Saturday, July 21, 2012

Chic on Pico

Elon told me about Chic a while ago but I finally went last night. Chic is located at 5545 Pico Blvd LA CA 90019. I went with my son, which was a real treat for me because I hardly ever have a chance to hang out with him. I ordered the Roasted Scottish Salmon and Ken ordered the Grilled Chicken. I loved my salmon dinner as it was baked to perfection with just the right amount of salt on a bed of sauteed spinach and a vegetable ravioli, beaurre blanc and fennel. I loved it, however, ken's chicken was outstanding. The master grill work of getting that fired outside and tenderly sealed inside was inspiring. i wish I could cook like this. I asked the owner how do they do it and he said with love.

Tony's in Burbank

I went to go visit Rick Alpers at Atomic Records this week and luckily neither of us had lunch yet. Rick took me to Tony's Italian Deli for my first time. A staple of the Burbank community, there's no use of MSG and everything is fresh and deli-perfecto! I ordered the Tony Special ( a no brainer for a first timer) and I shared a Foccacia with Rick. The Tony Special is an Italian cold cut sandwich but I have to say, this ting was perfection. Perfect bread with that crunchy crust, all the meats were freshly cut, the vegetables lightly splashed with vinegar and herbs. I woofed this sandwich down pretty quick. The Foaccacia is a must order. It's a wonderful baked bread with this amazing but simple diced tomato and herb topping. It's like a pizza but better. Tony's is located at 1124 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank CA 91506

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Las Anitas on Olvera Street

Las Anitas Comedor Mexicano is located on the north end of Olvera Street, W. 26 Olvera Street LA CA 90012, 213-623-1153. They have a great menu of assorted seafood and traditional Mexican dishes including mole, tacos, enchiladas, etc. Today, I ordered the 2 fish taco combo. You have a choice of grilled or fried. I picked one of each. The grilled fish is an entire fillet with delicious spices. The fried fish had a very buttery batter and the chipotle infused sauce was awesome. The folks here are super nice. They give you a lot of food. I could not finish my meal. perhaps I ate too many chips with salsa. the chips fried here are super thin and have a great snap to them. They give you a lot of food.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Signature Cafe in Culver City

Finally made it in for lunch at Signature cafe, 8572 National Blvd, Culver City CA 90232, 310-839-0930. I feared that parking would be an issue but there was actually quite a bit. This place is a cute little cafe with panini's, wraps, salads, hot and cold sandwiches but what I found out was that Lilly, who runs the orders, bakes the desserts. The red velvet cupcake I had was really wonderful. It's a no nonsense cupcake but rich, moist and full of happiness. I also ordered the grilled cheese with tomato sandwich. I was going to get a salad because the one's I saw that others were ordering looked really good but I have no will power when it comes to grilled cheese with tomatoes. This one was excellent. Ripe tomato slices, delicious toasted sourdough and melty goopey cheese. I do want to go back and try the French Dip as well as the Southwest Salad and Cobb.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tastee Express at Home Depot

I had to go to Home Depot and pick up some supplies for work. I didn't have much time for lunch so I opted to eat at the installed catering truck at the Home Depot. This was the HD in Highland Park-Cypress Park, although I saw the same catering truck at the HD off of Union and Wilshire. I was the only moron with a tie on. Mostly there were construction workers eating lunch there. They give you a chile with your three tacos and I bit into it and started hiccuping. This is always a sign for me that it's beyond my limit but it did taste delicious although I was only able to take one bite. The chicken tacos were pretty good and well worth the $5, which includes a soda and a bag of chips. Not bad.

Mi Ranchito Veracruzano in West LA

Composer, Glenn Bach was kind enough to include me in his huge scale-multi-year sound project. One component is an audio interview, which is done during a meal. We went to Mi Ranchito Veracruzaono at 12223 West Washington Blvd, LA CA 90066 just east of Centinela. This place has been in business since 1970. I was torn between the enchilada/chile relleno/taco combo plate and a seafood plate specific to Vera Cruz. I chose the first so I need to go back for the latter. The salsa here has a wonderful flame like kick. The chile relleno was delicious and fresh, the crunchy taco was fun and the enchilada was rich and cheesy. The food here is pretty good but I do sense the seafood menu is really the way to go. I can feel it in my bones. It was a challenge to participate in the interview/ discussion with Glenn and eat at the same time. We managed to complete a good discussion and my plate was empty quite quickly.

Tracey's Belizian off of Exposition

A half of block south of the newly opened Expo Western Station is a place I've been eyeing for weeks. Tracey's in located at 3810 S Western Ave, LA CA 90062, 323-735-2166. My so-so experience there is mostly my fault. 1) I wasn't hungry-hungry, 2) I was rushed for a meeting 3) It was a very hot afternoon (not ideal for heavy meals) and lastly 4) I wasn't following my instincts. My spirit was saying to order one of the seafood dishes but my brain said to keep it simple and get the chicken plate. I got the chicken plate which was good but I knew it wasn't what they were most proud of. I need to go back again and give this place a fair try. Oh, also, wholly cow they give you a lotta red bean-rice!!!! I was only able to eat 1/3 of it.

La Bottega in West LA

Our Bike Crew went on a fun ride to West LA last-last Sunday. Our friend Sojin Kim was in town so we had a good turn out to say hello to the DC-LA-DC transplant. We had brunch at La Bottega, 11363 Santa Monica Blvd, WLA, CA 90025 and had a rich menu of food including ravioli's, pasta's, soups, vegetarian pizza, and lots of dessert. My favorite and we shared three was the mango cake, wow! This was an exceptional brunch. I think partially, there's an old school pride the staff at La Bottega but also it's the company. greta food and great friends. You can't go wrong with that combo. We checked out the Made In LA exhibit at the Hammer, which was a bit hit and miss as well as riding to LACMA to see the Heizer Rock, which was very fun. The rock was like an inverted Grand Canyon and gave that part of the museum a tourist vibe.