January 29, 2008

Nights 1 & 2 of DineLA

I wanted to give a couple of one paragraph reviews on where i've eaten
so far.

On the first night, Sunday, I went to NeoMeze in Pasadena and it was
AWESOME. The decor was modern but comfortable. (metrosexual bachelor's
apartment?) The pork tenderloin on the tasting menu was mind blowing.
each slice of the meat tasted like the meaty part of bacon. Also, i've
never had onion rings made from red onion: so sweet, i thought at
first bite that maybe it was apple! I had a really interesting rose by
the glass ($10 and worth it) Chateau Val Joanie or something like
that. I felt it didn't go with the quail, even tho the menu suggested
the pairing.

Last night, Monday, i went to Cobras & Matadors on Sunset. we bought a
bottle of cava next door, and it took us through all the plates, even
to the churros with chocolate dipping sauce for dessert. The standout
on the table there was the Game Hen. When i try to copy this dish, i
will use boneless chicken thighs, because getting the meat off that
critter was kind of a challenge. I'd heard such bad reviews of this
place, and was delighted that i'd decided to give it a go anyway.
also, ryan my server was as hot as the patatas with aioli. PS #1 don't
even bother trying to avoid Valet. #2 don't order all your choices at
once unless you want it all on the table within 5 mins of each other.
Hang on to the menu and keep it coming 2 at a time.

Tonight i'd intended to go to Violet, but i've been there several
times before (OMG i truly LOVE that place) and I think i have to spend
today eating lentils and brown rice so that i can pace myself for the
rest of DineLA.

Last thing I ate or drank: Diet Pepsi. it can't be champagne everytime...

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