Saturday, January 9, 2016

Pok Pok LA in Chinatown

Artist Marshall Astor told me that this restaurant, originally from Portland, had the best Papaya Salad he had outside of Thailand but when they first opened Pok Pok Pad Thai (several blocks south of this location), they didn't have it on the menu. The staff said they would have it when they open the restaurant. Well, I've been twice now and it's a wonderful place. The Pok Pok special includes the papaya salad and an amazing roasted duck. The scotch selection is awesome and there's a bar upstairs. The second time, I went with artist Patricia Fernandez and I ordered the spicy fried chicken, which was over the top. One of my newest favorites, I highly recommend this place. 978 N Broadway LA CA 90012

Churro Borough on Vermont

Churro Borough at 1726 N Vermont Ave LA CA 90027 is north of Sunset Blvd. The churro sandwich was deliciously sweet but it was the hot chocolate with the toasted marshmallow that was exceptional.

Bela Julia in Hollywood

Pinched for time and in route to the Hollywood Freeway, I drove through the area north of Hollywood and Vine to find Bela Julia, 6363 Yucca Street Hollywood CA 90028. Ham and cheese sandwich. Really high level sandwich. is that an oxymoron? Not in this case.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

C Shortridge in the Foltz Criminal Justice Center Cafe

I was on Jury Duty for just 2 days but it was my first time in the jury pool for a criminal case, very cool. During the break, I went downstairs to the cafeteria. Pretty lo-tech interior design. The breakfast burrito was actually fairly tasty. This is the court the OJ Trails took place. Temple and Hill Street, Downtown LA.

Joe's Crab Shack in Long Beach

Sometimes I pick up my son after a game at CSULB and we have dinner. Usually, we don't make reservations or plan. We sort of drive around and find a place neither of us have been to. This time, we went to this place. it's a chain restaurant. we were a little hesitant because of that but gotta try it atlas once. Well, fairly mediocre. It's just not great crab or seafood. The interior has that Gump Shrimp feel. Run Forrest Run! is my suggestions. There are so many great places to eat in the LBC. This is definitely not one of them. 6550 Marina Drive LB CA 90803

Maruhide Uni Club in Torrance

Maruhide Uni Club, 2130 W Redondo Beach Blvd Torrance CA 90504. I have one friend from Washington DC who will come into town, allegedly plan her trip, usually with her husband, but call me once she's in and ask if I can have dinner that night. It's rude, true but she's consistent. This time, we met at a place she and her husband love but I had never been to. Uni is sea urchin. If you like uni, this place is glorious.

Rays & Stark Bar at LACMA

Rays is the food part and Stark is the bar part, I think? This is the cafe at LACMA adjacent to the BP Plaza but I think they stay calling it the BP Plaza after the big oil spill off Corpus Cristi. Anyway, Rays has the water menu. Expensive bottles of water from around the world. i had heard the burger was great and it was. I went with artist Alexis Disselkoen. We had a great time and even bumped into Tricia Ward and Anne Bray. The food was pretty good. I can't say I had high hopes but it was surprisingly good. The water menu is hilarious. 5905 Wilshire Blvd LA CA 90036