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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.

Adana Restaurant 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.

Here are links to reviews: Mark Bittman http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/magazine/this-armenian-life.html?_r=0 Jonathan Gold http://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-0307-gold-adana-restaurant-20150307-story.html David Latt http://menwholiketocook.blogspot.com/search/label/Adana%20Restaurant







Yabu  11820 W. Pico Blvd LA CA 90064  (310) 473-9757 The best affordable sushi, tempura, udon and soba in LA. An intimate, cozy, friendly space. 

Here is my review: http://menwholiketocook.blogspot.com/2011/08/yabu-in-west-los-angeles-authen…

Family Fun and Day-Tripping in Amsterdam

Moving into the colder months, be sure to carry an umbrella or rain coat when you visit Amsterdam. Don't let the rain stop you from renting a bicycle. It's still the best way to see Amsterdam.


A city on a uniquely human-scale, there's so much to see in Amsterdam, focusing day trips in a single area will help you enjoy the city at a leisurely pace.   
MUSEUMPLEIN AND DE PIJP

Amsterdam is home to dozens of great museums, not the least of which are the Amsterdam Historical Museum (Kalverstraat 92) , the inspiring Dutch Resistance Museum (Plantage Kerklaan 61), the Filmmuseum (Vondelpark 3), the Foam-Fotografiemuseum (Keizersgracht 609), the Royal Palace (Dam), and the remarkable Hermitage Amsterdam (Amstel 51). 
For a day trip, three of Amsterdam's best museums are conveniently within a block of one another in the Museum Plaza (Museumplein) just south of the city center.  

The Stedelijk Museum (Museumplein 10) houses an impressive collection of modern art. The national ar…

Surf, Turf and Wineries in Sonoma County

Having visited Napa for Wine Boot Camp, I continued my exploration of California's wine country, this time in Sonoma County.

Thirty miles from San Francisco, Sonoma County is one of the world's great destinations.

With beautiful farmland, a dramatic coastline, fields of wild flowers, world-class wineries and upscale restaurants, the valley offers travelers, especially oenophiles and foodies, the best of the best.
My wife and I needed some serious R&R. We wanted a trip somewhere casual, where we wouldn't get stuck in traffic jams, could enjoy beautiful countryside, have some good meals and do a bit of wine tasting. So we put our suitcases in the car with a plan to explore Sonoma County, from the inland wine growing valleys to the coast. There is nothing like a road trip to clean out the cob webs and refresh the soul. Somona County's Natural Beauty

Driving on Sonoma County's two-lane black-tops in summer, the sun owns the sky as it shines down on well-tended field…