my L.A.

my favorite restaurants in LA

December 1st, 2010

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my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles

This is a short list of my favorite places to dine in Los Angeles.  The list ranges from very casual places/hamburger spots to more formal/occasion restaurants. Both the food and service I find to be consistently good, and if I find the service to be substandard (even if the food is amazing) I will not put it on my list. I try to update my list often. However, you should contact the restaurant directly for menu selections, hours, reservations, and prices.

bon appétit !

LM

Brentwood / West Los Angeles

Asahi Ramen
2027 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310.479.2231
www.asahiramen.com

Cash only.  Closed Thursday.  Authentic casual little noodle shop nestled amongst a collection of Japanese restaurants on Sawtelle Boulevard.

Hamasaku
11043 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90025
310.479.7630
www.hamasakula.com

Probably my favorite sushi restaurant in LA.  In a strip mall, but do not let that dissuade you from enjoying tasty hand-rolls and inventive combinations.

Tavern
11648 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310.806.6464
www.tavernla.com

The latest restaurant endeavor of which Chef Suzanne Goin has a part. Small, market driven menu with fresh Mediterranean flair. Uncomplicated food with delicious fruit and nut breads (which are also available to go).

Toscana
11633 San Vicente Blvd # 100
Los Angeles, CA 90049
310.820.2448

Norther Italian food.  Toscana is authentic Italy: welcoming, loud, simple hearty dishes and waiters pushing a plate full of desserts in your direction.  The food is as good today as it was when I first came to LA.

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apple notes (part two)

November 12th, 2010

apple notes (part two):
what flavors and foods pair well with apples

Apples are an extremely versatile fruit that can pair well with warm, seasonal flavors and well as foods with a fresh, tangy profile.   Warm tones of vanilla, tonka, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, bay, caramel, butter, brown sugar, molasses, and sage.  Apples, raw or cooked, are a good companion to a variety of nuts and dried fruits including hazelnuts, pine-nuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, pumpkin seeds, chestnuts, raisins, currants, died berries and cranberries.  Apples go well with other fruits: pomegranates, pears, quinze, cranberries, figs, dates, oranges, and blackberries.

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picking apples, planting memories

November 12th, 2010

picking apples, planting memories

John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) spread apple seeds in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.   Ask any first-grader as Johnny Appleseed appears to be standard first-grade Fall curriculum.   The lesson is time appropriate as well as fun.

Mr Chapman and his apple seeds did not make it to California but some forty years after his death someone did and that person planted apple seeds in Glen Oaks, California, a little town nestled against the San Bernardino Mountains (about one hour and a half east of Los Angeles).  At an elevation of 5,000 feet, Glen Oaks is the perfect climate for apple growing.   It also made for the perfect family get-away one Sunday.


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my LA

September 17th, 2010

Check back soon for information on my favorite markets in Los Angeles.  Je vous souhaite un bon appétit !



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