Creole Grilled Cheese & Gluten Free Soul Food: Chef’s Night Out in LA with My Two Cents

How could you put
MSG in a branzino? It’s powder form. It looks like cocaine. What is cocaine? Because no one in the
restaurant industry knows anything about cocaine. I’m chef Alisa Reynolds, owner of My Two Cents in
Los Angeles, California. Growing up, food was
pretty much traditional. We had pork chops
on Thursdays, meatloafs on Wednesday. My uncles, everybody
got diabetes, and this all this stuff
around me, so I started thinking about
health in America. I started cultivating
these ideas of evolved nostalgia. Happy food, you know,
belly food. Like, rooted
in tradition. Rooted in that part of your belly
that makes you happy. But then lightening it up
with modern techniques. You know,
conscious comfort food. What if there’s a vegan
hipster that wants to eat with their grandmother
from the south? Where can they go and
eat together, you know? What if there was a
person with celiacs that could have fried chicken
and mac and cheese? This is brown rice and
kewon noodle. Gluten-free cheese sauce. I think becoming
a chef decided me. I was working
in production. I didn’t feel
the passion in it. And I’m really passionate
about cooking. So a friend of mine said,
hey, my dad’s a chef. You should give him a
call see what he thinks. I called him up. I said hey, I’m thinking
about becoming a chef. He’s like,
you’re too old, you’re black,
you’re a woman. I wouldn’t do it. So I said, you know what. Fuck that,
I’m gonna do it. He is like,
I don’t wanna train you, you can call my
friend David Burk. So I called
Chef David Burk up, and he said come down. I had no idea that his
kitchen was like one of the top kitchens
in New York. He was just a name. And once I went to
train with him, my whole perspective of
food completely changed. Shrimp and grits. It’s more of an east
coast thing. So I was like, I wanna do something
that brings the east to the west as far as
like a soul food or a country dish. But I wanna spin it off
with a beurre monte, which is a French
butter sauce, and add the traditional Creole
sauce, which is peppers and all this kinda
goodness mixed in stew. The difference is I made
my creole sauce vegan and I made my grits
gluten-free. I used to cook for celebrities such
as Ben Stiller, Common, Barack Obama,
so many people. I would imagine it’s
like doing their hair. You become the shoulder
that they cry on. You become their mother, their binky, where are
you, my stomach hurts, you have to come
to France with me, I can’t eat
the food anymore. It becomes a little
bit of that. It’s great to feel
needed, believe me. But the celebrities would
find out which one and they would like, why do
you have to go to him? And why do you,
oh she’s feeding you? So it became this whole
thing and it’s like, it felt like I had
lovers without the sex. My sister is a great, huge part of
this restaurant. She does all of
the desserts, and I took a lot of the,
the traditional things from a soul food
perspective from her, because she was
the cook of the family. And when I started to
develop this idea and share it with her,
she was like, well what is this gonna
be, a vegan restaurant? She thought that,
just like everybody else, if it’s vegan it
tastes gross. When I opened this
restaurant I didn’t wanna do no stamping
gluten-free and vegan all over the place. Doing the opposite of
what people would think I should do, especially
if I have all this vegan stuff on the menu. But I think the less
you tell people and the more they get
into the product and the vibe that
you’re giving, they’re more willing to
like, be surprised by it. Gregorio, this is
my right hand. And he cooks like
an old black lady now. My guy. I’m constantly, constantly proving
myself as a woman chef, as a woman boss,
as a woman, period. Even hiring men,
it’s a problem. I hire cooks, they try to
test me the first week. Then I’m like,
I’ll cut you. And they’re like okay,
yes chef. I never leave
my restaurant. I cook every day,
both shifts. If you want to
be a chef and own your restaurant
it’s not for any punk bitches for
real. Hey! Mayasha Long is one
of my best friends. She’s always been a
fashion guru and a diva. Steven is super creative. He helped me so
much in this restaurant, he’s a creative director. You guys want
anything before you-. Some gries. Can we get gries for
the road? Bye you guys. Bye my baby. I’ll be back. Living in New York there
was always something about a small restaurant
in a neighborhood, it kind of brought
community together. And I love places
that feel like home to people that
live around them. That’s why I’m
going to Canelé. It feels like home. Hello Chef, how are you? Good to see you. Thanks for coming. I hope you have
a good dinner. Chef Corina and I go back before both
of us had restaurants. She does so much great
work with that feel of nostalgia, but
in a French technique. My name is Corina Weibel
and I’m the chef and owner of Canelé
restaurant in Atwater Village. Canelé is a neighborhood
restaurant. It’s 100% farmers
market driven and it’s Mediterranean
influenced. I feel like it’s
guerrilla open restaurant, because we
got this restaurant, we didn’t have any money
and we just opened it up, we just went with
what we had. And our neighbors, they’ve been
supporting us for eight years now
since we opened, and everybody knows
each other, because they’ve been
coming here for such a long time. Doesn’t it feel
like you’re in somebody’s home? It’s special. Open kitchen,
small neighborhood. I love LA for
its pockets, right? What, do you work for
the city? Give this motherfucker
the drink menu. Sorry. Popping bottles. Yes. Yeah. Yeah. The clams were in a
wonderful saffron broth. I love the contrast
within the saffron and the fennel. Why don’t you
like mayonnaise? It reminds her of come. I prefer come
to mayonnaise. Who doesn’t? It reminds her
of the lack of. Oh yeah. The persimmon salad
knocked me out. The salad’s beautiful. The persimmons,
