Tag Archive: restaurant

Wino Deal: Fundamental LA’s Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing

Fundamental LA carrot risotto by Caroline on Crack

During lunch hours, Fundamental LA — a Westwood restaurant that’s been around since 2011 and has got all those buzzwords foodies seem to love like “farmers market fresh,” “artisanal,” and “small plates — is a sandwich shop. But at night it turns into a hopping small plates eatery with food by executive chef Philip Pretty (Sona,…

A Few of My Favorite Things at Wood & Vine

Wood & Vine is one of my favorite places to dine whenever I’m in Hollywood to catch a movie at the ArcLight or kill some time before Hemingway’s Lounge opens up. It’s a gorgeous venue with a beautiful bar that greets you at the front of the house, followed by a second level for dining…

Zengo Santa Monica's $35 All-You-Can-Eat-and-Drink Brunch

Brunch is one of my favorite meals of the weekend. No rushing off to anywhere, you can drink as many brunch cocktails as you want and it’s all very leisurely and lovely. But I have four requirements for what constitutes a good brunch: 1) a wide variety of dishes from savory to sweet to choose…

Blog Bite: Gloria's Cafe's Carne Adobada

Last night, I swung by Scoops Westside to see if my ol’ buddy, owner Matt Kang, wanted anything to eat. Sometimes he doesn’t get a chance to get out and fetch dinner, especially when there’s a crowd of foodies clamoring for brown bread ice cream. Anyway, we decided on Gloria’s Café, an authentic Mexican/Salvadoran food…

Red O Restaurant: New Mexican, Tequila Tunnel and More Cowbell

I’m going to admit something to you that may get me disbarred from the L.A. Food Bloggers Association, if there was one. I don’t know who this Rick Bayless is. At least I didn’t really before I was invited to a blogger dinner at the new Red O Restaurant (Bayless created the Mexican cuisine menu…

Pitfire Artisan Pizza and Its New Spring Menu

When I lived in Mar Vista for 10 years, I hated the fact that there weren’t any cool eateries or bars within walking distance of my hovel near Venice and Centinela. Cut to four years later and now there’s a fancified Alibi Room, Rockenwagner Bakery, the Curious Palate and, most recently, Pitfire Artisan Pizza, which…

Tips on How To Send Back a Bad Meal at a Restaurant

You’re at a nice restaurant and discover that your entree is not up to snuff. Maybe it’s missing the goat cheese that was listed in its description on the menu, maybe it’s supposed to be a hot dish and it arrives cold. Do you a) complain to the server and ask the kitchen to remake…

Blog Bite: BLT's $3.03 Cocktails, $33.04 Steak

BLT Restaurants are celebrating the sixth anniversary of the original BLT Steak restaurant in Manhattan and, yay for us, we all benefit! Yup, for one day only — tomorrow, March 3 — patrons can enjoy lunch and dinner for cheap-for-BLT prices. Executive Chef and Partner Laurent Tourondel says, ?Thank you to all of our customers…

BlackboardEats' Secret Heads-Up: 30% Off Josie and $19.95 Mercantile Prix Fixe

You know BlackboardEats, right? The Web site dedicated to offering fantabulous discounts at some of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles? Only thing is you never know what discounts are coming up until the Tuesday and Thursday you get their newsletter. Not that that’s a bad thing. Who doesn’t like to be surprised? But this…

A Closer Peek at First & Hope Supper Club

Earlier this week I had a chance to check out the not-yet-opened First & Hope Supper Club thanks to Aidan Demarest, its cocktail consultant, who was hosting a Pernod absinthe event for a bunch of journalists. Apparently the party guests started off at the Varnish and then were taken via horse-drawn carriages up the long…