Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lazy Ox

And that is a plate of beef carpaccio protected by a layer of shaved truffles. Not sharing.

Word on the Street

We headed to Susan Feniger's Street in Hollywood for lunch. We were excited to try this place because it is dedicated to street food around the world, features a chef from Top Chef masters fame, and we like her other place, Border Grill in Santa Monica. I had their most popular dish, the kaya toast, which is a toasted white bread sandwich filled with a pandanas custard (loyal readers will recall that pandanas is the elusive flavor we came to love in Southeast Asia). The sandwich is served with a dark soy sauce and a fried egg--just dip and eat. The most brilliant combination of salty and sweet. Best washed down with a Street Ginger cocktail. Try to avoid the loud-talking industry folks who congregate here for power lunching.

Speed Dial

The Standard Hotel is pretty swank--and their speed dial is wonderful. In addition to Front Desk and Room Service, it includes one-touch dialing for Motivational Speaker, Fluffer and Alibi. And the shower wall is clear glass facing the bed. Whoopee!


Spent the last few days in LA--Karen was down here as part of a panel awarding grants to artists, I was just tagging along. Anyway, downtown LA got 2.5 inches of rain Sunday, so we went to the Nickel Diner where I tucked into a maple donut covered in bacon. Delicious. They also had one called an Irish car bomb, but those were sold out.