Friday, February 27, 2009

Andiamo




Pizza for lunch! Oh, but not just any pizza. We ordered two at Adamiano, 2815 Sunset Blve., LA CA 90019 http://www.andiamotogo.com/. Perhpas the best Pizza in Silverlake. It was amazing. I had six slices and can barely move at this moment.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Orochon Ramen




I was watching Man Vs Food last night on the food channel and they were at Orochon. The host, Adam, undertook the challenge of eating the entire bowl of NO. 2 in 30 minutes. We went today for lunch and their was the Man VS Food hosts face on the Hall of Honor wall. I wasn't so adventurous. I ordered the Miso Ramen at a number 4 spice level. It was a slow burn but I finished it. I don't like to eat anything so spicey that I can't taste my food. I suspect I will never venture the NO. 2 challenge but maybe next time I'll go the next level, level 3!!!. Even the napkin holder was red.

Harvey's Sandwiches




On the corner of Palms and Motor in West LA is Harvey's Sandwiches. It's a no-nonsense pastrami and other sandwiches shop. I ordered the cheeseburger which was pretty good. The grilled onions tasted great and the steak fries were chunky. The popular item is the Philly or pastrami, which I will order next time.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Lamill Coffee





Lamill Coffee, 1636 Silver Lake Blvd LA CA 90026, 323-663-4441, is a newish coffee place. The coffee's pretty good. It's kind of expensive but it's good but today I ordered the mojito (non-alcohol). There was a notice in the window that they'll be selling booze soon so maybe in a month the mojito will have more of a kick to it. My favorite aspect of this place was the wacky interior and the cool chairs. Fake ostrich and snake skin. The Ostrich chair swivels on what feels like precision German bearings. It's awesome. I wanted to sit in one and spin around but people were already staring.

Leela Tahi




Leela Thai, 1737 Silverlake Blvd., LA CA 90026, 323-660-662, is just a skip and half a jump north of Spaceland in Silverlake. It's been there a long time. Today we had lunch there. The servers are very nice. The food, however, is an example where things can get watered down for the "American" palate. If we lived in the outskirts of LA or the kind of town where there's only one Chinese food restaurant and it's Panda Express, I think I could have a more open mind but yikes! The water comes in those cool aluminum cups and keeps it super cold even after the cup is empty. I had the green curry. The brown rice was good. My egg roll was good, The curry was disappointing. Yes, it's only $5.50 but mann!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Original Snow Cone Factory



The Original Snow Cone Factory, 3557 East 3rd Street LA CA 90063, 323-269-0109 is on the corner of 3rd and Indiana. I passed by the place many times for about four years. I didn't know what a funnel cake was. My co-workers said that eating a funnel cake at least once was a must so today was my maiden voyage to funnel cake heaven. This place also has fried Twinkies and oreos on the menu as well as snow cones. The funnel cake can come plain with sugar or you can add various toppings and whip cream. I ordered the banana with whip cream. The funnel cake is fried, much like a donut. This also came with custard so it was really intense. I couldn't even finish mine. it was too sweet. Next time, I'm gonna order it with peanut butter.

Tacos Baja Ensenada



Matt told me he ate at the best fish tacos joint in LA earlier this week. According to LA Magazine, Tacos Baja Ensenada, 5385 Whittier Blvd, LA CA 90022, 323-887-1980 has the best baja-authentic fish tacos in Los Angeles. We went today to investigate! Yes, the fish and shrimp tacos are awesome and so very affordable. The place was packed. The cerviche, well...not so much. They are very affordable. My whole lunch with drink was around $6. I especially liked the chile salt covered peppers. DEE-Licious!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Royal Tea




When Kio first told me about Royal Tea, he prefaced it by explaining a newish fad in Japan, where you have these coffee houses where primarily men go and are waited on by cute girls in maid outfits. Hmmm? It took me a while to make my way there but there I was with Kio. Oh, this isn't what I thought it was going to be. The Culver City version is called Royal Tea at 8910 Washington Blvd, Culver City CA
(310) 559-6300. The owner is an art collector who has the largest collection on the west coast of Japanese Super Flat artwork, i.e. Murakami and Nara. Royal Tea is a showcase for this collectors collection but most recently has become much more than a gallery space. It's got a full menu, a hip gift shop, a film screening space, a performance space and yes, cute girls in maid outfits. I think what is interesting is 1) the artwork isn't for sale per se and 2) the "servers" are artists, at least the one who took our order this weekend. It helps that Kio knows the manager and evidently everyone else who works there. Every one's super nice albeit super flat. The coffee is excellent and the breakfast we had was delicious; granola and yogurt, breads with butter and jam, herbal teas and fresh fruits. However, it's the artwork that blew me away. What an amazing collection!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Jones Coffee Roasters




At 537 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena CA 91105, 626-564-9291 is Jones Coffee Roasters. They were highly recommended by artist Michael Amescua, whose studio is just a block south of it. It sure was hot today. After our meeting with Michael, Angelene treated me to an ice coffee. What a cool place with that Pasadena edge like J Crew aire. Angelene a triple shot of something which she said was delicious. I had a ice coffee which wasn't the best I'd ever had but it did the job. We shared a little tin of pecan pie. That was very wonderful. I was thinking, I wonder if this is were the candy bar comes from? So chewy but not too sweet.