Thursday, November 2, 2017

You Should Be Eating Here Right Now: Uovo.


What: Uovo
Where: 1320 2nd Street #A, Santa Monica.

Why: LA does pasta really well. Rarely though is this well-done pasta actually affordable. Like, prime cut filet prices for pasta dishes. What the fuck is up with that? That's where Uovo comes in. The new Santa Monica pasta den makes all their product in a company-owned kitchen in Bologna, Italy - with regional eggs that lend to pasta-making. Hand-rolled, sheeted and cut by Bolognese pasta chefs that know what the fuck is up, the pasta is then immediately put on an airplane and given its wings with destination Los Angeles. They arrive in LA mere days old. Tossed in a salty bath and a fresh sauce and you got as close as LA offers to real, authentic Italian pasta. The portions are rather sizable as well, with not one dish above sixteen buckaroos. My personal favorites: the Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe and the (pictured above) Tortellini Crema di Parmigiano, a tender meat tortellini bathing in a light, yet cheesy Parmesano-Reggiano cream sauce. Honestly, I tried most of the menu though and nothing disappointed.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Favorite Lunch Spot in LA Right Now.


Where: Northern Cafe (Beverly Grove and Westwood).

Why: Like you and your mom, I eat lunch every day. I often -- since I work freelance -- take this opportunity to explore the wondrous luncheon options LA provides. Driving stupid lengths to sample the new-new. Some times though, I go to a place and I just really freaking like it. Then I go back. Again. And again. It becomes a regular. 

Right now the "regular" in which I am becoming a regular because I regular the place: Northern Cafe's new location on Beverly Blvd (by the Bev Center). In a city surrounded on its fringes by celestial Chinese, yet often bereft in its actual city center, LA could always use new options. What makes Northern stick out, aside from tasty food, is the affordability. You can eat a large plate of flavor-packed, spicy noodles (which although not made in house, taste as if they were) for like ten bucks. Since it's walk up and order, no serving fee either. Their dumplings, which ARE made in house, also go at an extremely affordable price point. My go-to order usually consists of the Lao Gan Ma Fried Noodles (pictured above) and the Sauteed String Beans. The blistered beans come with a side of white rice, but my move: throw the veggies right in the noods. I usually eat about half. Then the lefties for a satisfying dinner. 

If you're like me, you constantly crave Chinese food - but many times that involves either, a) slow, unnecessary table service or b) shitty food. Northern Cafe is the sort of Chinese joint that should be on every damn corner in LA. I'm serious. There should be one in Culver City. Santa Monica. On Larchmont. Downtown. 

If you want to read about Northern Cafe's history, I direct you to Joshua Lurie's solid piece for Eater on the local mini-chain over

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

For A Week You Can Eat and Drink For Good.



As we all struggle to cope with the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico and the lack of ample response from our government, next week in LA, we can all help out a little. Feel a tad more helpful. By eating. And drinking. Pretty much everywhere.

A grassroots local campaign called LA Loves PR has teamed up with restaurants and bars throughout LA (and Palm Springs) to offer one Caribbean island-inspired special on their menus October 7th-14th, with all proceeds from that dish/cocktail going to PR charity, Unidos Por Puerto Rico. An impressive  list of LA's top restaurants and bars -- that splays out throughout our fair city -- are participating. Amongst the spots involved in LA Loves PR: Commerson, Felix, Georgie, Harvard & Stone, Kato, Lunetta, Lucques, Michael's, Preux & Proper, Rossoblu, Sawyer and Woodley Proper,  amongst many others.

Find the specials here - a list which is being consistently updated, so check back often.