Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Louisiana Hometown Sea Food in Carson

I started an interesting residency at California State University Dominguez Hills and have been going to the special archives there for about two weeks now. Louisiana Hometown Sea Food is across the streets from the StubHub Center, where the LA Galaxy play and CSUDH is next to the arena. I got two fish tacos here and they were delicious. This is half cafe and half seafood market, FYI.

Cafe Vida in Culver City

A rare moment when both of my kids were in town, we had dinner along with my daughters friend Stef. They picked Cafe Vida, which i had never been to. The interior was typical of current hip interior, that is, the use of simulated wood panel i.e. 1970's wood paneling. I actually like this although I could understand why it might be over used in some people's mind. The food is actually really good. it does have that simulated feel. For instance, the mole is not deeply rich but rather loosely like mole. BUT, in Culver City, I'm not expecting authentic Mexican food, right? There is a kind of fun atmosphere at Cafe Vida, and in part, that's what you're there for, not for an amazing artistic and richly authentic meal but rather a fun dining experience with good company. 9755 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Popeye's on Jefferson and La Brea Avenue

Have you heard about the restaurant in Long Beach that was found to be purchasing Popeye Fried Chicken and charging a lot more on their menu but not disclosing it's Popeye's? it was last year. Here's a link: http://abc7.com/food/long-beach-restaurant-under-fire-for-serving-popeyes-chicken/2548021/ Anyway, since I heard about that, I thought I'd like to try Popeye's. So I did. Yikes!!!!! Not for me. i got a little sick, actually. 3050 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Surfas on Washington Blvd

When Surfas closed in Culver City, it was sad. My geeky cooking side enjoyed visiting the shop and much of my kitchen is filled with tools that were purchased there. A few weeks ago, i was turning onto Washington Blvd near my house, like off Arlington and did a triple take. I couldn't believe it. The relocated a few blocks away from my house. Incredible! So my daughter and i went there for lunch. What's missing is the very expensive Kobe Burger but my Club Sandwich was delicious. I especially loved the side salad which had edible flowers. 3225 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Alibi Coffee on Venice Blvd

Lovely. Delicious coffee. Cubano croissant. In an area off the corner of Venice Blvd and Western Blvd that seems to be slowly gentrifying? possibly? Interior has a chandelier. They sell beans. There's parking on the east side of the building. I need to go back and really check it out. This is an amazing place, very close to my house but I'm not sure if there's a place to lock my bike but next time I'd like to ride there one of these days. As L.A. changes, so does the palette of the neighborhoods. 2268 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Sunday, May 6, 2018

NUMBER 1,500!!!!! GOLDEN MONGOLIAN BBQ on Wilshire Blvd

I had never been here before but it was recommended by the fine artists of Tomorrow Girls Troop. I had dinner with one of the anonymous members last week. I recently did a project with them and we met about future ideas. If you aren't familiar with them, please check out there work; www.tomorrowgirlstroop.com We shred two dishes and it was amazing. the rice dish was familiar but different. I couldn't stop eating it. it was a BBQ pork-based fried rice. The soup was filled with dumplings. The service was great. We showed up around 5PM and were one of two tables but by the time we left, the place was packed. I highly recommend not driving there. Parking is mysterious around there. I rode my bike but the Wilshire/Vermont station is two blocks away or maybe call a service. This is the 1,500th post for CAFELALA. Thanks everyone for your continued support!

Eataly in Century City

The newly revamped Westfield Century City Mall, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067, has one restaurant that specializes in Italian food and food and food. Eataly is a chain that's more than fresh pasta meals. There are several eateries, dessert cafe, coffee shop and mega Italian grocery. It's an amazing experience. It's the Oz of Italian food that brings out your inner Dorothy.