Wednesday, December 23, 2009

S and W Country Diner in Culver City

Everyone in CC knows this place. It's an awesome breakfast spot next to the Kirk Douglas Theater. The S and W Country Diner is located at 9748 Washington Blvd, Culver City CA 90232, 310-204-5136. I ordered from the "Build a Breakfast" menu. I ordered two eggs, sunny side up, Louisiana Hot Links, grits with butter, sourdough, hot tea and an oj. It was awesome and was a great way to start my day. Everyone there is super cool, helpful and funny. What more could you want in the morning? oh, my interior shot makes the place look empty but that section was in between. After I took that shot, all those seats filled up in a eye wink. Cash only.

Pho So 1 in Gardena

Off the corner of Redondo Beach Blvd and Western, this is a economically priced Pho and noodles spot. It's right on the corner of this mini-mall that has a Marie Calendars. Pho So 1, a chain, is located at 1749 Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena CA 90247, 310-329-7365. I ordered the Pho Tom (shrimp rice noodles soup). The soup was rich and the shrimps tender. I was meeting with my friends Steve Sakamoto, his wife Kumiko who happens to be the cake chef at the Torrance Mitsuwa bakery, and a very cool little dude, Ken Esteban. He was wearing the Lakers one piece I bought him, very cool. The highlight of the meal for me was the "Natural Shake of Avocado". WTF? I just had to order it. You know me. Anyway, mann it was weird but good in a sort of off way. Ken Esteban was wearing a corrective head gear. He looked like the guy from TRON. It was a very cool look. Unfortunately, his last day to wear it was today. Oh well. Now he looks like any other Lakers fan. Ken Esteban you ROCK!!!

Outdoor Grill in Culver City

We bought the 4 to 6 serving BBQ meal and it lasted for three days. Man, that was good and economical. Outdoor Grill is located at 12630 1/2 Washington Place, Culver City, CA. It's at the corner where Washington Place and Washington Blvd. meet again on the west end of that split. Outdoor Grill is an, compact and hard to miss BBQ spot. It's on the corner, sharing the property with a car wash. In fact, if you need to use the restroom, you have to walk to the car wash. The sauce is very sweet. My daughter said it was like Chinese food. I don't have problem with that but I think she did. The coleslaw was delicious. The salad was crispy fresh. The ribs were baby. The chicken was perfect. The "grill" is outside (hence the name) the front door. The seating is inside and up stairs on this open roof balcony. The BBQ was pretty good to so-so but I would go back.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

In-n-Out Burger

In-n-Out Burger is a CA institution. Everyone has there In-N-Out story. They're first Double-Double, the meaning of "animal style". etc.. Peter, Jeffe and I went to go see Melt Banana at the Glasshouse in Pomona last night. They were so awesome!!!!! On our way there, we stopped by the original In-N-Out in Baldwin Park. It's immediately off the 10 Freeway at Francisquito. The original building is now closed and boarded up just north of the off ramp but immediately south is the newer store. There's also a In-N-Out gift shop and the place they train workers at this site. Jeffe treated me to a Double-double with cheese, fries and an ice tea. They also have great shakes. These burgers are addictive. By the way, in two of these shots, you see Jeffe's jacket sleeve. He wore that over the top colorful jacket in honor of going to see Melt Banana. It was so hardcore.

Rock'n Fish at LA Live

My friend Dave and I went to go see the Kings play against the Coyotes. It was an awesome game. It went to OT and then that one on one they do if it's still tie after OT. Is it called Sudden Death? My son and I used to play hockey on my brothers old Nientendo circa 1984 so I think that's the extent to any experience with Hockey I have. I really liked it. It was really fun to watch. It's a lot better than watching it on TV. Sometimes I am not sure where the puck is. There was no fight on the ice that night. Before the game at Staple Center, we grabbed a bite at the Rock'n Fish, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite A160, LA CA 90015 213-748-4020. I had a delicious Cobb Salad. Dave also had a salad. We told the server we wanted to make the game which was in an hour so they recommended the salads, which are quick to make. I had my salad with a Guinness on tap. I never realized how well Guinness goes with Cobb Salad. It was awesome. The bread appetizer was delicious. There's nothing like good bread with real whipped butter.


