Mar 22 2017

Le Pain Quotidien @ Culver City

9901 Washington Blvd #102,
Culver City, CA 90232

Love their classical music on play all the time! Country decor, wood, one long communal table, breads, more breads, heavenly breads, healthy; yummy marmalade. Each restaurant has a major piece of art work – this one is with many cups. Spacious bathroom. Looking out to Kirk Douglas theatre and yet to be complete One Culver – all roads lead to Culver -:).

We’ve breakfast at their DC shop last May, by the Fresh Market; also last evening for a quick bite with a cousin at their Westwood location. All good.


Mar 21 2017

Le Pain Quotidien

1122 South Gayley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Will return, if in the area. A lovely cafe. The communal table anchors the space. The pink tulips are just wonderful. The map in the wide (wood?) frame is a nice touch. This is the second one we’re dining in.

Foods are delicious. A great place to read, for a cup of coffee, to read …


Mar 20 2017

TCL Chinese Theater

Hollywood & Highland
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Capacity: 1,152
Opened: May 18, 1927
Height: 90′

Phone: (323) 461-3331

The interior is nice, and the seating is comfortable, reclines a little. It’s owned by Chinese Theatres. The movie is iMax Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast  (it’s all about her). It’s a part of the big complex, parking is inexpensive. Wiki. The same real estate developer Charles E. Toberman also built Egyptian.


Mar 20 2017

Ssam Korean BBQ

1040 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006

You come here to eat, with gusto. Authentic and down to earth atmosphere (no frill). Friendly and energetic young male waiting staff. The parking lot is small and can get busy easily. Another name for this restaurant is veggie wrap: aside from the usual romaine and lettuce, they offer mint (so large and round, very pretty), rice flour sheets, seaweed and even parsley, pretty neat. It’s my first time to eat white/colorless kimchi. They also offer the egg pot and kimchi pot are on the house. I’ll return.


Mar 19 2017

Monterey Park

Shopping in local supermarket in Monterey Park (50% population is Chinese), on the 8 miles east of downtownLos Angeles. This area is known as another Chinatown, only bigger, miles on end.  Off the W Garvey Avenue, I spotted men playing chess and poker games on the ground. My goodness, can’t they find a table?


Mar 19 2017

Din Tai Fung in LA

400 S Baldwin Ave., Unit 231
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 446-8588

Ding Taifeng or DTF has a few eateries in US – on the west coast tho, none in New York. This one is located in Westfield Mall in Arcadia. It looks pretty good, open with no long line = not much of waiting, on a Sunday, which is new to me. The foods are decent as usual. Juicy xiao long bao is great. We tried red bean buns this time, which are delicious with thin skin/wrap. My classmate who lunched with us said the owner of the DTF is her client/friend. I was going to bring a banner to protest but forgot – so no DTF in New York for the time being. She said DTF is family owned, into the third generation.



Mar 18 2017

Corazon Mexican Kitchen

767 Deep Valley Dr,
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
(310) 377-0580

Nice layout, nice decor, nice staff, nice presentations, decent bathroom, big portion, rather tasteless food. Each dining hall is on the different longitude – a few steps, so be aware.

Mar 18 2017

Fortune Gourmet

727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

In a time capsule. Definitely will return.

Randomly we walked in and the rest is history. Very Cantonese and old fashioned, which I don’t see often even in New York. The dining hall is pleasant. They serve you a soup and pot of tea without asking; after the dishes come out they put a pot of rice in the red container.

The French filet mignon, although is too sweet for my taste but is very tender, love it – highly recommend. The tofu pot, please remember what Anthony Bourdain says in the movie The Big Short? … is ok (perhaps a few items are indeed left over …); the fried squid is tasty but not much squid.

The bathroom is ok and they validate your parking ticket – I parked on the street – don’t know which parking lot/garage tho.The bathroom is ok. They validate parking. A smaller dinning room to the left.

Mar 18 2017

Howlin Ray’s

Nashville Hot Chicken
727 N Broadway #128,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 935-8399

It is the only place that seems busy in LA‘s Chinatown. Actually it’s very busy, that you need to wait for upward two hours. Who’s the time for it? I went to the second floor, and found Fortune Gourmet to be satisfying. After lunch, the line for the chicken was just as long. Maybe it’s a good party spot: bring some friends, with a beer or two and wait.

Mar 17 2017

LA Rose Cafe

4749 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
East Hollywood
(323) 662-4024

An interesting Filipino cafe, with a little French colonial flavor, and homey.

Baby rose on each table while serenades by a lady pianist, playing some old tunes such as moon river, a small world, Chopin, and Dr. Zhivago – oh my, almost felt off my rattan chair with cushion. The portly owner likes to socialize with diners, and good naturally fussing with the rose; even replacing one over a couple who’s in the mist of chewing. I don’t think that I would have mind even its a little odd.


Ok, the food. We order dry roast pork and oxtail soup. Both are delicious but the pork is old (hard at the edges) – I think they don’t sell enough to keep it fresh. The flavor is more than Chinese – I used to participate in a Filipino tennis tourney that incl lunch and sometimes dinner. And every time the organizers brought out a whole roast pig similar to that of Chinese. The oxtail soup is gigantic, with generous veggies. The meat is very tender but not off the bone, which requires a little persuasion to get it off.

The sinamak (spicy vinegar) is yummy!