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Ricardo Zarate Does Vegan at Crossroads

The dearth of upscale vegan restaurants in LA should have been a reason for me to visit Crossroads earlier, but I got put off by the distance and price.  Since we mostly go to omnivore restaurants when we want cloth-napkin food and so far, they’ve been stellar (Providence, AOC, n/naka), I didn’t want to take [...]

SnowLA Shavery Serves Vegan Shaved Snow

Poor Will has to accompany to places like Class 302, Fluff Ice, Blockheads and Pa Pa Walk and watch me eat delicious shaved snow.  Because he’s vegan, places like those don’t have much in the way of cold desserts for him. That’s why when I read about Snow LA Shavery, I knew we had to [...]

Gracias Madre

Will and I had our first experience with Gracias Madre in San Francisco.  At peak dining time, the restaurant was packed and we had to wait fifteen minutes for a table in the chilly outside patio.  When he read that the restaurant opened a location in Los Angeles a few months after, we decided to [...]

Tieks Review

I’ve been seeing ads for Tieks brand ballet slippers everywhere and have to admit that their marketing has been working on me.  A classic looking ballet flat that’s durable, slip-free, and comfortable? Count me in. tldr; Pros: Comfortable, classic, no-slip grippy thing at the bottom, good customer service, free shipping and returns. Cons: Toe-cleavage, expensive.

Total Baby iOS App

During Robin’s first month, we were using the Total Baby app several times a day to keep track of how many wet/dirty diapers she had, how often she ate, her weight, etc. I blame being an engineer and having to record everything, but it was useful to have the numbers ready when we went for [...]

Horse Thief BBQ

Brisket, why do I always fall for your trap now?  I never was a big brisket fan until I went to Austin a few months ago.  There, I saw that brisket could be tender, juicy, rich, and delicious.  Hell, even the run-of-the-mill brisket at the Austin Whole Foods was miles beyond anything I’d ever had [...]

Sticky Rice

I’d been meaning to visit my friend Johnny’s new Thai street food restaurant in Grand Central Market for a while, and sure, it’s taken me months to make it there, but yesterday, I finally stopped by.  Perhaps Hainan chicken was not the most Thai-like dish to order, but I’d been hearing good things about this [...]