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JOHNNIE’S PASTRAMI

  • July 31, 2013 6:03 am

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I haven’t been to Johnnie’s in ten years.

There’s a reason for that.

It just ain’t good.

I’m sorry, I took three other peeps who agree with me. The pastrami is bland and fatty. Bad combo. Fatty should be mean flavorful!

The roll is kind of pointless filler. I only split a sandwich with someone and didn’t even finish my half, it was so sub-par.

If you want good pastrami, obviously go to Langers. Or any Jewish deli that ever existed. Even Subway has better pastrami.

On the other hand, the Johnnie’s Chili Delight was tasty! Hot dogs and chili? Childhood encompassed!

The crinkle cut fries and onion rings were also top notch. Perfectly cooked, no grease, no sog. I hate soggy crinkle cut fries.

If you think this is a boring and/or stupid post, you’re right. I have no time to devote to bad food.

4017 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-6654
http://www.johnniespastrami.com/

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Just because it's been opened since 1952 doesn't mean it's any good.

Just because it’s been opened since 1952 doesn’t mean it’s any good.

Hot Pastrami

Hot Pastrami

Johnnie's Chili Delight (Hot Dogs, Chili and Cheese)

Johnnie’s Chili Delight (Hot Dogs, Chili and Cheese)

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The waitress prepared a ketchup and spicy Chinese mustard sauce for our fries/onion rings. Yum!

The waitress prepared a ketchup and spicy Chinese mustard sauce for our fries/onion rings. Yum!

Loved the pickles! (and the tablecloth)

Loved the pickles! (and the tablecloth)

HEYWOOD – A GRILLED CHEESE SHOPPE

  • July 29, 2013 6:00 am

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I would be in serious trouble if this den of devilish dairy was in my hood.

When it comes to my very favorite dish ever, I’m torn between Mac and Cheese or a Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

My favorite kind of grilled cheese is the ghettoist of ghetto white bread and American cheese.

Oh, and a shit ton of butter.

I was kind of ready for Heywood to disapoint me. I mean, it’s in Silverlake. You can make any menu item vegan.

Was this place going to try and pull a bullshit “healthy” spin on things??

I soon learned Heywood doesn’t eff around! On our first visit, we ordered 4 different sandwiches and not a single one disappointed!

Not a single gimmick, whether it be truffles or spicy, nothing detracts from the cheese and bread. The most important components.

All perfectly executed. Heywood done good.

My problem with many gourmet grilled cheeses is the multitude of “fun” additions which often overpower the heavenly simplicity of what the thing is supposed to be.

Unacceptable!

We tried four different options and I honestly can’t decide which I liked better. Each one was delicious in it’s own way.

The Bon Appetite Brie is definitely something to share for dessert.

The Truffle Shuffle wasn’t overwhelmed by the truffle goodness.

The Muy Caliente packed just enough heat and the soup was unique and delicious.

I guess if i had to pick one not to order again, it would be the Game Changer, the double gloucester and habanero jam was an interesting and tasty combo but the other options we ordered outshined it.

On my second visit, I went by myself (closet eater) and ordered the Heywood, a more classic take on things with delicious aged cheddar and carmelized onions. A definite favorite.

I really enjoyed the crispy cheese crust on the Inside Out and appreciated the tomatoes inside as provolone itself doesn’t have a lot of flavor.

In summary, I love LOVE this place. Even if I suddenly developed a lactose intolerance, I would make the trek here and gladly deal with my punishment later.

3337 1/2 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 667-1522
http://www.heywoodgrilledcheese.com

A Quadruple Decker of Grilled Cheese! In order from the bottom: Muy Caliente, Game Changer, Tres Truffle Shuffle & Bon Appetite Brie

A Quadruple Decker of Grilled Cheese! In order from the bottom: Muy Caliente, Game Changer, Tres Truffle Shuffle & Bon Appetite Brie

Inside Out - Toasted Cheddar crust and Provolone and Bruschetta Spread inside

Inside Out – Toasted Cheddar crust and Provolone and Bruschetta Spread inside

The Heywood - 2 Year Old English Cheddar with a Carmelized Onion Confit on Toasted Sourdough

The Heywood – 2 Year Old English Cheddar with a Carmelized Onion Confit on Toasted Sourdough

Amazing chunky Tomato Soup

Amazing chunky Tomato Soup

The wall is filled with cheese facts and related quotes

The wall is filled with cheese facts and related quotes

CAFE SUSHI

  • July 26, 2013 6:17 am

Forest Fire Roll - Albacore, Avocado and Ginger topped with Spicy Tuna and Crispy Red Onions with Ponzu.

