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Matzo Ball Soup{Worries Go Down Better With Soup}

New York City, fashion mecca and land of the Bubby.  As long as my memories go back, I have had this very hazy picture of eating corned beef, and not just any corned beef. . .corned beef from the deli promised land, nay the deli center of the universe, the Carnegie Deli.  Where the words “extra lean, half sour, and Russian dressing” float through the air on smooth currents of “chopped liver”.  Every grey haired man here was a potential grandpa or perhaps a not so distant relative of your great uncle’s cousin, Sheila.

So you sit there, and as you wait you feast on pickled tomatoes and other briny delectables from the pickle spectrum.  And then, sheer glee, my five year old life was complete! In front of me appeared, as if by magic, the most luscious ruby layers of warm corned beef stacked mountainously high between two rye encrusted cushions.

Oh yes, Bubby’s favorite color just might have been black, and she also may have slept in curlers, and she may not have let me play with the little glass boxes on her side table in her living room, but the food in Bubby’s city really had some  panache! Read the rest of this entry »


bld {Breakfast}

It was an early Sunday morning when my body decided that sleep should merely be optional.  I casually made more of a ruckus than I usually do in getting dressed.  You know, things like slamming doors,  sitting down violently on the bed to put on socks, or letting the cat in the bedroom to meow loudly until he is fed because we all know there is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast!  And what a coincidence, my Fiance woke right up! The early morning hours of the weekend, by the way,  are the best time to take a drive around Los Angeles, precisely because you can do exactly that, drive. Read the rest of this entry »

Smoke House SignWhen you walk through those double doors, you disappear through a time warp.  The bright California sun outside, a distant memory.  The heavy wood beams, brick, and red vinyl carry you back.  Back to the days when music was not electronic, but rather a cool croon from a talented vocalist with brass and strings as backup in dim comforting circles of light.  Where a Hollywood starlet and her beau  would dine on steak and potatoes rather than iceberg lettuce and saltines or the new fad raw diet.   Where is this place? The answer, is Burbank, and with a heavy heart I acknowledge the Smoke House Restaurant as one of the disappearing classic American eateries. Read the rest of this entry »

Gorilla Chef{Guerrilla Not Gorilla}

I constantly find “reasons” aka excuses to enjoy good food out on the town.  It’s sunny out. . . time to celebrate with a gourmet meal!!  It’s Tuesday. . . time for haute cuisine!! So, what is the logical thing to do when your friend adopts a kitten?  Celebrate at Ludo Bites of course!

We tend to get many of our dining ideas from the various food programs we watch on T.V.  So, it’s no surprise that this outing was inspired by the episode “Offal Tasty” of the program Top Chef: Masters.  One of the chefs on the program, Ludo Lefebvre, happened to have an LA hot spot that we just couldn’t pass up! Our reservation was set for 8:00 PM on Friday, July 10, 2009 and we were raring to go!
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facadeFriday, May 29, 2009 was the first date night that my Fiancé and I had in quite some time.  So the plan was to make it good . . . really good.  (Unfortunately in LA, really good can often come at a price, but we nodded our heads in agreement when we decided upon the perfect place, and easily happened to “overlook” the prices on the tasting menu.)
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