Tag Archives: garlic

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Parks and Recreation

dinner - salads - take out

I haven’t been back to Van Saun Park since I was 10…

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but I certainly don’t remember there being marsupials!

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Snakes…

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…on a train!

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I’m kinda obsessed with NJ Italian Food since we finished The Sopranos last year, so I was pumped for takeout from In Napoli (<—check out who’s eaten there)…

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…takeout for my nieces and nephews, but everything was still great, straight outa foil containers – Chicken Fingers…

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…Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp…

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…and Garlic Bread.

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I had a few bites of everything above, but mostly concentrated on this House Salad – it comes dressed already, which this LA girl wasn’t expecting.

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Stellar view of the San Rocco fireworks from my Mom’s place!

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In Napoli on Urbanspoon

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Trois Mec

dinner - restaurant

A very special dining experience last night….

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…no no no, not pizza, people – Trois Mec! Housed inside an old Rafallo’s, inside a strip mall on Highland.

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I’ve never experienced Ludo Lefebvre’s food before – getting tickets isn’t easy so this never would’ve happened without Melanie!

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She treated us to their prix fixe meal (which changes seasonally) plus wine pairings – we got there at 8:30pm for the second seating and promptly began snacking.

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Above – the buckwheat “popcorn” – flavored like Salt n Vinegar Cape Cods. Also reminiscent of potato chips were the sunchoke chips, below.

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Salt cod rice ball…

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…bread soup with ham-infused whipped cream…

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…and more bread – served crispy, doused in garlic and butter. Extra credit goes to anyone who can identify the Oscar Nominee behind the wine glass in the background.

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Then the 5 courses began – Avocado, Citrus, Crab Ceviche, and edible flowers…

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(FYI there is a vegetarian – but not vegan – option. This is Abe’s Celery Root Pear Risotto.)

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…Grilled Cabbage, Smoked Almond Milk Anglaise, Miso Flan, and Fennel Pollen…

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…Potato Pulp with Brown Butter and Bonito…

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…Beef n Broccoli – with smoked peanut butter and crispy shallot…

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(veggie option – Mushroom Pho with coconut water, pine, hazelnut, and caramel)

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…and dessert – Apple Butter, Creme de Brie, Toasted Barley, and Hay.

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Hay tastes amazing.

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Mignardises – oui, I just learned what those are – Roasted Sunchoke Ice Cream Pate a Choux, Fermented Black Garlic Caramel.

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Best pizza ever.

Trois Mec on Urbanspoon

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Tiato

brunch - restaurant

Abe and I are already big fans of House of An – we loved our lunch at Crustacean and were excited when they invited us to try Tiato’s new Summer Sunday Brunch.

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Located inside the MTV/Lionsgate building, there’s a market section to grab lunch on the go…

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…and a beautiful restaurant for more formal dining.

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We sat outside (on the largest outdoor patio in Santa Monica) to experience the brand new Grilling Station…

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…and were seated at a table next to Helene An!!!

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“Mama” and her daughter (owner Catherine) took such incredible care of us – they also made sure Abe’s vegetarian diet was accommodated.

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I had a bite of his Vietnamese Crepe…

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…and enjoyed one stuffed with Chicken and Prawns myself. This is a MUST order – crispy + egg-y.

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We also got samples of their Truffled Mac and Cheese…

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…House Cured Salmon on Corn Belini…

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(Abe’s did not have fish)

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…and two small salads – Fried Egg with Canadian Bacon for me…

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…and one with Pear/Candied Walnuts for Abe. Usually this one comes with a Poached Egg, but they’ll do the Fried Version if you ask – here’s video of the yolk in action!

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Of course, no An Restaurant experience is complete without some of their signature Garlic Noodles – these were made fresh on the grill!

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Bit of Abe’s tofu…

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…plus some of his zucchini, with my Chicken portion.

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Last, but certainly not least…

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…French Toast Banana Foster with Bourbon Vanilla Maple Syrup + Pecan Chantilly Cream…

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…plus housemade pastries – Sweet, Savory + Spicy Corn Bread, Coffee Cake, and a Banana Muffin…

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…with butter!

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I had two servings. You know me and sweets.

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This epic meal really lifted my spirits for my very first father-less Father’s Day. Thanks so much to the An Family for their generosity, care, and DELICIOUS food.

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Sunday Brunch kicks off all summer long from 11am – 3pm – parking in the area is a cinch since nobody’s working in the area.  Oh, there’s live music too!

Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden + Venue on Urbanspoon