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LIVE with Paul Bartolotta!

In Food, Media, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

Last Friday night, my husband, our friend Amy and I went behind the scenes at Jimmy Kimmel LIVE to cheer on our friend, Chef Paul Bartolotta, who did this awesome cooking demo w/ Jimmy and actor Dax Shepard. Not only is Paul a friend, but one of the most talented cooks in the US (he has a couple James Beards Awards to prove it), and Mr Foodinista and I make at least one pilgrimage a year to Sin City specifically to eat at Ristorante Bartolotta at the Wynn Las Vegas!! On the heels of the Jimmy Kimmel/Jay Leno tango last Thursday, we were super excited to go to the show on Friday. We hung out in the Green Room for most of the taping, but were ushered backstage to watch Paul’s segment! So much fun and seriously funny stuff. Dax Shepard was hilarious as sous-chef, and helped prep one of my favorite recipes of Paul’s that we make a lot here at home, Gamberi e Fagioli Cannellini (warm shrimp with cannellini beans). I’m making it tonight for my book club. It’s really easy and is a great way to feed a crowd!

And here are a couple nerdy backstage shots with my second-generation iPhone:

Gamberi e Fagioli Cannellini

In Food, Recipes on March 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm

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As promised, here is Chef Paul Bartolotta’s recipe for warm shrimp and cannellini beans that our friend Amy made for a bunch of us for dinner last night. It’s one of those perfect dishes that is rustic and simple, and the sum of its humble ingredients add up to deliver in a big way. We got the cherry tomatoes and basil at the Larchmont Farmers Market on Sunday morning, and then we got large Mexican shrimp at Santa Monica Seafood since they didn’t have tiger prawns on hand, but they said next time with a couple days notice they’d happily order them for us. This recipe serves 10-12.

Gamberi e Fagioli Cannellini / Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare

24  giant tiger prawns (large shrimp)

3 cups canned cannellini beans

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 pints cherry tomatoes quartered

10  medium torn basil leaves

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

·      Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

·      Boil shrimp for approximately 4 minutes.

·      Add rinsed cannellini beans to water with shrimp

·      Cook 1 minute

·      Strain shrimp and beans

·      Combine with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and basil

·      Serve 

 Update 3/18/09: I made this tonight for my book club, and served as a main course, in which case the recipe as written serves 6-8. Also, I got some enormous uncooked shrimp from Whole Foods with shells on, and peeled and deveined them. Worth the effort (and the savings, though kinda gross). This recipe is awesome, and best part is that it’s pretty guilt-free…

Digging Santa Monica Seafood’s New Digs

In Food, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on March 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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Yesterday my friend Amy and I went to check out Santa Monica Seafood‘s new digs and wow. It’s massive, and in addition to all of that beautiful fresh seafood, there is also a cafe and oyster bar. I’ll be going back soon to eat, but yesterday we were there to pick up some gorgeous Mexican shrimp for a recipe for which Amy and I had tipsy-texted Paul Bartolotta in the wee hours in the cab home from our extravaganza at The Bazaar  (and of course, being a chef in Las Vegas, Paul was still going strong and immediately responded to our plea). Check back later today for the recipe! In the meantime, here are a few pics of Santa Monica Seafood (now at Wilshire & 10th):

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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare

In Food, Out of Town on February 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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At first glance, it might seem ironic that one of the best seafood restaurants in the country is in the middle of the desert. But if one stops to think about it, it makes sense. That is, Chef Paul Bartolotta has first dibs on some of the most incredible seafood on the planet because he has Steve Wynn’s bank account behind him. Bartolotta is without question one of my top-five favorite restaurants, and no trip to Las Vegas is complete without a visit (in fact, several trips have been planned solely around dinner at Bartolotta). Fish is flown in daily from the Mediterranean and beyond, the pastas are all housemade, and the service is warm and attentive.

So, saving the best for last from our Las Vegas visit last weekend, here are a few shots from our dinner on Saturday night:

Frittura di paranza del Mediterraneo

Frittura di paranza del Mediterraneo

gamberoni rossi imperiale

gamberoni rossi imperiale

Ligurian octopus salad

Ligurian octopus salad

spaghetti allo scoglio

spaghetti allo scoglio

Salt-roasted whole fish

Salt-roasted whole fish

roasted sea bream on a bed of zucchini

roasted sea bream on a bed of zucchini

sinfonia di dolci

sinfonia di dolci