Forest Fire Roll – Albacore, Avocado and Ginger topped with Spicy Tuna and Crispy Red Onions with Ponzu.

When you peruse Yelp reviews for Sushi restaurants, the results fall on both ends of the spectrum (Unless you’re looking at one of the biggies, like Urasawa or Matsuhisa).

You either get “the worst fish ever, service was dreadful”….or “this is my go-to spot for sushi”.

Going to sushi is apparently like Russian roulette.

Cafe Sushi has sat kitty corner to the Beverly Center for ages, it seems. I guess that’s a good sign?

The interior is just a tad outdated (thankfully the 80’s are IN again). I could have sworn that was a non-ironic Nagel painting hung next to our booth.

But they have booths! Love and miss booths!

Nothing like the feeling of being able to sprawl out, arms outstretched, in your own private decadent piggie playground.

No one can see how gross you look when you eat.

Bring back booths! Bring back booths!

Some standouts were the Spicy Tuna Rice Cakes. I liked that the crispy rice was actually still hot and the tuna was plentiful and tasty.

The Forest Fire roll was great, just a tad (or a smidgen, if you will) too fishy.

Chesty Morgan loved the Eel Roll and I thought the Chicken Kara-Age was tasty, but not the best I’ve had.

My favorite dish of the night was the Pumpkin Roll.

Loved the creaminess of the pumpkin, I would come back just to order this roll to go.

Not sure how that bodes for a sushi place, to have the thing you enjoyed the most to be a fish free dish?

Take it as you will, I’ll be back! I love booths!

8459 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-4020
http://www.cafe-sushi.com

Spicy Tuna on Rice Cakes

Spicy Tuna on Rice Cakes

Jampapeno - Yellowtail Sashimi with sliced Jalapenos.

Jampapeno – Yellowtail Sashimi with sliced Jalapenos.

Baked Eel

Baked Eel

Kara-Age Chicken

Kara-Age Chicken

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

SID AND NANCY’S WEDDING

  • July 23, 2013 8:10 pm

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Well, it finally happened folks. Sid and Nancy got married.

Up until last year, Nancy was featured on this blog quite often. Helping me eat my way through LA.

She and her man made the move to San Francisco and I recently created a road trip which culminated in her (long time coming) wedding.

I tried my best to photograph the occasion but when you combine 18 glasses of champagne and a camera, the results aren’t always ideal.

Congrats you two, best of luck and thanks for the kick ass party.

“Precious”….

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Tuna on Cucumber

Tuna on Cucumber

Kale Pancetta Crostini

Kale Pancetta Crostini

Thai Soup Shooters

Thai Soup Shooters

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Nancy and Parents

Nancy and Parents

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THE POLO LOUNGE – BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL

  • July 23, 2013 6:06 am

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The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel is one of those places where I immediately felt like I didn’t belong.

It’s everything I’m not. Rich, Famous and Historic. At least, not yet.

First challenge of our ritzy night out: Where to park.

I’m a proponent of avoiding valet at all costs. I’m cheap…and it’s a pride thing.

With a desert of unavailable parking spots surrounding the hotel, I knew I had to hire a car service. Plus, it was my birthday. A good reason to spend extra dough on some luxury.

Like the exorbitant meal to follow wasn’t enough!

We pulled up in our presidential looking big, black SUV and hopped out as if we’d done it a hundred times.

We checked in for dinner at the time when many were finishing up happy hour.

Early Nerd Special, I like to call it.

I make early dinner ressies for the good, natural lighting for my photos. It often makes for empty restaurants or geriatric dining companions.

Upon arrival at the restaurant, I expected a much more snooty atmosphere. But the hostess and our server were both warm and friendly.

The Garden Gimlet cocktail was one of the best drinks I had ever had. Everything was in perfect herby, spicy proportion.

We ordered the famous McCarthy Salad (which is their version of a Cobb) and the Filet Mignon, since it seemed appropriate.

But first we started with the famous (and recommended to me by a friend) Steak Tartare.

