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Dating My Husband While Exploring Los Angeles – Part 2

This is Part 2 of “Dating my Husband.” Part 1 appeared last Tuesday.

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My husband and I were at the halfway point of #DateWeek2014, the week when my two boys went to their grandparents, and we could do whatever we wanted. We love food and exploring Los Angeles, but don’t have a regular babysitter so we used that week to try as many new restaurants as possible. In last week’s post, I talked about Bar Ama downtown, Scratch Bar in Beverly Hills, and Short Order at the Farmers Market.

Our next stop on our culinary journey was Sawtelle in West LA. My husband had heard many great things about Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores and they were all correct. It didn’t hurt that we went on a beautiful evening and sat outside on the patio. We shared several dishes (pictured below) and they were all unique takes on comfort food each served on different plates and platters. It’s “southern farm to table cuisine” and the menu changes often. There are variations of what we had below, but not the same dishes. My favorite two dishes were the creamy grits with mushrooms (bottom right) and the short ribs (top left).

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The restaurant, which gets its name from civil war era women’s group, is from Brian Dunsmoor of Hart and the Hunter along with Dave McMillen. I’m anxious to go back and try what’s new on the menu.

The next night we went to an event at La Poubelle Bistro and Bar in Hollywood. We had appetizers and delightful drinks and listened to a jazz trio.

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My husband and I have become those people who rarely leave their neighborhood so this very exciting for us (the picture at the top of the post was taken at La Poubelle and put in the guest book). Especially when we were able to spot the infamous Angelyne and her pink Corvette. Angelyne is well know around Los Angeles for buying billboard ads of herself back in the 80s (and again in 2012).

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After La Poubelle, we decided to try a Los Angeles restaurant that we’ve been talking about for years. It also happens to be the favorite of most couples we know. We went to A.O.C. and I have to say that it was fine, not great. Especially after trying the inventive meals at Scratch Bar and Flores.

We ended our fabulous week of dates at Dodger Stadium where we met with the executive chef to talk about gluten-free dining at the stadium. 

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After the game, we went downtown to walk around.

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We ended up at Josef Centeno’s Baco Mercat, who also owns Bar Ama.

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My husband really liked it, but I thought it wasn’t as good as Bar Ama, one of my new favorite restaurants. We had one last drink and appetizers to end our date week.

Our dateweek was incredible and it once again reminded me that couples with children need to go out alone and have adventures that don’t involve their children. Hopefully we won’t wait another year to go out alone together.

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