Monday, February 16, 2015
LAst night was the end of our exhibition at Document Coffee Bar, L.A. Pix; Still. They had taken the artwork down and neatly packeaged it for pick up. The good folk of Document took me out for dinner after they closed shop. We ended up walking down to Manna Korean BBQ 3986 Wilshire Blvd LA CA 90010. Now, in the back of my mind, I had never been there because years and years ago, a friend of mine told me it was very bad quality meat but I was up for it. The place was packed. Oh,on the way there in one of the other restaurants was wall to wall young boys in baseball uniforms. It was the Little league Korean Team, so cute. Anyway, we sat down at Manna and the service was good and food look good, we started cooking and the condiments were fresh. i ahd to avoid much of the Bancha due to salt. There was plenty to eat and i only used the sesame oil for dip. We ate so much. I was ready to float away afterwards or sink to the bottom, one or the other. Yes, there was salt but I felt I managed fairly well, considering. It was so delicious and the company was awesome. it had been five months since they opened. The learning curve is curving but I am so proud of them. They are doing so well for a brand spanking new coffee place in a fairly saturated market.
I'm in a new phase of my culinary adventure. I must manage my salt and sugar intake. Not easy. I cheat periodically but for the most part, I am up to the challenge but at some point, it's gonna go into 4th gear. It's been three weeks since Dr.'s orders and I am actually having fun with it. Case in point, Dr. Robbins, 3000 W 6th St LA CA 90020. Chicken Tofu Salad and a Strawberry-Banana Smoothie. Of course it was delicious and healthy. They don't use salt to my benefit.
On my way from a meeting in Lakewood, I had to stop for a quick lunch. I found Angelo Burger, 10990 Atlantic Ave Lynwood CA 90262. They had a really huge menu which could be good or could be bad. It was lunch time and I was the only one in the driveway, not sure how that made me feel? uneasy? Well, the moment the drive through windowed opened, it was nothing but coolness, they were great. Very nice folk. I ordered a club sandwich and a drink. I drove off and then realized i wouldn't be able to eat it while driving so I pulled off near the on ramp. It was a very old school hearty and savory club sandwich.
It was the home stretch of my four night trip up PCH to and from to the Bay Area to see the Ai Wei Wei installations at Alcatraz. Familiar teritory = Santa Barbara. I walked around the State Street area and came across Arch Rock or Archrock. At first, it seemed a little too proper and corporate but they had a counter which i gravitated towards. I sat down, feeling a little under dressed. The place was packed and buzzing. I decided to try their fish dinner and asked the bartender what red he would recommend, which i took him up on his suggestion. The man was spot on, an absolutely delicious and not fussy at all red. Soon, two women came up and sat next to me. They were having a fun conversation and seemed to be business friends. Once my dinner came they woman sitting next to me striked up a conversation and made the rest of the evening quite pleasant. Her friend was on a business call throughout my dinner. Within an hour I was back on the road heading home.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
HK Market, a main stay in K Town. There's a place to eat there I had never tried so I set out to have a quick meal on my way to the opening of our exhibition at Document Coffee Bar. Wool U Ma, is in the market. The feel of it reminds me of the dorm kitchens on the first floor of our dormitory back in Japan. Older women make the food for the masses. The food has a home cooked veneer and reminds you why they call it comfort food. There's that silent communication, they want you to stay healthy, study hard and go make a difference.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Pete's is gone, how about that? It's now Ledlow, 400 S Main St LA CA 90013. The interior is different. it feels less cluttered, open, airy and preppy. I ordered the Grilled Seafood Cocktail, amazing and fresh and the Chopped (fresh beans, olives, pepitas, ricotta salata, walnuts and roasted pine nuts. Nice place. A little pricey for lunch but I recommend it.
Veggie Pho Vietnamese Restaurant, 1952 Colorado Blvd Eagle Rock CA 90041, has been there for a while but I finally got to visit it. I've been trying to navigate salt, eating less salt, asking servers to ask the chef to hold back on the salt. For the most part, they say yes but what gets served is still pretty salty. I suspect I may becoming more sensitive to salt so there's that? but even if the chef doesn't yes salt, the sauces and such are pre-made and they have salt. It's tough. BBQ Chicken Salad and a coconut juice. Coconut juice actually has a lot of salt so I may have to hold off on that. The chicken, market bought, is often brimmed so the chef has no chance to accommodating my request. It was delicious, though.
Pok Pok Phat Thai, 727 N Broadway LA CA 90012, recommended by Naomi and Brian in SF. Well, why do I have to go to the Bay Area to hear about a new place in Chinatown? Naomi is friends with the owner and there are several of these, the original in Portland, I believe. There's a counter in the one in Chinatown. I love sitting at counters, so I guess I was sold from the get go. Artist Marshall Astor told me later that in his opinion, they have the best Papaya Salad, which i did not order but will when I return. I ordered the Phat Thai Ruam; prawns, ground pork, rice noodles, prok fat, fish sauce with a a Thai Ice tea. This place is simply delicious. I highly recommend it, like Naomi and Brian and Marshall. It's across the hall from Scoops and Chego.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Hikmet Loe came into town to check out Salvation Mountain near the Sultan Sea. We had a adventurous time. Coming back to LA, we stopped over Alhambra to get a bite to eat. Tasty Garden is located at 288 W Valley Blvd Alhambra CA 91801. msg? seemed like it but so delicious. I know it's not good for you but it does make the food taste a certain kind of yummy. it was a perfect hot meal after a day of a lot of driving.
Supermex, 732 E 1st St Long Beach CA 90802. Kind of like tourist food? Salty as in "order a damn beer!!!!" The mural in the interior is pretty hilarious, very stereo-typical "Mexican", maybe bordering on offensive. It was nice to have dinner with my son. I had passed by this place so many times, especially during all those Soundwalk's i participated in. It was a bit disappointing. I wish I could be more positive about this place. Sorry.