Breakfast has never been more on point. If you like French food, you know, Croque Monsieurs, lots of ham and poached eggs, this is your place: The Little Next Door. I actually got a Croque Madame, lathered with cheese, thinly slice ham and topped with a sunny side up egg, served with a small side salad.
So I had only heard of this magical machine that produced the perfect cup of coffee but I’m no coffee fanatic so I didn’t pay much attention. Then I got to LA and a friend took me to LAMill (I have no idea what’s supposed to be capitalized and what’s not) and I got coffee out of the clover and it was pretty damn delicious. And I don’t even really like coffee that much. I can’t even remember the type of coffee I ordered but I watched the dude prepare it and run the Clover machine and it came out and I drank it and loved it. So, a testament to Clover and I guess to LAMill as well. Unfortunately, Starbucks now owns Clover so even if you were thinking of dropping the $11,000 or more to get one, you can’t. Sorry crazy coffee nuts.
This is some of the best Israeli food I’ve had in Los Angeles. The unlimited salad order is the way to go. You get something like 9 salads for around 10 bucks and they’re ALL YOU CAN EAT. Perfect to share with friends. Also, the Foie Gras skewers should be tried but definitely not on your own. Check their website and enjoy.
This little spot is a great find courtesy of my old roommate, Skeeter. It’s right on the east side of Vons on Barry Street right off of Santa Monica Blvd. Check the map below. The truck is there every night after about 7 or 8 PM. The al pastor tacos are great, so are the burritos. I never even considered the testa but Peter always got it and loved it. Make sure to also try the red salsa but make sure you don’t spray it all over yourself. Perfect for a late night adventure.
Oh, and the just got this new sweet truck. They used to just have a sketchy van but now they’ve gone pro. Also, they have the giant bottles of Coke. And everything is super cheap.
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This is an amazing little surf spot deep in Malibu called Zeroes or Zero’s or something like that. Nate took me but by the time we got there it had gotten too cold to go in without a wetsuit. Bummer. He still got down and road a few until it was good and dark. Check out the rides below.
We went on a short mission to the Jewish-hood on Pico the other night and came across a glatt kosher taco truck. I tried the carne asada tacos. They were surprisingly good. The cart is there Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. One more week!
Waiting to capture the magic of child birth. Why? Hmmmm.
Location: Cedars-Sinai, Maternity Ward
Malibu with the Cohn’s is always fun but for the 4th they took it to another level: RV on the beach. Genius. We set up camp in front of the RV and behind the lone volleyball court. The day started with brunch and a little informal home-run derby. Next was volleyball followed by lunch and naps. We had the very special opportunity to watch fireworks from an incredible house up in the hills directly across from the paradise cove. Definitely one of the best 4th’s I’ve ever had.
We ventured to Venice to try the bbq’d delicacies that Baby Blues had to offer. I told our waitress that it was my first time. She was gentle and gave us three free sides, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and coleslaw. My stomach hasn’t been the same since. It was so good, way better than Mr. Cecil’s but I’m not sure my stomach or Grant’s stomach would agree… Try at your own risk.
Definitely try the baby back ribs. The mac n cheese was also ridiculous but I would suggest staying away from it if your lactose intolerant. Also, we agreed that the waitresses at Baby Blues were all suspiciously good looking. Just another reason to visit.
Grant and I are convinced the Wachowski Brothers live on our street. We saw one out last week foraging for costumes for their next movie. (you can’t really tell but he’s rummaging through a box of old clothes that someone put out on the street) Check back for more sightings.