Stuff My Mouth w/ Blu Jam

IMG_2860 Breakfast Quesadilla $14.95 & Crunchy French Toast $12.95

That moment you close your mouth and hear the angels sing as your taste buds party like Paris Hilton in 2004.

Yes, Blu Jam Cafe’s Crunchy French Toast are that delicious (as my mouth waters), the breakfast quesadilla is not too bad either. The servings are huge. We went halfsies and there were a couple leftover French toast. It is safe to say that this could feed two adults and one small child.

The tasty goods outshined the service, our server seemed a little preoccupied.

Blu Jam in located in Los Angeles on Melrose and in Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd. (We chowed there).

Thanks for reading! xoxo

H O M E: Living and Dining in LA

HOME (Los Feliz location) is where you wet your whistle and chat, on a warm Los Angeles summer night.

While HOME is a restaurant, I am more likely to return for the ambiance and cocktails, instead of eats.

Attempting to make up for the poor food choice I made earlier in the day, I ordered the Warm Spinach Salad. If HOME’s goal is to serve a dish as the average person would at home for a chill night out by the pool, then call it a success. The presentation is subpar and the salad fell short at titillating my taste buds.

On the other hand, the atmosphere and service are terrific. Did I mention that Happy Hour drinks are five bucks and are not watered down? Worth it!

As for the Chicken Pomodoro Sandwich and soup, my friend date says, “The sandwich was quite savory, the cheese added a great kick to it. Soup was bland, but ok. I’ve had better. Oh! The fried pickles were my fav!”

Check out the pictures below. Feel free to ask questions. xoxo

IMG_2727The view from our table. We were seated outside.

IMG_2724Warm Spinach Salad $11.95 
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Chicken Pomodoro Sandwich $10.95 & Soup $3.95

Suck My Garlic!

Looks familiar? Yes, it’s The Stinking Rose, again.

If you read what happened during the first visit, then you know why we doubled back.

After being seated, the restaurant’s general manager came over to greet us. He is very sweet and super attentive. Guess who popped up next? Our amazing server from the last visit.

Unlike last time, we ordered stinking entrees from the “favorites”. The Stinking Rose can feed me garlic drenched food (not ice cream) anytime.

Stuffed and traumatized from the garlic ice cream experience we decided to skip dessert. Against our will, the server brought out a complimentary dessert. We had to try it right? Hesitantly, we spooned a small taste and we approved this creamy goodness.

If you ever get hungry while running from vampires, tell them to suck your garlic after you stop by The Stinking Rose. Kill to birds with one stone.

IMG_1203Bagna Calda $4.95, Hamil-tan Cucumber Martini $9.95, chardonnay $8.95

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Silence of the Lamb Shank $22.95, Forty Clove Garlic Chicken $19.95

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Chocolate Truffle Mousse Cake $7.95

Farewell, Grand Lux Cafe

Grand Lux Cafe, Los Angeles opened its doors to customers for the last time on March 19.  A couple good peeps and I visited on March 15 to say our final farewell.

My first visit in 2004/2005 with a party of about 20 people is a blur, but I remember tasting three dishes that all seemed very bland. Honestly, the only reason I went on March 15  is because my friend suggested it. This was my second visit. I ordered the Cedar Planked B.B.Q. Salmon, i’m still not sold on the food. On the other hand, I would go back just for the fresh baked box of cookies.

The price of our entrees ranged from $19-$23 and the servings were pretty big. All in all, the experience was favorable and our server was great.

Have you dined at Grand Lux? If so, what is your experience?

Below are pictures of our food and drinks followed by details.

IMG_0577(clockwise) Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Jambalaya, Cedar Planked B.B.Q. Salmon, Chicken Royale

IMG_0579Cedar Planked B.B.Q. Salmon

IMG_0581A Box of Warm Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Caramel Apple Martini
Ketel One Vodka and Apple Liqueur Shaken and Chilled

Crispy Thai Shrimp & Chicken Spring Rolls (not pictured above)
Served with Thai Sweet-Hot Chili Sauce

Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Jambalaya
Sauteed with Peppers, Onions and Tasso in a Delicious Spicy Sauce.
Served with White Rice

Cedar Planked B.B.Q. Salmon
Roasted on a Cedar Plank and Glazed with Sweet and Spicy B.B.Q. Sauce. Served with Mashed Potatoes, Corn Succatash and Crispy Onion Rings

Chicken Royale
Lightly Breaded Sauteed Chicken Breasts Served Over a White Wine Butter Sauce with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Herbed Carrots

A Box of Warm Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
A Freshly Baked Dozen. Take the Rest Home!

The Stinking Rose

Do you see the Chicken and Asparagus dish? I ate that this past weekend at The Stinking Rose, it was yummy to my tummy. The other dish pictured is the Shellfish pasta ($24.95).

The ambiance is perfect for date night but it’s also suitable for a chill night with your girls or guy friends. The menu offers reasonable and high priced dishes. Our sever was very attentive, friendly, helpful and unobtrusive. We left a 20 percent tip, so you know it was real.

