Nov 2019

Parsnip – Highland Park

Parsnip - Highland Park

It’s raining and thundering today in Los Angeles, which means it’s the perfect time to finally write about Parsnip. Here on a quieter stretch of York Boulevard in Highland Park, Aracelly Flores and Anca Caliman are cooking up Romanian comfort food with a California point of view.

Parsnip - Highland Park

The Astronomer, June, and I came in for dinner on a Friday evening. After placing our order inside, we grabbed a table on the sidewalk and settled in for some eastern European cooking.

Every table contained a condiment jar filled with pico verde, a spicy and vinegary brew brimming with onions, chiles, and dill that tasted terrific atop just about every dish.

Parsnip - Highland Park

First up were a duo of dumplings. The baseball-sized bulz ($5), polenta dumplings filled with cheese, red peppers, and sauerkraut, were served with sour cream and benefited from the table-side pico verde

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Nov 2019

Ốc & Lẩu – Garden Grove

Ốc & Lẩu - Garden Grove

The Astronomer, June, and I lunched at Garden Grove’s perpetually packed Ốc & Lẩu while in the neighborhood visiting the newest member of our family: Baby Leo.

We don’t get around to Little Saigon nearly often enough, so when we do sit down for a meal in this Vietnamese culinary paradise, The Astronomer and I tend to order too much food out of giddy enthusiasm.  

Ốc & Lẩu - Garden Grove

Many moons ago when The Astronomer and I called Vietnam home, we’d dine at seafood shacks once the sun set over Saigon. The food was always terrific at these informal sidewalk establishments, and the local crowds were welcoming and up for a good time

The flavors at Ốc & Lẩu brought us back to Vietnam, but the polished environs were purely Little Saigon. 

Ốc & Lẩu - Garden Grove

To start, a most refreshing passion fruit soda ($4.99) for our little lady. We might have to order an entire pitcher of this sparkly and sour beverage on our next visit.

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Oct 2019

{swoon} Spiked Lemon at Spago Las Vegas

Spago Las Vegas

Did I travel to Las Vegas to eat at a Los Angeles institution? Kinda. And I’d do it again in a heartbeat, because as revered as the Spago in Beverly Hills is, the one in Las Vegas is plain better. Perched on a breezy balcony overlooking the Bellagio’s famous dancing fountains, a meal here is festive, fun, and fresh in a way that the original can’t beat. There are certainly perks to being the new kid on the block.

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