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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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