Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Viva Madrid in Claremont

Hooked up with our buddies, the Kobayashi-Perlas in Claremont and they took us to Viva Madrid; 225 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711. On the menu, Pan con Tomate. This simple dish makes me nostalgic of Barca. Oh Barca, how i love thee, let me count the way....

Escondito in DTLA (Little Tokyo)

My first time at the Escondito, which once was the Boyd Street Bar and Grill. Located at 410 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. it's a very biker bar kind of interior. I ordered the sandwich called Escondito. Really delicious and great bread! Whiskey tasted great too.

Seoul Sausage in Little Tokyo

I met with Naomi Iwataki from the Mayor's office the other day for lunch. She suggested this place which recently opened. It looks like they have a location on the westside on Sawtelle too. This one is located at 236 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. I liked it. The staff said they had just come back from Hawaii so they had some Portuguese sausage special. How could I say no? It was delicious. Ha! No brainer.

Nick's Cafe on Spring Street (East of Chinatown)

Across the street from the this is not a cornfield is one of the oldest cafe's in the region. I hadn't been there in sometime and decided to stop by for breakfast recently. i used to go all the time for their BBQ. I was so happy to see the salsa still there. I love that salsa. Located at 1300 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, it's been around since the 1940's.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

LA Cafe in Downtown LA

I had the pleasure of being on a KPFK radio program called Bike Talk. It was decided to conduct the recording at the LA County Bicycle Coalition offices. It was a lot of fun and below is the link if you're interested in listening to it. It's an hour long. Afterwards, we went across the street to eat dinner. LA Cafe is located at 639 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. I had passed by this place for years, on my bike. I love how they have seating outside in this protected box area off the street. The food was delicious by the way but it's wonderful to know a 24 hour cafe in DTLA. It's important to learn something new each day. http://biketalk.org/post/149250777799/alan-nakagawa-and-vision-zero

Iron Triangle Brewery in Downtown LA

Our Vision Zero staff Kevin is leaving for Berlin to study, hopefully to return in several months. We all got together at the Iron Triangle Brewery, 1581 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021. This was my first time at this bar. There were two bartenders. One was very dismissive and mean. One was very sweet and welcoming. I wish you the best of luck if you pay them a visit. Evidently, your experience rests on this 50-50 chance operation. I and many of us ordered the sampler. Of course you customize your choices. The diversity is wonderful. I had some delicious beers and one that did not agree with me.

Golden Pouch in Koreatown

I am not sure what attracts me so to air stream trailers. Is it it's shiny oval-ness? Like that sculpture at Millennium Park in Chicago? It's the sentimental Americana element? Perhaps the fondness to local arts organization Side Street Projects? Golden Pouch, before it opened, landed the small air stream on the parking lot at 6th and Catalina, wisely and with craft. Located at 3324 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, it finally opened and though it has a small focused menu is such a delightful addition to the neighborhood. Parking is a challenge so ride your bike there.