Century City: Trying out Hinoki & The Bird

When Hinoki & The Bird opened recently, I was pretty excited. Like many new restaurants, I started seeing pictures on Instagram and fell in love with the carefully plated plates and wonderful-looking cocktails.… Continue reading

SGV: Getting My Spicy Food on at Yun Chuan Garden

Last month, LA Weekly published the 10 Best Eats in Monterey Park (which also features a boat noodles pic I took from Hoy-Ka) and I saw Yun Chuan Garden (called Yunkun in the… Continue reading

Culver City: Checking out Cuban Food at El Rincon Criollo

I’ve been having an island adventure starting recently with a stop to Old San Juan in Atwater Village for Puerto Rican food. This week, I hopped over to El Rincon Criollo (which means… Continue reading

SGV: 7 Courses of Beef at Pho 79

  The original plan was to go to the Boiling Crab on Main Street in Alhambra. But even after all these years and more locations, the Vietnamese Cajun restaurant was far too busy.… Continue reading

Echo Park: Cocktails and Bites at Allumette

I was invited to the new Allumette in Echo Park recently.  This space has gone through a series of concepts including the most recent the Vagrancy Project, a pop-up with Chef Miles Thompson.… Continue reading

Go On Tour With The Minty & Eventbrite

Amy from Backyard Bite and I were recently chosen to go on tour with Eventbrite. We’ll be going to Eventbrite events from now until June. And I hope you’ll come and join me… Continue reading

DTLA: The New King Eddy is Now Open

I had sneaked in a dive bar crawl in DTLA last Fall before King Eddy closed its doors. It’s now re-opened with new owners and management. The cleaned up version no longer has… Continue reading

San Diego: Bulleit Bourbon Brunch at Craft & Commerce

Anytime I get to hang out with Hollis Bulleit of Bulleit Bourbon is a good time. We were down in San Diego for Bartenders Weekend and she invited us out for a brunch… Continue reading

San Diego: Noodles at Pho Hoa

  After the too short (some would argue too long) Bartenders Weekend, we headed off to get noodles at Pho Hoa up the street from our hotel. We apparently wandered into the Vietnamese… Continue reading

San Diego: Tacos and Shrimp Burrito at Bahia

  On our first afternoon in San Diego last month, we checked out the nearby Bahia Mexican Restaurant near our hotel. I was craving fish tacos and it looked like an ideal location-… Continue reading