SAAM

Zhu Zhu Hamster told me long ago that SAAM was amazing.  I was a little surprised because The Bazaar was just good but overpriced.  She said “No, its different.  It’s the special chef’s dining room so the food is way better.”  Zhu Zhu Hamster piqued my intrigue to say the least.  So SAAM has been…

Scopa Italian Roots

The Bear Crew gathering is becoming an almost regular occurrence lately.  We are killing two birds with one stone, sharing great food and catching up with great company.  I think deep down inside, some of us may feel that our days our numbered.  Buff Bear and Panda Bear are growing up into big boys now….

A-Frame

After Roy Choi’s big success with Kogi and Chego, A-Frame was his next attempt at bringing his style of Korean meets LA, street, soul, all the while keeping it real, to Angelenos.  I was supremely impressed at his offering during my first visit in 2010.  I had been back maybe 2 more times since then…

Kinjiro

Oishi Nazi, who I dined with at my first visit to Totoraku, is the brain child behind Kinjiro, Little Tokyo’s newest izakaya restaurant.  He actually operated b.o.s., the restaurant which previously occupied the same space.  b.o.s. had some amazing food, but it didn’t quite get the following it deserved.  So Oishi Nazi, being the passionate…

Canelé

When Hobag invited me to brunch and a hike, I said, “Meh, I don’t really like brunch.”  Those words are like blasphemy to the majority of people.  People just LOVE breakfast foods.  I’m not sure why I don’t go gaga for omelettes and breakfast burritos.  I guess I didn’t grow up eating those kinds of…

Night + Market

I love Thai food.  It’s a cuisine that packs so much flavor and punch in every bite.  Salty, sweet, sour, spicy, and your mouth just explodes.  Night + Market makes a point of  making all of that the focus of its food.  It’s more tame sister restaurant, Talesai, serves your run of the mill Thai dishes…

Bestia

Bestia is one of the hot restaurants in LA that has alluded me for some time now.  It’s been open for a few years and many have extolled its solid offerings, especially the pastas.  I’ve tried to come here not once but twice with Ho Bag.  Once she cancelled on me, and once I cancelled…

The Tasting Kitchen

I was doing SO well and totally getting caught up on my blogging and THEN…I moved into a black frickin’ hole for a solid 2 weeks.  Some people say it’s totally refreshing to be off the grid for a while.  Those people are not just crazy, they are CUR-RAZY!  I burned through my month’s data…

Sushi Tsujita

It’s so awesome how Little Osaka, or the area on the Westside I’m used to referring to as “Sawtelle,” has totally exploded into this mecca of delicious Japanese-centric dining destinations.  I’m actually envious and wish I could turn back the clock to be a UCLA student now.  Back in the day, the only thing I…

The Factory Kitchen

I think I’m ready to admit to myself that I like Italian more than French food.  Growing up, I had more French influences in my life than Italian.  Baguette and pate were common things in my household.  Escargot and poulet roti were foods that I ate without a second thought.  To love French food is…

chi SPACCA

The April birthday dinners in my family were pretty good with Orsa & Winston and Sushi Sushi.  September rolled around (yes I’m behind on the blogging!), and it was time to treat Smooth Obturator to something tasty.  Triple T, being the thoughtful wife that she is, made reservations at chi SPACCA knowing the carnivorous glutton…

Gusto

It’s been a while since the Bears joined forces to eat our way through LA.  Many things have changed since our days as “overworked and underpaid” drones.  Some of us are now “appropriately paid,” while others, sadly, are still “underpaid” (Luau Bear who I’m going to rename Digs-Thru-Poop Bear and Panda Bear).  But the “underpaid” ones…