Jul 2017

Holbox – Los Angeles

Holbox - Los Angeles

Following a morning exploring taxidermied animals and dinosaur bones at the Natural History Museum, The Astronomer, June, and I headed to Mercado Paloma for lunch. This afternoon I had my sights set on Holbox, a brand new Mexican seafood stall opened by Chichen Itza’s Chef Gilberto Cetina.

Holbox - Los Angeles

After placing our order at the counter and grabbing a table nearby, we snacked on complimentary chips and salsa. Both were solid.

Holbox - Los Angeles

While I enjoyed every dish we tasted this afternoon, my favorite had to be the Taco de Pulpo en Su Tinta ($10). Served on a warm, handmade tortilla, the octopus was served atop a calamari ink-stained sofrito. The taco’s flavors and textures melded together like an oceanic dream.

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Jun 2017

KCRW Press Play with Madeleine Brand | Vietnamese Food in El Monte

KCRW Press Play

I joined Madeleine Brand, the host of KCRW’s program Press Play, to chat about where to get the best Vietnamese food in the city of El Monte, the littler Saigon in Los Angeles County. Listen here. And enjoy!

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Jun 2017

Lost at Sea – Pasadena

Lost at Sea - Pasadena

I’ve got a thing for seafood shacks: charming neighborhood spots, like The Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle, The Ordinary in Charleston, and Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach, serving the freshest catch in stylish nautical-inspired environs.

Lost at Sea - Pasadena

Lost at Sea, by Chef Tim Carey and Wine Director Santos Uy, landed in Old Pasadena late last summer, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that The Astronomer and I finally visited our local seafood “shack” for dinner.

Lost at Sea - Pasadena

A Saturday night out on the town without our little lady in tow called for two flutes of J.P. Chenet Brut Blanc de Blancs ($10) to start.

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