its lonely at the top. all this shrimp- no one to share it with.
I’ve got a weird relationship with chinese food. its been my de facto food of choice since 87’. YEA, BEFORE I WAS BORN SON. I was in the womb like, eyy lemme get a side spring roll and some moo goo gai pan.
Then every birthday I decided basic chinese takeout was the way to go. always kept it a hundo. i always got scared off by ‘nice’ chinese restuarnts tho. it just never tasted as good as the sus hole in the wall joints that actually had you looking for the health code letter grade and wishing you had at least drafted a will. 
So i come upon this place down on fairfax. genghis cohen.
ok, so the name is amazing. supposed to be genghis khan…but cohen is .. are you getting this??
its funny- trust.
But real talk, this has to be my new favorite chinese place of all time. They do everything in the classic americanized chinese food way that we all know and love, but it somehow feels different and new. but what really won me over were the spare ribs and walnut shrimp. Like genghis cohen, oh based chinese god of la, how do you do it?? the ribs are beyond words. indescribable. the best chinese ribs I’ve ever had. CONSISTENT too. i went 3 times in the same week, thats how i know, no judging tho.
The shrimp is lightly crisped, with this light walnut flavor. its a massive portion, and can easily be a dinner for 2 with a side of rice. you have to order the crispy noodles on the side, and they charge you for them, but i’d rather pay for these perfectly warm freshly made crispy babies than eat the lame free ones from other wannabeez.
on top of all of this, i got bomb fortunes from my cookies here. 

I dont trust anything in beverly grove area. I don’t know, i think its just such a populated area- its like times square. I auto assume nothings going to be fly over here. You never walk through times square looking for the neighborhood hole in the wall. Nobody’s mistaking the flagship m&m’s store for that, sorry. So when I found myself in a desperate coffee panic- I mean too panicked to operate my iPhone to find another option- I go into nearest option in sight, Kings Road. To my horror, they proclaim they’ve been serving la’s finest coffee since 1990. Well almost any and every super sus place in new york proclaims they’ve got worlds best xyz, so Im already upset. With my desperation so high, coffee on jet blue airways was sounding good. So I order my new standard iced capp. I’m looking over at the espresso machine and watching the barista, slowly realizing this might be LEGIT. 

Cappuccino comes and I can just tell, visually this could be la’s finest. froth game out of control, which is harder to find than you’d think. Coffee is amazing- crazy bold and strong.
Apparently the food is great here too, but all I need to know for now is the coffee situation at Kingsroad is real.
Kings Road Cafe
8361 Beverly Blvd

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Joans on third has to be one of my favorite places to go. Not only to eat, but grab a coffee or just chill outside and look at people looking at me, looking at other people. Maybe I’m just used a similarly vibed place- dean and deluca that has ripped me off over the years in nyc. Anyone thats been to soho knows- its situated on this corner, so convenient- you’re just like, yea imma cop a salad and iced tea real quick, real fuckin quick. then you realize the salad is for someone that has a real salary and isn’t worried about credit card debt due to kanye x apc. But you’re committed and hungry so you check which credit card has some room. 

At Joans you get what you pay for. It’s a market cafe, so you order at the counter, and they bring the food to your table. Its just delicious stuff. Last time I went, I ate this short rib sandwich- so damn good. The bread was toasted perfectly, and it’s buttery. The rib was moist and full of flave. Even the little side cup of pickles was amazing. You know its quality when the side pickles are worth talking about. I LOVE JOANS ON THIRD GUYS. 
Joan’s on Third
8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

There are few things I love more than fried chicken. Very, very few. So when I found out my fave Sunday farmers market situation, free range la, was taking it to the streets a la truck, you can imagine my uncontrollable excitement. 

This team is smart. Whoever is behind this next level operation knows what’s up. They daily menu changes THREE TIMES a day. Breakfast lunch dinner. And you’re thinking, oh cool, so fried chicken and egg sandwich for breakfast, some variation of that for lunch, and then some other variation for dinner. Wrong. The menu is uber creative. Spicy avocado toast with an egg cooked INSIDE the sourdough. Fried chicken tacos with chipotle balsamic sauce… Can I stop?
You could honestly eat free range daily, and never get tired of it. One of my favorite things- they park outside a few of my favorite coffee shops for breakfast like coffee commissary and Stumptown. What else is there in life?? The chicken is crispy and fried GOLDEN on the outside. Juicy and tender on the inside. I don’t know how they pull this off on a truck. Chicken magic. Biscuits are fresh too. They make them every morning. Buttery and flakey. Some of the best biscuits I’ve ever had. A chicken truck shouldn’t be good at so many things. It’s what makes these guys so special. Free range is one of my absolute favorite food spots PERIOD. Anywhere.
Follow them on Instagram to see what they’re cooking up and where they be. 

