Dinner at Pace Restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
To celebrate our seventh anniversary, Abe and I are going to one of our favorites, Pace Restaurant. It’s only a 20 minute drive from us but feels worlds away…
We haven’t been there in a few years, but when we first moved to Los Angeles it was one of the first places we tried. Back then we were fresh from New York and refused to valet. So we learn the hard way – if you try to find street parking, you will only keep driving further and further up Laurel Canyon. And it will be impossible to turn around. Then you’ll be late for dinner. Now we just pay the $5, which is worth it.
There’s a hippie vibe to the place; it’s just underneath the Laurel Canyon Country Store…
Once you sit, they bring you some Calabrese olives and toasted almonds. I am starving and snack on a couple of these…
They also have crayons at the table so you can draw on the paper tablecloths. The first time we came to Pace, we sit across from Keri Russell and a few other cast members of “Felicity.” Abe and I used the tablecloth to write stuff about them….and the last time, Jessica Simpson was there. I thought the police were outside – but it was just the paparazzi with their incessant flashbulbs.
No celeb-sightings last night – not that I would’ve noticed because I was just focused on my hubby. We agree to turn our cell phones off. I even have a few sips of wine for the occasion!
I also gobble up these 2 pieces of focaccia with a delicious tomato/red pepper/carrot puree.
All their ingredients are local and organic. We split the chopped vegetable salad, which came portioned out on 2 plates:
Zucchini, squash, asparagus, tomato, garbanzo beans, kalamata olives, provolone, fresh mozzarella and organic greens with red wine vinaigrette.
For my main entree I have the grilled salmon, which is seasoned with shallots, fresh herbs, lemon juice, and olive oil – it comes served on a cedar plank:
You get to choose two sides – I get the sauteed kale and roasted root veggies.
It is delicious, as usual, but the real standout is the pizza. I have a bite of Abe’s Aphrodite Pie. It has basil pesto, thinly sliced potatoes, chopped green beans and fresh mozzarella. The ciabatta crust on that baby is chewy and amazing.
Their dessert special is a warm chocolate cake that takes 30 minutes to prepare so you have to order it in advance. I’ve had it before, and it is indeed delicious, but I have no idea whether I’d be in the mood by the end of the meal so we pass.
What am I thinking?! I’m a sweetsaholic – of COURSE I’d be in the mood. So we asked for the apple crumble.
I’m not a huge whipped cream fan so I only have a few bites of that big fluffy pillow. But I eat more than my share of the dessert, plus the delicious garnish/sauce as well.