It seems like all of the good things happen in the Fall: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Football, and food, and thats why it’s my favorite time of year. Something else I have looked forward to since moving to LA is the Taste of Italy, which benefits the IAMLA (Italian American Museum of LA). It’s much more than just a collection of eateries trying to vie for new customers; from food, (yes there is italian food other than pizza), to wine, libations, and a little bit of culture, it’s your one stop shop of everything italian. Set in historic little Italy, its italian overload. Just like St Patty’s Day in March, everyone is Italian in October. …
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 legs
What happens when two foodies get together for dinner? Great food is the answer. And that was the case Saturday night when I had the pleasure of dining with the owner of The Triple Dipper , a site dedicated to dips. From her suggestion, the choices in front of me included The Village, Black Market Liquor Bar, which you can read my review here, (weekendfoodie.com/black-market-liquor-bar-studio-city-ca/), and the Laurel Tavern, which I had been to, but pretty loud to carry on a conversation….
I recently went to Wood & Vine with a friend of mine and absolutely enjoyed it. Unfortunately, in certain situations, I don’t like to bring my Cannon camera because I think it will disturb the other diners. In this case, I used my phone and the pictures didn’t come out very well, so in lieu of a typical review, I am going to have to take a mulligan on this one. I will have to go back in the next couple weeks and try again.
Oh the hazards of my job….
I will post a proper review as soon as I get back!
Happy New Year to all! I am glad that everyone survived the most recent apocolypse and had a safe transition into the new year.
Last year, my friend and I decided that instead of presents, we would take each other out to dinner at the restaurants of our choosing. Apparently, due to the party demand and conflicting schedules, our dinner was moved into the new year, and what a way to start a new foodie year then by celebrating at Mastro’s Steak House in Beverly Hills.
For me, this is not a place I can frequent on a regular basis, with the $10+ glasses of wine, $40+ steaks, this is the type of place that I need to save for, but its well worth it. I had been to Beverly Hills several times and I must have passed this place every time, but once I found it, I wont forget it. …