounds pretty damn Golden to me!

xo – N.