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January 1-10, 2016


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Sunday, January 10, 2016

They weren’t amateur-fiteroles, they were profiteroles ($9.00):

... at Canelé:

... where glorious ganache-gilded golf balls of vanilla ice cream-stuffed sweet sandwiches hit our sweet spot along with a shortcake ($9.00):

... that took the place of pastry crust in an apple pie-inspired or strawberry seasonal substitution solution.

Both demonstrations of dessert were dandy, but the fit went to the pro rollers.

We will return to check out the mains which looked good on neighboring tables.

3219 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Saturday, January 9, 2016

We took the chill off with a beefy bowl of pho at Indochine Vien.

The #10 ($10.50):

... was a rice noodled, beef broth basin with dense, hot dog-textured meat balls and strips of cow.

Banh xeo ($9.50):

... was a shrimp and chicken crepe with lettuce leaves to wrap these mung bean sprouted mouthfuls.

This pleasing pancake was fine flappage followed by a beef and onion bo xao ($11.50):

... that was showered with peanuts and served with a mound of rice.

We’ll have to return to this quick counter service spot to check out more of their menu.


Indochine Vien
3110 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Friday, January 8, 2016

We grabbed a couple brews at Village Tavern:

... where avocado appears in many manipulations including in fry form with brisket ($11.00):

Pico de gallo and chili perked this stack of steer over chips with a rich wave of green goods. This dormy dish was followed by a guacy burger ($12.50):

... and smokey chicken wings ($12.00):

... with slaw.

All the chow was solid pub grub and we’ll have to stop by to sample more of their suds selections.

Village Tavern
3216 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Santa Ana Song ($13.00):

... was a vermouth-ful fortified fluid of Gjelina:


... where meatballs ($15.00):

... ponged with pork and a perky parm and tomato tonic were gathered up with grilled bread.

These orb bites had a gravitational pull as did the cratery four onion pizza ($14.00):

Blissfully blistery bites levied lusciousness in a chevrey pie driven with assorted alliums.

Grilled Chinese broccoli ($10.00):

... was worthy of stalking. These chili-charged, garlicky greens were good grub.

Gjelina continues to draw us back for their edible orrery with their extraordinary terrestrial tucker.

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Mall hunger is different than ordinary hunger - mall hunger isn’t addressed with rational options.

Our retail relief was a couple Cheesecake Factory:

... desserts, which we suspected were going to be more about sucrose saturation than satisfaction.

The closest thing they had to a slice of pie was an apple crisp:

... (which lacked the second part of the promise of its name).

A chocolate mousse cake:

... was mouth spackle in a monotone mountain. Our expectations were met.

The Cheesecake Factory

Village at Corte Madera
1736 Redwood Highway
Corte Madera, CA



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bubbles lifted the lusciousness of Brussels sprouts ($9.95):

... with bacon, breadcrumbs and a kick from capers at Picco.

The broccoli di ciccio ($9.95):

... was on the salty side, but still good with garlic, preserved lemon and chili.

Sea bass ($34.95):

... swam in a fennel puree with green harissa, shaved fennel, castelvetrano olives and supremed blood orange washed down with 2013 Angel Camp rosé.

This fine fish was followed by eggplant parmesan ($16.95):

... with smoked mozzarella and a perky marinara.

Key lime pie ($9.95):

... piped with peaks of creme chantilly running with rivers of guava coulis was a graham and coconut crusted, cravable creation.

We warmed ourselves with a pot of tea before heading back out into the cold from our favorite Larkspur dinner destination.

320 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA



Monday, January 4, 2016

Cedar smoke suspended around sashimi:

... in an inverted fishbowl at Kamu, where our pals introduced us to this fumed fish finished by a flap on a salt slab.

We devoured a duo of these signal senders along with a planked salmon:

...squid scoops:

...marvy maki:

... and a platter of sashimi.

This south city seafood was a fabulous foray with friends.

Kamu Sushi
112 Grand Ave.
South San Francisco, CA



Sunday, January 3, 2016

While wrangling our bread at M. H. Bread & Butter, we noticed that the neighboring Bistro Viz had opened:

... and made our way in for some kale soup ($9.00):

This simple solution was a welcoming warmer followed by beets with chevre ($11.00):

This dish was good, but could have used nuts, seeds or croutons to give a contrasting texture to this soft salad.

Pleasing, plump mussels ($15.00):

... were followed by slightly tough short rib ($17.00):

... on a bed of farro.

The duck ($29.00):

... was more our thing with a confit leg and pinkly seared breast. This potato, sunchoke, and carrot rooted dish could have been perked (with some pomegranate seeds?) to break up the otherwise nice nest.

This San Anselmo station seems to attract neighbors with bistro-based chow.

Bistro Viz
115 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo, CA



Saturday, January 2, 2016

We were pleased to find that Toy Boat:

... is still afloat as we cruised down Clement.

We selected slices of strawberry rhubarb pie:

... (we would normally get some ice cream, but it was just too cold out).

These tangy triangles had a salty, doughy crust, but were still welcome warm wares as we relaxed in the booth with hot beverages.

Sometimes it’s just good to have some warm, reliable, dessert.

Toy Boat
401 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA



Friday, January 1, 2016

We barreled through 2015:


... and Ad Libing:

... our way through Vietnam:

... dining in Disneyland:

... and spending time in LA:

... with excellence in omelettes:

... beasts:

... and their tails:

... detour worthy pie:

... the best breakfast:

... brownie:

... donut:

... and sole:

... as well as towers:

... taquerias:

... and with a sensational side trip to TFL.








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