The kitchen is closed at my house for all but Thanksgiving preparation from Monday through Thanksgiving. These are take-out nights. One night we got some decent Thai from Suriyo. Nicest people in the world and great take-out packaging. Avoid the stuffed chicken wings though. The 2nd night was a good pizza and some fine old school spaghetti served with disgraceful garlic bread (the dogs wouldn't eat it...) from Nicky D's and on Wednesday we picked up our turkey from Leo's barbecue and got some beef ribs, coleslaw, beans and potato salad. I like the sides there but in the beef ribs weren't very meaty, so next year I'll stick to chicken. As far as the smoked boid, this is my 4th year in a row serving a turkey smoked by Leo's and there's no going back. Moist and flavorful and not roasting a turkey leaves all that beautiful oven space...
Our Thanksgiving dinner was terrific. I forgot to heat the muffins, otherwise, disaster free. The Friday after, we had tickets to the Disney Hall and reservations at the Water Grill. Yowza. One of our guests is a vegetarian. I know that the Water Grill is probably not the best choice for him, but I indicated we had a vegetarian when I made the reservations and they prepared a special and fantastic risotto. I had amazing celery root soup and some very delicate John Dory. Chow hub had some house cured salmon and a gorgeous salmon entree with cumin mustard. The creme fraiche cheesecake was sublime and perhaps my favorite thing about the Water Grill is that the servers are consumate professionals, but they also recognize that folks like a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Maybe the nicest service in town.
Saturday some friends took me to the Valley Inn, a real Valley throwback. Great martinis. Mediocre steak but it was incredibly fun. The best display of autographed celebrity photos ever! I think next time I'd get a burger and have a designated driver so I could partake of more martinis.
Sunday my husband took me to the movies in Alhambra and was mortified that I insisted on stopping at BA LE for a sandwich (chicken) which I smuggled into the theatre. Thank God for large purses. It was pure pleasure at all of $1.75.
Sunday night, another group of friends were in a retro mood and we hit Dino's in Pasadena. Red sauce. Rot gut wine. Desultory staff. Love it.
And today, it's back to the gym...
2764 Rowena Ave
Silver Lake, CA
phone: (323) 664-3333
SURIYO THAI BISTRO
114 SANTA MONICA BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90029
2619 Crenshaw Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90016
544 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2602
Ba Le Sandwich Shop
1426 S Atlantic Blvd
Dino's Italian Inn
2055 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 626-449-8823
Valley Inn Restaurant
4557 Sherman Oaks Ave. Sherman Oaks