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Triple 8 China Bar!

Triple 8 China Bar & Grill's 888 Pear and Pineapple Cocktail, Vegetarian Egg Rolls, Chicken & Shrimp Siu Mai Steamed Dumplings, and Chicken Pan-fried Dumplings (Photos Paige Petrone / LAArtsOnline)

Triple 8 China Bar!

  • Story / Photos By Paige Petrone

Recently, on a rare visit downtown to L.A. Live, I was finally able to  check out Triple 8 China Bar & Grill. I had tickets to Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmasat Microsoft Theater and the mood was super festive. Right outside the theater was an ice skating rink roaring with holiday tunes and skaters. It was really delightful and quite a scene.

I met my guests before the show at the China Bar and this place totally lived up to our expectations. My mouth is still watering from the food! We began with a very tasty pear and pineapple cocktail called “888,” and then it was on to the dumplings! We nibbled on the Shrimp & Pork and Chicken & Shrimp Siu Mai Steamed Dumplings, and also Chicken Pan-fried Dumplings (stuffed with Napa Cabbage, Green Onion, Celery, and Carrot). The Vegetarian Egg Rolls (stuffed with carrot, cabbage, celery, rice noodle, taro, and wood ear) were crispy, tangy, and juicy.

Orange Crispy Chicken (crispy tender chicken breast, dried chili, and garlic, stirred in orange peel flavored sauce) and Young Chow Fried Rice (chicken, shrimp, beef, barbecue pork, carrots, peas, green onion, and egg) were perfect. The Chicken was seriously delicious. A must-try! Go!

Triple 8 China Bar & Grill is located at 800 W Olympic Boulevard at L.A Live in Downtown L.A.

1 Pico in SM!

1 Pico (at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica)

1 Pico in SM!

  • By J. Cook

1 Pico, this hidden gem, with its unassuming craftsman pavilion decor, is serving up especially good coastal cuisine. “But the view” is usually the first thing used to describe this restaurant, which is fair, but in this reviewers humble opinion minimizes the true factors that need to be evaluated. But, to get it out of the way – the number 1 denotes Shutters locale – beachfront – and with that comes the markup to cover real estate costs. Formerly a beach club founded in the mid 20s, it has that kept vibe emanating from the polished brass stair rail from the valet to the host desk, which warm smiles to match.

The service was surprisingly wonderful and far from stuffy. This I was not expecting with the address, but quelled any objections I might have carried with me to the end of Pico.

Then, the food. Wow is the word. We had light salads to start, which paired wonderfully with a beautiful and not overdone house Chardonnay. The wine list overall had a bunch of great options, and not unreasonable for the neighborhood. The mains we had was a glazed cod that was flakey, wonderful, with a bit of spice that kept it flying off my plate. The braised beef was delicious, but perhaps unremarkable because, come’on – this is not a dish challenging chefs, especially Chef David Almany. So that is my blunder that I will remember when I return – don’t play it safe, this is not just a showcase joint, but perhaps a real restaurant, that is wonderful.

1 Pico is located inside Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.

Bacari GDL!

Bacari in Glendale

Bacari GDL!

  • By Kymberly Chase

I have been waiting patiently to eat at Bacari GDL since its openin at the Americana in Glendale. It has finally arrived!

Once we were seated, the waiter explained that most menu items aside from the pizzas were small, tapas style, and sharable. The menu is split up into categories: vegetable, pasture, sea, pasta, pizza, and sweets. We went with veggies – the Bacari fries, cauliflower, stuffed mushrooms, and brussels sprouts – two pasture, one sea, and one pizza (the chorizo). The Bacari fries are drizzled with a special sunflower, roasted garlic, lemon and smoked pepper sauce and topped with a fried egg. The sauce is magic. It’s nutty, smoky, garlicy – an amazing combination of flavors. The soft fried egg on top is a decadent addition to the crispy fries, delivering the perfect amount of flavor and texture.

The brussels sprouts are caramelized, topped with pomegranate molasses and crème fraiche. They are possibly one of the best brussels sprout dishes I have ever had. The sweet and savory mix of flavors is phenomenal. The chorizo pizza has a thin crust dough and is topped with house made tomatillo salsa, queso fresco, and lots of meaty chorizo. Do not resisit this Spanish flare to your pizza. Bacari GDL, I am coming back for more!

Bacari GDL is located at 757 Americana Way in Glendale.



  • Story / Photos By Ashley Halverson

While walking down Bedford recently I noticed a storefront with big gold words #DATEME nestled in a gorgeous floral display. Instantly intrigued, I had to investigate. What I discovered is an incredible new café that features Armenian Espresso, Parisian Teas, gourmet stuffed dates, beautiful baklava and a variety of sweet and savory pastries from a local long-standing bakery.

Sheera translates worldwide to be “something sweet” and it will be hard to choose which sweet to try when you have choices like chocolate covered pistachio stuffed Medina dates or coconut pistachio rose water baklava.  Lucky for us, Sheera’s lovely owner Suzy offers a free treat with every beverage.  The Parisian tea options are exquisite  ~ all boasting bright vibrant colors naturally from flowers like the Butterfly Pea, French Lavender or Black Coconut from Hawaii.  All boast unique medicinal properties as well which makes them even more appealing. If you have an ailment ~ you can find your cure here. Every element in this shop from the teas to the delicacies are imported from all over the earth.  Even the beet sugar is imported from Belgium.  As Suzy says, it is a place “where worlds collide”.  And beautifully so.

This new year, resolve to make a date with a frothy and delicious herbal latte at Sheera  Sweets in Beverly Hills.

Sheera Sweets is located at 443 Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills.

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