Monday, November 30, 2015

Home: You Are Here, Los Angeles

November 24, 2015 by  
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Home is the place for healthy meals bursting with great flavors. This quaint, vegetarian friendly café features a menu chock full of tasty dishes made using only the freshest, all natural ingredients. You are sure to be charmed by Home, with its lush outdoor patio, perfect for people watching and basking in the sun while you enjoy one of the amazing healthy selections. Of course, taste is not sacrificed at all thanks to Home’s dedication to wholesome organic ingredients. Home has it all, from burgers to wraps to fresh salads with all the fixings. The notable burger selection includes an array of treats, from classic barbecue burger to an ahi tuna concoction featuring avocado, tomato, and basil aioli sauce. Beer battered fish tacos hit the spot with shredded cabbage and mango salsa, while the curried chicken salad features assorted veggies dressed with peanut ginger sauce.

1760 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 669-0211

Green Leaves Vegan: All-Vegan Thai Cuisine in Los Angeles

November 4, 2015 by  
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Green Leaves Vegan serves Thai cuisine using vegetarian ingredients. The menu features a range of traditional Thai fare that's reportedly both delicious and healthful. Even with the top quality ingredients, Green Leaves Vegan is still quite affordable.

Green Leaves Vegan's signature items might be its selection of sweet and savory pancakes; fluffy pancakes are combined with a number of tasty ingredients, including fresh pineapple, blueberries, and other fruit, or savory accompaniments like tofu scramble, and imitation cheese and meat.

The lunch and dinner menu features an array of dishes from burritos to tasty vegetarian rice concoctions. The spicy eggplant dish offers a mix of vegetables and tofu dressed in spicy chili sauce, while pineapple fried rice offers gluten free wild rice mixed with cashews, tofu, and a host of vegetables.

Green Leaves Vegan
1769 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 664-2345

Puran’s Restaurant: All Natural, All American in LA

October 27, 2015 by  
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Puran's Restaurant features a menu of delicious, all-natural, healthy American fare. Exectutive Chef and owner Puran is dedicated to serving up the healthiest of fare using only natural, wholesome ingredients. These items are free of harmful fat and preservatives but big on bold flavors. Seafood makes quite a showing at Puran’s, with many amazing selections to appeal to a host of diners. Ahi tuna tartare comes with capers and fried wonton crisp, while the nicoise sushi salad is replete with the freshest fish and includes tomato and olives on a bed of greens. Puran’s also features a number of tasty wraps for a more substantial meal. Tofu and mushrooms are fried teriyaki style, while the pesto grilled chicken is served with basmati rice and roasted bell peppers. There are a number of other awesome dishes available, from pizza to juicy burgers topped with gourmet ingredients.

Puran's Restaurant
2064 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-1357

Ajisai Japanese Restaurant: Sushi Without the Snobbery

September 30, 2015 by  
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Shoei and Jenny Uraski, natives of Japan and Korea, had grown tired of the snooty atmosphere that seemed to pervade Los Angeles sushi bars. So they decided to return the focus to fresh sushi, salads, and other seafood at their own place, Ajisai Japanese Restaurant. True to the couple's vision, the space is small—so make sure to call ahead for a reservation.

According to regulars, you're likely to see Shoei and Jenny behind the sushi bar or walking around the dining room. They can help you choose an appetizer, but locals suggest starting with the biscotti, which is actually spicy tuna on fried rice cakes. For your meal, try the sashimi lunch of dinner, which comes with popular salmon sashimi, as well as tuna, yellowtail, and whitefish (plus albacore at dinner). Straight sushi rolls, some of the freshest in the area, encompass the Mr. Nixon (cream cheese and freshwater eel) and the Mr. Shoei (spicy garlic shrimp cooked with sesame oil). Or order one of their specialty salads, which sport toppings such as crisp tofu or fried calamari.

Ajisai Japanese Restaurant
809 Palm Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-7014


Can we taco ’bout something? Tacos!

September 29, 2015 by  
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Anytime of the year is a great time for tacos! A modern take on the tortilla treat, Project Taco, offers unique options for meat eaters and veggie eaters alike. Head on over and remember to give your loved one taco flavored kisses!

