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Brooke Williamson

Photo Credit:  Tommy Garcia/Bravo

Photo Credit: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

Congratulations to longtime TMIB client Brooke Williamson on winning the title of Top Chef on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Charleston”.  Brooke, who was also a finalist on “Top Chef Seattle” 4 years ago, won the title this year with an innovative 4 course progressive meal that wowed the judges.

Brooke and her husband, Nick Roberts, have been clients and friends of TMIB since they opened Hudson House in Redondo Beach in 2009, named after their son Hudson. (Hudson House features not only Brooke’s signature dishes, but Nick’s specialty craft beers)

Prior to Hudson House, Brooke worked with many prestigious chefs, such as Michael McCarty; Daniel Boulud; and Ken Frank.   She and husband Nick were the opening chefs at “Beechwood” in Venice.

In addition to Hudson House, Brooke and Nick are the owners/chefs at The Tripel and Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey, as well at their new Da Pokepoke, a Hawaiian specialty restaurant in Playa Vista.

 

The Best Cookie in Every State

cookiesCookies are delicious and if you find yourself hungry for a treat in your home state, or traveling across the country, you want to make sure to find the best cookie possible.

In California, you can get a chocolate chip cookie at DW Cookie Co. in Santa Clara. Described as perfect and “Soft, moist, and not overly sweet”. If you’re on the east coast, check out the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen in Philadelphia, PA for their black and white cookie.

To see The Insider’s list of best cookie in your state visit http://www.thisisinsider.com/the-best-cookie-in-every-state-2016-11 and for all your questions regarding bar and restaurant insurance in Los Angeles contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.

 

50 Easy Food Resolutions to Help You Eat Better in the New Year

peanut butter webWe all want to eat better. It is one of the most common New Year resolutions made each year and this year, you’re really going to do it! To make it a little easier, we have you covered with some really delicious and easy recipes to get you started in the right direction.

An easy way to make a smart meal plan is to eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. These include Salmon, avocados, and peanut butter. See eating smart can still be yummy! Besides food, simple things like getting more sleep or downloading a nutrition app to help you track what you eat will also help put you on the right track.

If you want to check out a list of “50 Easy Food Resolutions to Help You Eat Better in the New Year” visit Delish (http://www.delish.com/food/g3848/50-easy-food-resolutions/) and for any questions regarding restaurant insurance in Santa Monica contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.

 

These 20 Dessert Recipes are Outrageously Decadent

chocolate-flowingWe recently posted a delicious list of slow cooker desserts for fall, but want to make sure that even if you don’t have a crock pot you can still enjoy some autumn treats. Ranging from caramel ice cream to a banana split ice cream cake to beignets, we’ve got a list of incredible recipes that will keep you busy throughout the next few months.

To start the baking, check out “These 20 Dessert Recipes are Outrageously Decadent” on Bon Appétit http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/decadent-dessert-recipes and for any questions about your Santa Monica bar and restaurant needs contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.

20 Scrumptious Slow Cooker Desserts to Make This Fall

Fall has finally arrived! Now that the leaves are turning and the weather has cooled, it is time to break out the crock pot and cook up some delicious fall treats. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry, we have you covered.

Our personal favorite is the slow cooker pumpkin pecan bread pudding! Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Mix some bread with pecans, eggs, cinnamon chips, canned pumpkin, and a few other delights and you’ll be enjoying a perfect fall dessert in no time!

To see a list of “20 Scrumptious Slow Cooker Desserts to Make This Fall” visit Country Living (http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g2639/slow-cooker-fall-desserts/) and for more info about your Los Angeles restaurant insurance needs contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.

 

The 50 Most ‘Delish’ Thanksgiving Sides

green-bean-casseroleThanksgiving is about two things: family and food. Even though we can’t do anything to change your Uncle Bob from being late to dinner, we can add some new delicious treats to your Thanksgiving meal! While we love our traditional dishes, it doesn’t mean you can’t add something new and maybe even some twists to some classics as well.

Mashed potatoes? Make it a three-cheese mash and push the creaminess to the limits. Do you like brussel sprouts? What if they were covered in buffalo sauce and pan fried?!

For a list of “The 50 Most Delish Thanksgiving Sides” visit Delish.com http://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/thanksgiving/g248/easy-thanksgiving-side-dishes/ and for any questions regarding your health insurance needs in Los Angeles contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.

 

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in Every State

We recently posted a blog post about the best cookie recipes, but sometimes you just want to have cookies without the hassle of a mess in your kitchen . Luckily, we found a list of “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in Every State”. This way you can have your treat without the cleanup!

California happens to have TWO places on this list and both are located in Los Angeles.

“Milk Jar Cookies” bakes small batches of their cookies every day in a range of flavors, but their chocolate chip is described as “big, chewy, and perfect”.

If you want to add a little ice cream to that cookie, visit “Diddy Riese” for one of their famous ice cream sandwiches made with cookies. It is  located next to UCLA and generally has long lines but it is well worth the wait!

To find the best place to get fresh chocolate chip cookies in your state visit Delish (http://www.delish.com/restaurants/g3603/best-chocolate-chip-cookies/) and for any questions regarding your health insurance contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.

 

The 50 Most Delish Homemade Cookies

cookiesDid you know that the average cookie eater will consume about 35,000 cookies in his/her lifetime? If you’re going to eat that many cookies, why not make them a wide variety! If you are looking to expand your cookie database, we have just the site.

A traditional, but tasty treat is the peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies. It’s like a chocolate cookie, but upgraded with peanut butter and chunked up! However, sometimes one cookie isn’t enough, so, get the full list of “The 69 Most Delish Homemade Cookies” visit http://www.delish.com/cooking/g1956/best-cookies/and for any questions about restaurant insurance in Los Angeles contact TMIB at 310-828-9662.

LA’s Best Soft Serve

Living in Los Angeles can sometimes feel like an endless summer. Luckily, the options to help you cool down are plentiful. If you’re looking for a tasty treat there is nothing better than soft serve ice cream. Thanks to Eater LA for compiling a list of the thirteen best spots all over Los Angeles.

If you find yourself in Manhattan Beach you can check out MB Post. They rotate their flavors and are known for their vanilla base with black forest cake and cherries. One of the most underrated spots? Jon & Vinny’s. Best known for their hearty Italian food, they offer one of the finest tasting soft serves that is a perfect ending to your lunch or dinner.

For Eater LA ‘s entire list of where to get soft serve on a hot summer day visit http://la.eater.com/maps/best-soft-serve-ice-cream and if you have any questions about restaurant insurance in Los Angeles contact TMIB at (310) 828-9662.

Best Pizza in America: 50 Pizzas, 50 States

Best PizzaThe cross country road trip is a time honored American rite of passage. While on your journey across our nation you’re probably going to get pretty hungry! Luckily The Food Network has outlined the best place to get pizza in each state.  So when you’re mapping your trip, be sure to add a few of these stops along the way.

To highlight a few:

California – Oakland, CA; Wild Nettle and Pecorino from Pizzaiolo (pizzaiolooakland.com)

Illinois – Chicago, IL; Cheese from Pequod’s Pizza (pequodspizza.com)

North Carolina – Charlotte, NC; Buffalo Chicken from Wingzza (wingzza.com)

For the best slice of pizza in all 50 states visit The Food Network’s list: “Best Pizza in America: 50 Pizzas, 50 States” http://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurants/photos/50-states-50-pizzas.html and for any questions about restaurant insurance in Santa Monica contact TMIB at (310) 828-9662.

 

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