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October 21-30, 2015


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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pulp Fictional characters:

... were serving up more than Sprite at The Fiscal Agent:

... where we responsibly relished “the departed” ($12.00):

... a cinematically sating solution of whisky and bonal while the “caraway and barley” ($12.00):

... with Scotch, Pernod, Drambuie and Madeira went with our grain.

These spirited offerings were preceded by some complementary bubbles as we perused the chewable choices.

Peruvian scallops ($16.00):

... with cukes and cilantro got a lilt of lime juice and fish sauce to trick out these treif treats.

A plate of fruit, honeycomb and cheese ($21.00):

... and some caramel corn ($3.00):

... with macadamias and coconut filled our hallow as we weened ourselves from this velvet-roped watering hole.

We will have to haunt this attic again since it’s right up our alley.

The Fiscal Agent

11801 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA



Friday, October 30, 2015

We sought sanctuary from a sensory saturating Santa Monica Boulevard with some goods from Guisados.

After several visits, we have grown fond of the fish items in cabbage (subbed out for the tortillas at a supplement of .25¢). The pescado:

... and camarones ($3.00):

... were salady scoops while the quesadillas ($2.75 each):

... were pleasing packets of queso cased in their casa masa. Cochinita ($2.75):

... completed our troughic trip to this taco touchdown where we have learned that their Scoville scale is verdad (unlike many milder venues.)

Guisados continues to be a desirable dishdination for caliente comida.

8935 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stunt flavors like pastrami and pizza were the sort we like to taste, but not commit to at Cool Haus.

We went with more traditionally dessert designated dollops in our ice cream sandwiches ($5.00 each).

Chocolate chip cookies (made with more brown sugar than white) offered a softer surface for smores ice cream with graham cracker, chocolate chips and toasted marshmallow.

The flip side was capped with a double chocolate chip disc.

This campfire circle of frostiness was a sweet, chunky and creamy accordion while the molten chocolate cake ice cream:

... was a richer filling with chunks of dense, brownie-like bits bound by a coco almond chip cookie and a candy corn-amented snickerdoodle.

Even though this shop touts its creations as architecturally inspired, we managed to undermine the structural integrity of these melty manipulations at this friendly freezer frontier which sells their sandwiches throughout LA making them this city’s It’s It.

Cool Haus

8588 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA



Wednesday, October 28, 2015


... was a beautiful band of beef at Maple Block:

... where a two meat tray ($17.00):

... allowed us to opt for a smokey rib:

... sided with a perky vinegared slaw:

... and nicely braised greens.

This fume forward protein ‘porium’s brisket was a succulent slab of expertly executed indulgence that we will have to block out some time for again.

Maple Block

3973 Sepulveda Blvd.
Culver City, CA




Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I subdue my eye roll reflex whenever I land behind an unnecessarily specific coffee orderer.

Sure, I understand that ratios of milk and well made coffee are important, but instructions for a two and a quarter pump of chemical effluent flavored to impersonate hazelnuts comes across as being persnickety about name brand vs. the generic arsenic.

I realized that condemning a comestible without having tried it is snobby and childish, so when Bouchon added the beverage (that I poo poo perennially) to their seasonal selections, it was time to see what all the fuss was about.

The pumpkin spice latte ($4.50):

... was like liquified pie.

It made me think that I had gotten in a car collision on the way to Thanksgiving dinner and had to enjoy the meal with my jaw wired shut. Sweet, squashy and spiced, this coffee made me crave crust. If they sold pie pastry edge trimmings with this it would have relieved the feeling that I was eating a Toll house cookie without the chips.

I get why this is a popular potion but I will continue to mock this jack’ed up ‘iato-ty due to the convention of created scarcity. Cans of pumpkin are dead to us until October when the tsunami of pumpkin flavored everything floods the retail landscape followed by the squash shunning at the conclusion of the holiday season.

Our foul weather friendship is like a routine Facebook blocking (which we will jump the gun on in the case of this fruit-flavored coffee.)

The cappuccino was good though.

Bouchon Bakery

235 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA



Monday, October 26, 2015

We ad-Gjusta’ed:

... our hunger with a bahn mi ($16.00):

Paté and a testa headlined this swell sandwich but the brisket bundle ($15.00):

... was the dominant delivery with a muscular meatiness that underwent jus-discious dipping.

This smokey, sating sandwich was spectacular sided by a bean salad:

...with cheese and greens.

They were out of their impressive pie today, so we finished off with a cookie ($3.00):

... which was good, but it was nowhere near as noshable as their wedgey wares.

Gjusta is a chaotic counter:

... but their chow ‘fiably finds us back for further fortification.


320 Sunset Ave.
Venice, CA



Sunday, October 25, 2015

The net nudged us to happy hour at The Morrison:

... where Halloween was heralded with spooky spectacles at this hyped haunt.

Bartenders lobbed libations to the unmoistened masses (which meant measures were shot aside.) Our Old Fashioned and “Bee’s Butt” ($5.00 each):

... may not have been balanced, but they were cheap and cheerful chugs to accompany sliders, ($5.00):

... wings ($5.00):

... and (slightly undercooked) sweet potato fries ($3.50):

Shots of Jameson Caskmates:

... placated punters as a liquor lagniappe as we casked away.

Even though the place is hospitable, we’re not up for more of ‘son.

The Morrison

3179 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Saturday, October 24, 2015

We sighted the sign for Bigfoot and were folklured into this woodsy warren:

... for a “Cabin Fever” ($12.00) capped with a toasted marshmallow.

This campy, fired drink and a Boulevardier ($12.00) were both sweet and potent potables at this park-themed, food free, parch purging recreation rest stop.

The Bigfoot Lodge

3172 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Friday, October 23, 2015

We were too full to proceed to the pastry on our last visit to Jon & Vinny’s:

... so we decided to detour for our deserted dessert.

They aren’t set up for take away, but kindly accommodated us by bagging up the goods (which came to a total of $9.27, but they weren’t labeled so I’m not sure of how the prices break down).

We went coconutty over the macaroon:

... with its toasty tendrils and moist middle while the peanut butter meringue cookie:

... was no slouch either, with a light, sweet, hypo-worthy allergenic alliance.

As we made our way to the door, we noticed that the pine nut tart we had ordered was delivered as a pine nut cookie.

The staff gave us the tart:

... as well as the bonus cookie which had a nice cornmeal texture in a blueberry-dotted, muffinesque mound while the rosemary round had a buttery crust to this noisette nosh.

Jon & Vinny’s afters were worth going after.

Jon & Vinny’s
412 N Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, October 22, 2015

We teed off with some goat meatballs ($14.00):

... at Bellwether.

Muhammara mingled with the mince and mound of apricot and raisined rice in a walnutty ware that we washed down with a couple pints.

The cheese ($14.00):

... included goat, cow and sheep in a curd herd that was good grazing.

Our snack stop was so good that we vowed to venture back for dinner soon.

The Bellwether
13251 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Banners boasting bests are common cuisine currency.

We pulled in to Primo’s Donuts for their popular purchases of the solid, standard issue buttermilk:

... a wingless windup of a “cinnamon butterfly”:

... and a chocolate donut:

... to get our glucose gauges going.

Nothing wrong with this loop hole but not a detour donut for us.

Primo’s Donuts
2918 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA








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