Feelin like frodo in the shire. 

I think if I had to describe silverlake in one word, it would be hipster. If I had 2 words it would be hipster and delicious. So many damn good places to eat; like when I search best nearby on yelp, it prompts me with a turn down for what pop up. 
Last week I tried this very farm to table vibe place called Forage. Farm to table has to be one of my favorite buzz words for a restaurant. I’m a total sucker for it. If Mcdonalds started some sort of farm to table program I would probably fall for it- be all like, “look ma! I’m eating healthy!” :/
But forage is a legit farm to table, local, and family run situation. Places like forage make me feel like I’m out in the shire. Super homey vibes, out in the woods feels. I imagine if went to Sam Wise Gamgee’s house I’d get a similar meal. Menu is constantly changing, and the good is INCREDIBLE. I was really stressing out when I walked in. A beautiful spread of choices fill the counter, along with a menu of additional options. I went with this perfect pork belly sandwich, a plate of some salads and fish I chose, and this airy lemon pie. The pork was perfectly crisped, and tender to Merriam websters description of the word. The pie was exactly what I wanted. Light and airy, just like they tell you at pastry school in France. Na, I didn’t got to pastry school in France, or anywhere actually, but I imagine a teacher named Cesar with a sweet mustache constantly reminding you to make it light and airy. 
I can’t wait to go back to Forage. 
Forage la
3823 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

LA is weird. I’ve been saying it since about 120 days after I first moved here. Place is WEIRD. Maybe its bc I’m from new york. Idk. anyway, One weird thing I DO love, are the incredible restaurants you can find in sus mini malls. You drive past these places on the daily bc you’re like, “oh look, there’s a mini mall with a nail salon and yogurt land. Might get some yogurt later, but got places to be at the moment.” So you keep on moving. Another LA plus is that it does have bomb thai food. easily some of my favorites. 

So I pull up to one of sed mini malls from above- I got a tip there was some great food to be found here. Specifically at Wat Dong Moon Lek Noodle. Totally unassuming from the outside- but chic cool thai place on the inside. The menu is massive, but Im telling you, this is not a place you can order wrong. I got a lunch special, which is dope for variety, but would veer more toward ordering standard dishes. They’re just bigger. The pad thai had this super unusual flavor. Like, the first time I’ve had pad thai ever and was like whoa, this isn’t like every single other standard pad thai variation. Crave worthy flavors folks. Another standout was the coconut drink. It’s like a fresh frozen coconut you can drink. Wow, NAILED that description. Shit, sometimes I’m so good at writing and stuff/whatevs. Anyway, this is the rare breed of place you could bring a date or just get lunch. I cannot stress this enough, DO NOT sleep on this place. 

Wat Dong Moon Lek Noodle

4356 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Why you go to Portland other than to put a bird on it.

Yo, so I remember nyc, in the days pre coffee renaissance. Back when the illest brew was dunking donuts iced coconut coffee. DOUBLE SHOT PLZ. Which, fyi, is still bomb. Then suddenly all these coffee spots started opening up. Like, REAL coffee spots. The first one I remember was Stumptown at the Ace. Until this point I though Stumptown was a place I’d only experience when I made it to Portlandia. I mean its inevitable nike would get me out there at some point- have you seen my steez?? Air max game serious. Plus I have at least 2 lampshades with birds on them. Well my grandma might- #inthefamily #counts
Stumptown in ny made a splash- and I specifically remember because I was so pissed off having to carry cash around for the only cash only spot outside of Brooklyn and delis with $10 minimums. Yea, #stillsalty Yea, Im #madbro
So here I am today, in LA, and I find a stumptown out here. Not the 2x4 box you find in new york at the Ace, and NOT cash only. So we all know this place is a fucking massive win with me already. It’s bright, airy, they accept plastic, and there’s free wifi. The coffee here is amazing. Everything you’ve come to expect from a stumptown. I usually go on tap iced, add some liquid honey, and boom- perfection. I find it tastes a bit like whiskey- probably alone on this; regardless its great. 
Pastries are amazing too. had a buckwheat cherry scone this morning. I would order it again. It’s that good. 
So next time you find yourself in the arts district of la, do yourself a favor and stroll on over to this champion of a coffee shop.
806 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

My grandpa lives in burbank. but thats not the reason you should go. He’s doesn’t know you and isn’t looking for new friends- which is really too bad for you bc he’s a super rad dude. But you should go to burbank for this smart cafe called Olive & Thyme. 

