Category archives: Los Angeles

  • Animal - Los Angeles

  • When I decided to move cross country I wavered between moving to Seattle and L.A., but fortunately my job (which I love) in Seattle (which I also love) has brought me to L.A. a few times already this year, so I feel like I get the best of both worlds. This last trip was a quick one, with time for only one food adventure with my capricorn partner-in-crime Tina. We settled on Animal, the head-to-tail dining concept by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo.  It was pretty darn spectacular, not just the food but the service and wine as well. Even though we didn't venture too deeply into the offal and odds and ends portion of the menu, I was proud of myself for chowing down on a plate of pigs ears, which were crunchy like bacon after being slow cooked for hours and then flash fried and served nestled beneath a fried egg.  Our favorite dish of the night however was the hamachi tostada, which makes me think a trip to the duo's seafood restaurant Son of a Gun needs to be on the agenda for my next trip to[...]
  • Loteria Grill, Los Angeles

  • Tucked into the center of The Los Angeles Farmer's Market* is an LA institution that I had never tried until my most recent visit to Southern California.  While we were there picking up my favorite hard to find tea at the local tea vendor, my good friend Tina and I sidled up to the bright and festive bar at Loteria Grill and ordered a few tacos, tortillas & salsa, and aguas frescas, fruit drinks as bright and fun as the place itself.   We tried the Chicharron en Salsa Verde (Pork Rinds in a Spicy Tomatillo Sauce Served With Finely Chopped Onion and Cilantro and Queso Fresco), the Pollo en Pipian Rojo (Chicken in a Spicy Pumpkin-Seed and Peanut Sauce Served with Finely Chopped Onion), and the Papa con Rajas  (Potatoes with Roasted Poblano Peppers Served with Finely Chopped Onion and Cilantro, Queso Fresco, and Salsa Verde). They were all delicious, though the pork rinds were a little too fatty for my taste and the spice level was almost but not quite beyond my threshold. Thank god f[...]