our friend took us to atwater village tavern for a few drink on a thursday night. i liked how not crowded it was. a good selection of craft and canned beer and they serve food as well.
left: atwater burro – tequila blanco, vida mezcal, st. germain, ginger beer
bottom right: the dirty san fernando – mezcal, tequila, grapefruit, pomegranate and a touch of molasses and jalapeno
as you can see, im a huge mezcal fan. both drinks were good, but i preferred the atwater burro. the dirty san fernando was on the lighter side.
Atwater Village Tavern
Categories: Mexican, Bars
3216 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Neighborhood: Atwater Village
not sure why, but its been a tradition that our friend chris takes us to hodori after he picks up from the airport. it’s a 24/7 korean restaurant. as many of you might know, LA has the largest korean population outside of korea. the koreantown in LA is HUGE and packed with so much good food.
as i have mentioned many times in my posts, im not too crazy about korean food in general, but i was reading Roy Choi’s book: L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food on the plane, so i was actually feeling some. (anyone else bought the book? i enjoyed the stories, but i found the recipes to be weak and incomplete, what do you think?)
jeon bok jook – chopped abalone porridge
roy choi mentioned a lot about abalone porridge in his book, so i thought i’d try it out. i was expecting big chunks of abalone like chinese seafood porridge but there was none. i guess i ll stick with chinese fish porridge in the future.
1001 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
i went on a small vacation to cali recently before my new job starts. perfect weather, GREAT food, smell of the ocean, a few awesome friends, cali’s always a perfect getaway. if you follow my instagram, you probably saw i ate SO MUCH during this trip. so i will be sharing some of the places i visited in the next @*&#@* posts.
we didnt have a car the 1st day we were in LA, so we went to yuko kitchen for lunch mainly because it’s walking distance to where we stayed. it’s a ‘japanese’ fusion ‘lunch’ ‘sandwich’ spot serving relatively healthy options.
we got there pretty early since we werent adjusted to west coast time yet. it does get very busy during lunch time.
although i wouldnt considered yuko kitchen a designated food spot, it would be a great lunch option if i worked in the area. fresh ingredients, tasty food, and relatively healthy, not to mention friendly service and nice ambience.
5484 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
pauli’s a restaurant located in the north end mainly serves sandwiches and salads. it’s one of the few places in north end actually carries quality fresh food with a good value.
Pauli-tician sandwich is another of my favorite, a great choice if you are not into seafood. heavenly combo: chicken cutlet, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. i was very very surprised by how well executed the chicken cutlet was. breaded just enough, chicken was very tender and juicy still. the fresh ingredients just makes everything taste a lot of better.
i really like pauli’s philosophy that ‘food should always served wicked fresh and tastes crazy good and doesnt cost a lot of money. they def live up to that philosophy. service is very friendly and fast. pauli’s is def one of my a few fave spots in the north end.
Categories: Sandwiches, Caterers, Seafood
65 Salem St.
(between Hull St & Stillman St)
Boston, MA 02113
Neighborhood: North End
recently i attended a burger dinner hosted by amstel light, the official beer of the burger, where michael schlow, owner/chef of a few best restaurants in boston (via matta, alta strada, tico, radius), made his famous ‘radius burger’.
the amstel light has a rich complex hoppy flavor which pairs very well with burgers.
topped with sharp Vermont cheddar, crispy onion strings and tangy horseradish sauce. unbelievably tasty
*we did not pay for attending this event.
the food truck scene in boston has been growing exponentially and food trucks have been my major source of lunch ever since my office moved away from chinatown.
there’s some food truck ive tried recently:
Fugu Truck – Asian
my favorite food truck in boston, but unfortunately they are no where near prudential during lunch hours.
what i like about them: everything is exquisitely and expertly prepared. quality of the food is def top notch among food trucks. menu changes quite often, always something new to try. did i mention everything is absolutely scrumptious and beautiful to the eyes?
Bon Me – vietnamese
my 2nd favorite food truck of all and my most go-to one since they are always near prudential. i probably eat bon me 3 times a week.
what i like about them: ingredients always so fresh as advertised. i hate carrots in general, but i really enjoy their pickled carrots. very light and refreshing but still very tasty. good portion, doesnt give me food coma after lunch.
chocolate rice pudding – didnt taste so good maybe because of the presentation.
Mei Mei Street Kitchen food truck – “asian”
what i like: outstanding service, super friendly, cute looking staff, always puts a smile on my face. a very well run business
what i dont like: food, small portions – one item is never enough for lunch, super over-priced for what it is.
double awesome- overly salty, super greasy, the cheese is too overpowering, not housemade scallion pancakes. they do promote organic locally sourced ingredients, but how can it be organic and locally sourced when they dont even make their own?
momogoose food truck – asian
the worst food ever, all around terrible. i usually can still shovel it down my throat when the food tastes bad, but this bowl of ‘ramen’ from momogoose was so terrible that i couldnt even swallow my 3rd bite. absolutely disgusting, the broth tasted like dirty greasy dish fluid, the meat was not fresh at all, the veggies had absolutely no flavors. the noodles werent ramen noodles and had no textures whatsoever. i felt like i should get paid to eat food that’s this terrible. they should be shamed to serve food like this.