Mar 2022

{swoon} Taiwanese mochi at Corner Beef Noodle House

Though it didn’t make a whole lot of logistical sense to lunch in El Monte on a recent drive to San Diego, the allure of homey Taiwanese cooking on a rainy afternoon was too tempting to resist. We proceeded to order too much food after settling into a spacious booth at Corner Beef Noodle House. I singlehandedly finished an entire order of slick pigs feet, while my daughter took care of the sweetish sliced sausages. A deluxe bowl of beef noodle soup that contained both tendons and tripe was shared all around. And even though we were much too stuffed to even consider dessert, the Taiwanese mochi went down miraculously easy. The hunks of supple and sticky mochi were ready to take on whichever flavor we fancied: honey-roasted peanuts, bitter black sesame, or best yet, a balanced bit of both. 

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Mar 2022

{swoon} Warm Medjool Dates at Hatchet Hall

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered the warm medjool dates at a recent dinner at Hatchet Hall. Soon after drinks arrived, a small pink dish filled with glistening dates was set on the table. Sprinkled with sea salt and sitting in a puddle of brown butter and vinegar, the sticky dates hit all the right sweet, savory, and rich notes, and tasted even better paired with a well-made Old Fashioned.

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Feb 2022

Musso & Frank Grill – Hollywood

Back in October 2021, before the Omicron variant showed up and ravaged the globe, The Astronomer and I were feeling pretty optimistic about the pandemic and even planned an evening out that included dining indoors and attending a large-scale event. Ah, memories…

We dined at Musso & Frank prior to catching Alanis Morissette at the Hollywood Bowl. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since the release of Jagged Little Pill — I can still remember rocking out to “You Oughta Know” like it was yesterday. Needless to say, it was a glorious evening for two aging millennials. To drink, The Astronomer had a beer, while I ordered a well-made Old Fashioned.

A complimentary loaf of crusty sourdough accompanied by too-cold butter landed on the table first.

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