Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Din Tai Fung Super Lunch.

Spicy dumplings. (delicious.)
Shimp & Pork Shaomai.
If we want to talk about epic mealtimes, this was it. Din Tai Fung, home of the steamed dumplings. I'm not going to to say much. I think I'll let the pictures do the talking. Some of the dumplings had broth in them and were enjoyed with vinegar and ginger, others were desserts. Some were spicy, and there were also noodles and rice with meat dishes on the menu. Everything was so epically delicious, I shed tears. This restaurant is a must visit. Make a reservation and GO RIGHT NOW.

Din Tai Fung
1088 S Baldwin Avenue,
Arcadia, CA 91007

Steamed pork dumplings.
Pork chop fried rice.

Sesame noodles. (THE BEST)
Pork Buns.
Fried rice cake?
Black sesame dessert buns.
Red bean dessert buns.

Akasha for dineLA.

Chopped chicken liver.
Akasha is one of  my favorite fancier restaurants in Downtown Culver, so when I saw it was participating in dineLA, it was too good to pass up. So we made reservations for a triple couple date on half-price wine Wednesdays and feasted to our hearts' content.

Albacore & grapefruit crudo.
Duck leg ragout.
I've eaten at Akasha before so I knew everything was going to taste incredible. Each set 3-course meal started at $34, with 3 options in each category. This was our chance to try chicken liver, so my boyfriend Mike ordered it and it came with capers and grilled ciabatta. I also had never tried liver before and it was very rich, but not bad at all. I ordered the albacore and grapefruit crudo with blood orange ponzu and daikon sprouts and that was quite tasty as well.

For the main course, we both ordered the duck leg ragout with green garlic gnocchi and parmesan, which was also very rich and delicious. And finally for dessert, I went with a Pineapple upside down cake with coconut-lime sorbet and passion fruit sauce (not pictured). 

A fancy meal for an "unfancy" price in downtown Culver. Definitely a night to remember.

9543 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Fabiolus dineLA Friday.

Bigoli al Granchio.
We had a girls lunch last Friday at the Fabiolus Cafe in Hollywood. Off the dineLA menu, I had a chance to try the Calamaretti Fritti- "Lightly fried calamari, rings only served with spicy tomato sauce", Zuppa di Cavoli "Velvety cauliflower soup with shaved parmigiano cheese", Bigoli al Granchio "Homemade thick rustic spaghetti with Crab meat, basil, garlic and onions in a spicy tomato, brandy and cream sauce", and the Tiramisu.

Gnocchi Radicchio e Salsiccia.
Everything was delicious. This was the thickest spaghetti I've ever had but the balance of crab meat and sauce was exquisite. I had a bite of the Gnocchi Radicchio e Salsiccia "Homemade Italian style potato dumpling with red radicchio and sausage in garlic and olive oil sauce" and it was also quite good.

Dessert didn't disappoint either. Tiramisu was alcohol-free which was good news for me, and the ricotta cheesecake was yummy too. All in all, a great dineLA purchase, for $16 too. We'll be back in October!

Fabiolus Café
6270 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Ricotta Cheesecake.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lauren's Fine Home Cooking.

Cheers, Lauren! Your whole wheat spaghetti, meatballs from scratch and tomatoes with mozarella  was truly a meal to remember. It was an honor and a privilege being there for it. Mm mm...