Thursday, November 25, 2010

And Where do you “Where To”?: Thanksgiving Edition

‘Tis the season to be thankful!

I know that personally, I’m beyond thankful for the many culinary destinations that have spectacular food, exquisite drink and grand places to be merry...
Destinations like Simply Wholesome, RockSugar, Playhouse, O! Burger …
and the list goes on and on.

But most importantly, I’m thankful for my amazing, talented friends with whom I have to share my culinary and thrill-seeking experiences. So for this Thanksgiving, I asked a few of my fellow cohorts which Los Angeles gems they were thankful for. Here’s what they had to say!

Miss Chrystal of says:
“I like Townhouse Kitchen & Bar at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. It's a nice building, it's not too crowded and they have $5 (good-sized and tasty) appetizers and well drinks on weekends from 11 pm tp close! Great for a midnight snack and drink!”

Miss Zoe of is thankful for:
Creme De La Crepe, which offers the most authentic French food I've tasted this side of the Atlantic. They serve a full menu of delicious French cuisine, but I go for one thing -- the sweet crepes. They're absolutely amazing! My fave is the crepe Splendide, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Go for dessert and perhaps stay for dinner.”

Mr. Justin of says:
"I enjoy hitting up Bayou Grille in Inglewood from time to time for some authentic New Orleans flavor. The Red Snapper and Catfish dinner with a side of spicy seafood Gumbo is my go to dish and it never disappoints."

Miss Lindsey of says:
“Living in LA the past 7 plus years has made me a bit of a Mexican food snob, but one spot that I'm soo thankful to have nearby is El Conquistador in Silverlake. Whether stopping in for a quick Margarita or a full meal, from the tacos to the chiles rellenos to the guacamole, everything is on point. Add all this to their friendly and attentive service and you have a true LA gem.”

Miss Nailah of says:
Zengo in Santa Monica is a new restaurant that is fast becoming one of my faves. The atmosphere is laid back and the views from the heated patio are incredible. Since it's a tapas style restaurant, you'll get the opportunity to try a few different things on the menu. I recommend the Chicken Empanadas and the Unagi Sushi Roll. Enjoy!”

Eat turkey today, and then tomorrow,
try one of these fantastic five places.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 5, 2010

And Where do You "Where To"?: The Floacist

For another Nu-Soul Mag project, I interviewed the ever-so-talented Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart of the internationally acclaimed group Floetry.

We talked about her upcoming project Floetic Soul (released on November 9th!), her love of the arts and whether or not we'd ever see another Floetry reunion.

I had to sneak in a question about where she "Where To's" in Los Angeles. Check out what she had to say, then head over to Nu-Soul to read my interview with her!

Me: “You mentioned that you had recorded in Los Angeles. Is there any place that you like to go in Los Angeles, or a favorite place that you have? It’s my hometown, so I’m just curious.”

The Floacist: “Are you talking about places I like to go? Yeah, they’re pretty much all going to be food (laughs). I like Koi. I like, oh gosh, what’s the name of that great Japanese fusion spot? Koi is the Thai spot, and there’s another one – oh goodness, I can’t pull its name to my mind right now. There’s one in LA and there’s one in New York…”

The Floacist’s Manager: “Fusion Sushi.”

The Floacist: “No it’s not Fusion Sushi. But I do like Fusion Sushi in LA, but that’s not what I’m talking about.”

Me: “Is it Katana maybe?”

The Floacist: “It’s a three-letter word, but I can’t think of it right now, which means, you know, that you really love it (laughs). I just know what they make there. Their Japanese black cod miso club is just amazing... Gosh, what else do I do in LA? I like to hike in LA. I like to hike in California, get up in the mountains. Gosh, what else do I do? That’s pretty much it. I’m usually working.”

Me: “Well, I’ve only been to London once, but I remember going to the West – I think it’s the West End – where all the plays are. It’s a really great city.”

The Floacist: “It’s a pretty cool spot, London. It’s best to do, I think, with someone who knows the place.”

Me: “Right, right. Well thank you so much for your time – I appreciate it, really I do.”

The Floacist: “Thank you.”

(Circa 2005: Me, The Floacist, The Songtress, Lauren)

To read my Nu-Soul Mag interview with her, click here!