The Food Network has a show titled "The Best Thing I Ever Ate". It is a 30 minute interview style type show that features several acclaimed chefs, restaurant owners and biggest food stars discussing the best food they have ever had. It is the ultimate guide to the country's most amazing meals as told by the pros that spend their days obsessing over food. Now 4 seasons deep and over 40 shows with themes such as "Filled with Envy", "Sugar Rush" and "With Bacon", there is no shortage of variety. The restaurants featured on the show span across the whole US with cities like New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Memphis and Dallas.
Spotlight: BLD (Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes)
As I was watching one episode called "Wake up Call", I came across one chef's top pick this particular show. Aida Mollenkamp's choice for the best thing she ever ate were these blueberry ricotta pancakes from a LA based restaurant called "BLD". She went on to describe these pancakes in full detail. Soon after the show was over, a friend of mine called me and asked if I wanted to have brunch the next day. I very quickly agreed and told her I knew just the place. On a rainy Saturday afternoon we made our way over to BLD on Beverly blvd. in West Hollywood. There was a 45 minute wait for a table inside. The skies cleared up for just a moment and we decided to take our chances and sit outside. We ordered the pancakes as a sort of appetizer if you will. Fresh off the grill, the pancakes come with a small maple syrup bottle in the shape of a log cabin. They were the BEST pancakes I have ever had! They were just the right balance of textures. Light and fluffy on the inside, yet crisp on the outside. There is a perfect amount of sweet and fresh blueberries mixed with the ricotta cheese, that was surprisingly not overwhelming. Amazing pancakes paired with a savory egg dish and a vanilla latte made for one of the very best breakfasts of all time. Since that day, I have made it a mission now to try some more of the dishes mentioned on the show. I have now compiled a list of about 35 Los Angeles restaurants & dishes that were featured in the show. Chic & Culture's challenge is to hit up each of these eateries and post about the food we sampled along with pictures. It may take some time and money to make our way through the list, but we are determined to complete our task. Please stay tuned for the reviews to come.
For information about BLD go to- www.http://bldrestaurant.com/
For more detailed information about the food featured on the show & a complete episode guide go to- http://www.foodnetwork.com/