This was prepared tableside, which I had never seen before. Also, instead of super thin strips of uncooked beef, we were presented with a huge patty of ground beef. It seemed unnerving at first, but it was so delicious that all fears of later becoming sicker than a dog dissipated.

The salad was so finely chopped it was as if someone had prechewed it for us. Now, that’s going the extra mile for a customer! But I got over the texture quickly and it was also very tasty. And an enormous portion, I didn’t even finish it. Who am I??

The filet was perfectly cooked and I also highly enjoyed the potato tower situation.

The chocolate souffle seemed fitting to order. It was gorgeously presented but we choose a combo of half pistachio and half chocolate and I believe the pistachio flavor kind of got in the way. Go one or the other, I would suggest.

All in all, a perfect special occasion meal when you want to feel like a celebrity and then become sorely disappointed that no one is snapping your photo. Trust me, the paps aren’t fooled by your hat and over sized sunglasses. I know from experience.

The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-2251
http://www.beverlyhillshotel.com/the-polo-lounge

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How many Hollywood royalty have gotten wasted in this booth?

How many Hollywood royalty have gotten wasted in this booth?

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One of the best bread baskets ever!

One of the best bread baskets ever!

The menus are on iPads.

The menus are on iPads.

Garden Gimlet -

Garden Gimlet –

Tableside Steak Tartare

Tableside Steak Tartare

All the tartare fixin's!

All the tartare fixin’s!

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Polo Lounge Steak Tartare - 28 - 4oz. of Natural Beef Tenderloin, Classic Garnish, with Herb Fries

Polo Lounge Steak Tartare – 28 –
4oz. of Natural Beef Tenderloin, Classic Garnish, with Herb Fries

McCarthy Salad - 34 - Romaine Lettuce, Chicken, Eggs, Red Beets, Tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Avocado, Balsamic Vinaigrette

McCarthy Salad – 34 –
Romaine Lettuce, Chicken, Eggs, Red Beets, Tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Avocado, Balsamic Vinaigrette

 Filet Mignon - 53 - Potato Cake, Roasted Root Vegetables, Morel Mushrooms and Madeira Sauce

Filet Mignon – 53 –
Potato Cake, Roasted Root Vegetables, Morel Mushrooms and Madeira Sauce

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My Birthday Souffle!

My Birthday Souffle!

Half Chocolate, Half Pistachio

Half Chocolate, Half Pistachio

THE FRENCH LAUNDRY – SAN FRANCISCO TRIP

  • July 19, 2013 6:05 am

Rhubarb and Ricotta Tart - Rhubarb Compote, Garden Strawberry Soda and Strauss Family Dairy Ricotta

Rhubarb and Ricotta Tart – Rhubarb Compote, Garden Strawberry Soda and Strauss Family Dairy Ricotta

The French Laundry.

In the restaurant world, this is THE restaurant (at least, in the US)

You’re pretty much done after this, except maybe for Per Se or Le Bernardin in NYC.

Now, I am in no position to come in and blow TFL’s (as it’s referred to by locals) reputation out of the water.

I’m not going to be an idiot and say this was a crappy meal. It wasn’t, by all means.

But when you’re spending almost $400 per person for lunch, you’re going to expect something more than mindblowing. Sexual favors at the very least.

I’m not a person that flinches at a high-priced meal. I’m used to it. $100 a person for a dinner has become commonplace.

However, after those meals, I often leave somewhat full.

I maybe DON’T run to McDonald’s for quick burger afterwards.

Now onto the absolute joke that is getting a reservation here.

Exactly two months prior, I called the reservation line at exactly 10 a.m. (the second they opened) and redialed over 200 times over the next 30 minutes. When I finally got through, the slots for the whole day had filled up. I was put on a wait list.

Just for fun, about 45 days later, I looked online on Open Table for a reservation. Expecting no results, as I had seen every other time I had gone on there to look.

Suddenly, I saw something. An opening on a Saturday afternoon the weekend I was to be in the bay area!! It was fate. I had to enter my credit card info to reserve it.

I was in!

Finally, the day arrived. We pulled up to this simple, cute, French country house and waited in their “back yard” for our reservation.

Since I don’t eat shellfish, I thought I would choose the vegetable tasting menu and my dining companion would get the Chef’s tasting (and I would sneak bites).

The basic charge for each tasting was $270 per person. I find it a bit ridiculous they charged $270 for the smallest portion of veggies I’ve ever seen.

Almost not large enough portions to even make for a good photograph.

