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8Apr/1018

Ludobites 4.0 – Gram and Papas

Everyone has an opinion about Ludo and his pop up restaurant Ludobites. Whether it's love, hate, or apathy, it's hard to ignore the guy. He is a marketing machine. Ludo is everywhere: he's on Top Chef Masters, he's frying chicken out of a truck at the LA Street Food Festival, or he's frying chicken with Eric Greenspan and Akasha Richmond. Love him or hate him, he's a constant topic in the LA restaurant scene. With all the hype around Ludo, it's no surprise that his next pop up location, a two month stint at Gram and Papa's in downtown Los Angeles, was fully booked within 72 hours (correction, make that 18 hours, thanks Krissy) of the reservation lines opening up.

Gram and Papas - Ludobites 4.0
Gram and Papas, home of Ludobites 4.0

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19Feb/1013

Small Plating My Way Through Los Angeles

I'm way too distracted these days to write something meaningful, so instead I'll just present you with some of my favorite small plates of the moment around the city.

il tagliere di affettati con gnocco fritto at Drago Centro
Charcuterie Plate at Drago Centro

More on the flip.

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7Jan/105

Josef Centeno’s Infamous Bäco at Lazy Ox Canteen

The plan this particular evening was to grab an early dinner at Magnolia and then head over to the Lakers/Clippers game, but due to traffic and other logistical challenges, the group moved dinner to post game. Things worked out, because when I arrived at my choice for dinner, Lazy Ox Canteen, I saw this:

Other Ox Dishes at Lazy Ox Canteen

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31Dec/093

Rivera Restaurant – Downtown Revitalized

It only seems appropriate that the last post of the year focuses on Rivera Restaurant. Rivera Restaurant is one of the cornerstones in the revitalization of fine dining in Downtown LA that started at the beginning of 2009.

Choros al vapor - mussels, chorizo, aji amarillo-pisco broth
Mussel Men

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28Dec/094

Sunday Supper at Church and State

Church and State has received endless praise since Walter Manzke's start and rightly so, the food is good. And that is the saving grace for this bistro.

Roasted bone marrow
Bone Thugz

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21Dec/097

Images of Downtown LA

My point and shoot perspective. No, there is no food in this post. :)

Downtown LA Skyline
Who says we don't have a skyline?

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20Nov/097

Toshi Sushi – Omakase

The beauty of Toshi Sushi lies in its simplicity. The sushi counter seats 6 (maybe 8 if you take up the waiting area) and there are maybe 20 more seats in the main dining room.


But the simplicity of the restaurant belies chef Toshi-san's artistry.

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19Nov/091

Quick Pics – Flying Pig Food Truck

Exiting Toshi Sushi COMPLETELY stuffed, I spied this thing across the street on the corner of 1st/Central:

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30Oct/092

Wurstküche, Blogging, and Nas?

I can't decide what direction I want this blog to go in. I have friends like Boundforbliss, whose blog is primarily focused on her recent engagement and her wedding plans. There are niche blogs like Eating Valley Blvd., which as the title aptly states, is Sinosoul's eating adventures on, you guessed it, Valley Blvd in San Gabriel Valley. Blogs such as Caroline on Crack and E*star LA covers all things LA. Then there is the verse and prose of The Delicious Life and Infinite Fress,  both offering diction that is captive and insightful.

Then there is my blog. I don't have a clue what I want to do with this blog. There are so many directions that it can go (as evidenced above) that I can't really find my focus. And that really shouldn't be a problem because this blog will eventually find its own voice, especially since it is my blabber, or my thoughts, or...well, you get the point. Too bad that process doesn't cut it for me. I'm not good at letting things ride and seeing what develops. Where my friends see spontaneity, I don't. I rarely do or say something without knowing where I want to end up.  As one of the finest lyricists of my generation, Nas, articulates in his track Can't Forget About You, my blog's mantra will be his "Never on schedule, but always on time." On time to where though, I'll just have to be patient and see.

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My posts will continue to evolve at their own pace. Whether or not there will be more writing is to be seen. Truth be told, I just like pictures. There are enough reviews and words on the internet that I don't need to interject more noise into all that static. And really, what is my opinion worth to you? But pictures, who doesn't love pictures?

With that brain dump out of the way, here is my afternoon at Wurstküche. This place is like my Cheers. When it's not packed to the gills with hipsters and families letting their palates explore rattlesnake, rabbit, and alligator sausages, it is the perfect bar for me to relax at, grab a meal, have a few beers, and enjoy a good conversation.

Having already worked my way through their beer list multiple times, I usually just pick whatever is new and on tap when I'm here. This afternoon, a Duvel Green: lighter than the rest, fermented once, an easy way to start the afternoon.

My current favorite: duck & bacon sausage topped with onions and sweet peppers with a side of belgian fries. It's duck, it's bacon, need I say more?

Wurstküche's seasonal beer. I don't think it is a actually a St. Bernardus Watou, but whatever...had a nuttier flavor and well with the sausage.

Hollywood types and doctors, the usual LA crowd for a 3p on a Thursday.

I tried the ice cream sandwich after watching a guy pick up two from the counter for dessert. The apple cinnamon ice cream was refreshing and it was in Diddy Reese portions, but unfortunately, not Diddy Reese prices.

Where everybody (or at least the bartender) knows your name.

Wurstküche - Purveyor of Exotic Grilled Sausages

800 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
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