Dec 2019

Malibu Seafood – Malibu

Malibu Seafood - Malibu

Daytime dates with The Astronomer are a rare treat, so I packed the schedule for maximum good times. Before making our way to Malibu, we stopped into Bill’s Burgers in Van Nuys for a hearty bite. From there, we drove further west and hopped aboard a wine safari at Saddlerock Ranch. Last but not least, we headed to the coast for lunch at Malibu Seafood. Whatta day!

Malibu Seafood - Malibu

There are many dining options up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, but we settled on the nearly fifty-year-old Malibu Seafood for its unfussy environs and promises of expertly fried seafood.

Malibu Seafood - Malibu

After waiting in a sizable line and placing our order at the counter, The Astronomer and I settled into an outdoor picnic table to wait for our food.

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Nov 2019

Noodle Palace – Rosemead

Noodle Palace - Rosemead

Wonton-goers still weep for the loss of Noodle Boy, but so it goes in the cut-throat San Gabriel Valley restaurant scene. Taking over its space is Noodle Palace, a Shanxi-style restaurant serving an assortment of cold dishes, dumplings, and pancakes, along with knife-cut and hand-formed noodles.

Noodle Palace - Rosemead

With so many flour-forward items to sample, it’s best to come in for lunch or dinner with two or three friends. While it might be hard to resist jumping straight in for noodles, please take a pause for pigs ears ($10).

The densely packed terrine, mesmerizingly stratified and full of cartilage and skin, arrived in satisfyingly thick slices. The sweet chile soy sauce served alongside took the ears’s snappy texture and gelatinous chew to the next level.

Noodle Palace - Rosemead

Following a pause for pigs ears was a parade chock-full of carbs. The scallion pancake ($3.99), draped on the plate like the coziest winter throw, delighted us with its light and flaky layers and subtle green onion glow.

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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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