FOODIE TUESDAY: POKE POKE

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Since visiting Hawaii I have always been on the search for that food staple that most Hawaiians eat; poke. When I found out a little spot off the Venice boardwalk serves up fresh made to order poke I had to check it out. Poke Poke definitely did not disappoint. I felt like I was transported back to Maui. The poke is super fresh and spicy, I did order the spicy tuna. I added brown rice and seaweed, which added a nice texture. Topping off the experience with a lilikoi soda, I couldn’t ask for a better meal.

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I cannot say enough about this place; I will be back for sure. If you are in the Venice area it is well worth the visit. Plus you get to sit and watch all the interesting characters pass by. 

Poke Poke | 1827 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA

{photos by me}

OUTSIDE LANDS THE RECAP

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I am slowly getting back to normal after a 3-day music fest. I have been going through my pictures, and even though you cannot see the performers I know exactly who was on stage. There were some great moments, like when Paul McCartney dedicated a song (to my favorite Beatle) George Harrison and played his ukulele, I almost died. Seeing Rhye up close, his voice is insane. NIN brought me back to my high school days; I think I danced the most during their performance. 

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I was also impressed with the food selection; I was really excited to see the Del Popolo truck was there. The pizza was perfect, and the truck alone is great. It was converted from a giant shipping container and has its own wood-fired oven. 

This festival really brought me back to my younger years, I really felt like a kid again. I am not sure if I will ever attend a 3-day music festival again, so I am glad this one was my last for a while. 

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FOODIE TUESDAY: BARNSDALL WINE TASTING

Last Friday evening, I finally checked out the Barnsdall wine tasting event. I have wanted to check out this event for a while. You just pack up a picnic, bring your friends and drink lots of wine from Silver Lake Wine. What more can you ask for? The evening was perfect; since Barnsdall is on a hill you get gorgeous views of LA and the observatory. The sunset was incredible. 

It goes on every Friday, until the end of summer. It really was a perfect way to end the crazy workweek. I hope to go again before the season is over.

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FOODIE TUESDAY: MANHATTAN BEACH POST

Over the weekend I finally checked out Manhattan Beach Post. This place has been on my list since it opened. I am happy to say, the food was excellent. The interior is very open with a handful of communal tables. A lot of warn wood paneling, and I even noticed some cubbies that looked like they were from the old post office.

As for the food, they have a great variety of yummy veggies, hearty main dishes and some tasty cocktails. The menu is seasonal, so the menu does change. When I saw they had soft shell crab on the menu I did not even have to hesitate on ordering. Overwhelmed with the excitement of finally eating here, I did not photograph the yummy cheddar, bacon biscuits with maple butter. I am not a fan of maple syrup, but that butter was a perfect addition to the savory biscuits. 

The soft shell crab was fantastic; I loved the addition of the grilled watermelon and the poppy seed yogurt. My friend ordered the truffle glazed fried chicken. In my eyes whenever you order something with truffles it’s going to be good, this dish did not disappoint. The chicken was super tender and the batter was not too heavy. The truffle glaze added a nice sweetness. I cannot wait to go back, next time I have to order dessert.

MB POST  |  1142 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach

{photos by me}

FOODIE WEDNESDAY: THE FEDERAL BAR

For Father’s Day we adventured south to Long Beach. While there we visited The Federal Bar right in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Formally a bank, the building is transformed into a beautiful gastro-pub, with super high ceilings and giant chandeliers. I was also told in the coming months there will be an under ground speakeasy, with secret passwords.

The menu is pretty diverse; you have burgers, hot dogs, cheeses and small bites. Usually I wouldn’t order such a heavy meal, but I couldn’t resist. I ordered the fried chicken with red velvet waffles. Thankfully the chicken wasn’t over fried, it was the perfect amount of crust and seasoned well. Other dishes ordered were the grilled salmon over black rice, and the roasted chicken over harrissa mash. Both were also very tasty. They also have a spot in NOHO, so I might have to stop by and check it out. If you are in Long Beach I recommend checking out this spot. 

