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17May/1017

Eleven + One at Eleven Madison Park

Actually, it was more like twenty, but who's counting?

Eleven Madison Park

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22Apr/109

Sapp Coffee Shop – Thai Boat Noodles

There comes that moment when you eat something for the first time, the moment where everything just makes sense, a "moment of clarity" if you will.

Thai Boat Noodles at Sapp Coffee Shop

I had that moment of clarity at Sapp Coffee Shop.

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11Apr/107

The Double Down Sandwich by Kentucky Fried Chicken

Being the big fried chicken fan that I am, it was with great pleasure that I received an email from KFC inviting me to sample the Double Down before it made its preview on April 12, 2010. Granted, I had to sign a million waivers, primarily around liability issues from any health problems that might arise from eating the Double Down, but as a fried chicken man, how could I pass up on the opportunity?

double down
You can guess exactly when I took this picture from KFC's website.

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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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7Apr/109

Nozomi Sushi – Omakase

The beauty of living in LA/Southern California is that you're never farther than 20 minutes from a decent sushi restaurant. Gen, R23, Zo, Toshi, Urasawa, Nozawa, SugarFish, Mori, Kiyokawa, Kawa, Kiriko, Famima, Ralphs, Gelsons, the list NEVER ends. There is just no shortage of sushi in this city. It's a good thing for us sushi lovers as there are options galore when you have sushi on the brain.

While I don't find myself in the South Bay often, I was impressed enough with Nozomi Sushi that I would definitely take another drive down to experience the omakase there.

Nozomi Sushi & Japanese Restaurant

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3Mar/104

Battle of the Coqs: Eric Greenspan v. Ludo Lefebvre at The Foundry on Melrose

Anyone who wonders about the power of Twitter needs only to trace the roots of how this night came about.

- Ludo visits The Foundry last week, tweeting that Chef Eric Greenspan wasn't around and that "maybe" he should take over the kitchen.
- Eric responds by tweeting him to join him in the kitchen on Tuesday for Bluesy Tuesday at the Foundry for fried chicken night.
- Eric tweets out an APB for more deep fryers, with Akasha Richmond of Akasha Restaurant tweeting in for the rescue.

And as a result, diners had a chance to enjoy fried chicken prepared two ways a la Chef Ludo and Chef Eric.

Fried Chicken by Eric Greenspan at the Foundry on Melrose

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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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4Feb/103

Church & State – Lunch

Apparently it doesn't matter what day or time we show up. It doesn't matter if you tempt me with this wonderful view throughout the meal.

Giada De Laurentiis lunching at Church and State
Giada De Laurentiis noshing at Church & State

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21Jan/108

Cube Café, Cheese Bar and Marketplace

With all the dining options, both new and old, all over LA, there is very little need to go back to the same place. But there is one spot that I intend to go back to on a regular basis and that is Cube.

Cube LA
Serious signage

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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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