the pomegranate, I love the wintery-ness
of the salad but its still very
California. Yeah.
The chicken liver pate, it tasted like it
was in a smoker and it was so good. But I think the star
of the night was the salted branzino. It was cooked perfectly. I mean, it really
made you feel like you were somewhere else. This is like having
a salt scrub at the spa. Are you gonna cut it, cuz I don’t like
the eyeballs. I love the eyeballs. I eat at least eight to
ten trout eyeballs a day. At least one. They’re full of protein. I’d like to see
the statistics on that. Oh, that’s pretty. It was just clean. And most of the time
what I get off on is, like, simply delicious. The delicacy
is the cheeks. Look how little
this face is. That female is
a pretty fish. It’s delicious. You should have the head. No.
Yeah, send me home. I’m going home early,
don’t you worry. The rosé, the food,
I’m feeling amazing. Cheers, to Canelé,
to Corina, the chef. Thank you chef. Thank you. So we’re like,
headed to have tacos and hopefully get buzzed. We have to stop and
feed my baby. Did you feed him
in the morning? Yes.
He’s fine. He’s fine. This place we’re going
to now, Escuela’s, a friend of mine,
Steve, owns. And your dog, during this
time, is probably going to lay in different areas
of your home, stare at the front door, and wait
for you to come home. Please don’t say that. That’s so mean. That’s what dogs do. What do you think
he’s doing? On the computer. Yeah. Surfing porn. Yeah.
Once again, so he’s looking at the same
sites I’m looking at. Really? Absolutely, I
love gay porn. I know. You like gay porn? Oh I got some good
ones for you. I know Steven
is the best. When we got to
Escuela last night, I was excited. His place was packed and
I was ready to, like, tear in. I just love the design
and how he did everything inside of his restaurant
just like I did. Steve is an old
friend of mine. He grew up in his
family’s restaurant where they made traditional
Mexican cuisine. He’s kinda taken that and spun it all
the way around. There he is! Happy birthday,. Thank you.
Happy belated birthday. Thank you so much. Escuela is in the house. Is in the house. Escuela is the house. It is the house exactly. The next thing you know we’ve got a platter
of tacos. And I was really excited,
so we just dug in. We had prosciutto tacos,
shrimp tacos, pork chop tacos, we had langostino with
grilled pineapple tacos. Oh that one’s nice with
that grilled pineapple. Mm.
My favorite would be the branzino taco. As if I needed more
branzino that night. But in a taco form
it was amazing. Mm.
I think we killed this one. Tacos, check. To Escuela. Second down, guys. When we leaved Escuela,
Steven’s gonna burst if he doesn’t have
a real cocktail. All right, let’s drink. We were in the shot
kind of mood. Shot, shot, shot, shot,
shot, shot, shot, shot. I’m like,
let’s head to Bar Stella. Bar Stella’s one of
the sexiest bars in LA. The owner of Cafe Stella
is a friend of mine, Gareth Cantner. This is the last
text that Gareth sent me two days ago. Tonight at the bar,
Brazilian carnival, bitches. Okay. I can’t wait to get in
here and get me a drink. He has this amazing
cocktail that I love that’s champagne and St. Germain mix with
a lemon topping. I had a few. That’s nice and sweet. That’s nice and light. Yeah.
Mayasha. Okay. It’s time for bar talk. Let’s talk about
your titties. Oh, okay. How are they? Fantastic. And let’s talk
about your outfit. What are your sneakers,
Vans? How dare you? Let’s toast. To looking good. To designer. To staying up late. I’m ready to get charged
up on my two cents. Another cigarette and
then we’ll leave. Sorry, mom. Are you good with
your whisky? You want another shot? Are we doing shots? I’ll do a shot. This is to a very
good food tour in LA. Yes.
With good friends. Yes.
Good food. Yes. New and old places. Absolutely. Good night. Good night. Good night.
But then we gotta go make some snacks. Make some snacks. Let’s get the snacks in. Okay, let’s get in. Whew. Bye, Bar Stella. At this point we
need balance. That was good,
that last shot, like, gave me some energy. Now I need something
to soak it up. We’re drinking more. Okay.
Let’s do it. And more and
more and more. Okay, settle down. Watch this. I’m really happy
about the night and the places I chose. Because they kind of
feel dear to the heart. Nothing was fancy. Everything was perfect. Everything was authentic. The food was great.
I liked it. It was great.
The hidden gems and they’re staples of
their neighborhood. They have this modern
nostalgic feel. And I think it comes from
a real love for food. Hey, guys. We are close. We’re close. I’m feeling
My Two Cents-ish. Welcome! Welcome! Hey! I’m, like,
ready to see my friends. Ready to embrace. And just everybody
is like, yes. Let’s go. One of my cooks
was there. Daven. Just do what you can do. Cornmeal. Yeah.
He’s high most of the time so munchies is like
one of his specialties. I’m feeling like a fried
shrimp grilled cheese sandwich. It’s a simple thing that
you can do completely inebriated, middle of
the night, buzzed. At some point I think I
added bacon to my shrimp, which was a nice touch. Shit’s getting real. Midnight snack for
the gods. The drunk gods. Who’s down for
fried shrimp, grilled cheese
sandwiches? Hey! I wanna thank everybody. My closest
compadres here. Coming out, supporting,
having late night munchies in the middle
of the night with me. Thank you guys so much. Cheers! Hey! My night out was the best
night I’ve had in two years. Fun, happiness, love,
you couldn’t ask for anything more. I love you guys. I love you too. Thanks for eating
a hole in LA with me. I think food is the best
thing that brings people together, I want to
spread My Two Cents love all over the world. What I do is about
people, love, the ability to inspire
people through your food, to make them happy,
to be a mood changer is completely why I’m
in this business, why I cook,
it’s all about love.

