Tar & Roses

I went to Tar & Roses with my cousin this past weekend.  It was great.

1. King Trumpet Mushrooms soft egg / rosemary / chili de arbol

2. Baby Brocolli parmesan pudding / chili / breadcrumbs

3. Crispy Pigs Ears sriracha / honey / cilantro

4. Pork Chop parsnip puree / wood roasted escarole /  cherry compote

5. Hanger Steak yukon gold potato gratin / cavalo nero

6. The Tar Bar

Tar & Roses
602 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 587-0700

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On A Good Day at The Getty

Lately, I’ve been having some bad days.  2013 has shown itself to be incredibly challenging for me.  I’ve tried to keep a positive spirit about everything though.  I am grateful for all that I have and all the wonderful people in my life.  But, some days are harder than others.  Unfortunately, yesterday was bad.  So much so, I woke up this morning driven to make sure that today was a better day.  To help accomplish this, I chose to go to The Getty.   Not only was it a good day, it was a good day to go to the Getty.

I could see Downtown:

I could see the Pacific Ocean:

And, I could make light of my current troubles by screaming aloud to strangers “MY MALE DOPPELGÄNGER!” when I saw Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’sThe Vexed Man“:

Okay, I didn’t really scream anything out loud.  I just sort of quietly chuckled about it in my head.

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Happy New Beer!

Recently, I went home to PA to visit my family and friends. This year was the first year where three of my friends became engaged to their significant others (within what felt like minutes of each other). Fortunately, I was able to meet up with two of them during my trip. We met at Union Jack’s Inn. (nota bene, the picture of UJI is not representative of the way it looked during my winter visit.)

While at UJI, I was introduced to Evil Twin Beer. Evil Twin Brewery is the brainchild of Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, a gypsy brewer from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Where does Jeppe get the name “Evil Twin Brewing?” Jeppe is the twin brother of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the gypsy brewing maker of delicious Mikkeller Beer.

What I like most about Evil Twins Brewery is their creative beer names:

Naked Lunch in a Copenhagen Heavenly Resto, Noma, Even More Jesus, Tørst Back Room, Tørst Front Room, Ron and the Red Ryan, One Ten, Dos Cervezas Por Favor, Honey I’m Home, Low Life, “The Perfect Crime”, Assistenten, Black Out, All Occasions IPA, Hipster Ale, Wet Dream, The Cowboy, Lil’B, P3, Ying & Yang, Made Dog Pale Ale, Kiwi Imperial Pils, Wag N’ Wisdom Wit, Auld Yin, P.H.A.T. Porter, Imperial Biscotti Break, Room Number 603, Russian Roulette, Femme Fatale Brett, DEVFFCMQAL9,.8, Hop Flood, Freudian Slip, The Talented Mr. Orangutan, Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room, 9th Symphony, Soft Xmas AKA Pretty Please With a Cherry on Top, Ron and the Beast Ryan, Been Smoking Too Long, Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush on Barbados, Molotov Cocktail, Without You I’m Nothing, Bikini Beer, Katz Pis, Ashtray Heart, Soft DK, Ryan and the Beaster Bunny, Before Durying and After Christmas Beer, and Disco Beer.

I also learned about a new dog breed: the Tamaskan, a dog bred to look like a wolf.

All and all, it was a wonderful night filled with old friends and new beer. Happy New Beer!

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Oh, hey.

Remember me?  I’m thinking about coming back.  I mean, it would be silly to just keep paying for a website and never using it.  MIRITE?  IRITE.

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NYC Part 3: Babbo & Goodbye

The main reason my parents and I went to NYC was to meet up with my good friend Alex for dinner at Babbo Ristorante.

By this upcoming September, I will have known Alex for 18 years. That means our friendship will legally be an adult, but still will not be able to rent a car. All bad jokes aside, I have known Alex for almost 2/3 of my life! We went through middle school and high school together and stayed friends even after I moved to a different coast. We traveled through Europe together, we drove from California to Pennsylvania together, and we have celebrated many New Years Eves together. Also! In 2008, while perusing the website Passive Aggressive Notes, I encountered this hilarious passive aggressive note, and immediately recognized Alex’s handwriting. I know, I know, I’m being overly sentimental. But, I’m very grateful to have such a good friend. I’m also grateful my parents took us to Babbo because Mario Batali can do no wrong.

Lower Level Dining Area.

Cherry Bellini.

Villa Matilde Aglianico.

Chickpea Bruschetta.

Sweet Onion Crostini, with Babbo Lardo Glistening.

Goat Cheese Tortelloni with Dried Orange and Wild Fennel Pollen.

Black Spaghetti with Rock Shrimp, Spicy Salami Calabrese and Green Chiles.

Mint Love Letters with Spicy Lamb Sausage.

Sunday Special: Braised Short Ribs.

Barbecued Skirt Steak with Asparagus “alla Piastra” and Salsa Verde.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake.

After dinner we took a stroll through Washington Square Park.

Are you still reading? Unfortunately, the time has come for me to take a break. I have had a lot of fun & I hope all two of my readers enjoyed these past few months. Tschüß!

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NYC Part 2: Café Grumpy

After visiting the MOMA, we headed to Chelsea for coffee at Café Grumpy. I had never been to a Grumpy before, but with a name and logo like that, how could I not? The Chelsea Grumpy is cute and tiny. Parking was not a problem and the location is a few doors down from the NYPD #10th Precinct. Also, it is the first coffee shop that I have ever been in that has a laptop ban.

I ultimately decided on a coffee flight to give three out of the four caffeinated choices a try.

  • Top: Nicaragua – Santa Teresa
  • Bottom Left: Kenya – Gethumbwini
  • Bottom Right: Colombia – Desarrollo Co-op.

Thorough descriptions here. All were pleasant, but I enjoyed the Gethumbwini the most.

After the coffee, I naively decided that I wanted to walk the half mile to Chelsea Market.

I say naively because it was excruciatingly hot outside. I usually do not have a problem with heat and humidity, but I regretted drinking the hot coffee and wearing pants. Inside the Chelsea Market, I immediately wandered into the Chelsea Wine Vault where they were having a free wine tasting. Although I did not care for the free wine offered, I did enjoy the rest of the establishment and purchased some Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey for my brother. Whistle Pig is 100% Rye Whiskey which was released in 2010. Apparently, PA does not sell any brand of 100% rye whiskey. Unfortunately, this is not too surprising considering the existence of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

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NYC Part 1: MOMA

I am currently in PA for a few days to see my family. Aside from my awkward sleep schedule that will not budge (5am-11am), it has been a very pleasant trip. On Sunday my parents and I went up to NYC for the day. We started the morning at MOMA.

A Few of My Favorites:

René Magritte‘s “The Palace of Curtains, III” (1928-29). The word ciel is French for sky. In the coffin-like misshaped frame on the left is a representation of a sky. In the frame on the right is the word “ciel.” Get it? Surreally cool.

Roy Lichtenstein‘s “Drowning Girl” (1963). She’s right though, if she called Brad, he would never let her forget he saved her from drowning.

Ger van Elk‘s “The Co-founder of the Word O.K.” (1971). I had never heard of this Danish photographer before, but loved his clever photos and of course the imagery of Hollywood in the 70′s. If you look closely, Ger van Elk is posed in profile to the right of a framed yellow bubble letter “O” in each picture. He is posing as the letter “K” by raising his arm and leg. As a result, he is “O.K.” on a street, a block from the Hollywood Colonial, and outside a store.