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July 21-31, 2015


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Friday, July 31, 2015

We clocked in another visit to Idle Hour where we lounged on the patio:

... with the pluming pooch with a bourboned “Copperhead” ($12.00) with cappelletti, yellow chartreuse and grapefruit bitters as well as a “Georgia Moon” ($12.00) with a lunar tic of rye, marchino, peche de vigne and rhubarb bitters.

These likable libations lubricated levitators ($9.00):

... that were standard stumps of fowl flappage.

A warm pretzel ($8.00):

... was a band of bread boosted with a sides of sauces. The chocolate didn’t do it for it for us, but the mustard melded mightily.We also left the congealed beer cheese sauce aside.

The Idle Hour burger ($15.00):

... was good, but they switched up the spuds from fine former frites to a thick cut version that while still good, our preferred portions were the previous potato prods.

What draws us back to this patio is the ability to have an audible conversation with good drinks and snacks.

Idle Hour
4824 Vineland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kougin Aman ($4.00):

... was a crown of caramelization, bolstered with buttery layers of pastry that was spot on at Bouchon.

This shattering, sweet, shrapnel stump was followed by one of their TLCs (named for The Laura Cunningham, $3.00):

This oatmeal pecan cookie bowled us over along with an “uh oh” ($5.50):

... which wound up our sucrose snackage with a heightened hostess nosh-talgia.

Bouchon Beverly Hills
235 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Saline circled solutions at Bow & Truss:

... were likable, lime-lilted liquids ($6.00):

... during happy hour.

We would have liked some textural variation in the uniformly soft chicken tacos ($7.00):

... and the sliders ($8.00):

... slid in cooked past our preferred pinkness.

Mussels ($11.00) with chorizo:

... were okay, but not the fat feet that we favor. There was a good kick of heat to the sausage soup that was soppable with strips of toast, but it was not a reorder.

The hospitable staff and relaxed patio were a welcome resting place, but we probably won’t circle back soon.

Bow & Truss

11122 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Art directors love The Prince:

... as a sip setting for shows.

The regal retroness of this red-staurant beckoned us to a booth for some of their chicken ($11.50):

Fried fowl is their signature sustenance, but it crossed our road as parched poultry.

We wound up with beer since the tequila sunrise ($8.99) and margarita ($7.99) turned out to be dilute salutes to sobriety.

Korean pancakes ($19.99):

... came as an assortment of eggy plops with beef, fish and veg that were okay, but a little bland even after dunks in the dipping sauce.

The Kor-reason to converge at this regal rest stop is for the relaxed, conversation-friendly atmosphere and the supercool service buttons:

... at each table.

The Prince
3198 1/2 W 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA



Monday, July 27, 2015

Umami is palate-drome (of bread, beef, bread) broken by the “U” branding on top.

We backed into a booth to ward off our hunger with sweet potato fries ($5.50):

... that were maple-glazed, bacon-spudded studs. These sweet and salty, sating, starch sticks went down with a hatch chili burger ($10.50):

Peppers perked this puck of cheesy, garlicy goodness that flew far above the greenbird ($12.50) turkey burger.

This chain keeps us circling back for beer and burgers.

Umami Burger

4655 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Sunday, July 26, 2015

The super fish buffet for two ($49.95):

... at Brent’s:

... was a integrated school of lox, cod, whitefish and creamed herring with the usual accompaniments as well as coffee and orange juice:

... (that tasted like reconstituted frozen cut with Tang.)

Liquids aside, the seafood was sating over an assortment of toasted bagels.

Silky salmon and rich cod were the highlights along with their punchy pickles. The potato salad, slaw and cuke salads were all okay, but didn’t distract from the fin-tuned focus at this old school deli.

Brent’s Delicatessen

19565 Parthenia St.
Northridge, CA



Saturday, July 25, 2015

The kale salad ($13.00):

... at M.H. Bread & Butter:

... had leaves of lacinato that, although small, were tough.

Beets picked up this feta-fortified, sunflower-seeded bowl that was dealt with spelt. While we didn’t kale the virtues of this dish, the ham and cheese sandwich ($12.00):

... was outstanding.

Aged Cheddar, proscuitto di Parma and tomato jam melded in to the nooks of their country bread. M.H.’s rustic loaves are the best in Marin and this combo was croque-kay by us.

M.H. Bread & Butter
101 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo, CA



Friday, July 24, 2015

We grabbed a cucumber salad ($5.00):

... at Prabh:

... where we cooled off with Kingfishers before a curry special ($15.00):

... with lamb and a onion kulcha ($3.00):

Refreshing cukes and kulcha-ral chompage were good, but this reasonable ‘raunt hasn’t made it to our regular rotation.

Prabh Indian Kitchen
24 Sunnyside Ave.
Mill Valley, CA



Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Thursday-only cheeseburger ($16.95):

... at Marché aux Fleurs:

... came with bacon and a juicy slice of heirloom tomato (along with all the usual fixin's).

A house made roll lined with caramelized onions delivered the delectable deck sided with fries fringed with sage, rosemary and parsley.

We both chomped on these champs with a couple cold ones.

Marcona almonds ($6.00):

... offered nut-trition before our beef bouquet at this walk-worthy restaurant.

Marché aux Fleurs
23 Ross Common
Ross, CA



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A trip home meant a visit to our favorite Corte Madera restaurant - Burmatown (where it was apparent from the wait list that we were not the only ones to hold this hutch in high regard).

We were quickly seated in a cozy corner pocket where we cooled off with beer and one of their signature salads with house fermented tea leaves ($11.00):

This crunchy, caffeinated collection of seeds, leaves, nuts, beans, fruit and vegetables primed our palate for a mango salad ($15.00):

... with plump shrimp, red onion and mint in a spicy, sweet and succulent ‘sortment.

Black cod ($19.00):

... swam in dashi with ‘shrooms, baby bok choy, sugar peas and daikon. We devoured this delectable dish and hope it makes its way from the specials to the regular menu.

Chef Jen’s excellent chow and her daughter Jennifer’s warm hospitality keep us coming back.

60 Corte Madera Ave.
Corte Madera, CA



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bon Bon didn’t keep the “see you next Tuesday” sign from its predecessor. Instead, there was a welcoming wall of sucrose:

... as we entered this pop up shop by the Tamalpie.

Honeymoon ice cream was scooped into a sandwich what was “hot pressed” ($6.00).

The sugar hadn’t caramelized completely and was grainy against the brioche bundling a scoop of cookies and cream with chocolate sauce.

The overall effect wasn’t our thing.

The waffle cone was a superior selection ($4.50):

... with a scoop of rocky road that was surprisingly purple and was paved without as many chunks as we expected.

The meringue pie, s’more brownies and cookies all looked promising. There were some enticing baked goods that will lure us back (but not “next Tuesday”).

34 Miller Ave.
Mill Valley, CA








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