Spice Table – Little Tokyo

I have been to Spice Table before for lunch (sadly, no picture or post), but this time I went for dinner for which they have a completely separate and different menu. In general, the ambiance is always pretty chill. It gets a little warm by the bar, because that is where they do the cookin’. But, they have some great beer and wine to help keep you cool.

I wanted light so I ordered the gem lettuce, herb and oro blanco salad and the chicken satay. Oro blanco, (which translates literally to “white gold”) is a grapefruit. Unlike common grapefruits, it is much sweeter.

Although I enjoyed the satay, my favorite was the salad. Next time, I will NOT order the $4 iced green tea. Even if it is fresh brewed, it is just tooooo much for iced tea. But, it’s okay — they have the Diet Coke in the glass bottle, which is one of my favorite vehicles for soda.

The Spice Table
114 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-1840
Mon-Wed: Lunch – 11:30-3:30 & Dinner – 5:30pm-11pm
Thu-Sat: Lunch – 11:30-3:30 & Dinner – 5:30pm-12am
Twitter: thespicetable

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Lucky Baldwins Pub – Pasadena

I sure don’t go to Pasadena as often as I used to! Fortunately, I recently was able to visit one of my favorite bars in Old Town — Lucky Baldwins Pub. I’m a big fan of LBP’s partly because I grew up with English (UK) au pairs. (my sense of humor, strange loyalty to Manchester United, and use of the word “the Moz” all make a little more sense now!) Surrounded by UK paraphernalia makes me reflect back.  To that time period so very long ago.  Of too hot and humid summer days where we drove down to the local West Coast Video and rented a newly released VHS movie to watch. Does not feel like yesterday.

Although LBP doesn’t allow free tastings, they do let you opt for $4-5 little taster glasses. I chose an always amazing (but some say “too sweet”) Saison Dupont and a really disappointingly disgusting (I gave it away) Jolly Pumpkin something or another (bleh).

We ordered some pasties too. Cornish & chicken.

Lucky Baldwins
17 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 795-0652

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Pilgrimage

Although I’m a relatively pale person, I do enjoy the ocean/beach. I am fortunate to live close enough to visit it more than I ever did during the first 20+ years of my life.  To be exact, I currently live 3.7 miles away from the North Pacific Ocean. Occasionally, when I have the time, and contrary to “Walking in LA” by Missing Persons, I like to travel to the ocean on foot.

It never gets old.

Never.

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Korean Kitchen Hibachi B.B.Q. – Little Tokyo

Unlike most traditional Korean B.B.Q. restaurants I’ve been to where someone at the table does the cooking (not usually me), KKHB was more like a “regular” restaurant that cooks the food in the kitchen and brings it out when it is ready. I preferred this partly because I’m lazy, but mostly because I’m always nervous about food poisoning (N.B. I poison easily). Other pros: (1) Quicker; and (2)  Supposedly we didn’t leave smelling like Korean B.B.Q. for the rest of the day (not sure if this is true though, obv.).

I ordered the extra spicy beef b.b.q. lunch special. It came with a lot of goodies: soup, salad, seasoned vegetables, kimchi, and steamed rice.

Korean Kitchen Hibachi B.B.Q.
135 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-1039

200th Post! Umami – Santa Monica

So happy that my 200th post is Umami Burger in Santa Monica (connected to Fred Segal). Great burgers, great beer, great location.

pronunciation: uːˈmɑːmi / oo-MAH-me.

translation: savoriness / the 5th taste.

review: delicious / DELICIOUS.

favorite burger: Hatch Burger (4 types of green chilies, house made American cheese).

pictured: Special Burger (I don’t remember what was in it) & Smushed Potatoes (dutch yellow creamers, double fried — get the ketchup!)

UMAMI
500 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401-2406
(310) 451-1300
Mon-Wed & Sun: 11am-10pm
Thu-Sat: 11am-11pm

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Lukshon – Culver City

It’s apparent that I’m a big fan of FO I & IIA lot of my friends One close friend even assumed that when Sang Yoon opened Lukshon next door in February 2011, I was first in line. Sadly, my friend was incorrect. It was only until a few weeks ago that I was able to finally check it out. Because I have let a lot of time lapse, I am just going to summarize my experience as wonderful — Being promptly seated by a friendly hostess to being served delicious food and having my water glass repeatedly refilled by an astute waiter. I would go back in a heartbeat. And plan to soon!

I have placed *s next to my favorite drinks/dishes.

THE DRINKS:

* Fujian Cure: Isle of Skye 8 year old scotch, lemon, galangal, lapsang souchong black tea

Yokohama Romance: Prunier VSOP cognac, cherry heering, kaffir lime, lemongrass, shaoxing wine

THE FOOD

Spanish Mackerel coconut vinegar, jalapeno, lemongrass, green papaya

* Spicy Chicken Pops Shelton Farms drumettes, garlic, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), spicy sichuan salt

* Garlic Pork Belly do ba jian, rice cakes, cabbage, garlic chives

* Baby Monterey Squid stuffed with chiang mai pork sausage, with candlenut, mint, and rau ram

X.O. Rice jasmine rice, house-made x.o. sauce, long beans, egg

* Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts lightly fried in a soy sauce with sesame seeds sprinkled on top

Complimentary DessertsChocolate Custard/Pudding & Mango Panna Cotta

Lukshon
3239 Helms Ave.
Culver City, California
310-202-6808
Mon-Sat: 5:30-10:30pm

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Shiva Blast

Shiva kamini Soma kandarkram!

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