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Curious Palate: The Ginger Scone

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[tweetmeme only_single=false source=”Cerentha”]So in Australia a scone is more like a biscuit and you eat it with jam and cream. Here a scone is something else and at The Curious Palate it is something else again. They’ve managed to take what can often be a dry uninteresting lump of sugary dough and turn it into something light and delicious and completely more-ish. Oh, and they have great salads, sandwiches and soups. The letdown? Service can be insanely slow. And the coffee pretty much sucks. The last soy latte I had there was truly watery. Such a shame…but the ginger scone. Mmmmm.

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October 4, 2010 at 4:32 am

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Machu Picchu or Culver City?

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I had heard there was a fairly new set of stairs in Culver City where you could work-out.   You know, like the Santa Monica stairs. But nothing could have prepared me for the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook stairs.  They make Santa Monica’s feel like an escalator – and they’re ancient looking – like an Incan Ruin. Is there Machu Picchu at the top or just an incredible view of Culver City stretching out to the ocean?  Let me just say this once, this is one of the hardest work-outs I have ever done.  These stairs kick your butt.  Go early because they get crowded. Take some tips from the locals: climb up the stairs then either come down the fire road or the hiking path, then up again for another torturous set. Rinse and repeat.

Ruth

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July 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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Casa Sanchez

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[tweetmeme only_single=false source=”Cerentha”]Had a hilarious night at Casa Sanchez with the kids. I had no idea they had a mariachi band. And it’s not just any old band There are 10 of them, 4 violins and two dancers (lots of sequins). So much fun and such a surprise. And the chicken mole was delicious. Drawbacks? It was very loud, impossible to talk, margaritas were weak and the rest of the food may not be as fab as the mole. Although Brian’s chicken enchiladas were very tasty. The kids ate chicken nuggets and a passable cheese quesadilla.  (Image via Left on Red)
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July 11, 2010 at 1:29 am

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Venice Beach Wines

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If ever my husband and I want to stop off somewhere on our way to a movie say, or meet friends for a late dinner – there is one divine little wine bar we inevitably end up at, and that is Venice Beach Wines. Not only do they have a great selection of wines, but they also have delicious appetizers and things to munch on. I’ve very much enjoyed their cheese and charcuterie selections – which are delicious with some interesting choices to be had; however people swear by the Brie Hot Pot so one of these days I will have to give in to temptation. This is the perfect spot for a quick bite and a glass of wine with a friend, but it’s so tiny it’s not really suitable for a large group.  I’m not kidding, it is really small, so it can get pretty crowded – but a weeknight after 10pm or before 7pm should see you sorted.  The atmosphere is cosy and low key, very Venice – you will inevitably get chatting to the folks sitting next to you, and if they aren’t friends when you start, they will be by the time you leave. Next time we hit Spark on Rose, this may be where we end up for a spot of a debriefing. See you there!

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July 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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Farm Fresh Sandwiches

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I’m always on the lookout for a new casual lunch spot in Los Angeles. And most of you know how much I love places near my home.  So, recently a Mendocino Farms opened up in the Marina Waterside shopping complex.  They bill themselves as the premier “eco-artisan sandwich concept”. Weird, but definitely new and different.  They do sandwiches almost exclusively with some salads and chips thrown in for variety.  I like the casual “farm-like” vibe and Sebastian loved the chalkboard wall and kids’ communal table. Very fun!  The sandwiches are excellent, fresh and innovative. We tried the Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi and Prosciutto & Roasted Chicken.  But  since I am not going Back East this Summer, my next trip I’ll try their lobster roll.  Care to join me?

Ruth

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June 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm

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California Science Center’s Ecosystems

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We have been to the California Science Center many, many times and I’d really got to the point of dreading going. Not that it was a bad experience, just that it was always the same and the exhibits, to my mind, were starting to look a little sad. So it was with heavy heart that I went this weekend, bracing myself for the all too familiar activities such as pulling on the truck (again) seeing the chicks (again) and keeping Lola off the treehouse (an overstated name if ever there was one) in the Discovery Room (again). Imagine my surprise then to discover a whole new world had opened up! Ecosystems is a new exhibit gallery with seven different “zones” to explore. Our favorites were the Extreme Zone which looks at some of the harshest environments in our world, from the desert to the poles – you can see in the picture here Lola getting to grips with the ice wall. The Island Zone had a great game that the kids could play using ping pong balls to show how species moved from island to island – lots of fun. And in the Forest Zone – well there actually is a tree house deserving of the name, that kids of all ages can scamper about in. I feel we only scratched the surface in the couple of hours we were there and look forward to going back!

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June 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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Herb Alpert’s Vibrato

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[tweetmeme only_single=false source=”Cerentha”]Last night the three Loving LA gals and their husbands drove and drove and drove to a cool jazz club way up high in the hills. It’s called Vibrato and it’s just off Mulholland on Beverly Glen Circle. Brian did the research and found it – as it was an early surprise birthday celebration for me. It’s Herb Alpert’s club and was specially designed for perfect acoustics. We could sit, enjoy our basil and lime martinis, hear each other talk and magically hear the music as well. As I get older I really do like to hear the people at my table during dinner. Last night we heard the Don Menza quartet. The food is good – excellent tuna tartare and good steaks and a delicious rhubarb and apple tart for desert. It felt very grown up – perfect for a soon to be 41 year old! (Pic via the Laughing Squid)

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June 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

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