Monthly Archives: December 2012

REVIEW: WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

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Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

New digs, new menu, new chefs.

Same great experience.

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HAIKU REVIEW: EL RINCON CRIOLLO

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Stinking like garlic…

But savoring the flavor…

Of LA Cuban.

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HAIKU REVIEW: TAVERN

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Better than the Hamlet.

And always packed with pretty.

But is the food good?

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HAIKU REVIEW: KATSU-YA

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Cruising Ventura…

With a hankering for sushi…

And there’s Katsu-Ya!

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HAIKU REVIEW: 3 SQUARE

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Holy men with scarves…

And the beautiful women with them…

At 3 Square Café.

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HAIKU REVIEW: TANHTAWAN THAI KITCHEN

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Westside Thai is dicey.

This place is always empty.

Weird, eats prove tasty.

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REVIEW: DHA RAE OAK

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There are times, few and far between, when the experience of eating a meal becomes a poetry all its own.  When time and place and circumstance conspire to elevate what could be mundane into something triumphant, elegant and nuanced that tickles the tongue and inspires the senses.  Such is the clay roasted duck at Dha Rae Oak.

It is a humble space, even bordering on tacky.  All bright lights and boxes of sake and beer stuffed in corners.  It is not known for its service, as few servers speak English.  It offers up the usual panchan, none of which are especially worthwhile on their own.  But then, there is that duck.  Stuffed with sticky rice, fruit, nuts, sweet potato and a whole host of other sensory surprises, this is a perfect meal for autumnal nights or winter’s darkest days.

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