For the third year in a row, my husband and I celebrated date week. It’s the week that our kids went to their grandparents so we went out every night. We don’t have a regular babysitter and we’re not the best planners so we don’t go out often. This was our chance and scoured all parts of Los Angeles including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, and West LA.
Date week started during the World Cup so we took in a game at Short Order in the Farmer’s Market at The Grove (update: It closed in April, 2015). The drinks were amazing and we shared these truffled potatoes. I’ve been there before for dinner and the burgers and sandwiches are hearty and quite tasty.
After our appetizer at Short Order, we went to a restaurant that a friend had recommended for some time and they were spot on. Bar Ama in Downtown LA was my favorite of all the restaurants we tried that week. I had a fantastic drink that was spicy and delicious. The blistered green beans with tomato, chipotle, and pumpkin seed were unbelievable as were the duck confit taquitos. The food was reasonably priced and the restaurant had a great atmosphere. We will be back.
While we were at Bar Ama, my husband said “Let’s go to the Hollywood Bowl!” We rarely go to one place on a Sunday, let alone three. It was crazy. He got last minute tickets for $20 tickets on Stub Hub to see Janelle Monae. It was unbelievable and not just because it was spontaneous. Stevie Wonder came onstage and did a song with her. I was losing my mind. I already loved Janelle Monae and her show was spectacular.
The next night we hit Scratch Bar in Beverly Hills. Every week I get a text from the show Good Food on KCRW with Jonathan Gold’s recommendation of where to eat. This was the first time I was able to try one of the restaurants and it did not disappoint.
We sat at the bar and picked the bartender’s brain about which dishes we should order and which wines went would go with our choices. We told her how my husband has Celiac Disease and can’t have gluten and they were very accommodating. Chef Phillip Frankland Lee even came out from the kitchen to ask us if we liked one of the substitutions that he’d made. Everything was so interesting especially this dish below, Squid in a Box. The box is made of potato.
But my favorite had to be the Smoking Goat’s Milk Cheese. It came on a cheese board with a dollop of goat cheese and smoking hay smoldering under a glass dish.
The smoky cheese mixed with the pickled vegetables on toast was heaven. Scratch Bar was my husband’s favorite restaurant of the week and once we find someone to watch our kids, we’ll be back.
Next Tuesday – Dating My Husband While Exploring Los Angeles Part 2 includes a review of Flores on Sawtelle and an Angeline sighting.