Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pics in the Neighborhood



 Arranging Photos in Blogger is
utterly impossible.
These are photos around Echo Park and Silverlake.





Friday, May 13, 2011

Jar - Amazing Food

Sorry, I've wanted to put this review up for a while, but life gets in the way.
Jar is a restaurant on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles that deserves special mention. This is one of those special occasion restaurants with amazing food. While not inexpensive, the dishes are quite amazing.

Suzanne Tracht is the Executive Chef and Owner, and she's created a beautiful setting for beautiful food. Elegantly decorated in wood, the restaurant is a classy, but not overdone designer room.
The food, from the appetizers that we had, Crab deviled eggs and the Lobster Bisque were delightful. I've eaten here a few times and everything is a culinary masterpiece.
Flavors blend perfectly.
The Kansas City Steak is aged for 28 days, which makes it a tender, wonderful meat. I have also had the Coq au Vin which is terrific, as are the Pork and Seafood dishes.
The dinner menu can be viewed here: http://www.thejar.com/jar_menu.html
The cocktail menu is extensive as is the delicious dessert menu.

If you happen to be in the vicinity of the The Grove shopping center, I would highly recommend going a few blocks and having one very special dinner here.

Jar is located at  8225 Beverly Boulevard
                          Los Angeles, CA 90048
                                323-655-6566
                                 Jar Website

Monday, May 2, 2011

Putting a face on Echo Park


By Lea Lion at theeastsiderla.com
If you have waited at the intersection of Laveta Terrace and Sunset Boulevard recently, you may have noticed a new face in town. It is the larger-than-life image of an elderly woman who appears to be looking out over the Echo Park hills.
Wheat-pasted on the side of the brick apartment building at 1641 Sunset Blvd., the mural is the work of French street artist JR, who put up dozens of murals around Los Angeles in late February as part of his “Wrinkles of the City” project. JR is also one of the artists included in MOCA’s street art blowout “Art in the Streets”.
In February, JR installed a mural of an old man – one eye open, one eye shut — on a congested stretch of Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park. The new Sunset mural is one of two that JR put up during a three-day layover on his way to Japan. “Just time to kick two walls,” his right-hand-man Emile Abinale said by email. “He is in Tokyo now.”
In any case, JR certainly is not the only street artist making his mark in Echo Park these days. The new mural overlooks an abandoned Meghna gas station that has become a de facto street art gallery.
Don’t miss the back side of the old gas station sign to catch JR’s version of a wink: One giant half-shut eye.
Photos by Lea Lion