My co-worker, Z told me that one of the traditional Hanukkah foods is jelly donuts. In fact, all of the donut shops take orders for jelly and custard donuts around this time. Today, Noam brought some in to work and we indulged. Sure enough, he did not place an early order and so only half of the dozen were jelly and custard donuts. They had run out. The others were chocolate and sprinkles. I suspect kosher foods may not have much to do with donuts but the latter don't quite cut the mustard. Pretty cool custom. Just to be respectful, I had two fried pieces of sweet heaven. Apparently it has to do with the sacredness of oils and I believe there's a story about the oil so anything fried in oil is part of the Holiday. Z told me when she lived in Israel, during the Holidays, lots of street vendors would be selling jelly donuts. That's right! Just outside your door, a cart, where they fry the donut in front of you and fill it with jelly. You get to eat the hot treat right there. Pretty awesome. Also, they have several nights of gift giving. Pretty good for the economy.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Edison in Downtown LA

This was my second time at the the Edison in Downtown LA, located at 108 West 2nd Street #101, L.A. 90012, 213-613-0000. There's a dress code. The first time I went, about three years ago, they had a kind of burlesque dance group and the place was crazy packed. I had made reservation online and so i believe that's why they let me and my friend in immediately when I arrived. I have heard that they often are packed and/or choosy about who they let in and so people are often waiting in line behind the velvet rope. This time, however, we went right after work and so it was happy hour but way before the party crowd so we got in quick and got a nice table to sit at. I had a Bass on tap which was delicious. The staff is really fantastic. I had asked about the light beer called Edison but decided on the Bass. The server brought me a sample of the Edison with my Bass. How cool was that. I ordered the fish and chips which I really enjoyed. White fish with a light fried batter and sliced potato discs like chips, DELICIOUS! I also shared the Elvis for dessert, a peanut butter and banana sandwich with caramel dip. My goodness, it's enough to curl your lip! I loved it! The cavernous room was the power generator room back in the day so they did this amazing interior design playing off the equipment and various industrial sections. It's really a cool experience.

Dino's Chicken and Burgers on Pico

Dino's Chicken and Burgers is located at 2575 W. Pico Blvd, LA CA 90006, just west of Vermont. I have two friends that recommended this place to me. One mentioned it ten years ago. I finally went this weekend. The chicken is based with a delicious chile and vinegar base. The chicken is cooked over a grill with lemons and spice and then they place two sides of chicken on a large bed of french fries. By the time you start eating, the chile based sauce drenches itself on the fries and there you have the legend. I was first impressed with the vibe. From the outside, it looks like any other burger place but once you stand in line, you realize there are a lot of regulars here and so the conversations they are having with each other and the staff is really lively. It's really cool. I ordered three chicken plates. When we got home and opened all the containers, two of them were chicken plates but one was a chili and fries order. So be careful when you order the take out. Check it! I can't say it was the best chicken I ever had. the sauce was great and the french fries were delicious but the chicken was dry. Oh well, I am really glad i got to go and experience the culture though.

Spudnuts on the Westside

I had some time to kill in between picking up the kids and an oil change so I went to Spudnuts for some tea and donuts. This one is located at 11285 Venice Blvd, LA CA 310-397-1218. It's immediately west of the 405 freeway. I saw something about potato flour donuts on the Food Channel so I've been wanting to go to this place for a while. It's a chain but you don't see too many of these places. The donut is definitely different. It's a better tasting donut. I don't eat too many donuts anymore but I am looking forward to going to this place again. It looks like they're trying really hard to stay in business by selling sandwiches, instant ramen, lots of various drinks, smoothies and ice cream.