Just a few updates on some local favorites:
Monsieur Marcel in Farmer's Market -- wanted a quick bite before shopping for wedding shower present Friday night. Had a glass of Beaujolais Villages, sharp yet very pleasant, and a mixed appetizer plate. It was a few slices of goat cheese with pear, some mozzarella and tomato, and some proscuitto all on baguette slices with a mesclun salad in the middle. Not bad for $6.50 but the bread seemed cottony -- it's no A.O.C., but what a great place to drop in for a glass of wine before shopping. Next time I will try the mussels or the foie gras.
India Sweets and Spices on Los Feliz -- O.K., I'm already addicted to this place but they have got to do something about the ordering procedure. I stood there for more than 30 minutes before they scooped some curry into a container for me -- how hard can it be? When I finally got home, faint with hunger, I found the sag paneer (spinach curry), garbanzo bean curry, spicy potato cake, mango lassi and rasmallah (sweet cheese dessert) all excellent. $6.00 for everything. Put that in your Cheap Eats section!
On Sunday, I went to a very nice wedding shower at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon. The buffet was extensive and once salt was added to everything, the salads and quiches were tasty and light. Skip the carob brownies, though. It was approximately 150 degrees creekside in the shade. Highly recommend this for any type of shower or brunch type situation, but preferably not on the hottest day of the year. Service is a little spacy -- it's Topanga, after all -- but this is not as much of a problem at a buffet.