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December 1-10, 2015


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

I must ignore my reflex word association when I end up at Porto’s.

Despite my scatological subliminal response, we made a path to this popular portal to meet a pal.

Signature potato balls:

... were starchy, greasy, crunch-crusted mash ups of cheese, beef and peppers before some standard issue salads in beef:

... and chicken.

We didn’t enter with expectations, so nothing left us bummed at this busy bakery which is an occasional selection of our associates.

3614 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The apple pie:

... at Big Sugar Baking:

... was topped with crumble and had a nice tang and texture to the tree fruit. Although the pastry was less tender than we prefer, it was still a nice wedge.

Donut muffins:

... delivered on the designation of flavor but the star was the peanut butter brownie:

... which was a rich, cocoaey, coordination of legumey likeability.

Next time we’ll have to check out their cookies.

Big Sugar Bakeshop

12182 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Uni toast ($14.00):

... was an avocado and radish plank at Tipple & Brine:

... where we washed this saliney, scallioned sandwich with a “honey badger” ($11.00). There was no subtlety to the Scoville scorch from jalapeños in this whisky and lemon libation. Honey and cukes didn’t subdue the dominant devil dimension which the bartender said varied wildly depending on the procured peppers. We wondered why they didn’t adjust for this, but to be fair, we drank the whole thing.

The “Scottish opera” ($11.00) didn’t solicit an ovation, but was a Meletti melody with the addition of Aperol and Amaro that was an improvement on the other ferocious fluid.

A firm egg yolk could not sauce the roasted asparagus ($9.00):

... and the lemon confit drowned out the salsa verde, but these spears were still snackable.

Hummus lined a bowl of seared calamari ($11.00):

... with octopus meatballs and more salsa verde. We liked this dish, but it could have used some carbohydrate collection component (pita?) to gather the garbanzo goods.

The staff was friendly and accommodating and a better approach for us might have been to go upstairs to their speakeasy style Tunnel Bar for a whisky.

Tipple & Brine

14633 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA



Monday, December 7, 2015

We relished the red rice at The Rustic Spoon:

... where we scooped up pa-nang ($14.00).

This curried coconut milk melange of mussels, salmon and Japanese squash was a pleasing peppery potion as was the massaman curry ($12.00).

Chicken breast was spiced with cinnamon and sided with the flakiest flaps of roti:

... to cradle the clucker.

These delectable dishes delivered the goods at the Rustic Spoon where we didn’t fork over much for these fine formulations. We will have to cut back for more soon.

The Rustic Spoon

4384 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA



Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hamachi and sake sashimi ($10.00 each):

... cascaded across a plate at Kaiju:

... where we savored these silky sheets with hot sake in their lantern lit lounge.

Seared tuna ($9.00):

... had a peppery punch while a subtler scallops ($6.00):

... were heavenly hotate.

Spanish mackerel ($8.00):

... were mas bueno con the crunchy fried skeletons that followed.

Similarly, the swell shrimp ($9.00):

... were served with tempuraed top halves.

The quality was high while the prices were low. We will return to this creature corridor for more of their fabulous fish.

13704 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA



Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Apple Pan:

... had no apple pie left in it when we eyed their offerings.

We consoled ourselves with slices of the banana:

... and boysenberry ($6.50 each):

... at the horseshoe counter where burgers and fries flung feverishly.

Custard bound bananas in a crisp crust while the maroon mound had a mild acidity tamed by a layer of whipped cream. Both this peeling portion and the boys bundle were surprisingly sating diner desserts.

It has been years and years since we last flashed by to this pan and this was a reminder to visit early enough to secure some teacher tucker.

The Apple Pan
10801 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Friday, December 4, 2015

Tennis was on the table:

... as we were served up spicy shrimp wontons ($7.00):

... at Pine and Crane.

These ping pongs balls of snappy seafood scored with a soy and cilantro spin while the scallion pancake ($4.50):

... was denser than we desired but was still a lard-livened, passable paddle.

Zha Jiang noodles ($8.00):

... was spun with swine in a black bean-sauced bowl of rally-worthy slurpage.

We slammed through sweet potato leaves ($8.00):

... that were the high scorer in a wilted wind up of garlicky goods.

Doubles of Taiwan beer ($5.00 each):

... in regular and “gold” were an interesting match of hoppy rice refreshment at this counter service, table tournament, Taiwan tucker turnout.

Pine and Crane
1521 Griffith Park Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Breaking open our baked bounty:

... was like cracking a Kinder egg at Sweetsalt.

The lack of labels in the pasty case misled the cashier into identity inaccuracy (which didn’t bother us since they were good grub.)

Swell stumps of strawberry and raspberry muffins:

... with some beany brew were a swell snack. We have to make a note to a stop by for more of a meal.


10218 Riverside Dr.
Toluca Lake, CA



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

We buried our heads in a bowl of lentils ($15.00):

... at Ostrich Farm:

... where sunnysides sealed fennel, kale, peppers and roasted tomatoes perked with house made tomatillo salsa.

We pulse ate this delectable desayuno with hot cakes ($14.00):

... enriched with ricotta, lemon, blueberry compote and maple moisture. These zesty fruit flaps stacked up well between sips of Stumptown that ported is back to lands of our past.

Ostrich Farm cultivated our curiosity in their evening offerings at this far from flightless frontier.

Ostrich Farm
1525 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

We knocked down a couple beers at Forman’s Tavern with some smokey wings ($11.00):

... flapping in a ranch dressing.

The tavern burger ($14.00):

... had Jack cheese and avocado in potato bun matched with fries in a standard pub grub assembly while the biscuits ($5.00):

... were the surprise star with a maple mascarpone melange sparring with these flaky focal points.

We may not go another round at Forman’s, but it rabbit punched our rumblings.

Forman’s Tavern
10149 Riverside Dr.
Toluca Lake, CA








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