For the past few years, food lovers throughout LA eagerly awaited for LA Weekly’s publication of Jonathan Gold’s list of 99 essential restaurants. It became an obsession in the LA food scene. Restaurants wanted to make the list. Serious eaters wanted to eat their way through the list.
During the 2009 edition of J Gold’s essential 99 list, one extremely optimistic suitor of mine had highlighted all the restaurants he wanted to go to with me. Sadly, this suitor lived in his car – by choice not necessity – and that was just one of the red flags. There was NO way that I was going to check out 42 restaurants with the homeless-actor-living-in-a-car-taking-showers-at-the-gym.
Since Jonathan Gold left the LA Weekly earlier this year – for the greener pastures of the LA Times – it’s clear that the LA food community needs another list. Besha Rodell is the new food critic at LA Weekly and she needs a little more time to get acquainted with the LA dining scene. I’m hoping she creates her own list of essential restaurants.
Until then, here’ s my amateur attempt at assembling an essential list of places to eat in LA. Most on these are from Jonathan Gold’s 99 essential list (from 2011). At my most recent count, I had managed to make my way through the third of the list.
And there it is… My list of essential places. As Julia Child would say…bon appétit!
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One of the toughest things about my recent breakup has to do with food memories. My ex shared my passion for food. Food brought us together.
The first time we shared food it was at LudoBites 8.0. I had an extra seat at my table of 4. Last minute reservation. He was working late at the office. He ended up taking up the last spot at our table. His passion for food rivaled mine.
The next time we shared food was at dinner party we hosted together, showcasing both of our cooking skills. I remember the menu. I made a roasted leg of lamb, roasted potatoes and feta cheese turnovers. He made creamed spinach, bacon wrapped dates, macaroons and bacon jam. This was not a date. But it was the beginning of our friendship.
More food memories followed. French, Korean, Cuban. Home made food brought to the office. And then there was LudoBites again. This time foie gras night. Followed up more foie gras, this time at Animal. And after months of sharing food, we shared a kiss and just like that a friendship turned into a relationship.
This is the story of our relationship… told through food.
Beef rossini by Michael Voltaggio – Foie Gras Night at Animal
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We met in February of 2012. After years of the same, I decided to give something new a try. And it was love at first sight. Within 5 minutes I knew my life would never be the same. It would be better.
That’s why I was so devastated last night when I lost him for about 16 hours. The panic. The horror. And the realization that I was more upset over losing him than dumping the boyfriend the night before.
But my world is coming back to normal. I found my iPhone!
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I usually don’t give second chances, but this time around I thought it was worth another go. He has a few things going for himself …
- we had been friends before becoming more than friends
- we share similar relationship/attitudes with food, exercise and body issues
- an unapologetic appreciation for the finer things in life
- a geographically desirable location, less than a mile from my apartment
- and an air conditioned apartment (which I need during the 3 weeks of the year when it’s insanely hot in Hollywood Hills and I have yet to get a portable A/C)
Then there was my birthday coming up and I really wanted a birthday that didn’t result in a breakup on my birthday. Not to mention my determination to have a relationship that lasts more than 3 months (one that did not require legal documents in the form of marriage). So I decided to give it another chance… Continue Reading »
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Despite experiencing some rain in the desert, while enjoying music in 105 degree weather, at Coachella, I’ve been on a bit of a dry spell when it comes to dating/men. Part of it is my own doing. I just don’t have the time. And whatever time I do have I spend with a bottle of wine. Or wine and friends. But dating just hasn’t been a priority lately. I’ve been VERY focused on my job. No more coasting with a 40hr work week and lunch breaks at Bar Method. Not that I’m complaining. I’m really enjoying my job. But I realized I need to make more time for socializing with the members of opposite sex when I was browsing through a slide show on FBI’s most wanted list and started drooling at one of the criminals.
So, note to self… make time for men… not on FBI’s most wanted list.
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It’s February. I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions but I can say that I finally kept one of my resolutions. Last year I enjoyed life. I kept my resolution to cook more, entertain more, and worry less. I hosted dinner parties. I cooked… a lot of lamb dinners. And I worried less.
2011 was a year of healing and growth. It was also a year of joy. I traveled to Armenia and reconnected with relatives. I hadn’t seen my family in almost 10 years and I got to know my family members as an adult. I fell in love with my family and discovered how lucky I am to have them in my life, even if they’re about 10,000 kilometers away. Yep. I’m still on the metric system. After 21 years in US, I still think the metric system is superior… and simpler. So I’ll stick with it. Remnants of a communist past (which gave me much better foundation in math and science than the system in the US).
2011 also brought a new chapter in my career. I started a job that I really, truly love. Not just like. Or tolerate. But love. I’m happy. Which makes all the other areas of my life so much better.
And here’s my 2011 in pictures. I can only imagine what 2012 has to offer. Cheers! Continue Reading »
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