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Los Angeles Restaurant Recommendations for a Friend who Lives in New York
Sometimes out of town friends ask for restaurant recommendations. The restaurants I love in Los Angeles are spread all over town and they usually aren't ones that are famous. I thought I'd share the list with you.
6918 San Fernando Road, Glendale 91201 818/843-6237
Delicious food. Written about by me, Mark Bittman and Jonathan Gold. We all love it. The chef, Edward Khechemyan, is a hard working, inventive man. The food is freshly made. Affordable. Delicious.
259b Hampton Drive, Venice, CA 90291
310/399-8005, open 7 days a week 10:30am-9:00pm
A hole in the wall restaurant owned by a family. When I first visited in their original location on Rose Avenue, the restaurant was actually in a house that had been converted into a cafe. Their new location on Hampton Drive is more cafe-traditional, but this is as close as you’ll get to eating in a Mexican family’s home without going to a Mexican family’s home. The chicken mole is fantastic. Michelle loves the pepper shrimp in the shell with beans and rice. The fish taco is actually a whole grilled fish filet on a handmade tortilla topped with creamy salsa. The food is really good.
The Trump Administration changed the regulations covering travel to Cuba. Travel is still legal though considerably more restrictive. Most dramatically, no U.S. citizen may engage in commercial transactions with Cuban military entities. Since all hotels and restaurants are government-owned, the only stays legally allowed are in private homes available for rent. Known as casa particular, these homes, like Air B&B, can be spartan or comfortable but they are far less available than rooms in hotels. With this change, the U.S. seeks to put a strangle-hold on the Cuban economy. The situation is similar to what it was during the height of the Cold War, which was when I first visited. If you find a way to visit Havana and I hope you do, here is my article about why you should want to go and tips to help you while you are there. ________________________________________________________________________ Over almost twenty years, I visited Havana three times, accompanying my
Ever since I was a babe-in-arms, I have visited New York every year from my home in Los Angeles. I grew up visiting New York City because my grandmother lived on 110th close to Amsterdam, with a view of St. John the Divine. For several years I taught at RIC in Providence, R.I., so I visited more frequently. Since I am now LA-based, on average I visit the city at least twice a year. When I visit, it's only for a few days, which means I walk a lot (LA is a city-for-cars-only) and I revisit my favorites. New York City has thousands of restaurants and millions of residents and visitors. Everyone has their favorite restaurants. These are mine. Downtown Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese (you can see posts on Instagram - mr.manmade): Nha Trang One Restaurant 87 Baxter Street, NYC 10013 212) 233-5948 #18 salt/pepper shrimp + order a plate of steamed rice The shrimp arrive on a mountain of shredded lettuce. Delicious. Add shrimp, lettuce
For the moment, long distance travel to Italy, one of my favorite destinations, is not possible. To remind myself of my trip last fall to Milan and the Piedmont , I have been enjoying Italian treats. Charred red peppers topped with anchovies. Homemade pasta. And, limoncello. From the scourges of the pandemic, we can learn that our good fortune is fragile and that our determination to overcome adversity is indomitable. Staying safe at home, we're taking the long view. The days are good. We do our work remotely. At dinner we watch the PBS NewsHour , then we stream episodes of the Swedish The Restaurant or the French The Bureau or the Israeli Shtisel . We look forward to the time when we'll be able to have a meal at a restaurant, meet friends for a walk on the beach (even as we still observe social distancing), go to a movie theater and have a dinner party at our house. To celebrate that time, I'm infusing spirits. Italian limoncello is made with vodk