Friday, March 29, 2013

Corea BBQ in Koreatown

My daughter and I went to go check out Cornerstones production at the LA High School for the Arts, formerly the Ambassador Hotel. I was told the theater, formerly the Coconut Grove, was the only thing left of the Ambassador. If that's so, it sure looks different from what I remember it looking like. We didn't have a lot of time for dinner before the show so we made a quick stop at the food court at the mall a block away. I chose Corea BBQ, whose stall was in center court. The mall is located at 3500 W 6th Street, LA CA 90020. I ordered a delicious Bibibap in a hot pot. This was a really delicious, home cooked like meal with the sides and everything. The place was pretty packed but because it's a bit hidden, i sensed a lot of people didn't know about it. It was our first time and we both said we would mod def be back.

All Star Fish Market in South Central

At work, there's one person who, when he gives me a recommendation, I know I have to check it out as soon as possible. Bernard works in the department that maintains and fix things on our property all over the County, so he gets around! All Star Fish Market, located at 7622 S Central Ave, LA CA 90001, 323-582-2051, was the most recent recommendation from Bernard so within days, I was there. The story here is fried prawns. The breading they use is so good, it puts a smile on your face the moment you take your first bite. I had two with a side of hush puppies. I couldn't recommend this place enough. Thanks Bernard!

Shish Kabob in Downtown LA

Here's a place that I've been passing by for decades and lately on my morning bike rides to work. I finally had a chance to grab a lunch there. Shish Kabob is located at 101 W 3rd ST (corner of 3rd and Main), LA CA 90013, 213-625-1000. I ordered the #12; Grilled Shish Kabob Salad; slices of tender beef filet mignon marinated in special seasonings with a mixed green salad and house dressing. Dee-licious!!!!

Tara in Downtown LA

On Temple, just west of Alvarado, there are all these interesting places to eat, Papusas, Philipine, and now Mediterranean. Tara Mediterranean Grill is located at 2920 W Temple ST LA CA 90026, 213-908-5272. It's a very nice but small place. Newly constructed, the awnings give it that clean feel and the interior is comfortable. I ordered the Greek Salad for lunch. The server asked if I wanted grilled beef or chicken with that. I chose the beef and man, it was so delicious, with herbs and spices that just made this salad a pleasure to eat.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sticky Rice at Grand Central Market

Stumbled onto this for lunch today. Sticky Rice just opened this week at Grand Central market. Thai street food. It was really delicious. Kind of in the center of Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, off of Hill and Broadway and 3rd and 4th Street. The sticky rice is really fantastic. I loved the papaya salad. It had thai chili in it that gave it a tremendous kick. great stuff and cute counter.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Maria's Bakery Inc.

Maria's Bakery Inc. is located near the USC Medical Center, the address is 820 Marengo LA CA. At first glance, I got the feeling it's a place were most order a cake but they do have an assortment of sweets. I got this almond bar and a walnut bread. The walnut bread was a little dry but the almond bar was decadent. I only wished I had some coffee but by then I was entrenched on the 5 freeway.

Tamarind Avenue Deli in Hollywood

here's another place I've passed hundreds of times and finally had an opportunity to get lunch there. Tamarind Avenue Deli is located at 1471 Tamarind Avenue, Hollywood CA 90028, 323-960-2451 and is just south of Sunset Blvd. I was torn between the hot pastrami and the meatball and the server in back of the deli recommended the meatball. The red sauce had some spice to eat and the meatballs had that bready quality like the meatballs at Trader Joes. I thought was good but not as good as my staple meatball sandwich, Eastside Deli in Chinatown. The Kemper Rootbeer from Portland was outstanding.


I was invited to Sedar last night by my friends, filmakers Rebecca Barron and Doug Goodwin. They had a small gathering, an impromptu visit from a neighbor and Rebecca and Dougs amazingly adorable little girl, Willa. This was my first experience at a Sedar or for Passover for that matter. I especially loved how the entire process was a learning experience and centered much around Willa. Too precious for words and she was into it. The food was symbolic and sometimes metaphorical. It was more about history than eating, in a sense and I enjoyed that. It was a very rich tradition presented in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. By the end of the evening, i did feel like I had learned as much as Willa, which was sort of funny to me.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Xoia on Sunset in Scho Park

Xoia, Vietnamese Eats is located at 1801 W Sunset Blvd, LA CA 90026, right across the street from Origami Vinyl and the Echo. It's right there on the corner and this was my first time there. I wanted a light lunch so I ordered the lunch special; half a Bahn and a small Pho. Well, this was actually pretty filling and I almost fell asleep flipping through the vinyls at Origami an hour later. I love that dog at Origami, anyone know the name of that dog? Very cute and firendly.