Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beach Cities Doughnuts

This place is amazing!! Great product amazing flavors and killer packaging.
They have great flavored baked doughnuts. Earl grey, sweet potato,honey dipped and many more. Ace was very clean and the owner helped me (great service with super

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Local 1205 Venice

So I needed to energize my system after a long night. Saw Local 1205 and the signage read cold pressed juices. I tried the Dark shadow. It was so delicious even for 9$. Drip coffee sucked but I love the look and the layout. Locally sourced products and furniture imported from Paris,very cool indeed. 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
This "cold pressed juice" rocked my world. Beet,carrot,parsley,and lemon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bay Cities Deli

As I push past the crowds of people waiting in line to pay I instantly am filled with excitement to explore the bustling aisles in Bay Cities Deli which has been a tradition in Santa Monica since 1925. They are the home of the Godmother , genoa salami, mortadella, coppacola, ham, prosciutto, and provolone. I tempted my stomach by ordering a large godmother, knowing I was getting the works on it (mayo, mustard, onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, Italian dressing and mild or hot peppers). I would devour half of the sandwich minutes after leaving the deli, but wanted to save the other half to marinate in all of it’s yumminess and let the flavors bleed together in the perfectly crunchy Italian roll. This sandwich is a Santa Monica favorite for a reason. I also ordered the small tri tip. Of the tri-tip sandwiches I have had this one is definitely in my top five. The same amazing bread and some really nice pink ,tender meat sliced oh so thin. The sandwiches are filling, delicious and worth the effort to fight for a tiny parking spot and push through the crowded aisles, but for me the very best part of bay cities are the endless deli options. They can satisfy any deli needs for Italian, Argentine, Greek, French and Middle Eastern delights. If you’re in a hurry make sure to call in a sandwich order since they can take up to an hour on a busy day. If you have the time spend it roaming and exploring all of the ultimate foodie treats. Walk in, discover the rows and rows of canned goods, cheeses and meat. After a hard day there’s nothing better than grabbing bread, cheese, meat deli accoutrements, a bottle of wine and heading home to put my feet up and enjoy every little bite.


Hello friends. My name is Vince Howard. I have been working as a Chef for most of my days and have a strong passion for food and drink. Since I was young I have loved the romance that occurs around food and the gathering of family around the table. I have often said that food is one of the most romantic things that humans do. I am rethinking that old slogan. I believe that the romance is more than just food it’s the whole experience. The path that leads us to the tasty bites and the love that pushes us to find new exiting flavors and techniques. I also think that there are so many gems and well kept secrets just waiting to be discovered. With” Friend or Pho” I will share my findings from farm to table and, nose to tail. I come from the Midwest so I am still amazed every day by the food culture that I see on the west coast. While I’m finding my way around the local haunts, food trucks, farmers markets, and white table cloth eateries I will use my voice to tell the truth about these wonderful discoveries. I hope you will share these discoveries and find many details to share as well. All the timing and the flavors that I feel make the journey sweet and memorable will be included in my posts. If our time and dollars are well spent I feel that success has been achieved. Yours Truly Vince