Shrimp Tacos

In November I went to the Central Market for the first time and wanted to return.
This time I visited the Mexican seafood taqueria.

The wild-caught shrimp was fried and wrapped in corn tortillas with grated cabbage and some creamy sauce. It was delicious, but I bit into a mouthful that tasted like cardboard. It was a small bite that didn’t really detract from the excellent tacos.

But I would return. The seafood cocktail on the menu sounded good as did the black cod tacos. 

Maple Custard Pie

The people at Pie Hole know their pies! I’m not exaggerating how good these pies are. I love desserts made with eggs and I really liked this one. 

A strong maple syrup flavor permeated the smooth custard. It was executed perfectly. Pie Hole is located on Hollywood near Vine. 

Chorizo Tacos

Apparently there’s a new Mexican restaurant in town. I wanted either carnitas or shrimp and they had neither. I settled for chorizo tacos and they were good.

I would have preferred some green on the plate, but the chorizo meat was spicy and greasy. The house made salsas were tasty and the muy picante salsa was spicy!

The name of the restaurant is Tres Marias. 

Tuna Sampler

Last week, after walking around Runyon Canyon with my brother who lives in Hollywood we went here for lunch. Sushi Stop is right next door to the Upright Citizens’ Brigade. 

It was pretty cheap as sushi goes and the quality was decent. Those three pieces of sushi were only $7.

I also had sea urchin, mackerel and yellow tail. The sea urchin was okay, but then again excellent sea urchin to me is just pulled from the sea and split open.

The seaweed salad was fair and I liked the popcorn shrimp roll. It was delicious.

I would recommend Sushi Stop highly. 

Runyon Canyon Park has great views at the top. 

Honey Truffle Cream Pie

I am impressed. Pie Hole makes excellent pies, but this was much better than I expected.

Lots of honey, real truffle oil (at least I think so) and gold leaf sprinkled on top! 

It was delicious. The truffle flavor added depth to the honey and the condensed milk. It’s the kind of dessert I would expect at an expensive restaurant, except for the thick crust, which while good and homely, would be amiss at such a place.

Pie Hole impressed me again. 


I don’t remember if I had ever eaten this cheeseburger from Wendy’s long ago or not.

Coming back from a family event with my brother who lives in Hollywood we pulled off somewhere around Huntington Beach to get something to eat.

While I prefer steak to be cooked rare, the charred well doneness of this burger pleased me. The cheese was waxy, the bacon cheesy, but I devoured it. It wasn’t great by any means, but hunger is the best spice, as they say. 

There were no vegetables at all in the burger, not even the idea of iceberg lettuce. 

Poutine (加拿大的起司炸薯条)

I can’t remember the time before this I had had poutine, but it might have been eight years or so ago on a pub crawl through San Diego.

If not then, then it would have sometime in the late 20th century in Windsor, Ontario.

It had been a long time. I was hanging out with one of my brothers and I thought why not and we went inside this place, apparently a chain, next to Danny Trejo’s taqueria. 

I was impressed. The fries were hand-cut (or appeared that way to my amateur eye) but more importantly were fried twice, so the outside was crispy and the interior light and almost fluffy.

The gravy tasted like it was made with fresh ingredients. I appreciated the black pepper. I had ordered the classic poutine and I thought that they served a generous portion of cheese curds. 

I wouldn’t exactly call this junk food as it was made with good ingredients, but a case could be made that this is.

I recommend this place for an occasional indulgence, unless you don’t worry about your weight and or are bulking up.