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Back in October I posted about professed my love Pavich’s Brick Oven Pizzeria here.  Since then more people have left comments about this post than any other, and it is one of my top posts. 🙂

Since writing my last post about this fine establishment, J and I have had their wonderful pizza a few times with J picking it up.  Today we took a much needed break from the tornado that these past few weeks have been for us to pick up our box of pizza together, and take it to one of our favorite spots in Pedro to have a little picnic. Today we went to Friendship Park and sat at one of  the picnic tables and enjoyed our pizza looking over San Pedro.

Anyway, while we were waiting for the pizza I got to chant with Mr. Pavich and apparently people who have gone in have told him about my blog the pics. How exciting!!!I still say the best Pizza around!

There is a new development: Pavich’s now has a website. Check it out, the pictures make my mouth water. And if you have not been there yet, well you better go because it is THAT good.

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J and I went to Porky’s BBQ in downtown San Pedro this past Friday. The businesses around were having a Black Friday sale, but the only issue was that the streets were pretty much deserted, which personally made me sad.  But anyway, I was soon chippery again because of all the goodness below.

After J placed our order this tray was brought to us by Jenny who greeted us and took our order.

november-2008-271-copy-smallI must tell the world a little secret.  When I read about the opening of Porky’s BBQ I told J with much excitement and eagerly suggested that we should go and give it a try. His response was, to put it lightly, a stare followed by a dry and unenthusiastic, “I don’t think so.” Fast forward a couple of months and here we were sitting at the tables outside with Indi going crazy smelling all the goodness around her.

The samples were delicious and I am pretty sure I may have heard, “we should order that next time.” Oh how I was singing victory inside.  And then the rest of the food came.  We ordered Ribs and Chicken Strips. Both were absolutely DUHLICIOUS!

november-2008-276-copy-smallDoesn’t that look appetizing?!! Oh how good it was. The leftovers were so good the next day too! And look at those French Fries, they had me at hello! And the BBQ sauce was out of this world good.

november-2008-275-copy-smallI swear, these were the best chicken strips I have ever had. The batter was so yummy and fluffy. Just the thought of them makes my mouth water and the only adjectives that I can think of are YUMMY and SCRUMPTIOUS.

november-2008-273-copy-smallNow this post would not be complete if I did not include a picture of Miss Friendliness Jenny. Here she is posing with our food.  Overall, the food and service were both excellent and we will definitely go back again! Mr. Earl, who ever you are, you rock!

Porky’s BBQ
362 West 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 521-9999

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About a month ago J and I went for a wine tasting event at Off The Wine here in Pedro. The wines were Croatian and they also had some delicious chevapchichi (Croatian kuftahs or meatballs) and bread on hand as appetizers.  Both the chevapchichi and the bread were out of this world delicious.

We decided that we had to go and check the place where this delicious food came from. The actual place is a whole in the wall and the only available sitting is outside.  Let me tell you, this is the best hole in the wall in San Pedro for both food and hospitality. The owner Danny is very friendly and he is the person who will take your order and bring it to you if you are sitting outside. He and his wife work very hard everyday and the results are fantastic.

The menu above is what they have so far. The first time we went there we ordered the Croatian Pizza and cabbage roles which were both delicious. The pizza dough is by far the best I have had since moving here to the US. It is thin and crispy just like in Italy.

We just went there a couple of days ago for lunch and we both ordered the Plyeskavitza, which is a patty served in the homemade brick over bread with peppers, tomatoes, lettuce and garlic sauce. OH MY GOD! SOOOOOOO GOOOD! The coolest thing is that Danny actually made it for us while we waited.

Pavich’s Brick Oven Pizzeria is a must have. I officially declair it to have the best Pizza in Los Angeles. And lucky for us it is walking distance from us!

