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Campy: Knuckle and Claw

Campy: Knuckle and Claw

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Nguyen Tran meets up in Los Angeles with Nikki Booth and Chloe Dahl from the hip lobster roll joint Knuckle and Claw. They spend the day together surfing, checking out an oyster shack and cooking an outdoor barbecue with fresh finds of the day.

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- [Police Dispatcher On Radio] 4972 with 23 Street, number 3. - [Nguyen] That's me, Nguyen Tran, on the day I got busted for running an illegal restaurant out of my apartment in North Hollywood. And that's me, a few years later, running one of the most popular restaurants in all of Los Angeles. This is me now, taking a break from it all. Making a show about going on adventures with some of my favorite chefs. We're gonna camp, we're gonna cook. Who knows what's gonna happen? It's Campy! One of the best things about Los Angeles is that it is basically a city on the beach. You have to do some driving, but the ocean really is right there. I'm with my friends, Chloe and Nikki, form Knuckle and Claw. We're headed up to the coast for a day of food, fun, and food, and fun! - Knuckle and Claw is a lobster roll joint, and we fly all of our lobster in overnight from Maine. We specialize in New England comfort food. We do it all. If it's from New England and it makes you feel like home, we got it. - Drop the mic, she nailed it. ♫ Good time feeling - Lobster was, back in the day, it was peasant food because it was plentiful and they just saw it as a cheap, bottom feeder. - The cockroach of the sea. - Yeah, and then it became this white tablecloth, you only get it certain times a year 'cause it's so expensive. Someone decided, hey, let's me in the middle, crack it open, throw it in a bun. I kinda like that, bringing it back down to its roots. - Yeah. We wanna bring you back to sitting on a dock on the East Coast in the middle of Summer no matter what time of year it is in LA. Spread the lobster word, it's God's word. I'm Chloe Dahl. - I'm Nikki Booth. - And we are at Knuckle and Claw at our Santa Monica location. - [Chloe] Let's just stop here really quickly, grab some ingredients, and then we'll be good to go. - [Nguyen] Okay, come on, Bonnie. - Come on! Well the great thing about this is we can just get everything we need for the barbecue. We've already got the lobsters. We'll grab some garlic. - [Nikki] Some shallots for the mignonette. - [Chloe] So what we're doing is we're gonna get a barbecue, like a grill on the beach, and we've got some lobsters. We're gonna cut 'em in half, put 'em on the grill with butter and garlic on there. We've got corn. We're gonna put some lemon in the lemon butter and just dunk our lobster in that. - Look at that, aw. No, I'm not shaking, it's just excitement. - [Chloe] You're doing so well. - You are or you aren't buying all this stuff? - Majority of it, I mean, the last couple of things were just for fun, so. - [Nguyen] So now the beach? - [Nikki] No no no, the joy is in the journey. - Come on, let's go! - [Nguyen] This is why I love California, so pretty. - [Nikki] I know, I'm ready for some oysters, I'm starving. - [Nguyen] What is The Jolly Oyster? - [Chloe] It's something Bonnie wants to be a part of. - [Nguyen] Does she love oysters? - [Nikki] She's a seafood lover. - [Nguyen] She does? Really, oysters? - [Chloe] She devours whole lobster heads. - [Nikki] Stepping on a lot of shattered dreams right now. - But I wanna eat these shattered dreams, Nikki. - The Jolly Oyster offers an outdoor picnicking barbecue experience. Enjoy our oysters and clams that we farm down in our local farms down in Baja. - Get to see all your food being made right in front of you so you know exactly where it comes from, and I think that's another part of what we like as business owners. - It's not just a little shack, you have a farm that's 400 miles away that you farm oysters that we can eat here, or on the beach, or grill 'em, and shuck 'em. - It's all about getting down to what's important in life, being with friends, being central coast, southern California, outside, and just relaxing, just being. - When it comes to lobster rolls and the