• eat and drink,  explore,  los angeles

    The Best of Culver City/Palms (according to me and my budget)

    Twelve days from now, I will be moving out of my Culver City apartment. My original desire to move into this neighborhood stemmed from its close proximity to Downtown Culver City. As soon as I got here, I immediately realized just how great the number of dining options were in this area. I love everything about it here except for my apartment. I’m glad to be able to explore new neighborhoods, but here are some of my personal favorites that I will miss.  Eating Brunello Trattoria (6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, 310-280-3856) – For homey, authentic Italian food, this is the only place I want to go. The bread…

  • eat and drink,  explore,  los angeles

    Things to Do Before I leave LA

    I have approximately 81 days left in Los Angeles. I don’t think I can add much more to this list because it will be impossible to achieve.  Things to Eat: – Eat a bacon-wrapped hot dog from a street cart– Palm Springs date shake (June)– Eat a chili burger at Tommy’s– Animal– Beacon– Bludso’s Brisket– Cole’s French Dip– The Coop (April)– Craft– Fraiche– Gloria’s Salvadoran (April)– Jitlada– Lawry’s Prime Rib– Let’s Be Frank’s Hot Dog– Ludo’s Fried Chicken (April)– Mo Chica (April)– Nickel Diner– Patisserie at The Bazaar– Spago– The Gorbals– The Golden State– Umami Explore:– Watch a Derby Dolls match– Get a naked scrub down at a Korean spa–…

  • eat and drink,  new york,  other US travel,  restaurant reviews

    Eat and Drink: Resto (New York City)

    I get a day off for Cesar Chavez Day, so Matt and I planned a short trip to New York for the weekend. We didn’t have any luck with the two restaurants that I wanted to try. When the original restaurants had entirely too long of a wait, we wandered some back streets, looking on Yelp for possibilities. We wound up stumbling upon Resto in Murray Hill, and I am glad that we did. Resto is an adorable, homey Belgian restaurant. It was very quaint and unpretentious for a New York restaurant and was just comfortable. I ordered the chicken and waffles. The citrus chili syrup was kind of a…

  • eat and drink,  los angeles,  restaurant reviews

    Eat and Drink: The Golden State Cafe (Los Angeles)

    Seems to me that there is no limit to the number of amazing burgers to be found in Los Angeles. The Counter. Father’s Office. 25 degrees. Umami Burger. I heard another amazing burger could be found at The Golden State. Then I heard that a beer float could also be found there and I had to try it despite the fact that it scared me to death. The burger looked tiny to me when it was set before me, but it was extremely filling. The bun and arugula were perhaps my favorite elements of the burger. I was still on my 40 days without fried foods, so I ordered the…

  • eat and drink,  los angeles,  restaurant reviews

    Eat and Drink: The Vegan Joint (Los Angeles)

    On Matt’s last excursion to Los Angeles, he fell ill and couldn’t eat much of anything. Therefore, for breakfast, he only wanted to have a fruit smoothie. The only places I know of that serve fruit smoothies besides Jamba Juice and Robeks are vegan restaurants, so we decided to try out The Vegan Joint. The food was very delicious and I think the fruit smoothie wasn’t bad either. Don’t order the thai iced ice with boba, however. It was terrible. The boba was rubbery and undercooked.  Dumplings had a strange texture but I guess that is what happens with fake meat. The mushroom soup tasted just like tom kha and…