The Federal Bar  |  102 Pine Ave Long Beach, CA 

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MODERN DESSERT

I had something completely different to blog about this morning but saw this awesome video this morning and had to write about it. Pastry chef’s at the SFMOMA create these beautiful treats based off of famous modern artists like Piet Mondrian, Cindy Sherman and John Zurier. They even have a great cookbook; Modern Art Desserts that I need to pick up immediately. 

My next trip to SF I need to stop by the museum and check out these beautiful desserts and some art too. 

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FOODIE TUESDAY: EAT DRINK AMERICANO

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There has been a sudden rise in awesome restaurants popping up in the Arts District of Downtown L.A. and I am definitely not complaining. A new spot I tried twice last week was; Eat Drink Americano

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This place has a great atmosphere, great sandwiches, salads and an AMAZING hand lettered chalkboard wall. Being a graphic designer I appreciate the little things like that. I feel hand lettering is making a comeback and this place definitely embraced it. I am sort of obsessed. 

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I can see myself coming here for a beer or coffee if I just need to get out of the office. They also have a separate dinner menu, which I will need to try soon. Love this place!

Eat Drink Americano | 923 East Third Street LA, CA 90013

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L.A. ADVENTURE {3}: TASTE OF THE EASTSIDE

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This past weekend I wanted to check out an event held at Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz; the Taste of the Eastside. Granted I do not live on the eastside, but I do love food and a few places I have been dying to try participated. There were some major highlights. 

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The first of many stops was L&E Oyster Bar, I felt like I spent most of my time there. I have actually been to this place quite a few times, but who can say no to an oyster or two? 

Another highlight was a taco spot, that I have heard of but never tried, Hugo’s Tacos. Since I just started eating meat, I have been down to try anything. They were serving carnitas, it was so good. They add cinnamon to their carnitas so it had this great sweet taste. I will be visiting them soon. 

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Other highlights include, Canele I enjoyed their farro salad. Cliff’s Edge had a beautifully prepared scallop. Mohawk Bend had a nice chilled pea soup. Diablo Taco had a great ceviech, I really love a good ceviche. All those bites could not be complete without Pazzo Gelato they never disappoint. 

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This was a great event, you get to try a bunch of great local spots in one shot. I will definitely check it out next year. Now they need to have one on the westside!!!

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{photos by me, and good friend Jesse}

FOODIE WEDNESDAY: ALMA

Over the holidays I checked out a fairly new restaurant in Downtown L.A. called Alma. All the food has an experimental quality to it. They add different ingredients together that seem a little strange at first, but once you try it, you will understand why. My favorites were; the seaweed and tofu beignet. I love the mix of salty seaweed and the tang from the lime. I also loved that they served them on a piece of tile. I also enjoyed the dessert, because they added toasted quinoa which created a great texture to the panna cotta.

The overall space is very open and inviting. I am a fan of open air kitchen, I love watching chefs cook. I am looking forwarded to coming back real soon.

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FOODIE WEDNESDAY: TAR & ROSES

Tar & Roses is where we ended my Saturday birthday celebration, this place is amazing. I like how the menu is set up, you first start off with a snack, then ease into the small plates and continue with the large and veggie plates. The great thing about the large plates is they have two options a meat and fish that can be shared. I rarely see this on menus. 

So we started off with the popped corn with bacon, brown sugar and chili. Now I know I don’t eat meat, but I couldn’t say no to popcorn. It was so good. We also tried the squid ink tagliatelle and octopus, I love anything with octopus. We then ordered the rib eye for two and the fried red snapper for two. We accompanied them with Jerusalem cauliflower (those were my favorite) and Brussels sprouts. It is rare when you get an entire fish served at the table, so it was a little shocking at first but you just dive in. It was cooked perfectly, nice and crispy outside and nice soft on the inside. 

Every meal needs to end with a fantastic dessert, and they didn’t disappoint. I ordered the strawberry ricotta with honeycomb ice cream. Hands one of the best desserts I have had in awhile. The honeycomb ice cream was amazing, I have never had it before it had such great flavor. 

I cannot wait to go back.

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VISUALLY LOVELY {1}

I am starting up a new series of posts simply called Visually Lovely. It will range from current blogs that I follow to anything else that I find inspirational. 

I am so in love with the beautiful photographs from Photisserie. I especially love this photo series. Her photographs also make me want to pack my bags and move to Europe, it is so magical.

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