With birthdays and out-of-town guests and Dine LA the last three weeks have been spent on an eating-out marathon.
Going out to dinner as a social occasion is something I do like participating in – good conversation along with good food, what’s not to like? But I know it’s been too much when going out to dinner sounds like the least appealing thing to do, ever.
Most of these meals out have just been to local and/ or chain restaurants – a quick bite after a late meeting or meet ups with good friends. However, I’ve also visited a few very fancy places that aren’t usually in my “going out” repertoire…
My mom had been traveling in Spain, and on her way back home she stopped in LA for a quick visit. We had a family dinner at Ruth’s Chris for a belated birthday celebration.
Along with the au gratin potatoes.
This fall, Dine LA was the first two weekends in October. It is such a good chance to try
expensive popular restaurants at a fixed cost. It would have been criminal not to take advantage of it…twice!
On Thursday, we went to Asia de Cuba in the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood. It was a very pretty restaurant overlooking the city. We had a picture window table.
The drinks were good, and rimmed in gold!
The first appetizer was actually quite tasty – a braised beef spring roll.
The sauce on the lemongrass chicken skewers was better than the chicken.
The strip steak with a ginger soy sauce and chick pea fries were very good.
Cuban opera layer cake was so so. It was sweet, but not much else. The coffee brittle ice cream and chocolate thing were delicious though.
Now I’m not saying that all these restaurant visits weren’t completely delish, but their frequency is definitely taking its toll. I haven’t cooked a meal at home in weeks. Since usually, my left-overs are used for lunch at work, I’ve been brown bagging it with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It’s all getting to be too much really. My wallet is shrinking and my waistline is expanding. It must stop. Now!
Except that I leave for New York City this weekend. I guess I will have to wait to stop until a week from NOW!