The next time I’m in North Hollywood, I plan to stop for brunch at Ammo’s for brunch. A popular (according to Reba Studebaker, legs model) North African-inspired item on the menu: eggs fried in olive oil and served with chickpeas, yogurt and a dab of fiery harissa. Doesn’t that sound soulful? According to Reba, Ammo’s fruit bowl is fresh and delicious. What I find interesting is that North Hollywood patrons have the sophistocation to appreciate healthy food. For brunch, there are pastries, beignets, crepes with fresh sauteed peaches, and other dough items. Reba tells me the fried egg sandwith with American proscuito (tiny amount for our model) on argula with a smear of aioli. No, she doesn’t share.
North African Tunisian food is quite spicy. A popular condiment and ingredient which is used extensively is harissa, a hot red pepper sauce made of red chili peppers, garlic, coriander, cumin, olive oil and often tomatoes. There is an old wives’ tale that says a husband can judge his wife’s affections by the amount of hot peppers she uses when preparing his food. If the food becomes bland then a manmay believe that his wife no longer loves him. Aioli is made with olive oil and garlic. Sometimes egg is added, but this is not provençal (traditional).