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LA Mag’s best new restaurants

LA Magazine named their 10 best new restaurants. So far, we’ve been to 2 out of 10.

  1. Lazy Ox Canteen
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    dashi marinated yellowtail w/avocado, hash brown, tonburi

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  3. Hatfield’s
  4. hatfield's

    croque madame

  5. Waterloo & City
  6. Cleo
  7. Salt’s Cure
  8. Scarpetta
  9. Forage
  10. Savory
  11. Culina
  12. WP24
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LDW: Campanile

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La Brea Bakery bread

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Sautéed Trenne, beef bolognese, tuscan kale, shaved parmesan

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Cast Iron Mussels, sweetbreads, cherry tomato, herbed bread crumbs

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Classic Grilled Cheese with tomato, marinated onion, whole grain mustard

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Chef Mark Peel!

Oh, Eliza!

Poor neglected blog.  I’ll pretty you up with a picture of the most gorrrrgeous dress!

photo courtsey of Gulez!

Vera Wang Fall 2010 Bridal Collection:  Eliza

Heath

I love these pieces from Heath Ceramics’ latest limited edition collection. The bright, happy colors make me think of summer! Maybe I can convince Roo to come with me to check out their store this weekend so I can ogle properly in person.

Happiest place on earth

Friday, Roo and I went to Disneyland! Apparently, we weren’t the only ones with this bright idea – it was SO crowded! We actually thought that it’d be kind of quiet since it was a weekday. Totally WRONG! While we were riding the tram on the way back to our car, we overheard a Disney employee saying that even on the coldest, rainiest, nastiest day, Disneyland gets an average of 30,000 visitors! (What recession?) They’re running a “2fer” promotion, which means that we can go back to California Adventure for free within the next 30 days. I’m hoping we actually do because I’ve never been, and I can’t resist anything free!

Torihei

asparagus with pork; half raw egg with salmon roe oden; fatty pork
limited special heart; “torihei” meatball; daikon oden
xiao long bao oden; homemade cheese nuggets; chicken thigh

Last night, we met up with some friends for dinner at Torihei, known for their yakitori and oden. Of the ones pictured above, my favorites were the chicken heart (who would’ve thought?), fatty pork (of course), and the cheese nuggets (fried cheese tofu – yum). This is just a sampling of all the little plates we tried – some that are notably missing are the liver skewers (which I liked, but no one else in the group really did – “too liver-y” was their verdict), the fried “Jidori” chicken, and the “Robata” rice ball, which were universally acclaimed. It was a little awkward trying to share the oden dishes among 5 people – it’s not like you can slurp and pass! Individual oden next time around!

The service was a little weird. I’m not sure if it was the language barrier or what, but the waitresses seemed really confused. Maybe it was our large party? We asked for two draft beers when we sat down…and then waited and waited. Then another waitress came around with drink menus and asked what we’d like. It took us a good 5 minutes to try to explain that we’d already ordered beers, but that we wanted to cancel those so we could just get a pitcher instead. Nothing rude or obnoxious, but…just confused.

Roo doesn’t really like these tapas-style places because he never feels full afterwards, but he said that the meal was more fulfilling than the ones we’ve had at nearby Musha. Personally, I like the wider variety of dishes at Musha, but it sure is nice having another option for good Japanese food so close to us.

Torihei
1757 W Carson St., Ste A
Torrance, CA 90501

Full of Grace

Last night, Roo and I hit up Grace for dinner. My second dineLA meal, but Roo’s first of the “season.” I’ve been wanting to try this place forever, but have never managed to snag reservations whenever Restaurant Week rolls around. This year, when my boss sent me the link to participating restaurants, the first thing I did was book Friday night dinner at Grace!

The cool thing is that unlike the other restaurants that have a set prix fixe menu, Grace lets you choose your own adventure: 3 course meal for $44, 5 course meal for $65. Their whole menu is up for grabs, although some dishes involve a supplemental cost. All three of my courses ended up incurring a bit more, but I figured I’d go whole hog because I’d been anticipating this meal for so long.

APPETIZER:

Dungeness Crab Salad
apple, celery root, potato crisps, curry aioli

Rabbit Cavatelli
olives, oven roasted tomatoes, san andreas, black truffles

ENTRÉE:

Grilled Filet of Beef
farro, haricots verts, morcilla, Ossau-Iraty cheese, red wine sauce

Grilled Sonoma Lamb
byaldi confit, ligurian olives, tomato demiglace

DESSERT:

Chef’s Selection Doughnut Flight
chef’s selection of doughnuts & ice cream

Sticky Toffee Pudding
brûléed bananas, toffee sauce, hazelnut gelato

Again, no food pictures because the restaurant was too dark. Have to settle for these moody atmospheric tablescape photos instead. The meal was wonderful, and definitely worth the wait! My favorites were the rabbit, beef filet, and the doughnuts. Oh my, the DOUGHNUTS – according to the waiter, the flavors were: buttermilk brown butter, bourbon chocolate, and salted caramel. Grace is known all across town for their spectacular doughnuts, and now I finally know why.

So far, two for two with Restaurant Week! Can’t wait for next week’s food-venture!!