Duck Pineapple Curry

I had a serious craving for Thai food, so I walked to a Thai restaurant I’ve noticed while jogging past. There were some glowing restaurant reviews taped to the window so I got excited.

It was very good. Aromatic, spicy and rich with the fat of duck meat and coconut milk, each mouthful was a treat. I could taste galangal, lemon grass and Thai basil in the delicious sauce. Most of the fat had been tendered off the duck meat.

My only minor complaints are that dried chilies were used in the curry and they did not have sticky rice at the time I went.

Not pictured was a Thai iced tea.

Luv2Eat Thai

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Rosemary and Pine Nut Gelato

At the Hollywood Farmer’s Market there is a gelateria selling interesting flavored gelato.

Carmela

It was excellent! It turns out that rosemary works very well in a dessert. The aromatic herb complemented the richness of the crushed pine nuts and cream.

Fried Chicken and Jalapeño Waffles

Not far from Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles is The Waffle, a brunch restaurant.

The Waffle

The country gravy was a decadent treat. Served on the plate were collard greens cooked with bacon.

It was a decent breakfast. I had gone here on a date. While chemistry didn’t happen, at least I got to try an interesting cafe.

Chicken and Waffles

The first place I had tried fried chicken and waffles together was a Western restaurant in Singapore called The Beast.

This time I went to the legendary Roscoe’s Waffles on Sunset and Gower Street in Hollywood.

I don’t remember the name of this combination, but it was tasty. Bereft of nutrition, it was a feast of salt and fat.

The chicken was moist within and crispy on the outside. The waffle was very good, too.

Of course I will return.

Chicken Fries

Coming back from my parents’ house near San Diego, I took the train back to LA. However I had to wait at the Oceanside station for a while and the nearest place to get food is Burger King.

Chicken flesh formed into baton-like facsimiles of French fries sound delicious in theory, but in practice, they were very salty and the texture was that of highly processed meat.

I’ll never eat them again.

Shackburger

In case there is any doubt, Shakeshack is the best burger chain by far.

Look at that perfect cheeseburger! The delicious beef is perfectly seared, the bun soft and chewy, the cheese melted, the lettuce fresh and green and the tomato slices red and ripe.

The proprietary ShackSauce completes this beautiful sandwich.

The fries are prefect, too.

Lobster Eggs Benedict

A few years ago I would eat Eggs Benedict any chance I got. A few restaurants in Singapore served a good Eggs Benedict. Since I’ve returned to California I hadn’t had this dish until I went to Swami’s in Carlsbad to have breakfast with two of my brothers before attending a sister’s daughter’s christening.

For $12.95 I didn’t expect tail meat. There were a few tablespoons of leg meat atop the poached eggs.

Not bad, although the plate could have used some greenery.

Swami’s