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August 11-20, 2015


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Pie Hole was open:

... so we wedged in for a slice of cherries jubilee ($6.75):

... and apple crumble ($6.00):

Custard cradled red rounds that had a nice tart touch, but our tastes run more towards a fruitier format.

The apples had a good flavor, but were undercooked for our preferences with a bit of a crunch that went beyond the topping.

The crusts were good but a boost of buttery flakiness would have motivated us plot a return to this portal of pastry.

The Pie Hole
714 Traction Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It’s difficult to remain enthused when you deal with the public, but the guy running the counter at Tarzana Armenian Deli took his role in the hospitality industry seriously.

He gave us tastes of the tabouli and hummus:

(which were both top notch) to go with our turkey:

... and gyro wraps ($6.50 each):

This tidy tucker turnout was a spot-hitting, cheap and cheerful stop.

Tarzana Armenian Deli
11288 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

After a few lunches at Night + Market, it was time to check out the dinner menu.

We started with a Mekong Old Fashioned ($12.00). This lycheed liquid wasn’t our thing.

The Sunset Boulevardier ($12.00) was a Jack Daniels and lime ‘bibe that didn’t balance out for us either, but perhaps our tastes run more towards the classic versions…

The pork neck ($8.00):

... turned our noggins with strips of head holder that were grilled and served up with a chili dip. We devoured these pleasing pork trusions as well as a sating salmon poke ($15.00):

... and some Korean short ribs ($17.00):

... with brown rice.

We concluded that the best future path for us would be to have beer with the pig tail and more of the wings (that they also have at lunch).

Night + Market
9043 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA



Monday, August 17, 2015

If someone took crazy pills and made dessert, the Mr. Bingsoo ($12.75):

... at Mr. Coffee would be the resulting product. Fruity Pebbles was the finishing touch on this tub of shaved ice with kiwi, strawberries, banana, mochi bits, sweet red beans and condensed milk capped with a scoop of ice cream.

K-pop was the perfect soundtrack for our cooling cradle of fruit and frost. We found this strangely enjoyable with every imaginable texture taking turns - from the chewy mochi to the crunchy cereal and creamy scoopage.

This sweet stop is very k-popular with the perco-late crowd (as it closes at 3:00 a.m.) but we enjoyed it as a splendid, surreal, separation from the three digit degrees.

Mr. Coffee
537 S Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Black pepper pork confit ($13.00):

... with brown rice contained a coddled egg to enrich the nicely spiced pot of porky potion at Good Girl Dinette.

We dug into this swell, swine solution along with some house cured bacon ($9.00):

... that shone with star anise and some scrambled eggs.

This Vietnamese-nudged venue was out of their pie, perhaps if we come for dinner we will have more of a chance at the crusty goods…

Good Girl Dinette
110 North Ave 56
Highland Park, CA



Saturday, August 15, 2015

It was time for some Seaworth caffeination:

... when we made a pitstop at MRK Public on our return drive from Santa Barbara.

We planted ourselves on the patio and perused the punters at this surfer socialization station.

Our sandwiches included a pleasing pork bahn mi ($10.00) with daikon, carrots, cukes and cilantro, a moist-middled, crispy crusted fried chicken deck ($12.00):

... shuffled with bacon, Swiss cheese, and tomatoes and an excellent burger ($12.00):

... with roasted tomatoes, grilled onion spread and aioli.

We were pleasantly surf-prised by this refueling ration-raunt and wouldn’t hesitate to stop by on future forays.

MRK Public
1402 El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA



Friday, August 14, 2015


... got our tongue with seafood strips of hotate, hamachi, sake, and uni ($5.00-$8.00 per order).

The sea urchin roe wasn’t up to the caliber of the finned flappage, (with a duller flavor than desired) but it was still okay.

A Robert roll ($10.80):

... bobbed with avocado with a spicy tuna center.

We tried out the cod ($14.00):

... and the salmon ($12.00):

... dinners and the pink portion was trumped by the miso-mingled maritime mound of silkiness.

Katsu-ya continues to be a solid, strip mall selection with cheap and cheerful options. It can be hit or miss but there is always something that hits the spot.

11680 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA



Thursday, August 13, 2015

A dry-aged, bone-in ribeye ($54.00):

... came to the requested “rare plus” with roasted, peeled garlic cloves, jus, and a side of (apropos) asparagus ($9.00):

... hit the spot at Spear:

... where meaty minerality mingled with glasses of malolactic moisture.

We initiated our evening with uni ($12.00):

... with bread buffered by nori and a ceviche ($13.00):

... with a dice of cukes and shower of pomegranate seeds to add interest to this fish and octopus citrus tumble.

Our aquatic apps were followed by salmon ($25.00):

... which was grilled to the requested rare.

We appreciated the attentive and knowledgable staff and while everything was good, we did not find it to be rotation-worthy.

Spear Steak & Seafood House
800 W 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tiny tantalizing tacos were tremendous treats at Guisados.

You can take your pick of the portions (save the seafood) on the sampler ($7.50):

We went with some swell chicharrones, exceptional chicken mole and an array of cochinita pibil, tinga de pollo, steak picado and chuleta en chile verde on tiny tortillas.

They make their masa mats and braises in house and do not hold back on the heat. They allow you to dial in the Scoville score from 1-10 and caution that a 5 is considered caliente. We were skeptical that the middle marker would pack a punch, but 5 was hot indeed.

Full sized bistek roja ($2.75) cochinita pibil ($2.75) and camarones with peppers ($3.00):

... were all top notch tacos. We will come back for more of these fine fold ups again soon. It’s just a shame that there are no offal options.

8935 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Little green smiles of honeydew ($10.00):

... were draped with thin slices of salty swine at Jon & Vinny’s.

We cooled off with this marvelous melon and meat melding and some House beer ($5.00):

... while a nice hit of heat boosted broccoli from a chili-charged vinaigrette. Sweet raisins and crunchy almonds mixed up this tantalizing trail of grilled goods.

Sonny’s favorite” ($16.75):

... shined with slab bacon in a padano’ed pie of mozzarella, tomato and onion. The center was a bit wet, but the blistery border was tasty tucker.

We will find our way back to this friendly, Italian stop soon for some of their house made pasta and the marinara meatballs that a neighbor was noshing.

Jon & Vinny’s

412 N Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA








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