Eat: SAM’S BAGELS / Los Angeles, CA

One of my longtime favorite spots on Larchmont is SAM’S BAGELS. I like to stop in after I visit the Farmer’s Market on Sundays and grab a few bagels and my favorite sandwich– chicken salad (shown above) with cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and onions.

EAT: VITO / Santa Monica, CA

This is the second time I’ve written about VITO. Hey, fabulous food deserves another mention. The quality of the food here never wavers– it’s been delicious every time. And, the staff is fantastic. They managed our rowdy group of twelve without breaking a sweat. My new favorite is the Spaghetti Della Casa (above)– chopped shrimp… Continue reading EAT: VITO / Santa Monica, CA

EAT: MEZZE / Los Angeles, CA

Last week, a friend recommended we try MEZZE for dinner. The restaurant has a slew of rave reviews on Yelp and we had a Blackboard Eats discount code so the decision to head over was a no-brainer. Just as the previous diners promised, the service was fantastic. We started with some “Egyptian Rebel Fries” with… Continue reading EAT: MEZZE / Los Angeles, CA

EAT: KILLER SHRIMP / Marina Del Rey, CA

I went to go check out the new KILLER SHRIMP on Admiralty Way. (Those familiar with the area may remember the restaurant that used to be on Washington Blvd.) Final thoughts: Expect to wait; reservations aren’t accepted for groups smaller than 6. Try and get yourself a seat with a view. Recommended.

Brunch at PLAYA

Had brunch at Playa last week! I’ve been to Playa for small plates and cocktails and walked away thinking the food was tasty but pricey. (It’s always a bit of a bummer to spend $60/person and be starving an hour later.) Brunch prices also seem to be a few dollars than similar fare elsewhere (e.g. $15 burger) but the food, again, was tasty. If you’re willing to spend the extra cash, the Latin twist of traditional brunch items is worth trying out.

MUSHA IZAKAYA

I love, love MUSHA in Santa Monica. They have plenty of dishes that will have you wishing you lived on the West side including my favorite– Itame Somen. You just can’t go wrong here; everything I’ve ever tried at Musha has been delicious. A very popular local hangout, seats fill up quickly during dinner service.… Continue reading MUSHA IZAKAYA

RUEN PAIR

A few weeks ago I went on Six Taste’s Thai Town Food Tour. I was too busy shoveling food in my face at most of the establishments to do much else, but I did manage to grab one photo at RUEN PAIR.

WATERLOO & CITY

The other night, a good friend suggested we meet for dinner at A-Frame in Culver City. After an extremely unpleasant community-seating experience– the diner next to me sitting so close I could feel them breathing on my neck– we fled to the nearest establishment we could find. Sometimes things just work out the way they’re… Continue reading WATERLOO & CITY

BREWERY ARTWALK, Oct. 9-10

The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex. With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists at studio prices. Admission is free and so is parking.… Continue reading BREWERY ARTWALK, Oct. 9-10

MARGO’S BARK

The best thing about last week’s dinner at Salt’s Cure was my discovery of this awesome root beer. MARGO’S BARK ROOT BEER started as a science fair project for seven year old Oscar Youd. This soda was DELICIOUS. Delicious. Thank goodness you can buy it in stores throughout Southern California. If you’re not in the… Continue reading MARGO’S BARK

THE VILLAGE IDIOT

After my first visit to THE VILLAGE IDIOT I wondered why I hadn’t been there before. The food was great, the service was great and…did I mention the food? We certainly didn’t hold back. We started with brussels sprouts with smoked bacon and the crispy pork belly with fried green tomatoes. We followed that up… Continue reading THE VILLAGE IDIOT