January 2012 - Please The Palate
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Oh how I love Pinot Noir!  With descriptors that range from black and/or red cherry, raspberry, strawberry and currant to mushroom, earth, forest, smoke, incense and spice, Pinot Noir shines when paired with food.  At the end of January, the 3rd Annual Southern California Pinot Days took place at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.  With close to 100 producers, there were Pinots from Central Coast, Northern California, Oregon and Burgundy to taste.  With only a couple hours to taste, here are just a few of my favorites:
It's fun to try the newest restaurants as they open.  But Los Angeles, the vast city that it is, is filled with gems that have been around for years......and rightfully so!  A recent outing took us to Jitlada, Authentic Thai Cuisine, located on Sunset Blvd, between Western and Normandie.  Tucked in a strip mall with a gift/thai massage store next door, this restaurant has been touted by Jonathan Gold, Angeleno Magazine and Zagat, to name a few.
As my temporary location to Studio City has lasted a little longer than expected (you know how remodels go), I have continued to try all the new places that have opened in recent months.  There are two great breakfast/brunch/lunch spots in Studio City....each offering diverse selections on their menus.