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June 1-10, 2015


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The kishka ($5.95):

... wasn’t our thing at Pico Kosher Deli.

We prefer ours a bit more griddled to crisp up these matzo meat mats, these dull discs were dominated by the sandwiches.

Tongue ($17.95):

... stuck out from fetally fresh rye. This lick loaf was levitated with a lashing of mustard to tie up this tip top enunciator.

Chopped liver and pastrami ($16.95):

... was a craving-crushing, ‘rami rammed in rye with a mortar of minced offal.

The thing that mystifies me about this genre of sandwich is the baseball of meat in the middle (which creates a huge variation of bread to filling ratios as you eat.) Perhaps the approach is like a Cornish pasty - the crust is meant as a handle.

We were glad we sat down for sandwiches at this kosher kitchen.

Pico Kosher Deli
8826 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Gumbo Pot, Dupars and the Lotteria are still active anchors, but The Grove and all the new housing has turned up the traffic at the Farmers Market.

After maneuvering through the mosh pit, we refreshed our caffeine count at Shortcake.

Shortcake didn’t list the prices of their goods but a couple coffees, a cookie and a muffin added up to $16.00.

The only item that wasn’t a reorder was the avocado pound cake:

.... (not that it was bad) the vaguely fruity butter cake showered with salt didn’t capture us.

The star was the chocolate chip cookie:

... topped with nibs and Maldon salt. Crunchy nibs contrasted with the oozey chocolate:

... which was set off with saline in this buttery biscuit.

The Farmers Market might be a little too jammed in general for our tastes, but it’s good for the vendors.

6333 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA



Monday, June 8, 2015

We nibbled on plates of edamame:

... at Sugarfish:

... by Sushi Nowzawa when our first course of tuna sashimi arrived followed by the next course of albacore and salmon nigiri to create a pile up (not unlike their parking lot). We felt as though we were being urged to leave by this ‘fishency of deliveries until we saw that were were not being singled out with this riptide regimen.

We both ordered the “trust me” ($30.00 each):

... which was a great deal for the seafood quality. While the first nigiri had rice that was slightly too al dente for our taste, the rest didn’t go against our grain under hamachi:

... and halibut:

Handrolls of toro:

... and blue crab:

... were swell cigars before we gave up our parking spot for the next eager eaters.

Sugarfish is a quick and peppy, no-nonsense, fast fish chain that will lure us back again soon.

Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa
11288 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA



Sunday, June 7, 2015

Lefebvre’s little LA strip mall bistro, Petit Trois:

... doesn’t take reservations or cash but they do take on Parisienne plates like a boss.

Escargots ($18.00):

... were succulent stomach stompers bathed in butter. We savored these snails and sponged up their garlicy trail with hot, crusty baguette.

Chopped liver ($13.00):

... was strewn with caramelized onions on a toasted, rustic raft.

The omelette ($18.00):

... was ‘semplary. This bundle of boursin-bellied, chive-crowned tender tucker shellacks all others. The texture of this fetal flap was flawless and, while we prefer a lighter hand on the salad dressing, this dish is required ordering.

Chicken leg confit ($24.00):

... was fried to form a crust for this clucker that was moist and magnificent under a salad of frisée and Italian parsley (that was also dressed a bit excessively for our tastes.)

The baguette, escargots and omelette all call us back to this Thai-signed tucker turnout.

We are definitely destined to dine here again soon.

Petit Trois
718 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Saturday, June 6, 2015

We did not resist the draughts:

... at The Federal Bar:

... where we reserved room to bolster our constitutions with a twisted union of pretzels ($10.00):

... and Cheddar cheese fluid.

These warm windings of Maldon-salted bread bands were balanced by balls of chicken ($10.00):

... mingled with marinara.

These poultry ping pongs were passable as were the pretzel-bunned beef sliders ($10.00):

... with blue cheese and onion rings.

While we appreciated the public house policies of gracious service, we may not elect to govern our bodies here again.

The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA



Friday, June 5, 2015

We tasted some of the stunt flavors:

... which, while good, did not solicit the sensation of sustaining our satisfaction for the duration of dish of cashew beet balsamic, so we went with populist portions of salty chocolate, burnt sugar and malt pretzel on cones ($3.25 each):

... at Scoops.

Calder-esque spoons suspended over this fine, frigid, flavor front where we will return for more lovely lashings of lactose.

712 N Heliotrope Dr.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, June 4, 2015

It was standing room only at the Southern California and Middle East chow chain, Lemonade.

Salads were cafeteria-style point-and-plate portions ($5.50 for two).

Avocados were pitted with cherry tomatoes, pine nuts and lime, kumquatted kale was mushed with rooms and we both got the broccoli and ricotta.

Avocado salmon Louie ($6.50):

... wasn’t a reorder (the saladified tomato was a superior ‘cado quation) but the chicken ($9.50):

... was a better bet with a bit of citrus and sweet from guava limeade and a bunch of garlic for good measure.

Angelenos appear in ample samples at this speedy stop for readymade rations.

4400 W Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

An Islamic fundamentalist group came to mind when I saw the sign for Tallyrand:

... but my concerns of radicalism were quelled by the non-sectarian setting as we sat down to fried chicken ($10.95):

... and a hot turkey sandwich ($10.20):

... at this old school diner.

An afghan of batter blanketed the chicken which had a crispy crust, but the meat was a bit drier than we prefer. An insurgency of gravy over a terrain of turkey with a tub of can-berry sauce was a pilgrim plate that fit the format, but didn’t speak our language.

Tallyrand has its devoted diners, but we aren’t among the converted.

1700 W Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Akuma looks more like a club than a sushi bar.

Their trend-centric picto-menu includes the Honolulu Avenue ($11.95):

... paved with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, eel and avocado. The vinegar level and softness of the rice weren’t our thing, but to be fair, other clubby customers were consuming their caterpillars contentedly.

Salmon carpaccio ($14.95):

... with ponzu and chili oil were stepped on by the diced onion escorting these pink planks.


... hamachi:

... and uni:

... were all standard, sating, stumps and the staff was friendly, but we don’t anticipate dancing back Akuma to molly-fy our hunger.

239 N Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA



Monday, June 1, 2015

Plumes from the pipe of the bulldog building:

... summoned us to the patio of Idle Hour Bar.

This historic, barrel-shaped building:

... boasted the “world’s greatest cosmopolitan” ($12.00):

... which had a nice pucker to this vodka, grenadine, lemon and apple cranberry shrub solution. We were unable to evaluate it within the scope suggested, but it was tantalizing tipple along with one of their draughts.

Brussels Sprouts ($8.00):

... were a blonder than our preference and the filberts could have used more of a toasting, but this bacony skillet was still okay.

Thick slices of bacon banded the BLTE ($14.00):

... with lettuce, tomato jam and a fried egg on the same soft bun as the cheeseburger ($15.00):

A nice smoky patty of rareness steered together with Cheddar, tomato, aioli and lettuce was a solid sandwich, but the battered fries (that came with both bundles) were sensational spud sticks that are worth a return.

We will have to plant ourselves on this pleasant patio again soon for more dog and cocktails.

Idle Hour
4824 Vineland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA








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