Eat It Jamaal: Ballpark Edition

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If you listen to the What’s Bruin Show (of course you listen that’s why you’re reading this), you know I’m a huge sports nut.  In a calendar year I try to get to as many sporting events as possible.

That means a lot of time and money spent at different arenas in various parts of Southern California. Now yes that can get quite expensive as arena/stadium food is usually up sold to the hilt (cost a lot of money to microwave chicken fingers apparently), but one of the fun things about watching a game is knocking down a few dogs and drinking beer.

This is not a comprehensive list of everything you can eat at every ballpark just my top five of the best ballpark eat and some craptacular stuff that really shouldn’t marketed as edible food. Like Bill says, eat it Jamaal…I did.

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Dodger Dogs: If you grew up in L.A. like I did going to Dodgers games in the summer, and you haven’t turned into dirty hipster vegan like Mike you probably enjoy a Dodger Dog. Well like a lot of things when we were kids, you realize somethings don’t taste as good when you grow to be an adult.

Unfortunately one of those things is Dodger Dogs, sorry but they are just crappy pork blend that is boiled and stuck in a soggy bun. If you have to get a hot dog at a Dodgers game make sure you get the all beef and asked that it be grilled, and no ketchup on a hot dog is never ok.

Chicken Tenders at Staples Center: For some reason the only place you can get these are at the BBQ stand next to the smoking balcony at Staples Center. These are barley edible and don’t resemble chicken, I don’t care how much BBQ sauce you slather it’s not worth it. Don’t buy this…

5. Dodgers Carne Asada Nacho Helmet

Nachos are good, nachos in a helmet are great, nachos slathered in nacho cheese topped with carne asada is one of the greatest things you can eat. The helmet makes it perfect for sharing with friends and significant others. Grab a fork because it’s hard to get with your fingers and the carne asada tops it off, like eating a street taco but from a helmet.

4. Blaze Pizza at Staples Center

Blaze Pizza is a franchise that’s been popping up through out the country where you get to do it yourself assembly line pizza style. Think Chipotle with pizza, at Staples you can get Blaze Pizza minus the DIY but surprisingly unlike pizza at other stadiums this one is actually good.

It’s a flat style pizza that doesn’t taste gross an microwaved, the crust is very crunchy as if it was coming out of a wood oven, the cheese is cheesy and the pepperoni has real bite. They also have the chicken BBQ version and plain cheese if you like.

3. Randy Jones Grill at Petco Park

This is a little bit of a cheat because you have to go to San Diego to get it, but I did have this while watching the Dodgers on the road. What I liked about it was besides hot dogs you could actually get sausages, I ordered an Italian sausage, it was perfectly grilled and place in an french roll with peppers and onions.

The reason I included this is because there really isn’t anything equivalent that I’ve come across in Southern California stadiums. LAFC and the Rams are building new stadiums hopefully they have a place where you can get something equivalent and give discerning palates something other than hot dogs.

2. Everything at StubHub Center

Again I’m cheating but frankly everythime I’ve been to the StubHub Center I get upset because there are so many great options for food and I can’t eat it all. I’ve had pizza, hot dogs, tacos and hamburgers they’ve all been great. They even have BBQ options, brisket sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches both are great options. Even if you don’t like soccer or the San Die…err L.A. Chargers try to get down to StubHub and eat something it’s worth the money.

1. Classic Hits: Angel Stadium

The absolute best food I ate in the last year at a ballgame was a bacon and blue cheese burger from the Classic Hits concession stand in the 107 section of Angels Stadium. This wasn’t a hockey puck sitting under a heat lamp kind of burger, this was a fresh of the grill juicy grilled burger.

The burger was delicious topped off with blue cheese and bacon which gave it a great smokey flavor. My only wish was that I had ordered two of these things, but that would have meant a visit to the cardiologist. Just trust me when I say this if you find yourself at Angels Stadium look for this burger.

 

WBS 142 – The Memphis Loss

Listen to Episode 142 HERE

This is a weird one… Mike is late, Bill is sick and Jamaal is in the house and Jake awkwardly tries to walk us back through the wild loss to Memphis that dropped the Bruins to 0-3 at the Liberty Bowl and 2-1 on the season.

