Rory: Okay, showcase number one: Musical entertainment at the Republican National Convention.
Rory: Bret Michaels, Rick Springfield, Kid Rock, Better Than Ezra, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Rory: Bid or pass?
Jon: Pass.
Rory: Alright, this is your showcase: Musical entertainment at the Democratic National Convention.
Rory: Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Snoop Dogg, Los Lobos.

Eater's Digest: Flyover Los Angeles

Previously on Adam Riff™:

I have a formidable backlog of food notes on New York City and Los Angeles dating back to May 2014 that I desperately need to clear. Some restaurants I tried have closed. Some dishes I tried are no longer available.

Phase two:

Flyover Los Angeles (May 2014 – May 2016)
amelia / atticus creamery and pies / baroo / beer belly / cafe at the line / canter's deli / cofax / commissary / coni'seafood / du-par's / the gumbo pot / homestate / kali / locol / night and market song / odys and penelope / plan check / quarters korean bbq / republique / sack / salt and straw / seoul waffle pizza / sung nong dan / short cake bakery / wolvesmouth: cut your teeth

(Baroo) was sold to me as "an oddball fermentation restaurant" and "a taste of the future."

Noorook (Baroo)
jobs tears, kamut, farro, roasted koji beet cream, concentrated kombu dashi, toasted seeds [sunflower and pumpkin] and macadamia nuts, finger lime, rose onion pickle

^ A creamy plate of mold.

Kimchi Fried Rice (Baroo)
pineapple fermented kimchi, amira basmati rice, 63°C sous vide egg, gremolata, pineapple jalapeño salsa, purple potato chip, roasted seaweed, toasted buckwheat and quinoa, micro greens

"Baroo" means "a bowl that Buddhist monks are allowed to possess and use for their meals until their last breath."

Baroo's Ragu Style (Baroo)
handmade pasta, spicy faux oxtail ragu, tendon puff, gochujang, gremolata with heirloom cherry tomatoes, krout powder, three-years-aged parmaigiano reggiano

Mocha Chip Cookie (Cafe at The Line)
—"L.A. Weekly's Best Cookie in L.A." I was skeptical, but god-DAMN…it IS the best cookie in Los Angeles.

Ritz Toffee Bar (Cafe at The Line)
—The crust contains Ritz cracker.

Pescado Zarandeado (Coni'Seafood)
grilled snook with salt and house sauce

^ Whole snook fajitas. Bring a friend or three.

Tacos de Marlin (Coni'Seafood)
smoked marlin with onion and tomato
—Another signature menu item. Too salty for me.

(Commissary) is a vegetable-forward restaurant inside a greenhouse on the pool deck of a hotel. Its cocktails are served in plastic deli containers.

At (The Gumbo Pot), a sign on the counter marketing a crawfish pie tempted me to order one, upon which an employee pulled a Hot Pockets-lookin' box out of a freezer and dropped a frozen pie in a deep fryer. -___-

Toasted Meringue Gelato (Kali)
cured egg yolk shavings

^ A stupendous dessert.

While eating it, I realized that it's a deconstructed egg.

(LocoL) is a fast food concept by Roy Choi of (Kogi BBQ) fame with the mission of bringing affordable and healthful food to low-income neighbourhoods.

On (LocoL)'s advisory board is Rene Redzepi, the chef who started (Noma) in Copenhagen, often called the best restaurant in the world.

Fried Chicken Burg (LocoL)
slaw, buttermilk mayo, hot sauce

^ I guess this was my favourite menu item…?

The chicken patty is cut with fermented bulgur, and the bun is custom-made [partly with rice flour] by San Francisco's famed Tartine Bakery.

Shout-out to the baker at (Odys and Penelope).

Previously on Adam Riff™ [May 2, 2014]:

I snagged a ticket to this next week. It was $185, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to experience a Wolvesmouth meal.


Over two years ago in a nondescript warehouse in Atwater Village, I participated in a dinner experience "exploring harvest, reproduction, and the cycle of life and death" amid a constructed landscape and taxidermy.

I sat beside a songwriter for DreamWorks Animation films.

A custom chandelier made with 7000 coyote teeth. I thought they were maggots.

The first course:

"Wolves in the Snow" (Wolvesmouth: Cut Your Teeth)
venison, pine gelée, cauliflower purée, cocoa coffee crumble, blueberry meringue, cabbage, hen of the woods mushroom, blackberry gastrique

^ Eaten with your hands.

A parade of dishes followed, set to a soundtrack that included the Twin Peaks theme song.

Halibut (Wolvesmouth: Cut Your Teeth)
pickled vegetables, jalapeño crema, poblano purée, candied lemon gelée, "tortillas" [small spheres of masa]

^ An ingeniously deconstructed fish taco.

Lurking in the background the whole meal, underneath a painting of a woman pouring honey on her naked self, was a honey dessert:

Honey Steamed Cake (Wolvesmouth: Cut Your Teeth)
honey coconut crunch, ricotta, nectarine, cornbread, honey ice cream

The final course:

Olive Oil and Lime Parfait (Wolvesmouth: Cut Your Teeth)
buttermilk panna cotta, pistachio genoise, pistachio crunch, strawberry, ice

^ Straight ice as an ingredient.

Instead of clearing our parfait plates, staff powered on a fog machine, distributed protective eyewear, and, one by one, each dinner guest hurled his or her plate at a wall while "I Will Lay Down My Bones Among the Rocks and Roots" by Wolves in the Throne Room blasted.

My throw was terrible.