Pavich’s Brick Oven Pizzeria
2311 Alma St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
310.519.1200

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Opah! Oh what a night we had tonight! We had plans to meet up with our friend SK for some delicious Lebanese food in Belmont Shore. Once we got to the restaurant we were told that the wait was 45 minutes to one hour.  So we decided to check out a different restaurant. J mentioned that one of our options is Greek food and I was all for going Greek! So we went to George’s Greek Cafe and what a good choice that was! The restaurant is a family owned and operated establishment with three different locations.

(annoying person pointing at the food and therefore ruining my
attempt at professional photography)

We stared with the fabulousness above: Saganaki (House specialty) Battered and Fried Greek Kasseri Cheese, Flamed at the Table with Brandy, Finished with Kalamata Olives and Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice and served with Pita Bread). I wished I had my camera ready to go when the food came; man was the flaming part fun! J also ordered the Combo Apperizer (A True Taste of Greece which includes 2 Portions of Dolmathes, Keftethes, Tiropites, Spanakopites, Kalamari, and served with Tzantziki Sauce).

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Then we moved on to our main dishes. I got a Kalamari Salad which was duhlicious!

J ordered the Horiatiki salad (Greek village salad) Fresh Cut Chunk Tomato, Cucumber, Feta Cheese, Red Onions, Kalamata Olives, Bell Peppers, and our Homemade Traditional Greek dressing.

SK ordered veggie Dolmathes (Grape Leaves Stuffed with Ground Beef, Rice, Tomato, and Spices).

And we finished off by sharing a desset that was similar to a Bakhlava with a stringy type of dough and chocolate. YUMMY!

The food was excelent and the service was absolutely wonderful. Our server Nathan was fantastic. It had been a long time since I walked into a restaurant and received such a good and attentive service. Nathan and the rest of the staff were very friendly and welcoming. On our way to our table every staff that we walked by said hello. Seriously??? I was wondering if we were in a different city…how often does that happen in LA?

The food came out fast and was very good. I am not exagerating when I say that my glass of ice-tea NEVER went below half full…and we were on the second floor of the restaurant. I definitely recommand this place as the food is very good and the atmosphere is very friednly and welcoming. It is such a nice change, especially from the crappy service that you get now-a-days at every other place. The prices are just right and well worth the food.

George’s Greek Cafe
5316 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803

(562) 433-1755

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Oh the silliness. About a year ago I was invited by my wonderful friend BPM to join her birthday dinner. I didn’t know anyone else that came besides her and her husband DM. I sat next to her and we were all making small conversation when the last person in our party showed up. There was only one open seat and it happened to be right next to where I was sitting. So throughout the night we all had a great time chatting and I soon came to find out that “Mr. late arriver” is actually an engineer….you can’t seem to escape them in South Bay…and not only that, he had a serious title that followed his name: PhD. Let me begin by saying that I do have a few engineer friends and they all are wonderful and live happily in their “rational” world and God forbid if you disagree with them…so can you imagine my initial judgment of Mr. MH? What could I possibly have in common with him? Man he must be even more stubborn than the rest!!! Little did I know that he is actually different than the rest, VERY different.

We actually became friends! Last summer we went to see a French movie together called “My Best Friend” (Mon Meilleur Ami) and he started the whole “my bestest friend” silliness that still continues to this day. So according to Mr. MH he is my “BESTEST MOST BESTEST friend” and I am “his plus que parfait bestest friend!” Oh how I love the silliness of our friendship!

So Indi and I woke up at crack of down last Saturday as we had a date with Mr. HM at precisely 8:33am. We met up in South Redondo Beach and had a wonderful breakfast at Crème de la Crêpe. I had le japonnaise crêpe which was delicious. Since miss Indi was with us and it was a beautiful day, we sat outside.

Our waiter was super duper nice and attentive to both us humans and miss Indi making sure that her bowl of water was not empty. And best of all, he was not afraid of her. So if you are ever in the South Redondo Beach area you should check this awesome place out.

