Our Favorite LA restaurants

Mengsha here. We recently moved from LA to Chicago, which meant saying goodbye to all of our favorite LA restaurants. As homage to some of our favorite watering holes – many of which we’ve written about before, but some which we’ve discovered since we last posted – we present you with this list in the…

The Impossible Burger

Today, I tried the Impossible BurgerTM for the first time. I’d seen this all over the internet – on social media, in the news – but this was the first time I’d seen it on a menu. It was at The Counter in Pasadena, CA. If you haven’t heard of this product before, The Impossible…

Guerilla Cafe

1620 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA 94709 Guerilla Cafe is one of our all time favorite restaurants. It hits that sweet spot of being affordable enough to go every week or two, unassuming enough that it’s not overrun with customers, and simply delicious. When we were living in Berkeley, it was our go-to brunch spot, and…

Recipe First Impressions: Golden Beets with Fava Beans and Mint

We’ve been trying to cook more lately, partly to save money, and partly to just improve our skills. We make a lot of Asian staples at home – noodle soups, tamago gohan (egg rice), and fried rice being mainstays in our household. However, there are many ingredients and cuisines we’ve only seen at restaurants and…

Recipe First Impressions: Wild Mushroom and Farro Soup

This week I take you with me as I fumble through a recipe for Wild Mushroom and Farro Soup that actually turned out quite well. This recipe made enough for 2.5 meals for Sean and I, and was a slam dunk. Follow along here. 1. Wash and peel the produce. I have to say, I’m not…

Horse’s Mouth

Saturday, October 29th. Dinner. 528 S Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90020 We kept driving past this place on our way to dance practice. It looked super nice from the outside, all modern decor and clean lines. Plus, the building had the words “Oyster Bar” in big letters. So when we were free one night…

Travel Log: Swiss Adventures

Back in May, we took a trip to Switzerland, spending a week in Zurich, Bern, and Lucerne. We wandered around the cities, hiked, and of course, explored the food culture there. Switzerland is an amazing place. Snow-capped mountains aside, the cities also have so much to offer. Every city we visited was on a body of…

Burger Royale

Shake Shack vs. In-N-Out – it’s the classic conundrum. It’s also totally overused as an article topic. So of course, we had to get in on the action. We recognize that we’re not burger experts by any means. (Have you even read our other posts? They’re pretty much all about Japanese food.) On top of…

Quality Seafood

Saturday, July 2nd, lunch 130 S International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach CA Part 2 in a two-part series on seafood markets For the beginner sushi connoisseur, sea urchin roe still in the shell, along with items like octopus tentacles that try to crawl down your throat and Chinese “drunken shrimp”, seem like holy grails of fresh…

O’seyo Shabu Shabu

Thursday, June 23rd, Lunch 2879 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 Warning: snobbery ahead. Sean and I headed to O’seyo Shabu Shabu after a friend of ours mentioned the place to us. It has the same rating on Yelp as Osawa. As such, we went with high expectations, only to find that we had actually eaten here…

République

March 14th, Dinner 624 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 Sean: We first found out about République while we were waiting for our table at Genwa. Walking around the streets bordering Koreatown, we wandered down La Brea Ave. and stopped when we reached République’s facade. Curious, we entered and asked how long the…

Matsuri

  Often, for dinner Pasadena has a plethora of sushi options. Downtown Pasadena alone has Osawa, O2 Sushi, SushiStop, A’Float Sushi, as well as various poke houses. Lake Street boasts Sugarfish and Noda Sushi. As you head east along Green Street, you’ll run into Sushi of Naples, Maison Akira and the subject of today’s post:…