Over the weekend, I had to take care of some work issues that lead me to work on Sunday until about 1. Typically, if I work on the weekends, I want to get in and out as quick as possible so that I can enjoy what I have left of my free time, and I didn’t grab anything before I went in. So basically, I was starving.
Until my friend sent me a brunch text… mmmm bacon.Read More
I got a chance to try out Girasol, and American cuisine restaurant which prepares its menu seasonally with the help of a forager to gather local/and rustic ingredients. Pine needles and grass anyone? Oh yes, and lovage, lots and lots of lovage. I still don’t know what that is.
When I first arrived at this restaurant, the first thing I noticed was how LOUD it was. I guess that has been a recent trend, places like Black Market Liquor Bar and Laurel Tavern have the same general aesthetics. This is one of those places to be if you want to be seen with your date… Whether or not you want to hear them, is a totally different matter. I had to pause and have my date repeat what she was saying a couple of times. Girasol had a pleasing atmosphere and decor and is very well put together. If you are a tall person, you may have an issue with the tables, the legsRead More
I am a Jersey boy, born and raised, came from a small town with one stop light, about 3000 people, where our entire commercial tax base was one restaurant, a laundromat, travel agency, bank, and a barber. The closet market was nothing like the supermarkets we have today. When did supermarkets and restaurants have kids? Because this is an awesome idea. Enter Whole Foods in Pasadena.Read More
What can I say to a grilled cheese festival in LA? Only one thing, YES! So when I heard about the Grilled Cheese Invitational happening downtown, I rounded up some cheese loving friends and headed over. This was a cooking competition as well as a food truck fest, there were people cooking up grilled cheese surprises for judges as my friends were about to eat our way to cheesy heaven. By the time I found out and got my tickets, there was not an opportunity to become a judge, so we relegated ourselves to the peoples choice award (more on that later).Read More
One of the things that I love about LA is the beautiful weather, and I don’t think that I am alone on this, and I have always been a fan of considering Sunday as a day of rest. Lately, I have discovered the wonderful world of Sunday brunch. Its a special meal that combines many of things that I love on the weekends: sleeping late, eating, friends, being outdoors, and having a drink without guilt of anyone telling you shouldn’t be drinking before noon. I remember that I got yelled at once for drinking a beer at 11am at my parents house when I was in my 20′s. I didn’t hear the end of that for a while, actually, they still bring it up. So I hope that my parents read this. Anyway, but I think one of the deciding factors is being outdoors. I don’t know what it is, but it definitely changed the feel of the meal for me. Anything other way.. is just lunch.Read More