Madcapra, Los Angeles

Monday, June 1, 2015 2 No tags 0

When I lived in New York, I ate a lot of falafel. It was in abundance, cheap, and delicious and I took advantage. It’s the perfect on-the-go meal. It’s the perfect I’m drunk and it’s 2 am meal. It’s the perfect I need something I can eat while walking fast and getting on a subway train meal.  You get me. But when I moved to LA nine years ago, I was like, “where all my falafel at?” In the past year however, falafel is kind of blowing up. And rightly so! There’s Dune, Ta eem, a forthcoming concept from Bestia‘s Ori Menache, and… Madcapra.

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The ladies behind Madcapra, Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer, made the move from Brooklyn’s Glasserie (one of my favorite meals in 2013) to downtown LA’s Grand Central Market, which has quickly become a serious food destination. They are churning out super delicious food with high quality ingredients. I love when chefs that can do fine dining do fast fare in a casual setting. That chewy charred flatbread, those cute little crunchy falafel cubes, the fresh herbs, the creamy and tangy tahini. Great! And the sumac pita chips? They just straight up walked out of my brain space where my favorite things exist, when I didn’t even know they were there,  and into a little plastic bag at the counter of Madcapra.

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Madcapra at Grand Central Market

317 S. Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Champagne for One

Saturday, May 16, 2015 0 No tags 0

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Wine lesson of the day: there is no reason why you shouldn’t have a glass of fine Champagne with lunch on a weekday. You deserve it. And so did I on this particular day in Melbourne back in February. It’s not often that you see one of your favorite Champagnes (Doyard) on a by the glass list while far from home, and when you do, you take advantage. You might squeal a little first and then you take advantage. Hope you treat yourself to more wine moments like these. Because, in the end, wine is meant to be enjoyed and make life a little sweeter – and more bubbly.

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City Wine Shop

159 Spring Street

Melbourne, VIC, Australia 3000

Blind Corner & Cow Bay Cheese, Margaret River

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2 No tags 2

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One of things I most enjoy about what I do is that I get to drink wine all the time. Duh. I also love that I can travel the world and experience places and meet new amazing people through the lens of wine and food. I’m spoiled rotten and I shouldn’t forget it for a second. While in Margaret River, Christina and I stopped in to see Ben at Blind Corner. He plopped us down on his patio and opened up a bunch of cheese while we tasted through some of the wines. It’s hard to think of better ways to enjoy wine than al fresco and with cheese. I mean, right?

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Ben’s brother makes cheese at Cow Bay so he had quite a few things hanging around for us to nibble on, including two little wheels of camembert – one young and fresh, the other a handful of weeks further down the road in its cheese life. You can see the difference below with the younger version on the left. The older, the funkier. And…wrinklier. One thing I didn’t realize before visiting is that Margaret River is a region known for cows and dairy production. So we were basically having the full Margaret River experience right there.

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Thanks to Ben and Naomi for the hospitality and the smashable wines. Smashable is something the Aussies say and I’m super into. It seems a tad more more civilized than, say, chug-able. Anyway, I really enjoyed their chenin blanc/shiraz petilant naturel and the nouveau style carbonic shiraz. Keep up the good work! And the opening of delicious cheese for guests. They will, as I do, love you forever for it.

Paris Wine Co. at Night + Market Song

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 0 No tags 0

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I love wine dinners. Well, certain ones. Domaine LA organized a dinner at Night + Market Song with Josh Adler of Paris Wine Co., who was in town visiting and making the rounds, and I didn’t want to miss it. His wines, French and natural, had just been introduced to the west coast and I’m not gonna pass up dinner at N+M. Cause, I mean, this crispy rice salad tho.

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You can learn more about Josh and see more photos over on the Domaine LA blog.