Thursday, October 30, 2008


Nickels is on Main Street between 4th and 3rd Streets in Downtown LA. A converted cafe from bygone years, this cafe is now a thriving foodies dream in the vibrant Gallery Row area. My salad was very tasty and fresh. The vinaigrette and oil was light but full of flavor. They had a fun assortment of sodas. I ordered the Nickel burger; cheddar cheese, l,t, red onion and 1,000 island. The bun, although wonderful was too much and at times over powered the patty, which was smoked flavored. The desserts are amazing, made fresh each morning. We shared a Pop Rock cupcake and a homemade Ding Dong. It's a keeper, you betcha!!!

Tenno Sushi

Kind of a goofy name to me, Tenno Sushi (I believe that would be "Emperor's Sushi") 207 South Central Avenue, LA CA 90012, 213-625-0602 is located in LA's Little Tokyo. The name would be like President's Steak but goofier. However, artist Jeff Mohr and I were pleasantly surprised. The fish just melted in our mouths. In fact, he went back the next day. Gotta drop it like it's hot! Sorry for the horrible phone image.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tom's Tacos

You learn something everyday. Well, we were in Anaheim in between to basketball games for a tournament my daughter and son were in. The talk was that the best tacos were just around the corner so we took every one's order and headed out. The place, turns out, was once associated with Tito's tacos and sure enough the menu looked similar and they charged extra for the cheese just like Tito's. Tom's tacos is located at 3024 West Ball Road, Anaheim CA, 714-952-1600. The taco's were a little different but delicious/nostalgic. They didn't use any trans fat, maybe that's why they tasted different from Tito's? The salsa was the same. One of the mom's said when she was pregnant with her son, she would buy the salsa in quarts and drink it like a cocktail. Awesome!

El Taco

El Taco, 615 South Euclid, Anaheim CA 92802, was like seeing an old friend. First, the sign caught my eye, I couldn't believe it. Is that you? You haven't changed a bit! It brought back so many memories. There used to be an El Taco on the corner of Western and Venice my family used to buy tacos from all of the time. It was our Tito's tacos. This was before their was any Del Taco or Taco Bell and certainly before you could buy the pre made crunchy tortilla shells in the markets. So how was this old friend? Well, much like bumping into an old friend these days, they are no longer into trans fats and MSG. The taco's tasted healthy. Of course, my taste buds have changed too but it certainly wasn't that greasy taco I remember. Still, it sure was great to bump into an old friend but not a place I plan on frequenting anytime soon.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Phu Huong

My friend was very reluctant but he managed to muster up the courage to go with me to the Vietnamese catering truck on Spring and Alpine in Chinatown. I'd seen it before but we always had a predetermined destination. Not today! it was so exciting to me. The people were cool and the assortment of food and desserts was colorful and fun. I got the "regular" Vietnamese sandwich and I ordered a "chicken" Vietnamese sandwich for my boss. We both loved our sandwich. The fresh french roll, fresh vegetables and spicy chili. Unfortunately, my friend didn't like his. Oh well, you can't win them all. I also ordered spicy roasted peanuts and spring rolls. I want to go again soon. It's a great experience.

El Atacor

There ain't nothin like a hot juicy burrito to start your Saturday. I stopped by El Atacor, 1625 East Cesar Chavez Avenue, LA CA 90033, 323-221-817. Burritos can be great driving food and I had to make the trek to Ontario Saturday. I ordered it, got back to the car and it smelled so good and I was so hungry, I ate it then and there. The salsa and shredded pollo was heavenly. It was one of the best burritos i ate this year. Awesome!!!

Tofu Villa

We'd past by Tofu Villa, 2130 Sawtelle Blvd, Ste 112A, Los Angeles, CA 90025,(310) 477-8987, several times and finally stop by this weekend for lunch. Hmmmm. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great. No two Soon Tofu places are alike, so I try to keep an open mind. The best part were the small dishes of tasty pickled vegetables and the complimentary dessert at the end, a tart soft frozen yogurt. I had ordered a seafood Soon Tofu. It was nice and hot, spicy but a little too salty for me and the broth didn't have the heartiness I have often found in Soon Tofu. The broth was a little watery. Oh well, you gotta try before you pass it by. (I guess?)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Los Lagos

Los Lagos, 4310 E. Cesar Chavez, LA CA 90022, caught my eye today, with it's new business signage. I swerved into the mini mall parking and walked in. it's a small place with maybe five tables. The interior is very low tech but newly painted. I was clearly the only non-Spanish speaking person in the whole place which had several tables of people enjoying their lunch. I'm sure I stood out. The waitress only spoke Spanish but I managed to order what I wanted. The customers immediate to my left and right coached my Spanish and soon I was enjoying two delicious tacos; corn tortillas with sauce, fried shrimp and fish, lettuce and salsa. I have to say that rarely find myself in a Spanish-only place to eat but the waitress and chef were so gracious and supportive, I felt right at home.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Harold and Belle revisted

Peter and Suji are leaving for Japan and Korea tomorrow for a three week journey. It'll be both of their first times in Japan and Peter's first time in Korea. Needless to say, they are very excited. We decided to go out for a meal and I thought we should eat something they would be unlikely to get in either country. Harold and Belle's was our first choice and off we went. It had been over year since my last visit. I don't go there a lot because it's a tad pricey and quite heavy. it's really a special occasions place for me. It's located at 2920 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018, not to far away from where I live. Look at this spread we ordered. We had half of it to go at the end of the evening. Huge portions. The meal was fantastic but we over ate and didn't have any room for dessert; very sad. I was so looking forward to some peach cobbler or rice pudding. The gumbo was sassy and delicious. The chicken was home style and was one of the best I'd had in years. The catfish was a little too bready for me but it did taste delicious. Overall, a great bon voyage for my two friends.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Ay Caramba

Ay Caramba @ 714 Traction Ave, Los Angeles, CA (213) 620-0274 may have one of the best $5.00 burritos in the Downtown LA area. They are nestled in the Arts District just east of Little Tokyo. The store used to be a soul food restaurant but now it has Mexican soul food. I ordered a wet Chicken Burrito. The sauces were spicy but not too hot with both red and greed sauce poured onto the large fat pocket of beans, sauteed chicken, Mexican rice, onions and cilantro. This was a good lunch.