100 comments on “Creole Grilled Cheese & Gluten Free Soul Food: Chef’s Night Out in LA with My Two Cents”

  1. Patrik Nørgaard says:

    Coolest chef so far! This is what munchies is about <3

  2. MOAmanMUSIC says:

    Alisa is a beautiful person. She speaks on this food shit how I feel it and was raised in it. I WILL be attending TWO CENTS ASAP.

  3. jrh4lo says:

    This lady rocks!! I would love to work for her!!

  4. Zevin Dhang says:

    holy shit thats near my school like 2-3 blocks awaty only

    thts in hollywood

  5. RavinsModernLife w says:

    great episode

  6. kate-mia white says:

    i love this woman

  7. skammeh says:

    I've lived in LA my whole life and don't know any fucking people that look like any of these fucking people.. None of these people are from LA

  8. Helghastl33t says:

    The gluten free fad has me stuck in a conundrum, I hate it when people act like irrational twats but I'm happy people with celiac disease get more options because of it.

  9. Xavier Jones says:

    gluten free soul food??? fuck this world

  10. MalorieMayWhovier says:

    gay porn is pretty good.

  11. Rowan Heard says:

    Love her energy 

  12. Sir Raccoon says:

    gluten free cheessauce,, its like i say gluten free tomatosauce or gluten free apple

  13. Yung Catana says:

    she gives me that wonda syke's vibe. i like it! haha

  14. Java Kuppa says:

    i'm vegetarian but damn, her meat tacos look so good!!!!!!!!

  15. Java Kuppa says:

    the back and forth banter between Alisa and her male friend is hilarious. great chemistry! 

