Category Archives: out & about LA

tonkotsu ramen | ikemen, hollywood

I feel like I spent most of January sick, bedridden with the flu, then mopey and miserable with a lingering head cold (which I’m finally starting to come out of).  Last week, all I wanted was a hot bowl of … Continue reading

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mackerel tartine | gorge charcuterie & wine bar, weho

EVOO poached wild French mackerel, Arugula, Parmesano reggiano, Rustic baguette I really wanted to like Gorge Charcuterie & Wine Bar, but my $22 weiner with limp, heavily salted, oil-drenched veggies (aka the Gorge sausage entrée) left little to be desired. … Continue reading

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paella night | chez amina

Paella & salad Goat cheese-stuffed zucchini blossoms Gianduja (hazelnut chocolate) budino Week night dinner sesh with my old college roomies.  A couple weeks ago, Amina invited Dani and me over for paella night.  Amina’s an ah-maaaazing cook.  Those fried zucchini … Continue reading

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pre-t lunch | gjelina, venice

 Smashed English peas on toast with burrata & mint pesto Stinky and Tim were passing through town over the Thanksgiving holiday, so I got to catch up with them over lunch at Gjelina.  It was the day before Turkey Day, … Continue reading

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oooohmakaze | shunji, los angeles

 (Top to bottom, left to right) Sweet potato-stuffed shrimp, prosciutto roll, creamy sesame tofu with tofu skin ribbon, a piquant cherry tomato, purple yam-blue cheese marble with dried persimmon, ankimo (monk fish liver) with caviar, octopus. Squid in squid ink, … Continue reading

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bitty bites

Heading to dinner at Dunsmuir Flats.  I’m bringing these bite-sized chocolate truffle and shortbread squares that I made today for dessert!

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ganjang gaejang | soban, los angeles

Lila was in town last weekend, visiting from SF, so I took her to Soban for some of the best ganjang gaejang (soy-marinated raw blue crab) in town.  I love this place but, man, the no-alcohol policy sucks big time.  This, … Continue reading

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burger night | rustic canyon, santa monica

Lobster on brioche toast Rustic Canyon burger I am so thrilled to have my old college roommate, Amina, living here in Los Angeles!  She just made the move from Vancouver, and so far, SoCal is treating her well.  It’s been … Continue reading

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avos & almonds | santa monica farmers’ market

Cruised through the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market this drizzly morning with Shiri to pick up some fresh goodies, including young ginger with stalk, chili peppers (jalapeño, habanero, Thai), Fuji apples, and a couple of big, bodacious, softball-sized Reed avocados, which … Continue reading

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#19 | langers, westlake, LA

Lunch today with Shiri at Langer’s.  I love this place.  #19 (hot pastrami) for me, #88 (corned beef) for Shiri, with cabbage soup and potato pancakes on the side.  After we ate, we both passed out in the booth and … Continue reading

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