Leena Eats: The big one–The French Laundry.

By on Nov 2, 2011 in California, Leena Eats, Napa | 2 comments

I’m not worthy, Mr. Keller! But I sure as hell am gonna pretend I am as I eat your delicious-ass food! So, I dreamed about it. Made grand plans with friends to go there while drinking too much wine. I never actually thought I’d go there, at least not any time in the near future, and then something awesome happened. I had a baby, and because the entire process (except the end result) SUCKED, my awesome husband got me a gift certificate to the mecca of all food places…The French freaking Laundry, people. Are you ready for some killer food porn of the highest culinary degree? Really? Are you sure? You might want to grab a sandwich, cuz I won’t be responsible for your drool-soaked keyboards. Food pron, French Laundry style after the jump. The only thing we knew about TFL was that many people had a hard time figuring out where it was. This was the only sign outside...

Leena Cooks n Bakes: Leek Bread Pudding with Roasted Tomatoes

By on Feb 21, 2011 in Bread Pudding, Leena Bakes, Leena Cooks, Savory | 1 comment

On a rainy winters night in the Bay Area (with lows of almost 40 F- thank GOD I missed Chicago’s Snowmaggedon!), nothing tastes better than warm, cheesy comfort food, and for me, that means rocking out some leek bread pudding with roasted tomatoes. The soft, silky sweet leeks, the crunchy bread and the eggy custard bound together by melty, stringy cheese haunts my dreams and my pregnancy cravings until I wake up chewing my own pillow. Which? Tastes like dirt and cat hair. Awesome. Definitely time to rock out some leek bread pudding. The recipe and food porn after the click. I like to use Thomas Keller’s recipe from his Ad Hoc cookbook, with a few modifications. The results: I liked to serve this up with my tomatoes confit (oven roasted tomatoes) to make a nice, rounded vegetarian meal. Recipe: Leek Bread Pudding Summary: From Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Cookbook...

Leena Eats: Bouchon Bakery

By on Nov 3, 2010 in California, Leena Eats | 0 comments

Ah, northern California, home to dozens of chef-celebrities and some crazy ridiculously delicious food. It’s a hard life I lead. Chef Thomas Keller, owner of The French Laundry, Bouchon Cafe and Ad Hoc restaurants, knows how to feed a bitch. Since I am years away from being able to afford his fancier restaurants, I decided to splurge on a trip to his gourmet bakery in the tiny picturesque town of Yountville. Heaps of food porn after the jump! And here is our haul from that morning: I highly recommend this place, whether you drive there for a quick breakfast, or even to get a picnic lunch to enjoy in the town (which is super cute, sort of what I imagine the town of Mayberry to be like, but with better restaurants and higher prices. I love me some Bouchon Bakery! ~LTG! ****************************** Bouchon Bakery 6528 Washington Yountville, CA 94599 (707) 944-2253 Their...