Project Taco (Wilshire)
6325 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Tatsu Ramen (Melrose)

September 21, 2015 by  
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Ramen is great anytime of the year, but even better on a cool night since we are heading into the fall season. Tatsu Ramen has some of the best ramen broth, fresh flavors and ingredients, and a dish to satisfy everyone's preference. Check it out, but not everyone all at once, the line is usually out the door!
7111 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Mercado: Striking Space and Mexican Fare Flavors

September 9, 2015 by  
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Mercado offers classic and contemporary Mexican cuisine to LA diners. Mercado boasts an impressive and expansive indoor space to the tune of 6,200 square feet. Equally striking is the enormous street-facing window with sweeping views of the bustling neighborhood.

Of course, the other main draw is the cuisine. Restaurateur Jesse Gomez and chef partner Jose Acevedo pay homage to their Mexican roots through favorite signature dishes like carnitas — Chef Jose’s slow-cooked natural pork matched with guacamole, chile de arbol salsa, cauliflower, and escabeche. For seafood, try the pumpkin-seed encrusted jumbo deep sea scallops with chipotle-peppercorn sauce. There are also daily specials featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients available at local farmer’s markets. Don’t miss the flan if you saved room for dessert; it gets rave reviews. Sip a cool cocktail like the margarita de Jamaica with hibiscus-infused reposada tequila. Come enjoy Mercado any night for dinner or Sundays for brunch.

7910 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 944-0947

Planet Dailies: Farm-to-Table Fare and Cocktails Fit for Celebrities

August 4, 2015 by  
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Snooki, Mario Lopez, and Rod Stewart all have something in common (other than their hefty paychecks): they've all eaten at Planet Dailies.

After all, the Los Angeles eatery sits just a stone's throw from Hollywood, and it stays on the cutting edge of culinary trends by sourcing all of its fresh ingredients from California farms. And yet, the menu pulls together a spate of international influences. Spicy Thai chicken pizza, ceviche pico del mar, and Mongolian beef all make an appearance on the menu, in addition to American cuisine—and some specifically Californian eats, like barbecue ribs and Cali burgers topped with avocado, California cheddar, and California micro greens.

But many of Planet Dailies clientele, celebrity and otherwise, head to its on-site sister bar Mixology 101. There, you can imbibe the creative cocktails of master mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. The huge cocktail list encompasses everything from martinis and margaritas to sangria.

Planet Dailies
6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 370-6560


The Palm: A Delicious Legacy of Happy Accidents

July 27, 2015 by  
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The Palm has built a legacy on a series of happy accidents. It began in 1926, when Italy-born Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi set out to register their flagship eatery in New York City. Their thick accents resulted in a city clerk handing them a license for "The Palm," instead of Parma—the pair's hometown. Other happy accidents followed—including artists "singing for their supper" by painting the caricatures that now decorate every Palm. And, if it weren't for the eatery's ability to adapt, you wouldn't be able to order a steak there today. Steaks weren't a fixture on the original menu, but after John Ganzi made many runs to grab one from a local butcher shop to accommodate special orders, he and Pio Bozzi eventually added them.

Today, you can enjoy the NYC fixture in L.A. Over the past 80-plus years, The Palm has flourished into a nationwide chain with locations everywhere from Boston to Mexico City. Order one of its now-classic steaks, from filet mignon to steak burgers, or its house specialty lobster. You can pair it with a signature cocktail or glass of wine. No matter what you order, The Palm's welcoming steakhouse atmosphere will evoke the family eatery that launched a nationwide chain nearly a century ago.

The Palm
1100 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015


Lulu’s Cafe: A Lively LA Spot for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

July 21, 2015 by  
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Lulu's Cafe is a bright, lively spot with great service and even better people-watching. The menu is chock full of sandwiches, wraps, salads, melts, and gourmet hamburgers, but regulars enjoy coming to Lulu's for breakfast most of all.

You can personalize your breakfast by with the create-your-own omelet or scramble. Choose your ingredients from a list of several dozen options, including feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and fresh turkey breast. Regulars also recommend the french toast with strawberries and whipped cream, and the huevos rancheros.

For lunch or dinner, you can't go wrong with the turkey and avocado wrap with a side order of sweet potato fries, described as light and crispy. The ahi tuna burger and the grilled falafel are also highly recommended.

Lulu's has lots of outdoor seating, making it a great spot to enjoy a meal with friends while enjoying the sunshine.

Lulu's Cafe
7149 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-6095


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