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One of my fondest memories growing up was going to Redondo Pier in California and fishing with my dad.  Back then it was all about the seafood – even though it smelled.  Yes – it smelled of the sea, and not in a good way.  We would pack a modest picnic of accouterments then head… READ MORE

This entry is unique in that it entails cooking at home by two chefs, one who cooks professionally by day (proud to say that these are mostly his concoctions) while the other finding time at night.  Together, we make one hell of a team – coming up with dishes based on our knowledge of food… READ MORE

Truly a unique dining experience with the intimacy of a dinner party with friends, or in some cases – making new friends, Chef Kevin Meehan entices diners with a five-course meal; each item created with great care and creativity.  The menu changes based on availability of ingredients – a true farm to table experience reflecting… READ MORE

05.25.2012

Larry’s, a Venice Gastropub: Dine LA Week

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Price
Three Dollars
Rating
Two Forks

Larry’s is the ‘brother’ restaurant of Waterloo and City – situated in the heart of Venice and serving the best of beers (26 on draft), global wines and food.  Naturally I had to check this restaurant out due to its association with one of my favorite restaurants on the west side.  The ambiance was casual… READ MORE

The first B/M spot of the ‘Kogi Guy’ (Roy Choi), Chego! features Korean fusion rice bowl dishes they hail as  ‘peasant food from the soul’ like house made fresh Kimchi (a combination of spicy pickled vegetables), a prime rib bowl with horseradish cream sauce topped with a fried egg, their rendition of what they call… READ MORE

04.06.2012

Ink – Molecular Gastronomy and Stellar Drinks, Los Angeles

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Price
Four Dollars
Rating
Four Forks

A restaurant opened by Michael Voltaggio (his first signature) of Top Chef phenomena, Ink presents a dining experience that is eclectic, unique and fun.  Some plates are a bit over the top so dining here you need to come with a ready palate and an open mind.  The specialty drink menu boasts fresh ingredients and… READ MORE

I first came upon Waterloo & City in a magazine article that touted it as one of the best new restaurants of the year in Los Angeles.  The concept?  British gastropub fair – known for their house made and imported charcuterie like chicken liver and foie gras mousse, selection of pates and terrines.  The first… READ MORE

01.21.2012

Father’s Office 2.0 – Los Angeles, CA

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Price
Three Dollars
Rating
Four Forks

My first venture in to this gastropub was at its first location in Santa Monica.  The room was packed! And getting a table?  A complete feat of first-come, first-served battling.  Let’s not forget: you have to order at the bar first.  Quite the scene, the Culver City location is a breath of fresh air in… READ MORE

11.30.2011

Katsu-ya – Encino, CA

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Price
Four Dollars
Rating
Four Forks

So we finally made it out to the Katsu-ya in Encino.  Just like its parent location, it’s always busy.  We made a reservation but still had to wait a good twenty minutes before we were able to sit down.  It wasn’t even as busy as normal – busy, but not the long-wait kind of busy… READ MORE

Co-author:  The Barn Dawgy I came across the Travel Channel’s re-run of “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman”.  Usually reserved for weekend marathon viewings with my dad, I couldn’t help but watch as it was ten minutes in and covering Japan.  The segment I happened to come across was a trip to the sushi market.  As… READ MORE