All went well with the exception of the garlic ice cream. Sometimes, I try really really hard not to judge a book by its cover and this was one of those times. Garlic ice cream is a no-no for my palate.

Check out the pictures below and feel free to ask any questions.

P.s. I forgot to take pics of the Bagna Calda and bread before we dug in. Those servings were not measly, pictured are the remnants.
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IMG_9214Bagna Calda $4.95 (garlic cloves, oven-roasted in extra virgin olive oil & butter with a hint of anchovy)

IMG_9216Chicken & Asparagus (sans pin nuts) $18.95 (chicken, asparagus, fettuccine & roasted tomatoes topped w/ fresh parmasan)

IMG_9219Garlic Ice Cream  $6.95 (garlic ice cream topped with caramel molé sauce)

Natalee Thai, Oh My!

What determines your experience at a restaurant? Typically, I evaluate service, the atmosphere and weigh quality vs. cost.

All things considered, my first experience at Natalee Thai earned a ‘C’ at best.

We received a buzzer after the hostess added our party to the wait list. As we chatted near the bar, about 2-feet away from the hostess, we noticed that people who arrived after us were being seated.

Glancing at the list we realized that she skipped us and seated 3 parties listed under us, strike one! She must have read our minds because she seated us next.

Our servers were pretty friendly but one of them disregarded the deodorant memo. Each time she passed we caught a whiff of bad B.O., stee-rike two!

At this point, we were at an ‘F’ because the atmosphere did not enhance the experience.

On to the food… the fact that it was good and not overpriced saved this Natalee and her Thai. I wonder if the Beverly Hills location is any better.

Check out photos and descriptions of the meal below.

IMG_8705Pad Thai $10.75 (Shrimp, chicken, eggs, green onions, bean curd, sweet radish and bean sprouts are quickly wok fried in Pad Thai Sauce. Served with chopped peanuts, fresh bean sprouts and chili powder on the side)

IMG_8706Fried Banana $4.95 (A fresh whole banana is sliced, dipped in a sweet batter, then deep-fried golden and dusted with powdered sugar. Served with caramel and chocolate sauce)

Natalee Thai (Venice)
10101 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90230
(310) 202-7003

Pitfire: Reasonably Priced Gourmet Pizza & Pasta

On a budget but you don’t want to sacrifice quality? Consider taking a trip over to Pitfire Pizza. I visited the Westwood location, the address is below.

I can’t speak on the entire menu but these dishes right here are  G – double O – D, good!

If you are not in California, you are out of luck, sorry.

IMG_8833Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs (spaghetti, tomato sauce & grana) – $9.25

IMG_8835The Burrata Pie (burrata cheese, tomato sauce, wild arugula, onion, hazelnut & pesto drizzle) – $9.95

IMG_8837 *Brussel Sprout & Bacon Pizza (brussel leaves, panna, bacon, garlic & fresh mozzarella) – $11

*Seasonal Special

Pitfire Pizza
2018 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.481.9860

Unofficial Birthday Dinner

Today is my birthday, yay!!! Ask me how old I am and I will say 21… that is my story and I am sticking with it.

The photos below are of last night’s dinner at  Little Next Door (not to be confused with Little Door), which is literally next door.

Pictured are the Top Sirloin Cap Steak (Café de Paris butter, vegetable medley with pommes frites, $22), Coque au Vin (Braised Mary’s chicken in red wine sauce with bacon, pearl onions and mushrooms with fettucine, $20), and the creamy deliciousness that is called crème brûlée (my favorite dessert, $6).

Nom, nom, nom! Did I say nom?

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LITTLE NEXT DOOR

Tel: 323.951.1010
Fax: 323.951.0700

Brasserie Hours:
Monday ~ ThursdayFriday ~ Sunday
11 AM – 11 PM9 AM – 11 PM

Address:
8142 West 3rd Street, LA CA 90048
(next door to The Little Door)

How I Fed My Face in 2012 + Top 12 LA Foodstuffs Under $12

In 2012, food and I built an intimate relationship that will only get better. We found love in a hopeless place.

As we come to the close of this year, I want to reflect on the deliciousness that I devoured. Feast your eyes on the food porn below. Want to know where to find them? Visit my “Food Adventures” album on Facebook. And if you like porn under $12 bucks go check out The Unemployed Eater’s “Top 12 LA Foodstuffs Under $12“.

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Open Sesame

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Last night, I enjoyed Lebanese cuisine at Open Sesame in Manhattan Beach. I thoroughly enjoyed the Chicken Tawook dish during my visit at the Long Beach (Belmont Shore #2) location, so I ordered it again. Next time, l will attempt to branch out.

My experiences at both locations have been favorable. The food is yummy, service is friendly and atmosphere is great. Below are meal deets.

CHICKEN TAWOOK $16.49 ($14.99 without rice)
Skewered cubes of marinated, charbroiled chicken breast, served on a bed of basmati rice with hummus, garlic sauce, pita and a choice of salad (Open Sesame salad pictured above).

LAMB KABOB $21.99
Skewered cubes of seasoned lamb, charbroiled and served on a bed of basmati rice with hummus or baba ghannouj, pita and a choice of salad (Open Sesame salad pictured above).