This week’s guest blogger is a lady after our own hearts. Claire Thomas is the genius behind Kitchy Kitchen, a gorgeous, drool-inducing food blog, as well as the host of Food for Thought with Claire Thomas, part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure on ABC. Did we mention she’s also a commercial director? Yeah, we’d hate her if she weren’t so freaking cool.
I’m an L.A. girl through and through. I love my town, it’s history, and mostly the food. So if you ever need to track me down, I’d try these delicious spots first:
1. The Brentwood Country Mart
If I could live here Mrs.-Basil-E-Frankweiller-style, I totally would. I’ve been going to Reddi Chick, the rotisserie chicken and fries spot, since I was in diapers; Caffe Luxxe's cappuccino is what gets me out the door in the morning; and Farm Shop has a cheese selection and tomato tartine that is to die for. I also stalk the adorable shop assistants at Unionmade, the best men’s store in California, if you ask me, and window shop at L.A. designer Jenni Kayne's newly opened boutique.
Oh, and there’s ice cream. Sweet Rose Creamery's Earl Grey ice cream is just the ticket on a hot summer day.
2. Lou Wine Bar
This is my favorite tucked-away spot in L.A. Wedged between a Thai massage parlor and a laundromat, the creative wine list offers unexpected choices in two ounce pours (perfect for commitment-phobic wine drinkers) and the cheese board cannot be beat. The atmosphere is intimate and warm, and it’s down the street from the Arclight, making it the ultimate “dinner and a movie” spot.
Sometimes a girl just needs a rice bowl. The first brick and mortar restaurant for the guys behind the Kogi Taco Truck, Chego offers Korean-style rice bowls with Roy Choi’s signature SoCal flair. My favorite is Tiny’s Beefy T, a spicy rice bowl with crispy garlic, chili paste, grilled beef, and a fried egg on top. I always get a platter of pickles (the fennel and roasted garlic are absolutely delicious) for a bit of freshness.
4. Spice Table + Cana Rum Bar
These are my downtown must tries. I start the night at Spice Table, and though I order a mix of their delicious Singaporean dishes, I might as well order kaya toast and call it a day. Kaya toast is a soft boiled egg, soy sauce, white pepper, and coconut jam on toast. It’s amazing. Go try it now. After stuffing myself with kaya toast, black pepper crab toast, and three different satays, it’s off to Cana Rum Bar for games and drinks. Imagine if Ian Flemming opened a bar in Jamaica, and you basically have Cana. Accessible from a hidden parking lot, the bar has cushy leather booths, wood paneled walls, and an outdoor patio and fire place perfect to cozy up to with friends. Order the Rum and Coconut Water for a simple treat or one of their amazing daiquiris to feel like you’re off in the tropics.
5. Sunset Junction
I wish I were a hipster, but I’m not cool enough. I don’t own a dog, I don’t have a photographer boyfriend, and I look silly in hats. But, I do like fancy coffee and looking at hipsters, or more honestly, hipster dogs. Sunset junction is the core of Silverlake and the perfect spot for a morning of coffee drinking and window shopping. Start at Intelligentsia for their latte, check out Bar Keeper for vintage cocktail glasses, stop by Mohawk General Store to gawk at Rachel Comey shoes and mid-century furniture, and finish your morning with the avocado sandwich at Forage or the delicious curry fries at Berliner Currywurst.
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