1708-1/2 S Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-8811

I hope you all have silly fun friends like mine! Je t’adore mon chéri meilleur ami! 🙂

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Little India in Artesia, CA

I love Little India in Artesia. It is such a cool little stretch filled with all kinds of Indian stores. My friend Kumar was the first person who ever took me there. For the past few years we have kinda established a little routine: go for some vegetarian South Indian food at Udupi Palace, go the Indian markets to stock up on spices and ingredients as needed, and finally check out the store and the beautiful variety of saris displayed in the store windows. This time around J came along and we all had a great time eating some good food and hanging out.

I highly recommend starting with the ASSORTED HORD’OUERES (Medhu vada, Samosa, Cutlet, Mysore Bonda & Vege Pakoras) because it is yummy!!! Or at least this is how we do it. I try to order different things every time, and everything that I have had from the menu has always been good.

Here are some pictures of our delicious food:

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ONION TOMATO CHILLI UTHAPAM

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ONION & HOT CHILLI UTHAPAM

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MUTTER PANEER (Green peas and cheese cooked in a rich creamy tomatoes sauce)

Udupi Palace
18635 Pioneer Blvd.
Artesia, CA 90701
Tel: 562-860-1950

 

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A few months ago a new restaurant opened in down town San Pedro. J was rather excited about the opening because he was petty sure that the owner was the same guy as a previous pizzeria that he liked. I am told the pizza was fantastic until it was sold and the new owners didn’t do as good of a job.

We went to Niko’s Pizzeria the same weekend it opened and the food was delicious. We have been back a few times and even ordered their pizza to go. We are a huge fan of their Greek pizza. Speaking of all things Greek, one of the owners who is a chef and the mastermind behind the menu is Nick who is of Greek heritage. If you are lucky you will perhaps meet his mom Connie who is a character and super funny. The first night we went there she actually sat and chatted with us for a while.

Every time that we went I always forgot to bring my camera with me, but not last Tuesday, I went prepared!! J and I went for a long walk with Indi prior to walking to the restaurant…we were both very hungry…and went a little crazy. We started with some PBR beer. Now I know it is a light beer and well not very foofoo, but I like it…and I wanted something light. Oh, and it comes in a nice frozen schooner!! So we started with the Potato Skin Nachos…

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The deliciousness above was followed by our main dishes which came with either soup or salad and garlic bread. I got the salad and J got the soup which was Minestrone:

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I ordered the Seafood Linguini (crab meat lobster, shrimp and clams, sautéed with garlic cream sauce, served over linguini pasta) which was good. J got the Tortellini Salad (cheese filled tortellini served cold, tossed with pesto, red onions, roasted peppers, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, bacon bits on a bed of sautéed spinach) which was very different and YUMMY!

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Just in case you are wondering, yes, we did take home leftovers!

Other dishes that I have tried which were awesome are Shrimp Scampi, Chicken BBQ pizza, and Fried Calamari. While their pizza is not the real Italian style pizza, the dough is delicious and the quality of the food is really good. You’ve got to love a place where they make their own ranch dressing from scratch! 🙂

If you are in the area, you must check it out!!

399 West 6th Street San Pedro CA 90731
Phone 310-241-1400
Fax 310-241-1479
Monday – Sunday – 10am till Midnight

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I love this little place in down town San Pedro called Nosh Cafe. The staff is very friendly, the food is always good, and solid. The owner Susan in always there and on hand.

It is no secret to those who know me that my love for San Pedro didn’t develop at first sight, second sight, or 10th sight for that matter. It wasn’t until I moved here that I realized what this little city is all about. I love the fact that it is multi-ethnic, there are a bunch of cool artists that live and have galleries here, it is not soaked with corporate restaurants and shops (well not yet, but that’s a whole other post and frankly that I have plenty to say about), you will find lot of independently owned and operated shops, and there is a huge sense of community.

Nosh cafe is one of those small businesses where you will walk in and find the owner working behind the counter. She will be either the person who will take your order or even bring your food to your table. J and I have been very much into spending our money in town and contributing to the local economy, especially those independently owned.