whole experience around them, most of the time, you're eating them outside. It's just a little shack that you're getting this lobster roll out of. - Those are the best kind! - Chloe, when we were discussing about how we wanted to look, she described it as, I want it to look like a sh*tty lobster roll shack. That's how it should be. It should just be super fresh, straight out of the water, shucked to order. - This is the oyster that we would barbecue with. - We might wanna get some of these for our barbecue tonight. - Bottoms up! - Here we go! - She got a big oyster! She got a huge one! - Mine is big, but this one's huge. This is deep! - And there you go, and there's your kumamoto, and those are your large pacific. Enjoy! - [Together] Thank you! - Beach! We've been driving all day. We got fruits at fruit stands. We got oysters. I'll be honest with you, I actually haven't surfed in a decade. - Gonna take you out, old man, - Now that's uncalled for. What else do I need to know though? I don't remember anything. I mean, I remember paddling. I remember jumping on the board. - We can through just the basic pop-up. - Let's do it. - Beautiful. Hands back, push up, remember? - Push up? - [Nikki] Like that, yeah, keep your hips kind of down. Throw that left leg forward. - Then drag it like that? - Yeah, just like that. See, you look like a natural. - [Chloe] One, two, three. - Oh crap! - For real, I forgot how demoralizing surfing is. Tiring is an under-f**king-statement. - [Chloe] So we've never done a beach cookout in LA or anywhere on this side of the coast, I don't think. - [Nikki] When we go to the vendor, we do it all the time. We get our lobsters, we cut 'em in half, we put it all on the grill. The flavors just circulate and combine. - So we're just bring a little piece of Martha's Vineyard. - So I thought I'd make dessert for the special ladies. Glazed donut bread pudding with macerated strawberries, and with melted dissolved Oreos in Coca Cola. Yeah, that's it. - [Chloe] Hey, babe, here are your clams. - [Nikki] Put this on first especially 'cause- All you need, a little white wine, a little garlic. We threw 'em on there. Five minutes later, they open up and they're ready to go. - Ew! - It's chocolatey. - [Nikki] It's authentic, alright. - [Nguyen] It's authentic. It'd authentic to me. I believe in sending yourself to the grave a happy man, so heavy cream. - [Nikki] Alright, these are Mr. Jolly's oysters. These are the Pacific ones. They recommended we throw on the grill, so that's exactly what we're gonna do. - Got corn, got oysters and garlic on it. Oysters got garlic on it. Got lobster. Man, these girls really know how to do this kinda dinner stuff on the fire. This is gonna be so, uh! - [Nikki] You just wanna get messy. You get messy, you rip everything open, and then you just go clean off in the ocean. It's good, it's awesome. - It's very, what's the word, primal? - [Nikki] Yeah, and it's bringing it back to, I feel like, how it should be done. - Thank you so much for this farm to beach to sea to back to the beach to the barbecue to our mouths meal. Impress the pioneers in that farm to sea to beach to barbecue to mouth movement. It's a thing, I read about it on the interwebs, and you guys, you two. You know the first rule of cooking in the kitchen is taste everything. It's really good! For the queen of the waves. - [Nikki] Oh, thank you, sir. - [Nguyen] I hope you like it. - [Nikki] I'm ready to go, can we dive in? - [Nguyen] Dive in, dive in! - [Chloe] Oh, so good! - The one thing I do love about food and the reason why I made it for you guys is to thank you guys for all the time and all the fun that you guys spent with me today. - Instead of just producing a meal and putting it down on people, in front of people, the joy is making it and making it together and just creating something, and it is a symbol friendship, for love, for everything. - I'm really appreciative of that, 'cause I think my life is really short, and I'm better off for having known you guys, and thank you. - Oh, Nguyenn, I feel the same way. - [Nikki] I know, we had a blast today. - No, seriously, it's been a lot of fun. - [Chloe] This really has been a sick day.

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