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Mister O's

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Mister O's

It's been a long time anticipating a new restaurant by Michael Cardenas, but he finally resurfaced with something not just expectedly great, but something so unique, extremely thought out, and a concept that's excitingly fresh to the way we dine out.

disclaimer: I'm getting used to a new camera I just got so please excuse the lack of clarity in some photos.

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1838 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA.

Be ready for a surprise as you find the Palm Spring essence on the exterior of the restaurant. 

As you walk in you will be immediately hit with a 1960's Mad Men era. There's an array of beautiful colors plotted all around the restaurant. From different figurines on the shelves to different colored furniture. Each with it's on personality and funk to contribute to this space.

There's also a cozy fire pit outside for you to enjoy during a warm summer night or a chilly winter hibernation that screams for a good ole old fashioned (or two). 

Their cocktails are no joke. Through a lot of crafting and testing before the grand opening, the full menu for Mister O's will not fall short from your expectations. The 2 you see above is Trade Secret and the Maize runner. Not shown is the old fashioned. All great contenders for an evening of debauchery.

Marinated olives are a must order even if you hate olives. John hate olives and almost everything, but he loved these. The olives are not briny or salty so it becomes a great snack without the guilt. When I have a few drinks I tend to feel bloated the next day from all the salty foods I consume so this is delightful to have.

Fierce avocado. This is basically a guac topped with salt cod served with seeded cracker. The salt cod mixed with the avocado gave a feeling of ceviche. It was fresh and a great dish for the season.

Clams with anaheim chili, dill butter, pernod, and bacalao broth. This had so many flavors, but never have I tasted something like this especially with clams. It was really good and wished I had some bread to soak up that delicious broth!

Cauliflower with smoked raisins, mustard frill, sunflower, and seed puree. If you love cauliflower, you will love this. John's normally not a huge fan of cauliflower, but he really liked this as well. Another thing you should know is they are really prized in their vegetable dishes. I like the idea of a restaurant doing more with vegetables. Not just by giving more options on the menu, but making them sexy which a lot of places fail at.

Shigoku oysters with blistered shishito, burnt chili negro, dill dashi mignonette. Citrus, sweet, and a little kick to make this a one bite wonder. Don't forget to squeeze the caramelized onion.

Can Can. This isn't officially on the menu because it's limited. If you've watched my Instagram stories lately you will know that I've been eating pork belly almost every day. This pork can can has the belly connected to the tissue. Imagine that and being cooked slowly until tender... then deep frying it till crispy? topped with a sweet and sour relish with savory beans. I forgot to ask, but this almost felt like a cuban fusion. A must order.

Sea Bass with chanterelles, corn, spigarello, and lemon verbena. A delicate fish with different supporting roles. The chanterelles were meaty and tart mixed with the sweetness of the corns really added flavor to the delicate fish. The skin was crispy all the way through, very impressive.

Tootsie roll. A luxorious fudge bar topped with hazelnuts, figs, and a sea salt cream. 

Panna cotta with guava puree. Ok I don't remember the exact name of this, but it's all of that. That's a cake on top of the guava puree topped with whipped cream. Very delicious! The guava speaks volume and does not lack and flavor. 

Don't worry, John and I pretty much cleaned our plates. Ended the night with 2 hot coffees for the ride back to SGV.

I wished it was closer to me, but I would say it's worth the trip. The food, the service, and the ambiance are definitely worth dressing up for. Now... need to find out if I can smoke a cigar in the patio. You will see me very soon Mister O's!

 

 

 

 

 

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Spago - Beverly Hills

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Spago - Beverly Hills

One of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. We dined here recently for Angela (Brother's fiancee) birthday dinner. We were seated promptly and complimentary bubbly was poured all around. No better way to start a full tasting.

I've been to Spago once, so this will be my second time. Spago was serving a special Akaushi wagyu that was just imported from Japan that night. Literally, the whole cow. That was one of my highlights from our meal.

 

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Without further ado, below is the giant tasting menu we had.

I am ready to come back in summer.

