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November 21-30, 2015


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Monday, November 30, 2015

The breakfast sandwich ($8.00):

... at Wild Oak Cafe:

... was a soft egg and cheese mattress with sheets of bacon. After we reduced the mount of mayo this futon was fine.

The breakfast burrito ($10.00):

... was a meaty melange of sausage and bacon batoned with egg in a tomato tortilla. While okay, we weren’t crazy about the grapes which were manky marbles.

We were excited about the Rockenwagner baked goods, but the kougin amann ($3.00):

... had fridge fatigue that neutralized the crunch of caramelization.

While the fruit was not our thing, this friendly, quick service station fueled us up with protein and joe.

Wild Oak Cafe
3111 E Chevy Chase Dr.
Glendale, CA



Sunday, November 29, 2015

We made a beeline to Honeymee:

... to comb through their milk ice cream cups.

The “dear” ($4.25):

... with chocolate sauce was a swell, salted, sundae but their signature swirl was queen.

The “honeymee” ($4.75):

... had a hunk of hive that stiffened on the chilly soft serve. They landed this milk and honey combo with a balance of light lactose and knockout nectar.

We will break into one of their hives again to pollinate our palates with these cheery, chillage chambers.


3377 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Saturday, November 28, 2015

The mixed plate ($22.00) at Charcoal:

... had spicy sausage:

... and ribs:

... that were pleasing pork prods while the brisket:

... was drier than we prefer.

Burnt ends from the brisket were aggregated with gouda in a quesadilla ($8.00):

... that was a homey helping of a pablano purse while pancetta punctuated Brussels ($6.00):

... were too blonde to sprout a repeat order.

Sports spectators screamed at the screens of this smoke house where we enjoyed swell suds. This may not be an ABQ, but it was a BBQ.

Charcoal Silverlake
2611 N Hyperion Ave.
Silverlake, CA



Friday, November 27, 2015

The Lark Creek Inn is out and Perry’s has taken over the space. The most dramatic change is the long bar (which was packed with punters.)

The Capone ($10.00) had a nice Fernet fortification to this rye refreshment which was slightly sweetened with maple syrup and brought back with bitters. The barman was nice enough to make me (an off the menu) Vieux Carre ($10.00).

I sipped this Benedictine bitten bibe before our burger ($14.45):

House made potato chips were spudtacular slices augmenting a nicely rare beef bundle. The bread was too soft to stand up to this juicy patty, but we still enjoyed this blue cheese-capped sandwich.

Chicken wings:

... were fall off the bone tender with a hint of heat countered by cooling celery and carrots sticks with a blue cheese dip.

The calamari:

... was greasier and softer than we prefer, but we could see returning when we want a peppy beer and burger in the ‘nabe.

We had low expectations of Perry’s latest Larkspur location, but it was actually an okay spot for a quick and casual bite.


234 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA



Thursday, November 26, 2015


Thanksgiving with our pals is always a huge treat.

The fact that they are incredible cooks sweetens the deal.

This year, they did their usual, moist, brined and delicious turkey:

... with all the trimmings:

... (and then some):

... plus stuffing waffles (!) wha????? :

Stuffing with lots of crispy bits with maple syrup. Nice.

We made pies:

... but there was so much amazing food, that it was difficult to save room.

Ocean beach was abandoned as we all took a tryptophan down the moonlit shore before some raucous games and a sound sleep.




Wednesday, November 25, 2015


... was turning out the tea leaf salads ($11.00):

... to a full house of diners.

This craveable, crunchy, caffeinated combo pulsed with beans, dried shrimp, tomato, seeds and lettuce and is mandatory Myanmar munching.

Bao ($16.00):

... in an array of beef, shrimp and veg were pleasing puffy pockets while the chicken wings ($8.50):

... flapped flavorfully with chili and garlic.

We reordered the black cod ($19.00):

... that swam in a light broth waving with baby bok choy. This covetable creation is always a good bet.

Lychee panna cotta with blackberries:

... was a lovely, light lactose end to our evening.

Jennifer and Jenny’s neighborhood nosh nook is always friendly and fortifying with delicious dishes that keep us coming back.

60 Corte Madera Ave.
Corte Madera, CA



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As we touched down in town (in anticipation of Tday) we hit the counter at Bette’s for a slice of apple pie ($4.75):

... which was a dandy diner dessert bookended by a fine fruity flourish:

... from our friend behind the counter.

We went with our usual Cobb salad ($12.95):

... bedecked with bacon, blue cheese, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes and chicken. This tasty tumble is one of our default dishes.

The meatloaf sandwich ($9.50):

... was a heap of homeyness sided with slaw.

Bette’s is always a mandatory BAE area stop.

Bette’s Oceanview Diner
1807 4th St.
Berkeley, CA



Monday, November 23, 2015

A sausage pizza ($10.50):

... with fontina and mozzarella was studenty sustenance which was backed by a DJ at Pitfire Pizza.

This NoHo outpost of this counter service chain delivered a chicken salad ($11.50):

... with radicchio, currants and croutons that wasn’t our thing, but families and those who like to perch on the periphery of the pit:

... seem pleased by this pie portal.

Pitfire Pizza
5211 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lemon pancakes ($13.00):

... at Gjelina:

... were the finest flapjacks we have had in Los Angeles.

These buckwheat-bolstered and ricotta-enriched quick breads were crowned with creme fraiche and blueberry compote in a tender tower of creamy fruitiness.

We savored this stack along with a Brussels sprout breakfast ($15.00):

... capped with eggs fried with a crispy ‘cumference to circle this chili and chermoula’ed chomp.

We love Gjusta so we weren’t shocked that this sister restaurant delivered the goods and we will return to check out their dinner offerings sometime soon.

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA



Saturday, November 21, 2015

There were more adults that shorties at the Hello Kitty Truck:

... where sugary sentiments and snacks spewed from the exhausted employees managing the masses of cuteness connoisseurs.

The feline stretched for a half hour and they were out of a couple items, but we secured some petit fours ($15.00):

... which were a fun, frosted foursome of entertainmunch:

... that while purfectly good, were made even sweeter by their scarcity.

Hello Kitty Cafe Van








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