Blanco Breakfast Taco (HomeState)
egg whites, mushrooms, monterey jack

Pork Toro (Night and Market Song)
grilled fatty pig neck, 'jaew' northeastern chile dip

Cold Fried Chicken Sandwich (Sack)
ranch, cheese, lettuce, pickles, hot sauce

Old Bay Potato Chips (Sack)

Chocolate Pecan Pie (The Gumbo Pot)

Strawberry Pistachio Pie (Atticus Creamery and Pies)
top filled with strawberry cream mousse and bottom filled with pistachio cream

Ococoa's Fig and Sesame Butter Cup Ice Cream (Salt and Straw)
chocolate sesame ice cream with ribbons of a fig jam


Som Tum Tod (Night and Market Song)
fried nest of papaya, dressing and trimmings

Nadia was being a baby, so we ordered the non-deep-fried green papaya salad.


Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

27. Separation of Church and State (Game of Thrones, S06E10)
» Part 1 / Part 2

Stray Observations

(2016 BET Awards, 06-26-16)

  • "Winter is here." (Game of Thrones, S06E10)
  • RT: The entirety of Dorne is one patio. (Game of Thrones, S06E10)
  • "What is your name again? Barbaro?" (Game of Thrones, S06E10)
  • Game of Thrones Season Grade: B+
  • "I could see every move I was going to make 12 steps ahead. It was like I was Bobby Fischer if he could really fuck." (Silicon Valley, S03E10)
  • "Don't weaponize my faith in you against me." (Silicon Valley, S03E10)
  • Silicon Valley Season Grade: C
  • "I wouldn't be your veep if there were a grassy knoll full of Jodie Foster fans in the front row at your inauguration." (Veep, S05E10)
  • "Data gives no warning." (Veep, S05E10)
  • "First White House lesbian wedding? That'll get you in the history books."
    "I can't take that much acoustic guitar." (Veep, S05E10)
  • "PG-squirt-teen." (Veep, S05E10)
  • Veep Season Grade: B
  • Mr. Pickles Season Grade: D
  • Double Dare obstacle course sabotage (Cutthroat Kitchen, S12E13)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Game of Thrones
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Veep


Hot Sculpting Class

Let's check in on Ser Jorah Mormont:

Incomprehensible Jizztrumpet

Previously on Adam Riff™:
On May 1, Adam Robot and I each drafted 10 films set for release between May 1 and August 31. Whoever's slate earns the most money domestically by Labour Day wins. I won a pre-draft game of rock-paper-scissors to select first, after which we alternated selections.

Let's check the board:

1. Captain America: Civil War $403,902,253
2. Finding Dory $286,552,649
3. Suicide Squad
4. Independence Day: Resurgence $41,600,000
5. Star Trek Beyond
6. Jason Bourne
7. Now You See Me 2 $52,054,214
8. The Purge: Election Year
9. The Conjuring 2 $86,906,434
10. The Secret Life of Pets


Adam Robot
1. The BFG
2. Alice Through the Looking Glass $74,574,007
3. X-Men: Apocalypse $151,126,991
4. Ghostbusters
5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows $77,117,555
6. Warcraft $43,886,470
7. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $54,763,140
8. Pete's Dragon
9. Central Intelligence $69,302,458
10. Ice Age: Collision Course

Adam Robot's slate is like a Family Feud "fast money" round in which the second player has his or her work cut out. Fortunately, The BFG is tracking poorly and may have trouble crossing $30 million its opening weekend.

Adam Robot: I think for the movie competition we do both domestic and worldwide.
Jon: Heh. SOMEONE saw Warcraft's numbers in China…

Jon: Alright:

Jon (Worldwide)
Captain America: Civil War $1,147,559,253
Finding Dory $396,852,649
Independence Day: Resurgence $143,093,317
Now You See Me 2 $159,754,214
The Conjuring 2 $242,906,434


Adam Robot (Worldwide)
Alice Through the Looking Glass $249,074,007
X-Men: Apocalypse $372,684,672
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows $153,917,555
Warcraft $412,186,470
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising $100,563,140
Central Intelligence $83,602,458


Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

26. Battle of the Bastards (Game of Thrones, S06E09)
» Part 1 / Part 2


Stray Observations

Stray Observations

  • "They're loyal beasts."
    "They were. Now they're starving." (Game of Thrones, S06E09)
  • Making contestants play Forza Motorsport 6 to determine ingredient picking order (Food Network Star, S12E05)
  • "It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." (Penny Dreadful, S03E08)
  • Penny Dreadful Season Grade: C
  • "Okay, but see, the problem is…Terminator." (Silicon Valley, S03E09)
  • "His name is Pipey, the Pied Piper piper." (Silicon Valley, S03E09)
  • ♫: Blake Mills – "If I'm Unworthy" (Silicon Valley, S03E09)
  • "Early Bugs Bunny cartoons were just garish displays of anti-Japanese hysteria, and now, he's the face of Warner Bros." (Silicon Valley, S03E09)
  • "I went home with a congressional fan girl last night." (Veep, S05E09)
  • "Is my entire presidency about to have its neck snapped by Congressman Lennie here?" (Veep, S05E09)
  • "How am I doing? Eating so much pussy, I'm shitting clits, son."
    "This is an elementary school!" (Veep, S05E09)
  • "I hitched my wagon to a shooting star named 'Jonah Ryan.' Well, maybe I should say 'comet,' because shooting stars burn out, and he never will." (Veep, S05E09)
  • The reveal that there was a meeting about Mike after the secret meeting about Tom (Veep, S05E09)
  • Ben gleefully punching in the books on the bookshelf we've seen Kent meticulously arrange (Veep, S05E09)

(Mr. Pickles, S02E09)

(Mr. Pickles, S02E09)

  • "No more teeth for Prishpreed." (Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, S04E02)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Game of Thrones
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: Veep


Looking forward:

Light summer, giving me time to catch up on Bates Motel, Horace and Pete, and Trailer Park Boys.