California Exports

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Looking at my bookshelf, a lot of the cookbooks are inspired from my travels. With the many visits to the Golden State, I've grown to love California-style food and all the restaurants that I frequented in Los Angeles.  Having tried both restaurants, Gjelina and Gjusta in Venice, California, I instantly fell in love with their pasta, salads and pizza.  This love was public amongst my friends, and I was gifted the cookbook Gjelina: Cooking from Venice for Christmas.  

Making pasta from scratch has always haunted me as I recall Ken's efforts making spaghetti way past midnight one year. I'm very happy to say this recipe, Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi with Cherry Tomato Pomodoro took us a little over an hour to make, which inspires me to replicate this for the upcoming holidays.

Garnished with basil and using a Heath Ceramics cereal bowl bought during my Big Sur/San Fran road tip last year, the whole look makes me walk down Cali memory lane.  

Cheers to many more!

- Robyn

 

We Went West.

We love LA. Back in February, we travelled to LA to escape the Canadian winter, only to arrive to mother nature gifting Cali the cure to the drought: lots of rain!  The downpour may have dampened our moods a bit, but we soaked in as much of the sun as we can, gazed at the endless sky and perfectly lined-up, tall palm trees.  Oh, and we stuffed our bellies.  Check out some of our fave spots:  

Coffee

Intelligentsia: Ken’s favourite coffee.  He waited a long time for his flat white and it was worth it. Note, the barista threw out the coffee probably because it wasn’t up to his standard.  Intelligentsia takes their coffee seriously.
Blue Bottle: I hyped this place up for Ken, but hey, I love the New Orleans.  Try it!
Bar Nine: This cafe is hidden behind a tall flower bush on a residential street.  Perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee and get your work done.

Food

Sqirl:  Ken’s fave restaurant this trip.  Great, comfort breakfast food and top off your meal with the lemon and ginger hot fizz, the perfect caffeine replacement.
Gjusta Bakery:  Buy your pastries, egg sandwiches, find a nice nook to sit and indulge.  Gjusta has too many delicious options and you need to visit more than once. 
Tacos Puntas Cabras: Super jealous of the kids at the high school next door.  Order the seafood mixto tostada.  The latest update from their Facebook page is that they're relocating. 
Magal BBQ: A Korean BBQ chain that I love and takes me back to my days living in Seoul. Order the pork belly and galbi.
Mori’s Sushi: Mind-blowing omakase that rendered us speechless, wishing our bellies were a bottom-less pit and our wallets had infinite wads of cash.
Salt & Straw: The aroma of freshly made waffle cones pulled us in.
Little Pine Restaurant:  Moby's vegan bistro that donates all profits to animal welfare organizations. The hazelnut soup was superb and kombucha list is extensive. 
Chi Spacca: The day after our dinner at Moby's restaurant, we went 180 and chose to eat meat.  Must have: bone marrow pie!

- Robyn

All photos by us.  Portrait with dino by Xylia.