Wednesday, July 26, 2017
One of the dining techniques when traveling alone is that you find the area with all the restaurants, find the ones that have lines, find the lines with the most local looking or comfortable looking folk and then go to the host and say, "Can I just sit at the bar?" So you just walk in, no waiting in line and boom, you're IN! Indiana Yacht Rock Beer is delicious. Never heard of it but I wanted a local beer so that's the one I chose and it was creamy, cold and quenching! I ordered the fried chicken. It was very good but what I really enjoyed was finally discovering Succotash. Yosemite Sam always says, "Suffering Succotash", so it was nice to finally see what he was referring to after all these years. That was what I learned on my first time/ first day in Indiana. 310 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Recently, I got to ride on a plane again, fly to a place I've never been and blah-blah-blah about my art projects. I am so grateful because I love learning. They got me a room at the Marriott and this place is on the same block. I eyed it a couple times and on my last day, I just had to check it out. I only had time to go for lunch but it's a cool pub and of course I ordered the Fish N Chips. I like when they bring me the platter, which usually has that little thing or tartar sauce or whatever and then the server and in this case the bartender looks at me and as a sort of test with a slight man nod, he goes, "what some vinegar with that?" "Oh yes" is my answer. I was thinking "hell ya" but I was trying to be courteous. WOW. It was one of the best Fish N Chips I ever had. Unfortunately, I was off to a meeting next so no beer. BOO HISSSSsss!!! 301 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
This is such a cute place, Francois of JCDECAUX met me for a snack. Wow, Borek!? I had never ate Borek. it's sort of like a quiche I guess but different. It's amazing with a salad and a pour over. I really enjoyed eating here. Check out the blue glass dishes. This is place is a gem!!!!! 342 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Looks like they have two shops, this one and another on Wilshire. The address here is 4501 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029. I was skeptical. It's been difficult to enjoy a Phily-cheese in LA since I had one in Philly. However, this was a good eat. Messy, hot and savory. The meat was thin, the grill was oily, the onions almost caramelized but the cheese. We are so health conscious here in LA. I appreciate that but for this one item, a Philly cheese steak, it's Velveta PEOPLE!!!
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
There's so many coffee places in LA now that I think we can say it's a culinary epidemic. The bully forefront to gentrification, the roasted bean aroma permeates communities across our city. I had participated on an artist panel at the El Segundo Museum down the block. It was a day of light rain and so close to the ocean, it felt good to walk down with my baseball cap on and walk into what was a bustling cafe, slightly moist by the raindrops. Last minute details on the artwork by the frantic curator and her artists for the opening in the next thirty minutes, folks drinking and eating, and an active staff behind the counter. I met the owner and he told me that he lives on the block and when the cafe was up for sale, he jumped on it and changed his career path. When i come upon a new coffeeshop, I inevitably order a pour over. You can learn a lot about a place when you watch their pouring process and how it tastes. It's like ordering the tamago-yaki at a sushi restaurant or the refried beans at a Mexican restaurant. Well, wouldn't you know it, the head guy gave a newbie step by step direction for my pour over. Someone who really even be called a barista yet. The coffee was good, drinkable but yikes. And yet, you can't help but root for this place. You can feel that their heart is in the right place, adventurous and new. 351 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245
I guess there's another one in West Hollywood but this is the one I've been going to since the early 1990's, 444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291. The Texas style BBQ and themed interior is odd, misplaced and a bit animated but it's a good BBQ and so all of the facade is acceptable and by the time you finish applauded.
I went to Santa Ana to go see a group exhibition my friend Elon Schoenholz was in, a show about protest. Afterwards, i saw this bakery and walked in. I ended up getting a turkey sandwich to eat on my way back to Hollywood but I am most appreciative of a loaf of bread i purchased there. I ate slices all week and it was so delicious, hearty and deeply satisfying. 211 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Black Dog Bakery, 3 Water St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, is very much a local iconic tourist-friendly gift shop/ bakery. They even have this amazing large boat that's like a pirate ship that floats around the bay. Black Dog, like the Zepellin song, is the groove of the main landing into Martha's Vineyard.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Well, I may never order the $100 gold leaf donut but all of the other donuts are pretty amazing. I've been here twice thus far; late night runs. The staff is always super friendly and the donuts are priced high but if you share one or two with someone, especially like a date situation, it's worth it. 314 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015