 

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Drink Houz - Los Angeles

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Drink Houz - Los Angeles

 Cappuccino 

Cappuccino 

 Drink Houz is a new wellness cafe in the Westlake neighborhood of LA on the ground floor of HoM on Temple. Drink offerings include nutrient dense juices and smoothies, and a signature coffee and tea program created by Jeremy Gurney, featuring JGursey products. The flavorful menu of mostly vegan and vegetarian offerings is created by, Chef Amy Nesbit, with salads, sandwiches, bowls, and daily specials all made from the finest all natural ingredients. The bakery program is by Rockenwagner Bakery.

I was pleasantly surprised with everything I had. I'm definitely not the type to go Vegan, but I wouldn't mind eating this a few times a week.

3231 W Temple St Los Angeles, CA 90026

 Shot Houz- Wellness - Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne. The burn lasted a bit as it went down.

Shot Houz- Wellness - Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne. The burn lasted a bit as it went down.

  Chop Houz (VG) -  Chopped Baby Romaine & Kale, Heirloom Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Red Onion, Fresh Herbs, Cucumbers, Avocado, Honeyed Walnuts, Topped with Premium Aged Cheddar Served with Chive-Honey-Dijon Dressing. Refreshing and delicious. The Aged Cheddar added a nice nutiness to this salad.

Chop Houz (VG) - Chopped Baby Romaine & Kale, Heirloom Tomatoes, Chickpeas, Red Onion, Fresh Herbs, Cucumbers, Avocado, Honeyed Walnuts, Topped with Premium Aged Cheddar Served with Chive-Honey-Dijon Dressing. Refreshing and delicious. The Aged Cheddar added a nice nutiness to this salad.

 Zen - Kale, Cucumber, Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Avocado, Sprouts, Pickled Red Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Roasted Pears, Vegan Potato Roll (Got sourdough instead). You may not believe me, but this is probably one of the best sandwiches I've had. Simple does not do justice to how balanced the flavors were. No dressing was needed as the roasted pears added an extremely sweet round flavor complimented by the tartness of the pickled red onion. The toasted sunflower seeds added the perfect texture you would want in this sandwich. I would order this again, hands down.

Zen - Kale, Cucumber, Toasted Sunflower Seeds, Avocado, Sprouts, Pickled Red Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Roasted Pears, Vegan Potato Roll (Got sourdough instead). You may not believe me, but this is probably one of the best sandwiches I've had. Simple does not do justice to how balanced the flavors were. No dressing was needed as the roasted pears added an extremely sweet round flavor complimented by the tartness of the pickled red onion. The toasted sunflower seeds added the perfect texture you would want in this sandwich. I would order this again, hands down.

 Delicious baked goods by Rockenwagner Bakery

Delicious baked goods by Rockenwagner Bakery

When you are in the area, had a great workout and want something clean, delicious and nourishing for your body, check out Drink Houz.

3231 W Temple St Los Angeles, CA 90026

 

 

 

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Dr Sandwich - Beverly Hills

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Dr Sandwich - Beverly Hills

I like coming to Dr. Sandwich (Kosher) before headed to LACMA. My favorite thing to order is their Chicken Shawarma stuffed in a pita with all the fixes. The small restaurant is located in a small plaza on Olympic Blvd. It's only valet parking, but you could probably find street parking if you're lucky.

9113 W Olympic Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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320 Main - Seal Beach

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320 Main - Seal Beach

What I love about trying different restaurants is the different destinations it leads me to. 320 Main is located on Main street along with many small business shops to check out. It feels like the matured version of downtown Long Beach. Just a local friends and family gathering scene though I could be wrong during the evening Happy Hours.

We came to 320 Main during brunch, and it was such a pleasant surprise. 

 Pimms Cup

Pimms Cup

What's a brunch without a cocktail? This simple mixture is nothing short on flavor. Pimm's with some lemon, ginger and cucumber. I had a cold, but this ironically made me feel etter. Must be the ginger.

Creole Shrimp & Grits

These were jumbo shrimps cooked perfectly. Extremely plump and flavorful. Cooked with andouille sausage with some good ole cheese grits.

Smoked pork chop

This dish was ridiculous. It's every pig lover's dream. A huge pork chop with seared crispy fat served with some potato hash, sunny side, and an apple fig jam with crunchy toast. This is what brunch is all about. Great to share, but I devoured this all by myself.

They also serve great food to pair with drinks like duck poutines.

 

320 Main Seal Beach CA, 90740 562-799-6246

 

 

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