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Craving Father’s Office

8 Jan

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Have you ever watched that Seinfeld episode of the Soup Nazi? Well, it reminds me a little of Father’s Office, where you can’t ask for any food modifications or substitutions. You better like the food the way it comes, or you’re not getting any. I really like the food, so if any one asks, I’m not complaining. Just please don’t tell any one I sneak in Ketchup because they don’t have any (they make their own sauces)… I don’t want FO banning me from eating at its establishments. I had lunch at FO with the bf and our designer, Jane, after browsing HD Buttercup, which is right next door. Known for their beer and burgers, I go there for their organic beet salad. This beet salad with walnuts, blue cheese, and a light dressing is something totally unexpected from a Gastropub restaurant and is sooooo good. We shared the Beau Soleil Oysters and in addition to the salad, I had the seasoned mushrooms, organic Brussels sprouts (one of the Daily Food Specials), and stole a few fries from my bf’s order, which he had with his burger. I usually never drink soda, but I ordered a bottle of Yup, which is a lemon lime soda with all natural ingredients. I’ve been to both FO locations; however, I prefer the more upscale ambiance of the FO in Culver City with the outdoor seating area and since it’s more spacious than the Santa Monica location, you don’t to hover over some one’s table to jockey for positioning in the usually crowded pub. One day, we asked about why the chef was so particular. We were told that he takes pride in the quality of food and the preparation, and basically that’s just the way they roll.

Craving Kitchen 19

30 Dec

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What’s the first thing I think about the second day of travel? You guessed it, where to eat of course… Whenever I am on a trip, it’s one of those things that I constantly have to think about since I don’t have a refrigerator full of food or a kitchen to cook in. It is; however, nice to already know what restaurants to count on when craving great food, so we headed to Kitchen 19 on the 19th floor of Harvey’s Hotel and Casino. We started with a half dozen of the the blue point oysters (I know, we had oysters last night, but oysters never get old for me). They were actually so good that we asked for half a dozen more. We made a fast friend in the elevator to the restaurant (every one is really friendly in my experience in South Lake Tahoe), who recommended the shrimp scampi flat bread, so that came out next. Then shortly after the flat bread came the scallops, asparagus and spinach risotto, my favorite. The pan seared scallops with creamy Northern Italian rice prepared with asparagus and wild mushrooms is no joke. For my main course, I had one of the signature dishes, the dover sole, which I managed to finish despite me already feeling full after the risotto. Kitchen 19 is located on the top floor of the hotel and one wall is covered in floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake, which is beautiful, especially at sunset or if your lucky enough, during a fireworks show over the water. If you are ever in town, this is the definitely one restaurant you can’t miss.

Craving Sage Room

29 Dec

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What’s the first thing I think about whenever I travel? Where to eat of course… Whenever I am in South Lake Tahoe, I usually prefer staying at the Harrah’s or Harvey’s Casino. These casinos are within walking distance to the Gondola and after a day of boarding, everything is in your hotel to experience Tahoe’s nightlife of lounging, entertainment, gambling, or my favorite, dining. My boyfriend and I are staying at the Harrah’s this time around, but on our first night here, we had dinner at the Sage Room at the Harvey’s. We shared everything, starting with some appetizers: the king crab cocktail and a dozen oysters on the half shell, freshly shucked, with lemon, horseradish, tabasco and cocktail sauce. Prepared table-side, we had the Caesar salad for two made a dressing that I saw prepared with worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, dijon mustard, egg yoke, vinegar and anchovies tossed with romaine lettuce and topped with fresh parmesan cheese. I will definitely be attempting to recreate this salad at home. Although the Sage Room is a steak house, we had one of the fish specials, which was a sea bass with asparagus and a baked potato with butter and sour cream. The server was surprised we actually had room for dessert, but we couldn’t resist the Chocolate Lava Cupcake, a fresh made chocolate cupcake served piping hot topped with fudge sauce, chocolate chips, and served with vanilla bean ice cream. Pure deliciousness.