Shack Burger

Shake Shack, of any burger chain, makes the best basic cheeseburger. The bun is brioche-like, the meat is juicy and savory and the orange cheese is melted evenly.

That is a perfect cheeseburger. 

The fries are good, too. 

I got the cowboy seat in Shake Shack. I don’t know if that makes me a winner or a loser.

VG Beyond Burger

Since moving to Hollywood I’ve seen the Veggie Grill every time I go to the gym. Last Friday I decided to try out this vegetarian restaurant. It might even be vegan.

The quote unquote meat tasted like very lean beef. The vegan cheese like substance tasted more like thousand island dressing, which isn’t a bad thing. Organic corn nuts were served in a ramekin. They were okay, but I don’t think they added anything to the fake burger experience.

More exciting to me was the organic lemonade and juice offerings and the most amazing was the organic artisanal soda dispenser!

The lemongrass soda was awesome! I have to return to try the other sodas.

VG Beyond Burger

Yellowtail Sashimi Garlic Ponzu Sauce

Last week an old friend was in town, so we went to Sushi Stop, a surprisingly affordable yet good sushi restaurant in Hollywood next door to the Upright Citizens Brigade club.

I had more before I thought about taking pictures, on account of the medicine I had taken. 

My buddy isn’t the adventurous eater that I am, so I couldn’t convince him to try sweet shrimp (amaebi). 

All of the fish was excellent as well as the echinoderm (sea urchin) and crustacean (sweet shrimp). 
I didn’t see any celebrities but there were plenty of attractive women.

I recommend the place.

Boston Cream Doughnut 

As I allow myself to eat dessert on the weekend, a few weeks ago I decided to check out Winchell’s Donuts, an established doughnut shop.

It was a good Boston cream. It tasted more wholesome than a Krispy Kreme of the same varietal. There was more chocolate on the doughnut than the latter. The coffee was as bad as one might expect, but this late morning treat gave me a huge caffeine and sugar rush. 

Fried Chicken and Parmesan Kale 

I’ve been so busy with my new job that I haven’t updated this blog in months. I’m in Hollywood and I have been eating out, so post I will. 

Tender Greens is a chain restaurant, this location on Sunset and Vine.

The fried chicken was okay, but at a restaurant emphasizing vegetables I should have expected it. In addition to the chicken I chose roasted cauliflower, roasted yellow peppers and kale that was sprinkled liberally with shredded Parmesan. 

The kale was excellent. As a matter of fact, that was the best kale dish I’ve ever had. It was soft and chewy, salty and savory. 

I should go more often.