One heirloom pea. A leaf from an extinct Fijian tree. One drip of some sauce. All of which are always described on the menu in flowery French terms. God knows what you’re eating. But Lord knows, it’s gonna be fancy.

In my opinion, if you don’t eat shellfish or are a vegetarian, just don’t bother coming to The French Laundry.

The veggie course is simply a waste of time and money.

The Chef’s menu food and portions were creative, tasty and satisfying, however.

Of course, you’re not just paying for the 9 course meal here. You’re paying for the excellent service.

Service almost TOO good.

The Downton Abbey-esque waiters were almost like Stepford robots. It was surreal to watch them float up and down the staircase, never bobbing their heads. Never falling out of line.

We had about 6 different servers come to our table, I don’t think a single one broke their Mona Lisa smile.

It was like being served by the Buckingham Palace guards, where you try to get them to laugh.

Except with more of a funeral home vibe.

The atmosphere was the opposite of fun. It was all business here. The mood was so stifled and somber, it was hard to enjoy my wine (which they charged a $75 corkage fee for!)

Like drying to drink in the Principal’s office, it felt wrong. Like we were in a museum and we needed to behave ourselves.

They kept offering supplemental courses which, of course, we couldn’t afford.

$100 extra for a small slab of Wagyu beef. $75 extra for a tortollini with some shaved truffles.

The first waiter offered these to us as if “Well, anyone who’s anyone orders these as well. Oh…you can’t afford it? Pity…”

At the end of the day, you’re spending a crapload of money for a meal. Definitely worth trying once in ones life, if one can afford it. But a good time? Not exactly.

Unless trying to get a Buckingham palace guard to laugh at a funeral in a museum is your thing.

6640 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2380
http://www.frenchlaundry.com

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Amuse Bouche - Smoked Salmon Cornets

Amuse Bouche – Smoked Salmon Cornets

Amuse Bouche - Avocado Cornets

Amuse Bouche – Avocado Cornets

Gruyère cheese gougères

Gruyère cheese gougères

"Oysters and Pearls" - "Sabayon" of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar

“Oysters and Pearls” – “Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and White Sturgeon Caviar

Chilled Carrot Soup - Garden Dill, Coriander Blossoms and Lime "Gelee"

Chilled Carrot Soup – Garden Dill, Coriander Blossoms and Lime “Gelee”

Dueling Butter

Dueling Butter

Delicious Bread

Delicious Bread

Salad of Roasted Cauliflower - Hadley Orchard Medjool Dates, Marcona Almonds and Cilantro Shoots

Salad of Roasted Cauliflower – Hadley Orchard Medjool Dates, Marcona Almonds and Cilantro Shoots

French Laundry Garden Beet Salad - Slow Roasted Ruby Beet Puree, Creme Fraiche "Bavarois" Spiced Peach and Toasted Pine Nut Butter

French Laundry Garden Beet Salad – Slow Roasted Ruby Beet Puree, Creme Fraiche “Bavarois” Spiced Peach and Toasted Pine Nut Butter

Sauteed Fillet of Pacific Black Cod - "Gnocchi a la Parisienne." French Laundry Garden Beets, Frisee and Whole Grain Mustard

Sauteed Fillet of Pacific Black Cod – “Gnocchi a la Parisienne.” French Laundry Garden Beets, Frisee and Whole Grain Mustard

Garbanzo Bean "Croquettes" - Sacramento Delta Green Asparagus, Navel Orange Confit, Pickled Garlic, Greek Yogurt and Garden Mint

Garbanzo Bean “Croquettes” – Sacramento Delta Green Asparagus, Navel Orange Confit, Pickled Garlic, Greek Yogurt and Garden Mint

Pretzel Roll

Pretzel Roll

Globe Artichoke "Picatta" - Stewed Sweet Peppers, Nicoise Olives, Fava Beans, Crispy Capers and Genovese Basil

Globe Artichoke “Picatta” – Stewed Sweet Peppers, Nicoise Olives, Fava Beans, Crispy Capers and Genovese Basil

Sweet Butter-Poached Maine Lobster - Sacramento Delta Green Asparagus, French Laundry Garden Turnips and "Sauce Paloise"

Sweet Butter-Poached Maine Lobster – Sacramento Delta Green Asparagus, French Laundry Garden Turnips and “Sauce Paloise”