  16. Brian Sanchez says:

    proof that LA is full of freaks. keep deep fried vegan fusion spots in LA coming munchies. 

  17. Mayer Yedid says:

    That's the least amount of food I've seen made back at the home restaurant. Usually the chefs put out a bigger spread. Still looked good though 

  18. steveditko1 says:

    She's a good talker. I love eating and drinking so I love these videos.

  19. Itoverwith Playa says:

    Vegan actually looks good mane

  20. dieselphiend says:

    Don't forget about weed! That shit breaks down barriers.

  21. Kristiana Carter says:

    Why are the people in the comments so consumed with negative views the way other people live? If someone doesn't make choices that you agree with then so be it. It's THEIR life. I promise you being upset and being mean in a comment will not help. Plus, in case you had not noticed, this is filmed one night. Meaning what? That means that this does not intel the choices of their daily life. Also, to the people who say that everything in this series is hipster bullshit… well, that general means that a some put you realized the aforementioned and continued to view it. No one forcefully subjected you to viewing this. Have a nice day.

  22. 32teasha says:

    You're black, you're a woman, I wouldn't do it if I were you.  I'm glad she didn't listen look at her now.  

  23. watchinyafap says:

    bitch is up herself

  24. VAHOFF says:

    I love this lady!

  25. LittleOttys says:

    I'm going to open a restaurant that serves extra gluten.

  26. fearofgod says:

    This chick is the lost love of my life. .world peace:)

  27. MichaelHaveYouCleanedYourRoomYet says:

    Hands down one of the best episodes to date. I love this woman. She's intelligent, authentic, takes no shit, and is fucking hilarious. Well done munchies.

  28. Wilson Lu says:

    Thumbnail looks like a laughing asian dude lol

  29. fauxhemia says:

    so inspiring!

  30. Jerichocafe1 says:

    When did Grits have Gluten?

  31. Soki Hagiwara says:

    dam, good episode. Had to pout myself some whiskey half way through this. I like chefs with a point of veiw 

  32. Parker says:

    I wanna eat at her restaurant! Love these small restaurants!

  33. pavelavera says:

    This woman is sub zero on the cool scale

  34. MrDominic22 says:

    "You have to come to France with me,I can't eat the food anymore" lol wtf? Shut your butt.  Also, I'm not a vegan or anything but I'm sure as fuck that the food she's making isn't vegan lol. Says its vegan then dumps shrimp on it? Oookkkkkaaaaaayyyyy….

  35. alex edmonds says:

    We need more people like this woman

  36. Jasmine Monet says:

    She's a  boss

  37. Roger Rai says:

    Stars like Ben Stiller, Common, Barack Obama…….lol

  38. gothinspace says:

    as a foodie with celiac disease the words "gluten-free soul food" got me indescribably excited. i have got to get my ass to la

  39. zaque.mwhc says:

    "It's like having lovers… without the sex." – The truest statement

  40. Maradeí says:

    Nice to see how Alisa loves her restaurant, that's some one that made it and she seems so humble, nice episode.

  41. 1disturbthepeace2 says:

    I hope I die before I finish watching this

  42. 21stcenturygirl says:

    I love this woman <3

  43. greenytaddict says:

    i like that she didnt care that one of her employees was high

  44. farrellcityking1 says:

    Her friend looks delicious.
    She should be on the menu.

  45. orange moon glows says:

    i have actually never heard of my 2 cents, but i've been wanting to go to canele forever.

  46. Tony Tng says:

    that was the most disappointing food the chef made after the going back to their own kitchen routine, normally on chef's night out, chefs will cook up a feast in their own kitchen, she made sandwiches -_-

  47. Seulil P says:

    Definitely going to My Two Cents when in LA

  48. clinine mills says:

    fried shrimp, grilled cheese sandwich with bacon!!!! DAMN!!!! THAT  SOUNDS GOOD

  49. Potoing says:

    4:36 my schlong

  50. lo. peti says:

    lol this was hella funny. she go

  51. telephonic says:

    Great episode.

  52. Horo says:

    That german chocolate cake that her sister made looks fucking delicious…..

  53. Classic Chillout says:

    So,what do you do?I'm a fashion guru and a diva.Fabulous!

  54. Haassan1 says:

    Wauw, Alisa is such a nice and charming person. Said no one…. Ever.

  55. Jay says:

    this woman is a really interesting person. I woulld love to hang out with her and have a drink.

