Ocean Prime: Beverly Hills

Ocean Prime: Beverly Hills

Is Ocean Prime worth the cost?
A place to celebrate special occasions
On my father’s 85th birthday evening, we choseOcean Prime, a restaurant where none of us had been in Beverly Hills . My mother had just heard about it from a friend who raved about their beautiful bar area. We thought we’d try it and booked a reservation.

Ocean Prime Beverly Hills is part of a national chain of restaurants, which is expanding further its reach in California later this year.

The space for the restaurant, bar and terrace is quite large, yet welcoming. When we arrived at the reception desk I felt as if …

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Brent’s Deli: No Choices for Vegans

Brent’s Deli:  No Choices for Vegans

Is Brent’s Deli any Different on the Vegan Front?

In yesterday’s post “Scrambled Tofu Eggs”, I reviewed the vegan menu choices at two delis in Los Angeles (Lenny’s Deli and Factor’s Famous Deli). At the same time I also surveyed their rugelach offering for a post soon to be written.

Today my brothers and I took my dad out for his 85th birthday lunch. He picked the place: Brent’s Deli in Northridge (Los Angeles), California. It was my first time at Brent’s Deli, which many consider to be the best deli in Los Angeles, so I was excited.

Brent's Deli
  • Location
  • Atmosphere
  • Food
  • Service
  • Price/Quality Ratio

Summary

Brent's Deli is one of the kings of LA delicatessens. Brent's has a gigantic menu with almost everything on it, except vegan choices. The atmosphere needs to be considered in the context of Jewish delis, which are not known for their elegant atmosphere. Booths and tables are spread out to fit in as many people as possible. Servers bustle around taking excellent care of their customers. Brent's is also available for take-out, but don't go there if you are looking for Jewish baked goods like rugelach, babkas, and other freshly made goodies.

3.7

On arrival at Brent’s Deli at 11:15 …

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Scrambled Tofu “Eggs”

Scrambled Tofu “Eggs”

Is Scrambled Tofu an Easy solution for Vegans for Breakfast?

In my post earlier today Eating Vegan Not Always Easy I was lamenting the difficulty of finding a good vegan breakfast in restaurants in Los Angeles. Today my family and I went to Lenny’s Deli for brunch on the Westside of Los Angeles. I had asked to go there instead of Factor’s Famous Deli where we went last Sunday because I find they have more variety on their menu.

Lenny’s Deli does have more choice on their menu. I could see able about 4 vegan items whereas at Factor’s I could only see 1 or 2. Both however had the sam…

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Kreation Juice Kafe in Venice Beach

Kreation Juice Kafe in  Venice Beach

What is all the hype about Kreation Juice Kafe in Venice Beach (Los Angeles)?
Walking around Santa Monica and Venice Beach in Los Angeles County always takes me down memory lane to summer (and school) days with friends. (I won’t mention how many years ago this was.)

A childhood friend and I hung out together in the late afternoon and evening. We strolled along 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, which is always a fun place to watch people. Third Street Promenade has definitely changed from the time I used to come there as a child with my grandmother. Now shops, restaurants, street entert…

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Pirozhki in LA

Pirozhki in LA

Where can you find a healthier version of pirozhki in LA?
Today I was roaming around Westwood Village in Los Angeles, my old stomping grounds as a teenager. I was suddenly drawn to a silver shining Airstream trailer featuring Pirozhki, aptly named “Pirozhkila”! A young pretty woman named Sasha was offering samples of their food. Of course, being the foodie that I am, I accepted the offer and tasted their pirozhki. We started talking and then the owner Igor came out to join us.

In 15 minutes I discovered that Igor is originally from Kiev, Ukraine and comes to Los Angeles via Milano, Italy, …

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