"Blanc-Manager D'Ouef Fermier" Arrowleaf Spinach, Cripsy Shallots and Toasted Brioche

“Blanc-Manager D’Ouef Fermier” Arrowleaf Spinach, Cripsy Shallots and Toasted Brioche

Wolfe Ranch "Cuisse de Caille" - "Degustation" of Petite Onions, Arrowleaf Spinach and Quail Jus

Wolfe Ranch “Cuisse de Caille” – “Degustation” of Petite Onions, Arrowleaf Spinach and Quail Jus

Marcho Farms Nature Fed Veal - Hobbs' Bacon, Cop's Corn Cake, Fava Beans and "Choron Mousseline"

Marcho Farms Nature Fed Veal – Hobbs’ Bacon, Cop’s Corn Cake, Fava Beans and “Choron Mousseline”

Sunchoke and Ricotta Tortellini - Cape's Corn Pudding, Young Corn Confit, Crispy Parmesan, Garden Mache and Vidalia Onion Soubise

Sunchoke and Ricotta Tortellini – Cape’s Corn Pudding, Young Corn Confit, Crispy Parmesan, Garden Mache and Vidalia Onion Soubise

Andante Dairy "Legato" - Black Mission Fig, Young Fennel and Pine Nut "Nouget"

Andante Dairy “Legato” – Black Mission Fig, Young Fennel and Pine Nut “Nouget”

"Cobb Salad" - "Fourme d'Ambert", Applewood Smoked Bacon, Buttermilk "Panna Cotta", Romaine Lettuce, Hard Boiled Egg and Scallioin Salad

“Cobb Salad” – “Fourme d’Ambert”, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Buttermilk “Panna Cotta”, Romaine Lettuce, Hard Boiled Egg and Scallioin Salad

"Verjus Blanc" - Demi-Sec Grapes, Jasmine Tea Ice Cream and Caramel Crisp

“Verjus Blanc” – Demi-Sec Grapes, Jasmine Tea Ice Cream and Caramel Crisp

Hayden Mango Sorbet - Coconut "Succes" and Sichuan Peppercorn Meringue

Hayden Mango Sorbet – Coconut “Succes” and Sichuan Peppercorn Meringue

"Princess Cake" - Animal Farm Buttermilk, Navel Orange Marmalade, Toasted Marzipan and Cara Cara Orange Sorbet

“Princess Cake” – Animal Farm Buttermilk, Navel Orange Marmalade, Toasted Marzipan and Cara Cara Orange Sorbet

Mignardises

Mignardises

"Coffee and Donuts" - Cappuccino Semifreddo with Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts

“Coffee and Donuts” – Cappuccino Semifreddo with Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts

FOREIGN CINEMA – SAN FRANCISCO TRIP

  • July 17, 2013 6:05 am
Sesame Fried Chicken with warm spinach

Sesame Fried Chicken with warm spinach

Foreign Cinema has been one of the top SF restaurants for a while now, I had been wanting to go for ages.

And once I spied Sesame Fried Chicken on their menu, I knew it would be mine. All mine.

We sat in FC’s expansive courtyard and started with cocktails, oysters and tartare before the main courses (and the movie screening on the wall) began.

I tried bites of everything but have to say the Sesame Fried Chicken was absolutely excellent, unique and plentiful. Many of the other mains were on the smaller side, which is NOT what I was feeling that night.

I wanted something greasy and bad for me before my final luxurious meal tomorrow. A meal to end all meals.

Was it to be the best meal I’ve ever had?

Stay tuned…

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Warm Mediterranean Olives

Warm Mediterranean Olives

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Oysters

Oysters

Halibut Tartare

Halibut Tartare

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King Salmon

King Salmon

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Ahi Tuna seared rare

Ahi Tuna seared rare

Jiro Dreams of Sushi playing in the background

Jiro Dreams of Sushi playing in the background

AD HOC – SAN FRANCISCO TRIP

  • July 15, 2013 6:04 am

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On our way to Napa! After a quick, obligatory stop at Garlic World (which I’m sure no tourist had ever been to before) we had a light lunch at the Domaine Carneros winery.

Domaine Carneros offers a fantastic view and fun sparkling wines to taste. With cheese, of course.

After lunch, we headed to Napa and eventually to dinner at Ad Hoc, a Thomas Keller restaurant.

Ad Hoc offers one menu a night. If you don’t like it, don’t eat here.

