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May 21-31, 2015


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Sunday, May 31, 2015

There is no signage for The Red Door speakeasy (located in the alley behind Paty’s.)

Hendricks Gin, grapefruit and cherry juice made up the Colony Martini ($11.00) while the P3 ($11.00):

...with watermelon juice, vodka, Cointreau and cranberry juice got some heat from jalapeños in this dimly lit den with multiple monitors playing Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and Beetlejuice in black and white.

Chicken and waffle sliders ($16.00):

... stickied our fingers with syruped, circles of clucker set off by a stack of spuds. We doubled down on poultry with some chicken wings ($9.00):

... that had a bit of heat and sweet.

Doc, the veterinarian, musician, chef and proprietor, brought us a mushroom pizza that he makes in his wood burning oven.

The thin, crackery crust showered with cheese and tanged with a Balsamic reduction was swell snackage.

We liked this easy going, friendly, back alley bar far from the “see-me, dig-me” masses.

The Red Door
(in the alley behind Paty’s Restaurant)
10057 Riverside Dr.
Toluca Lake



Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cherry pie:

... and “beach” pie:

... at The Republic of Pie:

... both bulged with blubes.

The cherry was cheery but was washed away by the berry/peach or “beach”. A sure hand with the sucrose and acidity preserved the produce’s perk in the moderately flaky crust. We shored up our slices with jolts of joe at this placating pie palace.

Although we will elect to return to this republic, we still seek to crown a crusty contender in this county.

The Republic of Pie
11118 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA



Friday, May 29, 2015

Perhaps it was a mistake not to order the namesake nosh from the Rice Balls of Fire truck:

... (although ignition may be limited to the mechanics of motor).

Instead we went with a poke bowl ($12.00):

... with salmon and seaweed which navigated towards the local trend, but the trio of tacos ($8.00):

... were a better bet. The kim chee slaw gave Korean coercion to the rib eye, pork belly and fish flaps.

It was convenient to come upon this carborated convoy of cuisine.

Rice Balls of Fire Truck



Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Maneish ($3.00):

... with mushroom and cheese was a pizza-like bread hot from the oven at Sipan Bakery:

... but our interest was drawn to the Khachapuri Ajarski ($8.00).

This CBS logo-shaped dough was cooked with cheese and two eggs with a scattering of beef sausage. The nicely runny yolk allowed us to tear off the crusts to use as soldiers in this breakfast boat.

Our interest in Glendale’s glomeration of glutenous goods continues to rise.

Sipan Bakery
1250 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
Glendale, CA



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sweetsalt lacked the expected laptop lingers at their communal tables.

Instead, this counter service corridor went through waves of customers consuming salads, sandwiches and, in our case, their pastry.

Bacon with Gruyere:

... and blueberry oat scones:

... were plucky pucks that were both gob goals with the tender crumb of these butter buttressed biscuits with mugs of motivational moisture.

10218 Riverside Dr.
Toluca Lake, CA



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pork belly sausage pizza ($20.00):

... at Milo and Olive:

... was a kale-fettied wood-fired pie with garlic and mozzarella.

We offset the tomato sweetness of this thin and chewy-crusted bread blanket with the bitterness of a warm treviso salad ($12.00):

... with snap peas, tomatoes and pistachios.

We will have to explore Milo and Olive’s enticing pasty case on our next visit to this casual, crowded, carbohydrateria.

Milo and Olive
2723 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA



Monday, May 25, 2015

Bone chips ($6.00):

... were a scaffolding of skeletons at Asanebo.

These brittle bites of fried fish framework had aioli to lubricate the vertebrates while we lubricated our palates with sake.

Mushi uni ($30.00):

... was salt-cured, steamed, sea urchin roe that we burritoized in sheets of nori with wasabi, shredded daikon, red radish and seaweed. These sea-gars were sensational.

Ceviche ($20.00):

... with scallop, salmon, shrimp, whitefish and octopus was nice, but was easily trumped by the yellowtail special ($30.00):

Citrus shoyu and black lava salt erupted over pristine planks of heavenly hamachi.

The seabass peach special ($16.00):

... had spoons that were a little bigger than the average mouth can easily accommodate. Grilled fish hunks and peach compote were nice bites, but not a reorder.

Tako ($10.00), hotate ($8.00), and Aji ($10.00):

... were all delivered with instructions to skip the soy sauce. These maritime morels were marvelous.

Strip mall sushi remains one of our favorite features of Los Angeles.

11941 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA



Sunday, May 24, 2015

We composed a couple cups ($4.25 plus .75¢ per topping):

... at Quenelle:

... where scoops of strawberry shortcake and chocolate was topped with graham cracker streusel while chocolate and vanilla mascarpone was capped with fudge and candied pecans.

These marvelously melty mounds of meticulously made, lactic lusciousness keep us re-churning.

2214 W Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA



Saturday, May 23, 2015

A visit to The Grain Lab sounded more like volunteering for a human clinical trial than a venue for lunch.

Monsanto did not manifest during this meal of meat modifying green organisms. The lattice of lettuce was meh while the protein pumped up this controlled grouping of grub.

Neither an electro shock or a pleasure pellet was produced by pressing this button so we will leave this lab.

The Grain Lab
1737 N Victory Place
Burbank, CA



Friday, May 22, 2015

A pint of ale and a glass of cider ($6.75 each):

... at Tony’s Darts Away:

... hit the spot with a “street meat” weiner ($9.00):

This bacon-bound, bread-bordered, banger was pleasing pub grub along with a chicken apple sausage ($7.50 with onions and slaw.):

Although aggressively mayonnaised, this was also decent doggage.

Board games and, of course, darts were in play at this cozy cubby that is conducive to casual conversation.

Tony’s Darts Away
1710 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA



Thursday, May 21, 2015

“We only have bottled water” is one way to secure a sale from parched patrons at Poke N Roll.

Although baffled by the aqua-nyet, I rolled with a salmon and yellowtail poke in my bespoke box ($10.00):

... topped with tobiko and seaweed. I chose half brown rice, half salad as the base, but passed on the scoop of imitation crab that comes with these cases.

Poke’s trendy trajectory in Los Angeles is making these fast fish fronts fashionable even though the water is bottlenecked. Better than some supermarket sushi but not something for my roll-tation.

Poke N Roll

413 S Central Ave.
Glendale, CA








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