Friday, December 28, 2012
Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters in Pasadena Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters 260 North Allen Ave, Pasadena CA. Great coffee. I ordered the Macchiato Espresso, wonderful. The pastries. I recommend not ordering any pastries here. Very sad. But, the coffee is great and really nice people.
Wurstkuche Venice, 625 Lincoln Blvd, Venice CA 90291. Rendezvous at a sausage place with folks I haven't seen for months. It's the kind of get together that only seems to happen around the holidays. I was late so I went straight to the line and ordered a Belgian beer. Feeling adventurous, I ordered the rattlesnake and rabbit sausage. It was good but I am not sure I would ever order it again. It was a kind of dare to self. I've ordered the Kelbasa before, which was delicious. The buffalo was also delicious. The rattlesnake and rabbit was memorable. It's noisy and dark in the dining room. Everyone is having a good time. I'm trying to make sense of my sausage. The texture is unusual. It's like each bite consists of tiny bits of meat, meat I've never eaten before. I think that's all I want to say about this experience.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Kaoru and I had our first rehearsal since our performance for Eternal Telethon at Sidestreet Projects last night. We got a quick meal at the local Korean market, Galleria at the corner of Western and Olympic. I got a tonkatsu (pork cutlet) dinner at Galleria Tonkatsu. The meat wasn't as good as I would have liked but the sauce was awesome. We had a great rehearsal. We are aiming for a new CD Spring of next year. I think we have some new pieces worthy of our 2nd CD.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Last night, I had dinner with artist Rena Small who was a professor of mine at UC Irvine in the late 80's. She's quite wonderful. We decided to go to Typhoon located at 3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica CA 90405, 310-390-6565. Rena made a joke about eating worms that week so Typhoon seemed the logical place to eat. We ended up not ordering the worms, or scorpion, crickets or ants and went normal with our menu selections, which included; steamed pork dumplings, steamed pork gyoza, green thai curry, garlic brown rice, pad thai, and the moulten chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream. Rena had a martini because that's the way she rolls and I had the Tiger beer, which was icy cold and full of flavor. Typhoon is hidden near the air strip so you have to make several turns around the new sports field off of Centinela to get to the restaurant's parking lot. The sounds of the occasional single jet can be noisy if the door is open. I opted for the upstairs because I find the downstairs has horrible acoustics unless you don't want to talk to those at your table, then it's perfect for that. I wanted to talk to Rena so we went upstairs. Also, there was a Latin jazz band playing downstairs last night, so for sure we would not have been able to catch up. The food was good. If I want great pad thai or green curry, I might go to Sunset's Red Corner. If I want great gyoza, Alhambra or Montery Park. Blah, blah, blah but they probably wouldn't have Moulten Choclate Cake or be able to serve a well poured martini for Rena. Give a little, take a little. I am not sure if I will ever order the Silk Worm Larvae. I am not the least bit curious, either. I'll have to grow up a little bit more before I eat that.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Located at 4663 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach CA 90804, Johhny Rebs is a staple for BBQ. With roasted peanuts on the table, you order drinks and figure out what style you want. Last night I got the St. Louis Ribs with mash potatoes, BBQ Pinto Beans and hush puppies with a an ice tea. This place has great service and amazing food.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Tenno Sushi, I know there's one in Little Tokyo and another in Pasadena but I'm not sure if it's a chain or one owner? This one is directly across the street from the Metro Soto Station. The address is 2321 East First Street, LA CA 90019. I ordered the Galbi Taco combo and Mexican sushi roll (How could I not) The rice in the sushi was soft. Too soft. I loved the jalapenos on the Mexican roll. The galbi taco was decent but the galbi had a lot of that tough fat so it was chewy. Looks like a good place to go drinking during an NFL game on TV. They have nice screens. They also have karaoke.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I hooked up with a friend yesterday who I hadn't seen in over a decade, costume designer Sybil Mosley, who introduced me to a long standing cafe in K-Town, Pipers. How have I never been here? It's located at 222 N Western Ave, LA CA 90004. Pipers has been open since 1964 and was originally more like an old school diner but recently has had a "face-lift" and looks more like a Norms. Sybil said she missed the large suit of armor (there's still a smaller suit of armor) and the ancient ship steering wheel that hovered over the back dining room. The menu is fun. It's mostly a typical-ish American diner list but there's a small section of Korean inspired dishes. We were there for lunch but it occurred to me that breakfast would be equally a good time to eat there. It was Wednesday so I chose the Daily Special, Lasagna. Sybil got the Reuben. Later that evening, she text me that she had no desire for dinner, she was still full. The food here is like upscale cafeteria food, which I love. They have lots of parking in the back. I especially like the fact that they call Happy Hour, Crappy Hour. Fun stuff!
Pretty gutsy name for a taco place in Silver Lake. Best Fish Taco in Ensenada is located at 1650 N Hillhurst Ave, LA CA. The exterior has a pacific-theme. The interior is a lot smallr than I thought it was going to be. the first or second thing I noticed was the array of salsas. They had the regular reds, greens, pico de gallo but they also had a mango salsa and a pineapple salsa as well as a dispenser with crema and think shaved lettuce. The tacos are delicious. The fish and the shrimp were fried, so they have that highly seasoned batter and with the crema, lettuce and salsa, it's good stuff.