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May 11-20, 2016


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Link n Hops:

... looked like a cross between Chevy’s and Top Dog in a way that made us uneasy, but as we were casing out this dog house, the bartender chatted with us about the brews:

... and we settled into a booth to enjoy some draughts and dogs.

Our smoked Polish ($7.95):

... with sautéed onions and sweet peppers was a good, garlicy beef and pork sausage while the chicken Ortega ($8.95):

... got a boost from jalapeño and pepper jack sided with some fries ($3.50):

We will have to hop back to this tube steak turnout again for some suds and sausage.

Link n Hops
3111 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, May 19, 2016

We experienced “Teenage Love” ($12.00) which was a highly spirited combo of rum, whisky and gin with mood altering properties. Tea, apricot and lemon tempered this rebellious refreshment at Tenants of the Trees where we enjoyed the warm evening on the patio.

Lounging among the logs we lingered over an “Eraser Head” ($12.00) which got heat from jalapeño-infused tequila in a blood orange and lime citrused sip.

This huggable headquarters of thirst truncation gets lots of negative notations online, be we plan to plant ourselves here again soon.

Tenants of the Trees

2808 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The pork belly ($14.00):

... at Same Same:

... had a nice heat that melded with the meat, rice and basil in a bowl of beer-friendly munchable midsection alongside jade noodles ($11.00):

... with strips of char sui, yau choy, and cilantro.

A frilly mussel pancake ($12.00):

... with hot sauce got a fresh crunch from bean sprouts in a sizzling pan flexing fortification.

We liked this friendly, strip mall, wine and beer bar and will have to drop by again to same-ple more of their menu..or just have the same.

Same Same
2835 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

There were zero hipsters at The House of Pies:

... as we tucked into their namesake nosh ($4.25 per slice).

These old school wedges had crumbly crusts and were slightly on the sweeter side. The apple:

... was superior to the cherry with a nice, just-cooked-through texture to the tree fruit while the red stone fruit slice:

... had a pronounced cornstarchy thickness to its syrup.

This crusty institution delivers the expected eats - sans hipsters.

House of Pies
1869 Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Monday, May 16, 2016

Breakfast radishes:

... had lightly dressed greens that rabbited down with bergamot butter and salt at Al’s Place.

Our pals treated us to the tasting menu that went from nuts to soup beginning with crunchily vadouvan-spiced almonds:

...a heady heap of heavenly herbacousness and awesome asparagus melded with miso:

Cured trout:

... swam between boulders of bronzed spuds while brine pickled potatoes:

... were used in the apple sauce-sided fries (that were also used to dip in some of the other dishes.)

Foie gras:

... was whipped into a 3 Musketeery lightness and sided with a fruity flourish to de-liver sensational spreadable splendor.


... was umamied with mushrooms and beaned with favas in a cravable custard while pork belly:

...was a belt-loosening, marvelous midsection munch.


... were kissed with goat’s milk curds wheyed in with mint and peas while yellowtail flapped in a fine green pea curry with pickled strawberries:

... washed down with a 2015 Bodegas Chacra Rosé.

A couple big platters of brownies with ice cream:

... showed off their sundae best as we wrapped up our dinner at this Place of Al-chemy.

Al’s Place
1499 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bourbon, lemon and honey stung the “Sierra Madre” ($12.00) at Charcoal Silverlake BBQ Bar:

... along with a Manhattan:

... which we ballasted with burn ends quesadillas ($8.00):

These gouda and chili chomps were homey helpings along with wings ($11.00):

... but the Brussels sprouts:

... were less our thing as the creme distracted us from the pancetta and crispy bits.

This bbq bar may not be on our rotation, but it was a quick and peppy place to grab a relaxed bite.

Charcoal Silverlake

2611 N Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pollenated pork hit the spot with the tomahawk chop ($90.00):

... at ChiSpacca.

Pink planks of porcine placated our palates with a fennel pollen punch. Gnawing on the bones was the highlight of this hoggy helping (that is a required requisition along with their famed focaccia di recco ($18.00)).

This ‘mendation of molten cheese in a blissfully blistery bread backboarded by an affettati misti ($30.00):

... of house made charcuterie including a panko’ed puck of fried trotter, salami, coppa, pate and rilletes.

Marinated olives with cubes of pecorino ($12.00):

... and chestnut honey-sweetened roasted beets ($15.00):

... with ricotta and mint started us off excellently washed down with a 2011 Nesserhof.

We respected our Elda with its pomegranatey perfume to punctuate the short ribs ($36.00):

... with scallions and salsa verde.

Gelati and sorbetti were a cool refresher while the cannoli cheesecake:

... and peanut butter pie:

... were denser desserts ($10 each). The peanut honeycomb topped, hot fudge-bottomed peanut butter pie scored highest on the hedonism scale followed by espressi.

We wont wait so long between visits for their spaccatacularly sumptuous swine and other meaty morsels.


6610 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA



Friday, May 13, 2016

Our pals presented us with a Proof gift certificate:

... which gave rise to a visit for some pastry.

We spied a new addition to the carbo case in the form of pie.

We went with a slice ($5.00) of this blackberried bundle and declared this our favorite version of this bushberry baked good with a perfect balance of perky tartness to sweetness in a flakey folio.

A puck of quiche ($6.00):

... in a buttery crust has become a reliable reorder with caramelized onions suspended in a creamy custard.

They recently fixed their door so it doesn’t swat you on the rear as you enter on windy days, but we would happily endure this portal problem to enjoy our new favorite fruit formation.

Proof’s pie is detour worthy dessert.


3156 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Highland Park Bowl:

... doesn’t look like much from the outside, but as we walked by the wood burning oven:

... and the bars adorned with bowling machinery we were bowled over by the striking structure of this gutter ball room.

The Mr. Burger ($14.00):

... arrived cooked a bit beyond medium rare, but it was still scored well with fontina and chipotle aioli and a side of fries.

Good anchovies pinned down our pizza ($16.00):

... with garlic and mozzarella. While nicely singed, the crust could have used more salt and a thinner layer of toppings for our taste.

Despite the unrelenting high fiveing, we enjoyed the lively setting and plan to return soon for some alley activity.

Highland Park Bowl
5621 N Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bouchon’s Grand Plateau ($115.00):

... and Moet Chandon:

... hit the spot during our al fresco feast of lobster, clams, crab, oysters:

...prawns and mussels plucked from their icy bed.

Delta asparagus ($18.00):

... spear headed our effort to include some vegetal variance with additional crab clawing its way onto these lovable logs dotted with pine nuts.

The chocolate sauce pitcher was left on the table (in the manner of a milkshake) after cocoa cascading profiteroles ($11.00):

... to allow hedonistic supplement to the ice cream sandwich balls.

Their lemon tart ($11.00):

... was the consistently curd-ious, puckery, point that placates at our favorite bistro.

Bouchon Bistro
235 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA








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