  56. Sikario40 says:

    Ain't for no punk bitches, well said.

  57. superchanneljim says:

    Health conscious about food but smokes? Thanks for the laugh. However, the food looks amazing and I'd eat there no problem.

  58. Mark Boardman says:

    Great episode!!!!

  59. Hecameup says:

    The Hood Supports you!!! Love The restaurant… do what u do $$$$$$$$

  60. Brett Brumley says:

    Fell in love at "I'll cut you"

  61. Lia Hockly says:

    I loved this!!!! Such an awesome chick, love her ideologies around food!

  62. Jawad Bangash says:

    Midnight snack for the Guards! fucking Awesome.

  63. Pwenko Jammy says:

    lol that bitch's dad is real fucked up "you black and a women, don't learn to chef"
    her: "i still wanna tho"
    him: "k but im not helping"

  64. carlos torres says:

    obnoxious chef

  65. Pam Girl says:


  66. Kristovsky says:

    I like the idea of being vegan, gluten-free etc without stamping it. Stamping is so pretentious..ughh People want nothing but good food!

  67. Girl Pacific says:

    Shrimp and grits is more of an east coast thing? wtf!? It's not even a southern thing…it's a Louisiana thing! Food looks good tho!

  68. Kina’kufikiri Usahihi says:

    im to glad u said Fuck That😃 good luck with your career

  69. Kevin Liu says:

    pointing out that grits are gluten free to begin with

  70. Nick Suda says:

    Who else wishes they were eating at one of these restaurants in LA or NY at like 1AM on a Saturday when the chef comes back to their own place and just fucks around in the kitchen hammered and feeds everyone like they do on every Munchies episode? I continue to troll places all around LA hoping one day it will happen lol…

  71. J Ma says:

    I feel like Steven is the perfect gay best friend, he's bitchy but not too bitchy

  72. L Baza says:

    she is a bad ass

  73. Johnny Smathers says:

    lol they got sloshy

  74. Johnny Smathers says:

    she should have her own show

  75. Silas Bijan says:

    The number one thing I hate about american culture is they think European food trash

  76. Aleksandar Jakovski says:

    Eventually everyone gets weird at some point when constantly under camera

  77. daltonie1 says:

    3:13 her sister is really a 'huge' part of the restaurant haha

  78. Dom DelaWeeds says:

    best munchies episode ever it's all about love God is love

  79. brent bastian says:

    Went here last night for the first time, love this place … and that crack cake is to die for !!!

  80. saigonbond says:

    Fun LA episode… without the fucking hipster doofuses

  81. Brian HL says:

    "i like cum more than mayonnaise."
    "who doesn't."

  82. Jolene says:

    I hate how a majority of people in the comments are so fucking judgemental and hateful… “this is cringe” “this is pretentious” “this is hipster bullshit”. If you don’t enjoy these videos then don’t watch them boo

  83. Adam Almy says:

    This place looks great.

  84. J L says:

    I like her friends. She's ok.

  85. Jonah Goldstein says:

    Awesome episode, chefs a badass!!

  86. Russell Bushnell says:

    i was thinking the same thing raimundo. alisa reynolds is so genuine.

  87. Daniel But says:


  88. barbj672000 says:

    All grits are gluten free… arent they??

  89. Yahrize 1Love says:

    Great crew😍

  90. Delphine Edayan says:

    "Miyisha it's time for bar talk. Let's talk about your titties. How are they?" *sips drink*

  91. Ricky Forever says:

    Where's the vegan food?

  92. Isha Lov says:

    Thanks, Chef! We need way more diversity in food – especially grains!

  93. Mama Chew 360 Rooftop says:

    No MSG Please not good , Real chef never use it

  94. dylan foley says:

    real people and fashion people in the same show makes fashion people look so self absorbed and fake .

  95. TheOne And Only says:

    Child, her grit fries are the TRUTH!!!!!!

  96. Tonda Taylor says:

    Love love love her energy..yass

  97. Ian Burkitt says:

    How did you make grits gluten free if they never had gluten in the first place?

  98. Aurora Borealis says:

    i LOVE her she 's such a boss bitch!

  99. Richard Harding says:

    just why Rose' wine? gross maybe it best compliments the dush but gross

  100. BVMY TXXL says:

    Holy shit I'm late asf but let's go!!! i got celiac I'm boutta check this place out

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