Monday, July 14, 2014
I usually do a what-I-ate monthly round up, but I thought I would try something different using my camera phone pictures and VSCO cam app and focusing on a restaurant. I wanted to treat out Jimmy this Monday evening by taking him to Kush. A new sake bar in Echo Park that opened just two weeks ago. It's exciting to be an "early adopter." Is this tech term transferable to food? Anyway, we thought it was just going to be overpriced Japanese bar food on sticks, but we were delightfully surprised by every dish that we ordered.
While I was enjoying my usual tsukemen at Silverlake Ramen last week, the server handed me the menu to Kush - a restaurant closer to my house by the same owner. I felt like I was getting tipped off on a brand new exciting place! I love Silverlake Ramen - despite the implications of its name, Silverlake Ramen is not water-down Americanized ramen.
Anyway, we drove 1.5 miles and found residential parking and sat at the booth. Only one other person was there. We started the meal with mushroom with truffle salt (4) which was the perfect appetizer. Jimmy looked up at me with surprise, "this is really good."
The dips that come with the meal are great to enhance the flavors, but everything was very well seasoned. The dips included: pepper/salt magic, sweet Japanese mayonnaise and soy sauce daikon.
Jimmy loved the chicken liver pate, brie cheese, honey on toast (4.50). The berry on top added perfect sweetness. The japanese pumpkin with honey sauce (3) was tasty and a good filling dish if you're worried about getting full.
The Japanese Meatball (9) which is a chicken meatball, poached egg and mashed potato was so savory and amazing. We licked the bowl clean. We also ordered marinated pork belly (3.5) which is always a winner. I found myself really savoring each bite and dipping it in each dipping piece to see how the flavor would be enhanced. The pork belly is definitely better than the wagyu beef (6) probably because it was fattier.
Kush is really pushing to be a sake bar and offered tastings of the "Mirror of Truth-seiko." This was recommended to us by the server as the best pairing to our order. Jimmy declared that it was really refreshing and perfect. We will order this next time we come! We also had the hot sake which warmed our bellies!
The bill came in this cute vintage cigarette box that looks like it came from the Rose Bowl Flea market.
5 stars! Trendy, classy and very affordable for refined and exquisite taste.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
For my birthday this year I wrote down a list of things that I wanted to do before finally settling on doing a joint birthday which I will blog about later. Last year was a birthday blitz - my rooftop birthday at Perch on Thursday, James' wine bar bash on Friday and Davids Abbey debauchery on Saturday. The following Sunday I gathered the group to do a beach adventure. This year David was out of town and James and I combined. So that left some open days for me to do some smaller things.
There was a smaller bar in the back. I took a stab at channeling RENT the musical. LOL. Most of the other pictures were pretty blurry. Sad face.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The Strand House at Manhattan Beach pier is spectacular. This is the view from our lunch table. Front row seats to a tsunami and I hope that glass is thick enough. It felt like a quick vacation and something I appreciate much more since I don't live near the coast. Those are giant glass windows that protect us from the harsh natural atmosphere. They are obviously cleaned rigorously everyday to provide the best view possible.
Oh don't mind us! We're just making our way to our yacht wearing our pastels.
|1 hour and 8 minutes to bus across town|
June was a very colorful month for food. MMMMMM.
Cha Cha Chili - Alhambra - Spicy Pork Sliders. Next to Chengdu Taste, a casual spot that's not too popular
SweetSalt - Toluca Lake - Salad with duck on top
Pink's Taco - Century City - Lobster Enchilada... tastes like it sounds
Samosa House Sunset - Silverlake - Pakora
AOC - Plate of bread stuff
Chicken and Rice - Cypress Park - The appeal in New York is that's is available and quick and open when youre drunk. This store front is very unknown and tastes pretty much the same. But the experience is quite different.
Ramen - Somewhere in the South Bay... Ramen is blending together
Square One at the Boat House - Patty Melt at the lake... delicious
C & O Trattoria - Marina del Rey - Great Italian food, fun vibe
Isaan Station - Northern Thai cuisine, got their Khai Yang Ob Oong (Charcoal grilled turmeric marinated chicken) so good
Cha Cha Chili - Alhambra - Kim Chi Quesidilla
Samosa House Sunset -
Taco Bell - Joe got me this waffle breakfast thing for my birthday
Rock N Brew - El Segundo - it's like a Yard House. These Hawaiian tacos were alright.
Coffee Chop Place by Soul Cycle - Sunset Strip - Pizza... expensive pizza
Lemonade - Manhattan Beach - Tuna in Avacado. My go to healthy snack
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
We checked out the Robyn and Royksopp concert at the Hollywood Bowl and made an evening out of it. We had tons of amazing food and consumed it in hidden picnic area 7 towards the top. We feasted. Unfortunately our boxed wine + 2 bottles was not enough and we were dry 1/3 in. But no worries. It was still an awesome show!
The Hollywood Bowl venue is one of a kind. I just wish it was connected to public transit. Though there have been many times were we've been lucky enough to park at the right spot for quickest exit. For now tandem parking and shuttle buses parked in street islands will have to do!