A photographic exploration into the culinary world

I had the privilege of eating at Thomas Keller’s restaurant, French Laundry. Easily one of the top 5 meals of my life. I think the pictures speak for themselves here.

Mochica for restaurant week! Thank you Ricardo Zarate. You never disappoint me.

Cheese and Bacon jam. I repeat, bacon jam. Need I say more? Find it at Sophie’s place in Redondo Beach

Cheese and Bacon jam. I repeat, bacon jam. Need I say more? Find it at Sophie’s place in Redondo Beach

Have you ever heard of Ginza Sushiko? Yeah, me neither. Well, from what I’ve heard, it was a very good, very overpriced sushi restaurant. Apparently a meal for two would cost over $600, but sadly this taste of Japan in Beverly Hills closed down a few years ago. Thankfully, I found a restaurant with a very similar concept a few weeks ago. It’s called Hirose and is located in a big shopping plaza in Torrance. My family and I had been referred to this small sushi joint by a friend and decided it was time to try it. I kid you not, this was the best Sushi I’ve had in the South Bay and for those of you that know the area, there is a lot of Japanese restaurants. I highly recommend going with the omakse meal. It might be somewhat of a struggle to get through the 10+ courses, but believe me, it is well worth it.

The first stop on my DineLA your was at Meet in Paris in Culver City. I had actually never even heard of it but it ended up being a great little restaurant in the cutest area. I decided to start with escargot. When in Paris, right? Or rather when in a French restaurant. Well long story short, I think I made two of my friends fans of escargot. The way I like to eat it is on a little piece of bread. I dip the bread in the oil and garlic that was poured on the snails and then place the snail, that had been drenched in oil, garlic and pesto, into the bread. Delicious! For my main course I had a take on moules frites. Instead of the traditional white wine base, these mussels were in a bowl of lobster bisque. Talk about an incredible combination! I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone craving some snails or French food. Bon appetit!

The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica! We started off with some hamachi crudo and oysters. That was followed by the crab chowder, which was amazing. The most exciting part of the meal came next—the scallop pot pie. Who’s ever heard of a scallop pot pie? I sure haven’t! Regardless, it was to die for. Last but not least was the fried chicken sandwich. For a seafood place, the hungry cat makes a mean chicken sandwich. Overall, very good meal. I would probably say 7.5/10. The food is a bit overpriced for what you get but I can’t deny that it’s pretty good. Cheers!

Tea time at the Peninsula in Beverly Hills! If you want to have a tea party or just pretend you’re English for the day, I recommend going to high tea at the Peninsula. They shower you with your choice of tea, along with champagne, pastries, sandwiches and other goodies! Not a bad way to spend a Sunday!

Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks

—Marilyn Wann

New Year’s Eve Filipino Style. This is the Philippine specialty called “Lechon” which is a whole pig roasted over a spit. This is often served at large family celebrations or gatherings. The outside of the pig is very crispy and is called chicharon. We ate the pig plain as well as Peking duck style with the Chinese bread and hoisin sauce. This was a great meal and I definitely recommend anyone who likes pork to try it!

Amazing Italian food at Bestia in downtown LA. This is definitely in my top 3 of best Italian restaurants in LA. While everything was amazing, my favorite dishes were the ricotta dumplings, which was similar to gnocchi, and the grilled pork chop. Bestia also has a really great corkage policy. For every bottle you buy, you get one free corkage. The atmosphere was very lively and the place was pretty rowdy late until the night. Our reservation was at 9:30 and by the time we left around 11:30, the place was still popping. Overall, Bestia provided incredible food, service, atmosphere and experience. I would recommend this to any and all Italian food lovers.