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17Sep/113

Lukshon, Culver City, CA

"2 pops"
"5 all day"
"1.5 minutes"
"2 desserts"

The Kitchen at Lukshon

This is the kitchen symphony at Lukshon.

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12Nov/101

Jonathan Gold’s 99 Essential Restaurants (The Google Maps Remix)

The always fun, always controversial list: Jonathan Gold's 99 Essential Restaurants is out.


The man gets around


View 99 restaurants and a snitch ain't one... in a larger map

While I don't agree with everything on the list, it's Jonathan Gold's list and not mine. I've been to 51.

How many have you been to?

And where does IKEA's swedish meatballs rank on this list?

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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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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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15Mar/104

The LA Live JW Marriott and LA Market by Kerry Simon

I love big hotels. It's a place where people converge, convene, and interact. For an avid people watcher like me, it's perfect because it's a world full of strange and amusing characters.

The newest edition to the Downtown LA skyline

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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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