Monday, May 22, 2017
WOW!!!!!! I stumbled into this place. Minimall-suspicious but I was intrigued. This was during the FAR Bazzaar at Cerritos College earlier this year. The weekend I got to meet Jonathan Gold. Well, I drove around a bit during lunch and found this place. WHOO HOO!!!! 18189 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701
Fun Place! Lao Tao has some really great eats. It's in the complex that also houses Enforffeine, Chego and that friend chicken I haven't had yet because the line's always too long. Lao Tao is on the second floor, 727 N Broadway, Unit 207, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Now located at 901 S La Brea Ave #2, Los Angeles, CA 90036, It took me a while to catch this place open and be around while I was hungry. Ha ha. I believe they used to be on Fairfax at Pico Blvd. It was there when i remember one of the most delicious hamburgers i have ever had. While the burger here was good, it's nothing like the one I had on fairfax/ pico. For starters, it was cheaper and bigger but isn't that common? There is a familiarity about his location which is heartwarming and welcoming. But, it's about the burger and the burger is good but not "Mo Better".
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Some places in LA are on my list for a long time. Maybe there's too many, yes , but also, timing is important. One weekend, Ms. Lea and our buddies Elon and Ivan went to the art openings at Visitor Welcome Center and Commonwealth and Council. We enjoyed seeing everyone, the incredible art and mayhem but found ourselves hungry. This was the moment! It was crazy busy at OB Bear which is downstairs from these galleries. Ms. Lea had been there before so she orchestrated the dinner. it was fabulous and that chicken is highly memorable. 3002 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Years ago, artist Jeffrey James Mohr came back from Seattle and touted Salumi, a small but unique sausage place headed by Mario Batali's Father Armandino Batali and family members. It took me a very long time to finally get to back to Seattle but I was so happy to be there for the ArtPlace Summit last week. In between sessions, I was graced by the company of Phoenix art phenom Greg Esser for a lunch adventurer. We were not dissapointed. We shared the meatball sandwich and mole sausage sandwich. My goodness! it's good to be king! 309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
I've been eyeing the newish fish spot on Redondo Blvd and Pico Blvd. It's on the Pico strip that has all of those eateries. It's abundant. So I went with my daughter and she ordered the salmon dinner and I the catfish sandwich. They were packed! My daughter ended up treating me to dinner. SCORE!!! They warned that it would take time. It took 30 minutes but that gave us time to catch up. The staff and customers we struck a conversation with were awesome. So when the food came, it was in styrafoam boxes. Open the box and BOOM! it was huge! I actually ended up taking 1/3 of it home. So GOOD. the breading is wonderful. lot's of spices and the catfish was really meatty. Also the roll was quality.5101 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
It's a privilege to travel for work. I was in Seattle last week and had a great time at the ArtPLace Summit. On one of our breaks, I had to get out of the hotel ballroom and walked around. I found this place a couple of blocks away. it turns out to be a roaster and not a coffee shop. Xtreme OG place called the The Good Coffee Shop, 818 Post Avenue, Seattle WA. I was the only person in this rather long shop filled with coffee goods, bags of beans, a huge roaster and STUFF. It felt more like a warehouse than a store. After a short while, someone in the back realized i was standing there and came out. I asked them which is their most popular roast that's on the mild side. Antigua. When I came bac to LA, I poured cups for Ms Lea and I. We liked it. It reminded me of the generation of coffee I grew up with but a deeper scaled version of it. I remember Yuban, Folgers, Cock-Full-of-Nuts, the coffee at the Apple Pan or Phillipes. 818 Post Avenue Seatle WA 98104
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Oombu is (I think) the Korean word for phenomenal tree. The owner is either from Argentina or lived there for a while. The menu is a combo of Korean and Argentinian. The funny thing is, we ordered Korean food so we need to go back someday and try the Argentinian food which is primarily meat dishes. What we had was delicious but I feel we only had half the experience. 400 S Western Ave #104, Los Angeles, CA 90020
This is a really nice place. Great vibe. I've been on a Chai adventurer lately because I've been listening to the podcast, Say Something Say Something. It's a diverse tea. There are so many ways to prepare it. I've been practicing at home. When I see it on a menu, I order it to see how others interpret it. At Paradocs, it's very sweet. i think I like it not so sweet, perhaps, without any sugar or honey at all. I would definitely like to go back here and try the coffee or hot tea. I love how there's an offering area to the coffee gods in the back. That's unusual and very awesome! 1032 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
I had not had Ethiopian food in almost a year so i was glad the Zine It On Pico artist group decided to meet at Rosalind's, 1044 S Fairfax Ave LA CA. The beer was delicious. Not pictured are the appetizers we had. Little fried balls of various spicy things. One of the artists brought his guitar and sang some songs for us, that was really wonderful.
In a mini mall, 3324 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, is Sa Rit Gol. Ms. Lea said they used to be in another location and where known for their exceptional sauted vegetable side dishes. We ordered a few dishes , including this very intense, acquired taste, pasty natto stew. I grew up eating natto in it's slimy state, often mixed with chopped green onions and a raw egg over a bed of hot rice. Natto stewed was a new experience for me and it was too much for me but Lea loved it so it's an acquired taste. see? The vegetable side dish was delicious. If you go, try the natto stew and let me know what you think?
Soregashi is located in a mini mall on the corner of Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd, amongst all of the galleries that moved from La Cienega a number of years ago, 6775 Santa Monica Blvd LA CA, shall we say it's South Hollywood? The food was very good and the service was very good. It doesn't quite hit my top ten but it's pretty good. he details are a little loosey goosey. For instance, the rice was not pronounced, the fish was not extraordinary and the form of the sushi not sturdy. Sushi is a bitch. Everyone has an opinion and a preference. It's a simple collaboration of ingredients which is what makes it so difficult to prepare well and is open to so much "monku monku". This is one of the reasons i don't go out to eat sushi or go to kai-ten sushi. Because no one expects kai-ten sushi to be good so when it is, it blows you away. In Los Angeles, i've only been to a handful of places that made me smile. Some of them are closed, long gone, forever. But it's good. it's a good place. It's not exceptional and sushi has to be exceptional. (sorry for being such a-hole)