March 2017

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Otium at The Broad!

Otium’s St. Honore dessert made with coffee, salted caramel and hazelnuts

Otium at The Broad!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

I’m happy to share, although I may be late to the party, that there is a new hot spot located walking distance to The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles. Otium (now open for two years) is located steps away from The Broad Museum and only one block from the grand theatres; Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. This is very exciting news, that there is somewhere else to go. How many times can you dine at Kendall’s and Pinot Grill?!

It was an extremely fine dining experience within a hip and bustling atmosphere. Otium’s Chef, Timothy Hollingsworth, is inspired by rustic cooking in wood fire and utilizing fresh ingredients grown in the restaurant’s onsite garden. Cool. The dining room and the kitchen are both wide open and well lit for all to see or be scene. Again, the place is super hip!

We nibbled on Otium Cloverleaf Rolls (made to order!), Hiramasa (a yellowtail with lardo, strawberries, peas, almonds, and Kanzuri), a Little Gem salad (with Ras el Hanout, dates, apples, and tarragon), Cauliflower (with sultana grapes and almonds), Bucatini (house made pasta with buckwheat, Dungeness crab, sake, and lime), Halibut (served on top of a heirloom bean cassoulet with tomato confit), Lamb Neck (made with trahana, cumin, tomato, and topped with dill), and finished with the St. Honore (with coffee, salted caramel, and hazelnuts). This was an incredible array of what Otium has to offer and they are offering up tons of serious flavor and an elite level of dining. Go!

Otium is located at 222 S Hope Street in downtown L.A.

Erewhon Venice!

Erewhon’s Kale Salad

Erewhon Venice!

  • By Andrew Fish
  • Photo By Paige Petrone

It’s great to see that Erewhon in Venice lives up to the high standards of wholesome consumables and friendly vibes that’s made the Beverly Boulevard location such a hit. It’s the spot to load up on fruits and vegetables, noodles of all stripes and some truly fascinating deli items. Their buffalo cauliflower, for example, is flat-out fantastic. Bold and spicy, it’s the go-to treat if you’ve got a craving for flavor but not for meat.

Their sushi selections are top-notch as well — fresh fish paired with crispy rice, crunchy fried onions, and lots of veggie options to boot. Their Tonic & Juice Bar offers up the Green Goddess Superfood Smoothie, Strawberry Cloud, Acai Ice Cream and plenty more. They’ve got a good selection of cheeses and a broad array of kombucha libations. Erewhon is also the place to find environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and paper goods.

There are bins upon bins of nuts, grains and dried fruits, and prepared meals and sandwiches if you’re on the go. And the chocolates. There are many, many kinds to sate the most voracious and socially conscious sweet tooth. So if you’ve got a hankering for something tasty and feel like giving lab-developed chemicals a rest, then take a trip to Erewhon Venice — on Venice Boulevard, just east of Abbot Kinney  — and try out their organic offerings!

For all things Erewhon, click here.

MORE Moonshadows!

Moonshadow’s Tuna Tartare

MORE Moonshadows!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

Head straight to Moonshadows! I highly recommend it for any occasion. We chose wisely and had lunch on Valentine’s Day. Owned by Restaurateur Andrea Bullo, Moonshadows is located in the heart of Malibu, and offers extraordinary and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Andrea’s passion for food shines in every dish.

After taking it all in, we began an amazing experience. Beginning with fresh oysters on the half shell, their signature Spicy Ahi Tuna Tartare (made with cucumber, seaweed, wasabi, avocado puree and served with a sesame wonton), Swordfish Carpaccio (served mango, bell pepper, pineapple, and cilantro), and the Roasted Organic Red & Beet Salad (topped with goat cheese and pecans). All was extremely fresh and seriously delicious.

We then had to sample the house made Pumpkin Tortelini (served in a rich brown butter sage sauce) and Oven Roasted Whole Maine Lobster (served with spinach, mashed potatoes and drawn butter). Both were simply spectacular! This was the best lobster I’ve had in a very long time.

Save room for dessert, as they are surely special. We shared an Organic Maple Crème Brulee (served with homemade pineapple compote) and Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp (soaked in Sonoma zinfandel and brown butter and then topped with vanilla ice cream). Yum!

Moonshadows is located at 20356 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Greenleaf Chop!

Greenleaf Chop House’s Chinese Chicken Lettuce Cups

Greenleaf Chop!

  • Story / Photo By Paige Petrone

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