Monthly Archives: May 2012

Baby Blues BBQ – Venice, CA

Memorial Day puts me in the mood for BBQ, so we headed to Baby Blues BBQ on Lincoln Blvd. that was running some great lunch specials.  Three of my favorite BBQ-related things in one dish — brisket, ribs, and mac … Continue reading

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Swingers Diner Santa Monica

Sorry for the crummy pic.  Like many hipster hangouts, Swingers has rather dim lighting.  The food is pretty good, though.  It’s open late, it’s clean, and the menu has a good balance of healthy and typical greasy spoon fare.  This … Continue reading

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Observation Bar & Chowder House on the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary in Long Beach always struck me as a tourist trap, but it actually doesn’t cost anything to get on the boat and you can just wander around the decks and grab some [understandably overpriced] cocktails and food. … Continue reading

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Miso marinated black cod

I’ve cooked a rendition of Nobu’s miso marinated black cod many times before, but this time I actually did it the authentic way per The Kitchn (boiling the marinade, marinating for two days) and it tasted much better.  Too bad black … Continue reading

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Bacon in my salad.

Trader Joe’s now sells something called Uncured Bacon Ends and Pieces which are basically the leftover scraps after cutting and slicing bacon into near strips.  As someone who cooks with bacon more than eating strips for breakfast, these are amazing. … Continue reading

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Oliverio at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills (via Blackboard Eats)

Spaghetti chitarra alla norchina with shaved summer truffles.  Not pictured, but also amazing: 12 oz. New York strip with escarole and potatoes gratin, cauliflower souffle in a parmesan fondue, and grilled octopus in a garbanzo bean and roasted tomato broth. … Continue reading

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Strand House Manhattan Beach (A lazy biking Sunday)

Restaurants with beautiful ocean views usually have lackluster food and outrageous prices, but the Strand House in Manhattan Beach has one of the best locations with a menu to match.  I guess you have to be pretty good at what … Continue reading

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