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October 1-10, 2015


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Saturday, October 10, 2015

The “Mindy” burger ($13.00):

... was a patty project of pickled ‘peños, sauced with Sriracha aioli and texturized with onion strings and Cali cheese.

This themed Umami Burger:

... Kaling card was a pleasing promotional protein that synergistically sated along side a “manly dog” ($5.95):

This low hanging nom de guerre fair food was wound with onion strings, Cheddar cheese and bacon in a top notch tube steak.

House made tots ($6.50):

... with Cheddar and Parm were potato pellet pressings that tottered down tastily before we broke into a cakewich:

... with peanut butter and marshmallow. This bundle didn’t leave us be-wiched, but dessert isn’t the draw at this chuck chain.

Umami Burger
4300 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA



Friday, October 9, 2015

We were beyond late to the game to sample a cronut and, if today’s specimen at SK's Donuts:

... is an accurate gauge, we’re not bothered…not that there is anything intrinsically wrong with them…they just don’t live up to their (now stone cold) hype.

The sugar-encrusted, chocolate strawberry version:

... was a magnified representation of a cross section of the artery it intended to harden while a more traditional donut was surfaced with an aggregate of cocoa pebbles:

... to contribute crunch to a basic band of plump pastry.

A couple donut holes:

... plugged our glucose gap as we bounced down the road filled with fried, sugared and frosted dough bracing for our sugar crash impact.

SK's Donuts
5850 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, October 8, 2015


Moroccan tajine eggs” ($11.00):

... at Fred 62:

... had a nice tangy tomato to support sliced sausage but the over-poached eggs that came with the “pork fed corn” ($12.00):

... were less our thing.

We couldn’t attract the waiter’s attention, so we eventually dunked them in the tomato sauce of the MTE while enjoying the pork belly and sweet potato mustard green hash and the corn pancakes that came along with them.

It has been years since our last visit to Fred 62, and they remain a consistent cafe for quick and peppy chow.

Fred 62
1850 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Rosewater rice starch noodle ice cream ($4.00):

... at Mashti Malone’s:

... was fragrant frostage with plumes of pasta providing brittle bites with added acidity from cherry syrup.

Ginger rosewater and chocolate fudge brownie capped a cone ($5.50):

... which was also ‘lectable lactose.

The friendly staff walked us through some of their featured flavors including basil seed, pomegranate and mango that warrant a return for more.

Mashti Malone’s
1525 N La Brea
Hollywood, CA



Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Brains ($13.00):

... tongue ($17.00):

... and ears ($16.00):

... were head-onistic helpings at Animal.

These cerebral selections began with a vadouvan-spiced carrot and apricot puree throb to the fabulous, fried zombie chow in this variation of veal-ectable vittles.

Crispy slivers of pig audio channels were pierced with chili and hogmented with a sunnyside. This embroyonic tonic ear-agated this luscious lobe while veal enunciator was licked with black mustard. Salmon roe and pickle pieces brought different briney bites to this tip top tucker.

Cubes of fried cheese added fromage to a collage of uni ($18.00):

... cukes and chicken egg. This urchinly desirable dish was a curious combo that clicked coerced by 2013 Thierry Richoux Irancy Rosé.

Bone marrow enriched a burger ($16.00):

... that was salinely sandwich with short rib chucked in for good measure washed down with Oskar Blues “Gubna” IPA ($10.00):

This can kicked in with a potent punch (10%!) of hoppy hydration.

While good, this was a single can operation.

We will migrate back to check out more of their marvelous morsels soon.

Animal Restaurant

435 N Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Monday, October 5, 2015

Bottega Louie may not be our brunch of choice, but their macarons are pleasing puffs.

An assortment ($12.50):

... of violet cassis, Earl Grey, grand cru, espresso, and pear elderflower were lovely lumps of nutty nosh with the coffee cookie winning top marks for balanced beaniness.

The baked goods may be the raison de eat at Bottega Louie.

Bottega Louie

700 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Sunday, October 4, 2015

The curiosities were not limited to a cabinet at Clifton’s Cafeteria:

... where the queue for the jello:

... was long enough to dissuade us from dining so we headed up to the top floor Gothic Bar:

... for a “Forest J” ($14.00):

... with Scotch, lime and ginger beer as well as their variation on a Vieux Carre ($13.00):

We were going to peruse the premises while we sipped, but we learned that drainage was desired before departing this department (as each bar has dedicated glassware.)

Originally constructed in 1935, the restoration of Clifton’s is impressive.

They resurrected original elements while adding their own; tipping their hats to taxidermatoligists and faux-liage fabricators.

The building is so big that even on a busy weekend night, there was ample seating available on the top floor (that remained undiscovered by those choosing to snag the tables nearest to the first floor food source.)

Suited security personnel were stationed everywhere in this vast woodsy habitat:

... but we witnessed no attempts of stealing any pic-i-nic baskets at this campy cafeteria.

We will have to return to check out the carving stations when the crowds settle down.

Clifton’s Cafeteria
648 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA



Saturday, October 3, 2015

The pastry cases were an enticing herald of our meal at Bottega Louie:

...but we were bummed by eggs that were poached hard ($15.00) in the “Farmers Market Breakfast”. When we showed the server the stiff yolks, he graciously replaced them with ones that were cooked just right:

... but the foundation of a few beets, one green bean, mushrooms and lots of potatoes proved a bland backboard.

The breakfast flatbread ($10.00):

... had a nicely runny egg on top of mozzarella and prosciutto, but the crust didn’t have a textural interest for us while a strangely undressed frisee salad accompanied the standard issue quiche ($10.00):

... with ham and leeks.

Portobello fries ($14.00):

... were swell ‘shrooms though. We liked these gussied up fun frites.

Bottega Louie wasn’t our kind of brunch, but their popularity proves that others are dig this downtown destination.

Perhaps their pastries are the proper purchase. We will have to check out their macarons soon.

Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Friday, October 2, 2015

We quickly determined that portion size is the draw at The Griddle Cafe.

This training ground for competitive eating contestants is a cost effective workout alternative with humongous stacks of hot cakes that are the size of a roomba.

Pancakes come in a pageful of permutations but we went with the eggs.

The Cobb omelette ($12.95):

... with avocado, chicken, blue cheese, bacon and black olives was a sturdier structure that we prefer while the “muscle bound scramble” ($12.95):

... with turkey maple sausage, spinach, tomatoes and green onion was a yolk-less tumble of parched protein.

The Griddle Café isn’t our thing, but the unending queue of customers proves that they know what their regulars want and deliver plenty of it.

The Griddle Café

7916 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA


From our Bunrab email, Aaron writes:

That omelette at Dudley Market was freakin' SUPERB!!!!! Thanks for the heads-up on that gem of a place.


Gutenberg replies:

Dear Aaron,

We couldn’t agree more and we want to go back again soon for another of their fine fetal flaps.




Thursday, October 1, 2015

We shot past the pie case at Du-Par’s:

... to partake in basic breakfasts ($8.95 and $12.50).

Our expectations were tempered at this 24 hour diner, but we found the eggs and fruit:

... to be above par.

A ramekin sunk into the putting platform of wheat toast:

... contained house made preserves (which could have used more sweetness and acidity, but that’s just being picky.)

Seniors, tourists, and regulars dotted the dining room in this historic haunt with handy hours.


12036 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA








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