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Kaioo Ramen

Kaioo* Ramen opened in the first week of February, replacing an unsuccessful hotpot restaurant.  With the LA ramen revolution in full swing, it’s nice to see some new places to slurp the hot bowls of noodle in the SGV. On my first visit, I ordered the eponymous Kai Original Ramen bowl in a combo with […]

Dune — Frank Herbert never ate so good

I admit to being surprised about Scott Zwiezen’s newly opened restaurant in Atwater Village. The chef that I associate with Elf Cafe is known to be an advocate of raw, vegan and vegetarian cuisine. His new venture is not in Echo Park, is not completely vegetarian nor raw. Instead, it’s middle eastern food in the […]

The Cortado @ Dinosaur Coffee

I was sipping a cortado at newly opened Dinosaur Coffee on Sunset a few days ago when I noticed something different in the popular drink served in a gibraltar glass.  It was slightly sweet.  Not as sweet as a drink from Starbucks — it was more like a sweet aftertaste. At first, I thought they […]

Some Thoughts about England

Most of the beer we’ve had in England was good. I especially liked the bitter twist beer from Kingston Arms I got the first night we arrived in Cambridge. The trek to the pub was a bit long because I went the wrong direction halfway through, so that may have made the beer extra delicious. […]

Review: Changeless

Changeless by Gail Carriger My rating: 3 of 5 stars There are more elements of steampunk in this second Parasol Protectorate (I love the name of the series!) novel than in the second one, which was interesting. I liked that Carriger wasn’t overly obsessed with giving a gear by gear explanation of how those crazy […]

Review: Soulless

Soulless by Gail Carriger A steampunk-lite romp into a refreshingly new world of vampires and werewolves. I was getting pretty jaded and worn out by urban fantasy/paranormal romance books, but Soulless’s take on the mythos was different enough to keep me interested. In the world of Soulless, there are those with an overabundance of soul […]

Review: Darkfever

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning My rating: 1 of 5 stars The good news is that I got the Kindle version for free on Amazon. The bad news is I got what I paid for. My new rule is to read at least 1/4 of a book before I can give up on it. Well, […]