Mar 2017

Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant – Arcadia

Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant - Arcadia - Santa Anita Mall

The Astronomer and I went on a double date to the Santa Anita Mall. And no, our parents didn’t drop us off. ūüėČ

Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant - Arcadia - Santa Anita Mall

We met up with Will and Louise for dinner at Meizhou Dongpo, the second U.S. outlet of a Beijing-based Sichuan restaurant. Without our little gals in tow, we were able to fully take in the polite service, fancy atmosphere, and numbing peppercorns.

Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant - Arcadia - Santa Anita Mall

Even though the restaurant¬†isn’t know¬†for its dan dan mian¬†($3.60), I couldn’t resist ordering a bowl¬†anyway because they are¬†my favorite Sichuan specialty. The version here¬†was perfectly slurp-able, but nothing extraordinary.

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Mar 2017

Airbnb Guidebooks: 10 Vietnamese Dishes You Should Be Eating (and Where to Find Them)

Airbnb Guidebooks: Authentic Vietnamese

Airbnb recently launched¬†Guidebooks both online and in¬†its app that “highlight unique perspectives of tastemakers and experts of various topics throughout a city.” I was initially tapped to¬†curate a list of my 10 favorite phŠĽü¬†restaurants in Los Angeles, but decided to pitch something a little different: “10 Vietnamese Dishes Other than¬†PhŠĽü that You Should Be Eating.”¬†PhŠĽü is phantastic, but there’s much to explore when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine. See: porridge,¬†mi quang, spring rolls, roasted catfish… I think you get the gist.

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Mar 2017

Chef’s Tasting Menu at Providence – Los Angeles

Providence - Los Angeles - February 2017

I was spoiled to pieces on my 35th birthday. In addition to heaps of noodles with colleagues and a made-from-scratch blood orange upside-down cake baked by The Astronomer, I was treated to dinner at the nicest place in town: Providence.

The last time The Astronomer and I dined¬†here was back in 2010 for an¬†eight-course dessert tasting. And before that, it was in 2009¬†for The Astronomer’s birthday.¬†It felt¬†really good to be back.

Providence - Los Angeles - February 2017

Dinner began with a glass of bubbles¬†for me…

Providence - Los Angeles - February 2017

…and a Muay Thai cocktail ($12) for The Astronomer. Both were festive, setting the proper tone for the evening.

Providence offers three menus during dinner service—the Providence Tasting Menu ($120), Signature & Seasonal Menu ($185), and Chef’s Tasting Menu ($220). We decided to go for the Chef’s Tasting¬†this evening because fancy dinners are a rare treat, so why not go for gold? Also, the promise of squid phŠĽü was too intriguing¬†to resist.

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