Saturday, April 7, 2018

Ollo in Malibu

On the evening the Gonzaga Men's basketball team came to Malibu to play Pepperdine, my daughter and her lifelong buddy Ki went to see the game. After the game, we took a picture with power-forward Rui Hachimura. BUT before the game, I and the two girls had dinner at Ollo in Malibu, 23750 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265. Very good eats, slightly fancy interior in a mall off PCH. A good time was had by all. Yes, I am the luckiest man in the world. I even got to hug my son, who works for Gonzaga and is getting his Masters in Spokane WA.

Koi in Long Beach CA

My long time friend and artist Craig Cree Stone invited me to speak about my recent residencies and sound art practice for his class at CalState Long Beach. I love to talk about my work, most artists do. I spoke for 90 min straight. Those poor students. Afterwards, Craig and Laura Stone took me out to dinner. Koi, 600 Pacific Coast Hwy #100, Seal Beach, CA 90740 is a fairly fancy restaurant with those menu items that are for multiple people, come it huge boat like dishes and are way too much food for one dinner. I love hanging out with these two. Between the two of them, they have amazing stories. Highly active in the local Native American community, they are always informative and inspirational. I ate a lot and towards the end all i could do was nod and smile.

Hopdoddy in Playa Del Rey

This was months ago, actually. Gonzaga was in town to play LMU so the Fam got together to cheer the Bulldogs and watch my son in action sitting in back of the coaches. We decided to meet for dinner before the game and Kerrie picked Hopdoddy, 12746 W Jefferson Blvd #1120, Playa Vista, CA 90094, a chain burger place I had never heard of. It happens to be in the residential complex by daughter and son-in-law live in and they gave it thumbs up. We were two people over the capacity of the largest table they had available so my Mom and I sat separately. The burgers are pretty darn good. It's a fancy burger with all sorts of variations. The fries were those fun thin fries and I got a salad as well, you know, to have some sort of psychological balance.

Hearty Deli West LA

I think I ate hear a long time ago but back then it was chicken teriyaki bowl place. I made mu lunch order around 3PM so there were no fries left nor teriyaki. I ended up ordering a patty melt with has browns....CLOSE! I went bike riding down the Ballona Creek path afterwards to sort balance all that goodness I consumed; the best of both worlds. 1618 Corinth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Granny's kitchen on Central Avenue

Several months ago, I was on a bike ride organized by Eastside Riders. It was fantastic, a casual tour of Watts. One of the participants, a long time resident of Watts recommended Granny's Kitchen for soul food, 4728, 5440 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011. I had never heard of it. Last week, i finally got a chance to check it out. I went to a artist talk at the Mistake Room and hooked up with artists Thinh Nguyen and Neha Choski for a impromptu lunch date. This place is fabulous! The greens where rich and tender but not over cooked, the ribs were all sauced up and the mac n cheese was crazy delicious. Drinks? When Koolaid is on the menu, you order Koolaid.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Leo's Taco Truck in Echo Park

On the corner of Glendale Blvd and Virgil is this taco truck. It's been there for many years but i finally had a chance to stop by. I ordered a burrito. it was delicious. I am not sure if these folks are the same Leo's on corner of La Brea and Venice Blvd. Maybe?

Red Dot in Frasier Park CA

Got visit the amazing Drew Lesso recently and treated me to a magical Indian lunch at Red Dot, 3221 Mt Pinos Way, Frazier Park, CA 93225. To say I was surprised to such a high caliber of cuisine in Frasier Park would be an understatement. I mean, that was better than most places in L.A. Well, it turns out there's a meditation center near by and this is their restaurant. Indeed. the yougurt is homemade and heavenly in the most literal sense and the ingredients are fresh and spiritual. i was surprised we didn't eat by hand. Drew and i started the meal with two cups of Chai. It's an amazing place and worth the trek up the 5. It sure was great to see Drew.