Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Viva Madrid in Claremont

Hooked up with our buddies, the Kobayashi-Perlas in Claremont and they took us to Viva Madrid; 225 Yale Ave, Claremont, CA 91711. On the menu, Pan con Tomate. This simple dish makes me nostalgic of Barca. Oh Barca, how i love thee, let me count the way....

Escondito in DTLA (Little Tokyo)

My first time at the Escondito, which once was the Boyd Street Bar and Grill. Located at 410 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. it's a very biker bar kind of interior. I ordered the sandwich called Escondito. Really delicious and great bread! Whiskey tasted great too.

Seoul Sausage in Little Tokyo

I met with Naomi Iwataki from the Mayor's office the other day for lunch. She suggested this place which recently opened. It looks like they have a location on the westside on Sawtelle too. This one is located at 236 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. I liked it. The staff said they had just come back from Hawaii so they had some Portuguese sausage special. How could I say no? It was delicious. Ha! No brainer.

Nick's Cafe on Spring Street (East of Chinatown)

Across the street from the this is not a cornfield is one of the oldest cafe's in the region. I hadn't been there in sometime and decided to stop by for breakfast recently. i used to go all the time for their BBQ. I was so happy to see the salsa still there. I love that salsa. Located at 1300 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, it's been around since the 1940's.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

LA Cafe in Downtown LA

I had the pleasure of being on a KPFK radio program called Bike Talk. It was decided to conduct the recording at the LA County Bicycle Coalition offices. It was a lot of fun and below is the link if you're interested in listening to it. It's an hour long. Afterwards, we went across the street to eat dinner. LA Cafe is located at 639 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. I had passed by this place for years, on my bike. I love how they have seating outside in this protected box area off the street. The food was delicious by the way but it's wonderful to know a 24 hour cafe in DTLA. It's important to learn something new each day. http://biketalk.org/post/149250777799/alan-nakagawa-and-vision-zero

Iron Triangle Brewery in Downtown LA

Our Vision Zero staff Kevin is leaving for Berlin to study, hopefully to return in several months. We all got together at the Iron Triangle Brewery, 1581 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021. This was my first time at this bar. There were two bartenders. One was very dismissive and mean. One was very sweet and welcoming. I wish you the best of luck if you pay them a visit. Evidently, your experience rests on this 50-50 chance operation. I and many of us ordered the sampler. Of course you customize your choices. The diversity is wonderful. I had some delicious beers and one that did not agree with me.

Golden Pouch in Koreatown

I am not sure what attracts me so to air stream trailers. Is it it's shiny oval-ness? Like that sculpture at Millennium Park in Chicago? It's the sentimental Americana element? Perhaps the fondness to local arts organization Side Street Projects? Golden Pouch, before it opened, landed the small air stream on the parking lot at 6th and Catalina, wisely and with craft. Located at 3324 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, it finally opened and though it has a small focused menu is such a delightful addition to the neighborhood. Parking is a challenge so ride your bike there.

Giorgi Porgi in Downtown LA

I saw a post on Facebook about a new coffee shop in DTLA. Giorgi Porgi is located at 137 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. I read that post several weeks ago and have since visited this shop around five times. This is an intoxicating place. Giorgi, Blaze and Chris have crafted a gem. I say that because the attention to detail is only matched by the caliber of the beverage. It's early. They just opened. Is it too perfect? For now, I cherish every moment I get to sit at the counter. I will say one thing. They are fanatical about their water.

Blue Bottle Coffee in Culver City

Blue Bottle, originally from the Bay Area, has opened several shops on los Angeles at this time. Here's one of it's newest and perhaps one of its best designed. 8830 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Monday, August 15, 2016

Civil Coffee in Highland Park

In between meetings last week, I wanted a cup of coffee and came across this place in HP. It's located at 5629 N Figueroa St LA cA 90042. It's such a nice place. i felt very welcomed and the baristas were open. They even showed me the roasters they prefer. My coffee is pictured here. Smooth, pleasant with slight fruit like after taste.

The Chandler at CALTECH

I visited Caltech last week and after my meeting, I went to the Chandler, which is one of the campus eateries. It's got the feel of a cafeteria circa, maybe 1990'S/ the building looks like the 70's but the interior looks like the 90's. It's hard to say. Anyway, it's a cafeteria, traditional cafeteria. Mass production food for very reasonable prices or rather cheap by most standards. My "Mexican" food plate reminded, however fondly, of my childhood, consuming TV Dinners with my little brother watching tv, just two little kids locked inside an apartment.

G's Juice in Playa Del Rey

G's Juice is on that wonderful street that goes through the Ballona Creek Reserve, which I highly recommend you check out if you haven't already. G's is located at 343 Culver Blvd Playa Del Rey, CA 90293. So one of the juices is called the "Playa Del Rey". So of course I had to order it and then take a pix of the juice with Playa in the background. it's how i roll. Oh, the juice was delicious.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pitchoun Bakery & Cafe DTLA

Pitchoun is located at 545 S Olive St Los Angeles, CA 90013. It was my first time at this cafe directly west of Pershing Square in DTLA. I don't speak French but evidently it's a kind of term of endearment? like "kiddo". No one uses "kiddo" anymore so I hope that translates for you. It what I found on line. I wonder if "pitchoun" is a dated term too? Anyway, a really cute place. I can't say the food and tea I had was extraordinary but I felt the comfortable and populous "ness" of it makes it a good alternative to the Starbucks around the corner and the interior is very sweet.