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Sunday, July 10, 2016

An excellent Manhattan ($15.00) welcomed us to Cafe Stella.

This stellar sip was an uptown elixir with top shelf solutions culminating in a balanced ‘bibe. Definitely a reorder.

We also enjoyed the St. Vincent ($13.00) which was a lemon-lilted rye and Fernet fluid with an almond and ginger counterpoint that made for a pleasing potion.

Beef tartare ($21.00):

... nested a quail egg in a capered, cow, chompable chop up served on a bed of rocket with little toasts.

Asparagus ($9.00):

... with hollandaise was a good spearage while the cheese plateau ($22.00):

... had a dazzling bredirosse d’Argental and délice de Bourgogne but the Le Chevrot was hard.

We asked about it but they didn’t know if that was the desired state. In any case, we really enjoyed the other cheeses with a chunk of honeycomb and slices of green apple.

The cocktails harken us back to try more of the menu at this cool café.

Café Stella
3932 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Saturday, July 9, 2016

Breakfast included diner coffee and rationed blister packs of jam at Astro Family Restaurant:

... where the waitress was nice enough to preserve our pleasant prandial with an extra pouch of jam on request.

Standard issue scrambled eggs ($7.45):

... and Polish sausage with over easies ($10.25):

... were sided with chunks of fruit that would be ripe in another day or so, but our expectations were tempered by an appreciation for this 24 hour, old school diner.

Astro Family Restaurant
2300 Fletcher Dr.
Los Angeles, CA




Friday, July 8, 2016

They were in the weeds during our dinner at Cliff's Edge:

... which resulted in long waits for rounds of drinks like a very sweet whisky sour ($13.00) and a refreshing (especially for it’s name) “Paloma Coma” ($14.00).

Obese oysters ($34.00):

... slurped down before a cheese plate ($17.00):

... with hard toasts that were uncomplimentary to the curdy company and were were cold comfort to our parched pieholes as we languished liquidless waiting for our beer to materialize.

Poor plating on a cod:

... that was requested rare, but delivered fully cooked (they must have beurre blanced out) with leeks and turnips was good.

Even though our visit was teetering on the edge, we have had better luck in the past so maybe we can hang this visit up to a prime time.

Cliff's Edge

3626 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, July 7, 2016

The crispy rice salad:

... at SQIRL:

... is one of our top picks for Los Angeles breakfasts.

Far from hippie chow, this brown rice bowl gains tantalizing texture from crunchily-crusted grainy goods, herbaceous heft from cilantro and mint and freshness from cukes and scallions boosted by ginger in a delectable delivery with a pleasing astringency enriched with avocado and a fried egg.

Famous Damus ($12.00):

... may not claim top tier status, but this soft scrambled-centered ciabatta with thin slices of ham (to lace up a sating slipper of swine and scram) hit the spot along with a poppyseed scone:

... with a pot of their house made blackberry, lemon verbena jam.

There may not be a U in SQIRL, but I am imbedded in this toast and coffee turnout.


720 Virgil Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Oxtail tots ($9.00):

... at The Griffin:

... were potato plugs with a bit of waggy wares to induce thirst for our Manhattan and Dark and Stormy ($10.00 each).

We snacked on a decent pretzel ($8.00):

... and ordinary wings ($6.00):

... as we took in this cavernous cocktail corner that didn’t have the ingredients for our usual drinks, but served as a divey drink stop.

The Griffin
3000 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Albacore crudo ($17.95):

... with olives, favas and lemon were terrific tuna tiles at Picco:

... where a melony gazpacho ($5.50):

... got a nutty nudge from marconas in a fine fruit soup.

Lamb tartare ($16.95):

... salsaed with a capers in a fabulous flesh frosting to toasts along side some roasted shishitos ($11.95):

... showered with saline and bathed in black garlic bagna cauda.

Perfectly cooked ling cod ($34.95):

... with onions and tomatoes completed our im-piccoble meal at our favorite Larkspur of the moment dinner spot.


320 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA



Monday, July 4, 2016

In Situ is Corey Lee’s bouquet arranged with stems from several standout chefs. His vase of operation is on the ground floor of the SFMOMA which he mirrors with this collection of artistic, edible, endeavors.

Dining docents described the dishes as we perused the map-like menu that illustrated the axial tilt echoed in the ceramics, ceiling and even the aprons.

Our tour commenced in Hong Kong with Matt Abergel’s uni ($26.00):

... crunched up with panko and nori.

We were instructed to stir it well before eating:

... so we took our wooden paddle and urchinly roed our eggs and toast before savoring with 2014 Karthauserhof Riesling:

... (which was a good bottle to navigate us through our meal.)

Wylie Dufrensne’s shrimp grits ($14.00):

... were lubricated with wd-50’s shrimp oil in this granular grub suspending four wheels of pickled jalapeño followed by Virgilio Martizez’s “octopus and the coral” ($28.00):

... that was an eight-fisted, seaweeded sensation with tender cles of pleasing pulpo in a relishable riptide.

Hisato Nakahigashi’s “umami soup” ($38.00):

... had salacious strips of miso-marinated wagyu waving in a crystal-clear broth that deceptively diverted expectations of water rather than the delectable delivery of flavor flourished with luxurious Inaniwa udon infiltrated with asparagus.

Chewy chunks of rice cakes ($22.00):

... plugged our pie holes with porky sausage in David Chang’s yu choy and Sichuan-peppered homey helping before we hit René Redzepi’s wood sorrel and sheep milk’s yogurt ($14.00):

... that contrasted a vegetal chill of granita against a lactosey log veneered with a shatterable sugar surface.

We loved this latest MOMA installation and can’t wait to return to Corey Lee’s curation station next time we are in SF.

In Situ
151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA



Sunday, July 3, 2016

The “power breakfast scramble” ($11.00):

... at Foxy’s:

... had brown rice, spinach, egg whites and tomatoes and did induce the promised sensation of energy while the same could be said of the huevos machaca ($11.00):

... with shredded cow converging with onions, peppers, tomatoes and eggs.

We enjoyed our Mexican-influenced morning meal in this Denny-esque desayuno dugout but may not scramble back right away.

206 W Colorado St.
Glendale, CA



Saturday, July 2, 2016

We got all up in Water Grill:

... with an icy tower of tucker:

... that included excellent Fanny Bays ($16.40), just okay naked cowboys ($18.50), good kumomotos ($19.40) and slurpable Island creeks ($18.80).

A selection of crudos ($19.00):

... and excellent uni ($15.25):

... were washed down with a bottle of 2014 Louis Métaireau Muscadet sur lie during our chill chomp at this shell station.

The Water Grill
544 Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Friday, July 1, 2016

Hard stuff was not enunciated at Whisperer:

... but this Echo Park watering hole resonates with softer sips like our brews:

,,, which hushed our hunger along with a beefy patty melt ($13.00):

... on grilled rye with caramelized onions, Cheddar and 1000 Island.

This sandwich sated along with cojita’ed corn ($8.00):

... with cilantro and lime as well as a stack of ribs ($13.00):

... to stick to ours.

This bar was strangely underpopulated after 9, but maybe it was an off night at this friendly, casual conversation corner.

The Whisperer

1325 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA








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