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The last time the Bruins beat Stanford, Miley Cyrus was still Hannah Montana …

Then we look ahead to the Game That Will Be against the Stanford Cardinal. The last time the Bruins beat the Cardinal was all the way back in 2008, so we play a game of “the last time UCLA beat Stanford … “.

We wrap it up by letting Jamaal talk about Cal and quick “What’s Bruin”.

Please review us on itunes, and if you have anything to say before or after the Stanford game, call the What’s Bruin Hotline: 805-399-4WBS (Suck it RoT).

Eat It Jamaal: Sawyer

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If you listen to the What’s Bruin Show on a regular basis you’ll often hear hosts Bill and Jake erroneously refer to me as a hipster. Sure I live in Echo Park (we were here way before the hipsters showed up), yes I wear t-shirts of my favorite TV show (The West Wing), and on occasion I will blast Mumford and Sons.

Sorry folks but I’m not a hipster, although on one night in Hipster Land I did get to eat like one. On a rare date night for the wife and I we decided to keep it local by discovering one of the many new restaurants that have opened in Silver Lake.

We decided to try Sawyer, which opened up in the Spring of 2016. Located on Sunset Boulevard right in the middle of Silver Lake. If you go to their website you’ll see Sawyer calls itself a Kitchen and Bar, and not a restaurant. This is their way of telling you they aren’t pushing out Denny’s blue plate specials.

When you walk into Sawyer you’ll definitely notice the crowd skews young and despite the fact that it was a late Thursday night, the place was full and noisy. Again the place lends itself to a more contemporary look, no linoleum or safari themes. If you didn’t know that Sunset Boulevard was just outside, the interior reminds you of what you might see in other burgeoning neighborhoods teeming with youth.

We started with drinks, of course we didn’t have bartenders, nope the good ol’ mixologist was behind the bar acting like a mad scientist.  My first drink was titled Up In Smoke (a Cheech and Chong reference?)a mixed drink with mezcal, chareau (California plant basedliquer), verjus a blanc (literally White Grape Juice),and orleans (a plum variety, not the band).

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The drink is mixed and poured into a glass that has been treated with fire hence the smoke, unfortunately that smokey flavor overwhelms and you don’t get the other flavors coming out.  You could have told me I was drinking straight bourbon and I would have believed you.

Since the first drink wasn’t to my liking I ordered another one.  This time I got a Low End Theory (a nod to A Tribe Called Quest), a cocktail over ice this time with mezcal, tequila, and reposado (known in my family as the Mexican trifecta), honey, ginger, and lime.  A much better choice very refreshing especially with the hint of citrus.

Started with an appetizer of shrimp and grits.  A southern staple this is item is popping up on more and more menus.  This variation was very savory and cheesy, finished off with little bits of bacon.  The flavors mixed great together and I would make everybody order this if they came into the restaurant.

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For my main course I went with their burger with bacon, which came with fries.  The burger had pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, pickles, caramelized onion with a mac sauce.  This is no hockey puck burger, it was gigantic and you’ll definitely need two hands because it can get pretty sloppy.  The patty had the right amount of crust on it making it a very tasty burger, but the caramelized onions and mac sauce made it a slippery mess. More of the burger ended up on my plate than in my mouth.

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Due to the large portions I should have eaten either dishes but not both, and because the burger was a sloppy mess I would have just preferred the shrimp and grits.

On the recommendation of one of the servers we decided to get a peanut butter chocolate pie for dessert.  This was the perfect marriage of the chocolate flavor with a whipped version of rich peanut butter, it was like eating the best Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup you could eat in your life.

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Overall Sawyer was a great experience and it was nice to be a hipster for one night.  Don’t forget your tattoos, vinyl records, and Chuck Taylor’s if your going to go, and Eat It!! just like me.

Episode 141 – Hawaii and Memphis

We talk about the Hawaii game from last Saturday and the upcoming game at the Liberty Bowl vs Memphis.

Click Here to Listen to WBS Episode 141 

Here are the UCLA defensive stats referred to by Jake in this episode.

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Also, its great to see the Ameoba Offense working so efficiently. Here is our detailed comparison of last years offense vs this years offense:

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