I must have been living under a rock for a few years because I had no idea that an old, outdated Santa Monica mall is now a fancy Santa Monica Place!
Mac ‘n’ Cheese: Gruyère, cheddar, goat, and blue cheeses, topped w/breadcrumbs
Brooklyner Salad: Smoked salmon, goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, red
onion, balsamic vinaigrette, mixed greens
I think I’m enjoying Dine LA Restaurant Week way too much this year. After overdosing on Brazilian-style, all you can eat meat feast at Fogo de Chao on Friday night with Kevin and his wonderful friends (and swearing off meat after suffering a major food hangover for the next two days), I found myself at the Palm Restaurant in West Hollywood today for my lunch date with friends Abbie and Sydne for some more meat! I guess it’s an absolute blessing that we human have the ability to forget.
Today’s lunch at this top-rated steakhouse was one of the best deals I’ve seen in a long time. I thought $45 for dinner at Fogo was amazing but this one was definitely up there as the best bang for the buck! For $25, we got a choice of salad, entrée, and dessert from a pretty impressive list of selections. Steaks at this place usually cost over $50 but we were able to experience all the goodness, and much more, for a fraction of the price. The portion may be smaller but it was still very satisfying!
Thank you, Dine LA!
First course: Mixed Green Salad
Second Course: I selected New York Steak Au Poivre. Abbie had Filet Mignon Medallions and Sydne had Nova Scotia Lobster BLT Sandwich.
We shared the sides: Creamed Spinach
String Beans and French Fries (picture on top)
Third Course: Flourless Chocolate Cake
Okay, no more meat for a while … unless I completely forget about it again …
Friday night dinner with Tiffany, Jesse, Shannon, and Kevin, at Musha in Santa Monica. TGIF!
(Clockwise from top left): Aburi Saba; Ponzu Duck; Kakuni; Spicy Tuna Dip.
Tofu French Fries; two kinds of sauces for the tofu; M.F.C. (Musha Fried Chicken); Ebimayo.
Musha’s Risotto; Aski; Black Sesame Ice Cream; Takotama.
This is the first meal Kevin and I enjoyed as husband and wife! YAY! After we turned in our paperwork at a court house, we headed over to Sawtelle Kitchen for a celebratory lunch.
It’s not that we particularly like Sawtelle Kitchen but it was the most convenient place for us to dine. This is one of those restaurants that I really, really want to love, but something always holds me back. I can never pin point what it is … but there’s something that’s just … off. But anyway, it was a celebratory lunch, and we went all out with wine (just me), appetizers (clams steamed in sake, pictured above), and more!
Sweet potato fries with plum mayonnaise. Cute idea but was pretty ordinary.
I had grilled pork chop, with garlic-chive ginger sauce. I wish the meat was cooked a little more rare.
Kevin ordered Six-hour braised lamb shank, demi-glace sauce. It was good but tasted a bit gamey.
I think I’m already starting to sound like a nagging wife so I’ll stop here. Good news is that lunch might have just been okay but the married life has been fantastic so far!
Great dinner with Saori at Bar Hayama on Sawtelle — thank you!
We both ordered Chef’s Special Bento Box, with miso soup, otsukemono, brown rice, assorted tempura (vegetables and shrimp), assorted sashimi, assorted sushi, skewered meats (beef, lamb, and chicken), salmon and mushroom dynamite, meatball wrapped in fried wonton, and berries for dessert.
Lovely space inside, although the outside fireplace is much more wicked.
LOVE the mug design.
Kings came out victorious tonight over Vancouver, in the first round of NHL playoffs. We are now leading the series 3-0! One more game, boys! Go Kings go! Pride. Passion. Power!
Lunch (1:00 p.m.): Lunch with Tiffany, Shannon, and Roya, at Le Pain Quotidien, after we picked up the race packet for tomorrow’s Pasadena Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Cob salad with grilled chicken (no blue cheese). Cup of coffee with cream and sugar.
Dinner (6:00 p.m.): Carb-load dinner at Torafuku with Tiffany, Shannon, and Saori. Torafuku Omakase ($27).
Amazing Kamado rice (I had seconds).
Assorted fries (shrimp and pork tenderloins).
Grilled cod and a side of seaweed tukudani.
Sashimi in ponzu sauce.
Lunch (12:30 p.m.): I ate two pieces of mochi wrapped in seaweed for lunch. I had no energy to cook anything, after spending the last two days in bed from what felt like a cold, so I just heated up mochi blocks I had in the freezer from the new year. I’m so glad that I’m feeling much better now.
Dinner (6:00 p.m.): Galbi and soon dobu for dinner at Tofu-Ya on Sawtelle Blvd. I had a bowl of rice, plates of banchan, and a few slices of spicy pork that Kevin ordered.
We wanted to go to Lawry’s for dinner (we had a $25 gift certificate that was about to expire) but was told that it would be a 3 hour wait (this is why I don’t like Valentine’s Day) … so we just drove to Sawtelle. Our first choice was Sawtelle Kitchen but it was closed so we went across the street to Tofu-Ya.
We stopped by Yogurtland for some swirly dessert.
“Greatest Love of All” was the first English song that I memorized and sang at my 5th grade graduation (not solo, of course), and always held a special place in my heart. And I remember crying hearing this song for the first time. I hope Whitney is in better place now.
Currently recovering from the two days of pure Christmas dinner gluttony (first night at home and the second night with my fiancé’s family) with simpler meals. The dinners were fabulous but it’s time for me to go back to my regular eating routine. Here’s today lunch, enjoyed after working out with my sister: a side salad, a bowl of vegetable soup, and chicken pasta salad from California Chicken Cafe.
By the way, there’s a saying in Japan that goes something like this: Women are like Christmas cakes – they go stale after 25. This is completely ridiculous. On a contrary, I think we women are like fine wine and we get better and better with age. So, all the ladies out there — forget the backward thinking and keep on shining!