Friday, December 28, 2012

Handy BBQ at Handy Market in Burbank

Apparently, every Saturday evening, this BBQ paradise is erected at Handy Market. It's a thing of beauty. Handy BBQ 2514 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank CA.

Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters in Pasadena

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 in Venice

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

Galleria Tonkatsu in Koreatown

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.

Thank You For Coming in Atwater

I was walking around Atwater last week and stumbled across this very cute cafe that just opened called "Thank You For Coming", 3416 Glendale Blvd, Atwater CA. It's super cute and run by super cute women. There's an amazing vibe of happiness the moment you walk in. It's a fixed menu. They figure it out each morning, depending what's in the fridge, just like home. They have gardens both in front and on the back. There are lots of bicycle locking bars in front. Yesterday's lunch menu was egg salad sandwich, kale feta salad, pear lime juice and the soft ginger snap cookie. So good and delicous and yummy and cute. This week, dinner has a show, a live tele novela. pretty cool. If Machine Projects had a restaurant, this would be it. They have wonderful alternative ideas of how they will share the space, hours of operation, etc.. You have to check it out. You will make friends.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Typhoon at Santa Monica Airport

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

Johnny Rebs in Long Beach

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.