Last week we went to Nosh Cafe once again for breakfast. The night before I had read in the paper that the front windows of the shop had been broken by vandals. Well this is no surprise in down town Pedro, yes, we have some serious issues in this area about stuff like this. But seriously, there is no need to break the window of this woman’s restaurant which she has only opened for less than a year. Things like this add to the expenses– it is hard enough for a new business to survive and this is the last thing that she needs.

But anyway, the point was I was on a mission to go and support Susan and of course have a wonderful breakfast. I took these pictures the last time we went there. I had a fantastic croissant with brown sugar bacon and egg, and J had a YUMMY Nutella and banana breakfast wrap. You can then sit and eat your food while reading the paper or listening to your ipod. Life can’t get better than this! Oh I almost forgot, they make their own croissant; I almost died when I heard that…and it is sooooooo good! Seriously, I don’t remember the last time I went to a restaurant where they made their own croissants!

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If you are in the area please be sure to stop by for either breakfast or lunch!

Nosh Cafe/Deli
617 S. Centre Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
310-514-1121

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J, Indi, and I took a 5 day road trip. We first went to Death Valley for a couple of days, and then we went to June Lake.

One thing that you will notice while driving on the 395 towards Death Valley is the multiple signs for Fresh Jerky. After seeing all the signs you would expect this really big place, right? Nop! This is a little place and it has the BEST jerky. The little shop is just before (if you are on the 395 north) the turn for Death Valley which is the 190.

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They sell lots of yummy stuff such as stuffed olives, pistachios and other types of nuts, honey, and as mentioned above the best beef jerky! A stop at Fresh Jerky is a total must!

Death Valley

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This was my second time visiting Death Valley. The first time I went we camped at Furnace Creek. This time around we stayed at Stovepipe Wells Village. EVERYONE at this hotel was soooo nice. The staff was super friendly and helpful: the people at the front desk , the restaurant, the bar, and cleaning staff.

We had breakfast and dinner at the village during our stay. Both were good, I highly recommend the pork ribs for dinner as they were really really good. J and I had a great time hanging out at the bar drinking beer, playing pool, and eating! The bartender was super nice and very attentive and made sure that the beers kept on coming!

June Lake

June Lake is officially my favorite place in the world. It is just so pretty and serene.  One of my fondest memories of the second time I visited June Lake about 4 or 5 years go was going to the local coffee shop “Trout Town Joe” and have some good coffee and sweets.

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The owner Gloria is super friendly and so is the rest of the staff. The food is really good. I took my book with me and spent a couple of hours enjoying some me time with my book on our second day. The following day I stopped by for breakfast, and then later with J for lunch. We both had “turkey bacon swiss panini” made by Gloria herself and it was YUMMMYYYY. Make sure you stop by and pay her a visit and grab some food, it is really worth it!

While on a walk we met a very nice and friendly gentleman named Russ. While our dogs played together we chatted and her suggested a couple of good local restaurants.

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If you are in town on a Monday night, then you must go to Eagle’s Landing Restaurant for their “Mexican Mondays.” This is very nice and cozy restaurant and the food is really good. The prices for Mexican Mondays is very reasonable. And once again, the staff here is super friendly and attentive. Everything is made on location. The chips and salsa was sooo soooo good. Here is a picture of my dinner which was a “Mexican” Rotisserie Chicken.
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The following evening we visited Carson Peak Inn. This is also a very nice and cozy restaurant. Just like everywhere else in June Lake the staff was super friendly and the food very yummy!

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The prices are a little high, BUT, you get a lot of food and it is GOOD food. First there is a salad and all the salad dressings are homemade at the restaurant. The raspberry vinaigrette and dijon mustard were awesome! Then comes the garlic bread which is very good. The dinner plate is served with a baked potato and preset on the table you will find homemade croutons, chives, and sour cream for it.

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And at last here is dinner: I ordered a steak and J ordered a combo plate with fish and steak kebab, I can’t remember what they called it, but it was excellent!!! OHHH the yummminesness!!!
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Just in case you were wondering, yes, we took the leftovers home. They were so darn good the next day for breakfast!!! That’s all from this trip! If you guys are in any of the these area, make sure you stop by at these places because they are all really good!

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