Mondays are the famous fried chicken night, but this was not Monday so after drying our tears, we dove into a tender and juicy rib eye, amazing oxtail risotto, crazy garden fresh veggies and a very unique take on an ice cream sandwich.

Is it wrong at my favorite part was the watercress and endive salad with peaches and cherries?? Delish.

6476 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-2487
http://www.adhocrestaurant.com

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Watercress and Endive Salad with peaches, almonds, cherries and goat cheese.

Watercress and Endive Salad with peaches, almonds, cherries and goat cheese.

Oxtail Risotto

Oxtail Risotto

Bone-in Beef Rib Eye

Bone-in Beef Rib Eye

Carrots, sugar snap and english peas, pickled ramps, caramelized fennel

Carrots, sugar snap and english peas, pickled ramps, caramelized fennel

Reading Raclette

Reading Raclette

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TRA VIGNE – SAN FRANCISCO TRIP

  • July 12, 2013 6:03 am
Sage Infused Parpadelle with braised rabbit ragu, wild mushrooms and grana padano

Sage Infused Parpadelle with braised rabbit ragu, wild mushrooms and grana padano

I had been to Tra Vigne years ago and had the most amazing rosemary and garlic pizza that I had to come back and have it again.

Even though the waiter tried to talk me out of it.

“You really have to get the housemade mozarella, it’s amazing” he told me, swapping my eager, pointed finger from the pizzette.

“Fine, we’ll get them both!”

We had a big dinner to look forward to, didn’t exactly want to stuff ourselves for lunch.

Oh well, we did anyways.

The food at Tra Vigne is just fantastic. Amazing, homemade noodles, great cocktails and that Rosemary Pizzette did not disappoint. You take a piece of the super thin pizza crust and spread roasted garlic and this blue brie like cheese on it and it’s just gut busting heaven.

Just a few more hours to dinner…not sure how I was going to fit my next breath of air into my system, let alone another full meal.

Will I manage? Stay tuned…

1050 Charter Oak Ave
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-4444
http://www.travignerestaurant.com

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Summer Fling

Summer Fling

Drop di Cello

Drop di Cello

Ceasar Salad

Ceasar Salad

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Mozarella "Al Minuto" Tableside Housemade Mozzarella

Mozarella “Al Minuto” Tableside Housemade Mozzarella

Rosemary Pizzette - w/ roasted garlic, cambazola cheese and olive oil

Rosemary Pizzette – w/ roasted garlic, cambazola cheese and olive oil

Maltagliati Verde with slow cooked veal

Maltagliati Verde with slow cooked veal

BIG SUR BAKERY – SAN FRANCISCO TRIP

  • July 10, 2013 6:03 am

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At least once in their lives, everyone needs to do a California coast road trip.

Such an unforgettable, gorgeous, incredible experience.

I just picked three good words, but any and all good words also apply.

While this particular trip wasn’t full of misadventures (my posts will be short and semi-sweet), it was full of breathtaking scenery and some good eats.

To say we ate our way through the California coast is an understatement. Over the next six posts, you’ll get a gander at what I shoved in my gob (and will most likely be naseous as a result).

This trip culminated in one of the most coveted dining experiences in the United States. If you’re a foodie, you already know what I’m taking about. Stay tuned!

First stop on the trip, Big Sur. One of the more dramatic and striking sections of the coast. Especially the view pictured at the top, from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

I had been to Big Sur, and more importantly, the Big Sur Bakery once before and had one of the most delicious, drool-worthy pizzas ever.

While that particular one had been taken off the menu (butternut squash and sage), we enjoyed an almost equally tasty cheese, linguica and arugula pie that I couldn’t get enough of.

The salad was a highlight, I loved the tarragon dressing and wished-it-were-bigger hunk of fried goat cheese.

The grilled pork chops were also a delight (yes, I just called something a delight).

Another highlight of this place is they let you take home the day’s pastries. At least they do at dinner time. And when no one is looking.

47540 Hwy 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-0520
http://www.bigsurbakery.com/

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Butter Lettuce Salad with Fried Goat Cheese

Butter Lettuce Salad with Fried Goat Cheese

Wood Fired Pizza - traditional tomato sauce + cheese pie with linguica + wild arugula

Wood Fired Pizza – traditional tomato sauce + cheese pie with linguica + wild arugula

Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Chops

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