It’s a family owned place, and you feel that. Not in the olive garden sort of way- but like a family who’s house you WANT to eat at. No little cousin slapping you, disgruntled grandma, or creepy aunt’s asking when you started dressing so hipster. Obviously to be as sartorial as possible at all times and increase my overall life vibe. #NoTimeForCreepyAunts
Olive & Thyme sort of reminds me of Joans on third in all the good ways. It’s like the Joans of Burbank. By the way I saw Arcade Fire last week, they performed Joan of Arc and it was great. I sang along bc I kno the word. REFLEKTOR TOUR ALL NIGHT. 
 Shit I hope my aunt isn’t right.
Anyway, It’s a small cafe, and it gets CROWDED, so be prepared to wait . 
This is the sort of place you can order pretty much anything, and you will leave soups happy. But, I have my recommendations, of course. 
If short rib is your thing, you may be feeling the braised short rib sammo. It’s perfect and everything all other braised rib dishes should aspire to be. Of course I went in on the lettuce wedge-it’s so trendy and chic.
Coffee program HARD too- so to sum this shit up, eat at Olive & Thyme. They do it all. And they do it well.
I’m a huge toast guy. Like bread and butter is my #jam- lol. We all know I have mad #love for #Sqirl in #silverlake. All I can say is that you should order something with a toast base. Toast with #kale and eggs, toast with jam (all made in house and vary each day) toast with whatever they got. It’s got a #brioche vibe and other cool adjectives like flakey and buttery. I think toast is an incoming food trend. Like, the simplest of foods, sliced bread, is the new new. Chefs everywhere be like, eyyyyy check out my toast 🍞🍞🍞#BITES #cheapbesthidden #toast #jelly #adjectives #la

I’m a huge toast guy. Like bread and butter is my #jam- lol. We all know I have mad #love for #Sqirl in #silverlake. All I can say is that you should order something with a toast base. Toast with #kale and eggs, toast with jam (all made in house and vary each day) toast with whatever they got. It’s got a #brioche vibe and other cool adjectives like flakey and buttery. I think toast is an incoming food trend. Like, the simplest of foods, sliced bread, is the new new. Chefs everywhere be like, eyyyyy check out my toast 🍞🍞🍞#BITES #cheapbesthidden #toast #jelly #adjectives #la

Sometimes I FUCKNG HATE LA. Chilling in this cafe, writing these posts looking mad sartorial in some super tight Ben Drury Air max’s- and no one even cares. You even know how limited these are??

If I were in new york, london, tokyo, I’d be getting street styled HARD rght now.
Then I do a crystal meditation class and la starts to win me back- its all good. I vibed with this piece of amethyst so hard last night you wouldn’t believe it.
Makes me very GRATEFUL- which reminds me of Cafe Gratitude. And suddenly la has me right where it wants me. I’m in love again like a fat kid who loves cake. 
This is an all vegan place. I know- not usually my thing. But they do it RIGHT. I mean, I LOVE it here. 
I can’t say no to their pancakes. They’re just perfect and come with this cashew butter cream that will alter your universe. Fruits are slammin’ and should be, its the west coast after all. Best part is you don’t feel like snorlax afterwards. My other personal favorite are the comforted. Oh yea, the dishes all have namaste names like community, vivacious, etc. So you order by saying “I am…” I know its like some jeopardy shit- What is stupid, for 200$ plz. Just go with it. The comforted is almost always sold out. It’s a roasted garnet yam with spicy cashew nacho cheese. It sounds grossly healthy, and is; but also stupidly delicious. 
But no matter what you do, PLEASE ORDER SOME KEY LIME PIE. If you EVER listen to a word I write on this blog, NOW IS THE TIME. 
I usually order some sort of tonic to ensure I’m able to drag myself onward and upward, e.g. to the next day #struggle 
This will be a place you frequent. 
There are 2 locations in la
Larchmont: 639 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Venice: 512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291