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)

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Ice Skating At L.A. LIVE

L.A. LIVE is an entertainment complex located in downtown Los Angeles, across from the Staples Center. During the holiday season L.A. LIVE is home to the beautifully lit outdoor Kings Holiday Ice rink.  This year the rink opened  Nov. 24  and closed Jan. 2.

On New Year’s night, I went skating with family.  My sisters and cousin left with ice on their heads and backs because they started a war with my brother. It’s not smart to throw ice at guy that can out skate you, even if you guys out number him.

Skating is always fun, especially before the ice gets crowded. I learned to do a twirl, so I left happy. I should have recorded the dozens of people falling and made a Youtube video… maybe next year.

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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).

Friday Night Girl Talk at RED O Restaurantf

Like clock work, one night each month my friend Vee and I explore Los Angeles in search of a place to enjoy yummy food while dishing on our latest headlines. The tradition started to catch up post college. This month we dined at RED O Restaurant, which boasts its Mexican Cuisine by renowned chef Rick Bayless. 

Before visiting a restaurant, I usually take a peak at it online. I prefer to know what i’m walking into, it gives me more time to chat and minimizes the chances that i’ll end up at a place that I wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy. After browsing RED O’s gallery and menu I decided that it had potential and made reservations via Open Table.

Once I arrived I parked valet ($8), street parking was non-existent. We were seated almost immediately. The seating was really comfy but our unleveled table rocked. The rocking got little annoying, so I unsuccessfully attempted to remedy the problem by stacking sugar packets under the table leg.

 Moving on… You know how hosts/servers volunterily recommend dishes or specials? That usually annoys me, so it didn’t bother me when it didn’t happen.  I ordered Grilled Mary’s Chicken Enchiladas Suizas (creamy tomatillo sauce, melted Sonoma jack, black beans, frisee, watercress, $20). 
Vee opted for the Classic Tortilla Soup (grilled Mary’s chicken, crispy tortillas, Sonoma Jack cheese, avocado, thick crema, toasted pasilla negro chile, $10) and Lamb in Chile Colorado Tacos (grill-seared, braised Sonoma lamb with black beans & red chile, $17).
My enchiladas were average. Am I wrong to expect them to be delicious because RED O specializes in Mexican cuisine? Vee said that her meal was good but she had higher expectations as well. We agree that the presentation surpassed taste (Don’t judge a book by its cover). 
Would I visit again? Yes, I’m no stranger to second chances and  i’m interested in tasting a couple desserts and a cocktail including the Strawberry-Mango Shortcake, Coconut Tres Leches Cake and La Dama. 
    
 
RED O Restaurant
8155 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles CA 90046
Tel: (323) 655-5009
Fax (323) 655-5010